The Lost Order - Steve Berry
The Last Days of Cafe Leila - Donia Bijan
All By Myself, Alone
- Mary Higgins Clark
The Devil's Triangle
- Catherine Coulter
The Burial Hour: a Lincoln Rhyme novel
- Jeffery Deaver
Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman
I Found You - Lisa Jewell
No Easy Target - Iris Johansen
The Shadow Land
- Elizabeth Kostova
Earthly Remains - Donna Leon
My Italian Bulldozer
- Alexander McCall Smith
Devil's Breath: a Max Tudor Mystery - G M Malliet
- Joel C. Rosenberg
Miss Julia Weathers the Storm - Ann B. Ross
Lincoln in the Bardo
- George Saunders
One Perfect Lie - Lisa Scottoline
The Girl from Venice
- Martin Cruz Smith
- Danielle Steell
Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout
No Man's Land - Simon Tolkien
City of Friends - Joanna Trollope
Fast & Loose - Stuart Woods
The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers - Elizabeth Cobbs
Fodor's Travel: Toronto
A Fly Rod of Your Own - John Gierach
George Lucas: a Life - Brian Jay Jones
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy - Anne Lamont
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
My Cubs: a Love Story - Scott Simon
Have Your Cake and Eat It: Nutritious, Delicious Recipes for Healthier Everyday Baking - Mich Turner
Mind Over Meds - Andrew Weil, MD
Al Green: a Life - Mary Wisniewski
Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War - James Wright
The Fix - David Baldacci
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Days Without End
All of Me - documentary, Mexican
Allied - Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard
Before the Flood - documentary with Leonardo DiCaprio
The Founder - Michael Keaton
The Great British Baking Show - seasons 1,2,3
Hidden Figures - Taraji P Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner
La La Land - Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling
Lion - Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham
Newtown - documentary
Paterson - Adam Driver, Golshifeth Farahani
Playing for a Change: Peace Through Music - documentary
Rogue One: a Star Wars Story - Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk
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.
Book Club Favorites
As published in GoodReads
1 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
3 Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
4 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
5 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6 The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
7 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
9 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
10 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
11 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
12 My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
13 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
14 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
15 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
16 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
17 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
18 The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
19 The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
20 Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
21 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
22 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
23 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
24 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
25 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
26 Room by Emma Donoghue
27 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
28 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
29 1984 by George Orwell
30 The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
31 The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
32 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
33 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
34 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
35 The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
36 The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
37 The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
38 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
39 Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
40 The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
41 Atonement by Ian McEwan
42 The Giver by Lois Lowry
43 Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
44 I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
45 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
46 Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
47 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
48 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
49 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
50 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
51 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
52 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
53 The Shack by William Paul Young
54 Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
55 White Oleander by Janet Fitch
56 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
57 Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
58 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
59 A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
60 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
61 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
62 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
63 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
64 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
65 A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
66 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
67 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
68 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
69 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
70 Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
71 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
72 Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
73 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
74 Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
75 Little Bee by Chris Cleave
76 Still Alice by Lisa Genova
77 The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
78 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
79 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
80 The Host by Stephenie Meyer
81 Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
82 Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
83 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
84 Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
85 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
86 Animal Farm by George Orwell
87 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
88 Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
89 Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
90 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
91 We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
92 A Million Little Pieces by James J. Frey
93 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
94 She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
95 Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
96 Beloved by Toni Morrison
97 Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
98 The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
99 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
100 These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories by Nancy E. Turner
|Library Foundation Hosts "Sunday Tea" Fundraiser
Sunday, May 7, 1-3pm
at the Library
The Stone Ridge Library Foundation will host their annual recognition event, a "
May 7 honoring Barbara Cazakoff and Vivi Hlavsa for their service and support. The event will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon. There will be a short presentation at 1:00 pm followed by tea sandwiches, desserts, and a selection of hot tea, served in the recently restored 1798 stone building.
Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple and are available online and at the Circulation Desk. Money raised will be used for improvements to the children's room, including a small kitchenette and an ADA compliant bathroom within the existing footprint, as well as renovations to the back porch.
For information, please contact the Stone Ridge Library Foundation Office at 845 687-7023, Ext. 106
Friday, May 5, at 7pm
Marbletown Community Center
Ronald G. Knapp will present an illustrated lecture featuring material from his most recent book, The Gunks (Shawangunk Mountains) Ridge and Valley Towns Through time, using a gallery of historical photographs, many of which have never been published, and contrasting them with recent work of photographers Fred Gerty, Maxine Kamin, Glenn Koehler, Susan Lehrer, Michael Neill O'Donnell and Carol Rietsma.
Trained in geography and history at Stetson University and the University of Pittsburgh, Knapp's early work focused on China's domestic architectural heritage. He is the author, editor or contributor of more than 20 books. For the past decade, he has worked with photographer A. Chester Ong, a collaboration which has taken him through China to Southeast Asia documenting domestic architecture.
In recent years, Knapp has returned to an early interest in the history of transportation, researching covered bridges throughout North America. America's Covered Bridges: Practical Crossings and Nostalgic Icons, a collaboration with Terry Miller and Chester Ong, was published in 2014.
Knapp taught from 1968 through 2001 in the Department of Geography and Asian Studies Program at SUNY, New Paltz, holding the rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Since 1987, he has served on the Board of Mohonk Preserve and was its President from 2004-2013. Free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Friday, May 19, at 7pm
Marbletown Community Center
The Catskill Aqueduct: A Century of Service
will be the topic when Diane Galusha, author of Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water System, will offer an illustrated presentation focusing on the 92-mile underground aqueduct which carries the combined waters of the Schoharie and Ashokan Reservoirs to consumers in New York City and in communities as far north as Ulster County.
