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"In January it’s so nice, while slipping on the sliding ice, to sip hot chicken soup with rice. Sipping once, Sipping twice, chicken, chicken soup with rice." Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

January 2024 Newsletter

Holiday Closing Dates

The Library will be closed the following dates: Monday, January 1, New Year's Day and Monday, January 15, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our digital services are available 24/7. Happy Holidays from all of us at the Stone Ridge Library!

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.

Rochester Memberships and Renewals

If you are a Rochester resident and would like a Stone Ridge Library card for 2024, we will open up for free membership registration or renewal on January 3, 2024. Please stop in the library to fill out a library card form or to renew your membership. 

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. 

After Work Yoga Continues in 2024

Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31


Marbletown Community Center

Our partnership with Town of Marbletown Parks and 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.

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Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman

with Stephanie Speer

 Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman

Thursday, January 18, 1-2:30pm

Activity Room

*Due to the popularity of this program we are thrilled to offer a second session of Mindful Aging with Stephanie Speer. This is not a follow up session but a second 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. 

Introduction to Astrology with

Introduction To Astrology

Saturday, January 27, 1- 3pm

Activity Room

Registration required

Local astrologer Michaele Lehman will lead the class in an fun, interactive and informative session on the basic principles of birth chart interpretation. The first hour will be dedicated to lecture based learning and the final hour we will delve into looking at each of our birth charts. This class is ideal for anyone curious about astrology or interested in learning something new about themselves.

Register here

All participants should bring their birth data including:

- birthdate

- exact birth time 

- birthplace

If you would like to learn more about Michaele, visit her website at

News from the Foundation

Your community - your library!

Wishing you health and happiness in the year ahead!


We are so grateful for your help making 2023 such a meaningful year for the Library. Support from our community is becoming increasingly important, and we appreciate yours! Our extended community relies on the services, materials, learning opportunities, and social outlet that the Library provides. Every gift made to the SRLF is a gift to our community!  Click here to make a donation today.


Teen Activities

Teen Game Night

Friday, January 5, 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 Sushi Go, Catan, Sparkle Kitty 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

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 16

January 30


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

Book Groups

Tea Time

Book Group

Wednesday, January 24

1pm in the Activity Room

The book for January is Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

 "A charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago. Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors--until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late. Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

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Clio's Muse

History Book Group

Wednesday, January 24

7pm via Zoom

The book for January is The Wager by David Grann

On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majesty's Ship the Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While the Wager had been chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon known as "the prize of all the oceans," it had wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The men, after being marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing nearly 3,000 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes. But then, six months later, another, even more decrepit craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways, and they told a very different story. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes - they were mutineers. The first group responded with countercharges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous senior officer and his henchmen. It became clear that while stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death--for whomever the court found guilty could hang. The Wager is a grand tale of human behavior at the extremes told by one of our greatest nonfiction writers

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Book Group

Wednesday, January 17

11am in the Activity Room

The book for December is Mrs.Plansky's Revenge by Spencer Quinn

"Mrs. Loretta Plansky, a recent widow in her seventies, is settling into retirement in Florida while dealing with her 98-year-old father and fielding requests for money from her beloved children and grandchildren. Thankfully, her new hip hasn't changed her killer tennis game one bit. One night Mrs. Plansky is startled awake by a phone call from a voice claiming to be her grandson Will, who desperately needs ten thousand dollars to get out of a jam. Of course, Loretta obliges--after all, what are grandmothers for, even grandmothers who still haven't gotten a simple "thank you" for a gift sent weeks ago. Not that she's counting. By morning, Mrs. Plansky has lost everything. Law enforcement announces that Loretta's life savings have vanished, and that it's hopeless to find the scammers behind the heist. First humiliated, then furious, Loretta Plansky refuses to be just another victim. In a courageous bid for justice, Mrs. Plansky follows her only clue on a whirlwind adventure to a small village in Romania to get her money and her dignity back-and perhaps find a new lease on life, too"-- Provided by publisher.


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Cooks & Books

Friday, January 19

12:15pm, Activity Room

Registration Required

January is a perfect time for soups and stews to stave off winter's chill. This month our group will be keeping it cozy by cooking a favorite soup or stew or a bread to go with those cozy dishes.

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, January 16

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, January 23

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, January 4 and 18

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, January 8 & 29


Monday, January 22

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 Goldsmith's Conspiracy by C. J. Archer

In Another Time by Jillian Cantor

None Of This Is True by Lisa Jewell

The Vulnerables by Sigrid Nunez

Some of Us Are Looking by Carlene O’Connor

Robert B. Parker’s Broken Trust by Mike Lupica

Bloodmoon by Peter Tremayne

New DVDs

Dumb Money

A Haunting in Venice

NCIS The 20th Season





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