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September 2023 Newsletter

"Books were safer than other people anyway." Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Library Vote Results

Monday, August 14, 2022, 2pm – 8pm

To Choose Three Trustees,

To Decide on Budget

The Stone Ridge Public Library will held its annual election/budget vote on Monday, August 14, 2023.

The election filled 3 four-year seats for the Board of Trustees and the proposal by the Board of Trustees of the Stone Ridge Library, including a tax appropriation of $309,607 was approved by a vote of 42-0.

Board of Trustee candidates confirmed are Jonathon Lee, Ethan Plank and Victoria Schulte.

Thank you to everyone who came in to vote or who voted by absentee ballot. We look forward to continuing to serve this community.

Accepting Book Donations - LIMITED

Book Stack in color

The library will be accepting book donations


September 9, from 10-12pm Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction and Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction Books.

*We are not accepting history books or cookbooks at this time.*

We are only accepting books in good/excellent condition.

Two bags/boxes per person please. 

Fall Book Sale

Sunday, September 10

10-2 Rain or Shine

Library Lawn

It's our Fall Book Sale! We will have assorted selections of books under Library tents and the Little Book Shop will be open.

The Library knitters will have gorgeous items available for purchase just in time for fall and we will have a bake sale tent as well.

There will be live music with special guests, The Starlite Duo.

The Cake Off will be in full swing with the winners being announced at 1pm.

Please park in the High Meadow parking lot across the street and be sure to leave your pets at home. Hope to see you there!

Library Cake-Off

Sunday, September 10


In the Library yard

Who will win the golden trophy in our first ever Cake Off baking competition? This friend-raising event promises to be a fun and delicious addition to the library’s fall book and bake sale.

Ten amateur bakers from Ulster County have been chosen and will present their cake creations to our judges. The cakes will arrive at 10:30 and judging will begin at 11. Once the judges have made their decisions we will open for tasting and voting for the People's Choice Award.

Each cake has been created or adapted on a recipe from a baking book in the Mid-Hudson Library system.

Questions? Email

The Judges

Jamie D. is a cultural anthropologist who works with Hudson Valley non-profit organizations to strengthen their storytelling and increase community engagement. She is primarily a self-taught baker, and worked in a variety of bakeries during her field research into the farm-to-table movement. Her love of baking is as much for the loaves and cakes in the oven as it is for the history, culture, and stories inherent in the recipes themselves. An expat for most of her life, Jamie's favorite baked good is a proper buttermilk scone served with afternoon tea. 

Tamara Ehlin is the owner/chef of The Forsyth B&B, Kingston's original boutique bed and breakfast and winner of numerous awards and accolades. Tamara's three-course breakfasts have been praised in, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Hudson Valley Magazine, Chronogram and many more publications. 

Prior to opening The Forsyth in 2016, Tamara worked in NYC hospitality and catering including as a pastry chef, restaurant manager, server and bartender. She also spent more than 15 years in development at leading non-profit organizations, with a specialty in fundraising events including tasting events, cocktail receptions and galas.  

Jac Fonseca is a local pastry chef specializing in custom cakes for any occasion including wedding cakes. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and SUNY New Paltz, she has been baking and studying food history around the Hudson Valley for years. Having spent much of her career working in gourmet cafes and bakeries, Jac now offers baking lessons and bespoke cakes in the Stone Ridge area at: Cake Club

The Trophies and prizes for this event were made and donated by local ceramic artist, Zoya Geacintov. Zoya(she/her) lives and works in High Falls, NY. Originally from Vermont, Zoya moved to the Hudson Valley to study ceramics at SUNY New Paltz. After her studies she spent a few years teaching throwing and hand building at various community studios in California.

Zoya is also known through her work as a florist at Green Cottage where the flowers and fascinating people she gets to work with are a constant source of inspiration. You can see more of her work on Instagram @zoya_geacintov or on her website

WATERCOLORS: an Eclectic Collection

new exhibit by Jackie Oster

Art Exhibit September - October

Jacqueline Oster was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology she worked in the city for various advertising agencies as a Graphic Designer and Art Director. Eventually relocating to upstate New York, she raised a family and continued to work as a Freelance Graphic Designer. Over the years, from her home-based studio, she has continued to satisfy the advertising needs of many diversified tri-state area clients. During COVID she revisited her love of watercolor illustration. Her watercolors are mostly of ordinary common objects but also cover other categories bringing animals, nature and people to life on paper.

