Call Us At: 845-687-7023
August 2022 Newsletter
“In principle and reality, libraries are life-enhancing palaces of wonder.” -
Monday, August 8, 2022, 2pm - 8pm

To Choose Two Trustees,
To Decide on Budget

The Stone Ridge Public Library will hold its annual election/budget vote on Monday, August 8, 2022, between the hours of 2 pm and 8 pm at the Library.

The election is to fill two four-year seats for the Board of Trustees and to consider the following proposition:
“Shall the budget proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Stone Ridge Public Library, including a tax appropriation of $294,864, be approved?”

Board of Trustee candidates nominated by petition for the four-year seats are Sarah Graves and Judith Jones. The increase in the library’s operating budget is largely due to a rise in utility and staff costs.

For those not able to come to the polling place on Election Day, absentee ballots are available at the Library. You may request them with curbside pick-up or at the front desk. Ballots may be mailed back or returned in person to the Library, no later than 8pm on August 8th.

Those eligible to vote must live and be registered to vote in the Town of Marbletown. For further information, contact Jody Ford, Library Director, at 845-687-7023.

To see a comparison of the proposed 2023 budget and the 2022 budget click here.
Fall Book Sale
Saturday, September 10, (Rain date September 11)
10am-2pm on the Library Lawn

Our fall book sale will be smaller than book sales before Covid but just as much fun!

Save the date! Our fall book sale is scheduled for September 10. Rain date September 11. Please join us from 10 to 2 on the library lawn. We will have assorted selections of books under Library tents and the Little Book Store will be open. The Stone Ridge Library Knitters and a number of local vendors will also be joining us. Our bakers will have goodies waiting for you! Please park in the High Meadow parking lot across the street. No pets please. Hope to see you there. 
Start Climbing Your Family Tree
with Genealogist Sarah Gutman
Wednesday, August 24, 2pm via Zoom

With all the new available resources out there, it is no surprise genealogy has become America’s second most popular hobby. Learn how and where to start planting your family tree. Find out what data records are out there and how to utilize the database to start your search. Registration is required.

Sarah Gutman started working on genealogy as a hobby at the tender age of 13. She is a member of the association of Professional Genealogists and earned an MA in English and American History. Sarah specializes in the Mid-Atlantic United States, Europe, Italy, Great Britain and Ireland. Sarah is employed by Legacy Tree Genealogists where she assists clients in researching and gathering documents for dual Italian/American citizenship. Register
Books and Bridles:
The Story of the Horse Back Librarians
A Virtual Presentation by Jeffrey Urbin

Monday, August 8, 7pm on Zoom

During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was known for its many huge infrastructure projects and improvements. It also consisted of a little known program called the Pack Horse Library Project. This presentation tells the story of the Pack Horse Librarians, a relatively small group of women, whose mission was to deliver and distribute reading materials to the far-off corners of Appalachia during the darkest days of the Depression.

This is the true history of the Pack Horse Librarians as fictionalized in the recent novels, The Giver of Stars (2019), by Jojo Moyes and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (2019) by Kim Michele Richardson. This program is a collaboration between the Warner Library, Putnam Valley Library, Beekman Library, Stone Ridge Library and the Town of Esopus Library. Libraries working together to offer quality programs to all library patrons.
Let’s Move with the Library!

Thursdays, 12 - 12:45
Various Local Rail Trails

Walk with us! This library group, informally known as the Stone Ridge Library Saunter-ers, walks local rail trails each Thursday, from 12-12:45pm, weather permitting. Look for Sarah, in her trusty NPR ball cap, put on your comfy walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and let’s move.

  • August 4 - O & W: Meet at the Cottekill Firehouse Rail Trail Lot (behind the Firehouse)
  • August 11 - O & W Rail Trail: Meet at the Rest Plaus Parking Lot
  • August 18 - O &W Rail Trail: Meet at the Women’s Studio Workshop parking area (on Breezy Hill Road). We will be walking on the WV trail toward Kingston.
  • August 25 - WV Rail Trail: Meet at the parking lot across from St. Peter’s Church in Rosendale to walk on the trail after the Trestle Bridge.
Cooks and Books
Friday, August 19, 12pm Activity Room

This month the Cooks & Books group's theme is Favorite Summer Salads. Members will choose a recipe to make and share. Summer is the time for great local produce and we will be celebrating all that grows in the Hudson Valley. We will meet in the library activity room, salads and recipes (or recipe links) in hand, for tasting and discussion.

Participation is limited; if you are interested in joining Cooks and Books contact Sarah Robertson at:
or call (845) 687-7023 ext. 8
Registration is required.
Mindful Mondays
Monday August 1, 8 22, 29. (No session on August 15)
In Person

Mindfulness is a skill that is practiced through meditation. It offers numerous benefits to our physical and emotional health, helping to reduce stress, improve concentration, cultivate kindness and experience greater emotional resilience.

