Since 1909 |
Snow Days
Please 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 the information on our Facebook page and Instagram page.  
New Fiction
In the Shadow of Vesuvius - Tasha Alexander

A Long Petal of the Sea - Isabel Allende

American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins

Kingdomtide -
Rye Curtis

The Mitford Scandal: a Mitford Murders Mystery -
Jessica Fellowes  

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick - Zora Neale Hurston

The Vanishing - Jayne Ann Krentz

Westwind - Ian Rankin

Moral Compass -
Danielle Steel  

A Divided Loyalty - Charles Todd

Treason - Stuart Woods
New Audios
The Other End of the Line - Andrea Camilleri

The Giver of Stars -
Jojo Moyes

Conversations with RGB -
ed. by Jeffery Rosen  
New DVDs
Big Little Lies - Sea.2  
Father Brown - Sea. 7                      
Joker -
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro

Judy -
Renee Zellweger

The Lighthouse -
Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe

Parasite -
Song Kaug-ho, Lee Sun-Kyun   

We feature reading suggestions each month. Visit the Library to check out a book from our current display. 
Newsletter     February 2020

Wednesday, February 5, March 4, April 1 and ongoing if we have enough interest. Join us!

First Wednesday of each the Activity Room. We are excited to offer these new opportunities to get together at the Library.

February 5, March 4, April 1
11:00 - 12:30
Tend to your hand sewing and mending in our newly forming Mending Bee!
Bring your project to work on in the good company.

February 5, March 4, April 1
1:00 - 3:00
Cards, Backgammon, Scrabble, Chess?
We have 4 tables to host the game of your choice.
Call the Program Office at 687-7023 with any questions or ideas.  
Happy Timers
Senior Story Hour 
Tuesday, February 11, 25, 2-3pm
Marbletown Community Center
Celeste, our Pre-School Storytime presenter has organized a story time for Seniors through the Town of Marbletown to be held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Do you enjoy listening to a story or two? Then be sure to join us for some fun! We'll also throw a few games and activities into the mix. afterwards we'll let our creative juices flow with a craft or an art project. So get your happy on and come share the afternoon with us!  
SRL Foundation News & Upcoming Events
Come check out the Foundation's " Local Business Raffle!"  Every other month the Foundation will hold a raffle featuring a gift certificate from one local business.  Stop by the Library to get your raffle tickets, support the Library and enter for a chance to win!

And don't miss this very special event over Valentine's Weekend.  Proceeds will help fund the library's Circulation Desk Renovation project.
The Town of Rochester Memberships
The Town of Rochester has contracted with the Stone Ridge Library to provide 238 paid family memberships to its Rochester residents this year. Additionally, the Library is providing free memberships to all Rondout Valley Students.
Rochester patrons can renew their memberships in person beginning in January of 2020. They are given out on a first come, first served basis. Due to demand for memberships we will not be able to automatically renew 2019 membership cards.
Non-subsidized family memberships will be available after the 238 free memberships have been given out. Non-subsidized family memberships are available at $52.45. per year. The rate schedule below shows the cost of a family membership for the balance of the year depending on which month it begins.
  • January - $52.45
  • February - $48.08
  • March - $43.74
  • April - $39.36
  • May - $34.99
  • June - $30.62
  • July - $26.24
  • August - $21.87
  • Sept - $17.49
  • Oct - $13.12
  • Nov - $8.74
  • Dec - $4.37
If you have questions, please feel free to email Stone Ridge Library Director Jody Ford. 
Book Donations
We cannot accept any book donations over the winter. Please hold off on any donations until the Spring.
Thank you. 
Children's Programming  
Winter/Spring 2020 
Our After School Story Hours 
Our After School Story Hours will take a look at Humor.
Laugh it up at the library this winter with funny books, jokes, and good times.

After School Story Hours will meet:

K-1st grades
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30
February 4, 11, 25,
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
2nd & 3rd grades
Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 6, 20, 27, April 3
A simple snack will be provided. Marbletown elementary students can take the squirrel bus to the library.   
Register for all Children's Programs
Register by visiting stoneridgelibrary,  
or our online calendar  
or call 687-7023 
or stop in the library.

NOTE: Library programs will follow Rondout School weather cancellations. If school is delayed morning story hours are cancelled, if school is closed or after school programs are cancelled the library programs will be cancelled too.
Pre-K Story Time (2.5 - 5 year olds)
Tuesday Mornings from 10:00 - 11:00
January 21 through March 31
 We are excited to welcome back Ms. Celeste to continue her imaginative, fun, and energetic storytimes for our littlest patrons. Storytime is an exciting and fanciful introduction to the library, as well as a great opportunity to meet area children and parents. The Preschool story hour is open to children ages 2.5 to 5 years old.  (Children who are younger are welcome, we ask that they are not disruptive to the children who are listening to the stories. Thank you.)
Please Register.  
Tween Valentine Chocolate Sweets
Thursday, February 6 3:00-4:00
grades 4th and up

Spread the love! We will have supplies and ideas to make valentine treats. A simple snack will be provided before we begin.
Rondout students can take bus #19 to the library.