Jacqueline is an Active Member of Woodstock Artist Association and Museum as well as a member of The Arts Society of Kingston. Her work has been exhibited at local businesses and galleries including WAAM Gallery, ASK Gallery, Emerge Gallery, Jane Street Gallery, Olive Free Library, Highland Library and Cornell Creative Arts Center of Kingston.

ARTIST STATEMENT: “My interest lies primarily in drawing objects. Literally every object, as I see it, can be transformed into art. Even the most mundane household object has movement and flow. You just have to look closely and think

of its function to actually "see" the object. People, places and things all have a story to tell and I try to capture that in my watercolors. After sketching out my illustration I then turn to my paints. I allow the water to move the paint and I follow along guiding it with various tools and my sense of design. A hairdryer, toothbrush and magic eraser all work in unison with my assortment of brushes. In an art world overflowing with contemporary abstract form my art steps aside and brings you back to the basic art of simple illustration while adding that extra bit of abstract movement.”

4th Annual Ulster County Food Fight!

Once again, the Stone Ridge Library is a part of The Great Give Back, collecting food and personal care donations for our local food pantries with the Ulster County Food Fight, September 1-October 21. Donations of unexpired, unopened food and personal care items can be dropped off at the library to help us put an end to hunger in our communities. Donations to the library will be split between the Rondout Valley Food Pantry and The Town of Rochester Food Pantry.

Let’s Move with the Library!

Thursdays, 12-1 on Local Rail Trails

We’re back in action! Join Sarah and your friends and neighbors as we take weekly walks along local rail trails. Each week we will walk from 12-1 on our gorgeous O&W and Wallkill Valley Rail Trails. This social group is a talking and walking group and our motto is: “We are only as fast as our slowest walker.” If you are looking to meet new people and get some steps in while conversing, join us! No pets please. Be sure to check with your doctor before joining this group or any exercise program. No registration necessary-just show up!

*Our walking group is getting pretty big so if you can carpool with friends, great! You are welcome to park at the library and then carpool to the trailhead.*

All walks are weather permitting. Weather cancellations will be posted on the Stone Ridge Library’s Facebook and Instagram page so be sure to check those out if the weather is questionable. Looking forward to walking with you! for information or maps click here: O&W Rail Trail and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

  • Thursday, September 7: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road Parking lot.
  • Thursday, September 14: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.
  • Thursday September 21: Meet at the O&W rail trail at the Cottekill Fire Dept. parking lot.
  • Thursday September 28: Meet at the WV rail trail lot at the Women’s Studio Workshop.

Let's Move Picnic

Thursday, September 28, 1:30-2:30

Library Lawn

Our Second Annual walking group picnic will be held after our September 28 walk from 1:30-2:30 on the library lawn. The library will provide sandwiches and drinks and asks that walking group members bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please RSVP to: programs and be sure to include what you plan to share.

Understanding Medicare Plans with Dan Calabrese

Wednesday, September 13, 7pm

Zoom Program

f you are new to Medicare, or already in Medicare and confused about the coming Medicare Enrollment Period, this informational webinar will help you to understand your options better and cut through the noise and exaggerations of the current Medicare television commercials. A complete discussion of all the parts of Medicare will be reviewed as well, to better allow you to determine what are the best choices for you based on your particular set of health circumstances. This webinar will make a confusing topic much easier to understand.

Dan Calabrese began Sunrise Advisors Group specializing in Medicare, Life and Long-Term Care over ten years ago. In addition to meeting with people at their homes or businesses, Dan regularly does Medicare seminars for people new to Medicare at employer groups, railroad retiree events, Kiwanis Clubs and libraries. Realizing how difficult Medicare is to understand for people new to or currently in Medicare along with the choices available, Dan developed a presentation that makes it easier to understand how all the parts of Medicare “fit together.”

Dan is certified in Long Term Care Planning and holds the CLTC designation for such planning. He has written and published several articles on Medicare, Long Term Care and life insurance which are available to read on He has clients in over fifteen counties in New York and Connecticut.

To register for this program contact: Programs

Craft Day at the Library


Sunday, September 17

10-2 Library Lawn

The library will be hosting local crafts people Sunday, September 17,from 10-3pm on the library lawn. These artisans will have an assortment of items for sale. Stop by and do some shopping!

After Work Yoga

Wednesdays, September 20, 27 and October 4, 11

5:30-6:30pm Marbletown Community Center

The library is thrilled to collaborate with The Town of Marbletown Parks and Rec. Dept. to offer quarterly yoga classes! Our first session starts September 20 and will be held at the Marbletown Community Center. All classes will be taught by Laura Brown and we are grateful to be working with her and the Parks and Rec. Dept. to bring these classes to our community. Participants must register for each class. To register click on the links below.

