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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 Main and Town Branch one month before the discussion.


Tues., January 26 – Orphan #8 by Kim Van Alkemade

In this stunning new historical novel inspired by true events tells the fascinating story of a woman who must choose between revenge and mercy when she encounters the doctor who subjected her to dangerous medical experiments in a New York City Jewish orphanage years before. We’ll be Skyping with the author.

Tues., February 23 – Emma by Jane Austen

This a comic novel about the perils of misconstrued romance. The author explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively ‘comedy of manners’ among her characters.

Tues., March 29 –   Last Bus to Wisdom

Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers.


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 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.





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


Book Talk Café

Sat. Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Town Branch
Join us for a fun afternoon of book talks and delectable desserts.  Librarians will suggest some great reads for your reading pleasure.  Please come prepared to recommend your favorite book too!