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Spring Watercolors

with artist / instructor Pat Foxx

June 2019 (see schedule below)

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Three famous watercolor artists will be featured in this series!

Each class will consist of painting a likeness of one of their works.

A short talk about the life and art of that artist will be given while students are painting.

All skill levels welcome!

These classes are FREE and open to the public!

Please note: there is alimit of 15 participants per class.

Registration required. Sign up for one, two, or all three: Questions? Please contact Theresa Zacek at tzacek@rcls.org or 341-5483.

From the artist: "Painting with watercolors is a pleasure I love to share. The flow of color and the luminosity of the paint make it an exciting medium. It's fun and easier than people think. I have enjoyed the continuous learning process that making art offers me. Landscapes, still-lives, and portraits have been my subjects. Sharing my vision of the world, especially nature, with people gives me great joy. As a child I was introduced to art by my father, a professional artist. I have been involved with art all through my life, creating fabric art, teaching water color techniques, and drawing and painting on my own. I professionally designed and created fabric wall hangings and clothing for 17 years and now I paint using water colors, oils and acrylics."
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Charlie Lang

Singer, Songwriter (2,000+ songs), Pianist, Improvisationalist

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2 - 3:30 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Please join us for a memorable afternoon of azz + pop music performed by Charlie Lang.

Charlie will perform a variety of original and nown songs, singing while playing piano and engaging in musical improvisation.

This event is free and open to the public.

Come to listen or sing along!

Charlie was trained at Berklee College Music and began recording at A&R studios at 15.

For more on Charlie's music, please visit www.soundcloud.com/chazlang.

Questions? Please contact Theresa Zacek at tzacek@rcls.org or 341-5483.
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The Cat Men of Gotham

Tales of Feline Friendships in Old New York

A Book Presentation & Signing with Author Peggy Gavan

June 11, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

From the Author: "We've all heard of the 'crazy cat lady,' but what about the 'crazy cat man'? In the 1800s and early 1900s, when most New York City residents dealt with the feline overpopulation by gassing stray cats or tossing them into rivers and street gutters, many brawny men - including sailors, firemen, cops, politicians, and athletes - welcomed alley cats into their homes and hearts with open arms."

Warwick, New York author Peggy Gavan will wind the audience through the streets of Old New York and Brooklyn as she tells amazing stories of these heroic cat men of Gotham and the alley cats they rescued and came to love. Hear about a spectacled cat that saved Brooklyn Borough Hall, the feline mascot of America's first theatrical club, the New York City Post Office feline police force, and more amazing tales. Fun for cat lovers and history fans alike!

Copies of the author's book will be available for purchase ($20, cash only).

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Please contact Theresa Zacek at tzacek@rcls.org or 341-5483.

About the Author: "Peggy Gavan is a journalist, senior editor, volunteer firefighter, and New Yorker with a passion for cats and New York City history. Ever since she started writing her blog, The Hatching Cat: True and Unusual Animal Tales of Old New York (www.hatchingcatnyc.com), she has been on a never-ending quest to explore the history of New York City through animal tales from the 1800s to World War II. Many of these tales are amazing, some are curiously odd, and others fall under the file called "You just can't make this stuff up." Her favorite stories, though, are the ones that make people say, 'Wow, who knew!?' Peggy lives in Warwick with her husband, Joe, and their two rescue cats, Misha and Boo."
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Gray Basnight

Author of Flight of the Fox

June 8, 2019, 2 - 3:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Please join us as we meet the author in this discussion + book signing event.

About Flight of the Fox: "An innocent math professor tries to decode a mystery file that lands in his in-box while a team of hitmen chase him from the Catskills to NYC and down the East Coast. The action switches between the J. Edgar Hoover era and Professor Sam Teagarden's decoding of the mystery file in 2019, in the midst of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock Festival. As the professor runs for his life, armed only with his wits and intellect, he worries whether truth will win the day. Or worse, will he end up dead?"

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Please contact Theresa Zacek at tzacek@rcls.org or 341-5483.

About the Author: "Gray is deeply immersed in fiction writing, after almost three decades in broadcast news; preceded by a few years pursuing acting. Prior to Flight of the Fox, his other published novels are The Cop with the Pink Pistol (Ransom Note, 2012), a modern NYC-detective mystery; and Shadows in the Fire (Five Star, Cengage, 2015), a Civil War historical novel about two young slaves on the edge of freedom as Richmond falls in April 1865. When not writing, he's thinking about writing while walking his Golden Retriever, watching movies, and all other daily activities. He and his wife split their time between NYC and Sullivan County, NY. He has lived in New York long enough to consider himself a native, though he grew up in Richmond, Virginia." For more about Gray and his writing, you can visit these websites: www.GrayBasnight.com or www.facebook.com/gray.basnight
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The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Proudly Presents a Musical Performance by

All She Wrote

Performing with Larry Packer on fiddle & mandolin

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 2 - 4 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

"Classic folk you'll remember and original folk you won't forget."

This event is FREE and open to the public.

