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August 2023 Newsletter

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." Maya Angelou

Library Vote

Monday, August 14, 2022, 2pm – 8pm

To Choose Three Trustees,

To Decide on Budget

The Stone Ridge Public Library will hold its annual election/budget vote on Monday, August 14, 2023, between the hours of 2 pm and 8 pm at the Library.

The election is to fill two four-year seats for the Board of Trustees and to consider the following proposition:

Shall the budget proposed by the Board of Trustees of the Stone Ridge Public Library, including a tax appropriation of $309,607, be approved?

Board of Trustee candidates nominated by petition for the four-year seats are Jonathon Lee, Ethan Plank and Victoria Schulte.

For those not able to come to the polling place on Election Day, absentee ballots are available at the Library. You may request them at the front desk. Ballots may be mailed back or returned in person to the Library, no later than 8pm on August 14th.

Those eligible to vote must live and be registered to vote in the Town of Marbletown. For further information, contact Jody Ford, Library Director, at 845-687-7023.

To see a comparison of the proposed 2023 budget and the 2022 budget click here


Those eligible to vote must live and be registered to vote in the Town of Marbletown. For further information contact Jody Ford, Library Director, at 845-687-7023.


Fall Book Sale

Sunday, September 10

10-2 Rain or Shine

Library Lawn

It's our Fall Book Sale! Hooray! We will have assorted selections of books under Library tents and the Little Book Store will be open. The Stone Ridge Library Knitters as well as a number of local vendors will also be joining us.

We are looking for volunteer bakers and donations for our bake sale area. If you would like to donate baked goods please contact: [email protected]

Please park in the High Meadow parking lot across the street and be sure to leave your pets at home. Hope to see you there.

First Ever Library Cake-Off

Sunday, September 10


In the Library yard

The library will be hosting our first ever Cake Off, a baking competition and friend-raising event, as part of the library’s fall book and bake sale.

Ten amateur bakers from Ulster County will present homemade cakes from scratch for judging by local professional bakers and members of the community. Ribbons will be awarded in various creative categories. All are welcome to attend the event at no cost and enjoy bites of cake as part of the judging.

Like the popular baking competition television program, The Great British Bake Off, the library’s Cake Off will host ten amateur, local bakers who will present their “show-stopping” cake creations to three judges and the general public. Each cake must be created based on a recipe from a baking book in the Mid-Hudson Library system. Cakes will be presented to the judges for consideration, and then made available to the public for tasting.

As well as professional judging over flavor combinations and overall design, a People’s Choice award will be presented to the baker who earns the most votes from the general public. The award categories are all in good fun, and include a variety of creative names, such as “An Edible Artist’s Palette” and “Mixing Bowl Madness”.  

Requirements to enter the Stone Ridge Library’s Cake Off include the following:  

  • Must be 15+ years of age 
  • Must be an amateur/at home baker, without professional bakery training or experience 
  • Must be a resident of Ulster County 
  • Must use or clearly adapt a recipe from a book checked out from the Mid-Hudson Library System.  

There is no cost to enter the competition.  Questions? Email [email protected]

Register here

Local Author AJ Shenkman joins Clio's Muse

Our History Book Group 

Wednesday, August 30, 7pm

Zoom Program 

This month local author A. J. Schenkman will join the history book group, Clio's Muse, to discuss his book, Patriots and Spies in Revolutionary New York. Non-group members are welcome to join this book discussion.

Spies! Loyalists! Tories! Conspiracy! Strange messages?

Codes in invisible ink? The American Revolution was

first and foremost a civil war that tore at the very fabric of families as well as society. Patriots were determined to separate from England; while Loyalists were just as determined to defeat what they saw as a rebellion. Many do not know that during several critical periods the war was almost fatally undermined by English sympathizers or in some cases opportunistic Patriots. Patriots and Spies in Revolutionary New York is a compilation of twelve stories regarding important moments in New York State's history during the American


About the Author

A.J. Schenkman is the author of several books about local and regional history. He has written for many magazines, blogs, and academic journals including numerous articles on Hudson Valley history in Ulster Magazine, The Times Herald-Record, Chronogram and on his website, Ulster County History Journal. He is a teacher in Ulster County.

To register contact: [email protected]

We Won a Chronogrammie!

Once again, the library is happy to say, Thank You for voting for us! We claimed third place and are thrilled to have been nominated again. You like us! You really, really like us!

If you'd like to see the winner's video of silliness click here: Chronogrammie Winners and see this year's YouTube video.

Accepting Book Donations - LIMITED

The library will be accepting book donations

on the following dates:

August 5 , from 12-2pm Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction and Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction Books.

August 19 , from 12-2pm Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction and Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction Books.

