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New Fiction

Circe - Madeline Miller


The Storm - Arif Anwar


Probable Claws - Rita Mae Brown 


Fall of Angels - Barbara Cleverly


The Sixth Day - Catherine Coulter


The Cutting Edge - Jeffery Deaver


The Ensemble - Aja Gabel


The House of Silk - Anthony Horowitz


Dread Nation - Justina Ireland


You Me Everything - Catherine Isaac


The Crooked Staircase - Dean Koontz


The Map of Salt and Stars - Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar


The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse - Alexander McCall Smith


Circe - Madeline Miller


Macbeth - Jo Nesbo


Warlight - Michael Ondaatje


The Other Lady Vanishes - Amanda Quick


Shadow Child - Rahna Reiko


After Anna - Lisa Scottoline


The Cast - Danielle Steel

Murder on Union Square - Victoria Thompson


Last Stories - William Trevor


Hotel on Shadow Lake - Daniela Tully


The Death of Mrs Westaway - Ruth Ware 


Jane Seymour: the Haunted Queen - Alison Weir


Something Fresh - PG Wodehouse


Shoot First - Stuart Woods

New Non Fiction
Confessions of a Bar Brat: Growing up in Rosendale, New York - Judith A Boggess

The Art of Winnie the Pooh: How E.H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon - James Campbell

Natural Causes: an Epidemic of Wellness, and the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer -
Barbara Ehrenreich

Notes from a Public Thpewriter -
edited by Michael Gustafson

Dinner's in the Oven: Simple One-Pan Meals -
Rukmini Iyer

The Sun and Her Flowers -
Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey -
Rupi Kaur

At My Table: a Celebration of Home Cooking -
Nigella Lawson

The Promise and the Dream: the Untole Story of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert F Kennedy -
David Margolick

AIQ: How People and Machines are Smarter Together -
Nick Polson

Who We Are and How We Got Here: ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past -
David Reich

Retirement Reinvention: Make Your Next Act Your Best Act -
Robin Ryan

Calypso - David Sedaris

Young Washington -
Peter Stark

Educated: a Memoir -
Tara Westover

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World -
Simon Winchester
New Large Print
The Rising Sea - Clive Cussler

By Invitation Only - Dorothea Benton Frank

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse - Alexander McCall Smith

Fifty Fifty - James Paterson

Caribbean Rim - Randy Wayne White 
New DVD's
12 Strong - Chris Hemsworth,  Michael Shannon, Michael Peña

15:17 to Paris -  Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone

Annihilation - Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriquez, Jennifer Jason Leigh   

Beyond Iconic: Photographer Dennis Stock - documentary a film by Hannah Sawka

Black Panther -  Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Call the Midwife - Season 7                       

Don't Talk to Irene - Michelle McLeod, Geena Davis

Early Man - stop motion, Eddye Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston

I Kill Giants - Zoe Saldana, Madison Wolfe
In the Fade - Diane Kruger

The Insult - Adel Karem  

Jane - Jane Goodall documentary    

Kalaidoscope - Toby Jones

Little Women - Emily Watson, Maya Hawke

Peter Rabbit -  James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie

Red Sparrow - Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton   

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.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America's 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. PBS Great American Read

1984 - George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces  - John Kennedy Toole
A Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving

A Separate Peace - John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Alex Cross Mysteries (series) - James Patterson
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery

Another Country - James Baldwin
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Beloved - Toni Morrison

Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao - Junot Díaz
The Call Of The Wild - Jack London
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

The Chronicles of Narnia (series) - C.S. Lewis

Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel
Coldest Winter Ever - Sister Souljah
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
Doña Bárbára - Rómulo Gallegos
Dune - Frank Herbert
Fifty Shades Of Grey (series) - E. L. James
Flowers In The Attic - V.C. Andrews
Foundation (series) - Isaac Asimov
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Game of Thrones - (series) George R. R. Martin

