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New Fiction
The Golden Tresses of the Dead - Alan Bradley

The New Iberia Blues - James Lee Burke

The Victory Garden - Rhys Bowen

Cut and Run - Mary Burton

An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

Untouchable - Jayne Ann Krentz

The Rule of Law - John Lescroart

Turning Point - Danielle Steel

Daughter of War - Brad Thor

The Black Ascot - Charles Todd
New Non-Fiction
Writing in the Ether - Catherine Arra

Black is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time and Mine - Emily Bernard
The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet - Donald D. Hensrid, M.D. 
Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing - Paul Jarvis
The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington - Brad Meltzer
5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food - Jamie Oliver
Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking - Samin Nostat
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Peternity, and Love - Dani Shapiro
New Large Print
Crucible: a Thriller - James Rollins
New Audio Books
The New Iberia Blues: a Dave Robicheaux novel - James Lee Burke
In a House of Lies - Ian Rankin 
New DVD's
The Bookshop - Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson   
Boy Erased - Nicole Kidman, Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe   
First Man - Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clark 
The Old Man and the Gun - Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek       
Tea with the Dames - Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright     
What They Had - Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blyth Danner
The Wife - Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce  
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. 
Short Stories  
Published 2000 - 2018
100 Years of the Best American Short Stories - ed by Lorrie Moore  808.3/One

The 40s: The Story of a Decade - The New Yorker  973.917/For

All Over Ireland : New Irish Short Stories - edited by Deirdre Madden  Fic/Mad

The Angel on the Roof: the Stories of Russell Banks - Banks, Russell  Fic/Ban

Anything is Possible - Elizabeth Strout  Fic/Str

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher - Hilary Mantel  Fic/Man

Astray - Emma Donoghue Fic/Don

Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 - Annie Proulx  Fic/Pro

Barefoot Dogs - Antonio Ruiz-Camacho  Fic/Rui

Bark - Lorrie Moore  Fic/Moo

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams - Stephen King  Fic/Kin

Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black: and Other Stories - Nadine Gordimer  Fic/Gor

The Best American Short Stories, 2004 - selected by Lorrie Moore  Fic/Bes

The Best American Short Stories 2009 - selected by Alice Sebold  Fic/Bes

The Best American Short Stories 2011 - selected by Geraldine Brooks    813.01/BES 2011

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 - edited by Dave Eggers 818.6/bes 2012

Best European Fiction 2013 - edited by Aleksandar Hemon 808.83/bes 2013

The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky - Translated by David Magarshack  891.73/Dos

Between Friends - Amos Oz  Fic/Oz

Black Glass : Short Fictions - Karen Joy Fowler  Fic/Fow

A Blind Man can see How Much I Love You: Stories - Amy Bloom  Fic/Blo

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: Twenty-Four Stories - Haruki Murakami  Fic/Mur

A Blink of the Screen - Terry Pratchett  Fic/Pra

Bream Gives me Hiccups & Other Stories - Jesse Eisenberg  Fic/Eis

Can't and Won't - Lydia Davis  Fic/Dav

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg - Deborah Eisenberg Fic/Eis

Dancing with Dasein and Other Stories - Mark Morganstern  Fic/Mor

A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman: Complete Short Stories - Margaret Drabble  Fic/Dra

Day Out of Days : stories - Sam Shepard  Fic/She

Dear life : stories - Alice Munro  Fic/Mun

Death Dines In - edited by Claudia Bishop  Fic/Dea

Demonology: Stories - Rick Moody  Fic/Moo

Dreamtime: a Collection of Short Stories - Robert F. Steiner  Fic/Ste

The Empty Family: Stories - Colm Toibin  Fic/Toi

England and Other Stories - Graham Swift  Fic/Swi

Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 - Alice Munro Fic/Mun

A Few of the Girls - Maeve Binchy  Fic/Bin

Flights - Olga Tokarczuk  Fic/Tok

Florida - Lauren Groff   Fic/Gro

Follies: New Stories - Ann Beattie  Fic/Bea

The Garden of Eden and other Criminal Delights - Faye Kellerman  Fic/Kel

A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me - David Gates  Fic/Gat

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories - by Alice Munro  Fic/Mun

The Haunted Life: and Other Writings - Jack Kerouac  Fic/Ker

Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations - Alexander McCall Smith  Fic/McC

