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New Fiction

  • Night School - Lee Child
  • The Gentleman from Japan: an Inspector O novel - James Church
  • The Flame Bearer - Bernard Cornwell
  • Here I Am - Jonathan Foer
  • Bryant & May: Strange Tide: a Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery - Christopher Fowler
  • The Midnight Bell - Jack Higgins
  • News of the World - Paulette Jiles
  • The Eastern Shore - Ward Just
  • When All the Girls Have Gone - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
  • Seventh Plague - James Rollins
  • Today Will Be Different - Maria Semple
  • The Nest - Cynthis D'Aprix Sweeney
  • Swing Time - Zadie Smith

New Non-Fiction

  • 50 Essays: a Portable Anthology - Samuel Cohen
  • The Book of Joy lasting happiness in a changing world - Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • Cooking for Jeffrey - Ina Garten
  • Dorie's Cookies - Dorie Greenspan
  • Skinnytaste: Fast and Slow - Gina Homolka
  • The Undoing Project: aFriendship That Changed Our Minds - Michael Lewis
  • Where to Go When - Lonley Planet
  • The Cardamom Trail: Chetna Bakes withy Flavours of the East - Chetna Makan
  • Upstream - Mary Oliver
  • Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital - David Oshinsky
  • All the Gallant Men: the First Msmoir by a USS Arizona Survivor - Donald Stratton

New Audio Books

  • The Gentleman from Japan - James Church
  • Die Laughing - Carola Dunn
  • The Whole Town's Talking - Fannie Flagg
  • Here I Am - Jonathan Foer
  • Frantumaglia: a Writer's Journey - Elena Ferrante
  • Victoria - Daisy Goodwin
  • The Missing Matisse - Pierre H. Matisse
  • Commonwealth - Ann Patchett

New DVD's

  • Dad's Army - Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Toby Jones, Michael Gambon
  • Death in Paradise - season 5
  • Father Brown - season 5
  • Florence Foster Jenkins - Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins - Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Julia Stiles, Octavia Spencer
  • Heart of a Dog - film by Laurie Anderson
  • Hitchcock Truffaut - with Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, David Fincher
  • The Hollars - Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski, Margo Martindale
  • The Magninficent Seven - Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke
  • Suicide Squad - Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis
  • Sully - Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

Elizabeth Rickard Paintings

Mid January at the Library

Elizabeth Rickard will be displaying her artwork at the library this winter.
Elizabeth Rickard...... I have always been drawn to the tactile and visual outcome of paint in my earliest recollections of joyfully expressing what I found words to not adequately express for what I had experienced in the natural world. Dancing , playing music and singing while shared when not alone seemed momentary and fleeting but paint was a sensual rendering of feeling and experience more tangible and lasting to be felt and shared by and with others. I began painting seriously in oils while attending nursing school at Bellevue Hospital in 1966 in the studios of Hunter College with a group of other painters. It was a nourishment and balm from the harsh realities of death and illness experienced in Bellevue which was like walking into a definitive textbook world of the " human condition." I was 19 years old capable of enduring the rigors and shock of a world unknown to me only by the preservation of the joy within me by tending to it assiduously in precious moments in the studio.

Throughout the years I have had a number of mentors, most importantly and encouragingly my husband of 40 years Dominique Rickard. My paintings have been exhibited at the Bank Street College Faculty Show, museum of the Hudson Highlands, Lycian at Sugarloaf, Karpeles Manuscript Museum, Woodstock Artists Association, Gayle Clark Fedigan Gallery, Design Principles Gallery, Marbletown Historic Preservation Commission Tricentennial Celebration group show and Wired Gallery Art Forays at Mohonk and Founders Day.



Wednesday, January 11
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection this month is My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Join us in the Biography Room for lively Discussion and light refreshments.


Mystery Lovers Book Group

Wednesday, January 18
4pm in the Biography Room

The selection for this meeting is Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson. On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies mutilated and defiled–and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall....So begins Åsa Larsson's spellbinding thriller, winner of Sweden's Best First Crime Novel Award and an international literary sensation.