Join us on Mondays at 2pm as we develop awareness, cultivate more presence, and strengthen our ability to bring mindfulness into our day-to-day lives. These weekly drop-in sessions will include a short talk on the topic of the week, guided meditation, and opportunity for discussion. All levels of practitioners are welcome, no previous experience required. Come as often as you like.

Registration is no longer required.
We are meeting in person only at this time, either outside under a tent or in the Activity Room during hot or inclement weather. We request that you wear a mask if meeting indoors.
We do not meet on holidays when the library is closed. Please check and/or the SRL’s Facebook page for other cancellation notices. 

Mindful Mondays are led by Aimee Trumbore, certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher. (Certification is offered by both the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley.)
News from the Library Foundation
The Princess Bride Community Movie Night was a huge hit last month! We were thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces there enjoying the day. Check out photos from the event HERE. Many thanks to the Hasbrouck House for hosting us and for donating event proceeds toward our children’s collection!

Stay tuned for more info on two SRLF Events coming up NEXT month: 

Mailbox Raffle – Three local artists have contributed their time and talents to creating signature, original mailboxes just for us! You’ll have the chance to enter to win the mailbox of your choice in September. Come to the library to see the mailboxes displayed later this month and check back here for more info: SRLF Mailbox Raffle

Thanks to local artists Barbara Bash, Lora Shelley and Emeline Hastings for supporting the library with their creations!

Online Auction – Get ready for our annual Online Auction! We’ve got gift certificates for local restaurants, classes, services and much more! Auction items will preview online in late September. Bidding will open in October. Stay tuned!
The Little Bookshop
Monday - Friday 3-5
Saturday 10-2

Located in the small barn closest to the Library entry way.

  • Gently used books  
  • Occupancy limited to 2 people at a time
  • Children's Area  
  • $2 a book – cash or check

Childrens Activities
Preschool Story Time on the Library Lawn with Ligeia Garland 

For children ages 3 years to 5 years
Thursdays: 9:30-10:30
August 18, 25
On the back lawn at the Library (Excessive rain could cancel the program,check your email for updates)

Thank you to the Marbletown Youth Commission for sponsoring this program

Register on our calendar so we can update you about any program changes--
or call 687-7023, or email Julianna.
Summer Reading Program Story Hours
ages 5 -11 years
We are offering two Story Hour Options

Option 1:
“Take and Make” story time projects

Oceans of Possibilities is our Summer Reading Program theme.
This year we will dive into ocean themed stories, crafts, and prizes.
Sign up to pick up a craft bag and follow along with a story hour link by Julianna each week

Sign up to pick up a craft bag and follow along with a story hour link by Julianna each week.
Register on our calendar to reserve your kit and receive pick up notifications.
Option 2:
In Person Story Hours

Wednesdays at 2:00-3:00  August 3 & 10
2 - 3pm
In Person Story Hour on the library lawn with Julianna
(Excessive rain could cancel the program,check your email for updates)

Oceans of Possibilities is our Summer Reading Program theme.
This year we will dive into ocean themed stories, crafts, and prizes.

Register on our calendar so we can update you about any program changes.
Summer’s Marvelous Mondays
for Tweens and Teens
Beach Themed Votive Candle Jar

Monday, August 1     
Ages 9 and up

Create a beach theme candle jar as a gift or for yourself.

Beach Theme Resin Pendant

Monday, August 8      
Ages 9 and up 

Create an ocean theme UV resin pendant. Turn it into a necklace or a key chain.

The Power and Simplicity of Color
The Power and Simplicity of Color a New Art Exhibit by Martha J. Klein
July 1-August 31

Martha J. Klein has studied drawing, watercolor and acrylic painting for the past 20 years in both New York City and near her home in High Falls, NY. She is attracted to the inspiration and uplifting quality in nature, and often paints en plein aire to attempt to capture the “ah-ha” moment that moves her. Her philosophy is that people are less connected to the outside world than ever before, and suffer as a result. Bringing the power and simplicity of color, form, and scale to her work, the artist hopes to remind people that they are both tiny and immense, and that something bigger than them exists. Her hope is to help alleviate suffering in this way.
"I have been a trauma therapist for over 33 years, and as such have seen firsthand how so many have suffered. I know the beauty and immense scale of the natural world can remind people that we belong to a bigger environment that has also suffered and changed, and yet perseveres. In my paintings, I hope to reconnect people with the experience of this essential energy in order that their spirits may be rejuvenated." For more information go to Martha J Klein.
Book Groups