September 9, from 12-2pm Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction and Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction Books.

*We are not accepting history books or cookbooks at this time.*

We are only accepting books in good/excellent condition.

Two bags/boxes per person please

Let’s Move with the Library!

Thursdays, 12-1 on Local Rail Trails

We’re back in action! Join Sarah and your friends and neighbors as we take weekly walks along local rail trails. Each week we will walk from 12-1 on our gorgeous O&W and Wallkill Valley Rail Trails. This social group is a talking and walking group and our motto is: “We are only as fast as our slowest walker.” If you are looking to meet new people and get some steps in while conversing, join us! No pets please. Be sure to check with your doctor before joining this group or any exercise program. No registration necessary-just show up!

*Our walking group is getting pretty big so if you can carpool with friends, great! You are welcome to park at the library and then carpool to the trailhead.*

All walks are weather permitting. Weather cancellations will be posted on the Stone Ridge Library’s Facebook and Instagram page so be sure to check those out if the weather is questionable. Looking forward to walking with you! for information or maps click here: O&W Rail Trail and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.

  • Thursday, August 3: Meet at O&W rail trail Leggett Road Parking lot.
  • Thursday, August 10: Meet at the WV rail trail at the Trestle Bridge parking lot.
  • Thursday August 17: Meet at the O&W rail trail at the Cottekill Fire Dept. parking lot.
  • Thursday August 24: Meet at the WV rail trail lot at the Women’s Studio Workshop.
  • Thursday August 31: Meet at the O&W Rest Plaus rail trail parking lot.

Lynne Friedman: Joy of Summer Exhibit

Art Exhibit July 10-August 31

Art is the continuous creation of the world and summer is my favorite season. My focus is on interpreting the shimmering natural world in Ulster County by exploring the magic and richness of the land, of growing things and seasonal change. I want to celebrate and interpret growth and renewal. I work in oil outdoors, en plein air and also in water colors interpreting my visual experiences at different times of day and in varied weather conditions. 

Lynne has had artist residencies around the work and experienced many new possibilities. She has been chosen to have paintings in U. S. Embassies around the world through the Art in Embassies Program and has pieces in numerous corporations. She has had three museum shows and numerous solo exhibitions in NY's Chelsea galleries. 20% of all sales from the show will go to World Central Kitchens in Ukraine.

Technology Tuesdays

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By Appointment only

Activity Room

Are you a senior looking for help with your iPhone? We can help. Starting in April you can schedule an appointment and learn how to get the most out of your iPhone. We can help with setting up reminders for appointments, medication schedules, how to manage your photos or how to successfully attend zoom meetings. If you have specific skills you would like to work on we can help with that too.

To schedule a on hour appointment with our volunteer, send an email to: [email protected] Please include the type of device and model you are working with and what skills you are looking for help with.  

*These appointments are for learning new skills. We cannot fix or repair your device.

News from the Foundation

Our Wizard of Oz Community Movie Night was a blast! We were thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces there enjoying the activities and the film. Many thanks to the Hasbrouck House for hosting us and for donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to us!

Stay tuned for more info on two SRLF Events coming up in September: 

Mailbox Raffle – Back by popular demand! This year we’ve got four local artists contributing their time and talents to creating signature, original mailboxes! You’ll have the chance to enter to win the mailbox of your choice in September. Come to the library to see the mailboxes displayed later this month and check our website + Facebook for more info soon. Thanks to local artists Barbara BashLora ShelleyMatthew Pleva and Emeline Hastings for supporting the library with their creations!

Online Auction – Coming up in September! We’ve got gift certificates for local restaurants, classes, services and much more! Auction items will preview online in late September. Bidding will open in October. Stay tuned!

information: [email protected] | 845-687-7023 ext. 7

Children's Program

Introduction to Babysitting Course for Tweens and Teens

Saturday, July 29  10:00-1:00

In this Introduction to Babysitting Course, participants will learn interviewing tips, communication skills, ages and stages of young babies and toddlers, safety and first aid tips, and feeding and caring for children, including diaper changing.

A simple test will be administered at the completion of the course and certificates of completion will be distributed. The instructor, Amanda Tucker, is a 1st grade teacher. She holds three teacher certifications including Early Childhood, General Education and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy. Please Register

Live Reptile Program

Tuesday, August 1  3:30-4:30

Come see some real life mythical creatures!

The Hudson Valley Reptile & Rescue group will bring six to seven snakes, six to seven lizards, a turtle, and a tortoise for young patrons to observe. Learn about, see, and feel these amazing creatures!

Register on our calendar

Summer Story Hour programs ages 5-11

August 2 & 9   3:00-4:00

Each week we will concentrate on a mythical creature with stories and a craft. 