The aqueduct was completed in 1917, an accomplishment celebrated that autumn by three days of concerts, parades and festivities when elaborate public fountains were turned on to welcome abundant, clean Catskill Mountain water to the city. The aqueduct was dearly bought, costing $162 million and 283 lives. It is an engineering feat that still sets heads to spinning: it is gravity alone that propels water from the Ashokan Reservoir town the tube to Kensico reservoir in Westchester County, to Hillview in Yonkers, and beyond, plunging deep beneath the Hudson River where brave men and powerful dynamite pierced ancient bedrock between Storm King and Breakneck Mountains.
Learn about the brains, and the brawn, behind this achievement, and find out how well the Catskill Aqueduct has fared over a century of continuous service.
Diane Galusha, author of several books on local and regional history, is on the staff at the Catskill Watershed Corp. She is the founding president of the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, Delaware County.
Copies of the book, republished in an expanded edition in 2016 by Purple Mountain Press of Fleischmanns. See www.liquidassetsbook.com. Free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
Saturday, June 10, 10-3
Sunday Bag Sale, June 11, 10-2
As we prepare for the 71st Annual Stone Ridge Library Fair, we are sorting donated books for the huge Book Tent, and pricing donated tableware and gifts for the Gift Table. Please see below a few guidelines for these donations.
We are also reaching out to volunteers, both seasoned and newcomers, to ask for your help for a few hours' time. To see a list of volunteer opportunities
. Please contact Barbara Cazakoff, Volunteer Coordinator at
with questions and to sign up. She will welcome you to the team!
The June book sale is the only one scheduled for this year - the Columbus Day weekend sale will not take place. But we do have the Sunday Bag Sale lined up for June 11 from 10-2 with the usual bargains $10 for a whole bag of books!
Please stay tuned for details! Food, fun, music and books will be on tap... And if Strawberry Shortcake tops your list, you will not be disappointed...
The Library welcomes book donations. Books donated are re-sold at the annual
Library Fair, which is scheduled for
Saturday, June 10 this year. Proceeds from the Library Fair are used for the operating budget-computers, books, salaries, supplies, etc.
"We are thankful for book donations from the community," said Library Director Jody Ford. "But we recently have had to update our procedures due to the large number of unsaleable books that have been coming in." When books are moldy, dusty and damaged, we cannot sell them and we must discard them. Hiring a dumpster is costly, and so the need to cull and discard the increasing percentage of donations has cut significantly into the potential profits of the book sale.
"More importantly, all donated books are sorted by volunteer community members, so we ask that donations be clean and free from mold, dirt and dust to safeguard them in their work.
"We are happy to accept books in good condition," said Ford. "And we look forward to upholding the long tradition of the Book Tent, the Library Fair's most popular feature."
The Library asks that books in good condition be brought during library hours, with the donor's name and contact information. Textbooks, encyclopedias and medical books are not included in the books sale and should be recycled by the owner along with other books that cannot be sold. Information on municipal recycling centers is available at the Library and online.
|It's spring! Are you cleaning out closets?
We can help! The library is collecting gently used
tableware, gifts, jewelry and household décor items for this year's Library Fair. Drop off donations any time the library is open. We can accept most anything other than electronics and large, heavy items, but if you have questions just call the circulation desk at 687-7023. We look forward to seeing you at the Fair on
|Spring and Summer Art Exhibit
Ellie Anderson was born in Queensland, Australia and trained as an art teacher. She taught for a number of years before catching the travel bug. In the late '60s she left Australia to travel and work in England and Europe. After marrying an American and starting a family she completed a BA in Fine Art at George Mason University and taught high school art in Fairfax, Virginia.
In retirement Ellie and her husband spent 10 years back in Queensland, Australia. Here she devoted her time to painting and exhibiting with a group of like-minded art enthusiasts. This focus on art and re-exploring the familiar landscape of her childhood inspired her.
"I love the challenge of interpreting my ideas on canvas and use mainly the mediums of oil, acrylic and pastel. I especially love color, contrast and pattern making. When you start a new canvas, you enter another world. It's exciting, challenging and a wonderful way to spend time."
Now living in Accord, New York Ellie continues to be inspired by the landscape, animals and colors around her.
Wednesday, May 10
4pm in the Biography Room
The selection this month is
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles. - A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.
|HOLMES & CO.
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, May 17
4pm in the Biography Room
This month we will be discussing A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George. Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry."
A History Reading Club
Wednesday, June 14
7pm in the Biography Room
The reading selection for April is
White Trash: the 400-year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg. A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party
with Heidi Ehrich
Tuesday, May 2
Our Conversational Spanish group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, from 1:30 - 3:00. The sessions take place in the Library's Reference Room.
Tuesday, May 16, 1:30-2:30pm
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.
Thursday, May 11, 25
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.
Stone Ridge Library
with Cathy Arra
Monday, May 8, 22
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 (687-7023 ext. 108) to place your name on the wait list.
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 This Month
Based on: The Dinner
by Herman Koch
Director: Oren Moverman
Cast: Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny
Based on: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
a Marvel comic by Dan Abnett
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel
Where: TV Sereis - Netflix
Based on: Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Director: Moira Walley-Beckett
Cast: Amybeth McNulty
Where: TV Sereis - Netflix
I Love Dick
by Chris Kraus
Director: Jill Soloway
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne
Based on: Everything Everything
by Nicola Yoon
Director: Stella Meghie
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Based on: The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry
Director: Jim Sheridan
Cast: Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Irons