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New DVD's
Aquarius - 
Sonia Braga

Crown Heights - LaKeith Stanfield, Nnamdi Asomugha

Death in Paradise, season 6

Game of Thrones - Season 7

Kedi - Istanbul cats

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Colin Firth, Taran Egerton, Julianne Moore

Lost in Paris - Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Emmanuelle Riva

Patti Cake$ - Danielle MacDonald

The Trip to Spain - Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
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 2018
Bradford Graves Sculpture
Visitors to the Stone Ridge Library will now be greeted by a beautiful limestone sculpture that has been installed amongst the plantings that line the bluestone walkway at the entrance to the 1798 stone building. The sculpture, titled Magnus I, was created in 1995 by Bradford Graves, and was recently donated by Verna Gillis in memory of her late husband.

The sculpture arrived on December 1, transported with support from the Stone Ridge Library Board of Trustees and logistical help from Francisco Rivera, Varcia Venetzanos and Board Member Ethan Plank.

"We are delighted with this beautiful addition to the Library grounds," said Director Jody Ford. "And we thank Ms. Gillis for providing the sculpture for our patrons and visitors to enjoy."

This piece is one of many in Bradford Graves' prolific collection; for more about the artist and the Bradford Graves Sculpture Park in Kerhonkson, see

Judy Stanger - New 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
Book Donations
We can not accept book donations this Winter. Please hold any donations until after April 1, 2018.
in the Hudson Valley

Wednesday, January 3 at 7pm
Marbletown Community Center.
Open and free to the public

Tim Guinee, Marbletown resident, actor and a leader at the Climate Reality Project, will be at the Marbletown Community Center, for "Climate Change and Hope in the Hudson Valley," a slideshow and discussion of the latest science regarding climate change in our area and across North America.

Founded by Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, the Climate Reality Project is a diverse group of individuals who seek to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by supporting urgent action across every level of society.

Guinee's presentation will use the same deck of images that Vice President Al Gore uses when the tours the country to talk about climate change. Afterwards, Guinee will lead a panel discussion among local experts about the implications of climate change for the Hudson Valley.

This event is co-sponsored by the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission and the Rondout Permaculture Meetup.
Tuesdays January 2, 16
at 1:30pm
Friday, January 5 at 10am

We will have a Friday group organizational meeting Friday, January 5 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.
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00
January 9, 16, 23, 30

We are excited to welcome Ms. Celeste to the Stone Ridge Library. Ms. Celeste has worked in preschools and loves this age group. Ms. Celeste already has crafts, songs and activities planned for our littlest patrons. Storytime is a fun and fanciful introduction to the library, and a great opportunity to meet other 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, January 10
4pm in the Biography Room

Our book for January is Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith. Love Over Scotland, the third in the series, revolves around the many colourful characters that come and go at No 44 Scotland Street. It features the stalwart Tory chartered surveyor, the pushy mother, and the Italian-speaking prodigy, Bertie.

Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, January 17
4pm in the Biography Room 
This month we will be reading Live by Night by Dennis Lehane.  In 1926, during Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Cuba, where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.  A riveting story of one man's rise from Boston petty thief to the Gulf Coast's most successful rum runner.

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, January 23
Biography Room

There will be no meeting in December. 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 16
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 11, 25
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 8, 22

A writers' group meets every other Monday at the Library, with a maximum of 10 participants. This program is designed for people who are already in the process of writing and publishing work and want to participate in a structured feedback process. Cathy Arra, a poet, writer and former teacher of English and Writing in the Rondout Valley School District facilitates the group. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cathy Arra to place your name on a waiting list.  

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
January 12, 2018

Movie Title: Paddington 2
Where: Theaters
Based on: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris

January 12, 2018

Movie Title: Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams
Where: TV Limited Series -- 10 part anthology
Based on: Short Stories by Philip K. Dick
Director: Ronald D. Moore
Cast: Bryan Cranston,  Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard

January 19, 2018

Movie Title: 12 Strong
Where: Theaters
Based on: Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes

January 19, 2018

Movie Title: Forever My Girl
Where: Theaters
Based on: Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf
Cast: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey

January 19, 2018

Movie Title: The Leisure Seeker
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
Director: Paolo Virzì
Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland

January 22, 2018

Movie Title: The Alienist
Where: TV Limited Series - TNT, 10 episodes
Based on: The Alienist by Caleb Carr
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Cast: Brian Geraghty, Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning

January 23, 2018

Movie Title: Bellevue
Where: TV Series - NBC
Based on: Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer
Director: David Schulner, Peter Horton
Cast: Anna Paquin, Shawn Doyle, Allen Leech
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