The Hill Bachelors - William Trevor  Fic/Tre

How to Breathe Underwater: Stories - Julie Orringer  Fic/Orr

I Think of You: Stories - Ahdaf Soueif  Fic/Sou

Just after Sunset: Stories - Stephen King  Fic/Kin

Last Car over the Sagamore Bridge: Stories - Peter Orner  Fic/Orn

Last Stories - William Trevor  Fic/Tre

The Lemon Table: Stories - Julian Barnes  Fic/Bar

The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas - Mary Gordon  Fic/Gor

Licks of Love: Short Stories and a Sequel - John Updike  Fic/Upd

Little Black Book of Stories - A.S. Byatt  Fic/Bya

A Lot Like Christmas - Connie Willis  Fic/Wil

The Love Object: Selected Stories - Edna O'Brien  Fic/Obr

Lucky Alan: and Other Stories - Jonathan Lethem  Fic/Let

Mall Flower - Tina Barry  811/Bar

Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing along the Borderlands - Michael Chabon  808.02/Cha

McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories - edited by Michael Chabon  Fic/McS

The Mistletoe Murder: and Other Stories - P.D. James  Fic/Jam

Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories - Paul Theroux  Fic/The

Mr. Tall a Novella and Stories - Tony Earley  Fic/Ear

My Adirondacks: Ten Stories from Twenty Years - Erik Schlimmer  796.5/Sch

New York Stories - edited by Diana Secker Tesdell  Fic/New

Novels & Stories 1963-1973 - Kurt Vonnegut    Fic/von

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017 - chosen and with an introduction by Laura Furman  Fic/Ohe

Old Venus - edited by George R.R. Martin  Fic/Old

On Glorious Wings: the Best Flying Stories of the Century - edited Stephen Coonts  Fic/Coo

Only the Animals - Ceridwen Dovey  Fic/Dov

The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories. 2009 - chosen and with an introduction by Laura Furman  Fic/Pen

The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. 2011 - chosen and with an introduction by Laura Furman  Fic/Pen

Points North: Stories - Howard Frank Mosher  Fic/Mos

The Price of Love and Other Stories - Peter Robinson  Fic/Rob

Problems with People: Stories - David Guterson  Fic/Gut

Prophets and Dreamers: a Selection of Great Yiddish Literature - edited by Miriam Weinstein  839/Pro

Pulse: Stories - Julian Barnes  Fic/Bar

Really Short Stories - John D. Flemming  811/Fle

The Refugees - Viet Thanh Nguyen  Fic/Ngu

Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales - Yoko Ogawa  Fic/Oga

Rogues - edited by George R.R. Martin  Fic/Mar

Sea lovers: Selected Stories - Valerie Martin  Fic/Mar

The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith - with a foreword by Graham Greene  Fic/Hig

Servants of the Map: Stories - Andrea Barrett  Fic/Bar

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall: a Collection of Outlander Fiction - Diana Gabaldon  Fic/Gab

The Shell Collector: Stories - Anthony Doerr  Fic/Doe

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country - C.J. Box  Fic/Box

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales - P.D. James  Fic/Jam

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales - Margaret Atwood  Fic/Atw

The Stories - Jane Gardam  Fic/Gar

The Stories of Frederick Busch - edited by Elizabeth Strout  Fic/Bus

The Sunny Side: Short Stories and Poems for Proper Grown-Ups - A.A. Milne  Fic/Mil

Sweet Land Stories - E.L. Doctorow  Fic/Doc

T.C. Boyle Stories II - T. Coraghessan Boyle  Fic/Boy

Tenth of December: Stories - George Saunders  Fic/Sau

The Thing Around your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Fic/Adi

Thirteen Ways of Looking - Colum McCann  Fic/McC

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage - Ann Patchett  Bio/Pat

Thunderstruck & Other Stories - Elizabeth McCracken  Fic/McC

Too Much Happiness: Stories - Alice Munro  Fic/Mun

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances - Neil Gaiman  Fic/Gai

Uncommon Type: Some Stories - Tom Hanks  Fic/Han

The View from Castle Rock: Stories - Alice Munro  Fic/Mun

Wallkill Valley Writers Anthology 2011 - Soul Garden Press  808.8/Ant

What Light Can Do - Robert Hass  814 has

What we Talk About when we Talk about Anne Frank - Nathan Englander   Fic/Eng

The Whore's Child and Other Stories - Richard Russo  Fic/Rus

Wild Ducks Flying Backward: the Short Writings of Tom Robbins  Fic/Rob

A Wild Swan: and Other Tales - Michael Cunningham  Fic/Cun 
Newsletter    February 2019
Winter Weather
Check for updated closings or delays at the Library. The Preschool Story Hours will be cancelled if Rondout closes or is delayed. After school Story Hours will be cancelled if schools are closed or dismiss early. We will also be posting any closing information on our Facebook page and Instagram page.
Book Launch
Wednesday, February 27 
4 to 5:30pm
In the Activity Room. 

