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New Fiction
Give Me Your Hand: You Don't Have a Self Until You Have a Secret - Megan Abbott

The Storm - Arif Anwar

The Sinners: a Quinn Colson novel - Ace Atkins

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
- Rhys Bowen

Tailspin - Sandra Brown

Don't Eat Me: a Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery - Colin Cotterill

Vox - Christina Dalcher

The Masterpiece - Fiona Davis

So Much Life Left Over - Louis DeBernieres

The Iceman - P.T. Deutermann

My Dear Hamilton: a novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton - Stephanie Dray

Happiness - Aminatta Forna

The Dry - Jane Harper

The Sea Queen - Linnea Hartsuyker

Our Homesick Songs - Emma Hooper

The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

Bellewether - Susanna Kearsley

Petroleum Transfer Engineer - Richard Klin

Immigrant, Montana - Amitave Kumar

Number One Chinese Restaurant - Lillian Li

The Prisoner in the Castle - Susan Elia Macneal

The World of Tomorrow - Brendan Mathews

The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson

Only to Sleep: a Philip Marlow novel - Lawrence Osborne

Swift Vengance - T Jefferson Parker

Texas Ranger - James Patterson & Andrew Bourelle

Tiffany Blues - M.J. Rose

The Distance Home - Paula Saunders

The Court Dancer - Kyung-Sook Shin

Spy Master - Brad Thor

Flights - Olga Tokarczuk

The Third Hotel - Laura Van Den Berg

The Money Shot -
Stuart Woods

The Drama Teacher -
Koren Zailckas

New Non-Fiction
The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of the Empire - Deborah Baker

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer - Margalit Fox

Travels with Foxfire: Stories of People, Passions, and Practices from Southern Appalachia -
Phil Hudgins

Celestial Bodies: How to Look at Ballet -
Laura Jacobs

How Democracies Die -
Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt

Slow Simple Living for a Frantic World -
Brooke McAlary

The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels -
Jon Meacham

Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied all Odds and made Aviation History - Keith O'Brien
The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room: And How to Keep it that Way -
editors of Real Simple

The Order of Time -
Carlo Rovelli

Don't Retire Rewire! 5 Steps to Fulfilling Work
- Jeri Sedlar

A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island -
Earl Swift

The Kitchen Shortcut Bible: More than 200 Recipes to Make Real Food Real Fast -
Bruce Weinstein

New DVD's
Avengers: Infinity War - Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanson

Book Club - Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen
The Escape - Gemma Arterton  
Furlough - Melissa Leo, Tessa Thompson                
How to Talk to Girls at Parties - Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman  
On Chesil Beach - Seiorse Rowan, Billy Howle, Emma Watson

Paterno - Al Pacino, Riley Keough 
RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg                                            
This is Us - season 1

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.
Pleasant & Gentle Reads - 2018

Cottage Tales series by Susan Albert

Pride and Prejudice & others  by Jane Austen  

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

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

Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton

An Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

A Week in Winter ; & others by Maeve Binchy

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

A Thread so Thin ; & others by Marie Bostwick

Flavia deLuce series by Alan Bradley

The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun

Mrs Murphy mysteries by Rita Mar Brown

Remarkable Creatures ; The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker ; the Elm Creek quilts novels by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Persian Pickle Club & others by Sandra Dallas

All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Prairie Nocturne by Ivan Doig

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson

The Amateur Naturalist (574Dur) ; A Bevy of Beasts (500D) ; Beasts in my Belfry (590.74Dur) ; My Family and Other Animals ; & others by Gerald  Durrell

The Walk ; & more by Richard Paul Evans

Bridget Jones's Diary  by Helen Fielding

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion ; Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe & others by Fannie Flagg

Room with a View - E.M. Forster

Little Paris Bookshop ; The Little French Bistro by Nina George

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Eat, Pray, Love by Melissa Gilbert  910.4Gil

Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg

Nuala Anne Mcgrail series by Andrew Greeley

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

All Creatures Great and Small (Bio Her) ; & others by James Herriot

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

About a Boy by Nick Hornby

The Friday Night Knitting Club novels by Kate Jacobs

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

At Home in Mitford ; & others by Jan Karon

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Bryson City Tales : Stories of a Doctor's First Year of Practice in the Smoky Mountains & others by  Walt Larimore - LP

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy

The Forever Girl ; La's Orchestra Saves the World ; No. 1 Ladies' Detective  Agency novels & others by Alexander McCall Smith

Cedar Cove series by Debbie  Macomber

Under the Tuscan Sun; & others by Frances Mayes

Empress Orchid ; Pearl of China byAnchee Min

Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy  Mitford

The Hundred-Foot Journey by   Richard C. Morais

Northern Borders by Howard Frank Mosher

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Moseley

Me Before You ; One Plus One ; Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Love Comes Softly ; Love's Enduring Promise by Janette Oke

The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens - LP

Great Small Things by Jodi Picoult

September ; Winter solstice & others by Rosamunde Pilcher

No Fond Return of Love ; & others by Barbara Pym

Farewell to Fairacre ; & others by Miss Read

Lillian Boxfish takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Two by Two & others by Nicholas Sparks

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout  

The Tower, The Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Irish Doctor series by Patrick Taylor

The Shoemaker's Wife & others by Adriana Trigiani

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

A Sensible Life & others by Mary Wesley

Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear

Bertie Wooster and Jeeves series & others by P. G. Wodehouse

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Newsletter    September 2018
The Annual Public Reading
by the Stone Ridge Library Writers

Friday, September 28 7-9 p.m.

Marbletown Community Center
Refreshments will be served 
The Library Writers are: Catherine Arra, Frank Boyer,
Bill Fellenberg, Fay Loomis, Donna Johnson,
Cliff Mallery, Mike Polcari, Carol Shank, José Sotolongo, Lisa St. John, Natasha Williams, Cecilia Worth,
Bob Wurtzel      

Featured Readers this year:
Catherine Arra is author of Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014), Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015), and Tales of Intrigue & Plumage (FutureCycle Press, 2017). A former English and writing teacher, Catherine facilitates the Stone Ridge Library Writers' group.

Frank Boyer began writing poetry in his 20s and has kept his hand in ever since. His chapbook of early poems, Jumping Out of My Skin, was published in 2009. He is presently working on a book that retells the Orpheus and Osiris myths. He's is always happy to be where poetry is.
Bill Fellenberg was born in Occupation Japan to a Yokohama shop girl and an American GI. They came to America when he was four. After a career in the arts and in higher education, Bill began to write full-time. He lives in the Catskills with his wife, Donna, a psychoanalyst. Their son, Miles, is a classical pianist.

Fay L. Loomis, the middle child of seven, spent her early years in rural Michigan, before migrating to California. An upstater for the past twelve years, her poetry and prose have appeared in online and print publications.

Cliff Mallery has been a lawyer, a teacher and a tender of bar. He writes recreationally about people he has known who may now be forgotten. By his writing, he hopes that they will be remembered. He lives in Accord with his wife and dog.

Mike Polcari grew up in Stone Ridge, returning to country living after residing in Boston, San Francisco and Las Vegas. He spends summers in Northern California running a kids camp, inspiring his second book. As a former professional poker player who finished 11th in a World Series of Poker Tournament, he found many characters on the felt who stoked his creative fire. He writes popular fiction in the thriller genre and has completed two novels.

Lisa St. John is a teacher and published poet currently working on a memoir. Her poetry can be found in places such as Chronogram, 2Elizabeths, and The Poet's Billow. She also recently had a memoir excerpt published in Grief Digest. Lisa's two blogs and her poetry chapbook are on her website,

Natasha Williams is an adjunct biology professor at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY and currently works as a consultant with the International Public Schools coaching science teachers. She is working on a memoir, excerpts of which were selected by the NY writers institute in their memoir writers seminar taught by James Lasdun of Columbia University and published in 650 Read.

Pulse of the Planet Anniversary Tour Kicks Off at Stone Ridge Library
Friday, October 5 at 5:30pm
at the Library

Jim Metzner will be taking Pulse of the Planet on the road this fall, launching his "30th Anniversary Legacy Tour!" with a live event at our Library. The tour, set to include cities like New Orleans, Atlanta, Georgia and an October 10 event at the Library of Congress in Washington DC--will begin in Jim's home town of Stone Ridge.
The program will celebrate the world of sound, with stories and surprises. Prizes will be awarded for whoever brings the best signature sound of the Hudson Valley (live or pre-recorded by you) and the best animal vocalization imitation. Jim will share some of his favorite sounds as he commemorates 30 years of Pulse of the Planet!
Jim Metzner has been producing sound-rich radio programs since 1977, beginning his career with a ground-breaking short format series--You're Hearing Boston, produced for CBS station WEEI-FM.  Metzner's other award-winning series include You're Hearing San Francisco, You're Hearing America, The Sounds of Science, Voices of Innovation, and Pulse of the Planet, which has been on the air since 1988.  

Pulse of the Planet airs on over 200 stations in the US (locally on WAMC)  and receives thousands of downloads every month as a podcast.  Jim has recorded all over the world and has produced features for public radio's Marketplace, All Things Considered and Morning Edition as well as for National Geographic Online, Discovery,  the American Museum of Natural History, the American Association of Engineering Societies, NASA, Virginia Tech, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Stories and reviews of  Jim's work have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor,  New York Magazine, the Today Show, Rolling Stone and Audio Magazine.

Jim has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Honda Foundation. He was a Media Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole and in 2016 chaired a panel at the 40th anniversary of the MBL's Ecosystem Centre.  In 2017, he travelled to Germany, Austria and Switzerland as a Fulbright Scholar. For more information visit
We are super excited to be able to offer After School Story Hours in the newly renovated meeting area off the Children's Room. The theme will be Greek Mythology. After School Story Hours for grades 2 and 3 will meet Tuesdays. Kindergarten and First Grade will meet Thursdays. The programs begin the week of October 22.

Beginning September 18, Preschool Story Hours with Ms. Celeste will meet Tuesday mornings at 10:00.

