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New Fiction
The Christmas Boutique - Jennifer Chiaverini

Blue Moon: a Jack Reacher novel - Lee Child

Closed Casket - Agatha Christie

The Monogram Murders - Agatha Christie

The Mystery of Three Quarters - Agatha Christie

Kiss the Girls and make them Cry - Mary Higgins Clark

A Book of Bones - John Connolly

The Deserter - Nelson DeMille

The Shape of Night - Tess Gerritsen

What Happens in Paradise - Elin Hilderbrand

Christmas Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

Agent Running in the Field - John Le Carré

To the Land of Long Lost Friends - Alexander McCall Smith

Under Currents - Nora Roberts

Bloody Genius - John Sanford

Grand Union: Stories - Zadie Smith

Child's Play - Danielle Steel
A Cruel Deception: a Bess Crawford Mystery - Charles Todd 
Stealth - Stuart Woods
New Non-Fiction
The Body: a Guide for Occupants - Bill Bryson

The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain - Steven R. Gundry, MD
The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History - Nathalia Holt

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement - Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey  

Bread on the Table: Recipes for Making and Enjoying Europe's Most Beloved Breads - David Norman

A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis - Sam Roberts

The Underground Railroad Records: Narrating the Hardships, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Death Struggles of Slaves in Their Efforts for Freedom - William Still

Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Garnener -
Jim Ulager
New DVDs
Chernobyl - Jared Harris, Paul Ritter

Deadwood - Timothy Oluphant, Ian McShane
Framing John DeLorean - Alec Baldwin         

We feature reading suggestions each month. Visit the Library to check out a book from our current display. This month we're featuring Pleasant and Gentle Reads.
Newsletter     November 2019
Our Ginkgo Tree
Keep your eye out, our beautiful ginkgo tree will drop all its leaves in one day. The Ginkgo is native to China and is found in fossils dating back 270 million years. We'd love to know more about our Ginkgo tree, if anyone knows who planted it and when we'd love to hear about it. We think it's one of the most beautiful Ginkgo's around.
The Mystique of Women's Footwear
Sunday, November 3
1 - 3pm
Community Center
"Shoes and the Stories They Tell" is the title of an illustrated presentation by designer and author Linda O'Keeffe. The program is free and open to the public.

O'Keeffe presented her program in June to rave reviews for the New Canaan Museum and Historical Society, where the town's shoe industry is at the heart of the Museum's clothing and textile collection, housing nearly 400 shoes. "Linda proposed a similar program for her hometown library, and we are delighted at the idea," said Library program manager Diane DeChillo.

Linda O'Keeffe was creative director for Metropolitan Home for 16 years and currently writes for a variety of magazines. Her book, "Shoes," now in its 25th edition has been translated into several languages. In her talk, Linda will discuss footwear in a historic, political and personal context, citing examples from literature and myth. We'll learn about the variations of the Cinderella story that dates back to ancient Egyptian times, the particular mystery and magical powers of red shoes, the history of high heels, and much more.

As a special feature of the program, attendees are invited to bring in a shoe that has special meaning to them to share at the talk.

Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, November 6
3pm in the Activities Room
The reading selection for November is The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames. For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella's childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents. Even Stella's own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted. In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity-beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. 
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, November 20
3pm in the Activity Room
Our book for November is Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry. Jane Whitefield is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients with new identities, complete with authentic paperwork. Jane knows all the tricks, ancient and modern; in fact, she has invented several of them herself. But when Jane opens a door out of the world for an attractive fugitive named John Felker, she walks into a trap that will take all her heritage and cunning to escape.  
A History Reading Club
Saturday, November 2
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading selection for November is Jane Austen's England by Roy and Lesley Adkins. This non fiction book explores the customs and culture of everyday existence depicted in the England of Austen's classic novels. Drawing upon a rich array of contemporary sources, including many previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and personal letters, the Adkins vividly portray the daily lives of ordinary people, discussing topics as diverse as birth, marriage, religion, sexual practices, hygiene, highwaymen, and superstitions.  
Saturday, December 14
12:45pm in the Activity Room
The reading for December is  Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. "In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders."  
Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, November 26
Biography 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!"
Conversational French
with Claudine Brenner
Tuesday, November 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, November 14
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, November 18
4:00-6:30pm in the Activity Room
Monday, November 4, 25
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.
Movies Based on Books Opening This Month
November 1, 2019

Where: TV Series -- Apple TV
Director: Kerry Ehrin
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell

November 1, 2019

Where: Theaters
Based on: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Director: Edward Norton
Cast: Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe

November 4, 2019

Where: TV Series -- HBO
Based on: His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Director: Jane Tranter
Cast: James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin Manuel Miranda, Andrew Scott

November 8, 2019

Movie: Doctor Sleep
Where: Theaters. Horror
Based on: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Director: Mike Flanagan
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Carl Lumbly,  Alex Essoe, Zahn McClarnon, Kyliegh Curran

November 10, 2019

Where: TV series -- Starz
Based on: Into the Woods and The Likeness by Tana French
Director: Sarah Phelps
Cast: Killian Scott, Sarah Greene

November 15, 2019

Movie: The Good Liar
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle  
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen

November 22, 2019

Where: Theaters. Biography, Drama
Based on: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers by Tom Junod
Director: Marielle Heller
Cast: Tom Hanks, Enrico Colantoni, Matthew Rhys
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