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New Fiction

  • Selection Day – Aravind Adiga
  • 4231 – Paul Aster
  • Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
  • The Sleepwalker- Large Print – Chris Bohjalian
  • The Life Writer - David Constantine
  • The Whole Town's Talking - Fannie Flagg
  • Fatal- John Lescroart
  • Never, Never- Large Print – James Patterson, Candice Fox
  • Rather Be The Devil- Large Print – Ian Rankin
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney
  • Below the Belt – A Stone Barrington Novel - Stuart Woods

New Non-Fiction

  • Salad In A Jar- 68 Recipes for Salads and Dressings - Anna Helm Baxter
  • In the Great Green Room – The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown – Amy Gary
  • My Life, My Love, My Legacy - Coretta Scott King
  • Chair Yoga – Sit, Stretch, and Strengthne Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You – Kristin McGee
  • Lost City of the Monkey God- A True Story – Douglas Preston
  • The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner - edited by Ron Rapoport
  • Books for Living - Will Schwalbe
  • DIY Solar Projects - Eric Smith
  • Smile! and other practical life lessons your dog can teach you while you are training them - Lynne Swanson, DMV
  • Food Health Happiness – 115 ON-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life - Oprah Winfrey

New Audio Books

  • The Whistler - John Grisham


New DVD's

  • The Accountant - Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons
  • The Birth of a Nation-Nate Parker, Armie Hammer
  • Bridget Jones's Baby - Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
  • Call the Midwife - season 5
  • Deepwater Horizon - Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez
  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood
  • The Dressmaker - Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving
  • Girls - The Complete Fifth season
  • The Handmaiden - a Park Chan-Wook film
  • Homeland - The Complete Fifth season
  • Inferno - Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones
  • Jason Bourne - Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel
  • The Light Between Oceans - Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
  • A Man Called Ove - Rolf Lassgård
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O"Dowd
  • Mr. Robot - seasons 1 and 2
  • Snowden - Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley



Wednesday, February 8
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his thirteenth year, Frank Drum explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery, and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, February 15
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen. Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She's bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she'll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH—oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.


A History Reading Club

Saturday, February 11
12:45pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for February is The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non Fiction and the National Book Award for Non Fiction. The Swerve tells the story of how Poggio Bracciolini, a 15th-century papal emissary and obsessive book hunter, saved the last copy of the Roman poet Lucretius's On the Nature of Things from near-terminal neglect in a German monastery, thus reintroducing important ideas that sparked the modern age.


2017 Rochester Memberships

We still have a few free memberships available

The Town of Rochester has contracted with the Stone Ridge Library in 2017 to provide 238 paid family memberships to its Rochester residents. Additionally, the Library is providing free memberships to all Rondout Valley Students. more


Conversational Spanish
with Heidi Ehrich

Tuesday, February 7, 28
Biography Room

We are pleased to host two groups of Conversational Spanish every month. On the first Tuesday, from 1:30 – 2:30 Conversational Spanish meets—a continuation of the original group. On fourth Tuesdays, also from 1:30 – 2:30, there is a gathering for those who want to go at a slower pace. Both sessions take place in the Library's Reference Room. Gracias, Heidi!


Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, February 21
Biography 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.


Stone Ridge Library
Writers' Group
with Cathy Arra

Monday, February 6, 27

A writers' group meets every other Monday at the Library, with a maximum of 10 participants. This program is designed for people who are already in the process of writing and publishing work and want to participate in a structured feedback process. Cathy Arra, a poet, writer and former teacher of English and Writing in the Rondout Valley School District facilitates the group. If you are interested in participating, please contact Diane DeChillo at the Stone Ridge Library (687-8726) to place your name on the wait list.


with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, February 9, 23
1.30-3:30 in the Biography Room

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen. Our meetings are held twice a month, on the second and fourth Thursdays.



Every Saturday

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. Some of us can help toward the repair of knitted or crocheted items too.

The group is sociable and lively, and our conversation and sharing is just as wide-ranging as our projects. We are especially interested in the UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) that members bring in and love the show and tell of projects under way and being finished, new or old, simple or complex. Though knitting is our love and mainstay, we graciously adapt ourselves to stray crocheters and those of us who simply must take to the hook when the spirit moves. We share articles, magazines and books on knitting. Donations of yarn to the Library get made up into items for sale at the Library Fair and during the winter holidays for the benefit of the Library. Some of us also knit things for local hospitals or for the U.S. troops.


Movies Based on Books Opening in Theaters

February 3, 2017

Movie Title: I Am Not Your Negro
Where: Theaters
Based on: Remember This House, an unfinished book by James Baldwin
Director: Raoul Peck

February 10, 2017

Movie Title: Fifty Shades Darker
Where: Theaters
Based on: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L.James
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

February 19, 2017

Movie Title: Big Little Lies
Where: TV Limited Series -- HBO
Based on: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon

February 24, 2017

Movie Title: Tulip Fever
Where: Theaters
Based on: Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench, Zach Galifianakis, David Harewood

February 27, 2017

Movie Title: When We Rise
Where: TV Limited Series -- ABC
Based on: When We Rise by Cleve Jones
Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Ivory Aquino, Carrie Preston, Michael K. Williams



We feature reading suggestions each month. Visit the Library to pick up a copy of the booklist-of-the-month brochure and check out a book from our current display.