We would like to invite children in the intermediate school to join us for a cooking program on Friday, November 9 at 3:00pm, and a craft project with Jill Obrig on Friday, November 16 at 3:00pm.

Please register for these programs so we can update you with any changes. Space for the Tween programming is limited to 15 children, so be sure to  register on our on-line calendar which will be available the first week in September.
Children's Room Construction Project
The kitchenette and handicap access bathroom are framed out.

New headers for the new, larger Children's Room
Interesting shapes of the old framing. Info about our Fall on-line auction will be coming soon!
Board of Trustees Election and
Library Budget Vote

The Stone Ridge Library Budget of $269,868 has been approved by a 42-2 vote. Judith Schneller and Linda Still have been voted in with 41 votes each to four-year seats on the Board of Trustees.

Children's Reading Nook Dedication July 19
Fran Ryder was an avid reader and a staunch Stone Ridge Library volunteer for many years. After her passing, her family decided to donate a reading nook in her memory. The family visited the Library on July 19 to dedicate the space with its comfortable arm chair and hassock, bench and cheerful tree wall hanging. The birdhouse plaque hanging on the wall, has the inscription:

In Memory of Frances Barnhart Ryder:  Teacher, Volunteer & Traveler in the World of Books.

Family members attending the reception include Jill Ryder Friedman (Fran's daughter) and her husband Bill; Granddaughters Jessica Friedman and her husband Mack Zalin; Hannah Friedman, Georgie Friedman; Kaitlin Friedman Cino and husband Andy, and their daughter Frances Cino.
Tea Time Book Group
Wednesday, September 12
at 4pm in the Bio Room
The book for our September meeting is The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett. When Parsifal, a handsome and charming magician, dies suddenly, his widow Sabine-who was also his faithful assistant for twenty years-learns that the family he claimed to have lost in a tragic accident is very much alive and well. Sabine is left to unravel his secrets, and the journey she takes, from sunny Los Angeles to the bitter windswept plains of Nebraska, will work its own magic on her.

Mystery Lovers Book Group
Wednesday, September 19 
4pm in the Biography Room

This month we will be reading   Field of Darkness by Cornelia Read. Every page is a pleasure in this mystery debut featuring barb-wielding, ex-debutante Madeline Dare. This is sure to be loved by fans of comic mysteries, but don't be surprised if Tom Wolfe readers are equally smitten by Read's venomously witty portrait of a fallen WASP.
A History Reading Club
Saturday, October 27 at12:45
in the Biography Room
The reading selection for October is Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure by Julia Siler.
Examines the nineteenth-century clash between the native Hawaiians and the expanding capitalist powers of America, Britain, and France, centering on Lili'uokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. Born in 1838, she lived through the nearly complete economic transformation of the islands. Lucrative sugar plantations owned almost exclusively by white planters, dubbed the "Sugar Kings," gradually subsumed the majority of the land. The monarchy had become a figurehead, victim to manipulation from the wealthy sugar-plantation owners. Upon ascending to the throne, Lili'uokalani was determined to enact a constitution reinstating the monarchy's power but she was outmaneuvered and, in January 1893, U.S. Marines from the USS Boston marched through the streets of Honolulu to the palace. The annexation of Hawaii had begun, ushering in a new century of American imperialism.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesday, September 25
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, September 18
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, September 13, 27
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, September 10, 24

Second Group
Monday, September 17

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 started in May.
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.

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.
Movies Based on Books Opening This Month
September 7, 1018

Movie: City of Lies
Where: Theaters
Based on: LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal by Randall Sullivan
Director: Brad Furman
Cast: Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Toby Huss

September 9, 2018

Movie: The Bad Seed
Where: TV Movie -- Lifetime
Based on: The Bad Seed by William March
Director:     Rob Lowe
Cast: Rob Lowe, Mckenna Grace, Patty McCormack

September 9, 2018

Movie: You
Where: TV Limited Series -- 10 episodes -- Lifetime
Based on: You by Caroline Kepnes
Director:     Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble
Cast: Elizabeth Lail,  Penn Badgley

September 14, 2018

Movie: Bel Canto
Where: Theaters
Based on: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, Renée Fleming (vocals), Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta, María Mercedes Coroy

September 14, 2018

Movie: The Children Act
Where: Theaters
Based on: The Children Act by Ian McEwan
Director: Richard Eyre
Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead

September 14, 2018

Movie: A Simple Favor
Where: Theaters
Based on: A Simple Favor by Bell Darcey
Director: Paul Feig
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Sarah Baker

September 14, 2018

Movie: Unbroken: Path to Redemption
Where: Theaters
Based on: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (second half of book)
Director: Harold Cronk
Cast: Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, William Graham IV, David Sakurai

September 21, 2018

Movie: The House With a Clock in Its Walls
Where: Theaters
Based on: The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro

September 28, 2018

Movie: Little Women
Where: Theaters
Based on: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Director:     Clare Niederpruem
Cast: Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Sarah Davenport, Ian Bohen

September 28, 2018

Movie: The Old Man & the Gun
Where: Theaters
Based on: true crime story in the collection The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann
Director: David Lowery
Cast: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter

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