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2017 Local Authors Showcase

Saturday, April 29th, 11 AM - 2 PM

in our 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Please join us at Middletown Thrall Library's Fourth Annual Local Authors Showcase.

This free event promises to be a wonderful opportunity for readers to meet local authors, to learn about the publishing process, and to view these authors' books.

For 2017, this event will feature authors writing for adults only.

Featured authors will include: Frances Brown, Marina Cramer, Jennifer Circosta, Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, Tracey Lyons, Carole Weaver Linser, and others. Stay tuned for more updates!

Middletown author, event organizer, and library board member Marianne Sciucco says, "The Hudson Valley is rich with talent, especially literary talent. This event is a great way to give these authors and artists exposure and to introduce them to readers who may be looking for something beyond the bestsellers."

This event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.
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Middletown Thrall Library Proudly Presents

Singer / Songwriter / Composer / Improvisationalist / Artist

Charlie Lang

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6 PM

Please join us for an inspiring evening of original songs and musical improvisation.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

About Charlie Lange

From the Performer Himself:

Improvisation is the act of making things up as you go along and knitting them all together to express the feelings in one's heart. All throughout my life I have been improvising music on the piano.

My mind takes little pictures and images of things I've made up. These stills are then played back in all different orders in a single performance in motion pictures. I go with my best images of what I want to play, and I use my heart to regroup them.

I started playing Billy Joel's finest songs at age 9. Later, I heard The Kohn Concert by Keith Jarrett at age 12 and began improvising.

Musicians I like include Jim Croce, James Tayler, Billy and Elton, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Stravinsky, Eric Satie, Frank Zappa, also close friends' music, the music of Mike Ciliberto, Mark Davenport, Brad Scribner, and all the other songwriters and performers in the Hudson Valley.

In past performances, I played three years at 88 Charles Street, Montgomery, NY (2006-2009), two years at Christie's Restaurant in Westtown, NY (1992,1993), Copley Plaza in Boston, and elsewhere. I was the Music Director for David Cohen's Theatre Improvisation troupe (1994) and the Music Director for Martin Moss (1983).

I have composed many original songs, many versions of those songs, and have recorded three albums: Walking through Portraits, Turn the Music On, and FREE, all privately funded.

I also enjoy exploring visual media. My art is surrealistic impressionism. I am a Colorist. My favorite artists include Picasso, Matisse (love cutouts) Pollack, and Basquiat.

You can listen to some of my most recent original songs and improvisations at: www.soundcloud.com/chazlang.



You can also catch some glimpses of Charlie Lang's art in our flyer for this event.

A selection of Charlie's artworks will be on exhibit in the library in the future.
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The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Proudly Present

Brooklyn Baroque

Performing with the New York Classical Quartet

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Please join us for an exquisite afternoon of music with pieces for string quartet and harpsichord by Haydn, Boccherini, Soler, Telemann, and others.

This event is free and open to the public.

Brooklyn Baroque: members David Bakamjian (cello) and Rebecca Pechefsky (harpsichord) frequently collaborate with the finest early-music specialists in the New York area.

The New York Classical Quartet: Judson Griffin and Margaret Ziemnicka (violins), Marie Daniels (viola), David Bakamjian (cello) was founded in 2013.

For more about Brooklyn Baroque, please visit www.rebeccapechefsky.com/brooklynbaroque.html.

New York Classical Quartet may also be found online at www.nyclassicalquartet.org.
Questions?

The History & Symbolism
of Mandalas

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Rose Emma Calabrese will introduce you to the beauty, history, and symbolism of mandalas.

You will receive handouts and coloring pencils to work on at the event along with others to take home with you!

There will also be a discussion of websites and a list of books on mandalas available in our library.

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

About the Presenter: "Rose-Emma Calabrese holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education (K-12) from Kutztown State College, now known as Kutztown, University of PA. After working for a year as Interim Head Librarian for The Storm King School, a private high school in Cornwall-on-Hudson, she worked for Orange County libraries as a Library Assistant. She has also taught some cooking and art courses."
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Lotus Flower Lantern

Presented by Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 - 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Learn how to create a lovely lotus flower lantern using colorful paper and wire frames.

Also enjoy a film on the lotus flower plus a short documentary film on the Korean artistic tradition and the aesthetics of Korea.

Korean traditional refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

About the Presenter: Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. Since 2008, KSCPP has presented various programs on Korean history and culture in the United States.
Questions?

Creating Your Reality

Presented by Lisa Ann

Wed., April 5, 2017, 6 PM - 7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

While some people passively await success and happiness, others actively CREATE their lives each and every day.

Are you ready to understand your life, your purpose, and how to truly CREATE the life you deserve?

If so, this IS the workshop for you!

