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For more information, please contact Gail Myker, at (845) 341-5483 or at thrall3@warwick.net.

Also check out Orange Reads website for details on related events.
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Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our September 2014 book discussion will be...

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 3 PM (please note the earlier time)
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Publisher's description: "Bartlett looks at the history of book passion, collection, and theft through the ages, to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love."

Copies will be available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenters:

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
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RJ Storm & Old School
Bluegrass Band

September 23, 2014, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Enjoy energetic, artistic, and engaging bluegrass music at the library!

This event is free and open to the public.

You can learn more about the band at www.RJStormandOldSchool.com.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or at thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

Musings & Amusements

A One Woman Variety Show

Created & Performed by Leora Cassells

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

In vignettes and stories, Leora has us thinking, chuckling, even laughing out loud as she gives her inimical slant on lady bugs, "raising an eyebrow," breakfasts in British novels, and much more.

Though we can often recognize ourselves in her pithy observations of human nature and the world we live in, she also shines a light on those things we don't quite notice.

Also featured are a 500 year old Bulgarian folksong, a Silent Dance, and a monologue with a surprise ending about what happens when a gun encounters Mrs. Rapaport.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.

About the Performer: "Leora Cassells was born and bred in the Bronx, NY, received a BS in Education from CCNY, taught nursery school and music in elementary and Sunday schools, taught courses in Continuing Education and for the developmentally disabled at SCCC, Loch Sheldrake, NY, and has created and performed ethnic folk programs."
Questions?

Tenant's Rights
& Responsibilities

Presented by Jaime S. Samarel

Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Discover your rights and legal options when dealing with...
Registration is required.

To register, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

About the Presenter: Jaime S. Samarel has been a staff attorney in the housing unit of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley representing tenants since November 1999.
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Poetry Workshop

Presented by Lynn Marie Houston

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1-3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This free workshop will focus on narrative poetry: telling a story in a poem.

We will study poems by famous poets, write a poem, share our work, and get constructive feedback from a published poet and fellow workshop members!

All aspiring poets - beginners to advanced - are welcome!
Registration required. This workshop is limited to 12 people (ages 16 and up).

To register, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

About the Presenter: Lynn Marie Houston's essays and poems have appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, MELUS, Prick of the Spindle, 3Elements Review,Extract(s), Watershed Review, M/C Journal, ArteNews, Performing Arts Journal, Postmodern Culture, Proteus, Safundi, and the collection Storied Dishes, among others. After receiving her Ph.D from Arizona State University, she now teaches English at Orange County Community College.
Questions?

Birthday Card Craft Workshop

Presented by Norma Fives

a Senior Library Clerk at Goshen Public Library

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Create two birthday cards with free kits our presenter will provide!

Registration is required. This event is limited to 12 participants, so please register early!

To register, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

Afternoon Movies 2014

Movies are shown at Middletown Thrall Library in the 2nd floor Community Room on the 3rd Wednesday of each month through 2014.

All movies are FREE and begin at 2 PM.

Here is our schedule: * Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot publicize film titles outside of the library.

Please call (845) 341-5483 for more details or send e-mail to thrall3@warwick.net.
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Reel Ecclectic Film Series 2014

"Reel Eclectic" is Middletown Thrall Library's year-long art / independent / international film festival.

Throughout this series we present thought-provoking, unique, and critically-acclaimed films, many of which are international in scope.

If mature entertainment of a truly different order is what you crave, this series should appeal to you!

Here is our film schedule for 2014 (on the first Thursday of each month): All films begin at 7 PM, and admission is always free! Films are shown in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Most of these films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and are intended for for adult audiences. Additional information for some films in this series may be found online at: www.filmmovement.com or www.imdb.com.

Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot publicize film titles outside of the library.

Please call (845) 341-5483 for more details or send e-mail to thrall3@warwick.net.
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Recent Past Events


Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our August 2014 book discussion will be...

Night Fall by Nelson DeMille

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3 PM (please note the earlier time)
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Publisher's description: "Provocative, frightening, and based on true events, DeMille's latest #1 New York Times bestseller begins five years after the crash of TWA Flight 800. Two members of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force suspect it was no accident and set out to recover the one piece of evidence to prove it."

Copies are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenter: Matt Pfisterer is the director of Thrall Library who earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He has moderated numerous discussions covering both fiction and nonfiction titles from popular authors including Steig Larsson, Neil Gaiman, Ian McEwan, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
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Seniors & Immunizations

August 5, 2014, 6 PM - 7 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Price Chopper of Middletown will be offering a program on seniors and immunizations, by their pharmacist, Mayur Amin.

