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“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people's legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.” – Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen

December 2023 Newsletter

Holiday Closing Dates

The Library will be closed the following dates: Saturday, December 23, and Monday, December 25 for the Christmas Holidays and Monday, January 1, New Year's Day. Our digital services are available 24/7. Happy Holidays from all of us at the Stone Ridge Library!

Koekje, Cooky, or Cookie? A History of American Christmas Cookies

Koekje, Cooky, or Cookie? A History of American Christmas Cookies

Monday, December 11, 7pm

Zoom Program

Why do the Brits call them biscuits and we call them cookies? The answer lies in the 17th century Dutch colony of New Netherland. But cookies have a peculiar history. Once the purview only of the wealthy, their flavors, shapes, and textures have changed over time. Influenced by changing technologies, household labor, slavery, social status, agricultural innovations, and immigration, cookies have become the standard American Christmastime treat. But how did we get there?

In this illustrated lecture, including multiple historic recipes, food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson discusses the history of cookies in America, including their Medieval backgrounds, Christmas traditions through the ages, the influence of immigrant foodways in the United States, and why we eat so many cookies during the holiday season.

Register here and be sure to include your email in your registration so we can send you the zoom link.

This program is a collaboration between the Millbrook, Putnam, Staatsburg and Warner Libraries.

Sarah Wassberg Johnson has an MA from the University at Albany in public history and has been studying food and the First World War since 2015. She has been featured on all three seasons of The History Channel’s “The Food That Built America,” and has been featured on NPR, the Atlantic, CNN, USA Today, Atlas Obscura, and more. She has published in New York History journal and the Agricultural History journal and is working on her book, "Preserve or Perish: Food in New York State during the Great War, 1916-1919," under contract with SUNY Press.

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After Work Yoga Extended Dates!

Wednesdays, December 6, 13 & 20


Marbletown Community Center

Thanks to the Town of Marbletown Parks and Rec. Dept. we are able to continue to offer free Wednesday yoga classes for the rest of 2023! Classes will continue to 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. These classes are 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.

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News from the Foundation

Your community - your library!

In this season of giving thanks, the Stone Ridge Library Foundation offers gratitude to the friends, donors, patrons, staff and volunteers who help the Library continue to be a bustling, vibrant center of community activity.

Thank you for appreciating the many roles our Library plays besides simply lending books. We rely on your support to help:

  • Provide free access to books, media and educational programs, databases and services
  • Host events that provide diverse learning opportunities and promote inclusion
  • Foster a sense of community
  • Develop a love of learning in kids

All contributions are important and greatly appreciated. A gift to the Library is a gift to the community! 

Show your support by donating todayclick here to give!

Flora and Fauna, A Compilation

exhibit by Donna Calcavecchio

Art Exhibit Flora and Fauna, Portraits in Nature by Donna Calcavecchio


Donna Calcavecchio has a BFA with a major in illustration from Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts and has worked as a graphic designer for the past 30 years, winning several design awards along the way. Her expertise encompasses all aspects of graphic design, including publication and website design. Several years ago her interest in illustration was reignited after taking a workshop with world-renowned botanical illustrator Wendy Hollander. One workshop led to many more with Wendy, and then more with equally renowned Carol Woodin. Several classes at the New York Botanical Garden followed, the latest being an exceptionally informative, challenging, and rewarding class in plant morphology with the late Dick Rauh.

A Hudson Valley native, Donna became fascinated by all things in nature as a child and credits her cousin Bill’s nature walks with stimulating her interest. She has an extensive collection of somewhat peculiar but interesting rocks, seashells, twigs, wasp galls, bark and lichen, acorns, even some dried leaves and blossoms. There’s always something on hand to sketch. Her main interest has always centered on drawing botanicals with colored pencils. However, when she was asked by Scenic Hudson to do a series of drawings in pen and ink for a new website, the unfamiliar medium proved to be an exciting departure from her usual go-to pencils and was quite challenging as it included native flora as well as native fauna; hence the name of this show: Flora and Fauna, Portraits in Nature.

Holiday Table

Our Holiday Table will be up soon so be sure to stop by and check out our assortment of items for sale. All proceeds from these sales go directly to the library.

