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September 2022 Newsletter
“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” -
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Fall Book Sale
Saturday, September 10, (Rain date September 11)
10am-2pm on the Library Lawn

Our fall book sale will be smaller than book sales before Covid but just as much fun!

We will have assorted selections of books under Library tents and the Little Book Store will be open. The Stone Ridge Library Knitters and a number of local vendors will also be joining us. Our bakers will have goodies waiting for you! Please park in the High Meadow parking lot across the street. No pets please. Hope to see you there.
Mailbox Raffle
Lora Shelley
Barbara Bash
Emeline Hastings
We are raffling off three fabulous mailboxes, created just for us by local artists Lora Shelley, Barbara Bash and Emeline Hastings! Come see them on display now at the Library! 
Three lucky winners will be drawn at 1pm at the Library Fall Book Sale on Saturday, September 10th.

Raffle tickets are $10 each – enter to win whichever mailbox you want – or divide your tickets among all three!  Click here for more information and photos.

Tickets can be purchased in advance in person at the Library, online with a credit card or via Venmo* @StoneRidgeLibrary-Foundation. *If using Venmo, please leave a comment providing your contact info and indicate which mailbox(es) you’d like your tickets entered for.

Raffle proceeds will benefit the Library. Many thanks to Marbletown Hardware for providing the mailboxes for this exciting project! 

Please direct any questions to Aimee Trumbore, SRLF Coordinator, at • 845-687-7023, ext. 7
Online Auction

Mark your calendars - it’s that time again! 
We’ve lined up some terrific restaurant gift certificates, classes, services and more from local businesses. There’s something for everyone and every budget, and your bids support the Library!

Auction Preview:    September 25 – October 1
Bidding Open:        October 2 – 16

Questions? Contact Aimee at • 845-687-7023, ext. 7
Ulster County Food Fight
Bring Food Donations
September 1 - 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!
Making Sense of Medicare with Dan Calabrese
Tuesday, September 20,
7-8pm on Zoom

If you are new to Medicare, or already in Medicare and confused about the coming Medicare Enrollment Period, this informational webinar will help you to understand your options better and cut through the noise and exaggerations of the current Medicare television commercials. A complete discussion of all the parts of Medicare will be discussed as well as allow you to determine what are the best choices for you based on your particular set of health circumstances. This webinar will make a confusing topic much easier to understand. This program is a collaboration between Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz and the Stone Ridge Library, working together for our patrons. Register
Francisco Rivera: Sculpture in Photographs
Saturday, September 3-Friday, October 14
Reception, Saturday, September 17, 1-3 in the Activity Room

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.
The Stone Ridge Library Now Provides
an Inclusive Experience Online
The Library now provides an inclusive online experience to enable website visitors to access online content and services barrier-free. As part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, website visitors are now able to access a wide range of accessibility and language support tools to customize their digital experience through Recite Me assistive technology.

The Recite Me assistive toolbar on our website includes screen reading functionality, multiple reading aids, customizable styling options an on-demand live translation feature that boasts over 100 languages including 35 text-to-speech and styling options.To explore our accessibility support tool, visit the Stone Ridge Library website and click the Recite Me; at the top right of the website.
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.

  • September 1: O&W Rail Trail : Meet at Marcott Road Parking Lot
  • September 8: O &W Rail Trail: Meet at the Rest Plaus Parking Lot
  • September 15: O &W Rail Trail: Meet at the Leggett Road Parking Lot
  • September 22: O&W Rail Trail: Meet at the Granit Road Parking lot at Town Park on County Rt. 27
  • September 29: WV Rail Trail: Meet at the Trestle Bridge Parking Lot on Binnewater Road. This walk will culminate in a picnic lunch from 1-2pm on the library lawn to celebrate our successful new program.
Cooks and Books
Friday, September 16, 12:15pm, Activity Room

This month the Cooks and Books book group will have the perfect cozy theme for Autumn: Soups and Breads. 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 September 19, 26
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

Childrens Activities
Wayfinder Capture the Flag Game

Thursday, September 29    4:00-6:00

Capture the Flag with the Wayfinder Experience group and their foam swords will have participants engaged in an active game that pushes the boundaries between competitive and cooperative interaction, learning to act out high-intensity physical play safely and responsibly. Register
Book Groups

Tea Time
Book Group

Wednesday, September 14
12:30 in the Activity Room

The book for September is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition--its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

Book Group

Wednesday, September 21
11am in the Activity Room

The book for September is The Big Four by Agatha Christie. This novel, in which Poirot and his best friend Captain Hastings become embroiled in international intrigue as they race to stop four super-baddies in their quest for world domination, doesn’t sound like standard Christie and it isn’t. And although it is much maligned for its melodrama and implausibility, it is nevertheless hugely entertaining and full of joie de vivre. Also, this book contains one of the best portrayals of the relationship between Poirot and Hastings, whose affection for one another is tangible throughout.
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.
Tuesday, September 20
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, September 27
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.

Thursday, September 1, 15
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.

Monday, September 12, 26
Monday, September 19
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 Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah

The Mystery of the Lost Cezanne by ML Longworth

Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra

Denial by Jon Raymond
New Non-Fiction

Life on the Mississippi: An Epic American Adventure by Rinker Buck

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Young

New DVDs

Cow - Documentary

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen

Let Them All Talk - Meryl Streep, Lucas Hedges

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Book Donations
We cannot accept any book donations at this time.
Please do not put book donations in our book drop.
Address: 3700 Main Street, PO Box 188
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Phone: 845-687-7023