Tea Time
Book Group

Wednesday, August 10
12:30 in the Activity Room

The book for August is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. A powerful story of love, race and identity. As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

Book Group

Wednesday, August 17
11am in the Activity Room

The book for August is The Blight Way: a Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery by Patrick F. McManus. Bo Tully is the sheriff of Blight County, Idaho, a place where " law enforcement" is mostly picking up country boys who've downed a few too many beers. But he gets a call for a different kind of pick-up: an ex-con phones with the news that there' s a corpse draped over his fence. Soon Tully' s caught up in a mess, with dead L.A. drug dealers turning up and local folks disappearing. When bullets start flying, Tully has to brush off his sheriff' s hat and do some real investigating fast.
Clio's Muse
A History
Reading Club

Wednesday, August 20
Zoom meeting at 7pm

We are reading Who We are How We Got Here; Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past by David Reich. A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in part from David Reich's own contributions to the field--that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word.

Tuesday, August 16
1-2 pm - in the Community Room

Want to brush up or improve your French with a conversation hour? Claudine is a native French speaker, born in Paris and raised in Europe; following a 30 year Government career abroad, she chose Stone Ridge to retire in. Culture, medicine, travels, and anything/everything culinary are favorite subjects-which she would love to share and exchange in French. The program is offered on the third Tuesday of each month
Tuesday, August 23
1-2 pm - a Zoom meeting

¿Hablas español? If you would like to brush up on your Spanish conversation skills and meet other language lovers in a friendly and stress free environment, come join our class on Zoom, every fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. All levels are welcomed. ¡Hasta entonces!
Francisco Rivera was born and raised in Spanish Harlem in NYC and is a long term resident of Marbletown.

Thursday, August 4, 18
1:30 – 3pm on Zoom

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen. Poetry meets the first and third Thursday of the month via Zoom.

Please contact Rosemary at if you’d like to join the group.

Monday, August 8, 22
Monday, August 1, 15, 29
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room

Two separate writers' groups meet on alternate Mondays at the library, with a maximum of 10 participants in each group. This program is designed for those who are actively writing and publishing work and who want to participate in a structured critical feedback process. Cathy Arra, a poet, writer, and former teacher of English and Writing in the Rondout Valley School District, facilitates the groups. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cathy Arra

Every Tuesday
at 10am in the Activity Room

Beginners are welcome to join our Tuesday Mahjong group. Registration is not required, just walk in. We do encourage that people wear masks while entering the Library, but once you are in the Activity Room it is at the groups discretion.

Every Saturday
10am-noon, in the Activity Room

The Stone Ridge Library Knitters meet every Saturday morning from 10am – 12noon. All ages and experience levels can join us and drop-in knitters are also welcome. We each bring our own supplies and do our own work, but one of the best things about us is that whatever obstacle or confusion you might encounter, you’re likely to receive as much comment and advice as you need to get where you’re going with a project.
Curbside Service

We are continuing curbside service. Call 687-7023 from the parking lot and we will bring your materials to the return benches by the entrance for you to pick up.
New to the Library
New Fiction

The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

Switchboard Soldiers: a novel of the Heroic Women Who Served in the U.S. Army signal Corps During World War 1 by Jennifer Chiaverini

Chrysalis by Lincoln Child

Keya Das's Second Act by Sopan Deb

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sacrifice by Brian Freeman

Rizzoli & Isles Listen to Me by Tess Gerritsen

A Noel Killing: a Provencal Mystery by M.L. Longworth

Confidence by Denise Mina

Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

Rising Tiger by Brad Thor

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva

Kaleidoscope by Cecily Wong
New Non-Fiction

To the Last Bite: Recipes and Ideas for Making the Most of your Ingredients by Alexis deBoschnek

We Go High: How 30 Women of Color Achieved Greatness Against All Odds by Nicole Ellis

All Our Families: Disability Lineage and the Future of Kinship by Jennifer Natalya Fink


New Audios

Death of a Laird: a Hamish Macbeth Murder Mystery by M.C. Beaton

The Omega Factor by Steve Berry

Every Cloak Rolled in Blood by James Lee Burke

Chrysalis by Lincoln Child

The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman

Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Transgression by Joshua Hood

Robert B Parker's Revenge Tour by Mike Lupica

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

The Investigator by John Sanford
New DVDs

Downton Abbey: a New Era

Drive My Car - Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura

The Duke - Jim Broadbent, Helen Mirren

Everything, Everywhere All at Once - Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis

Get Back - The Beatles

Killing Eve - Season 4

The Lost City - Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum

Minamata - Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy

Okja - Shn Seo-Hyun, Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Address: 3700 Main Street, PO Box 188
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Phone: 845-687-7023