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New Fiction
House of Secrets - VC Andrews

End Game - David Baldacci

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place - Alan Bradlwy

Robicheaux - James Lee Burke

Emergence - C.J. Cherryh

Fools and Mortals - Bernard Cornwell

The Wanted - Robert Crais

The Marsh King's Daughter - Karen Dionne

The Mitford Murders - Jessica Fellowes

Quiet Until the Thaw - Alexandra Fuller

Shroud of Eternity - Terry Goodkind

Say My Name - Allegra Huston

A Book of Nonsense - Edward Lear

Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

Points North - Howard Frank Mosher

Still Me - Jojo Moyes

Elmet - Fiona Mozley

A State of Freedom - Neel Mukherjee

The Refugees - Viet Thanh Nguyen

Dark in Death - J.D. Robb

The Muralist - B.A. Shapiro

The Winter Station - Jody Shields

Fall From Grace - Danielle Steel

The Infinite Future - Tim Wirkus

Unbound - Stuart Woods

New Non Fiction
1100 Words You Need to Know - Barron's

Grant - Ron Chernow

Australia  2018 - Frommer's Easy

The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta - Kushanava Choudhury

The Monk of Mokha - Dave Eggers

The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Ciries, and the Remaking of the Civilized World - Jeff Goodell

Whole 30 Fast & Easy - Melissa Hartwig

You Need a Budget - Jesse Mecham

The Joy of Yoga - Emma Silverman

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition - Paul Watson

New Large Print
End Game - David Baldacci

New Audio's
Watership Down - Richard Adams

Star Wars Canto Bight - Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson

Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

A Distant Heart - Sonali Dev

David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

The Iliad - Homer

Leonardo Da Vinci - Walter Isaacson

World and Town - Gish Jen

The Demon Crown - James Rollins

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame - Vol. 1, 1929-1964

Iron Dawn: The Monitor, The Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle That Changed History - Richard Snow

Treasure Island - Robert L. Stevenson

A Question of Honor - Charles Todd

New DVD's
American Made - Tom Cruise

Battle of the Sexes - Emma Stone, Steve Carell   

Blade Runner 2049 - Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford   

Brad's Status - Ben Stiller    

Breathe -  Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Diana Rigg   

The Crown, season 1 - Claire Foy, Matt Smith   

Despicable Me 3

I, Daniel Blake - Dave Johns, Hayley Squires
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - season 2  
Goodbye Christopher Robin - Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robie, Kelly Macdonald
Killing of a Sacred Deer - Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell

Loving Vincent - Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn

Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman - Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall
A Year by the Sea - Karen Allen, Celia Imrie

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.
Oversize Books
This month we are highlighting some of our oversized books. Look for the display in the Fiction room of the Library.

Newsletter    Febr uary 2018
2018 Rochester Memberships
We have a few memberships left

The Town of Rochester has contracted with the Stone Ridge Library to provide 238 paid family memberships to its Rochester residents. Additionally, the Library is providing free memberships to all Rondout Valley Students.

Rochester patrons can renew their memberships in person beginning January 2018. They are given out on a first come, first served basis. Due to demand for memberships we will not be able to automatically renew 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 book donations this Winter. Please hold any donations until after April 1, 2018.
Become a Library Champion!
Governor Cuomo's budget proposal includes a 3% cut in library aid from 2017 as well as a 42% cut in proposed library construction aid. This means a $378,392. decrease in funds for the Mid-Hudson region alone. But when library aid is threatened the New York Library Community pulls together! The New York Library Association has provided customizable letters that can be sent to your representatives in Albany and to the Governor through their Online Advocacy Center.
NYLA gets you started, feel free to change the letter and add in something specific about your library and your community. Thank you.

Fight the February Blahs - Visit the Library!
We will have a sampling of "every day" items from the Library's Local History Collection on display in the Reference Room this month..., among them "Spectacles of Dr. Lewis Hasbrouck, ca. 1800," a "Calling Card Case" owned by Miss Sarah C. Lounsbery, a tortoise shell card case, hat pins, a glass ink well and ink from Italy, and more.
Valentine Knitted Goods
We will have our red knitted goods available for sale for your sweeties.
Ulster Chamber Concert Ticket Raffle to Benefit Stone Ridge Library
The Ulster Chamber Music Series has donated two subscriptions to their 2018 season to benefit the Stone Ridge Library.  The Series is celebrating their 50th year, with a wonderful and diverse lineup of concerts.

