Author Visit: Chris Bohjalian

Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm
Bush Memorial Center, Russell Sage College

Chris Bohjalian booksLecture * Q & A * Booksigning

CoSponsored by The Troy Public Library and The Sage Colleges Armenian Lecture Series Endowed Fund and Sara C. Chapman Lecture in the Humanities Endowed Fund

New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Bohjalian, is an American novelist and the author of 19 novels, including bestsellers Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls. He will speak on his life and work followed by extended time for audience questions. This program is free and open to the public.

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

  • booksMay 1st – Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang

Ask for a copy at the desk.

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Understanding Shakespeare: “Henry IV”

Thursdays, March 9th – April 6th at 6:30 pm
Main Library

shakespeare

This will be a five-session program on reading Shakespeare’s great history play, Henry IV Part 2. Week one we will delve right in to discuss the Induction and Act 1 of
Shakespeare’s play. Then in the following four weeks, we will discuss Shakespeare’s great history play Henry IV Part 2, one act at a time.

This program will allow the participants to put Henry IV 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 the play are available at the circulation desk at 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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