Reading and Discussion Group: Uncovering and Recovering Race in America

Wednesdays, September 12th and 26th, October 10th and 24th, November 7th and 28th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

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This 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 The History of White People by Nell Irvine Painter. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. Please have this book read for the first session on Wednesday, September 12th.  Register online.

This program is supported by the New York Council for the Humanities. 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 New York Council for the Humanities.



Understanding Shakespeare: “The Merchant of Venice”

Thursdays, September 13th – October 11th at 6:30 pm
Main Library
This will be a five-session program on reading Shakespeare’s great tragedy The Merchant of Venice. In each of the five weeks we will discuss Shakespeare’s 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 former professor at Siena College will lead this workshop. Please read Act One for the first session on September 13th.  Register online


Author Visit: Jonathan Donald – “Traveler in an Ancient Land”

Monday, September 24th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Traveler in an Ancient Land bookJonathan Donald will be discussing his book, a fictionalized biography Traveler in an Ancient Land about the early 19th century Egyptian explorer Giovanni Belzoni. Belzoni was among the earliest explorers to describe the monuments of ancient Egypt at Luxor, Karnak, Esna, Edfu, Philoe and to explore the Valley of the Kings. He was the first European to enter Ramses the Great’s temple Abu Simbel located 1,000 miles up the Nile.

Jonathan Donald has written and produced over 200 programs for television. These include dramas about the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1698 and a mysterious early 20th century murder and on the lighter side an old Fashioned Christmas. He has produced documentaries about American history, the Vietnam War, American Cowboy Culture, 19th Century Railroads, Australian Archaeology, Land Conservation, Japanese Culture, the regional cultures of Brazil, African Politics, Wildlife Adventures in the Americas, Africa, India and Australia including specials on the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Man-Eating Crocodiles. He produced these programs for CBS, ABC, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic and Reader’s Digest Entertainment. He has won an Emmy, an Emmy nomination, two Cine Eagles and other awards.

Register online.


Author Visit and Book Discussion: Courtney Maum


Tuesday, September 18th at 6:15 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

Author Courtney Maum will be at the Lansingburgh Library to discuss her latest novel Touch. “At the heart of Maum’s smart, playful, satirical novel is the clash between technology and human interaction. . . As she demonstrated so well in her previous novel, Maum brings astute social observations to relationships, whether workplace or romantic.” – National Book Review – Chosen by NPR as a Best Book of 2017.

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club

Fourth Tuesday of each month
Main library

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New this fall! We will be running a 3 month series showcasing several much loved books from the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Book club meetings will be held the fourth Tuesday in each month at convenient day and evening times, once at 11:30-12:30 pm and again at 6:00-7:00 pm. Readers need not commit to a particular time slot, or to reading all three books, but are encouraged to attend meetings that suit their interests and their schedule. Copies of each book will be available for interested participants at the check-out desk 4 weeks prior to each scheduled meeting.

  • September 25th: Red Rising by Pierce Brown – A tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife’s execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy.  Register for 11:30 am or register for the 6:oo pm meeting.

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.

  • September 10th: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  • October 1st:  Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • November 5th: In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • December 3rd: Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
  • January 7th: There, There by Tommy Orange
  • 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