The Library will host a reading and author signing reception for Writing in the Ether,  published by Dos Madres Press, 2018, the latest work of local memoirist, writer and poet, Catherine Arra. Arra taught English and Writing in the Rondout Valley School District and serves as facilitator of the Stone Ridge Library Writers' Group, that meets weekly at the library.
Since leaving the classroom in 2012, Catherine's poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals online and in print. She is the author of three chapbooks, Slamming and Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014); Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015); and Tales of Intrigue & Plumage (Future Cycle Press, 2017). Writing in the Ether is her first full-length collection.
Publisher Dos Madres Press: "The poems and short prose in Catherine Arra's Writing in the Ether were born from the connective tissue of memory, the bones of the past, and the spirit that insists not only upon seeing and remembering, but upon reconciling 'the holy and the unholy' to embrace what is. Here is a story of a girl growing up in the 1960s with a mysteriously elusive mother, a second-generation immigrant father, and her immigrant grandparents living next door. At the center of the collection is a desire to reach back for clarity and continuity that becomes, in itself, an act of writing in the ether.

"Through an exploration into her own story, Arra invites each of us to go back and become 'forever the sentinel' on the doorstep of our history, to find the sweetest joys, the most devastating betrayals, and in doing so, mark each with a cross, a prayer, and perhaps a poem, because, as Arra writes, 'Love eats you, and this is the only way home'."

Local author Nina Shengold (Clearcut and River of Words writes, "Arra's words pulse with a soft incandenscence, like fireflies, or sparks from a distant volcano."
The public is cordially invited to attend this free event. For information and weather-related updates, please call the library program office at 845 687-7023 or visit the Stone Ridge Library Facebook page.

Hospice Program:
Making Every Moment Count
Wednesday, March 6
3:00 to 4:30pm 

Nikki Weisman, LMSW, of Hudson Valley Hospice will host an informative talk in the Library's Activity Room. The lecture is titled "Making Every Moment Count," and will provide an overview of the services that Hospice offers. In her talk, Ms. Weisman will dispel the myths associated with hospice; share what people need to know before a crisis, and offer tools helpful in planning and speaking with loved ones.

The program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required by March 4, and can be arranged by calling 845 418-1022 or by signing up on the library's website,  stoneridgelibrary/calendar.
In the event of snow, please check the library's website and/or Facebook page for updates.  

"Witness to History" Writing Workshop
Saturday, March 9
1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Activity Room 

The Library will host a workshop titled Witness to History facilitated by Carol Bergman, published author and Adjunct Associate Professor of Writing at NYU  
Registration is available on a first come, first-served basis, and is available beginning February 9, on the  library's calendar, or by calling the Program Office at 845 687-7023.

In this interactive workshop, students will choose a reported event they have witnessed either first-hand or through the media. We will begin with oral story-telling of personal recollections and then do research at the library, before drafting a personal essay. The only required tools are memory, your laptop is you have one, a notebook and a free flowing pen. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.

Carol has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She is one of the founding faculty of Gotham Writers' Workshop and has been teaching in the NYU writing program since 1997. Go to for testimonials, samples of her writing, and a blog about writing and the writing life. Follow her on FB as Carol Bergman: Writer or on Twitter: bergman_carol. In the event of snow, the program will take place on Saturday, March 23.  
Town of Rochester Memberships
There are still a few free memberships for Town of Rochester residents. The Library also provides free memberships to all Rondout Valley Students. More information is available on our website. If you have questions email Jody Ford, the Stone Ridge Library Director.
Book Donations
The Library is not accepting book donations this winter. We will start up again on April 1. 
Hudson Valley Community Power Meetings
February 2, 10:00 - 11:30 am
February 21, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Roundout Municipal Center room M-1,
1925 Lucas Ave Extn, Cottekill.

