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May 2023 Newsletter

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” - Orhan Pamuk, The New Life


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Saturday, May 13


In the Library yard

Join us on the library lawn for our Annual Plant Sale. We will have a variety of donated plants from flowers to vegetables. The Library Knitters will be with us with all sorts of treasures. We'll be having a Plant Accessories Table as well as a Bake Sale. Libraries are magical places so other surprises may just pop-up! This event is rain or shine.

If you can help us with the sale by dividing some of your plants from your home garden, please stop by the library where we will have empty pots waiting for you by the garden gate. We are also accepting new or gently used garden accessories for the sale. Plants and the accessories can be dropped off at the library the week of May 1st but not sooner please.

Planting a Pollinator Garden

with Victoria Coyne

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Saturday, May 6, 10:30-11:30 Rain or Shine

Library Lawn

Please Register

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. That’s one out of every three bites of food you eat." Join us as we learn how to put in a pollinator garden with local expert, Victoria Coyne of Victoria Gardens. You too can learn how to create a garden and feed our pollinators. This program will be held on the library lawn and is rain or shine so dress accordingly. Registration is required. 

Japanese American Incarceration 

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Monday, May 15, 7pm Zoom Program 

To register contact:

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are offering this historical Zoom program with Jeffrey Urbin, of the FDR Presidential Library. After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, Japanese Americans were rounded up and forced into Internment Camps. People on the West Coast worried members of the region’s large Japanese American community might be working with Japan’s military to plan acts of sabotage. Join us as we explore the backlash endured by Japanese Americans as the nation prepared for war. Discover what fueled the anti-Japanese sentiments and learn about the terrible treatment and conditions in these internment camps. Join us as we learn about the important and painful history of the Japanese Incarceration and the lessons it holds for us today.  

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. 

Accepting Book Donations - LIMITED

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The library will be accepting book donations

on the following dates:

April 29, from 12-2pm Children’s Books only.

May 6, from 12-2pm Adult Fiction books only.

We are only accepting books in good/excellent condition.

Two bags per person please

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!

  • Thursday, May 4: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road Parking lot.
  • Thursday, May 11: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.
  • Thursday May 18: Meet at the O&W rail trail Marcott Road Parking lot.
  • Thursday May 25: Meet at the WV rail trail lot at the Women’s Studio Workshop

Understanding Medicare with Dan Calabrese

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Tuesday, May 23, 7pm on Zoom

To register contact:

Are you reaching Medicare Enrollment age? Have you worked past 65 and had employer healthcare coverage but are now planning to retire? Do you want information about Medicare to help a loved one?

If so, we can help. This educational Zoom webinar on Medicare will educate you about the four different parts of Medicare, Medicare Supplements vs. Medicare Advantage Plans, when you can first enroll in Medicare, when you can change plans and more. 

Dan Calabrese began Sunrise Advisors Group specializing in Medicare, Life and Long-Term care over ten years ago. In addition to meeting with people at their homes or businesses, Dan regularly offers Medicare seminars for people new to Medicare. 

Dan is Certified in Long-term Care Planning and holds the CLTC designation for such planning. He has written and published several article on Medicare, Long-Term Care and life insurance which are available to read on Dan has lived with his family in Dutchess County, New York for over twenty-one years. He has a strong commitment to the continued prosperity of the beautiful Hudson Valley as well as the surrounding areas of New York and Connecticut. 

Paintings and Printmaking:

The Art of Lora Shelley 

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May 9 through June 30

Artist’s reception including a printmaking demonstration, May 27, from 1-3pm

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.

Technology Tuesdays

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By Appointment only

Activity Room

Are you a senior looking for help with your iPhone? We can help. Starting in April you can schedule an appointment and learn how to get the most out of your iPhone. 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.

Vote for us at the Chronogram!

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News from the Foundation

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Hudson Valley Gives Day is coming up on May 17!

Stay tuned for more info and links!


This annual day of Online Giving is one of our most important fundraising events of the year.  Last year you helped to make HV Gives a big success for the Library and we’re counting on your support again this year. Your gift impacts our entire community today and for generations to come, sustaining and growing the Library as a center of connection and life-long learning.


Check email and social media for exciting HV Giving Day Deals, Matching Gift Opportunities, and HVG prizes!  

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

Children's Program

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Wednesday, May 24 for ages 8 and up. 

3:00-5:00 ( for students coming from Marbletown Elementary School they can jump in on the program at 3:30)


Celebrate Polish tradition and May flowers by creating traditional Polish Wycinanki (Vee-chee-non-kee), which are cut paper flowers! These beautiful paper cuts are a tradition that has been created by Polish artists for many years. Come and enjoy picking your own colors for your own creative flowers! Jill Obrig will be instructing participants in how to cut and design their flowers. 

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

After Hours Game Night at the Library

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Friday, May 5, 6-8:30pm  

Ages 15+

Registration Required

The Library is starting an after hours game night for ages 15 to adults. 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. The library doors will open at 6pm and close at 6:15pm so be here on time for an evening of fun.


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, May 10

11am in the Activity Room

The book for May 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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Book Group

Wednesday, May 17

11am in the Activity Room

The book for May is Murder on Lexington Avenue: A Gaslight Mystery by Victoria Thompson.

When Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is assigned to investigate the murder of an influential man in the deaf community-presumably because his own son is hearing impaired. The difference being that each of them attends a school with differing philosophies, and those differences are quite wide and of the sort that will never be resolved. Also, it seems that the murderer may be associated with his son's school. Midwife Sarah Brandt lends a hand, only to find herself searching for a killer in an unfamiliar world where those who can hear refuse to listen to those who cannot.

This book brings history, fiction and mystery together in a tidy package. There are 25 books in the Gaslight Mystery series, including Murder on Lenox Hill, and Murder on Fifth Avenue.

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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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Cooks and Books

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Friday, May 19

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

This month our Cooks & Books group will be cooking from Ina Garten’s very first cookbook, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. The group will meet on May 19 at 12:15pm in the library’s Activity Room with their chosen dishes.

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, May 16

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, May 23

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, May 4, 18

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, May 1, 15


Monday, May 8, 22

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

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.

New to the Library

New Fiction

Simply by David Baldacci

The Trackers by Charles Frazier

The Way of the Bear: a Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito novel by Anne Hillerman

Robert Ludlum's The Treadstone Rendition by Joshua Hood

Homecoming by Kate Morton

The Fourth Enemy: a Daniel Pitt novel by Anne Perry

Dark Angel: a Letty Davenport novel by John Sanford

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

New Non-Fiction

Motto Street: a Chinese American Familky's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming by Ava Chin

The Last Cold Place: A Field Season Studying Penguins in Antarctica by Naira deGracia

Toronto by Fodor's

Essential Turkey by Fodor's

Costa Rica by Insight Guides

The Elephants of Thula Thula by Francoise Malby-Anthony

Tasting History: Explore the Past Through 4,000 Years of Recipes by Max Miller

Cuba by Rough Guide

France by Rick Steves

New DVDs

Confess Fletch - Jon Hamm, Lorenza Izzo

Emily - Emma Mackey, Fionn Whitehead

Frozen Planet II - David Attenborough

Gaslit - Julia Roberts, Sean Penn

His Dark Materials - Season 2, 3

Living - Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood



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