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October 2023 Newsletter

September's Fall Book Sale Success

A big thank you to everyone who came out for our Fall Book Sale last month. We had a great turnout for those buying books, baked goods and knit items. We even beat the rain!

Thanks to our community, we raised $3226 for the library! Thank you again to all our volunteers. We couldn't do it without you!

If you missed the Fall Book Sale, the Little Bookshop will be open for regular hours until October 31, when we close for the season.

Hours are:

Monday -Friday 3pm-5pm

Saturdays 10am-2pm

Accepting Book Donations - LIMITED


The library will be accepting donations October 14, from 10-12

We are accepting Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction and Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction Books. We are only accepting books in good/excellent condition.

This will be our last donation day of 2023.

Two bags/boxes per person please

Library Cake Off Winners

The Cake Off Baking Competition was great fun. Eight brave bakers brought in their glorious cakes for judging and tasting.

Amy Holiday was declared the overall winner with her gorgeous Black & White Cake, inspired by the iconic New York black and white cookie. She took home the Golden Trophy made and donated by local ceramic artist, Zoya Geacintov. Amy adapted a recipe from The Martha Stewart Baking Handbook for her glorious cake.

Gunnar Bednarz won the People's Choice Award with his cake, Raspberry Rhapsody, adapted from The Barefoot Contessa At Home. Ash Atkins won the Keeping with the Seasons award for her Autumnal Apple and Coffee Cake. Patsy Dorbandt won The Perfect Combination award for her Polish Princess cake. Mavis Harris won the Feast for the Eyes award for her Autumnal Buche. Harriett Seubert won the Good As Grammy's award for her American Victorian Sponge cake. Haris Slilc won the Hearth and Home award for his German Lemon-Cherry Cake. Lucila Vilela won the Confectionary Window Display award for her Othello Cake.

All cakes were baked or adapted from books found in the Mid-Hudson Library System. It was such fun we hope to make this an annual event. Thank you to all of our participants, our judges and to Zoya Geacintov for the beautiful trophies and spoon rests for all our bakers.

News from the Foundation


Online Auction!  Bid now through October 15th!


Support the Library and our community! We’ve got something for everyone and every budget including:


• Classes in Botanical Illustration & Ceramics

• Health & Wellness Services including Acupuncture, Massage, Energy healing and more

• Dance Lessons

• Professional Home Cleaning

• Concert Tickets & Music Lessons 

• Garden Tours, Sculpture, and Design Consults 

• Salon Services 

• Feng Shui Consultation

• Pet Sitting Services

PLUS gift certificates for local restaurants, lodging, bakeries, vintage clothing, artwork & art supplies, gourmet foods, outdoor gear, hardware, gift shops, flowers and much more! CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR BID! Proceeds benefit the Stone Ridge Library.

4th Annual Ulster County Food Fight!

Once again, the Stone Ridge Library is a part of The Great Give Back, collecting food and personal care donations for our local food pantries with the Ulster County Food Fight, September 1-October 21. Donations of unexpired, unopened food and personal care items can be dropped off at the library to help us put an end to hunger in our communities. Donations to the library will be split between the Rondout Valley Food Pantry and The Town of Rochester Food Pantry.

Help us win the Food Fight for our Community!

After Work Yoga

Wednesdays, October 4, 11

5:30-6:30pm Marbletown Community Center

The library is thrilled to collaborate with The Town of Marbletown Parks and Rec. Dept. to offer quarterly yoga classes! Our first session starts September 20 and will 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.

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.

Questions? Contact: Programs

WATERCOLORS: an Eclectic Collection

exhibit by Jackie Oster

Art Exhibit September - October

Jacqueline Oster was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology she worked in the city for various advertising agencies as a Graphic Designer and Art Director. Eventually relocating to upstate New York, she raised a family and continued to work as a Freelance Graphic Designer. Over the years, from her home-based studio, she has continued to satisfy the advertising needs of many diversified tri-state area clients. During COVID she revisited her love of watercolor illustration. Her watercolors are mostly of ordinary common objects but also cover other categories bringing animals, nature and people to life on paper.

