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New Fiction
Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch

Heads You Win - Jeffrey Archer

Night of Miracles - Elizabeth Berg

Carnegie's Maid - Marie Benedict

Master of His Fate - Barbara Taylor Bradford

You Don't Own Me - Mary Higgins Clark

Dark Sacred Night - Michael Connelly

Pandemic - Robin Cook

Saving Miss Oliver's - Stephen Davenport

Gone So Long - Andre Dubus III

Look Alive Twenty-Five - Janet Evanovich

The Noel Stranger - Richard Paul Evans

Lethal White: a Cormoran Strike novel - Robert Galbraith

Forever and a Day: a James Bond novel - Anthony Horowitz

Robert B. Parker's Blood Feud - Mike Lupica

The Colors of All the Cattle - Alexander McCall Smith

Sold on a Monday - Kristina McMorris

Fire & Blood - George R.R. Martin

Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty

Kingdom of the Blind - Louise Penny

A Christmas Revelation - Anne Perry

Bearchamp Hall - Danielle Steel

City of Secrets - Victoria Thompson

Tony's Wife - Adriana Trigiani

A Delicate Touch - Stuart Woods
New Non-Fiction
Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada - Timothy J. Baroni
Rose's Baking Basics - Rose Levy Beranbaum
VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 - Mark Bittman
The VB6 Cookbook - Mark Bittman

Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat - John P. Carlin

The 100: Count only Sugar Caloties and Lose up to 18 Lbx. in 2 Weeks - Jorge Cruise

Almanac 2019: Hot New Science, Incredible Photographs, Maps, Facts, Infographics & More - National Geographic

Eager: The Surprising Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter - Ben Goldfarb

Milk Street Tuesday Nights - Christopher Kimball

Ottolenghi Simple - Yotam Ottolenghi

Aperitif: Cocktail Hour the French Way - Rebekah Peppler

Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta - Cal Peternell

The Story of Greece and Rome - Tony Spawforth

Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook - Pamela Strobel

Fear: Trump in the White House - Bob Woodward
New Large Print
Long Road to Mercy: an Atlee Pine Thriller - David Baldacci

Past Tense: a Jack Reacher novel - Lee Child

Sea of Greed - Clive Cussler

Target Alex Cross - James Patterson
New Audio Books
The Dead Ringer - M.C. Beaton
Night of Miracles - Elizabeth Berg
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor As Myth and As Religion - Joseph Campbell
Pandemic - Robin Cook
Leadership in turbulent Times - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Unsheltered - Barbara Kingsolver
Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty

Kingdom of the Blind - Louise Penny

Fear: Trump in the White House - Bob Woodward
New DVD's
Colette - Keira Knightly, Dominic West  
Death in Paradise, season 7    

Fahrenheit 11/9 - Michael Moore             

Father Brown - sea. 6

Handmaids Tale - season 2    
The House with a Clock in its Walls - Jack Black, Cate Blanchette

Mission Impossible: Fallout - Tom Cruise    
A Simple Favor - Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively
The Sinner - season 2                    
Top of the Lake: China Girl - Elizabeth Moss, Holly Hunter    

Unbroken: Path to Redemption - Samuel Hunt  
We the Animals - Evan Rosado, Raul Castillo, Sheila Vand   

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. 

Travel Memoirs   
An American Bride in Kabul: a memoir by Phyllis Chesler  BIO Che

Among the Believers : An Islamic Journey by V.S. Naipaul 297 Nai

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell -Audio

The Big Year: a Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik 598.072 Obm

Bird cloud: a memoir by Annie Proulx  BIO Pro

Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz  910.92 Hor

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X Pham  Bio Pham

City of Falling Angels by John Berendt 945.31Ber

Cross Country by Robert Sullivan

Displacement by Lucy Knisley  741.597 KNI

Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 910.4 Gil

Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach

Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France by Peter Mayle 944.3 May

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux 915.044 The

Going to Extremes by Joe McGinniss

The Great Railway Bazaar: by Train through Asia by Paul Theroux 915.044 The

The Happy Isles of Oceania: Paddling the Pacific by Paul Theroux 919.504 The

Honeymoon with my Brother by Franz Wisner

A House in Sicily by Daphne Phelps 945.8 Phe

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson 919.404 Bry

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin 918.2 Cha

Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams 591.529 Ada

Long Way Round: Chasing Shadows Across the World by Ewan McGregor

Looking for Alaska by Peter Jenkins

The Man who Loved China by Simon Winchester  509.2 Win

Muddling Through in Madagascar by Dervla Murphy 916.9 Mur

Mumbai New York Scranton: a memoir by Tamara Shopsin  974.7 Sho

My Reach: a Hudson River memoir by Susan Fox  974.73 ROG

Neither Here nor There : Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson 914.04 Bry

No Reservations : Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain 641.013 Bou

Nowhere is a Place : Travels in Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux 918.2 cha