"Six communities (Marbletown, Beacon, Cold Spring, Philipstown, the Town of Fishkill, and the City of Poughkeepsie) have teamed with JouleCommunity (as Program Administrator) to explore the potential of participating in a Community Choice Program in the Hudson Valley.  Come to a public Q&A session and learn how you can make Community Choice a reality in the Hudson Valley.  For more info contact HudsonValleyCommunityPower.
phone: 845-859-9099

Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, February 13
3pm in the Activity Room
The reading selection for February is An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control. 
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, February 20
3pm in the Activity Room
The reading selection for February is House Rules by Jodi Picoult. A young man with Aspergers syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism, Jacob Hunt likes routine and structure in his life. He also like forensics science to the point where he's made it his life's work, studying it continuously in a manner that would make Sherlock Holmes proud. For kicks, he sets up crime scenes for his family to study and deduce what happened. He's comfortable in the routine of visiting his counselor and playing with corpses. That goes out the window when his counselor is found dead. The police in this book rival the Keystones. A detective asks to speak to Jacob, but forgets the basics of reading him his rights. They've found his thumb imprint on the some of the material at the scene of the crime and a report regarding the scene in his journal. At first it looks like this may be a part of his obsession, but Jacob freely admits that he moved the body of the counselor. However, none of it can be admitted since he hadn't been Mirandized. Jacob is still put on trial for the murder until finally someone asks him why he moved the body. Definitely worth the read, mostly to see how the justice system treats those who don't fit the label of normal. 
A History Reading Club
Saturday, March 2
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading selection for March is Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow. A richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.
Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, February 26
Biography Room

Conversational Spanish is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, from 1:30 - 3:00 in the Reference Room. Basic conversational ability is a pre-requisite for these sessions.
Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner
Tuesday, February 19
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, February 14, 28
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, February 4, 25
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room
Monday, February 11
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

February 1, 2019

Where: TV limited Series -- BBC & Amazon Prime, 3 episodes
Based on: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
Director: Alex Gabassi
Cast: John Malkovich, Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan, Eamon Farren, Tara Fitzgerald, Bronwyn James

February 8, 2019

Where: Theaters: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Based on: Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind
Director: Jonas Åkerlund
Cast: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen  

February 12, 2019

Where: TV Comedy Series -- TBS
Based on: What in God's Name by Simon Rich
Director: Simon Rich
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe

February 14, 2019

Where: Theaters
Based on: Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Omnibus 1 -  Kodansha Comics
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González

February 15, 2019

Movie: Donnybrook
Where: Theaters: Drama
Based on: Donnybrook by Frank Bill
Director: Tim Sutton
Cast: Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, James Badge Dale

February 15, 2019

Where: TV limited series -- Netflix, 10 episodes
Based on: The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way
Director: Steve Blackman
Cast: Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige

February 22, 2019

Where: Theaters: Childrens Series
Based on: How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, F. Murray Abraham (voices)

February 22, 2019

Where: Theaters: Drama, History, Romance
Based on: The Iron Orchard by Tom Pendleton
Director: Ty Roberts
Cast: Lane Garrison and Ali Cobrin

February 22, 2019

Where: Theaters: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Reed Morano
Cast: Jude Law, Blake Lively, Sterling K. Brown
Winter Artist:
Staats Fasoldt - Watercolors

We are pleased to present an exhibit of Watercolors by local artist Staats Fasoldt through March 21. The works are situated among the stacks in the 1798 library building as well as in the new Children's Wing.
Staats Fasoldt is Executive Vice President of the Woodstock School of Art's Board of Directors, and has taught painting and drawing there for more than 35 years. He is an active member of the Woodstock Artist's Association and a member of The Art Society of Kingston. He is also a member and former Coordinator of Longreach Arts, the Hudson Valley's premier mobile Artists Co-op.
Staats has an MFA in painting from SUNY, New Paltz. He has had numerous one-person and group exhibits displaying his Watercolors and has won many awards for his work. Staats' paintings are interpretations of nature that stress spontaneity as method.
He has published several books on his paintings and is represented by the Mark Gruber Gallery. His one-of-a-kind originals feature the hand of the artist, the crisp rag watercolor paper and the highest quality DaVinci artist's watercolors. The paintings in the library show are also available for purchase.

"We are delighted to present this beautiful body of work as our winter exhibit, and  thank Staats for sharing his paintings with our library patrons," said Diane DeChillo, Library Program Manager.

For additional information, visit

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Stone Ridge, NY 12484