Laura loves bringing yoga into people’s lives, encouraging her students to welcome space, breath, and movement to reset their bodies and minds. This is the perfect class for the absolute beginner, the curious, the seasoned yogi and everybody in-between! All are encouraged to move at their own pace in this hour-long class. 

Please be sure to bring your yoga mat and any blocks or straps if you use them. The library will have extra mats and blocks if needed. As with any exercise class, be sure to check with your doctor before starting.

Questions? Contact: Programs

An Evening Of Prose with the Library Writers

Friday, September 22, 7pm

Marbletown Community Center

Join the Library Writers Group for an evening of stories from their recent works. Writers featured are Mary Fairchild, Jacqueline Giurato, Christoph Hitz, Bram Kincheloe, Fay Loomis, Dale Ramsey, Carol Shank, Lisa St. John, Natasha Williams and Cecilia Worth. This event will be held at the Marbletown Community Center and light refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us. No registration is necessary.

News from the Foundation



Get your mail delivered in style with one of these four original mailboxes, created just for us by local artists Matthew Pleva, Emmy Hastings, Lora Shelley, and Barbara Bash! Come see them on display at the Library and enter now to win the mailbox(es) of your choice! 

Drawing to be held at the Library’s Fall Book Sale on Sunday, September 10th. Four lucky winners will be announced at 1:00pm.  

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchase in person at the library, online or via Venmo. CLICK HERE for information.

Raffle proceeds will benefit the Stone Ridge Library. Many thanks to the artists for contributing their time and talents and to Marbletown Hardware for donating the mailboxes!


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. Check your email and our Facebook & Instagram pages for more information, coming soon!

After Hours Teen Game Night

Friday, September 1


Teens 15+

Registration Required

Join us for after hours game night for teens. If you enjoy group games, come and join in the fun. Games will include Sushi Go, Catan, Sparkle Kitty and more. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. The library doors will open at 6pm and close at 6:15pm so be here on time for an evening of fun.


Book Groups

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, September 13

11am in the Activity Room

The book for September is Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average  woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

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Book Group

Meeting Postponed until October

Wednesday, October 18

11am in the Activity Room

The book for October is Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer.

To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet – Lost on the left, Found on the right – and the two never seem to balance.

Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realize that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected…

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, October 25

Zoom meeting at 7pm

The book for October is The Great Bridge by David McCullough.

This monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events in our nation’s history, during the Age of Optimism—a period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.

In the years around 1870, when the project was first undertaken, the concept of building an unprecedented bridge to span the East River between the great cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the great cathedrals. Throughout the fourteen years of its construction, the odds against the successful completion of the bridge seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or exploiting the surpassing enterprise.

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Cooks and Books

Friday, September 15

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

In honor of Hispanic American Heritage Month our group has chosen to celebrate recipes from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We will meet on Friday, September 15 at 12:15pm in the library’s Activity Room with our chosen dishes.

The Cooks & Books group is a cookbook group. We meet the 3rd Friday of each month and take turns choosing a cookbook or theme to cook from. Each member then makes a chosen dish to bring to the meeting where we feast and discuss the cookbook and recipes. It’s a whole lot of fun and great food. 

Participation is limited so if you are interested in joining this group, please contact Sarah Robertson at or call (845) 687-7023 ext. 8.

French Conversation with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, September 19

1-2 pm - in the Activity 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. This group is meeting in-person in the Activity Room. Registration is not required. For more information contact Sarah Robertson at:

Tuesday, September 26

1-2 pm - in the Activity Room (in September) and on Zoom

¿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 in the activity room or 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.

Contact Sarah Robertson at to join the group.


with Rosemary Deen

Thursdays, August 3, 17, 31

on Zoom 1:30 - 3:00

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.


with Cathy Arra


Monday, August 7, 21


Monday, August 14, 28

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 and Friday

at 10am in the Activity Room

If you are a Mahjong player, join us Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-12 in the Activity Room. No registration is required. The group is playing with the 2023 card. All levels are welcome. Come join in the fun!

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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.

New to the Library


New DVDs

The Automat

The Blue Caftan


Endeavor Season 8

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

The Menu



Paradise Highway

Parallel Mothers



Turn Every Page

The Velvet Queen

Wakanda Forever

The Woman King



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