Thank you for the donations and for shopping with us!

Library Knitters Holiday Sale

Our annual Library Knitters Sale is up with new items being added regularly. We have hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens and much, much more. All purchases can be made at the circulation desk. Proceeds of all sales go directly to the library.

Thank you for shopping with us!

Teen Activities

Friday, December 1

Teen Game Night

Teens 15+

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.

Register here

Kids Programs

Holly Day

Wednesday, December 13,  3:30-4:30

Join us for our annual holiday story hour: stories, snacks, and crafts.

The program is suitable for all ages and all faiths, a time of joy and celebration.

To register click here

Preschool Story Time

Thursday, December 14  10:00am

Enjoy stories, songs and crafts with Jess and Lyndsey in this preschool level program.  For children ages 3-5

We appreciate partnering with the Town of Marbletown Youth Commission to bring you this program.

To register click here

Beading Day

Wednesday, December 20, 3:30-4:30

Children who are interested in beading can join us for beading crafts. We will have beads, string, wire, key chain, and jewelry armatures will be available for them to create gifts for their family and friends. 

To register click here


Let’s Move with the Library!

Thursdays, 12-1 on Local Rail Trails

The weather may be chilly but we are going to Saunter On!

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 in some steps 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!

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, December 7: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road parking lot.

  • Thursday, December 14: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.

  • Thursday, December 21: Meet at the O&W rail trail at the Cottekill Fire Dept. parking lot.

  • Thursday, December 28: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Women's Studio Workshop parking lot.

Book Groups

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, December 13

1pm in the Activity Room

*Please note the time change.*

The book for November is The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O' Farrell

Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo: free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings, and devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf. Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now enter an unfamiliar court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed.

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Clio's Muse

History Book Group

December is voting month for the History Book Group

This month the History book group will not be meeting. We will be voting on next year's book list. if you are a member of this group please cast your votes by December 15th.

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Book Group

Wednesday, December 20

11am in the Activity Room

The book for December is A Share In Death by Deborah Crombie

"A week's holiday in a luxurious Yorkshire time-share is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But the discovery of a body floating in the whirlpool bath ends Kincaid's vacation before it's begun. Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised dramatically when a second murder occurs, and Kincaid and James find themselves in a determined hunt for a fiendish felon who enjoys homicide a bit too much." -- From goodreads.

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Cooks & Books

Friday, December 15

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

During this holiday season we are celebrating cultural and religious traditions from around the world. Members can choose recipes that celebrate our diversity, be it Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Christmas or Bohdi Day. With so many holidays during this festive time of year, we have plenty to choose from.

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, December 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, January 23

1-2 pm on Zoom

***There will be no Spanish Conversation in December due to the Christmas Holiday break and limited library staff. We will see you in January 2024***

¿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, December 7 and 21

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, December 11


Monday, December 4 and 18

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!


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 Fiction

The Edge by James Baldacci

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Sister of Starlit Seas by Terry Brooks

Nineteen Steps by Millie Bobby Brown

Tom Clancy: Command and Control (A Jack Ryan Novel)

by Marc Cameron

Dirty Thirty by Janet Evanovich

The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith

Death’s End by Cixin Liu

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

From A Far and Lovey Country by Alexander McCall Smith

12 Months To Live by James Patterson

The Traitor Among Us by Anne Perry

Second Act by Danielle Steel

Iron Flame by Rececca Yarros

New Non Fiction

A Very Vegan Christmas: Plant-Based Recipes for Celebrating in Style by Sam Dixon

The Great American Recipe Cookbook Season 2 Edition: 100 Memorable Recipes to Celebrate the Diversity and Flavors of American Food by the Great American Recipe

5 Ingredients Mediterranean: Simple Incredible Food by Jamie Oliver

Bibimbap: And Other Asian Inspired Rice & Noodle Bowl Recipes by Ryland Peters and Small

Cordials From Your Kitchen by Pattie Vargas and Rich Gulling

New DVDs


Chile '76


King On Screen

The Night of the 12th


The Sopranos 5th Season


Yellowjackets Season 1

Yellowjackets Season 2



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