To register, or for further information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

Remarkable Recommendations!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room

If you are interested in discovering some wonderful summer reading choices, do we have a very special program planned for you! Come to the Library's second floor Community Room on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:30 PM for "Remarkable Recommendations with Matt and Jen.

This program will introduce you to a number of interesting and entertaining reading choices from several different popular genres that run the gamut from the classics to the "trashics."

So, if it feels like your summer reading list has become stuck in "boring," or if you just want to learn about some interesting and entertaining summer reading choices, make sure you do not miss this very special summer reading presentation for adults.

About the Presenters

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
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Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12 - 6 PM

at Middletown Thrall Library in the 2nd Floor Community Room

Our library will host a blood drive with New York Blood Center.

Each donor can earn and redeem points for prizes!

Please contact Gail Myker at the library or at 341-5483 if you would like to make an appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome as well!
Questions?

Save Energy, Save Dollars!

Presented by Camille Marcotte

of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County

September 9, 2014, 6 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This free, 2 hour workshop will provide energy conservation information for residents, especially those households with limited resources facing higher energy costs.

You will learn about... Each participating household will receive free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs at the end of this workshop!

Registration is required.

To register, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

Blood Drive

September 3, 2014, 12 - 6 PM

2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library Our library will host a blood drive with New York Blood Center.

Each presenting donor will receive a pair of tickets to a New York Mets game at Citi Field.

Please contact Gail Myker at the library or at (845) 341-5483 if you would like to make an appointment.

Walk-ins are welcome as well!
Questions?

The Power of Words

A Free Workshop

August 19, 2014, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Do words have power? Or is it just the energy behind the words that have power?

One might say words have no power at all, because it's just words. If that's true, then why do people use words to manipulate, hurt, tear down, express love, or praise? Words can affect us based on our experiences, our understanding, and how we use them.

For some, certain words can be a trigger that can set off a chemical reaction of anger, fight or flight, peace, fear, and even love, which in turn can affect us in our daily lives, even our health.

The Power of Words is a course designed to create an introspection of self using words. "It's not what you say, but how you say it." Or is it?

About the Presenter: Kohloa is a native New Yorker with a BA degree in Education History/Social Studies from the University of Hartford. She has worked as an educator for over ten years with children as well as adults of different ages and backgrounds. Kohloa grew up with teachings of higher concepts and how important it is to do self introspections. In turn, this lead her to create the workshop The Power of Words. In addition to being an educator she is also an artist, designer, and a writer of different genres, predominately poetry. Writing is one of Kohloa's greatest passions in life to the point where she started her own writers group to encourage and enhance others to live their passion and further tap into their own creative ability. One can find some of her work and writings on her self-designed website: www.zeekohkreations.com

For more information, please contact Gail Myker thrall3@warwick.net or (845) 341-5483.
Questions?

Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our June 2014 book discussion will be...

Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 6:30 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Publisher's description: "A startling departure for this acclaimed satirist, Father Joe is a sincere account of how Tony Hendra learned to love. It's the story of a whole generation looking for a way back from mockery and irony, looking for its own Father Joe, and a testament to one of the most charismatic mentors in modern literature."

Copies are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenter: Matt Pfisterer is the director of Thrall Library who earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He has moderated numerous discussions covering both fiction and nonfiction titles from popular authors including Steig Larsson, Neil Gaiman, Ian McEwan, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
Questions?

Nanny: A Memoir of
Love & Secrets

A Book Talk by Nancy Salz

June 14, 2014, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

In Nanny: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Nancy Salz reveals the pain of conflicted love for her mother and the longtime nanny who raised her. While searching for her late nanny's life story, Salz recovers their intense bond that survived derision and death and unearths secrets kept for nearly fifty years.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Presenter: Nancy Salz is the author of many profiles and musical theatre reviews for Berkshire County newspapers and online arts magazines. Her business book was in print for twenty-nine years. Nanny: A Memoir of Love and Secrets is her first narrative book. She lives in New York and Massachusetts.

Questions about this event? Please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or at thrall3@warwick.net.
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Music Concert

Starring Lydia Adams Davis

June 10, 2014, 7 - 8:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Attend a free and entertaining concert presented by the "Hudson Valley 2012 Best Kids' Performer" (as voted upon in Hudson Valley Magazine).

Expect a mix of original acoustic songs for all ages!

