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NEW Fiction
The Fall of Shananara: The Last Druid by Terry Brooks
The Sentinel by Lee Child 
The Noel Letters by Richard Paul Evans
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop - Fannie Flagg

Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Evening and the Morning
by Ken Follett

The Searcher by Tana French
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Just Like You by Nick Hornby

Second Street Station by Lawrence H Levy 

Robert B. Parker's Fools Paradise: a Jess Stone novel
by Mike Lupica

Jingle all the Way by Debbie Macomber 

The Brightest Star
by Fern Michaels
Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor

Murder at an Irish Wedding by Carlene O'Connor

Murder in an Irish Churchyard by Carlene O'Connor

Murder in an Irish Cottage by Carlene O'Connor

Murder at an Irish Christmas by Carlene O'Connor

All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny

A Question of Betrayal
by Anne Perry

The Book of Two Ways
by Jodi Picoult

Shadows in Death
by JD Robb

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V E Schwab

The Return
by Nicholas Sparks

The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

One by One
by Ruth Ware

Shakeup by Stuart Woods

NEW Nonfiction
His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life by Jonathan Alter
Stretching by Bob Anderson 
World Wild Vet: Encounters in the Animal Kingdom by Dr. Evan Antin
Creativity: a Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese
Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten 
The Purpose of Power: How we Come Together when we Fall Apart by Alicia Garza
The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past by Meave Leakey 
The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: a Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katz
His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope
by Jon Meacham
Repair Revolution: How Fixers are Transforming our Throwaway Culture by John Wackman & Elizabeth Knight

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations
by Daniel Yergin
Newsletter     November 2020
Library Resumes Regular Hours,
Announces Improvements
The Coronavirus pandemic forced a New York lockdown, including of the Stone Ridge Library, but behind the scenes, carefully and quietly, the Library was at work improving its 222-year-old stone building. The results are now on display as the Library has opened again-with some cautionary changes-for regular public hours.

When the virus hit America last March, the Library, like other public institutions, was forced to close its doors. But planning was already underway for a major interior renovation--the construction of a new and improved circulation desk. The desk is the hub of the Library as we served 58,970 visitors last year.  

Before the lockdown, the Library had obtained a state grant and raised private money to build the new desk, positioning it in a different location from what patrons were used to. It is now further inside the building, opposite an old fireplace in an airy, larger, and renovated space. more
The Next StoryWalk is set up on the O&W Rail Trail on Leggett Road heading toward High Falls. (You will need to cross Leggett Road, be careful).

Walk, Read, and Enjoy We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. "We Are Water Protectors is a gorgeous and empowering picture book with an urgent environmental plea." There are others around town. provides on-demand tutoring, homework help, test preparation and writing assistance for students in grades K-Adult in over 60 subjects. No appointment is needed.  
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Early Bird Knitting Sale
This year we are offering something new for the Saturday Knitters' Sale-the Early Bird Knitting Sale. Kind of a take off on curbside book delivery, but with knit goods made by our Saturday Knitters, to benefit the Library! This sale is in addition to the traditional in-house knit sale to take place beginning the week before Thanksgiving.

Here's how it works:
As of October 13, photos of the 25 knit items for sale, including the price and care instructions are posted on the Library's Facebook page. To place an order, call or leave a message in the Library Program Office, 687-7023, #6, or email by November 12th, and we will hold it for you. Or...let us know your choice right on the Facebook page!

We will have everything ready in the Activity Room entrance, at the back of the Library, where you can come straight from the parking lot. We can also bring your order out to your car if you prefer.

If the weather is nice, we will set up outdoors. You can pay cash or by check. We also hope to have credit card payment available for your convenience.  
Friday, November 13 - 2-3 pm, Activity Room
Saturday, November 14  -- 11am-1pm, Activity Room
or by appointment -- 687-7023 #6       
Masks for Sale at the Library
We have masks for sale! Two different styles of masks in a range of fabrics - Whimsical, Geometric, Colorful. All made with quality and care by Elaine.  $20 for one; $35 for two. All proceeds go to the Library. Be stylish, stay safe & support the library simultaneously. It's a trifecta!