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Please register with Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

About the Presenter: Lisa Ann is the owner of Spiritquest Healing Center. She is a Psychic, Medium, Intuitive Healer, Holistic Life Coach, Past Life Regression Facilitator, Teacher and Speaker with over 20 years of experience. She is the author of No Phones in Heaven and Past Lives-Have I Been Here Before. Lisa Ann is also the creator of a series of guided meditation CD's Angelic Whispers, Body Mind Spirit and Create Your Reality. She has her own line of Essential Oils called Spiritscents. Lisa Ann was featured on an HBO special, Sundance Channel's Love/Lust, has hosted her own show "Create Your Reality," and was a member of "SCARED" (an investigative paranormal show based in New York City).
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Book of Unknown Americans

by Cristina Henriquez

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 3 PM

at Middletown Thrall Library, in our 2nd floor Community Room.

About the book (from the publisher's description): "When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it's not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henriquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love - a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American."

Free copies of this book are available for borrowing or reserving at Middletown Thrall Library!

Please follow this link to search the library catalog for this book.

About the Presenter...
Consider joining our Remarkable Reads Group on Facebook.
Questions?

The Art of Validation

March 25, 2017, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

The Art of Validation is the practice of affirming one's natural state of being through greater awareness and emotional connections. This workshop focuses mainly on the tools of Emotional Wellness Coaching and sets the ground work for an emotional education.

This is an interactive, direct skill based workshop that includes creative discussion and fun exercises that support a greater alliance with your emotional-being-discover how to creatively observe and connect with emotion, build an emotional vocabulary, and develop the courage to articulate your feelings and emotional needs or values in authentic and empowered ways.

It's an opportunity to stop the search for outside validation and put into practice the skills that build upon an empowered self from the inside-out.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register with Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.

About the Presenter: Jennifer has a degree in psychology and is a certified recovery coach specializing in emotional wellness. Jennifer is a certified yoga instructor, energy therapist/intuitive, mediation coach, and author of two books.
Questions?
The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. invite you to

The Beatles: A Lecture

"From Liverpool to Abbey Road"

Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

A Multimedia Lecture by Vincent Bruno, Beatles Scholar & Sixties Rock Historian

Lecture Description from the Presenter: "This lecture will follow in the footsteps of The Beatles as they embark on their historic journey, from their early days as a cover band in Liverpool and Hamburg, into the excitement of Beatlemania, through their creative ground breaking studio albums (Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Peppers) to the formation of Apple Corps and finally to their remarkable final recordings at Abbey Road Studios." This lecture is free and open to the public.
Questions?

Career Coaching

Receive free help so that, one day soon, you could hear the words "You're Hired!"

Learn about resumes, and more!

Hour-long sessions run 4:30 - 5:30 PM, 5:30 - 6:30 PM, or 6:30 - 7:30 PM on: Sessions will be held in the 1st Floor Board Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Free registration is required:

Please contact Gregg Knowles at (845) 325-9240 to register for a session.

About the Presenter: Gregg Knowles, career coach and resume writer with over 25 years of experience in human resources, will be your instructor.
Questions?

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

March 2017

If you need help getting started with our eBook and eAudioBook service OverDrive, consider coming to a drop-in support session.

You will need to bring your fully charged device, and your valid and current library card. The sessions are first-come-first serve and will begin at the Reference Desk.

Librarians at the reference desk can always help you to navigate our website to: find our e-collection, get started and troubleshoot with OverDrive, and contact the OverDrive technical support desk. But, if you need more help, please come to one of our drop-in sessions.

Upcoming dates:
Questions?

Planning & Developing
Your Product

Presented by Steven Lindner



Ever have a "great idea" for a new product?

This is your opportunity to find out if it could work!

Please join us as we explore the following topics over six amazing weeks of free classes...
Anyone completing this six-week seminar may present their products (with cost sheets and production schedules) to a special group including:
FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited.

Please contact Gail Myker at 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net to register. You are encouraged to sign up as early as possible.


REQUIREMENTS: please bring a notebook, pen, and calculator to each class. Weekly assigned tasks will be provided so everyone can develop and present their working prototypes.


Refreshments will be served on the first and final weeks of our program.


Class Schedule

Classes will be held in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library on the following dates:
About the Presenter: In addition to twenty years experience with design and product development, Steven Lindner has taught at the School of Design Strategies. He also served as a consultant for various clothing manufacturers.
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Afternoon Movies 2017

All movies are intended for adults, FREE, and play at 3 PM in our 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Our 2017 Schedule of Films: Please note: due to licensing restrictions, movie titles cannot be publicized outside the library or the library's website.
Questions?


Past 2017 Events at Thrall...


Minimizing
Workplace Conflicts

Presented by Lisa Vaughn

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1:30 - 3 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Workplace conflicts can negatively impact productivity, leading to stress, frustration, and even confusion or anger among co-workers.

In this free workshop you will learn some simple techniques which might prove useful in your own efforts to make a more positive and productive work environment possible.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

About the Presenter: Lisa Vaughn is President of Vaughn's Motivational Techniques, which provides videos and presentations on minimizing workplace conflicts. For more information, you can visit Lisa's website.
Questions?

Taste Korea

"Korean Cuisine Full of Wisdom and Nature"

Presented by The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Learn all about Korean cuisine, and enjoy some free samples! What's on the Menu? Kimchi salad, rice with mixed vegetables (bibimbap), soy sauce and honey-marinated beef (bulgogi), and braised soybean (dubu jorim).