About the Performer: "Take Me Back," and "Gift of Story" are Lydia's Singer recordings for adults. Lydia's most recent CD releases include One Earth So Green and Round, and We All Have Lunch. Lydia also volunteers in many community events such as the Habitat "Women Build" concerts and the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Parade in Beacon. She learned about ecology as a young Hudson River sloop singer and Clearwater crew musician. Pete Seeger called Lydia "a wonderful singer who has the gift of drawing people in through improvised songs."

You can visit Lydia's website at www.LydiaAdamsDavis.com.

Questions about this event? Please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or at thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

Lyme Disease

Education & Prevention

June 16, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

A presentation by Danielle Moser, a Senior Public Health Educator with the Orange County Department of Health.

Learn all about ticks, their life cycles, and how to identify common local ticks.

Also learn about preventing bites, removing ticks, and identifying the symptoms of Lyme Disease.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net
Questions?

Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our May 2014 book discussion will be...

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6:30 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Publisher's description: "A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Now she navigates the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules. Like Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Handmaid's Tale has endured not only as a literary landmark but as a warning of a possible future that is still chillingly relevant."

Copies are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenter: Matt Pfisterer is the director of Thrall Library who earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He has moderated numerous discussions covering both fiction and nonfiction titles from popular authors including Steig Larsson, Neil Gaiman, Ian McEwan, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
Questions?

Middletown Thrall Library and the Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society, Inc., Present

Three Presentations

by Ray Kelly All three free events will take place in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Ray Kelly is the Recording Secretary and Mail Order Manager for the Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society, Inc.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

In Honor Of Ed & Ruth Kurdyla

The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present a

Jazz Trio

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Attend an outstanding jazz trio including Mark Shane (piano), Kevin Dorn (drums), and Dan Levinson (saxophone, clarinet).

The trio will perform jazz standards from Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie. Jimmy McHugh, among others. Featured songs will include "I'm Crazy About My Baby," "Honeysuckle Rose" by Fats Waller, "Mood Indigo" by duke Ellington, and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Jimmy McHugh.

About the Performers:
This event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Questions?

Emotional Freedom Techniques

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Debra Hollinrake will introduce you to "Emotional Freedom Techniques" (EFT), "simple techniques for instant relief from anger, stress, and grief."

Debra further describes Emotional Freedom as "the ability to deal with every part of your life with understanding, patience and ease."

This program is free and open to the public.

Debra Hollinrake is the founder of Intentional Power, LLC

For more about the presenter and EFT, please visit her website at www.intentionalpower.net.
Questions?

Employment Workshops

Master the job hunt! Ace interviews! Get tips from a job coach!

Please consider registering for one, two, or all three of these workshops:
All three workshops will be presented by Ann Marie Khaled, who is the President and owner of Alden Road Associates. Ann has over 20 years of human resource and recruiting experience.

All workshops are FREE. Registration is required.

To register for any workshop, please call Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483.
Questions?

Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our April 2014 book discussion will be...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Publisher's description: "Narrated by a 15-year old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions."

Copies are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenter: Matt Pfisterer is the director of Thrall Library who earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He has moderated more than 40 book discussions covering both fiction and nonfiction titles from popular authors including Steig Larsson, Neil Gaiman, Ian McEwan, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
Questions?

Crimson

A Book Reading & Signing Event

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1-3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Meet the author and learn more about her new novel!

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.

You can also check out the author's websites:
Questions?

Property Insurance

A Free Seminar by Sheryl Abernethy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 6:30-8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Sheryl Abernethy is volunteering her time to teach people about their property insurance.

Homeowners, condo owners, and other interested persons are all invited to this free event!
Please note: if you are interested in attending this event, please register and draw up a list of questions you would like to have answered at this seminar.

To register, or for more information: please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.

About the Presenter: Sheryl Abernethy is an Account Executive with Marshall & Sterling Insurance of Middletown.
Questions?

Kitchen Cosmetics

& Herbal Skin Care

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Using all natural ingredients, herbalist and author Dina Falconi will share her favorite master recipes for creating natural body care products!

Learn how to make your own customized, non-toxic personal care products in the comfort of your own kitchen!

This is a hands-on demonstration, so please be prepared to have fun!

We will be making creams, salves, balms, herbal oils, face cleansers, and more with free samples to take home!

Registration is required. There is a limit of 20 participants.

To register, please call Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483.

