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New Fiction
The Lost Order - Steve Berry
The Last Days of Cafe Leila - Donia Bijan

All By Myself, Alone
- Mary Higgins Clark

Cold Earth - Ann Cleeves
The Devil's Triangle
- Catherine Coulter

The Burial Hour: a Lincoln Rhyme novel
- Jeffery Deaver

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
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
Fallout - Sara Paretsky
Without Warning
- 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

Dangerous Games
- Danielle Steell

Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout

No Man's Land - Simon Tolkien

City of Friends - Joanna Trollope

Fast & Loose - Stuart Woods

New Non-Fiction
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
New Large Print
The Fix - David Baldacci
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

New Audio Books
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

Days Without End
- Sebasti
New DVD's
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

Newsletter          May 2017
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 " Sunday Tea," on
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 .

Gunks Through Time
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. 

Catskill Aqueduct
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 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 click here. 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...

Book Donations
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 June 10!

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.

Tea Time Book Group
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.

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

Conversational Spanish
with Heidi Ehrich

Tuesday, May 2
Biography Room

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.

Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, May 16, 1:30-2:30pm
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.
with Rosemary Deen

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
Writers' Group
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.

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 This Month
May 5, 2017

Movie Title: The Dinner
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Dinner by Herman Koch
Director: Oren Moverman
Cast: Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall, Chloe Sevigny  

May 5, 2017

Where: Theaters
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

May 12, 2017

Movie Title:  Anne of Green Gables
Where: TV Sereis - Netflix  
Based on: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Director: Moira Walley-Beckett
Cast: Amybeth McNulty
May 12, 2017

Movie Title: I Love Dick
Where: TV Sereis - Netflix
Based on: I Love Dick by Chris Kraus
Director: Jill Soloway
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne
May 19, 2017

Where: Theaters  
Based on: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Director: David Bowers
Cast: Jason Ian Drucker,  Owen Asztalos
May 19, 2017

Movie Title: Everything Everything
Where: Theaters  
Based on: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Director: Stella Meghie
Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
May 19, 2017

Movie Title: The Secret Scripture
Where: Theaters  
Based on: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Director: Jim Sheridan
Cast: Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jeremy Irons
May 20, 2017

Movie Title: Wizard of Lies
Where: TV Movie -- HBO   
Based on: Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust by Diana Henriques, with additional material from Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family by Laurie Sandell
Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer
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