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“Though it was the end of February, the day was a lazy sort of cold. The sun slipped through the cloud in bursts, reminding the landscape that it was still there, prodding snow piles to relax into puddles and stirring sleeping seeds under the ground.”

― Erika Robuck, Call Me Zelda

February 2024 Newsletter

Holiday Closing Dates

The Library will be closed Monday, February 19, for Presidents' Day

If there are any any questions about the library being open during winter weather, please call the library at (845)687-7023 or check our social media accounts on Facebook or Instagram before heading out.

Did you know?

February is Black History Month. If you'd like to learn more click here.

February is Library Lovers Month. Curious? Click here.

February begins the Year of the Dragon and celebrates Lunar New Year. Click here for some fun facts.

After Work Yoga Continues in 2024

Wednesdays February 7, 14, 21, 28


Marbletown Community Center

Our partnership with Town of Marbletown Parks, Trails & Rec. Dept. will continue in 2024 with continued free Wednesday yoga classes. Classes will be held at the Marbletown Community Center. All classes will be taught by Laura Brown and we are grateful to be working with her and the Parks and Rec. Dept. to bring these classes to our community.

Participants must register for each class. To register click on the links below:

Laura loves bringing yoga into people’s lives, encouraging her students to welcome space, breath, and movement to reset their bodies and minds. These classes are perfect class for the absolute beginner, the curious, the seasoned yogi and everybody in-between! All are encouraged to move at their own pace in this hour-long class.

Please be sure to bring your yoga mat and any blocks or straps if you use them. The library will have extra mats and blocks if needed. As with any exercise class, be sure to check with your doctor before starting.

Questions? Contact: Programs

Zumba Gold


February 10-March 16, 9:30-10:30

Rondout Municipal Center (In the former Bistro Space)

1921 Lucas Ave

Cottekill, NY

Get your Saturdays off to a great start with our 6 week session of Zumba Gold Classes. We are again thrilled to be collaborating with the Town of Marbletown Parks, Trails and Recreation Department to offer you these exercise classes free of charge.

Zumba Gold is a dance fitness program suited for those needing lower impact classes. This class is slower paced and will focus on balance, coordination and flexibility. Its a great way for seniors, anyone with mobility issues or those just starting out on their fitness journey to get started.

*You should check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise program.*

Registration is required for each class.

February 10 register here

February 17register here

February 24 register here

March 2 register here

March 9 register here

March 16 register here

Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman

with Stephanie Speer

Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman

Monday, February 12, 2-3:30pm

Activity Room

*You asked and we listened! Due to the popularity of this program we are thrilled to offer a third session of Mindful Aging with Stephanie Speer. This is not a follow up session but a third session offering to those who were waitlisted.*

May I meet this moment fully. May I meet it as a friend. This is an opportunity for women over 55 years of age to come together for contemplation and connection to use the tools of mindfulness to meet the joys, sorrows, fears, pleasures and challenges of aging with greater ease, balance, and control. Our time together will include conversation, information, and participation in simple mindfulness meditation practices provided in a safe and supportive environment.

Registration is required. Register here

As an instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Stephanie Speer has been teaching mindfulness practices to individuals and groups for over 30 years. She received her Masters in Humanistic Education from Goddard College and completed her MBSR professional training from Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Her professional work and personal life has been informed by 35 years of meditation practice and Buddhist studies. As a long term resident of Ulster County, she continues to enjoy the beauty, serenity, and simplicity of living in this rural area which has helped to sustain her meditation practice and enabled her to enter the busyness of the world with greater calm and ease. 

How to Steal a Masterpiece

How to Steal a Masterpiece

with Mallory Mortillaro

Friday, February 16, 2pm

Via Zoom

*You must include your email address when registering in order to receive the zoom link.*

Join us as we enter the underworld of stolen art as we examine the little known stories of some of history’s greatest art heists with art historian, Mallory Mortillaro. This lecture will review some of the most significant art theft in the last century and a half, while also questioning and discussing how the legitimate art market has managed to pique the interest of so many criminals. 

Mallory Mortillaro is an art historian and educator. She has ten years of teaching experience, and has worked on various art research projects for museums and organizations in the New York metropolitan area. She studied at Drew University. Mallory resides in New Jersey with her husband and daughter.

Register here

Valentine's Sing Along

*Let’s Move with the Library is on winter hiatus until March*

Hudson Valley Landscapes

Paintings By Kate Masters

Art Exhibit Hudson Valley Landscapes

Paintings by Kate Masters

January 10-February

Be sure to stop in after January 10 to see our new art exhibit of Hudson Valley Landscapes. This exhibit includes some of Kate’s recent work, including pieces from her “Sunflowers” and “Escarpments” series

Kate Masters is a Saugerties resident, and has lived in the towns along the Hudson River and in the Hudson Valley for all of her life.  Her work includes both abstract compositions as well as landscapes inspired by local settings. 

News from the Foundation

Thank you for making 2023 such a great year for the Library!  Your support is needed and greatly appreciated.  We’re kicking 2024 off with our annual 

Valentine’s Raffle!  


$10 buys you a chance to win one of THREE prizes:


1st Prize: a mixed case of wine

from Stone Ridge Spirits & Wine

2nd Prize: 3 bottles (red/white/bubbly)

from Bluebird Wine Shop in Accord

3rd Prize: gourmet Valentine’s Day chocolates from Lagusta’s Luscious +

6 bags of Gourmet Popcorn from BjornQorn!


Three lucky winners will be announced on Friday, February 9th.


Learn more + purchase tickets online here, visit the Library to purchase tickets in person, or Venmo us at: @StoneRidgeLibrary-Foundation (or scan this QR code to go to our Venmo account.)