About the Presenter: Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist with a strong focus on food activism and nutritional healing. An avid gardener, wildcrafter, and permaculturalist, Dina has been teaching classes about the use of herbs for food, medicine, and pleasure, including wild food foraging and cooking, for more than twenty years. She is the author of Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair: Natural and Healthy Personal Care for Everybody and Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.
Questions?

Craft Stamping Class

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 PM - 7:30PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Create Two "Quick Spring" Cards!

"Everyone likes to receive 'hand-made' cards. They are more special than store-bought cards. Learn some stamping techniques to make that 'special' card to give. You can be a beginner or seasoned stamper. The cards will have a Spring theme to help us forget about the cold winter we have had."

Please note: About the Presenter: Cathie Gaspard,Stampin' Up! Sr. Manager, has taught classes at Moffat Library in Washingtonville and the Josephine-Louise Library in Walden. Her website is www.cgaspard.stampinup.net

To register, or for more information: please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

Brooklyn Baroque

April 6, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Andrew Bolotowsky (flute), David Bakamjian (cello), and Rebecca Pechefsky (harpsichord) will be joined by violinist Johanna Novom for "Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and His World."
Questions?

Pastels Workshop

Presented by Diane Ouzoonian

Saturday, April 5th, 2014, 1 - 2:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Learn contour drawing, shading, and relative values using pastel. Diane will also demonstrate drawing using fruits and vegetables as subjects.

All required materials will be freely provided for participants.

About the Presenter: Diane has taught art K-12 throughout Orange County and is presently a drawing instructor at Mount St. Mary College.

This workshop is limited to 15 persons, and registration is required.

Please call Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 to register for this free class.
Questions?

Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our March 2014 book discussion will be...

Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Publisher's description: "In November 2007, Amanda Knox was twenty years old and had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, for only a few weeks when her friend and roommate, a young English student named Meredith Kercher, was brutally murdered. The investigation made headlines around the world, and Amanda's arrest placed her at the center of a media firestorm."

Please note: The first twenty minutes of this program will feature a "mini-discussion" of Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner (our February title).

Copies are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenter: Matt Pfisterer is the director of Thrall Library who earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He has moderated more than 35 book discussions covering both fiction and nonfiction titles from popular authors including Steig Larsson, Neil Gaiman, Ian McEwan, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
Questions?

Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

A Vocal Variety

A Free Music Concert

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Enjoy a variety of musical performances including standards, Broadway, and opera!

Performers include:
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Questions?


Blue Hydrangeas

an Alzheimer's Love Story

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

A book reading and booksigning by Marianne Sciucco, author.
About the Author: "Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse, using her skills and experience to create stories that bear witness to the humanity in all of us." A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Regents College, she lives, works, and writes in New York's Hudson Valley

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at thrall3@warwick.net or (845) 341-5483.
Questions?


Irish Music Concert

Starring The Parting Glass Band

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

The Parting Glass Band will play traditional and contemporary Irish music!

Performers include: Admission is free!

About the Performers: Al Gessner owns Al's Music Shop in Port Jervis, NY. You can learn more about the band at this website: www.thepartingglassband.com

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at thrall3@warwick.net or (845) 341-5483.
Questions?


The Joy of Hiking

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:30-7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Always wanted to go hiking but never knew where to start?

Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club will present this free program. They will tell you how to get started, what gear you'll need, where to go hiking, and where to meet other hikers.

Donald Urmston, Educational Director for the Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club, will show you the latest hiking gear along with some amazing photos of past hikes. He will also talk about safety issues to consider when hiking.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?


Irish Cooking Class

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

John Moultrie will offer this free class at Thrall.

Learn how to make Colcannon (a traditional Irish dish) from John's 100-year-old recipe. Also enjoy some Irish soda bread!

Participants will receive free samples of the food he cooks, and he will provide copies of his recipes.

John Moultrie was trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Registration is required.

This class is limited to 20 people.

To register, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?


Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our February 2014 book discussion will be...

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

* Tuesday * February 25, 2014, 6:30 PM (CANCELLED)
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Publisher's description: "Funny and tender, with memorable characters and Weiner's trademark whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations about modern life, Certain Girls is a story about family (biological and chosen), love, loss, and the enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives."

Copies are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenter: Matt Pfisterer is the director of Thrall Library who earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He has moderated more than 35 book discussions covering both fiction and nonfiction titles from popular authors including Steig Larsson, Neil Gaiman, Ian McEwan, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
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Permaculture

A Seminar Presented by Peter Lai

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 3 - 4:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This seminar will offer a thorough understanding of the major principles of Permaculture Design in your gardening, farming, and landscaping to promote sustainability and an ecologically balanced living environment.

