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February 2023 Newsletter

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.” - Maya Angelou

Tuskegee Airmen

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Wednesday, February 15

7pm Zoom Program

In honor of Black History Month we are proud to present The Tuskegee Airmen with Jeffrey Ubin, Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. This zoom session tells the story of how a group of black men, who were once considered of little value to the war effort, proved they could take down enemy aircraft abroad and racial barriers at home.

Registration is required. Be sure to include your email address when registering so we can send you the zoom link. 


Blind Date with a Book

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Starting February 14

Are You Lonesome Tonight? Looking to check out a new reading challenge? How about a Blind Date with a Book? Starting February 14, Valentine's Day, we will have an assortment of Blind Date Books wrapped and ready to go. Each book will be wrapped in brown paper with the first sentence written on the wrapper. All you have to do is choose a book, bring it to the circulation desk, check it out and start reading! A great way to read a book you may have never considered. It could be your next great read or an absolute disaster! Just like a blind date. .

The Beauty of Pressed Botanical Specimens by David Schaengold

Art Exhibit Opening January 9 - February 25

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David Schaengold is a resident of Stone Ridge who in the summer of 2019 first began pressing flowers and leaves as a form of self-expression. His work has been shown in group shows at the Olive Free Library, Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock Jewish Congregation, and The Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. He had a solo exhibition of his work in July 2021 at the Sam’s Point Gallery of Minnewaska State Park, Cragsmoor, New York.

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Artist's statement: Collecting, identifying and mounting flowers and leaves has broadened my appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding me as well as the cycle of the seasons in the Hudson Valley. As I continue this activity, I am increasingly beholding the specimens' appeal and resilience to the elements; the delicacy of the blossom, richness of color, elegance of the stem, fineness of the roots and intricate pattern of the leaves.The resulting specimen mounted in a picture frame pressed under glass is like a memory; vivid at first, fading year to year, recalling a past moment in time.

All proceeds of sales from this exhibit will be donated to the Stone Ridge Library and the Rondout Valley Food Pantry. Thank you David for your generosity to both the library and the food pantry.

Children's Programming

Winter/Spring 2023

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Our After School Story Hours

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The Dewey Decimal Classification System categorizes nonfiction books into ten main groups. Sign up to hear stories and create crafts that reflect each category in

the Dewey Decimal System.

After School Story Hours

Wednesdays 3:30-4:430 on

February 8, 15, 22,

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 &

April 12, 19 (no story hour on April 5)

A simple snack will be provided. Register by visiting our calendar at, or our online calendar or call 687-7023, email Julianna at

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NOTE: Library programs will follow Rondout School weather cancellations. If school is delayed, morning story hours are canceled, if school is closed or after school programs are canceled the library programs will be canceled too.

A Take and Make option with a pre-recorded video is also available for these story hours.

Sign-up on our calendar to receive updates about pickup times and video links.


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It’s time for our annual Valentine’s Wine Raffle! We are spreading the love with THREE fabulous prizes: 

1st Prize:      1 case of Prosecco from Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits

2nd Prize:      3-bottle wine combo (1 red, 1 white, 1 bubbly) from Bluebird Wine & Spirits in Accord 

3rd Prize:       Gourmet chocolates from Lagusta’s Luscious in New Paltz + a 6-pack of gourmet popcorn from BjornQorn in Kerhonkson

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Library Circulation Desk, online (click HERE) or by Venmo:  @StoneRidgeLibrary-Foundation or scan QR code below.


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, March 8

11am in the Activity Room

The book for February and March is The Women of the Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray. An epic generational saga based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in some of humanity's darkest hours. Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women... 

A reluctant resistor... 1940. French schoolteacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war.  

A daring visionary... 1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing--not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. 

A founding mother... 1774. Gently bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. 

A sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together on the shoulders of those who came before us.

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Book Group

Wednesday, February 15

11am in the Activity Room

The book for February is Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany. Murder pays a visit to Gemma Doyle's Sherlock Holmes-themed bookshop. Gemma Doyle, an Englishwoman, has returned to the quaint town of West London on Cape Cod to manage her Great Uncle Arthur's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium. The shop--located at 222 Baker Street--specializes in the Holmes canon and pastiche, and is also home to Moriarty the cat. When Gemma finds a rare and potentially valuable magazine containing the first Sherlock Homes story hidden in the bookshop, she and her friend Jayne (who runs the adjoining Mrs. Hudson's Tea Room) set off to find the owner, only to stumble upon a dead body. Gemma is the police's first suspect, so she puts her consummate powers of deduction to work to clear her name, investigating a handsome rare books expert, the dead woman's suspiciously unmoved son, and a whole family of greedy characters desperate to cash in on their inheritance. 

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, February 8

Zoom meeting at 7pm

In February we will discuss 

The Bright Ages by Matthew Gabriele and David M Perry. The word "medieval" conjures images of the Dark Ages--centuries of ignorance, superstition, stasis, savagery, and poor hygiene. But the myth of darkness obscures the truth; this was a remarkable period in human history. The Bright Ages recasts the European Middle Ages for what it was, capturing this 1,000-year era in all its complexity and fundamental humanity, bringing to light both its beauty and its horrors.

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Cooks and Books

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Friday, February 17

12:15pm, Activity Room

This month Cooks & Books will by making a recipe from chef, author and restaurateur, Yotam Ottolenghi. His books include: Jerusalem, Plenty, Plenty More, Simple and Flavor. We will meet in the  Activity Room at 12:15 to discuss and sample recipes. 

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

Registration is required.

French Conversation with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, February 21

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, February 28

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, February 2, 16

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


February 13


Monday, February 6, 27

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

Tom Clancy Red Winter by Marc Cameron

Night Shift by Robin Cook

The Maze by Nelson DeMille

Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Women of the Chateau LaFayette by Stephanie Dray

The Measure by Nikki Erlick

A Christmas Memory by Richard Paul Evans

Bryant and May Peculiar London by Christopher Fowler

Hands Down: a Dick Francis novel by Felix Francis

Two Degrees by Alan Gratz

The Twist of a Knife by Anthony Horowitz

The Readers Room by Antoine Laurain

Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy

The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh

Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks

Night Wherever We Go by Tracey Rose Peyton

A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny

The Cabinet of Dr Leng by Preston & Child

West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

A Dangerous Business by Jane Smiley

The Librarian Always Rings Twice by Marty Wingate

New Non-Fiction

The U.S. Constitution: a Very Short Introduction by David J Bodenhamer

The Way Home by Kardea Brown

Essential Italy by Fodor's Travel

Vegan Africa: Plant-Based Recipes from Ethiopia to Senegal by Marie Kacouchia

The Intimate City: Walking New York by Michael Kimmerlan

Kurashi at Home: How to Organize your Space and Achieve your Ideal Life by Marie Kondo

A Guest at the Feast: Essays by Colm Toibin

New DVDs

The Banshees of Inisherin - Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson 

Call the Midwife - sea 1, 10, 11

Death in Paradise - sea 11

Emily the Criminal - Aubrey Plaza

Endeavor - sea 8

Father Brown - sea 9

Grantchester - sea 7

The Menu - Ralph Fiennes, Anna Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Holt



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