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March 2023 Newsletter

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Fork in the Road: Art Exhibition

Featuring Work by Incarcerated Artists

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March 2 – April 29, 2023

Reception: Saturday, March 4, 1-3pm

Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) will present Fork in the Road, an exhibition featuring artwork by incarcerated individuals from correctional facilities in New York State. A brief presentation with the exhibition curator, RTA staff and formerly incarcerated artists of RTA’s visual arts program will take place at the reception.

The concept of the exhibition Fork in the Road—a moment of decision in life or history when a choice must be taken—was the vision of incarcerated participants of RTA’s visual arts program. The exhibition will feature 25-30 artworks from three (3) correctional facilities in New York State: Bedford Hills (women’s maximum security); Green Haven (men’s maximum security) and Woodbourne (men’s medium security) Correctional Facilities. The artwork was created in classes taught by RTA teaching artists Angela Tornello and Claire Wasserman, who also curated the exhibition.

The project is being supported in part by the NoVo Foundation and Arts Mid-Hudson (Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund).

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About Rehabilitation Through the Arts:

The RTA model provides an intensive and comprehensive arts program that builds a sense of community, accountability and develops critical life skills so incarcerated participants can meet the challenges of connecting with family and community when released. RTA’s ongoing success is dramatic: Less than 5% of RTA members return to prison, compared to the national recidivism rate of 60%.

Founded at Sing Sing in 1996, RTA helps people in prison develop critical life skills through the arts, modeling an approach to the justice system based on human dignity rather than punishment. With a roster of over 30 professional teaching artists, RTA operates in six maximum and medium-security men’s and women’s New York State correctional facilities within a 150-mile radius of New York City, including Bedford Hills, Fishkill, Green Haven, Sing Sing, Taconic and Woodbourne. RTA teaches theater, music, dance, creative writing and visual arts to over 225 incarcerated men and women at any one time, with plans to expand its programs within New York State and beyond. Learn more at

Finding Her Way

American Women Artists 1840-1940

with Art Historian Rena Tobey

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Wednesday, March 8, 7-8:30pm Zoom

Registration is required for this 90 minute Zoom program. 

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Join us in a library collaboration celebrating Women’s History Month. Art Historian Rena Tobey will take us on a journey of 100 years of American Women artists, the struggles they faced and their triumphs. We are thrilled to be working with the Clinton Community Library, the Putnam Valley Free Library, the Staatsburg Library and the Warner Library to bring you this program. When libraries work together we are able to bring more programs to our patrons. Theresa Bernstein. In the Elevated. 1916.

The American experiment has allowed for many forms of societal rule-breaking, but historically, women have been bound by tradition. Women artists often found themselves in gender-busting struggles to be taken seriously as professionals, while juggling the demands of their domestic lives. In this talk, we take a close look at their artwork that not only tells the eye-opening, funny, and even sexy stories of historical American women, but also are surprisingly relevant today.

Most of these artists have fallen into obscurity with their death, no matter their success while living. Together we will resuscitate and celebrate the art careers of historical women working over a 100 year period. Join American art historian Rena Tobey for this engaging talk that mirrors American women’s history through the lens of unforgettable art works.

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About Rena Tobey

Rena’s greatest passion is making art accessible, invigorating, insightful, and fun. She has taught art history at NYU's School for Professional Studies and Southern Connecticut State University. Rena provides talks for New York Adventure Club and 92Y, as well as many libraries and 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.

Let’s Get Growing with Erin Enouen

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Monday, March 20,

7-8:30pm Zoom Program

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It’s gardening season and we are thrilled to offer an evening with Erin Enouen, co-owner and farmer of Long Season Farm. To help prepare for a successful growing season, Erin will be teaching about soil health and soil amendments, planting spacing and how to deal with pests and disease in our area. Come and learn with us! Registration is required for this Zoom program.

Erin Enouen has been living and farming in the Hudson Valley region of New York since 2008. In 2014 she started Long Season Farm with her husband Sam Zurofsky. Their 10 acre certified organic farm is focused on providing fresh, high quality and delicious produce year-round. In her role as co-owner/operator at Long Season Farm, Erin serves as the general manager and specifically manages the crop plan, variety selection, greenhouse production, outdoor seeding schedule, and the overall sales plan for the farm.

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Stop the Spotted Lantern Fly!

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Monday, March 27, 5:30pm

Marbletown Community Center

3564 Main St. Stone Ridge

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The Spotted Lantern Fly is an invasive insect that poses a significant danger to agriculture, trees, and recreation in our area. Come and learn about the Spotted Lantern Fly with Juliet Linzmeier, a USDA Plant Protection Technician. Juliet Linzmeier will answer all your questions ranging from, “Why are they so bad?” to “What should I do if I see one?”

You will leave able to recognize the different life stages of these destructive bugs, as well as their favorite foods to drink from and how you can help stop their spread. Reserve your space now and be part of the solution to protect our agriculture!

This program is a collaboration with the Town of Marbletown and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Registration is required. To register contact:

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Children's Programming

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

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.


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, March 8

11am in the Activity Room

The book for 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, March 15

11am in the Activity Room

The book for March is The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves; A female cop with her first big case; A brutal murder Welcome to... The Thursday Murder Club. In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves the Thursday Murder Club. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, March 15

Zoom meeting at 7pm

In March we will discuss 

I Am A Girl From Africa: A Memoir by Elizabeth Nyamayaro. The inspiring journey of a girl from Africa whose near-death experience sparked a dream that changed the world. When severe drought hit her village in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth, then eight, had no idea that this moment of utter devastation would come to define her life purpose. Unable to move from hunger, she encountered a United Nations aid worker who gave her a bowl of warm porridge and saved her life. This transformative moment inspired Elizabeth to become a humanitarian, and she vowed to dedicate her life to giving back to her community, her continent, and the world. Grounded by the African concept of ubuntu - "I am because we are" - I Am a Girl from Africa charts Elizabeth's quest in pursuit of her dream from the small village of Goromonzi to Harare, London, New York, and beyond, where she eventually became a Senior Advisor at the United Nations and launched HeForShe, one of the world's largest global solidarity movements for gender equality.

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Cooks and Books

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Friday, March 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, March 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, March 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, March 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


March 6, 20


Monday, March 13, 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

The Motion Picture Teller by Colin Cotterill

Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Sam by Allegra Goodman

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor

A Fashionable Fatality by Alyssa Maxwell

Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks

Wade in the Water by Nyani Nkrumah

Night Werever We Go by Tracey Rose Peyton

The Cabinet of Dr. Leng by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer

Without a Trace by Danielle Steel

New Non-Fiction

You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays by Nora Neale Hurston 

A Guest at the Feast  by Colm Toibin

New DVDs

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o

Doc Martin - sea 9

The Fabelmans - Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano

House of the Dragon - Season 1

Till - Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall, Framkie Faison

The Woman King - Viola Davis



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