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"In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.” ― Cynthia Rylant,  In November

November 2023 Newsletter

Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman with Stephanie Speer

Thursday, November 9, 2023

2:00-3:30 PM Activity Room

May I meet this moment fully. May I meet it as a friend. This is an opportunity for women over 55 years of age to come together for contemplation and connection to use the tools of mindfulness to meet the joys, sorrows, fears, pleasures and challenges of aging with greater ease, balance, and control. Our time together will include conversation, information, and participation in simple mindfulness meditation practices provided in a safe and supportive environment.

Registration is limited to 12 participants. To register click here

Stephanie Speer M.A.

As an instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Stephanie Speer has been teaching mindfulness practices to individuals and groups for over 30 years. She received her Masters in Humanistic Education from Goddard College and completed her MBSR professional training from Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli

of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Her professional work and personal life has been informed by 35 years of meditation practice and Buddhist studies. As a long term resident of Ulster County, she continues to enjoy the beauty, serenity, and simplicity of living in this rural area which has helped to sustain her meditation practice and enabled her to enter the busyness of the world with greater calm and ease.

After Work Yoga Extended Dates!

Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, & 29


Marbletown Community Center

Thanks to the Town of Marbletown Parks and Rec. Dept. we are able to continue to offer free Wednesday yoga classes for the rest of 2023! Classes will continue to be held at the Marbletown Community Center. All classes will be taught by Laura Brown and we are grateful to be working with her and the Parks and Rec. Dept. to bring these classes to our community.

Participants must register for each class. To register click on the links below:

Wed. 11/1

Wed. 11/8

Wed. 11/15

There will be no class on November 22 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday

Wed. 11/29

Laura loves bringing yoga into people’s lives, encouraging her students to welcome space, breath, and movement to reset their bodies and minds. These classes are 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.

Questions? Contact: Programs

News from the Foundation


Our Online Auction was a big hit last month! Many thanks to all the local businesses, organizations and people who donated to the auction as well as to everyone who placed bids. Thanks to you, it was our most successful auction to date! We appreciate your support so much!  

Compassion Poppers & Gratitude Jars

Holidays can be hard! 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! 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

Infusing Booze for Holiday Gifts

Infusing Booze for Holiday Gifts

Saturday, November 18, 4-6pm

Looking for fun gifts to make for loved ones? Join us for an after hours special program as we learn how to infuse different alcohols for gift giving over the holiday season. We will be making Limoncello, Spicy Cinnamon whisky, Spiced Pecan liqueur and more. Every participant will bring home recipes and a small bottle of one of our creations. Light refreshments will be served and we will be sampling Glogg, a fortified mulled wine.

Must be 21years of age to participate. Registration is limited.

Register Here

Flora and Fauna, A Compilation

exhibit by Donna Calcavecchio

Art Exhibit Flora and Fauna, A Compilation by Donna Calcavecchio


Artist Reception Friday, November 9, 4:30-7pm

A trained illustrator and designer, Donna Calcavecchio has a BFA with a major in illustration from Manhattan’s School of Visual Arts. She has worked as a graphic designer for the past 30 years winning several design awards along the way. Her expertise encompasses all aspects of graphic design including publication design and website design.

Several years ago her interest in illustration was reignited after taking a workshop with world renowned botanical illustrator Wendy Hollander. One workshop led to many more with Wendy, and then more with equally renowned Carol Woodin. Several classes at the New York Botanical Garden followed, the latest being an exceptionally informative, challenging and rewarding class in plant morphology with the late Dick Rauh. A Hudson Valley native, Donna became fascinated by all things in nature as a child and credits her cousin Bill’s nature walks with stimulating her interest. She had, and still has a quite large collection of somewhat peculiar, but interesting rocks, seashells, twigs, wasp galls, bark and lichen, acorns, even some dried leaves and blossoms. There’s always something on hand to sketch. Her main interest has always been centered on drawing botanicals with colored pencils. However, when she was asked by Scenic Hudson to do a series of drawings in pen and ink for a new website, the unfamiliar medium proved to be an exciting departure from her usual go-to pencils and was quite challenging as it included native flora as well as native fauna, hence the name of this show; Flora and Fauna, A Compilation

Let’s Move with the Library!

Thursdays, 12-1 on Local Rail Trails

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.” If you are looking to meet new people and get in some steps 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! for information or maps click here: O&W Rail Trail and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

  • Thursday, November 2: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road parking lot.

  • Thursday, November 9: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.

  • Thursday, November 16: Meet at the O&W rail trail at the Cottekill Fire Dept. parking lot.

