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Snow Days
Please 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.  
New Fiction
False Values - Ben Aaronovitch

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line - Deepa Anappara

The Man in the Red Coat - Julian Barnes

Above the Bay of Angels - Rhys Bowen

The Killing Tide: a Brittany mystery - Jean-Luc Bannalec

Warsaw Protocol - Steve Berry

Coconut Layer Cake Murder - Joanne Fluke

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance - Zora Neale Hurston

The Resisters - Gish Jen

Apeirogon - Colum CcCann

The King's Justice: a Maggie Hope Mystery - Susan Elia Macneal

Crooked River - Preston & Child

A Divided Loyalty - Charles Todd
New Non-Fiction
Watercolor Success in Four Steps: 150 Skill-Building Projects to Paint - Marina Bakasova

Simple Farmhouse Life: DIY Projects for the All-Natural, Handmade Home -
Lisa Bass

Great Britain -
DK Eyewitness
New Orleans - DK Eyewitness
Father of Lions: One Man's Remarkable Quest to Save the Mosul Zoo - Louise Callaghan

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI -
Kate Winkler Dawson

See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends -
Sam Sifton

Nature's Best Hope: a New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard -
Douglas W. Tallamy
New DVDs
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Tom Hanks
Doctor Sleep - Ewan McGregor  
Ford vs Ferrari -
Matt Damon, Christian Bale
Good Karma Hospital - Season 3  
The Good Liar -
Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen            
Jojo Rabbit -
Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson
Knives Out - Daniel Craig, Chris Evans                
Roma -
Yalitza Aparicio

Newsletter     March 2020
Where I'm From Writing Workshop*
with Carol Bergman

Saturday, March 21, 1-3pm
Activity Room
Registration is required
This free workshop is designed to help poets and prose writers find inspiration in their family history, family legends, childhood neighborhoods, early schooling, significant friendships, influences, and unexpected challenges. There will be discussion about writing craft, sample readings, and free writing in situ.

Please bring notebooks and free flowing pens and two precious and/or interesting family photographs inspired by the prompt, "Where I'm from."
*© Copyright by Carol Bergman 2020
Mountains, Madness, and Miracles: 4,000 Miles of Appalachian Trail Adventure
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 pm
Marbletown Community Center

The Appalachian Trail - a 2,190 mile wander of beauty, scenery, fellowship, and fun - but a journey of the unexpected that can quickly turn into hardship and even danger. Hiker "Blissful" and her teen son "Paul Bunyan" did not expect to get stranded in a barn for two days in terrible weather conditions. If this was not bad enough, looking at their supplies, there is not enough food to last them the night!

Come hear the conclusion of this and many other stories from a hiker who has accomplished the famous Appalachian Trail not once but twice, and in each direction. Lauralee Bliss - trail name "Blissful" will share 4000 miles of the trail in stories and pictures from her hikes. Her presentation will inspire you to reach for your hiking dream, whatever it may be. A book signing
for her title Mountains, Madness, and Miracles - 4000 Miles along the Appalachian Trail will follow.
Lauralee Bliss is a two-time Appalachian Trail long distance hiker and current section hiker. She has completed other long distance trails including the Colorado Trail and most recently, the Florida Trail for a career total 10,000 hiking miles! She also served in our national parks, working along the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. Lauralee chronicles her journeys in the Hiking Adventure series - "Mountains, Madness and Miracles - 4000 Miles Along the Appalachian Trail" and "Gators, Guts and Glory - Adventures Along the Florida Trail" which will be available for purchase. For more information and advice about hiking, visit Blissful Hiking
Wednesday, March 4, April 1
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.
Wednesday, March 4, April 1
1:00 - 3:00

Cards, Backgammon, Scrabble, Chess?
We have 4 tables to host the game of your choice.