What is permaculture? Cornell University defines permaculture as "a design discipline for productive systems such as gardens, farms, homesteads, and urban sites utilizing ecological principles found in natural systems. These ecological principles combined with a design method help to create sustainable, healthy abundant landscapes while meeting basic human needs." (source)

About the Presenter: Peter Lai, an agronomist who lives in Goshen, NY, has traveled to Japan, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Haiti, Spain and many other places to learn and teach sustainable agriculture and permaculture practices.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
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In Our Own Voice

February 18, 2014, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Two trained In Our Own Voice speakers share compelling and personal testimonies of living with - and overcoming - the challenges posed by mental illness.

Audience participation and discussion are encouraged, and a brief video with a variety of stories accompanies the presentation.

"By broadening people's knowledge of mental illness, we replace misunderstanding, fear, and judgment with insight, awareness and acceptance."

This interactive presentation is produced by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at thrall3@warwick.net or (845) 341-5483.
Questions?


Motown & the
Civil Rights Movement

A Multimedia Lecture by Tom Ingrassia

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Trace the rise and success of Motown during the Civil Rights Era, and learn about the significant impact Motown and its artists had on culture, society, and politics in 1960s America.

About the Author: A native of Middletown, NY, Tom Ingrassia worked for Mary Wilson of The Supremes for 5 years as well as many other of the artists of that era. He tries to bring a "behind-the-scenes" reality to his programs. He also hosts a three-hour Motown program weekly on WCUW-FM in Worcester, MA.

For more information: Please contact Gail Myker at thrall3@warwick.net or (845) 341-5483.
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Meet the Authors

Tom Ingrassia & Jared Chrudimsky

February 27, 2014, 4 - 5:15 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Attend a reading and book signing for One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity by Following Your Dreams, a book which captures the inspirational, highly emotional stories of 16 people from all walks of life who have triumphed over adversity to achieve their dreams.

Among those profiled are Mary Wilson and Scherrie Payne (both of The Supremes) as well as June Monteiro (of The Toys).

About the Author: Tom Ingrassia is a native of Middletown, New York.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?


Succeeding without Labels

Lessons for Educators

A Book Signing Event

January 30, 2014, 4 - 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Meet Dr. Jonathan Jefferson as he present and sign his new book, Mugamore, Succeeding without Labels: Lessons for Educators.

After earning his doctorate from Seton Hall University in 2006 in the area of education leadership, management, and policy, he is now a public school administrator. Dr. Jefferson was also the Athletic Director in the Middletown School District from November 2002 through April 2005.

About the book: "This book was developed to compare the real life educational experiences of an average child during the last generation in which the United States led the world in education to a real child's experiences today (when the United States is no longer in the top 20). The practice of labeling students with a disability has reached the status of a dangerous standard practice. Increasing demands for educational accountability will lead to more students being labeled and left behind. Written from a unique in-depth child's point-of-view, this book is designed to trigger a paradigm shift from automatically labeling children to patiently allowing them to grow into themselves. The author compares common disabilities chapter-by-chapter in sync with the child's intentions (or lack thereof). This sharing of the educational lives of two children, coupled with peer reviewed literature and research, provides powerful motivation for change."

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?


Book Discussion Series:
Remarkable Reads

Our January 2014 book discussion will be...

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Wednesday, January 29th, 6:30 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This controversial best seller traces the arc of a family from the 1970's - 2000's. Oprah Winfrey has described the book as a "masterpiece," and Time Magazine has described Franzen as a "Great American Novelist," while others, like fellow authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, believe that the praise Freedom and Franzen have received indicates that there is a double standard in the media in which men who write about family issues are hailed as important while women writing about the same subjects are discredited, described as "chick-lit," and not reviewed as favorably. Read the book, come to the discussion and decide for yourself!

Copies are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About this book discussion series: The Remarkable Reads book discussion group at Thrall Library is intended for adults who are interested in a wide variety of genre's that will run the gamut from the "classics" to the "trashics" and include crowd-pleasers such as "chick-lit," historical fiction, popular non-fiction, mystery and more.

About the Presenter: Matt Pfisterer is the director of Thrall Library who earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He has moderated more than 35 book discussions covering both fiction and nonfiction titles from popular authors including Steig Larsson, Neil Gaiman, Ian McEwan, Jodi Picoult, and Jennifer Weiner.

For more information, please call 341-5485.

If you're a member of Facebook, you can click here to follow our group on Facebook.
Questions?






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