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June & July 2023 Newsletter

“Once I began to read, I began to exist. I am what I read.” -

Walter Dean Myers, Open a World of Possible


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Sunday, June 11


In the Library yard

Join us on the library lawn for our Annual Children's Day. We will have donated toys and children's books for sale. Children's crafts, activities, and games will be available as well. Bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy the day and make friends.

Please no dogs.

Overflow parking is available at High Meadow School.

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The Children's Room is looking for donated toys for our Children's Day Toy Sale.

As you're going through your Spring Cleaning consider donating used toys to the Stone Ridge Library. We accept toys for all ages, games, puzzles, and stuffies in excellent condition. (no clothes please)

Toys can be dropped off on the little porch by the back door of the library.

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Books Too!

Children's books can be donated on Saturday, June 10, between 10am-noon.

There is a 2 box or bag limit.

Thank you for your donations!

The Red Rose Girls with

Art Historian Rena Tobey

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Thursday, June 15

7pm Zoom Program


While we may not know their names, The Red Rose Girls were celebrated in the early 20 th century as they created iconic images of the American girl and woman. Anything but conventional themselves, Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet Oakley enjoyed extraordinary career success, forging new paths for women artists during the Golden Age of Illustration. Weaving the interests and aesthetics of the cultured elite of Philadelphia’s Main Line with ordinary households across the country, the Red Rose Girls created art of the moment that continues to illustrate our world today. Join American art historian Rena Tobey to learn about these bold New Women and revel in the glories of their art.

This event is over Zoom and registration with your email address is required to get the Zoom link. 

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Rena’s greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She has taught art history at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, and 92nd Street Y. Rena provides talks for New York Adventure Club, as well as many community organizations. She conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, now via Zoom. Just for fun, she has created Artventures!® Game--a cheeky party game on the adventures of art and art history.

After Work Yoga with Laura Brown

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Wednesdays, May 31, June 7, 14 and 21 at 5:30pm

Town of Marbletown Municipal Center

Once again, the library is happy to offer four, hour-long, after-work yoga classes. Classes will be held at the Municipal Center, 1925 Lucas Ave. in Cottekill (old Rosendale School).

We will be in the cafeteria (formerly the Blackboard Bistro) or on the lawn above the playground, weather permitting. These classes will be taught by Laura Brown and we are thrilled to be working with her.

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.

Registration is required individually for each class. 

Let’s Move with the Library!

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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.” So, 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!

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!

  • June 1: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road Parking lot.
  • June 8: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.
  • June 15: Meet at the O&W rail trail Marcott Road Parking lot.
  • June 22: Meet at the WV rail trail lot at the Women’s Studio Workshop.
  • June 29: Meet at the O&W Rest Plaus rail trail Parking lot.
  • July 6: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road Parking lot.
  • July 13: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.
  • July 20: Meet at the O&W rail trail Marcott Road Parking lot.
  • July 27: Meet at the WV rail trail lot at the Women’s Studio Workshop.

Limited Book Donation Dates

The library will be accepting book donations

on the following dates:

June 10, from 10-12pm Children’s Books only.

June 17, from 1--12pm Adult Fiction books only.

We are only accepting books in good/excellent condition.

Two bags per person please

Paintings and Printmaking:

The Art of Lora Shelley 

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May 9 through June 30

The Stone Ridge Library is happy to present Paintings and Printmaking: The Art of Lora Shelley as our May/June Art Exhibit. This show will open Tuesday, May 9 and run through June 30. There will be an Artist’s reception including a printmaking demonstration, May 27, from 1-3pm in the Library Activity Room and light refreshments will be served. The demonstration will start at 2pm.  

Lora Shelley got her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Shelley’s works delve into the artist’s inner world --a rich dream-scape of an empath. Featuring figurative narratives with an emphasis on the human /animal connection. Sometimes dark and sometimes playful, Lora’s figurative works give a nod to her influences: Nolde, Munch, Gauguin, Kollwitz, Alice Neel, Bonnard, Van Gogh, Klimt etc. etc. Lora’s original love of painting and printmaking has expanded over the years to include stoneware clay. Carrying over her unique style into 3D works. As with her paintings and prints, they are all hand-built and hand-painted. Fired to cone 6. And for some reason featuring many bears! 

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At RISD Lora was deeply influenced by her residency in Rome with RISD’s European Honors Program. Lora’s work has been exhibited and is in private collections worldwide -- residing in Australia, Africa, Germany, Italy and France. The Art in Embassies Program selected Lora’s work for exhibition in Lilongwe, Malawi - 2001-3, then again in 2004-7 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa. Her work was then purchased by the seated American Ambassador. 