Jacqueline is an Active Member of Woodstock Artist Association and Museum as well as a member of The Arts Society of Kingston. Her work has been exhibited at local businesses and galleries including WAAM Gallery, ASK Gallery, Emerge Gallery, Jane Street Gallery, Olive Free Library, Highland Library and Cornell Creative Arts Center of Kingston.

ARTIST STATEMENT: “My interest lies primarily in drawing objects. Literally every object, as I see it, can be transformed into art. Even the most mundane household object has movement and flow. You just have to look closely and think

of its function to actually "see" the object. People, places and things all have a story to tell and I try to capture that in my watercolors. After sketching out my illustration I then turn to my paints. I allow the water to move the paint and I follow along guiding it with various tools and my sense of design. A hairdryer, toothbrush and magic eraser all work in unison with my assortment of brushes. In an art world overflowing with contemporary abstract form my art steps aside and brings you back to the basic art of simple illustration while adding that extra bit of abstract movement.”

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 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! for information or maps click here: O&W Rail Trail and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

  • Thursday, October 5: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road Parking lot.
  • Thursday, October 12: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.
  • Thursday October 19: Meet at the O&W rail trail at the Cottekill Fire Dept. parking lot.
  • Thursday October 28: Meet at the WV rail trail lot at the Women’s Studio Workshop.

Teen Activities

Thursday, October 5

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

Halloween Game Night

Friday, October 27


Teens 15+

Join us for an extra game night celebrating Halloween. Costumes encouraged! Games will be themed and scary!

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 3:30-4:3 October 11, 18, and 25.

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

October 11, Register here

October 18, Register here

October 25, Register here


Tween Sewing Workshop

Tuesday, October 17,  3:00-4:00  grades 4th and up.

Try a simple sewing project, we provide the fabric, needle, and thread you provide the patience All levels of sewing abilities welcomed.

Register here

Tween Cardboard Picasso Mask with Jill Obrig

Tuesday, October 24, 3:00-4:00 grades 4th and up

Come join us to create a Picasso inspired cardboard mask. Bring your imagination and create like Picasso.

Register here


Book Groups

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, October 11

1pm in the Activity Room

*Please note the time change.*

The book for September is Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, Demon Copperhead is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival. Relayed in his own unsparing voice, Demon braves the modern perils of foster care, child labor, derelict schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses. Through all of it, he reckons with his own invisibility in a popular culture where even the superheroes have abandoned rural people in favor of cities.

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Book Group

Wednesday, October 18

11am in the Activity Room

The book for October is Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer.

To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet – Lost on the left, Found on the right – and the two never seem to balance.

Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realize that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected…

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, October 25

Zoom meeting at 7pm

The book for October is The Great Bridge by David McCullough.

This monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events in our nation’s history, during the Age of Optimism—a period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things were possible.

In the years around 1870, when the project was first undertaken, the concept of building an unprecedented bridge to span the East River between the great cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the great cathedrals. Throughout the fourteen years of its construction, the odds against the successful completion of the bridge seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle; it is a sweeping narrative of the social climate of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or exploiting the surpassing enterprise.

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Cooks & Books

Friday, October 20

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

It's October and that means Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest began in 1810 when Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese throwing a the beer-infused party to celebrate. We will meet on Friday October 20 at 12:15pm in the library’s Activity Room with our celebratory German 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, October 17

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, October 24

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, October 5, 19

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, October 16, 30

GROUP II: 2, 23

Monday, October

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

The Untitled Books by CJ Archer

Traitors Gate by Jeffrey Archer

The Romantic by William Boyd

The Land of Lost Things by John Connolly

The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright

The Armor Of Light by Ken Follett

The Invisible Hour by Alice Hoffman

North Woods by Daniel Mason

The Last Devil by Richard Osman

23 1/2 Lies by James Patterson

New Non Fiction

Build The Life You Want by Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey

The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis by Maria Smilios

New DVDs


Asteroid City

Back To Life Seasons 1&2


The Blackening

The Handmaid's Tale Seasons 1-5

Leave No Trace

Past Lives

The Secret of the Grain

Spider-Man Across The Spiderverse

Succession Seasons 1-3

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3



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