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Main Library:
Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m - 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: Closed
Phone: Main: 845-563-3600 Branch: 845-566-0460

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Book Discussions & Literary Events

A variety of book discussion groups are open to adult readers, as well as poetry readings and other literary events. New participants are always welcome, so please consider joining us.



coffee-is-okThis unique book discussion takes us out in the community with an opportunity to share some brewed coffee/tea and a few great reads. This program is aimed at 20/30-somethings, but all are welcome. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library and the Town Branch one month prior to the event. Please call 845-563-3632 for details. The discussion will be led by 30-something librarian Heather Gorman. Look forward to seeing you there!

Thurs., October 13 l 6:30 p.m. The Assistants by Camille Perri

The debut novel that J. Courtney Sullivan calls “addictive, hilarious, and smart. It’s “9 to 5  for the student loan generation” and Publishers Weekly describes as “if the characters from HBO’s Girls were capable of larceny and blackmail.” –

Thurs., Nov. 17 l 6:30 p.m. The Last One: a Novel by Alexandra Oliva

“Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.” –

Location: 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, 117 Broadway, Newburgh


Nov. 6, Dec. 4 l 1:15 p.m.
French (language) Book Club; beginners level. Enjoy a lively discussion of books written in French with members of the Hudson Valley Francophone Connection.


Scholar’s Picks Book Discussion

Scholar-led by Dr. Jessica Gerson

Scholar’s Picks meets from September-November, March-June usually on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Registration is suggested but not required; register here or call 563-3618. Books are available at the Circulation Desk one month before the discussion.

Wed., September 7 at  7:00 p.m.- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

“Tells  the tale of two half-sisters born in 18th century Ghana and explores their lineage to present day.”  

Wed., October 5 at 7:00 p.m.- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 

 A discussion of Twain’s classic, considered by many to be the Great American novel.

Wednesday November 9  at 7:00 p.m.-The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

The Boys in the Boat describes how a group of working class youths emerged from obscurity to defeat a field of elite international rowing rivals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.


Tuesday at Two Book Club

Tuesday at Two is led by librarian Patty Sussmann and usually meets the last Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Town Branch in the Newburgh Mall. Registration is suggested, but not required.  Register here or call 845-563-3618.  Books are available at the Town Branch one month before the discussion.

Tues., September 27 at 2:00 p.m.- Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay

The novel “explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can sometimes be to tell them apart. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.” –

Wed., October 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Special meeting and time)- A Simple Murder by Eleanor Kuhns.  The author will be present at the discussion.

“Set in 1795, Kuhns’ quiet, well-crafted debut, the winner of the MWA/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel competition, poignantly captures the Shaker ethos of the period. – Publishers Weekly

Tues., November 27 at 2:00 p.m. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

“The acclaimed, bestselling author – winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize – tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives.” –


Newburgh Great BooksMain Library

The Newburgh Great Books discussion group focuses on carefully selected readings and questions from anthologies published by the Great Books Foundation and follows the Shared Inquiry Method promoted by the Foundation.

This is an ongoing program.  Newburgh Great Books generally meets the 4th Friday at 11:30 a.m. Upcoming 2016 meetings are: Sept 23rd, Oct 28th, and Dec. 2nd.

To find out more about the selected book, the Shared Inquiry Method or to register, call 845-563-3629
New members are always welcome but must register before attending their first meeting.



Hudson River Poets – Main Library

Join the Hudson River Poets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

October 27, Nov. TBA, Dec. 22

Established and emerging poets are always welcome.

For information, email facilitator Hayden Wayne at or call the library 845-563-3629.



The Library offers a variety of literary events during the year, such as poetry readings, author readings & receptions, and community reads.



Celebrating independent and self-published authors.

12:30 p.m. Local Indie Authors
Meet local independent authors as they introduce themselves and their books.
1 p.m. “How to Self-Publish” – Find out how to use software you already have on your computer and free software you can download off the internet to write your book. It will also cover the many ways to self-publish. Offered by Jeff Montanye,

NANOWRIMO WRITING SESSIONS – Tues.,  Nov. 1, 8, 15, 2, & 29

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)  and would-be writers are invited to bring in their projects in progress and work on it at the Library.  Registering your endeavor on the National Novel Writing month website ( is optional, but might give you an added incentive and help you connect with other writers.  Adults and teens 16 +