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Locally, Shelley’s work has graced the covers of -- The Valley Table, The Country and Abroad and Chronogram. Featured Artist in the Catskill Mountain Region Guide (July 2005). Nationally in Decor Magazine several times as well as Art Business News. Always experimenting — In 2017 Lora took on a yearlong project, The Year of the Cat - A Charley a Day - a studio exercise in which she painted her cat, Charley everyday (consecutively!). Culminating in a series of 365 plus paintings of her beautiful black and white rescue cat wrapping around the walls of The Wired Gallery (High Falls, NY) in a solo exhibition (June 2018) celebrating the completion of this project. Each piece is a finished full color mixed media painting/drawing on the backside of cereal box panels (saved from the recycle bin of family and friends)! Shelley refers to this project as a lesson in perseverance and meditation/ therapy through art.

Lynne Friedman: Joy of Summer:

Watercolors and Oils

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Art Exhibit July-August

Artist Reception: Saturday, July 15, 1-3pm

Art is the continuous creation of the world and summer is my favorite season. My focus is on interpreting the shimmering natural world in Ulster County by exploring the magic and richness of the land, of growing things and seasonal change. I want to celebrate and interpret growth and renewal. I work in oil outdoors, en plein air and also in water colors interpreting my visual experiences at different times of day and in varied weather conditions. 

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Lynne has had artist residencies around the work and experienced many new possibilities. She has been chosen to have paintings in U. S. Embassies around the world through the Art in Embassies Program and has pieces in numerous corporations. She has had three museum shows and numerous solo exhibitions in NY's Chelsea galleries. 20% of all sales from the show will go to World Central Kitchens in Ukraine.

Technology Tuesdays

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By Appointment only

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Are you a senior looking for help with your iPhone or iPad? We can help. Schedule a 1hour appointment with our volunteer, Elena and learn how to get the most out of your iPhone and iPad. We can help with setting up reminders for appointments, medication schedules, how to manage your photos or how to successfully attend zoom meetings. If you have specific skills you would like to work on we can help with that too.

To schedule an appointment, send an email to: Please include the type of device and model you are working with and what skills you are looking for help with.  

*These appointments are for learning new skills. We cannot fix or repair your device.

News from the Foundation

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We’re Off To See the Wizard!

Join us at the Hasbrouck House on Thursday, July 6th for a Community Dinner & Movie night to benefit the Stone Ridge Library Foundation!

Come for Oz-themed activities, crafts, food, drinks, and raffle prizes from 5-8PM…stay for the 8PM FREE film screening of The Wizard of Oz! It’s bound to be fun for the whole family - PLUS - 10% of all food & beverage sales from Butterfield Bluestone will be donated to the SRLF! (There’s no place like the Library, after all!)

Stay tuned for more information and keep an eye out for Wizard of Oz - themed programs and events for kids here at the Library in JUNE! 

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Support the Library’s Hudson Valley Gives Campaign now through May 31!

Interested in supporting the Library by offering a Matching Gift or creating your own personal HVG Fundraising Page? Contact SRLF Coordinator Aimee Trumbore for more information: | 845-687-7023 ext. 7


Accepting Toy Donations

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Children's Day Sunday, June 11, 10-2

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Children's Summer Reading Program

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Summer Preschool Story Time with Ligeia Garland  

For children ages 3 years to 5 years

Fridays, July 7, 14, 21, 28  9:30-10:30

Register on our calendar so we can plan and update you about any program changes

(Thank you to the Marbletown Youth Commission for sponsoring this program)

Register by visiting our calendar at, or call 687-7023. Questions, email Julianna at


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Every summer the Stone Ridge Library offers a Summer Reading program to keep kids and their families reading all summer long. We believe reading is a fundamental skill and a gateway to success in life. Summer Reading is a community tradition that promotes reading for fun and lifelong enrichment. Children can earn prizes for reading and attending programs.

There will be two Story Hour Options:

Option 1: In Person Story Hour

Wednesdays at 2:00-3:00 (July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16)

Register on our calendar so we can update you about any program changes:


Option 2: “Take and Make”

Sign up to pick up a craft bag and follow along with a story hour link by Julianna each week. Register on our calendar @  

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Be sure to continue to check the Stone Ridge Library website in June for upcoming programming and opportunities to register for more summer programming like:

  • Marvelous Mondays for tweens and teens.
  • Late afternoon and evening programs for children ages 12 and up. 