A short film will also be shown.

This is a free program! Limited to 30 participants.

Please register with Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.

About the Presenters: The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. Since 2008, KSCPP has been presenting various programs on Korean history and culture in the United States.
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

The Ardennes

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Not Rated. Drama. 93 min. Directed by Robin Pront.

Flemish and French with English subtitles. Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival

Official description: "Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth's release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive headfirst into the drug-centered existence that ensnared him in the first place, both Dave and Kenneth's erstwhile girlfriend, Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles. Drugs, crime and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller journey in THE ARDENNES."

This film is free and open to the public!

For more information please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 3 PM

at Middletown Thrall Library, in our 2nd floor Community Room.

About the book (from the publisher's description): "For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world's leading social scientists, including Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we've seen before."

Free copies of this book are available for borrowing or reserving at Middletown Thrall Library!

Please follow this link to search the library catalog for this book.

About the Presenter...
Consider joining our Remarkable Reads Group on Facebook.
Questions?

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

February 2017

If you need help getting started with our eBook and eAudioBook service OverDrive, consider coming to a drop-in support session.

You will need to bring your fully charged device, and your valid and current library card. The sessions are first-come-first serve and will begin at the Reference Desk.

Librarians at the reference desk can always help you to navigate our website to: find our e-collection, get started and troubleshoot with OverDrive, and contact the OverDrive technical support desk. But, if you need more help, please come to one of our drop-in sessions.

Upcoming dates:
Questions?

Meditative States

February 25, 2017, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Lisa Leonard will help you learn new techniques to experience fast, deep, and effortless meditative states - even if you have struggled to meditate in the past or have never meditated before.

In this workshop you will learn simple methods to help you quiet your mind and connect with your energy as you prepare for a simple guided meditation.

You will also learn about the potential health benefits of meditation and stress reduction, and how essential oils can be used to help incorporate meditation into your daily lifestyle.

This event is free and open to the public.

Interested? Please register with Gail Myker in person at Thrall or contact Gail at thrall3@warwick.net or (845)341-5483.

About the Presenter: Lisa Leonard is a member of the Triharmony Oilers and a Young Living essential oils independent distributor. She has practiced Samato Respiratory Integration for over ten years and is a SRI facilitator.
Questions?

Handmade Pasta

A Book Talk & Demonstration by Nicole Karr

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Join us for a friendly book talk and an appetizing demonstration by Nicole Karr, author of Handmade Pasta Workshop & Cookbook.

Learn how you can go on to create your very own pasta using very easy step-by-step instructions accompanied by photos.

The author says, "As more people look to create a restaurant experience at home, readers will be surprised at how easy it is to make their favorite pasta dough and take their cooking to the next level!"

This event is free and open to the public!

Interested? Please register with Gail Myker at Middletown Thrall Library or contact Gail at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

About the Presenter: "Nicole Karr is a professional chef and native New Yorker. She has appeared on the Food Network and has worked in restaurants in Italy, Maine and all around New York City. Her career has taken her from teaching cooking classes to catering to private chef work and food styling for top brands. Nicole has gone back to her restaurant roots and currently works as a pastaia in NYC. Her love of pasta can be matched only by her love for her pup, Peanut."\
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

My King

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Not Rated. Romance. 125 min. Directed by Maiwenn.

French with English subtitles. Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival.

Official description: "Admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious ski accident, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) becomes dependent on the medical staff and pain relievers while looking back on a turbulent relationship she experienced with megalomaniac Georgio (Vincent Cassel). Who is this man that she loved so deeply, and how did she allow herself to submit to this suffocating and destructive passion? For Tony, the physical work of healing may finally set her free."

This film is free and open to the public!

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

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

January 2017

If you need help getting started with our eBook and eAudioBook service OverDrive, consider coming to a drop-in support session.

You will need to bring your fully charged device, and your valid and current library card. The sessions are first-come-first serve and will begin at the Reference Desk.

Librarians at the reference desk can always help you to navigate our website to: find our e-collection, get started and troubleshoot with OverDrive, and contact the OverDrive technical support desk. But, if you need more help, please come to one of our drop-in sessions.

Upcoming dates:
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Not Rated. Drama. 100 min. Directed by Clement Cogitore.

French with English subtitles. Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival.

Official description: "French Army Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote valley of Wakhan, Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan. Negotiating control of the region between local shepherds and possible Taliban sympathizers grows more and more tenuous for them as men from all sides start mysteriously disappearing. Unable to explain this eerie phenomenon, the soldiers find themselves embroiled in an existential nightmare, desperate for their own safety."

This film is free and open to the public!
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 3 PM

at Middletown Thrall Library, in our 2nd floor Community Room.

About the book (from the publisher's description): "From the award-winning, New York Times- bestselling author of The Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia , one of the most anticipated books of the fall: an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart."

Free copies of this book are available for borrowing or reserving at Middletown Thrall Library!

Please follow this link to search the library catalog for this book.

About the Presenter...
Consider joining our Remarkable Reads Group on Facebook.
Questions?






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