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Book Discussions & Literary Events

The Library offers a variety of book discussion groups for adult readers, as well as poetry readings and other literary events. New participants are always welcome, so please consider joining us!

 

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS

 

Newburgh Virtual Book ClubMe Before You

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Newburgh Virtual Book Club’s latest read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes has had a wonderful reaction. We have heard from as far away as Italy! Join the discussion by clicking the link above.

 

Scholar’s Picks Book Discussion – Main Library


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 17 -  Someone  by Alice McDermott
A fully realized portrait of one woman’s ordinary life in all its complexity.

Wed., October 15 - Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

Wed., November 19 – Unbroken by Lauren Hill
The OrangeReads selection for 2014.  Led by David McTamaney, former High School English teacher and Vietnam veteran.

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during W.W.II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

 

Tuesday at Two Book Club
TOWN BRANCH

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.

Tues., September 30 at 2 p.m.
Elsewhere by Richard Russo

The  Pulitzer prize author of Empire Falls presents an upbeat personal account of his youth, his parents and the 1950s upstate New York town they struggled to escape.

Tues., October 28 at 2 p.m.
Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand.
The OrangeReads selection for 2014.  Led by David McTamaney, former High School English teacher and Vietnam veteran.

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during W.W. II,
spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

 Tues., November 25 at 2 p.m.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated

 

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:  Aug. 22 , Sept. 26, Oct.24, and Dec. 5
No meeting is scheduled for the month of November.

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.

 

 

POETRY GROUP

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.

Upcoming themes:

September – French Poetry.  Includes French speaking nations such as Haiti and Senegal

October – Native American Poetry.  Evan Pritchard, Director for Algonquian Culture, will give a presentation on the history and poetry of the Algonquin peoples.

 

 

LITERARY EVENTS

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

OrangeReads

During Fall 2014 libraries throughout Orange County will be reading, discussing and offering programs to highlight the book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  This community project is offered by the Orange Library Association.  Visit orangereads.com

County-wide programs:

Sun., Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. – 5K Race/Walk at the Orange County Airport, Montgomery
Sat., Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. – USO Canteen Dance, Senior Center, Montgomery

Newburgh Free Library programs:

Through November 21 – The Tuskeegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of World War II. Exhibit.
Lobby Gallery

Book Discussions led by David Mctamaney, former High School English teacher and Vietnam veteran
Tues. Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. – Town Branch
Wed., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. – Main Library

World War II Movies – Main Library
Sat., Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. –  EMPIRE OF THE SUN
Sat., Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. – SCHINDLER’S LIST
Sat., Nov. 17 – TO BE ANNOUNCED

Programs:
Tues. Nov 18 at 7 p.m., Town Branch
Victory Garden Canning & Freezing with Marie Arnstein.  World War II era cake sampling and recipe.

Sun., Nov 23 at 3 p.m., Main Library
A Musical Salute to American Veterans with Sonny and Perley