Ghost - Jason Reynolds
Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Godfather - Mario Puzo
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Harry Potter (series) - J.K. Rowling
Hatchet (series) - Gary Paulsen
Heart Of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Hunger Games (series) - Suzanne Collins
The Hunt For Red October - Tom Clancy
The Intuitionist - Colson Whitehead
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
Left Behind (series) - Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Looking for Alaska - John Green
The Lord of the Rings (series) - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Martian - Andy Weir
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

Mind Invaders - Dave Hunt
Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Outlander (series) - Diana Gabaldon

The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan

The Pillars of The Earth - Ken Follett
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

The Shack - William P. Young

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
The Sirens Of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut

The Stand - Stephen King

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
Swan Song - Robert R. McCammon

Tales of The City (series) - Armistead Maupin

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
This Present Darkness - Frank. E. Peretti

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Twilight Saga (series) - Stephenie Meyer
War and Peace  - Leo Tolstoy
Watchers  - Dean Koontz

The Wheel of Time (series) -  Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson  
Where the Red Fern Grows  - Wilson Rawls
White Teeth  - Zadie Smith
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

Newsletter    June 2018
Stone Ridge Library Fair

Saturday, June 9 from 10am - 3pm!
Sunday, June 10, The "Bag Sale" from 10am - 2pm
Monday, June 11, from 3 - 6pm Grab Bag*

The 72nd Annual Library Fair will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine, on the Library grounds. The festivities will include a giant book sale, plant sale, children's activities, craft and gift booths, food and drink, and entertainment all day. The Bag Sale, offering a bag of books for $10 will take place on Sunday from 10-2.
* New this year! On Monday from 3 - 6pm leftover books will be offered for FREE. Early arrivals will not be accommodated because we will be sorting for Fair Day 2019 until 3pm.

The main event of the Fair is Books! Displayed under the large striped tent, the selection will include everything from novels to history, cook books, biographies, poetry, art and specialty "coffee table" books, and children's books.

Flowering annuals, perennials, herbs and grasses, donated by local businesses as well as garden and house plants donated from home gardens will overflow the plant tent. Pots and labels are available now at the garden gate for home gardeners who would like to donate. Sensational hybrid daylilies will be on sale again this year.

Cherries of Stone Ridge will join the Library team again this year with favorite summertime fare. And show stopping strawberry shortcake, root beer floats and cotton candy will evoke memories of summers past. Home baked treats, coffee and tea will round out the menu.  

Our music begins at 10 with Trio Mio, followed by Breakaway with Robin Baker at 11, then BLOOM directed by Debbie Lan at Noon, Cheryl & Kurt at 1, and wrap up with the Rondout Valley High School Jazz Band, directed by Randolph Loder.

Gifts and tableware, as well as art and jewelry will be available for purchase, and the Stone Ridge Saturday Knitters will be on hand to demonstrate their craft and sell their wares.

  Parking will be available at the High Meadow School, Key Bank, Express Tech and the Marbletown Community Center. The NYS Troopers, Kingston Barracks and the Marbletown Rescue Squad will be available for traffic control and assistance. 

Volunteers are the heart of the Fair; there is still time to sign up at

For information, please visit or the SRL Facebook page.

Plant Donations
The Plant Booth would love your plant donations!

Kay Sutka, our plant chairperson has made a couple of signs which are posted at the garden gate. There are also empty pots for your convenience. New this year is a little  I.D. card that will help the plant tent volunteers and buyers to understand the care. You can print it out or pick them up at the Library.
  • Take home pot(s) and ID card.
  • Fill them with your beautiful annuals/perennials/herbs, grasses, house plants, etc.
  • Return the information card(s) with your plant(s).
  • Drop them off Friday, June 1-Friday, June 8 to the Library.
  • We will water the plants until the Library Fair.
Foundation Tea
The Stone Ridge Library Foundation was delighted to host a tea and celebration honoring Priscilla Derven and Stephen MacDonald, a couple who have long dedicated themselves to making the Stone Ridge Library the center of life in Marbletown. More than 50 people applauded their contributions at the May 6 event, which brought in more than $3,400.
The proceeds of the tea will help complete the preservation, restoration and modernization of the twin 200-year-old library buildings. They're targeted for the last major project, enlarging the Children's Room. Contractors are enclosing the existing cold storage area (mainly a narrow porch) between the 1798 and 1811 buildings; this will provide a larger program room, a small kitchenette and an ADA-compliant restroom.
Ms. Derven and Mr. MacDonald received their awards from the hands of last year's honorees, Barbara Cazakoff and Vivi Hlavsa.
Guests enjoyed a variety of teas, sandwiches and desserts, along with a lot of good company. The Library put on display historical artifacts from its extensive collection, as well as historical information about the village and the library buildings.

