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

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The TV series The Great American Read has peaked 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.

December: Little Women

January: The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • January 5th at 2:00 pm: Wilde (1997 film, 1 hr, 58 min), register online.
  • January 12th at 2:00 pm: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945 film adaptation, 1 hr, 50 min), register online.
  • January 26th at 2:00 pm: Discussion with Tom Bulger, register online.

 

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Victorian Stroll Concert: Schroon River String Band

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Sunday, December 2nd at 1:30 pm
Main Library

The Schroon River String band is an Americana acoustic string band, their music includes Bluegrass, fiddle tunes, folk music, country, Adirondack, old timey tunes, gospel and songs written by our members. Band members include Dan Hubbs (Saratoga) on mandolin, banjo, and vocal, Dave Roberts (Albany) on fiddle, Denise Radtke (Saratoga) on guitar and vocal, and Harold Shippey (Bolton Landing) on bass and vocal. Join us for a festive afternoon of music.

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Assistance

Wednesdays, December 19th – January 30th at 2:00 pm
Main Library

It is the Open Enrollment period for New York State of Health.  Health Insurance Navigators will be on hand to assist you and can help you apply. The health insurance navigators take the time to help each person look at the tax credits they might be eligible for to lower the cost of health insurance and then to choose an insurance plan that best meets each person’s healthcare needs.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary. For more information and to make an appointment call 518-416-6463 or email jdavis@ppefny.org

Start shopping for a plan that works for you at healthcare.gov or nystateofhealth.ny.gov

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Introduction to Qigong

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Monday evenings, November 26th, December 3rd, December 10th and December 23rd at 6:00 pm
Main Library

Join certified QiGong teacher, Diana Wells in this series of four introductory QiGong classes.  QiGong is an ancient Chinese art that empowers you to help yourself by activating your inner resources for self-healing and reducing stress through breathing techniques, postures and mindful focus.  Classes are free but space is limited so registration is required.

Register online.

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French Film Screening: “Les Hommes Libre”

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Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 pm
Main Library

Join us as the La Fédération franco-américaine du New York continues their 2018-19 film series with the screening of “Les Hommes Libres.” Les Hommes libres (Free Men) tells the little known story of a handful of Muslim agents who fought for the French Resistance, and who used the Mosque of Paris as the base for operations that included rescuing Jewish fugitives and assassinating Vichy informants. (2011, French with English subtitles, NR, 1hr 39m) (description from Hollywood Reporter)

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.

  • 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
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