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November 2022 Newsletter

“The problem with books is that they end. - Caroline Kepnes, You

Gratitude Jars

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November is a time of giving thanks. Please join us in lifting spirits by making your own Gratitude Jar. A Gratitude Jar can be any jar (the Library will be using a recycled pickle jar), decorated with stickers and ribbon and filled with little notes of gratitude. Simply write a note of what you are grateful for and put it in the jar. The notes can be read daily with family or saved and read at your Thanksgiving meal. The library will have our jar in the circulation area and will be posting notes on social media throughout the month. Examples can be simple things: good health, family, a child who slept through the night, time with a friend or a new library book. We will provide the decorations and notes, you provide the jar! Stop in and pick yours up at the circulation desk and join us as we express our gratitude for our patrons and our community.

Compassion Poppers

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These little packages are filled with a random act of kindness to fulfill. Please take one and help us spread a little extra kindness around. If you would like, share your experience. And tag us on Instagram #stoneridgelibrary

Tree Portraits by Kristin Flynn

November 5-December 31

Artist Reception Saturday, December 3, 1-3pm Activity Room 

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Artist Statement: Joy for me is being outside in the woods where trees are constant friends. The sunlit oak marking a turn in the trail, the row of maples I pass on a bike ride, the old pasture pine outside my Adirondack shack - I love these trees. I give thanks, say good morning, and often throw my arms around their trunks in awe and sorrow. Because of human actions, trees are suffering from numerous invasive pests and intense, damaging heat and storms. These effects of climate change highlight the connectedness of us all and the impermanence of life as we have known it. My tree portraits strive, respectfully, to document their beauty and honor their lives. I play with color, at times contrasting and changing, to add focus and emotion to a composition.

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Kristin Flynn is a painter living in the Hudson Valley. Her nature based drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous regional gallery shows at Bard College, Marist College, PS209, Be Gallery, KMOCA, Donskoj Gallery, Barrett Art Center, SUNY Albany, SUNY Ulster and Stone Ridge Center for the Arts. She has also exhibited in group and solo shows in New York City at The Painting Center, Margaret Bodell Gallery and in group and solo shows with the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery. Kristin has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, Jentel in Sheridan, Wyoming and the Platte Clove A.I.R. in Arkville. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, an A.A.S. in Textiles from Rochester Institute of Technology and studied painting at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. Currently Kristin is an adjunct associate professor at SUNY Ulster Community College in the fashion design program she created.

Cooks and Books

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Friday, November 18

12:15pm, Activity Room

This month the Cooks & Books book group is making favorite

Thanksgiving side dishes. Brussels sprouts, stuffing, cinnamon apples, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole or maybe some really delicious secret family recipe! Yum! We will meet in the library activity room, dishes in hand, for tasting and discussion.

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.


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, November 9

12:30 in the Activity Room

The book for November is House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon. At the behest of his agent, renowned author Yoel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. While touring the Jewish Museum with his wife, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of pre-war Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful face of his beloved mother staring back at him, posing with her husband, Yoel's older sister, Nettie...and an infant he doesn't recognize. This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam's dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger-but at a cost. The deeper into the past Yoel digs, the better he understands his mother's silence, and the more urgent the question that has unconsciously haunted him for a lifetime --Who am I?-- becomes. 

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Book Group

Wednesday,November 16

11am in the Activity Room

The book for November is The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate. Hayley Burke has landed a dream job. She is the new curator of Lady Georgiana Fowling's First Edition library. The library is kept at Middlebank House, a lovely Georgian home in Bath, England. Hayley lives on the premises and works with the finicky Glynis Woolgar, Lady Fowling's former secretary. Mrs. Woolgar does not like Hayley's ideas to modernize The First Edition Society and bring in fresh blood. And she is not even aware of the fact that Hayley does not know the first thing about the Golden Age of Mysteries. Hayley is faking it till she makes it, and one of her plans to breathe new life into the Society is actually taking flight--an Agatha Christie fan fiction writers group is paying dues to meet up at Middlebank House. But when one of the group is found dead in the venerable stacks of the library, Hayley has to catch the killer to save the Society and her new job.

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Thursday, December 8

Zoom meeting at 7pm

In December we will discuss The Edge of the World: a Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye.  Saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, artists and intellectuals: they all criss-crossed the grey North Sea in the so-called "dark ages," the years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Europe's mastery over the oceans. Michael Pye reveals the cultural transformation sparked by those men and women: the ideas, technology, science, law, and moral codes that helped create our modern world. This is the magnificent lost history of a thousand years. It was on the shores of the North Sea where experimental science was born, where women first had the right to choose whom they married; there was the beginning of contemporary business transactions and the advent of the printed book. 

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Tuesday, November 15

1-2 pm - in the Community 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, November 22

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, November 3, 17

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.


with Cathy Arra


Monday, November 14, 28


Monday, November 7, 21

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

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Next in Line by Jeffrey Archer

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson

The Winners by Fredrik Backman

Long shadows: a Memory Man Thriller by David Baldacci

The Singularities by John Banville

Where the Sky Begins by Rhys Bowen

Treasure State: a Cassie Dewell novel by C.J. Box

No Plan B: a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child

The Rising Tide: a Vera Stanhope novel by Ann Cleeves

Livid: a Scarpetta novel by Patricia Cornwell

The Boys from Biloxi: A Legal Thriller by John Grisham

Clive Cussler's Hellburner: a novel of the Oregon Files by Mike Madden

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

Disaster at the Vendome Theater by M.L. Longworth

Robert B Parker's Fallout by Mike Lupica

A Song of Comfortable Chairs by Alexander McCall Smith

Mother Daughter Traitor Spyby Susan Elia MacNeal

The Oracle of Maracoor: Volume Two of Another Day by Gregory Maguire

The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy

No Strangers Here: a County Kerry mystery by Carlene O'Connor

Nights of Plague by Orhan Pamuk

A Truth to Lie For by Anne Perry

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Desperation in Death by JD Robb

Righteous Prey: a Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers novel by John Sanford

Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks

The Bad Angel Brothers by Paul Theroux

Distant Thunder: a Stone Barrington novel by Stuart Woods

New Non-Fiction

Great American Road Trips: Best of 50 States

Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad by Matthew F Delmont

Indigenous Firsts: a History of Native American Achievements and Events by Yvonne Wakim Dennis

Go-To Dinners: Make Ahead, Freeze Ahead, Prep Ahead, Easy Assembled by Ina Garten

Sheet Pan Sweets: Simple, Streamlined Dessert Recipes by Molly Gilbert

Engines: The Inner Workings of Machines That Move the World by Theodore Gray

Abandoned Upstate New York by Nicholas Long

Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen by George McCalman

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham

Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human by Siddhartha Mukerjee

How to Speak Whale: a Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication by Tom Mustill

A Heart Full of Headstones: an Inspector Rebus novel by Ian Rankin

New DVDs

Bullet Train - Brad Pitt, Joey King

Call the Midwife - Season 11

Nope - Daniel Kaluuya

Thor: Love and Thunder - Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman



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