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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

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!



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.  We will read and discuss stories by the following three authors: Peter Cameron, Joyce Carol Oates, and Karen Russell.

Wed., June 17 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
An epic novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of W.W.II


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., February 24 at 2 p.m.
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth  by Chris Scotton
After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin’s grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink who schools him in the mysteries and magnificence of the woods.


Tues., March 24 at 2 p.m.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore.


 Tues., April 28 at 2 p.m.
A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
 A Movable Feast is a memoir by American author Ernest Hemingway about his years as an expatriate writer in Paris in the 1920s and his apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley.  The memoir consists of Hemingway’s personal accounts, observations and stories. He provides specific addresses of cafes, bars, hotels, and apartments, some of which can still be found in Paris today.


 Tues., May 19 at 2 p.m.
Euphoria by Lily King
 National best-selling and award-winning author Lily King’s new novel is the story of three young, gifted anthropologists in the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.


 Tues., June 23 at 2 p.m.
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
 We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves.


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: May 22, June 26, July 24 and August 28


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:

JUNE – Emily Dickinson




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