  Performances include the Chiara String Quartet, Sunday February 25 and Strata, Sunday, March 25, both at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Cross, 30 Pine Grove Avenue, Kingston and Nexus Percussion with Garry Kvistad on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts Street, Kingston. 

 "We are grateful that the Ulster Chamber Music Series has once again generously donated tickets to their upcoming season to benefit the Library," said Library Director Jody Ford. "We wish them every success on their 50th anniversary and appreciate their long history in the cultural life of our community."

Raffle tickets are available at the Library Circulation Desk, costing $5 each and five for $20. Winners will be selected on Friday, February 23. The face value of the subscription is $150. The winner may use the six tickets in any combination.  Additional information is available at the Library's Facebook page and at

Tuesday, February 13 at 1:30pm
Friday, February 2 & 16 at 10am

We are starting a group to play Mahjong, beginners are welcome. 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 will decide on a permanent schedule soon.
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00
February 6, 13, 20, 27

We are excited to welcome back Ms. Celeste to the Stone Ridge Library as our preschool story time presenter. Ms. Celeste's Story times are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. She is imaginative, fun, energetic, and captures the imaginations of our littlest patrons. Story time is a exciting and fanciful introduction to the library, and a great opportunity to meet area children and parents . The Preschool story hour is open to children ages 3-5
The preschool story time is brought to you in partnership with the Marbletown Youth Commission.  The children's room appreciates their continued support of our library's preschool programming.
Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, February 14
4pm in the Biography Room

Our book for February is The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Barcelona, 1945--just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, February 21
4pm in the Biography Room 
This month we will be reading Dead Anyway by Chris Knopf. Arthur Cathcart considered himself a lucky man. A self-proclaimed nerd and a meticulous market researcher, he somehow won the affections of the lovely Florencia, owner of an insurance-brokerage firm, and their marriage was solid and happy, built on mutual respect, admiration, and love. Then his world implodes. He survives the carnage but decides to let the world assume he's dead, the better to stay safe while he tries to discover what happened and who's responsible.  

A History Reading Club
Saturday, February 10
12:45pm in the Biography Room
The reading selection for February is America's Bank: the epic struggle to create the Federal Reserve by Roger Lowenstein. Chronicles the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that created the Federal Reserve, tracing the financial panic and widespread distrust of bankers that prompted the landmark 1913 Federal Reserve Act and launched America's first steps onto the world financial stage.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, February 27
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 20
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 8, 22
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 5, 26

Second Group starting in May

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 to place your name on the waiting list. Group I is full. Group II will begin May 2018.

Every Saturday

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 9, 2018

Movie Title: The 15:17 to Paris
Where: Theaters, Biopic
Based on: The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jeffrey E. Stern
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, Thomas Lennon, Book's authors co-star.

February 9, 2018

Movie Title: Fifty Shades Freed
Where: Theaters
Based on: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

February 9, 2018

Movie Title: Peter Rabbit
Where: Theaters, Childrens
Based on: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Director: Will Gluck
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne

February 16, 2018

Movie Title: Black Panther
Where: Theaters, Marvel Superhero
Based on: Black Panther Comics by Jack Kirby & Stan Lee
Director:  Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman

February 23, 2018

Movie Title: Annihilation
Where: Theaters, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Based on: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, David Gyasi

February 23, 2018

Movie Title: You Were Never Really Here
Where: Theaters, Drama
Based on: You Were Never Really Here by Jonathan Ames
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette, Alessandro Nivola

February 23, 2018

Movie Title: The War with Grandpa
Where: Theaters, Comedy, Family
Based on: The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
Director: Tim Hill
Cast: Marisa Tomei, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken. Eugene Levy
Judy Stanger - Winter Artist
Through March 16

The Stone Ridge Library is pleased to welcome Judy Stanger as the Winter 2017/18 artist. Judy has been painting with pastel for more than 25 years, and finds inspiration in Atlantic seascapes as well as the Hudson Valley Landscape. Her show will be on view from December 22 through March 16.

Judy lives in Stone Ridge, NY and is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Albany with a Doctorate of the Arts, an interdisciplinary degree in the Humanities. Her colorful landscapes distill images represented in nature - mountains, rivers, and barns - through their interaction with light and color. Judy exhibited her work in the library in 2015, and is returning with some new work in addition to favorites that were part of the earlier show.  The art will be available for purchase. Visit
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