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.


EcoChallenge Book Club: “Drawdown”

draw down

Monday, Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

In the months of March and April we will be reading and discussing Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming, and participating in the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This project provides an opportunity to come together in conversation around science-based solutions that can help individuals take purposeful action, by prioritizing discussions around the 100 most impactful solutions for slowing down climate change.

In our first meeting, get the information necessary to participate in the Drawdown EcoChallenge a 21 day project that incentivizes making small changes in our own lives. Throughout April we will be hosting a number of guest speakers and events focused on climate change and carbon reduction. On April 30th we will have our concluding meeting, to discuss our experiences. Copies of the book are available at the library checkout desk.


Pulitzer “Campfire” Readings and Discussion Group

pulitzer prize

Wednesdays, April 3rd and 24th, May 15th, June 5th and 19th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Professor Tom Bulger will lead a reading and discussion group at the Troy Public Library.

For a hundred years, the Pulitzer Prize has been a leader in recognizing excellence in American journalism, letters, drama, and music. Celebrate the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes with this reading and discussion theme, featuring five novels that won the award for literature. Each novel in this series resonates with our contemporary moment, by looking at how authors have depicted our struggles to better ourselves and achieve the American dream — and how, despite our efforts, we can end of up unfulfilled or at odds with other elements of society. The first selection, Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellows, is available at the check out desk at the Main Library. Please have this book read for the April 3rd meeting.

This program is supported by Humanities New York. Humanities New York 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 Humanities New York.

Register online.


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!

Ask for a copy at the desk.

  • February 4th: We Were 8 Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • March 4th: Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
  • April 1st: Elephant Company: The inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in WWII by Vicki Croke
  • May 6th: Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
  • June 3rd: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  • July 1st: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • August 5th:  Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • September 9th: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • October 7th: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Book Discussion Group: Lansingburgh Branch

Tuesdays at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Pile of booksA 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!

  • January 15th – Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • February 19th – News of The World by Paulette Jiles
  • March 19th – White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht
  • April 16th The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  • May 21st – Darktown by Thomas Mullen
  • June 18th – Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • July 16th – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • August 20th – Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue