Author Visit: John Ostwald – “War, Sacrifice and Coming Home”

John Ostwald BookMonday, November 27th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Meet local author John R. Ostwald. Ostwald is a Professor Emeritus (Psychology), newspaper columnist (Saratogian/The Record), Vietnam era veteran (InShore Undersea Warfare Group II) and author (War, Sacrifice and Coming, Home) whose work has been presented on TV, radio and at national conferences.  Register online.

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The Serious Side of Food – A Reading and Discussion Group

Wednesdays (Sept. 13th and 27th, Oct. 11th and 25th and Nov. 8th and 29th) at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Food IngredientsParticipants will come together over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Marissa Peck, Food Assessment Coordinator at Capital Roots. Participants in The Serious Side of Food will explore an aspect of our culture that often gets taken for granted: food. Food provides both nourishment and pleasure, of course, but under the surface of each meal lies a series of complex interactions and entanglements. Working with histories, novels, and journalism, this series exposes some of the issues that lie on our plates. Texts include historical accounts, novels, and narrative nonfiction and will be provided by the library.

This program was developed and is supported by Humanities New York. The first book to be read will be available at the circulation desk of the main library starting August 21st and should be read prior to the September 13th meeting.

Register online. 

 

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Book Discussion Group: Main Library

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Mondays at 6:30 pm
Main Library

A monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • November 6th – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • December 4th – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Ask for a copy at the desk.

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Understanding Shakespeare: “Measure for Measure”

Thursdays, November 9th – December 14th (no class November 23rd) at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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This will be a five-session program on reading Shakespeare’s great comedy, Measure for Measure. In each of the five weeks we will discuss Shakespeare’s comedy Measure for Measure, one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put Measure for Measure in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other comedies and to the modern existential world. Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and professor at Siena College will lead this workshop. Please read Act One for the first session on November 9th.  Register online.

 

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Book Discussion Group: Lansingburgh Branch

Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

A monthly book group that meets to discuss a wide range of book selections. New members are always welcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • Pile of booksNovember 21st – Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
  • December 19th – Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
  • January 16th – Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley?
  • February 20th – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • March 20th – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • April 17th – Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • May 15th – The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  • June 19th – Fall of the Marigolds by Susan Meissner
  • July 17th – Benediction by Kent Haruf
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