No limit on number of tickets purchased. Online ticket purchase = automatic entry into raffle. You will receive a receipt via email.

All raffle tickets must be purchased by 2pm on Friday, February 9th. 

Winners will be announced that evening.

Teen Activities

Teen Game Night

Friday, February 2, 6-8:30pm

Teens 15+

Join us for after hours game night for teens. If you enjoy group games, come and join in the fun. Games will include Flamecraft, Bring Your Own Book, Apples to Apples 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.

Register here

Teen dumpling night

Teens 15+

Friday, February 16, 6:00-8:00

Make dumplings with Jamie D. and celebrate Lunar New Year welcoming The Year of the Dragon.

Teen program for high school and older.

Register here

Crochet Club for Tweens and Teens

January 9, 16, and 30  3:00-4:00 

Get hooked on crocheting!! For ages 9 and up.

All levels welcome! No experience needed, just bring your patience.

Heather and Julianna will be assisting participants in this crochet craze.

Please register here:

January 30

February 6

February 13

February 20

February 27

Children's Programs

After School Story Hours

for children in grades K-3

Wednesdays 3:30-4:30

February 7, 14, 21, 28

March 6, 13

Get a Clue at the Stone Ridge Library during our upcoming after-school Story Hours for children in Kindergarten-third grades

Stories and crafts all with a mystery theme.

*Please Note: If Rondout is closed for inclement weather, or if they close early, or cancel after school activities, then this Library program will be cancelled as well.*

Register here:

February 7

February 14

February 21

February 28

Preschool Story Time

For children ages 3-5

Thursdays  10:00-11:00

February 15, 22, 25, March 7, 14, 21

Join Jess and Lyndsey for stories, songs and crafts in this preschool level program.

*Please Note: If Rondout is closed for inclement weather, or if they close early, or cancel after school activities, then this Library program will be cancelled as well.*

Register here: 

February 15

February 22

February 29

Reading Dragons and Friends is a card collecting, independent reading, incentive program through the library.

This is a fun card collecting & reading INCENTIVE activity where children can earn a new dragon card for every 30 minutes of reading.

How do you get started and acquire a Reading Dragon?

Pick up a free Reading Dragon tracker, instructions, and some special starter cards at the library.

The more you read, the more dragons, unicorn, and griffin cards you can collect!

Each set includes an egg, a baby, a teenager, and an adult form of your dragon, unicorn, or griffin.

Take home your tracker, READ!! Then bring your completed tracker to the front desk to choose your cards!!

Collect them ALL!

Book Groups

We are starting a new book group, Rabble Readers, for those who don't want to be told what to read! Our first meeting will be Friday, February 9, from 1-2pm in the Activity Room.

Interested? Contact [email protected]

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, February 14

1pm in the Activity Room

The book for January is The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other's lives. And what happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out. From the master storyteller who brought us Because of Winn-Dixie comes another classic, a fairy tale full of quirky, unforgettable characters, featuring twenty-four stunning black-and-white illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering, in an elegant design that pays tribute to the best in classic children's books and bookmaking traditions.

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Clio's Muse

History Book Group

Wednesday, March 13

7pm via Zoom

The book for January is The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel

How many women artists do you know? Who makes art history? Did women even work as artists before the twentieth century? And what is the Baroque anyway? Guided by Katy Hessel, art historian and founder of @thegreatwomenartists, discover the glittering paintings by Sofonisba Anguissola of the Renaissance, the radical work of Harriet Powers in the nineteenth-century United States and the artist who really invented the "readymade." Explore the Dutch Golden Age, the astonishing work of postwar artists in Latin America, and the women defining art in the 2020s. Have your sense of art history overturned and your eyes opened to many artforms often ignored or dismissed. From the Cornish coast to Manhattan, Nigeria to Japan, this is the history of art as it's never been told before.

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Book Group

Wednesday, February 21

11am in the Activity Room

The book for February is What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape. The only problem is--how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her. With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back--to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards.


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Cooks & Books

Friday, February 16

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

In February we will be cooking Tapas with Penelope Casas, who introduced the classic little dishes of Spain to American cooks more than twenty years ago. Here are all the appetizer dishes that have long been a tradition in Spanish cuisine--mélanges of seafood in aromatic sauces; little ragouts of meat, sausages, beans; colorful salads and marinades; the omelets called tortillas that enclose a variety of tasty tidbits; banderillas , zesty combinations on skewers; and empanadas , savory delights encased in pastry. The new recipes Casas includes reflect the influence of the innovative cooking in Spain today--dishes seasoned with soy sauce or balsamic vinegar; ingredients wrapped in flaky phyllo pastry; accents of goat cheese and arugula; foie gras in elegant presentations. With Spanish cooking at the forefront of today's cuisine, this "exceptional book by the leading American authority on the foods of Spain" (as Craig Claiborne dubbed it in 1985) is a must for every adventurous cook in America today.

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, February 20

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, February 27

1-2 pm on Zoom

¿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 in the activity room or 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, February 1 and 15 and a bonus date: 2/29 Leap Day

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, February 12


Monday, February 5 and 26

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!


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

The Atlas Complex by Olivie Blake

Harbor Lights by James Lee Burke

Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett

Family Family by Laurie Frankel

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

I Have Some Questions For You by Rececca Makkai

Dead Man's Hand by Brad Taylor

Harold by Steven Wright

New Non-Fiction

Think You'll Be Happy: Moving Through Grief with Grit, Gratitude and Grace by Nicole Avant

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Survivors Of The Clotilda by Hanna Durkin

Grouwing up Roosevelt by Nina Roosevelt Gibson

Frommer's New England Travel Guide

5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver

New DVDs

Four Daughters


The Holdovers

The Royal Hotel

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