  • We will NOT meet November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Thursday, November 30: Meet at the O&W rail trail Rest Plaus parking lot.

Holiday Re-Homing

Do you have baskets, glassware, linens, dishes, candles or ornaments you no longer need? The library is accepting donations for our holiday table through November. 

Please bring your new or gently used items to the library any time we are open. We will find a new home for your items and you will help the library at the same time!

Library Knitters Holiday Sale

Be on the lookout for our annual Library Knitters Sale coming mid-November. We will have hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens and much, much more. All purchases can be made at the circulation desk. Proceeds of all sales go directly to the library.

Thank you for shopping with us!

Teen Activities

Friday, November 17

Teen Game Night

Teens 15+

Join us for after hours game night for teens. If you enjoy group games, come and join in the fun. Games will include Sushi Go, Catan, 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.

Registration Required

Kids Programs

Our After School Story Hours will take a look at Art and Artists.

Learn about Pollock, Monet, Van Gogh, Warhol, Picasso, and Matisse.

Story Hours for Kindergarten- Third grade will meet:

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30  November 1, 8, 15

A Take and Make option with a pre-recorded video is also available for these story hours.

Register for November 1, here.

Register for November 8, here.

Register for November 15, here.

Tween Painting inspired by Georgia O’Keefe

Tuesday, November 14   3:00-4:00   

Grades 4th and up

Be inspired and paint like the great American painter Georgia O’Keefe.

Register using our online calendar here.


Tween Thanksgiving craft Workshop

Tuesday, November 21, 3:00-4:00  

Grades 4th and up

Join us while we make beaded decorative corn and a decorative serving platter.

Register using our online calendar here.


Book Groups

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, November 8

1pm in the Activity Room

*Please note the time change.*

The book for November is Lucy By The Sea by Elizabeth Strout.

With her trademark spare, crystalline prose--a voice infused with "intimate, fragile, desperate humanness" (The Washington Post)--Elizabeth Strout turns her exquisitely tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton through the early days of the pandemic.

As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea.

Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear and struggles that come with isolation, as well as the hope, peace, and possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us even when we're apart--the pain of a beloved daughter's suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship, and the comfort of an old, enduring love.

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Book Group

Wednesday, November 15

11am in the Activity Room

The book for November is Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder

Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant at Miss Brickett's receives a letter of warning, detailing a name, a time, and a place. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can't see--her death the only sign she wasn't alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett's, making everyone a suspect. Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and colleague is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett's and secrets dating back to WWII. / plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett's Investigations. Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, this is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mystery, with an exciting new heroine detective.

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, November 29

Zoom meeting at 7pm

The book for November is An indigenous peoples' history of the United States

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.

In An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them.


Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

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Cooks & Books

Friday, November 17

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

This month we are trying something totally different, a literary take on cooking. We will all cook a recipe from or inspired by our favorite books. Think of Heartburn by Nora Ephron, Still Life by Louise Penny, or any of the Harry Potter books, and choose a recipe. You can also choose a recipe popular at the time your favorite book was written.

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, November 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, November 28

1-2 pm - in the Activity Room (in September) and on Zoom

¿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 in the activity room or 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 2, 16, 30

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 13, 27


Monday, November 6, 20

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 player, join us Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-12 in the Activity Room. No registration is required. The group is playing with the 2023 card. All levels 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.

New to the Library

New Fiction

Secrets of the Nile by Tasha Alexander


Tom Clancy: Weapons Grade by Don Bentley

Lost and Hound by Ritan Mae Brown

The Secret by Lee & Andrew Child


Blood Lines by Nelson DeMille & Alex DeMille


No Reserve by Felix Francis

The Exchange by John Grisham


The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff


The Last Chairlift by John Irving

Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri


The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu


The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Night House by Jo Nesbo


Payback in Death by J. D. Robb


Judgement Prey by John Sandford

Testament by Wilbur Smith

Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward


Obsession by Stuart Woods and Brett Battles


Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros


New Non Fiction

Outlive: The Science & Art of Longevity by Peter Attia, MD with Bill Gifford


Lidia’s: From our Family Table to Yours by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanua Bastianich Manuali

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States 10 Anniversary Edition by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Chutney Life by Palak Patel

The Movie Puzzle Book by Ian Smith & Dr. Gareth Moore

Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments by Joe Posnanski

Maman & Me by Roya Shariat and Gita Sadeh

Real Clothes, Real Lives: 200 Years of What Women Wore by Kiki Smith


New DVDs


Succession: The Final Season



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