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, June 14

11am in the Activity Room

The book for June is Horse by Geraldine Brooks. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred, Lexington, who became America’s greatest stud sire, Horse is a gripping, multi-layered reckoning with the legacy of enslavement and racism in America. A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history Kentucky, 1850. Jarrett, an enslaved groom, and a bay foal forge a bond of understanding that will carry the horse to record-setting victories across the South. As the nation erupts in civil war, an itinerant young artist who has made his name painting the racehorse takes up arms for the Union. New York City, 1954. Martha Jackson, a gallery owner celebrated for taking risks on edgy contemporary painters, becomes obsessed with a 19th equestrian oil painting of mysterious provenance. Washington, DC, 2019. Jess, a Smithsonian scientist from Australia, and Theo, a Nigerian-American art historian, find themselves unexpectedly drawn to one another through their shared interest in the horse – one studying the stallion’s bones for clues to his power and endurance, the other uncovering the lost history of the unsung Black horsemen who were critical to his racing success.

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Wednesday, July 12

11am in the Activity Room

The book for July is The Scribe of Sienna by Melody Winawer. Equal parts transporting love story and gripping historical conspiracy, debut author Melodie Winawer takes readers deep into medieval Italy, where the past and present blur and a twenty-first century woman will discover a plot to destroy Siena. Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother's affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined--a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city. After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi, the fourteenth-century artist at the heart of the plot, Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague. Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love--not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. 


Book Group

Wednesday, June 21

11am in the Activity Room

The book for June is A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson.

While studying wolverines on a wildlife sanctuary in Montana, biologist Alex Carter is run off the road and threatened by locals determined to force her off the land. Undeterred in her mission to help save this threatened species, Alex tracks wolverines on foot and by cameras positioned in remote regions of the preserve. But when she reviews the photos, she discovers disturbing images of an animal of a different kind: a severely injured man seemingly lost and wandering in the wilds. After searches for the unknown man come up empty, local law enforcement is strangely set on dismissing the case altogether, raising Alex's suspicions. Then another invasive predator trespasses onto the preserve. The hunter turns out to be another human--and the prey is the wildlife biologist herself. Alex realizes too late that she has seen too much--she's stumbled onto a far-reaching illegal operation and now has become the biggest threat. 

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Wednesday, July 19

11am in the Activity Room

The book for July is Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk. In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind. A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, June 7

Zoom meeting at 7pm

In June we will discuss 

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age by Annalee Newitz. A quest to explore some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history--and figure out why people abandoned them. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Atalh-y-k in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy's southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today. Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers--slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers--who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia. Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate.

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Tuesday, July 18

Zoom meeting at 7pm

On this Tuesday we will discuss The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton. In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, as lively as legend, and studded with all the suspense and style of a modern fiction master, here is a classic caper novel set a decade before the age of dynamite--yet nonetheless explosive .

Teens After Hours Game Night

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Friday, June 2, July 7, 6-8:30pm  

Ages 15+

6/7: Registration Required

7/7: Registration Required

The Library is starting an after hours game night for ages 15 to 18. If you enjoy group games, come and join in the fun. Games will include Sushi Go, Just Desserts, Sparkle Kitty and more. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. We meet on the first Friday of the month, the doors will open at 6pm and close at 6:15pm so be here on time for an evening of fun.

Cooks and Books

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Friday, June 16, July 21

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

Friday, June 16, 12:15pm Activity Room

In June our Cooks & Books group will be cooking from anything by Alison Roman. She has three books, Sweet Enough, Dining In and Nothing Fancy and all are in the Mid-Hudson Library System. We may meet in the library yard if the weather is nice, with their chosen dishes.

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Friday, July 21, 12:15pm Activity Room

In July Cooks & Books will be cooking with the NYT food writer extraordinaire, Melissa Clark. Participants can choose a recipe from her books or from her New York TImes recipes.  

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. Registration is required. 

French Conversation with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, June 20, July 18

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, June 27, July 25

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. This event is over Zoom and registration with your email address is required to get the Zoom link. 


with Rosemary Deen

Thursdays, June 1, 15, July 6, 20

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. This event is over Zoom and registration with your email address is required to get the Zoom link. 

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with Cathy Arra


Monday, June 5, 26, July 10, 24


Monday, June 12, July 3, 17, 31

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.

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Every Tuesday and Friday

at 10am in the Activity Room

Join us for Mahjong, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 10-12 in the library Activity Room. No registration is required, and beginners and experienced players are welcome on both days. The group is playing from the 2023 card. If you have any questions, contact:

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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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