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New Fiction
Red Sparrow - Jason Matthews

Circe - Madeline Miller  
The Circle of Ceridwen: The Circle of Ceridwen Saga Book One - Octavia Randolph  
Ceridwen of Kilton: The Circle of Ceridwen Saga Book Two - Octavia Randolph  
The Calming: The Circle of Ceridwen Saga Book Three - Octavia Randolph  
The Kremlin Conspiracy - Joel C. Rosenberg 
New Non Fiction
Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology - Paul Broks
Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change - Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution - Menno Schilthuizen 
New Audio's
In Calabria - Peter S. Beagle

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death -
M.C. Beaton

Death of a Gentle Lady
- M.C. Beaton

Paris in the Present Tense -
Mark Helprin 
Dubliners - James Joyce
The Brutal Telling: a Three Pines Mystery - Louise Penny
Goodbye Things: The New Japanese  
Minimalism - Fumio Sasaki
Ghachar Ghochar - Vivek Shanbhag
The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter
The Master - Colm Toibin
City of Light, City of Poison - Holly Tucker
The Force - Don Winslow
New DVD's
All the Money in the World - Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg
American Folk - Joe Purdy, Amber Rubarth

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool - Annette Benning, Jamie Bell

The Greatest Showman - Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron

Last Men in Aleppo - documentary            

Molly's Game - Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

Outlander - season 3

Paddington 2 - Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville, Imelda Staunton
Phantom Thread - Daniel Day Lewis,  Vicky Krieps ,
The Post - Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks
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.
Book Club Favorites 2018
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard audio

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  616.027 SKL

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand  940.54 HIL

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown 797.12 BRO  

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan  976.873 KIE

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham  791.45 DUN

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan  B Cahalan

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester  423 WIN

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

City of Thieves by David Benioff

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Bookman's Tale by Charlie Lovett

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell  BIO BELL

The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Longbourn by Jo Baker

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls  BIO WALLS

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson  943.086 LAR

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Ahab's Wife, or The Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger  
Newsletter    May 2018
Library Foundation Hosts "Sunday Tea" Fundraiser
Sunday, May 6
1-3pm at the Library

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation
will host their annual recognition event, a " Sunday Tea," on May 6th honoring Priscilla Derven and Stephen MacDonald for their immeasurable support. The event will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon. There will be a short presentation at 1:00 pm followed by tea sandwiches, desserts, and a selection of hot tea, served in the recently restored 1798 stone building.

Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple. Sign up. Money raised will be used for improvements to the Stone Ridge Library's final phase of restoration.

The spring art exhibit, featuring paintings of local resident Barbara Gordon will be on view during the event for everyone to enjoy.  

For information, please contact the Stone Ridge Library Foundation Office at 845 687-7023, Ext. 106 or visit
Hudson Valley Film Commission
Tuesday, May 1 - 5:30 pm
Marbletown Community Center

With the success of public workshops in 2017, the Hudson Valley Film Commission is offering free 1 - 2 hour program workshops to public libraries in the region to help educate and involve local residents and business owners in the growing film & tv industry, which offers many different educational, job and creative opportunities.

Film Commission director Laurent Rejto will give participants a background on film and tv work including pre-production, production and post production and will answer any questions that may arise including:

What kind of crew members and actors do local productions need?
What kind of vendors do local productions need?
How do I get myself or my business involved?
What can I do to put myself in front of the decision-makers in the film industry?

For the past 18 years, the Hudson Valley Film Commission has promoted and created sustainable economic development by supporting and attracting film, video and media production in the region. We have helped with cast & crew referrals, locations, permits, vendors and much more!
Library Fair Donations

The Library is accepting donations of knick knacks and gift items until the first week in June. Our Book Barns are filling fast, so the last day we are accepting donations is May 15. Thank you everyone, looking forward to seeing you at the Fair.
Legacy/Estate Planning
Saturday, May 19

The Stone Ridge Library Foundation will be hosting a workshop for Legacy Planning.  Sally Cross, Vice President of Philanthropy at Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley will be on hand to discuss long term planning from 3-4:30pm on May 19th.  Time will be set aside for your specific questions.

There are many ways to plan your legacy.  Planning ahead gives you control and peace of mind.  This workshop will help you focus on your priorities and take steps toward a plan you want.  Refreshments will be served.  Sign up is requested, but not required, on the calendar at
Volunteer for the Library Fair

Saturday, June 9 from 10am -3pm!
Sunday, June 10, The "Bag Sale" from 10am -2pm.