The Library Foundation thanks Anya Rogers, Micaela Warren, Hazel Parker-Myers, Claire Goldstein, Lara Goldstein, and Emily Rosakranse for helping at the event, as well as Emmanuel's Marketplace, Adam's Fairacre Farms and the Stone Ridge Rite Aid. Also many thanks to the Green Cottage in High Falls for the floral arrangements and corsages, as well as Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits. Special thanks to the Ulster County Historical Society, as well as to Harney & Sons Teas in Millbrook for a fine selection of teas.
Further tax-deductible donations to this project - or to honor Priscilla Derven and Stephen MacDonald - can be made at
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00
  June 5, 12
For ages 3-5

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, June 13
4pm in the Biography Room

Our book for June is Mr. Dickens and his Carol: a novel of Christmas Past by Samantha Silva. Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house.  
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, June 20
4pm in the Biography Room 
This month we will be reading Locked In by Marcia Muller. Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone finds herself trapped by locked-in syndrome: almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. Since the late-night attack occurred at her agency's offices, the natural conclusion was that it was connected to one of the firm's cases. As Sharon lies in her hospital bed, furiously trying to break out of her body's prison and discover her attacker's identity, all the members of her agency fan out to find the reason why she was assaulted. Meanwhile, Sharon becomes a locked-in detective, evaluating the clues from her staff's separate investigations and discovering unsettling truths that could put her life in jeopardy again. As the case draws to a surprising and even shocking conclusion, Sharon's husband, Hy, must decide whether or not to surrender to his own violent past and exact fatal vengeance when the person responsible is identified. 
A History Reading Club
Wednesday, June 20
7pm in the Biography Room
The reading selection for June is One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson. Bryson examines closely the events and personalities of the summer of 1927 when America's story was one of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy.

Every Friday, at 10am

Beginners are welcome to join our new 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. Our group will meet every Friday at 10am.
Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, June 26
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, June 19
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, June 14, 28
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, June 4, 18

Second Group starting in May
Monday, June 11, 25

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
June 1, 1018

Movie Title: Adrift
Where: Theaters
Based on: Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea by Tami Oldham Ashcraft
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin

June 1, 2018

Movie Title: C.B. Strike: The Cuckoo's Calling
Where: TV Movie -- Cinemax
Based on: The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith
Director: Michael Keillor
Cast: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger

June 4, 2018

Movie Title: Dietland
Where: TV Limited Series -- AMC, 10 episodes
Based on: Dietland by Sarai Walker
Director: Marti Noxon
Cast: Joy Nash, Julianna Margulies, Rowena King and Adam Rothenberg

June 8, 2018

Movie Title: C.B. Strike: Silkworm
Where: TV Movie -- Cinemax
Based on: The Silkworm by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith
Director: Kieron Hawkes
Cast: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger
June 15, 2018

Movie Title: C.B. Strike: Career of Evil
Where: TV Movie -- Cinemax
Based on: Career of Evil  by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith
Director: Charles Sturridge
Cast: Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger

June 15, 2018

Movie Title: Eating Animals
Where: Theaters
Based on: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn
Cast: Natalie Portman (narrator)

June 15, 2018

Movie Title: Loving Pablo
Where: Theaters
Based on: Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar by Virginia Vallejo
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Cast: Javier Bardem,  Penelope Cruz

June 22, 2018

Movie Title: The Catcher Was a Spy
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff
Director: Ben Lewin
Cast: Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Guy Pearce, Paul Giamatti

June 29, 2018

Movie Title: Leave No Trace
Where: Theaters
Based on: My Abandonment by Peter Rock
Director:     Debra Granik
Cast: Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey

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