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October 2022 Newsletter

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.” - Diane Duane, So You Want to Be a Wizard

Food Fight

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Thursday, through Saturday, October 15

The Ulster County Food Fight is an annual food collection contest held in cooperation with fourteen libraries throughout Ulster County from Thursday, September 1 to Saturday, October 15. The “Food Fight” is part of the Great Give Back on October 15, happening throughout New York State. 

The common goal is to “spread food all over Ulster County” by filling up the shelves of local food pantries and putting an end to hunger in our communities. The library that collects the highest number of food items during this period wins the Food Fight, receives a winners’ certificate, and bragging rights for the year!

Help us win the Food Fight with your donations of non-perishable (and non- expired/unopened) food items for local food pantries. It sounds like a messy fight, but this is a clean competition with other libraries in Ulster County. The Stone Ridge Library will donate the food collected to the Rondout Valley Food Pantry.

Thanks for your help in this worthy fight!

On your Way Home Yoga with the Library

Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 at 6pm

Rondout Municipal Center Gym

We are thrilled to collaborate with the Town of Marbletown in offering four, hour long yoga classes each Thursday in the month of October. These classes will be held in the gym at the Rondout Municipal Center (formerly Rosendale Elementary School) with instructor, Deb Jones.

Yoga has long been a passion for Deb Jones. She encourages her students to find the balance of peacefulness and energy in each class. With the incorporation of yoga philosophy, Deb also embraces the important spiritual lifestyle that yoga practice can unveil. Deb teaches at The Yoga House in Kingston and has also dedicated her career to the non-for-profit sector, particularly with people who are challenged with developmental disabilities. This experience has deepened her views on compassion and equality. Deb shares her life with her husband and their four


These classes are free, but registration is limited to 20 people and you must register for each class separately. We hope you will put on your yoga clothes, grab your mat and water bottle and join us for a great evening. Thanks to Town of Marbletown and Deb Jones for this opportunity.

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Let's Haunt the Library

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Saturday, October 29

Art Reception 2-3 at the Library

Trick or Treat 3:30-5 at Marbletown Park

This year the Stone Ridge Library and the Town of Marbletown are working together to create a special day of Halloween fun for our community. Throughout October, Julianna will be creating spooky artworks in children's programs, to be displayed in the Activity Room starting on 10/17. On October 29th we will have an Art Reception and Trick or Treating from 2-3pm. Kids can come in costume for the art reception and trick or treat with us. From the library, families can head over to Marbletown Park on Tongore Road for drive-through trick or treating with the Town of Marbletown from 3:30-5.

A great day of fun for families! 

Let's Haunt the Library Exhibit

Monday, October 17 - 31

With Halloween approaching we are thrilled to announce our spooky, “Let’s Haunt the Library” exhibit. We will have works from artists Lily Bednarz, Kristin Flynn, Lynne Friedman, Martha

Klein, Chris Seubert and Lora Shelley hung throughout the main library. An exhibit of children’s art from the October children’s programs will be exhibited in the activity room.

Come in and see the fun starting October 17!

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News from the Foundation

Online Auction

Click HERE to preview our annual Online Auction now!

Bidding starts on October 2nd. Win gift certificates for local restaurants, gift shops, lodging, classes, wellness services and much more! starting Sunday, October 2nd! There’s something for everyone and every budget, and your bids support the Library! The Auction closes on Sunday, October 16, at 10:00pm.

Mailbox Raffle

Our Mailbox Raffle was a hit! Congratulations to our three lucky winners: Nina Shengold, Lucy Georgoff, and Rose Esposito! Many thanks to local artists Lora ShelleyBarbara Bash and Emeline Hastings for creating such lovely works of art, and much appreciation to Brian Murphy at Marbletown Hardware for donating the boxes! We look forward to another exciting raffle next year.

Contact the SRLF at • 845-687-7023, ext. 7

Accepting Book Donations

October 1 & 8 ONLY

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Saturday, October 1, 10am-12noon


Saturday, October 8, 10am-12noon


We will accept very clean books.

Limit 2 boxes or bags per person

Francisco Rivera: Sculpture in Photographs

Saturday, September 3-Friday, October 14

The Stone Ridge Library is thrilled to exhibit the work of sculptor Francisco Rivera. Francisco was born in 1953 in Spanish Harlem, in New York City. From an early age, art was something that called him. At 11, he started drawing, and at 17, he studied ceramics, which sparked a pull toward an art which was tactile and three dimensional, and led to his determination to devote his life to

sculpture. With so many sources of inspiration and learning available in New York City, the principal places of his artistic education were: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art School, Lehman College, the Art Students League, the Sculpture Center and the Museum of Modern Art. He spent a year in Greece studying independently the art of the ancient and modern Greeks, which is expressed in many of his works.

He began exhibiting in 1980 and has exhibited in group shows and a one man show. He was a member of The Stone Sculpture Society of NY. His work can be found in private collections in this country and abroad. Teaching has been a passion of his for years. He has taught at the Sculpture Center, where he was an Assistant Director, the Five Towns Music and Art School, Long Island, NY, The Educational Alliance and The New School, both in New York City. While he considers himself primarily a direct stone carver, he also continues to work in other media, such as clay, plaster, bronze and wood.
He now lives and works in the Hudson Valley with his wife.​ The exhibit opens Saturday, September 3 and runs through Friday September 14. There will be a reception with light refreshments on Saturday, September 17 from 1-3pm.

