Book Discussion Group: Main Library

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 webookslcomed.  Monthly participation is not necessary, come for the books that interest you!

  • June 5th – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
  • July 3rd – Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  • August 7thBetween You and Me by Mary Norris
  • September 11thA Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks
  • October 2ndA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  • November 6thA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • December 4thHillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Ask for a copy at the desk.

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Understanding Shakespeare: “Henry V”

Thursdays, April 20th – May 18th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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This will be a five-session program on how to understand Shakespeare’s play Henry V. Week one, we will delve right into the play by discussing Act I. Then in the following four weeks, we will continue to discuss Shakespeare’s great history play Henry V, one act at a time. This program will allow the participants to put Henry V in a variety of contexts, such as its relationship to his other history plays and to the modern existential world.

Tom Bulger, Shakespeare Scholar and retired professor from Siena College will lead this workshop. Copies of Henry V are available at the circulation desk of the Main Library.  Register online.

 

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Votes for Women! A Reading and Discussion Group

Tuesdays: March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th, May 9th and 16th at 5:30 pm
Main Library

women suffrage movementLed by Dr. Jennifer J. Thompson Burns
2017 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, and in 2020 the nation will celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment. The history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation spanned seventy years, from the 1848 meeting convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls to the tactics wielded by Alice Paul, and includes overlooked stories and actors such as the African-American suffragists. Our book selections — which include history, biography, and fiction — provide a window into this chapter of American social progress and a springboard into ongoing discussions of women’s — and by extension, our society’s — past, present, and future.  Register online.

The first book, Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement is available for pick up at the circulation desk and should be read for the March 14th meeting.

This program is supported by funds from the NY Council for the Humanites. The New York Council for the Humanities is a private, non-profit organization that helps all New Yorkers to lead vibrant intellectual lives by strengthening traditions of cultural literacy, critical inquiry, and civic participation. Find out more about the The New York Council for the Humanities.

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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 booksApril 18th – Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
  • May 16th – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  • June 20th – Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • July 18th – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
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