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Fri. & Sat. 9 am - 5 pm
Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: Main: 845-563-3600 Branch: 845-566-0460

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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!




Newburgh Virtual Book Club

Newburgh Virtual Book Club’s latest read:

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

A New York Times Book Review and Washington
Post Notable Book of the Year, an NPR “Great Read,”
a Christian Science Monitor Best Fiction Book, and a Library
Top Book

Just as her father makes the wrenching decision to send her away for a chance at a better life, Claire Limyè Lanmè—Claire of the Sea Light—suddenly disappears. As the people of the Haitian seaside community of Ville Rose search for her, painful secrets, haunting memories, and startling truths are unearthed.

Join the discussion by clicking this link:


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., March 18 -  Nemesis  by Philip Roth
In 1944 Newark , devoted playground director Bucky Cantor, sidelined from the war due to poor eyesight, watches in horror as the city’s polio epidemic begins to ravage the children on his playground.

Wed., April 15 - Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
As an unusual illness plagues Russian public official Ivan Ilyich, his life is forever changed as he deals with doctors who cannot diagnosis or treat him.

Wed., May 20 – Best Short Stories 2014
An annual anthology of 20 pieces of top-selected short fiction guest edited this year by Jennifer Egan.

Wed., June 17 – To Be Announced


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.

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:  Dec. 5, Jan.23, Feb. 27, Mar. 27, Apr. 24, May 22 and June 26


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.

Upcoming themes:

December - Military Poetry

January - Poetic Form




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