Short Stories for a
Short Month

Published since 2010

  • Stone mattress: nine tales - Margaret Atwood Fic Atw
  • A few of the girls - Maeve Binchy Fic Bin
  • Shots fired: stories from Joe Pickett Country - C.J. Box Fic Box
  • T.C. Boyle stories II. Volume II: the collected stories Fic Boy
  • The best American short stories 2011: - Geraldine Brooks 815.01 Bes
  • Bitter Bronx: thirteen stories - Jerome Charyn Fic Cha
  • A wild swan: and other tales - Michael Cunningham Fic Cun
  • Can't and won't - Lydia Davis Fic Dav
  • Astray - Emma Donoghue Fic Don
  • Only the animals - Ceridwen Dovey fic Dov
  • Rogues - edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois Fic Rog
  • A day in the life of a smiling woman: complete short stories - Margaret Drabble Fic Dra
  • Mr. Tall a novella and stories - Tony Earley Fic Ear
  • Short nights of the Shadow Catcher: the epic life and immortal photographs of Edward Curtis - Timothy Egan 770.92 Ega
  • The best American nonrequired reading 2012 - edited by Dave Eggers ; Introduction by Ray Bradbury 818.6 Bes
  • The collected stories of Deborah Eisenberg Fic Eis
  • Bream gives me hiccups & other stories - Jesse Eisenberg Fic Eis
  • What we talk about when we talk about Anne Frank - Nathan Englander Fic Eng
  • The 40s: the story of a decade - The New Yorker; ed. by Henry Finder 973.917 Hos
  • Black glass: short fictions - Karen Joy Fowler Fic Fow
  • The PEN/O. Henry Prize stories. 2011 - chosen by Laura Furman Fic Pen 2011
  • Trigger warning: short fictions and disturbances - Neil Gaiman Fic Gai
  • The stories - Jane Gardam Fic Gar
  • A hand reached down to guide me - David Gates Fic Gat
  • Having the last say: capturing your legacy in one small story - Alan Gelb 808.06 Gel
  • The liar's wife: four novellas - Mary Gordon Fic Gor
  • Problems with People: Stories - David Guterson Fic Gut
  • What light can do: essays on art, imagination, and the natural world - Robert Hass 809 Has
  • Best European fiction 2013 - edited by Aleksandar Hemon 808.83 Bes 2013
  • The mistletoe murder: and other stories - P.D. James Fic Jam
  • The haunted life: & other writings - Jack Kerouac; ed. by Todd Tietchen Fic Ker
  • The bazaar of bad dreams - Stephen King Fic Kin
  • Lucky Alan: and other stories - Jonathan Lethem Fic Let
  • The assassination of Margaret Thatcher: stories - Hilary Mantel Fic Man
  • Sea lovers - Valerie Martin Fic Mar
  • The ghost of the Mary Celeste: a novel - Valerie Martin Fic Mar
  • Thirteen ways of looking: fiction - Colum McCann Fic McC
  • Thunderstruck & other stories - Elizabeth McCracken Fic McC
  • 100 years of the best American short stories - ed. by Lorrie Moore Fic One
  • Bark: stories - Lorrie Moore Fic Moo
  • Dancing with Dasein and Other Stories - Mark Morganstern Fic Mor
  • Dear life: stories Alice Munro Fic Mun
  • Family furnishings: selected stories, 1995-2014 - Alice Munro Fic Mun
  • The love object: selected stories - Edna O'Brien Fic O'Br
  • Revenge: eleven dark tales - Yoko Ogawa Fic Oga
  • Last car over the Sagamore Bridge: stories - Peter Orner Fic Orn
  • Between friends - Amos Oz Fic Oz
  • This is the story of a happy marriage - Ann Patchett Bio Patchett
  • A blink of the screen: collected shorter fiction - Terry Pratchett Fic Pra
  • The price of love and other stories - Peter Robinson Fic Rob
  • Barefoot dogs: stories - Antonio Ruiz-Camacho Fic Rui
  • Vampires in the lemon grove: stories - Karen Russell Fic Rus
  • The Stories of Frederick Busch - edited by Elizabeth Strout Fic Bus
  • England and other stories - Graham Swift Fic Swi
  • New York stories - edited by Diana Secker Tesdell Fic New
  • Mr. Bones: twenty stories - Paul Theroux Fic The
  • The empty family: stories - Colm Toibin Fic Toi
  • Novels & stories 1963-1973 - Kurt Vonnegut ; Sidney Offit, editor Fic Von
  • Thirst for power: energy, water, and human survival - Michael E. Webber 333.79 Web


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