As always, we rely on our wonderful Fair Volunteers to make it all happen! Thank you!

So, ...this year we are trying something new. We have subscribed to Volunteer Local, an online program where everyone can register for the volunteer task they want. Whether you are a new Fair Volunteer or have volunteered for years, we are asking that you sign up in Volunteer Local. That will get everyone "into the boat."

Bringing a friend? There is a place to sign them up as well!

When you go to the site, you will see tasks and shifts. Check on the booth/job you want, and then scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will input your information. Then you will see a rectangular button at the very bottom where you actually sign up. Press that, and you will receive a confirmation email, and the Fair Co-Chair will also be notified that you have signed up. From then on, we can be in touch with each other via email or phone for any updates and necessary information.

You will notice that the "shift" covers the entire Fair hours, but we can accommodate partial shifts via subsequent emails/phone calls.

Below is an overview of the volunteer booths and jobs/shifts, so that you can decide where you'd like to help. And, if you can't join us on Fair Day, there are so many ways that you can help either before or after, like sorting books, moving plants, and setting up the yard on Friday evening. We are also including a "Whatever You Need" category.

Thanks for your help in getting us up and running with the new sign-up!

Jody Ford & Diane DeChillo, Fair Co-Chairs


50/50 RAFFLE
Lyme Disease Book Author To Speak
Friday, May 12, at 6pm
Marbletown Community Center
Longtime investigative reporter and Marbletown resident Mary Beth Pfeiffer has written a new book, Lyme: The First Epidemic of the Climate Change that documents the dangerous spread of Lyme disease to dozens of countries and thousands of people and criticizes the medical community and the government for failing to protect and help struggling Lyme victims.
Pfeiffer will discuss the book and her findings at the Marbletown Community Center, 3564 Main Street, Stone Ridge on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m.  The event is sponsored by the Stone Ridge Library and is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
"This is an illness that has been minimized, underestimated, and politicized," says Pfeiffer, an award-winning investigative reporter who has been writing about Lyme disease for the past five years.  Her book is the culmination of extensive environmental and health science reporting. She relied on more than 300 scholarly articles, dozens of expert interviews, and dozens of conversations with Lyme sufferers.
Pfeiffer has emerged as the nation's leading investigative reporter on Lyme disease, attracting national and international attention and winning seven awards for her groundbreaking articles. Judges who awarded her the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award called her articles, "Exhaustively reported...a great example of explanatory journalism on a matter of public health concern using both well-chosen expert sources and ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances."
In the book, published by Island Press of Washington, D.C., Pfeiffer exposes the failure of government and medicine to prevent rapidly spreading infection, address poor diagnostic tests, and help many thousands of patients whose symptoms -- body pain, crippling fatigue, and neurological, psychiatric, and memory issues -- can linger long after treatment.
"This book throws new light on one more danger caused by climate change," comments famous anthropologist Jane Goodall. "A stark warning that Lyme is but the tip of the iceberg."
Pfeiffer reported for 30 years for the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal, a small daily newspaper in the Hudson Valley that supported her research and where she began looking into Lyme disease, which is a terrible problem in Marbletown.
Bill McKibben, the well-known environmentalist and author of The End of Nature, observed that Pfeiffer's work "offers a powerful alert--hopefully it will cause us not only to protect our individual selves, but our society as well."
A graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Pfeiffer lives in Stone Ridge with her husband, Robert, a journalist and author.
Pfeiffer began a book tour in early April, with stops in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Arizona, New York City, and Canada.
Writing Workshop with Carol Bergman
Saturday, May 12
11am - 1:30pm
Marbletown Community Center

The Stone Ridge Library is pleased to announce "Inspired By Nature Writing Workshop" featuring author and NYU writing instructor, Carol Bergman. The program is a free to participants, but, because space is limited, registration is required, and available on the library's website  stoneridgelibrary/calendar.

Participants should bring a no-line notebook, a free-flowing pen, Glu-Stick, their memories of hikes and walks, favorite photographs and pictures of nature and their imaginations. In the workshop, Ms. Bergman will teach how to use journal notes, observations, sketches, photographs, dreams and visualizations as well as free associations to generate ideas for short stories, poems, memoirs, and essays. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome in this interactive, dynamic class.

