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New Fiction
The Winter of the Witch - Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower -
Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale -
Katherine Arden
Scarlet Fever - Rita Mae Brown

The Water Dancer -
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Twisted Twenty-Six - Janet Evanovich

Noel Street - Richard Paul Evans  

Under Occupation - Alan Furst

The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern

Cilka's Journey -
Heather Morris

The Siberian Dilemma -
Martin Cruz Smith  

Spy - Danielle Steel

An Irish Country Family - Patrick Taylor

Michael Crichton: The Andromeda Evolution - Daniel H. Wilson
New Non-Fiction
Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide 2020 - Birnbaum's

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China -
Jung Chang

California -
Fodor's Travel

The Carolinas & Georgia -
Fodor's Travel

Florida -
Fodor's Travel

Notre-Dame: a Short History of the Meaning of Cathedrals -
Ken Follett

Arizona and the Grand Canyon -

Chidren's Writer's & Illustrator's Market - 2020
Dash: For Weight Loss - Jennifer Koslo
1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2020 - J K Lasser's

Four-Year Colleges 2020 -

All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice -
Molly Stevens
The Clutter Remedy: A Guide to Getting Organized for Those Who Love Their Stuff - Marla Stone 
New Large Print
Criss Cross - James Patterson
New DVDs
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Baker  
The Farewell -  Awkwafina, Tzi Ma
Good Omens - Martin Sheen, David Tennant, Frances McDormand    
Honeyland - Hatidze Muratova  
Luce - Naomi Watts, Kevin Harrison, Octavia Spencer
Luther - Season 4 
The Peanut Butter Falcon - Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern         
Poldark - Season 5    
Shetland - Season 5                            
Transit - Franz Rogowski                         
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Cate Blanchette, Billy Crudup, Kristin Wiig   

We feature reading suggestions each month. Visit the Library to check out a book from our current display. This month we're featuring Quick Reads for a Busy Month
Newsletter     December 2019
We have Heat!
The new boiler installation is finished! It's warming up. We are back to our regular hours. Fines will waived for all items due during the month of November.
Thank you for your patience while we were in the cold.  
Holiday Craft Sale
This annual favorite will feature work created by Library staff and the Saturday Knitters throughout the month of December.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Library.    
SRL Foundation Appeal
During this season of giving thanks, we want to tell you how much we truly value you.
Thanks to your past support, our beautiful new Activity Room hosts much of the Library's wide range of community offerings. Next year's Circulation Desk Renovation project will improve the accommodation of our patrons, our staff, and the many activities and services that take place at our front desk. Capital improvements like these are possible only because of the generosity of  friends like you!
This year, the Library loaned over 67,000 items to local residents and welcomed over 72,000 visitors while providing new resources and technologies to users of all ages. But this end-of-year has not been without its challenges. We are thrilled to have heat after four weeks without, but the replacement of our boiler was an unforeseen expense. At times like these we count on your support. Your contributions not only sustain our diverse programming, but help to preserve our historic Library, a place that is special to so many of us.  
We hope that you will invest in the future of our community by contributing to the Library during this season of giving and generosity.
Online donations are easy and can be made here.  If you are not already a monthly donor, we encourage you to set up a Recurring Donation - it's one of the best--and easiest--ways to help.
The Library Foundation thanks you for being a true and loyal friend!    
Text Messaging
Text messaging notification is now available. Patrons must "Opt in" to receive text messages. Text messaging gets the information needed out more quickly and conveniently. It supplements the regular notices for Hold Pickup, Overdue, Auto Renew and Courtesy notices.

Only patrons can alter this portion of their record.
To "Opt In."
  • Log into your account
  • go to Patron Record
  • Edit Account
  • "Opt in"
Opting out is just as easy.  
Book Donations
We cannot accept any book donations over the winter. However, we will still take them until December 15.
Then, please hold off until the Spring. Thank you. 
Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, December 11
3pm in the Activities Room
The reading selection for November is The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella's childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents. Even Stella's own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity-beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. 
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, December 18
3pm in the Activity Room
Our book for December is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic, fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.  
A History Reading Club
Saturday, December 14
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading for December is  Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. "In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders."  
Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, December 31
Biography Room

"Hola! This group meets to speak Spanish in an inviting, friendly setting. Topics vary depending on what folks want to talk about - travel, personal experiences, current events, community events and places, etc. All levels of experience with Spanish invited, but basic Spanish skills are required. You can chat, prepare a written topic to share or just listen. Hasta Pronto!"
Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner
Tuesday, December 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.

with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, December 12
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, December 2, 16, 30
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room
Monday, December 9, 23
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 Friday, at 10am
in the Activity Room

Beginners are welcome to join our Mahjong group. We have two sets available but welcome additional sets if available to loan. Register on line on the calendar or at the Circulation Desk in the Library, or just walk in. We meet every Friday at 10am in the new event space.
Saturday Knitters
Every Saturday
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. 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
December 13, 2019

Where: Theaters
Based on: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

December 18, 2019

Movie: Dune
Where: Theaters
Based on: Dune by Frank Herbert
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac

December 2019

Where: TV Limited Series, 3 part -- BBC One/FX
Based on: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Director: Nick Murphy
Cast: Guy Pearce,. Stephen Graham, Charlotte Riley, Joe Alwyn, Jason Flemyng, Andy Serkis

December 20, 2019

Movie: Cats
Where: Theaters
Based on: Old Possum's Books of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot
Director: Tom Hooper
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Jason Derulo, Steven McRae

December 25, 2019

Movie: Little Women
Where: Theaters
Based on: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Director: Greta Gerwig
Cast: Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet

December 25, 2019

Where: Theaters
Based on: The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Director: François Girard
Cast: Clive Owen, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack
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