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New Fiction
Beating About the Bush: an Agatha Raisin Mystery - M.C. Beaton

Genesis - Robin Cook

Lonely Hour: a Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery - Christopher Fowler

The Book of Science and Antiquities - Thomas Keneally

The Peppermint Tea Chronicles: a 44 Scotland Street novel - Alexander McCall Smith

A Christmas Gathering - Anne Perry

The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt - Burt Soloman
New Non-Fiction
Good Economics for Hard Times - Abhijit V. Banerjee

The Shadow of Vesuvius: a Life of Pliny -
Daisy Dunn

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes that Change Everything -
BJ Fogg, PhD

The Everything Healthy Mediterranean Cookbook -
Peter Minaki

The Woven Home -
Raine Owen

New Audios
Beating About the Bush - M.C. Beaton

Twisted Twenty-Six - Janet Evanovich

The Book of Science and Antiquities - Thomas Keneally

The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern

Nothing to See Here - Kevin Wilson

New DVDs
Ad Astra - Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones    

Death in Paradise -
Season 8

Downton Abbey -
Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith

The Durrells in Corfu -
Season 4

Game of Thrones -
Season 8        

The Goldfinch -
Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Nicole Kidman            

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of my Voice

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love -
Leonard Cohen                

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood -
Brad Pitt, Leonardo, DiCaprio, Margot Robbie

We feature reading suggestions each month. Visit the Library to check out a book from our current display. 
Newsletter     January 2020
February 5, March 5, April 3 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 5, April 3
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 5, April 3
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.  
SRL Foundation Appeal
Thank you to our loyal supporters for helping to make 2019 a wonderful year for the Library!

From capital improvements to our diverse programming to unforeseen expenses like new boilers - your help has seen us through and we are truly grateful.  

The end of each year is one of the most important times for the Library.  Most of the funds raised throughout the year come from our annual appeal.  Although we may have rung in the New Year, you can still help the Library by donating to our annual appeal.  An investment in the Library is an investment in our very special community!

Three ways to give:
  • Online donations are easy and secure: 
    Click here to donate online.
  • Drop off a check at the front desk.
  • Mail your donation to: 
    Stone Ridge Library Foundation * PO Box 188 * Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!
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     
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. 
Happy Timers
Senior Story Hour 
Tuesday, January 28, 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!  
Book Donations
We cannot accept any book donations over the winter. Please hold off on any donations until the Spring.
Thank you. 
Snow Days
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. 
Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, January 8
3pm in the Activities Room
The reading selection for January is The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane, and soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, January 15
3pm in the Activity Room
Our book for January is Blood of the Wicked: a Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation by Leighton Gage. In the remote Brazilian town of Cascatas do Pontal, where landless peasants are confronting the owners of vast estates, the bishop arrives by helicopter to consecrate a new church and is assassinated. Silva must battle the state police and a corrupt judiciary as well as criminals who prey on street kids, the warring factions of the Landless League, the big landowners, and the church itself, in order to solve the initial murder and several brutal killings that follow. Justice is hard to come by. An old priest, a secret liberation theologist, finally metes it out. Here is a Brazil that tourists never encounter.
A History Reading Club
Saturday, February 8
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading for February is   Sapiens: A Short 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, January 21
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.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, January 28
Biography 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, January 9, 23
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 13
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room
Monday, January 6, 27
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, 2020
Movie: Radioactive
Where: Theaters - Biography, Drama, Romance
Based on: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love & Fallout by Lauren Redniss (graphic novel) Marjane Satrapi
Director:  Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard, Simon Russell Beale

January 3, 2020

Movie: Anne with an E, Season 3 
Where: TV Limited Series -- Netflix 
Based on: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
Director: Moira Walley-Beckett 
Cast: Amybeth McNulty

January 10, 2020

Movie: Just Mercy  
Where: Theaters 
Based on: Just Mercy; A Story Of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton 
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx
 January 10, 2020

Where: Theaters
Based on: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw

January 12, 2020

Movie: The Outsider
Where: TV Limited Series -- HBO
Based on: The Outsider by Stephen King
Director: Richard Price
Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb, Marc Menchaca, Jason Bateman.

January 12, 2020

Movie: Sanditon
Where: TV Limited Series -- PBS Masterpiece, ITV
Based on: Sanditon (unfinished novel) by Jane Austen
Director: Andrew Davies
Cast: Rose Williams, Theo James, Anne Reid, Kris Marshall, Crystal Clarke

January 17, 2020

Movie: Dolittle
Where: Theaters - Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Based on: The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Holland, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, John Cena, Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent, Michael Sheen

January 20, 2020

Movie: The Informer
Where: Theaters - Crime, Drama
Based on: Three Seconds by Roslund, Anders and Borge Hellstrom
Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman

January 24, 2020

Movie: The Turning
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince

January 31, 2020

Movie: The Rhythm Section
Where: Theaters - Action, Mystery, Thriller
Based on: The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
Director: Reed Morano
Cast: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown
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