News From the SRL Foundation
Thanks to our generous community, our recent Online Auction was a great success!  We are thrilled to report that your donations and bids helped us raise nearly $5,800 for the Library. We appreciate your participation and your generosity!

Fran Sutherland, Facilitator
Artist and retired high school teacher Fran Sutherland will lead us in a three-part book discussion featuring stories about women in various times and locations, creating a rich and relevant theme for our times.
Thursday, November 12, 11 am
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson        
In 1936, Nineteen-year-old Cussy Carter, known as a Bluet (last living female of the Blue People Ancestry) joins the Historical Horse Library Project of Kentucky.
Thursday, December 17, 11 am
Pachinko  by  Min Jin Lee
A young Korean girl marries a minister who brings her to 1900s Japan. The enduring questions of faith, family and female fortitude are explored by later generations living as immigrants.
Questions we will think about include, among others: 
  • Why do you think the author wrote this story? 
  • How does it relate to women today? 
  • What does the story tell about the value of women in the time that it was written? 
  • How does the format or writing style reinforce the theme or intention of the author?

The meetings will take place on Zoom; Registration (required) is available our calendar. Fran will serve as Facilitator on the Zoom sessions with Diane DeChillo, as host on behalf of the Library. Participants may sign up for one, or all-individually, on the library website calendar. Please call Diane at 687-7023 in the Program Office if you need assistance with signing up. Group size will be limited to 12, so please reserve early. Books and audiobooks can be requested through the Mid Hudson Library System via the library's website. 
Contact Diane DeChillo if you need help signing up.
Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, November 11 
an 11am Zoom meeting 
In November we will be reading Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert. Inspired by the true-life adventures of real 19th century female botanical explorers, Gilbert created an unforgettable character in Alma Whittaker - a brilliant, determined, and thoroughly scientific woman, struggling to express her intellectual curiosity in a society where women's lives are confined to the domestic sphere. Equal parts Elizabeth Bennet and Charles Darwin, Alma spends her days seeking nothing less than the answers to the origins of life itself.     
Contact Diane DeChillo if you are not on the Tea Time mailing list.
Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, November 18
an 11am Zoom meeting  
This month we are reading Second Street Station: A Mary Handley Mystery by  Lawrence H. Levy. At age 12, Mary Handley observes a tall man leaving the railroad compartment of a murdered Frenchman. Although the conductor rules the death a suicide, Mary decides to become a detective, much to her mother's bewilderment. Never mind it was 1876, and careers for women were few. Twelve years later, while visiting her policeman brother at Brooklyn's Second Street station, Mary saves another cop from a knifing; her acumen in spotting the weapon is observed by police chief Patrick ­Campbell, who also admires her spirit, humor, and intelligence. After Charles Goodrich, the brother of a prominent Brooklyn alderman, is murdered, Campbell hires Mary as the city's first policewoman. Based on an actual incident and featuring real people involved in the case, Levy offers a thought-­provoking look at life for women in the late 19th century as well as a perplexing murder investigation.  
Contact Diane DeChillo if you are not on the Mystery Group mailing list.  
A History Reading Club
Wednesday, November 11  
a 7pm Zoom Meeting
The November book is The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself, but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict. Clark traces the paths to war in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts between the key decision centers in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the decades of history that informed the events of 1914 and details the mutual misunderstandings and unintended signals that drove the crisis forward in a few short weeks.

Contact Diane DeChillo if you are not on the Clio's Muse mailing list.
POETRY with Rosemary Deen
Every Thursday
1.30-3:00 on Zoom 

Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Rosemary Deen.  
If you are interested in joining the group email Rosemary.   
Stone Ridge Library Writers' Group
with Cathy Arra

Group 1 is meeting November 9, 23,
December 7, 21
at the Marbletown Community Center 
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 group. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cathy Arra to place your name on the waiting list.

We Cannot Accept Book Donations
We are sorry, but we cannot accept any book donations at this time. We are not having the Fall Book Sale this year. Thank you for understanding. 
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