Old Glory, an American Voyage by Jonathan Raban 914.7 Rab

On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis 641.594 Loo

On the Road by Jack Kerouac Fic Ker

One Day I Will Write about this Place: a memoir by Binyavanga Wainaina  BIO Wai

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen  916.76 Din

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik 944.36 Gop

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart 915.81 Ste

The Prince of the Marshes by Rory Stewart 956.7044 Ste

River Horse: A Logbook of a Boat Across America by William Least Heat-Moon 917.304 Hea

The River of Doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard 918.113 Mil

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler 915.138 H

Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran

Roads: driving America's great highways by Larry McMurtry

Seasons in Basilicata by David Yeadon 945 Yea

Shadow of the Silk Road by Colin Thubron 915.8 Thu

Sicilian Odyssey by Francine Prose 914.5 Pro

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson 371.823 Mor

Stringer: a Reporter's journey in the Congo by Anjan Sundaram   967.51 SUN

Sunrise with Seamonsters: Travels & Discoveries, 1964-1984 by Paul Theroux 818.54 The

Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman 910.4 Gel  

A Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlene De Blasi

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlene De Blasi 945.31 DeB

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson 371.822 Mor

Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle 944.08 May

Travels by Michael Crichton

Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier 957 Fra

Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck 818.52 Ste

A Turn in the South by V.S. Naipaul 974.04 Nai

Ultimate Journey by Richard Bernstein 294.392 Ber

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

Up the Amazon without a paddle by  Doug Lansky

A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson  917.404 Bry  

What am I Doing Here by Bruce Chatwin 824.914 Cha

Wide-Open World : How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family's Lives Forever by John Marshall

Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed  BIO Strayed

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle  944.9 May

A Year in the World : Journeys of a Passionate Traveler by Frances Mayes  914.045 May

The books listed with call numbers are in the Stone Ridge Library collection. Others can be  ordered through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Newsletter    January 2019
Book Donations
The Library will not be accepting book donations during the Winter.
We will begin taking books again on April 1.
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 2019. They are given out on a first come, first served basis. Due to demand for memberships we will not be able to automatically renew 2018 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. 
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

Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, January 9
3pm in the Activity Room
The reading selection for January is The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. Arthur Pepper lives a simple life, but on the one-year anniversary of his wife's death, something changes. Sorting through her possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met--a journey that leads him to find hope, healing, and self-discovery in the most unexpected places
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, January 16
3pm in the Activity Room
The reading selection for January is  And Only to Deceive by Tasha  Alexander. For Emily, accepting the proposal of Philip, the Viscount Ashton, was an easy way to escape her overbearing mother, who was set on a grand society match. So when Emily's dashing husband died on safari soon after their wedding, she felt little grief. After all, she barely knew him. Now, nearly two years later, she discovers that Philip was a far different man from the one she had married so cavalierly. His journals reveal him to have been a gentleman scholar and antiquities collector who, to her surprise, was deeply in love with his wife. Emily becomes fascinated with this new image of her dead husband and she immerses herself in all things ancient and begins to study Greek. Emily's intellectual pursuits and her desire to learn more about Philip take her to the quiet corridors of the British Museum, one of her husband's favorite places. There, amid priceless ancient statues, she uncovers a dark, dangerous secret involving stolen artifacts from the Greco-Roman galleries. And to complicate matters, she's juggling two very prominent and wealthy suitors, one of whose intentions may go beyond the marrying kind. As she sets out to solve the crime, her search leads to more surprises about Philip and causes her to question the role in Victorian society to which she, as a woman, is relegated. 
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, January 22, 2019
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, January 15
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, January 10, 24
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, January 14
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room
Monday, January 7, 28
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

January 1, 2019

Where: TV Series -- Netflix
Cast: Marie Kondo

January 11, 2019

Movie: Ashes in the Snow
Where: Theaters
Based on: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Director: Marius Markevicius
Cast: Bel Powley, Jonah Hauer-King

January 11, 2019

Movie: A Dog's Way Home
Where: Theaters
Based on: A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron
Director: Charles Martin Smith
Cast: Ashley Judd, Barry Watson, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi,  Edward James Olmos

January 11, 2019

Movie: The Upside
Where: Theaters
Based on: You Changed My Life by Abdel Sellou
Director: Neil Burger
Cast:  Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston

January 14, 2019

Movie: The Passage
Where: TV Series -- Fox
Based on: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Vincent Piazza, Saniyya Sidney, Brianne Howey, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui

January 17, 2019

Movie: A Discovery of Witches
Where: TV Limited Series, 8 episodes -- Sundance Now
Based on: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Director: Kate Brooke
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode

January 23, 2019

Movie: The Magicians, Season 4
Where: TV Limited Series -- Syfy
Based on: The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman
Director: Mike Cahill
Cast: Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Summer Bishil, Hale Appleman, Jade Tailor, Stella Maeve

January 25, 2019

Movie: The Nightingale
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Director: Jennifer Kent
Cast: Sam Claflin, Aisling Franciosi, Ewen Leslie

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