Register on our calendar so we can update you about any program changes.

Register Here

Cooking Program for tweens and teens - Sushi Rolls

Monday, August 7  6:30-7:30   Ages 9 and up

We will practice making (and eating) vegetable sushi.

Please register 

On Going Reading Incentive Program with Reading Dragons Collectable Cards

This year we are offering an incentive to read, read, read. Participants earn mythical creature cards as they read and keep a log. Each creature has four stages: egg, baby, teen, and adult. Pick up your tracker and starter cards at the library. 

36 different mythical creatures to choose from.

Bring your tracker to the library to redeem for your cards.

Gotta collect them all! (and keep reading!!)

After Hours Teen Game Night

Friday, August 4, 6-8:30pm  


Registration Required

Join us for after hours game night for teens. If you enjoy group games, come and join in the fun. Games will include Sushi Go, Catan, Sparkle Kitty and more. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required. The library doors will open at 6pm and close at 6:15pm so be here on time for an evening of fun.


Book Groups

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, August 9

11am in the Activity Room

The book for August is Signal Fires by Dani Shapiro.

Late on a summer night in 1985, three teenagers are in a tragic car crash on the quiet, suburban Division Avenue. A girl is killed, and Theo and Sarah Wilf are left with a devastating secret that will haunt their family forever. By the time the Shenkmans move in across the street, the accident has faded into the past, but secrets haunt both families and cause them to become intimately intertwined. When Waldo Shenkman, a brilliant but lonely child, befriends Ben Wilf, who is struggling with his wife's decline from Alzheimer's, he once again entangles the families' fates and sets in motion the spellbinding, unforgettable climax.

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Book Group

Wednesday, August 16

11am in the Activity Room

The book for August is By Book or By Crook : A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates. For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of- engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. But when her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite. Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun and some confections from her cousin Josie's bakery will help clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island. Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery and she's not so sure there's going to be a happy ending.

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Clio's Muse

A History

Reading Club

Wednesday, August 30

Zoom meeting at 7pm

The book for August is Patriots and Spies in Revolutionary New York. Patriots and Spies in Revolutionary New York by AJ Schenkman (who will join our discussion)

Spies! Loyalists! Tories! Conspiracy! Strange messages? Codes in invisible ink? The American Revolution was first and foremost a civil war that tore at the very fabric of families as well as society. Patriots were determined to separate from England; while Loyalists were just as determined to defeat what they saw as a rebellion. Many do not know that during several critical periods the war was almost fatally undermined by English sympathizers or in some cases opportunistic Patriots. Patriots and Spies in Revolutionary New York is a compilation of twelve stories regarding important moments in New York State's history during the American Revolution

Get More Info

Cooks and Books

Friday, August 18

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

This month, by popular demand, the Cooks & Books group will be cooking once more from any book by

Melissa Clark. The group will meet on August18 at 12:15pm in the library’s Activity Room with their chosen dishes.

The Cooks & Books group is a cookbook group. We meet the 3rd Friday of each month and take turns choosing a cookbook or theme to cook from. Each member then makes a chosen dish to bring to the meeting where we feast and discuss the cookbook and recipes. It’s a whole lot of fun and great food. 

Participation is limited so if you are interested in joining this group, please contact Sarah Robertson at [email protected] or call (845) 687-7023 ext. 8.

French Conversation with Claudine Brenner

Tuesday, August 15

1-2 pm - in the Activity 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: [email protected].

Tuesday, August 23

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.


with Rosemary Deen

Thursdays, August 3, 17, 31

on Zoom 1:30 - 3:00

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 [email protected] if you’d like to join the group.


with Cathy Arra


Monday, August 7, 21


Monday, August 14, 28

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 player, join us Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-12 in the Activity Room. No registration is required. The group is playing with the 2023 card. All levels are welcome. Come join in the fun!

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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.

New to the Library

New Fiction

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

A Botanist's Guide To Flowers and Fatality by Kate Khavari

The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons

The Collector by Daniel Silva

All The Demons Are Here by Jake Tapper

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

New Non-Fiction

Food 52 Genius Desserts by Kristin Miglore

American Cakes by Anne Byrn

The First Americans Were Africans by David Imhotep

Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain

New DVDs

Quiet Epidemic

A Thousand and One

Banshees of Inishirin

The Menu

Triangle of Sadness

The Father

Blue Caftan

Return To Seoul


Petite Maman

Parallel Mothers

The Velvet Queen

The Automat

The Good Boss

God’s Country

Decision To Leave

The Lost King

Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret


The Quiet Girl

Wizard of Oz

Endeavor Season 9



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