Just Get a Library Card:
5 Memorable Library Heists

by Eileen Gonzalez, 02-19-20, BookRiot 

In January 2020, CNN reported that a former employee at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had used his position to steal $8 million worth of rare books and other items over a period of 25 years. That is as terrible as it is impressive. Audacious as this crime may be, it's hardly the only-or even the most spectacular-library theft in recent memory. more 
Book Donations
We cannot accept any book donations over the winter. Please hold any donations until the Spring.
Thank you. 
Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, March 11
4pm in the Activities Room
The reading selection for March is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother, yet the prospect is dimming. So, when Willa receives a phone call from a stranger, telling her that her son's ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country to Baltimore. The impulsive decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family, and forced to find solace in unexpected places.  
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, March 18
4pm in the Activity Room
Our book for March is The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan. In Toronto, Det. Esa Khattak and Sgt. Rachel Getty work for the community policing section and are called in when there may be a sensitive aspect to a case. Investigating the supposedly accidental death of Christopher Drayton, the two officers soon uncover details that lead them to believe the man may have actually been a Bosnian war criminal involved with the Srebrenica massacre of 1995. With a large Bosnian refugee community in Toronto, the case is especially touchy. Mysteriously threatening letters that appeared on the victim's doorstep and the presence of a gold-digging fiancée add to the suspicion. As Khattak and Getty interview imams and neighbors and sort out what justice really means, they are forced to navigate the lingering effects of a horrible conflict and their own broken lives. 
A History Reading Club
Saturday, April 4
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading for April is Silver, Sword and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story by Marie Arana. Against the background of a thousand years of vivid history, acclaimed writer Marie Arana tells the timely and timeless stories of three contemporary Latin Americans whose lives represent three driving forces that have shaped the character of the region: exploitation (silver), violence (sword), and religion (stone).
Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner
Tuesday, March 17
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.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, March 24
Activity 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, March 12, 26
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, March 9, 23
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room
Monday, March 2, 16, 30
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.
Children's Programming  
Winter/Spring 2020 
Our After School Story Hours 
Our After School Story Hours will take a look at Humor.
Laugh it up at the library this winter with funny books, jokes, and good times.

After School Story Hours will meet:

K-1st grades
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
2nd & 3rd grades
Fridays, 3:30 - 4:30
March 6, 20, 27, April 3
A simple snack will be provided. Marbletown elementary students can take the squirrel bus to the library.   
Register for all Children's Programs
Register by visiting stoneridgelibrary,  
or our online calendar  
or call 687-7023 
or stop in the library.

NOTE: Library programs will follow Rondout School weather cancellations. If school is delayed morning story hours are cancelled, if school is closed or after school programs are cancelled the library programs will be cancelled too.
Pre-K Story Time (2.5 - 5 year olds)
Tuesday Mornings from 10:00 - 11:00
January 21 through March 31
 We are excited to welcome back Ms. Celeste to continue her imaginative, fun, and energetic storytimes for our littlest patrons. Storytime is an exciting and fanciful introduction to the library, as well as a great opportunity to meet area children and parents. The Preschool story hour is open to children ages 2.5 to 5 years old.  (Children who are younger are welcome, we ask that they are not disruptive to the children who are listening to the stories. Thank you.)
Please Register.  
Tween Beading day
Thursday, March 5, 3:00-4:00
grades 4th and up

We will have beads, shrinky dink charms, string, wire, key chain, and jewelry armatures will be available for participants to create jewelry items. A simple snack will be provided before we begin.
Rondout students can take bus #19 to the library.
Please Register  
Tween Sewing Workshop
Thursday, April 17 3:00-4:00
grades 4th and up

Try a simple sewing project, we provide the fabric, needle, and thread you provide the patience All levels of sewing abilities welcomed. A simple snack will be provided before we begin.
Rondout students can take bus #19 to the library.
Please Register  
Tween Cooking Quesadillas
Friday, May 22 3:00-4:00
grades 4th and up

We will try making some quesadillas with chicken, cheese, salsa, sour cream. A simple snack will be provided before we begin to cook.
Rondout students can take bus #19 to the library.
Please Register  
Books and Crafts with Jill Obrig
Tuesdays, April 21, 28 & May 5, 12 3:30-5:00
grades 2nd & 3rd

Come join Jill Obrig and create artistic pieces inspired by story books books and well known artists. Be sure to register, spaces are limited! A simple snack will be provided before we begin.
Rondout students can take bus the squirrel bus to the library.  
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.  
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     
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