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January 2023 Newsletter

“Reading is an active, imaginative act; it takes work.” - Khaled Hosseini

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Please check for updated closings or delays at the Library. We will also be posting the information on our Facebook page and Instagram page.

Home Downsizing

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Home Downsizing Workshop with Mike Ivankovich

Monday, Jan 23, 2-3:30pm via zoom


The Stone Ridge Library, in collaboration with the Elting Memorial Library is proud to offer, Home Downsizing Workshop: Don’t know where to begin? We’ll Get You Started! You've spent a lifetime accumulating antiques, collectibles, and other household contents. Now you’re ready to downsize. What do you do with the items that you no longer want or need? In this presentation Mike will show you how you can sell your excess personal property for the greatest amount of cash…with the least amount of work…in the shortest amount of today's rapidly changing market. Registration is required for this program. Please be sure to include your email address when registering so we can send you the zoom link.

Mike Ivankovich has been involved in some phase of the Antiques & Collectibles business for more than 40 years. He is a frequent lecturer and spoken before groups too numerous to list. He has authored more than 20 books and eBooks in his areas of specialty and has written articles and columns for most major national trade papers. As a Home Downsizing Expert & Author he guides clients through the entire Home Downsizing process, helping them deal with their Antiques, Collectibles, and General Household Contents. Mike is also a professional GPPA & MPPA Appraiser specializing in Appraisals for Estate, Insurance, Inheritance, Divorce, Insurance Claim, Non-Cash Charitable Donation, or other legal purposes. As a Pennsylvania Auctioneer, he has been named Pennsylvania's “Auctioneer of the Year” by fellow Auctioneers. Register

Car Maintenance

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The Why's and When's of Car Maintenance

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6pm via Zoom


Join us for an overview of car maintenance with Chaya Milchtein of Mechanic Shop Femme. In this program you will learn when to perform specific maintenance tasks and why they are necessary for the health of your vehicle. The program will include changing oil and filters, tire

pressure, coolant, and much more. This class will help you be an educated consumer and protect your investment as well as being safer on the roads. Questions are encouraged, so come prepared to learn maintenance in a way you never have before. This program is appropriate for ages 16+. Registration is limited. Be sure to include your email address in your registration so we can send you the zoom link.

Bio: Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, journalist, speaker, and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme. Her work has appeared or been featured in publications ranging from the Chicago Tribune and AARP to Shondaland and Parents Magazine. With seven years in the auto industry under her belt and nearly five years of virtual courses, you're sure to find her class engaging and her information easy to understand. You can find her on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and Twitter. Register

The Beauty of Pressed Botanical Specimens by David Schaengold

Art Exhibit Opening 1/9-2/25

Artist Reception 1/21 from 1-3 in the Activity Room

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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. 


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We are sad to share the news that Carolyn Hansen, one of our long-time board members, passed away last month. Carolyn volunteered on our board for many years and was an active patron and supporter of the Library. We are grateful for her years of service to the Library Foundation.

2022 has been quite a year for us all. Throughout it, the Library has continued to be the heart of this community. Your support makes that possible. Thank you for remembering the Stone Ridge Library Foundation in your end-of-year giving plans. A gift to the Library is a gift to the community! Click here to support the Library today.

Contact the SRLF at • 845-687-7023, ext. 7

Rochester Residents

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The Town of Rochester is outside the library tax district, however, the Town has contracted with the Stone Ridge Library to provide 238 paid family memberships to its residents. Additionally, the Library is providing free memberships to all Rondout Valley Students. Non-subsidized memberships are available and are pro-rated. The rates for each month are listed below.

January – $53

February – $49

March – $44

April – $40

May – $35

June – $31

July – $27

August – $22

Sept – $18

Oct – $14

Nov – $9

Dec – $5

All Rochester residents are eligible for a Digital Card. You can register for this online! Answer a few questions and within 1-2 business days you will receive an email with your library card number and temporary PIN. This card can be used to access all of our e-content! E-books, downloadable audiobooks, streaming videos; databases, all available! If you have a current Stone Ridge Library Card you do not need a digital card. Your physical card will give you access to all our digital offerings.

If you have questions, please feel free to email Stone Ridge Library Director Jody Ford.


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, January 11

11am in the Activity Room

The book for January is West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge. Woodrow Wilson Nickel, age 105, feels his life ebbing away. But when he learns giraffes are going extinct, he finds himself recalling the unforgettable experience he cannot take to his grave. It's 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California's first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones, including the world's first female zoo director, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted reprobates as spotty as the giraffes.

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Book Group

Wednesday, January 18

11am in the Activity Room

The book for January 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, 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, January 20

12:15pm, Activity Room

This month Cook & Books will be cooking from Julia Child's first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We will meet to discuss and sample recipes January 20 at 12:15 in the library activity room. 

Participation is limited, 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.

French Conversation with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, January 17

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 24

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, January 5, 19

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, January 9, 30


Monday, January 23

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!

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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.

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.



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Book Donations

We cannot accept any book donations at this time.
Please do not put book donations in our book drop.
Address: 3700 Main Street, PO Box 188
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
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