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December 2022 Newsletter

“No. I can survive well enough on my own — if given the proper reading material.” -

Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Holiday Gifts at the Library

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This annual favorite will feature work created by Library staff and the Saturday Knitters throughout the month of December.


A portion of the proceeds will go to the Library. 

Decked Out for the Holidays

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Monday, Dec. 12, 7pm via Zoom

Presented by Jana Millbocker

Start the holiday season off right with a fantastic tour of gardens in winter with Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens. Visit magnificently decorated conservatories and mansions and beautifully lit gardens during the holiday season! The tour includes Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Newport Mansions, Blithewold, and others. Registration is required for this program. Be sure to include your email address so we can send you the zoom link.

Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker, and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She is the author of three travel guides, including the newly published The Garden Tourist’s Florida. She has lectured at flower shows, horticultural societies, garden clubs, and libraries throughout the Northeast. She is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. ( She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and active in the Garden Club Federation of Mass., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and Garden COMM International.

Tree Portraits by Kristin Flynn

Through December 31

Artist Reception Saturday, December 3, 1-3pm Activity Room 

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Artist Statement: Joy for me is being outside in the woods where trees are constant friends. The sunlit oak marking a turn in the trail, the row of maples I pass on a bike ride, the old pasture pine outside my Adirondack shack - I love these trees. I give thanks, say good morning, and often throw my arms around their trunks in awe and sorrow. Because of human actions, trees are suffering from numerous invasive pests and intense, damaging heat and storms. These effects of climate change highlight the connectedness of us all and the impermanence of life as we have known it. My tree portraits strive, respectfully, to document their beauty and honor their lives. I play with color, at times contrasting and changing, to add focus and emotion to a composition.

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Kristin Flynn is a painter living in the Hudson Valley. Her nature based drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous regional gallery shows at Bard College, Marist College, PS209, Be Gallery, KMOCA, Donskoj Gallery, Barrett Art Center, SUNY Albany, SUNY Ulster and Stone Ridge Center for the Arts. She has also exhibited in group and solo shows in New York City at The Painting Center, Margaret Bodell Gallery and in group and solo shows with the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery. Kristin has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, Jentel in Sheridan, Wyoming and the Platte Clove A.I.R. in Arkville. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, an A.A.S. in Textiles from Rochester Institute of Technology and studied painting at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. Currently Kristin is an adjunct associate professor at SUNY Ulster Community College in the fashion design program she created.

Children's Programming

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The Children's Room is offering After School Story Hours, “Take and Make” story time projects and Tween and Teen After School Activities in the month of December. It's all on our website. more


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The Stone Ridge Library is fortunate to have many supporters like you, who value your community and the services our Library provides.

There is no other resource in our community quite like the Library. Over the past year we've seen how vibrant and valuable the Library is to so many of our patrons. We kept kids and teens busy with story hours, art and craft projects, films, games and educational activities. We connected people from all over our community at our Plant and Book Sales. We never stopped discussing mysteries, histories, and bestsellers through our book clubs. New library programs kept us exercising, walking local trails and cooking tasty new treats every month. Local residents used our computers, free internet, and printer every day. Thousands of books and videos were checked out, and many young children got their very first library card!

Throughout the year you showed your support with donations, participating in programs, and checking out items. We couldn't do it without you!

Your gifts help to strengthen the bonds our Library develops within our community between parents and children who read together, foreign language students who learn together, preschoolers who play and grow together, writers who share together, quilters who create together, and more.

Your contributions help to make all of this possible, and support from our community is becoming ever more important. Click here to DONATE and help us continue to provide the services our community relies on. 

Thank you for your continued support!


Discover your next great read

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Whichbook is a great reader's advisory site from the UK with lots of selectable parameters to help you find your next book. Fancy something unusual and unpredictable? Funny or sexy? No problem. Use the unique mood and emotion search to find great books with exactly the flavor you've asked for. You can also find books using the world map, or character & lot, or find books with a similar mood to current Bestsellers. Flip the slider setting from optimistic to unusual and the books offered are quite different. Click on a book cover that intrigues you to find out more.


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, December 14

11am in the Activity Room

The book for December is The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new 'emancipation' bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn't about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a 'termination' that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans 'for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run'? 

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Book Group

Wednesday, December 21

11am in the Activity Room

The book for December is Death at the Chateau Bremont by M. L. Longworth. Set in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence, France, Death at the Château Bremont introduces readers to Antoine Verlaque, the handsome and seductive chief magistrate of Aix, and his on-again, off-again love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet. When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family château, the town is abuzz with rumors. Verlaque suspects foul play and must turn to Marine for help when he discovers that she had been a close friend of the Bremonts. This is a lively whodunit steeped in the rich, enticing, and romantic atmosphere of southern France.

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, December 7

Zoom meeting at 7pm

In December we will discuss The Edge of the World: a Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye. Saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, artists and intellectuals: they all criss-crossed the grey North Sea in the so-called "dark ages," the years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Europe's mastery over the oceans. Michael Pye reveals the cultural transformation sparked by those men and women: the ideas, technology, science, law, and moral codes that helped create our modern world. This is the magnificent lost history of a thousand years. It was on the shores of the North Sea where experimental science was born, where women first had the right to choose whom they married; there was the beginning of contemporary business transactions and the advent of the printed book. 

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Cooks and Books

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Friday, December 16

12:15pm, Activity Room

This month Cooks & Books will celebrate the holiday season with a festive feast of holiday appetizers while also sharing recipes for favorites holiday cocktails and mocktails. Mushroom Palmiers? Devils on Horseback? Spicy cheddar crackers? Who knows? This group knows how to cook and celebrate deliciously. 

If you are interested in joining the Cooks and Books book group, contact Sarah Robertson at or call (845)687-7023 ext. 8.

Registration is required.

Tuesday, December 20

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, December 27

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.

Contact Sarah Robertson at to join the group.


with Rosemary Deen

Thursdays, December 1, 8

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.

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with Cathy Arra


Monday, December 12


Monday, December 5, 19

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 beginner, join us for our Tuesday group. No registration is required. We do encourage players to wear mask while entering and exiting the library, but once you are in the Activity Room, it is up to the group’s discretion.

Friday's Mahjong group is for more advanced players. New, experienced players are welcome. Come join in the fun!


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

Peril in Paris: A Royal Spyness Mystery by Rhys Bowen

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine: A Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich

Triple Cross: An Alex Cross Thriller by James Patterson

A Christmas Deliverance by Anne Perry

The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina UrQuhart

New Non-Fiction

The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine that Made the Modern World by Bryan Appleyard

A Visible Man by Edward Enninful

Puppies for Dummies by Sarah Hodgson

Moon USA National Parks by Becky Lomax

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama

New DVDs

The Good House - Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline

Moonage Daydream - David Bowie

The Power of the Dog - Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst

Station Eleven - Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel

Top Gun Maverick - Tom Cruise, Miles Teller



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