 Please Register
Tween Beading day
Thursday, March 5, 3:00-4:00
grades 4th and up

We will have beads, shrinky dink charms, string, wire, key chain, and jewelry armatures will be available for participants to create jewelry items. A simple snack will be provided before we begin.
Rondout students can take bus #19 to the library.
Please Register  
Tween Sewing Workshop
Thursday, April 17 3:00-4:00
grades 4th and up

Try a simple sewing project, we provide the fabric, needle, and thread you provide the patience All levels of sewing abilities welcomed. A simple snack will be provided before we begin.
Rondout students can take bus #19 to the library.
Please Register  
Tween Cooking Quesadillas
Friday, May 22 3:00-4:00
grades 4th and up

We will try making some quesadillas with chicken, cheese, salsa, sour cream. A simple snack will be provided before we begin to cook.
Rondout students can take bus #19 to the library.
Please Register  
Books and Crafts with Jill Obrig
Tuesdays, April 21, 28 & May 5, 12 3:30-5:00
grades 2nd & 3rd

Come join Jill Obrig and create artistic pieces inspired by story books books and well known artists. Be sure to register, spaces are limited! A simple snack will be
provided before we begin. Paid for in part by a grant from Arts Midhudson.
Rondout students can take bus the squirrel bus to the library.
Please Register
Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, February 12
3pm in the Activities Room
The reading selection for February is The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle. She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone -- if anyone will listen to her. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication.  
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, February 19
3pm in the Activity Room
Our book for February is  The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves. The first book in the Vera Stanhope series. Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie's Cottage on the North Pennines, to complete an environmental survey. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal . . . Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman, hiding plenty of her own secrets. Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide - a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another death occurs, a fourth woman enters the picture - the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope.   
A History Reading Club
Saturday, February 8
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading for February is   Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari.
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one-homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition.
Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner
Tuesday, February 18
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.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, February 25
Activity 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!"
with Rosemary Deen

Thursday, February 13, 27
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 3, 24
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room
Monday, February 10
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.
Winter Exhibit - Fran Sutherland
The work will be on exhibit through March 21. The paintings are available for purchase, with a portion of the sale to benefit the Library.

As Albert Einstein once Said, the only thing that's constant is change."  My life and artwork are an attempt to explore and live by this concept. Bridge structures are a symbolic subject for transition and survival and this idea has become the focus of my art.

While traveling internationally, my painting and drawing diary has always included bridges. This fascination began as a child when I rode with my grandparents over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to their summer retreat and later when I crossed over the Tappan Zee Bridge at age seventeen to attend the College at New Paltz. Today I have witnessed many of these bridges being replace with newly engineered architectural structures, but the purpose has remained the same: to move from one place to another over a geographically challenging area. The focus of my paintings and artworks has been the bridges of the Hudson River Valley, where I have lived for most of my adult life.

My first pieces used hand cut stencils of bridges. Later, I created photo silk screen prints at the Women's studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Colored was added to my acrylic bridge print paintings after I had brought a high school art class to R & F Painting in Kingston for a demonstration of paint making and encaustics. The wax reminded me of the glasswork from the Island of Murano, near Venice in Italy. The transparent quality and reflective aspect of the encaustic media created a new dimension. My maiden name also happens to be Murano.

Recently, photo screens of bridges are being collaged and painted upon The collage papers have been made from paper taken from previous paintings and photographs. They have been town and glued onto the prints, hopefully bringing the past and present into play.

Fran Sutherland     
Movies Based on Books Opening This Month
February 7, 2020
Movie: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Where: Theaters - Movie, Action, Adventure, Crime
Based on: Birds of Prey comics by Chuck Dixon, Jordan B. Gorfinkel & Greg Land
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Derek Wilson

February 12, 2020

Movie: To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love you
Where: Netflix - Drama, Romance
Based on: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Director: Michael Fimognari
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Israel Broussard, Andrew Bachelor, John Corbett, Anna Cathcart

February 16, 2020

Movie: Outlander, Season 5
Where: TV Limited Series -- STARZ    
Based on: The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
Director: Ron Moore
Cast: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

February 21, 2020

Movie: Bloodshot
Where: Theaters
Based on: Bloodshot comics by Yvel Guichet
Director: Dave Wilson
Cast: Vin Diesel, Toby Kebbell

February 21, 2020

Movie: The Call of the Wild
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Director: Chris Sanders
Cast: voices of:  Karen Gillan, Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens

February 21, 2020

Movie: Emma
Where: Theaters
Based on: Emma by Jane Austen
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn

February 28, 2020

Movie: Invisible Man
Where: Theaters - Movie, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Based on: The Invisible Man by H G Wells
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid

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