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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

VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB HEADERDo you love reading but don’t have the time to go to a book club? Stay in your pj’s and join the discussion virtually. No sign up necessary, just visit the above link to learn more. Our first book is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, discussion and launch begins April 1st and will continue until May 6th. Beginning May 6th our next book will be Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which has been called “a powerful, tender story of race and identity.


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 19 at 7 p.m. – The Round House by Louise Erdrich.
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen year old Joe Coetz sets out with his three friends to find the person who destroyed his family.

Wed., April 16 at 7 p.m. -  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass  by Frederick Douglass
Born into a family of slaves, Frederick Douglass educated himself through sheer determination.  His unconquered will to triumph over his circumstances makes his one of America’s best and most unlikely success stories.

Wed., May 21 at 7 p.m. - Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Spanning 150 years and two continents, this family saga ties Frederick Douglass’ 1845 journey to Ireland with the first trans-Atlantic flight made in 1919 by two British aviators and the work of U.S. Senator George Mitchell on the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.  These great men and the events they’re connected to are also linked to a servant girl named Lily, who in 1846 leaves Dublin for New York, and her descendants. 


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., March 25 -   The 100 Year Old  Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared  by Jonas Jonasson

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over.

Tues., April 22 -   People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

When it falls to Hannah Heath, an Australian rare book expert, to conserve a priceless work, Hanna unexpectedly plunges into the intrigues  of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics.

Tues., May 20 -   Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

In this riveting story, two boyhood friends, torn apart by circumstance, are brought together again by a terrible crime in a small Mississippi town.

Tues., June 24 -   The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani

For over a hundred years, the Angeliini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Sons in Tuscany.  This historic partnership provides the twist  of fate  that leads to love and secrets.



The Newburgh Great Books

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 and new participants are always welcome. Newburgh Great Books generally meets the 4th Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Upcoming 2014 meetings:

January 24, February 28, March 28,  May 23, June 27

(Newburgh Great Books will not meet in April.)

To find out more about the selected book, the Shared Inquiry Method of discussion or to register, please call 563-3613.  New participants must register before attending their first meeting.



Hudson River Poets

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



Newburgh Writers Group

Meets Thursday: Feb. 27, March 20, Apr. 17, May 15 at 7 p.m.

Join us for our monthly meeting of our writers group. For each meeting, please bring a short (2-3 page) piece of prose you’re working on and receive productive and friendly feedback in an informal atmosphere. Register here or by calling 563-3618.

For more information about writers groups, please call 563-3645 or email



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