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New eBooks we've recently added to OverDrive and Libby
Formidable: a Mrs. Murphy Mystery
- Rita Mae Brown

Hard Going
- Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

The Night Watchman
- Louise Erdrich

Old Lovegood Girls
- Gail Godwin

The Critic
- Peter May

The Overstory
- Richard Powers

Normal People
- Sally Rooney

The Book of Lost Friends
- Lisa Wingate

New eBooks we've recently added to OverDrive and Libby
Small-Space Vegetable Gardens - Andrea Bellamy

Building Raised Beds: Easy, Accessible Garden Space for Vegetables and Flowers - Fern Marshall Bradley

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza - Ken Forkish

Honey Bee Hobbyist: The Care and Keeping of Bees - Norman Gary

Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Self Sufficiency from Asparagus to Zucchini - Brett L. Markham

Keeping Honey Bees: Expert Advice Made Easy - Kim Pezza

New Downloadable Audiobooks we've recently added to OverDrive and Libby
The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden

The Winter of the Witch - Katherine Arden

Blue Moon - Lee Child

The Secrey Adversary - Agatha Christie

Hid From Our Eyes - Julia Specer-Fleming 

City of Girls - Elizabeth Gilbert

Simon the Fiddler - Paulette Jiles 

More Myself: A Journey - Alicia Keys 

The Book on Longings - Sue Monk Kidd

Texas Outlaw - James Patterson 

Masked Prey - John Sanford

Book of Lost Friends  - Lisa Wingate

Newsletter      May 2020
Fair Cancelled
Because of the pandemic currently afflicting the United States and the inability to predict when it will be safe to meet for community activities, the Stone Ridge Library Board of Trustees has decided to cancel its annual Library Fair that was scheduled for early June.  This would have been the 75th annual Library Fair. 
The Fair is the Library's signature event, with thousands of Marbletown residents coming to buy books and plants, eat strawberries and hamburgers, and meet with their neighbors. "We know how important an event it is," said Board President Susanne Warren. "But the safety of our neighbors, our volunteers and our staff comes first." more
News from the SRL Foundation
Thank you for all of the sweet replies to our email asking what you miss about the library right now!  We put some of your responses together into a short "movie" to share with you. Check it out HERE.  Next time we'll share a collection of the videos you've submitted.  Send an email, photo or short video telling us what you miss about the library and we'll include it in the next clip!  

Coming soon:   Hudson Valley Gives Day!   Mark your calendars for this exciting day of community-wide online giving to be held on May 20th.

Zoom Workshop, "Where I'm From"
with Carol Bergman

Saturday, May 2, from 3 to 5 pm
The Stone Ridge Library is pleased to announce a ZOOM Workshop, "Where I'm From," with Carol Bergman. Registration is required and is available on our  calendar, or by emailing Diane at
"This is something new for us," said Program Manager Diane DeChillo. "We hope that people will join us as we explore this online program option during these times of Covid-19 lockdown."
Bergman, author and writing teacher at New York University, describes the program.
"This workshop is designed to help poets and prose writers to find inspiration in their family history, family legends, child hood neighborhoods, early schooling, significant friendships, influences, and unexpected challenges. There will be discussion about writing craft, sample readings, and free writings, in this new program, designed as a virtual workshop." 
Participants will use notebooks and free-flowing pens and two precious and/or interesting family photographs available--inspired by the prompt, "Where I'm From."

Elaine explains how she is learning Italian with Mango.
It's free from the Library.  more

Mango Language Learning
Mango languages gives you anytime, anywhere access to a fast, easy, effective language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication.  more
Mary Fairchild has written a couple of essays on poetry. In Light and Dark she discusses some poems of Robert Frost. Her second essay, The Frisson of Rightness, includes works from several poet including  Shakespeare and  Edna St. Vincent Millay. They are on our website.
Wait a minute!  
How much does that hold weigh???

Here's the start of an article written by Stone Ridge Library circulation-desk staffer Barbara Goodwin. Click the link below to see the rest on the story on our website.
In the libraries of yore - and I mean yore - literature and other offerings were written on cuneiform tablets like the one pictured here. If this were still the case today, surely we'd all think twice about the number of holds we'd request at any one time.  Also - and this I can't resist noting - our beloved library would truly be "an old-stone house." 
How long have libraries been around, and how have they changed over the years? Here's a capsulized tour of how libraries have developed. You'll move from the library's inception to its role today as provider of myriad digital resources, community education and performance events, and-still and always-hard-copy books on topics from A to Z. more
Elaine Raps!
Let's Face It,
We're Being Tested

Here is Elaine sharing her rap song about our current situation!

Get Caught Reading
Get Caught Outside
Check the Library's Facebook page in May for Get Caught Reading and Get Caught Outside. We will provide lots of fun, interactive things to do. We'd love to hear what you are reading and what you are finding outdoors this May.
Summer Story Hours
Hello everyone, 
We miss your children at the library. I know I speak for Miss Celeste and myself, when I say we look forward to bringing all the children back together into the children's room for story time. This summer's summer reading program theme is titled "Imagine Your Story."  We will be providing summertime activities and reading challenges for the children this summer. Of course we are not sure how the programming will present itself at this point. For now join our Facebook group, or check our website for story times and books readings by myself and Sarah. More information about summer programming and reading incentives will be posted as the summer arrives. 
All the best to everyone.
Sarah Reading Picture Books
Sarah is reading a picture book a few times a week. These are also on our Facebook page. 

Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Read with permission from Scholastic.

Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freeman, illustrated by Ben Cort. Read with permission from Scholastic.

Fritz and the Beautiful Horses written and illustrated by Jan Brett.
Read with permission from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company.

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small. Read with permission from Macmillan.

Earth Day Storytime
Join Julianna for story time about tadpoles and frogs.
Julianna  reads Curious George and the Tadpole Trouble by H.A. Rey (read with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers) 

Follow along with two crafts: 
a tadpole made from a sock and an origami jumping frog.
Items you need:
a sock, some stuffing, a rubber band, green marker, a square piece of paper (origami or printer paper)
Julianna Reading Half Magic, a Chapter Book
Julianna is finishing up her reading of Half Magic by Edward Eager.
Go to our website for all the chapters, as they are posted.

This is an enchanting story about four siblings who find a magical coin. There is a problem - the coin only grants half wishes so the siblings must always wish for twice as much, which causes double the trouble. Set in the 1930's, but just as funny today. 
The Library Is a Seemingly Quiet Place
By Julianna Jones
A library is a calm and quiet place. Stacks of books stand pressed together, tall, straight, and still. The Stone Ridge Library is just that. Housed in two old buildings built in 1798 and 1811. The library appears strong, motionless and silent. And yet, the building is brimming with vitality. more
T aekwondo
a Poem by Matt Spireng
In celebration of the end of National Poetry Month we have posted Matt Spireng's Taekwondo on our website. Enjoy!   more

Magazines Online

You can download any of over 100 different magazines and keep them for as long as you like.  more
From the Governor
Governor Andrew Cuomo sends out a NYS Coronavirus Update each evening. To get on the email list click here

Book Donations
We are sorry, but we cannot accept any book donations at this time. We are not at the Library to sort them and put them away.
Thank you for understanding. 
Automatic Messages from MHLS
If you are getting automatic messages from the Mid-Hudson Library System regarding renewals/no renewals/returning books, please ignore them.
Fines will be waived when we re-open.
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