A History Reading Club

Saturday, January 7
12:45pm in the Biography Room

The reading selection for December is The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis. The unexpected story - brilliantly told - of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.
The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible.


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.


Conversational Spanish
with Heidi Ehrich

Tuesday, January 3, 24
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, January 17
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, January 9, 23

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, January 12, 26
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

January 6, 2017

Movie Title: Emerald City
Where: TV Limited Series -- NBC
Based on: A "Reimagining" of Wizard of Oz, with stories drawn from all 14 books in the series by Frank Baum
Director: David Schulner
Cast: Adria Arjona, Vincent D'Onofrio, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Gerran Howell, Jordan Loughran, Mido Hamada

January 13, 2017

Movie Title: Bye Bye Man
Where: Theaters
Based on: "The Bridge to Body Island," short story in the collection, The President's Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America by Robert Damon Schneck
Director: Stacy Title
Cast: Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, Lucien Laviscount

January 13, 2017

Movie Title: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Where: TV Limited Series - Netflix
Based on: Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Louis HynesKlaus, Aasif Mandvi, Patrick Warburton

January 25, 2017

Movie Title: The Magicians - Season 2
Where: TV Limited Series -- Syfy
Based on: The Magician King by Lev Grossman, part 2 of the fantasy trilogy (The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land)
Director: Mike Cahill
Cast: Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Summer Bishil, Hale Appleman, Jade Tailor , Stella Maeve

January 27, 2017

Movie Title: A Dog's Purpose
Where: Theaters
Based on: A Dog's Purpose by Bruce W. Cameron
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Josh Gad, voice of the dog, Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid


Library ELF

Start the new year with Library Elf

Would you like a friendly reminder when your books, dvds, cds and other library materials are due? The Library Elf system helps patrons keep track of their library materials. The Elf is an Internet-based tool for keeping track of what's due, overdue and ready for pickup. Users can keep track of one or more library account in one place and receive reminders via email or text message before items are due (up to seven days in advance.) Sign up.



Every month in this spot we feature reading suggestions. Visit the Library to pick up a copy of the booklist-of-the-month brochure and check out a book from our current display.


These titles are available as part of the Book Club in a Bag kit. The kit consists of a tote bag which has ten copies of the book, as
well as a list of discussion questions to get your book club
started. Each bag can be borrowed for six weeks.

Just visit BCB, it's as easy as 1-2-3! Just:

  1. Browse: choose from more than 140 titles – everything from fiction to non-fiction, mysteries to history!
  2. Schedule: pick a month, you may reserve a kit up to a year in advance!
  3. Reserve! All you need is your library barcode and PIN!

The newest kits are in bold type.

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
  • Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  • The Archivist by Martha Cooley
  • An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery by Witold Pilecki
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai
  • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul by Mark Victor Hansen
  • City of the Sun by Juliana Maio
  • The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Condè
  • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  • Desirable Daughters by Bharati Mukherjee
  • Diet for a Hot Planet by Anna Lappé
  • The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball
  • Discussion Course on Voluntary Simplicity by Northwest Earth Institute
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  • Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick
  • The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Go With Me by Castle Freeman Jr.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie
  • Half-Past Nowhere by Joseph Cavano
  • The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
  • Home by Toni Morrison
  • Home Front by Kristin Hannah
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  • How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
  • How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Impulse by Frederick Ramsay
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossein
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Ladies of Garrison Gardens by Louise Shaffer
  • The Lemon Jelly Cake by Madeline Babcock Smith
  • The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
  • Murder Off the Books by Evelyn David
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • The Night Birds by Thomas Maltman
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Orchid Theif by Susan Orlean
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • A Painted House by John Grisham
  • Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
  • The Reader by Bernard Schlink
  • The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee
  • Redemption by Julie Chibbaro
  • Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
  • The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin
  • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  • A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns
  • Sleeping Arrangements by Laura Shaine Cunningham
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
  • Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery by Jennie Erin Smith
  • Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman
  • Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
  • Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky
  • Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks
  • Time and Again by Jack Finney
  • Totally Killer by Greg Olear
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • While I Was Gone by Sue Miller
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


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