Let’s Move with the Library!

Thursdays, 12 - 12:45

Various Local Rail Trails

Walk with us! This library group, informally known as the Stone Ridge Library Saunter-ers, walks local rail trails each Thursday, from 12-12:45pm, weather permitting. Look for Sarah, in her trusty NPR ball cap, put on your comfy walking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and let’s move.

  • October 6: O & W Rail Trail: Meet at the Leggett Road Parking Lot
  • October 13: Meet at the Women’s Studio Workshop parking area (on Breezy Hill Road). We will be walking on the WV trail toward Kingston.
  • October 20: O & W Rail Trail: Meet at Marcott Road
  • October 27: O & W Rail Trail: Meet at Rt. 209 Russell Rd. in Hurley at the Gazebo.

Cooks and Books

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Friday, October 21,

12:15pm, Activity Room

This month the Cooks & Books book group continues our theme of cozy and local, utilizing the Hudson Valley bounty in making “Anything with a Crust." Think vegetable tart, cottage pie, apple galette. 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.

Mindful Mondays

Monday October 3, 17, 24

2pm, In Person in the Activity Room

Mindfulness is a skill that is practiced through meditation. It offers numerous benefits to our physical and emotional health, helping to reduce stress, improve concentration, cultivate kindness and experience greater emotional resilience.

Join us on Mondays at 2pm as we develop awareness, cultivate more presence, and strengthen our ability to bring mindfulness into our day-to-day lives. These weekly drop-in sessions will include a short talk on the topic of the week, guided meditation, and opportunity for discussion. All levels of practitioners are welcome, no previous experience required. Come as often as you like.


The Little Bookshop

Monday - Friday 3-5
Saturday 10-2

Located in the small barn closest to the Library entry way.

  • Gently used books  
  • Occupancy limited to 2 people at a time
  • Children's Area  
  • $2 a book – cash or check



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After School Story Hours

K-3rd grades

Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27


Our After School Story Hours will be full of chills and thrills as we have fun with slightly scary stories.

Please Register.


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Let’s Haunt the Library

Saturday, October 29 2:00-3:00

All projects created during the after school story hours will be kept and displayed at the library for our “Let’s Haunt the Library” Art Showing and Trick or Treat event on Saturday, October 29 2:00-3:00

Bring the kids, bring your friends, wear your costumes, and join the fun!


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“Take and Make” story time projects

These slightly scary Story hour projects will also be offered as a “Take and Make” project with an accompanying instructional video.

 Please Register


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SPECIAL Guest Artist Program with Jill Obrig

Polish Cut Paper Flowers

Grades 4 and up

Friday, October 7th  3:15-5:15


Celebrate Polish American month by creating traditional Polish Wycinanki (Vee-chee-non-kee) 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! 

Please Register


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Have fun with our ongoing

“Stick Together” Activity

in the Young Adult Room this October

We will be building a picture together this month by adding color square stickers according to a pre-set pattern which will be available in the Young Adult Room. This is a community activity which involves many participants adding a few stickers at a time. The final image will be hidden so we can decipher the image as it emerges over time.

Come to the library YA room to participate. 


Book Groups

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Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, October 12

12:30 in the Activity Room

The book for October is

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

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Book Group

Wednesday, October 19

11am in the Activity Room

The book for October is Tricks: 87th Precinct Series by Ed McBain. If you want a jumping on point for the later incarnation of the series, this is the perfect place to do it. This book is funny, profane, clever and exciting and also, in its own way, moving. Everyone in the 87th Precinct gets in on the act in Tricks, a multicrime Halloween story full of murder, mayhem, and cops walking the line between decent society and the evil just beneath its surface.

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Clio's Muse
A History
Reading Club

Wednesday, October 15
Zoom meeting at 7pm

The book for October is The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story Edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein. The idea of The 1619 Project is that our national narrative is more accurately told if we begin not on July 4, 1776, but in late August of 1619, when a ship arrived in Jamestown bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival inaugurated a barbaric and unprecedented system of chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years. This is sometimes referred to as the country's original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country's very origin. The 1619 Project tells this new origin story, placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.
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Tuesday, October 18

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, October 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.


with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, October 6, 20

1:30 – 3pm on Zoom

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, October 17, 31


Monday, October 3, 24

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 Toymaker's Curse by CJ Archer

Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Reckoning: an FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

The Ink Black Heart: a Cormoran Strike Novel by Robert Galbraith

Alias Emma by Ava Glass

Captive: an Eve Duncan Novel by Iris Johansen

The Hunt: a Decker/ Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman

Back to the Garden by Laurie R King

The Sleepless by Victor Manibo

Tick Tock by Fern Michaels

The Challenge by Danielle Steel

Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

To Kill a Troubadour: a Bruno, Chief of Police Novel by Martin Walker

Black Dog by Stuart Woods

New Non-Fiction

Dinner in One by Melissa Clark

Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis

A Place in the World: Finding the Meaning of Home by Frances Mayes

At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth by Madeline Ostrander

Dinners with Ruth: a Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenberg

Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World by Gaia Vince

New DVDs

Jurassic World Dominion - Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris - Leslie Manville, Isabelle Huppert   

Outlander - Season 6

Paradise Highway - Juliette Binoche, Morgan Freeman

Summer of Soul - documentary   

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

Where the Crawdads Sing - Daisy Edgar-Jones



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