Carol Bergman's journalism and narrative nonfiction has been published in Willow Review, Onion Review, A Room of One's Own, Absinthe Literary Review, The Bridge, Potpourri, Epiphany and many other publications in the US, the UK and Canada. "Objects of Desire," appearing in Lilith and Whetstone Literary Review was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in nonfiction. "Another Day in Paradise; International Humanitarian Workers Tell Their Stories," was published by Orbis Books (US/Canada) and Earthscan Books (UK/Commowealth) and was nominated for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. Her articles, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Times (of London), The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily News Magazine, The Amsterdam News, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, Woman's World, Family Circle, Art Times, Cineaste, and The Jewish Forward.  She is the co-owner of Mediacs, a hybrid publishing company:  She has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She is one of the founding faculty of Gotham Writers' Workshop and has been teaching in the NYU writing program since 1997. Find: for testimonials, samples of her writing, and a blog about writing and the writing life. Follow her on FB as Carol Bergman: Writer or on Twitter: bergman_carol.

For information or assistance with registration, contact the Stone Ridge Library program office at 845 687-7023, Ext. 108.
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.
Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays: 10:00-11:00
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12

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, May 9
4pm in the Biography Room

Our book for May is Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell. In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But he is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft and a silver tongue. As William's star rises, Richard's onetime gratitude is souring and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyalty.
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, May 16
4pm in the Biography Room 
This month we will be reading Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier. Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. 
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.
Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, May 22
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, May 15
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, May 10, 24
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, May 7, 21

Second Group starting in May
Monday, May 14

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.
Sandi Zinaman Scholarship Fund
The Rondout Valley Scholarship Fund has started a scholorship in memory of Sandi Zinaman, a long time staff member the Stone Ridge Library. Help us keep Sandi's legacy alive in the community by recognizing 2 students each year who love books and reading.

If you would like to contribute to the Sandi Zinaman Scholarship Fund please make your check payable to Rondout Valley Scholarship Fund and indicate on the memo line: Sandi Zinaman. Checks should be mailed to the RVSF, PO Box 96, Stone Ridge, NY 12484. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made by individuals or businesses.

The scholarship awards ceremony will take place on Senior Recognition Night: Monday evening June 4th, 2018. For more information, visit:
Barbara Gordon - Spring artist
Local Artist Barbara Gordon is the Library's featured artist for Spring 2018. Her work features abstract images and landscapes and will be on view through mid-June. Some of the paintings are available for purchase. For additional information and examples of her work, visit

Barbara Gordon holds a BFA in painting from Cooper Union in New York and did post-graduate work in Paris at the École des Beaux Arts and Atelier 17, S.W. Hayter's famed printmaking workshop. She has received support from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Hans Hoffmann's Provincetown Workshop and was nominated for a Tiffany Foundation award. Her work has been widely exhibited here and abroad in one-person and group shows in New York, Paris, Provincetown, MA, Southampton, NY, Montclair, NJ and Woodstock, VT. Her prints are included in the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Archives and Collection at the Library of Congress.

Barbara Gordon is also an award-winning filmmaker. Her film about world hunger, Edge of Survival, received the first World Hunger Media Award at the United Nations and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Her documentary work has been broadcast on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, The Discovery Channel and A&E and screened at The Museum of Modern Art, the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the Montclair Art Museum and the Phyllis Kind Gallery in New York.
Movies Based on Books Opening This Month
  May 4, 2018

Movie Title: Avengers: Infinity War
Where: Theaters
Based on: Avengers Comics by Jack Kirby
Director:     Anthony Russo
Cast: Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana

May 6, 2018

Movie Title: Sweetbitter
Where: TV Limited Series -- Starz
Based on: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Director: Richard Shepard
Cast: Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Paul Sparks
May 11, 2018

Movie Title: The Seagull
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Director: Michael Mayer  
Cast: Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll, Brian Dennehy

May 13, 2018

Movie Title: Little Women
Where: TV Series -- BBC/PBS
Based on: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Director: Vanessa Caswill
Cast: Angela Lansbury, Michael Gambon, Emily Watson, Maya Hawke, Willa Fitzgerald, Annes Elwy, Kathryn Newton

May 18, 2018

Movie Title: Deadpool 2
Where: Theaters
Based on: Deadpool Comics by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza
Director: David Leitch
Cast: Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin

May 18, 2018

Movie Title: On Chesil Beach
Where: Theaters
Based on: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Director: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle

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