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Main Library:
Mon. & Thurs. 9 am - 9 pm
Tues., Wed., Fri. 9 am - 5 pm
Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 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!



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 16 – TBA

Wed., October 21 – TBA

Wed., November 18 – TBA





Tuesday at Two Book Club

Tuesday at Two is led by librarian Patty Sussmann and 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 Main and Town Branch one month before the discussion.

Newburgh Great Books – Main 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 2014 meetings are scheduled for:

June 26, July 24, August 28, Sept., 25, Oct.,23

To find out more about the selected book, the Shared Inquiry Method or to register, call 845-563-3613
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 first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.


During the first half hour, you are invited to discuss poems on a particular theme and are asked to bring in a related poem. During the second half hour, you may read your own work related to the theme. For information, call facilitator Mona Toscano: 845-569-4023 or the library 845-563-3613.


The Hudson River Poets are on recess for the summer and will resume meeting on Sept. 3.


Upcoming theme:

September – Ralph Waldo Emerson




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

Adult Summer Reading Program

Escape the ordinary with our Annual Adult Summer Reading Program.  You’ll be reading for fun, enjoying special events and entering to win prizes!

To REGISTER: starting June 15th

  • Online at; just click on “Adult Summer Reading”
  • By phone, call 845-563-3618 or 566-4060
  • In person at the Main Library or Town Branch

Registration forms and blank paper review forms will be available at the Info desk at the Main Library and at the Town Branch.

 REVIEW & RATE the book or audio book or audio book by filling out a review form.  You can do this online or by hand.

ENJOY these special programs and events:

June 24 at 6:30 p.m. – Book Talk Café – librarians and patrons discuss books of interest, refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library.  Town Branch

June 30 at 5 p.m. – Reading Flash Mob at the Newburgh Mall Center Court (Get free books!)

July 13 at 7 p.m. – Yoga with Yamillet Rivas, Be a Superhero.  Main library

July 16 at 7 p.m. – The Art of Tattooing. Take a look at the evolution of tattooing from a subversive, outlaw art form to the social acceptability it enjoys today. Main library

July 23 at 7 p.m. – Author Talk with Lashonda K. Barnett, author of JAM ON THE VINE.  Main library. (Books are available for check out at the main library and town branch)

July 27 at 7 p.m. – “Marvel”ous Mark McKenna, artist and Marvel & DC Comics Cartoonist. Main library

July 30 at 6:30 p.m. – Human Library.  Borrow a “human book” for 10-15 minutes to hear unique stories from people in our community about how they experienced discrimination and prejudice in their lives. Main library

ENTER TO WIN.  All reviews & programs attended will count as entries in weekly prize drawings with the GRAND PRIZE awarded on Aug. 11th.