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Main Library:
Mon. - Thurs. 9 am - 9 pm
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

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., March 9 – The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
Taken in by a near-alcoholic artist and a jaded academic, a young Dominican girl in Brooklyn’s Fresh Air Fund program explores the contrasts between inner-city life and her host’s privileged world and finds her realities powerfully shaped by her relationship with a horse.

Wed., April 20 – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
After being expelled from Prep school, Holden Caulfield recounts the three days spent on his own in New York City.


Wed., May 18 – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
This memoir recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavors to train a dangerous goshawk as part of her personal recovery. 

Wed, June 15 – A Manual for Cleaning Women: selected stories by Lucia Berlin
A posthumous collection of stories, almost uniformly narrated by hard-living women, that makes a case for the author as a major talent.


uesday 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., April 26 – The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

With honesty and true understanding, Sally Hepworth pens this poignant story of one of today’s nightmares: early-onset Alzheimer’s.


Tues., May 24 – Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Tóibín’s sixth novel, Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s, when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.


Tues., June 21 –  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki.  “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”


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 2015 meetings are scheduled for:

Jan. 22 & Feb 26, (No meeting on Mar. 25), April 22, May 27, June 24

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 fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

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.