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

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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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Reading and Discussion Group: Uncovering and Recovering Race in America

Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

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This monthly reading and discussion series will explore the inception, inculcation, and function of race in American society. We chose this topic to improve our understanding of systematic, and social, inclusion and exclusion in American systems. Our goal is to tease out the implicit ways race serves as a real, and imagined, force in the lives of all Americans. The first book the group will read is Kindred by Octavia Butler. This group will be led by PhD candidate, Jennifer Thompson Burns. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk.

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. 

 

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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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Book Discussion Group: Main Library

Mondays at 6:30 pm
Main Library

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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
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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
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