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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., September 16 – World’s Fair by E.L. Doctorow
A microcosmic story of a sensitive boy’s early life in the Bronx of the 1930s

Wed., October 21 – Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents.  This graphic novel is both a comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

Wed., November 18 – Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading”, this non-fiction title is a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history.


Tuesday 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 Main and Town Branch one month before the discussion.

Tues., September 29 – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an epic novel of love and war, spanning from the 1940s to the present day, and the secret lives of those who live in a small French town.

Tues., October 27 – Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg

The stunning debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy.

Tues., December 1 –   TBA


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:

Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Dec. 4

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:

October & November – Beat Poets
December – The Sonnet




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