French Film Screening: “Sans Famille” – Postponed

Saturday, January 18th – postponed to February 8th at 1:00 pm
Main Library

La Fédération franco-américaine du New York continues their 2019-20 film series with the screening of the film “Sans Famille.” (NR, 3hr 13 min., 2000).

Young Remi, a foundling, lives on the farm run by his impoverished foster parents. When their money runs out, unbeknown to his foster-mother, Rémi is sold by his hard-hearted foster father to an old street performer named Vitalis. Vitalis was once a famous opera singer, but became destitute after a tragic love affair.

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Painting and Poetry

paintsIf you love the imagery in literature – and think it would be fun to recreate some of it – this class is for you! Local artist Muse en Lystrala will be teaching a literature-rooted art class in which the imagery of a piece of literature will be discussed, and then brought to life using Renaissance and Impressionist methods with acrylic paint as a medium.

Muse en Lystrala is a musician, artist, game developer, and literature enthusiast. She previously instructed a community art class called Dark Arts Paint, and among many other tasks creates music and art assets at her company, Queenship Game Studio. She lives and works in Troy.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region..

Sending Humans to Mars

Wednesday, February 5th at 6:00 pm
Main Library

SpaceX, NASA and other agencies are actively working towards sending humans to Mars. You’ve probably heard a lot about this in the media, including some optimistic timelines of sending humans to Mars in the 2020’s. But what’s really going on? What are NASA and SpaceX working on? What are some of the Challenges we must overcome? And when might we actually see a human colony on Mars? Join Astronomer Dr. Valerie Rapson of the Dudley Observatory and have all your tough Mars questions- answered.

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Mixed Media Landscape Painting

JoyTing_Landscapes

In this class, led by artist Joy Ting, participants will read and discuss poetry and short stories, and then, create colorful and expressive landscape art using a variety of mixed media.

This class is free and all materials will be provided.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

 

Meditation Group

Wednesdays, January 15th – February 26th at 2:00 pm
Lansingburgh Branch

meditationAre you interested in learning how to relax your mind and body?
Come to a safe place to let go of your cares and worries. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, all are welcome. Bring your ideas and suggestions to the group!

“Find a place where there is joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell.  Contact Ray Reuter at the Empowerment Exchange at 518-235-2173 for more information.

Climate Change: Heading for Extinction (And What to Do About It)

Sunday, January 26th at 2:00 pm
Main Library

The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an emergency. In this public talk, climate speakers Hana Van der Kolk and Daniel Lander from Extinction Rebellion, will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

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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 21st – Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • February 18th – Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
  • March 24th – The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  • April 21st – Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • May 19th – The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff