The Great American Read: Exploring books and their Writers through Film

great american read

The TV series The Great American Read has piqued readers’ interest in the 100 titles nominated as contestants for America’s favorite book. Following the conclusion of the show, join us in an in depth exploration of several books from the Great American Read’s top 100 list. Each month in this series we will pick one book to celebrate. We will watch a documentary or film on the author, one film adaptation of the book, and cap it off with a book discussion led by retired Siena College Professor, Tom Bulger. All books will be available for at the checkout desk during the month in which they will be discussed.

February: Jane Eyre

  • February 16th at 2:00 pm: Jane Eyre (2011 film adaptation, 120 min), register online.
  • February 23rd at 2:00 pm: Discussion with Tom Bulger, register online.

 

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Meditation Group

Wednesdays, January 9th – March 27th at 2:00 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

meditationAre you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body?
Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

“Find a place where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell.  Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

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Free Legal Clinic

Thursdays at 5:30 -7:30 pm
Main Library

The clinic will provide legal consultations in various areas of law. The consultations are free, but you must call the Legal Project at 518-435-1770 to make an appointment.

Upcoming schedule for 2019:

  • April 4th
  • June 6th
  • August 1st
  • October 3rd
  • December 5th
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Floral Painting Workshop

watercolor class

Tuesdays, March 5th to March 26th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Participants will learn basic floral painting techniques with a loose painting style. Topics will cover floral sketching and painting using watercolors and inks.

This workshop will be led by Joy Ting Charde, illustrator, floral painter and licensed commercial artist.

Register online.

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Understanding Shakespeare: “King Lear”

Thursdays, February 28th- March 28th at 6:30 pm
Main Library
shakespeareThis will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s plays. We will start our discussion with Act 1 of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear. Then in the following four weeks we will discuss the play one act at a time.

This program will allow the participants to put the play in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other works and to the modern existential world. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop.

Copies of King Lear will be available at the circulation desk. Please have Act One read for the February 28th discussion. Register online.

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Guided Meditation

meditation class

Tuesday, January 15th – March 26th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Learn a surprisingly simple yet powerful practice that can help your reduce stress, get recharged, experience overall improved physical health and possibly get you “blissed-out” all while sitting comfortably in a chair. Led by Michael Fuselli, with over 30 years of meditation teaching and practice experience. Beginners always welcome.

Registration is encouraged, but not necessary!  Register online.

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