About the Performers: "Gloria Jean, David LaPlante and Stephen Pounds are All-She-Wrote, an acoustic, harmony folk/Americana group formed in Albany, NY, in 2002 from the duo, LaPlante & Pounds, and singer-songwriter, Gloria Jean. Collectively they have performed all over New York & New England, plus Texas, playing instruments made by David LaPlante, renowned luthier and Martin Guitar expert. Their contribution to the folk circuit are authentically played songs from the 60's-70's plus Gloria's originals, making an enjoyable show of old and new with beautiful three-part harmonies and multiple acoustic guitars." You can learn more about the performers by visiting www.All-She-Wrote.com.
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Silk Scarf Painting

May 17, 2019, 2 - 4 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

You will learn how to design and paint your very own silk scarf.

Please bring a hanger and an old towel.

All other materials provided!

FREE! Registration required.

To register, please contact Theresa Zacek at 341-5483 or tzacek@rcls.org.
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Attracting Butterflies
to Your Garden

A Master Gardener Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension

May 14, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

A butterfly bush is not the only way to lure beautiful butterflies to your garden.
In this presentation you will learn... This event is free. Registration required.

To register, please contact Theresa Zacek at (845) 341-5483 or tzacek@rcls.org.
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All Access Yoga

May - June 2019

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30 am on the following dates:

You can attend one or more or all of these classes!

This is truly a class for everybody! Here, you will gently stretch, strengthen, and relax your way to a greater sense of well-being. No kneeling poses are involved.

With attention to proper body alignment and breathing, you learn to perform classic yoga poses at a slow, easy pace designed to offer a challenging yet relaxed experience. The effects are enhanced mindfulness with increased awareness and appreciation for your amazing body.

Here you learn to be kind to your body by tuning into what it needs. This yoga style offers space between each pose to realign the body properly. Detailed instruction, modifications, and the use of chairs and props allow you to safely enter, hold, and exit each pose correctly supported.

Beginning yoga students, mature yoga students, and those with flexibility or weight challenges find this practice to be a safe space to explore yoga in a comfortable, welcoming and non-competitive environment.

This event is free. Registration required. Limited to 20 participants.

To register, please contact Theresa Zacek at 341-5483 or tzacek@rcls.org.

About the Performer: "Margaret Johnson of Sitting Priti Yoga in Warwick, NY is a registered nurse for more than 30 years, I understand the importance of good health and the impact that both proper relaxation and activity can have on our well-being. I have been teaching yoga since 2012 and am a certified in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga and Silver Age Yoga. I am a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher in the vinyasa style and a YA sanctioned Restorative Yoga Teacher. I am also a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner. I am on staff at Orange Regional Medical Center in the Healthy Heart Cardiac Risk Assessment Program. My classes are for anyone with a desire for a safe and soothing practice that emphasizes deepening the connection of body, mind, breath and spirit. Each class offers gentle, nourishing movement designed to build strength and flexibility and to promote relaxation. Integrated into my classes you may also find a bit of yoga philosophy, chakra energy work, chanting, drumming... all designed to deepen and enrich your yoga journey and your life!"
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Elder Law 2019

April 16, 2019, 5 - 6 pm

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

As part of the 25th annual statewide Mitchell Rabbino National Healthcare Decision Day, volunteer lawyer, Mary Fern Breheney, will help explain health care decision making, financial decision making, guardianship issues, wills, and probate.

Topics for this year's program include a "Legal Checklist," covering documents every New Yorker should be aware of.

Sponsored by the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar.

Questions? Please contact Theresa Zacek at 341-5483 or tzacek@rcls.org.
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Birding Beyond the Backyard

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM EDT

in our 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library


Do sparrows confuse you? Trouble telling Downy from Hairy? A program for those who enjoy watching birds and want to know more about them.

Presenter Jim Van Gelder will cover basics of bird identification along with suggestions for equipment and good local birding spots.

Hosted by Orange County Audubon Society, Inc. and Middletown Thrall Library.

Please click here for their Facebook event post.
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The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

Repair Café

Clothes, furniture, electrical / mechanical, toys, sharpening, etc.

June 15, 2019, 10 AM - 1 PM

Sept. 21, 2019, 10 AM - 1 PM

Dec. 14, 2019, 10 AM - 1 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

What do you do with Toss it away? No way!

Repair Café is Costs? A voluntary contribution.
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Middletown Thrall Library invites you to meet

Local Author Marianne Sciucco

April 28, 2019, 2 - 4 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Meet Middletown author Marianne Sciucco, who was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Mom Knows Best.

Marianne will read her story aloud, discuss what inspired her to write it, and talk about her experience getting published in this wildly successful series.

Copies of the book ($14.99) will be available for purchase/signing and would make an excellent Mother's Day gift!

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Theresa Zacek at 341-5483 or tzacek@rcls.org.

About the Presenter: Marianne is the author of several books and short stories, including Blue Hydrangeas: An Alzheimer's Love Story, and Swim Season.
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The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

Brooklyn Baroque

Performing with New York Classical Quartet, Judson Griffin & Margaret Ziemnicka, violins; Kate Goddard, viola; Davi Bakamjian, cello; Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Please join us for an exquisite and memorable afternoon of beautiful baroque music by Telemann, Vivaldi, Bach, and Krebs.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more on Brooklyn Baroque, please visit www.rpechefsky.com.
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Afternoon Movies

April - June 2019

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

April 17, 2019, 2 PM
at Middletown Thrall Library, 2nd Floor Community Room
Not Rated. 101 minutes.
"Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars in this classic film noir as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade in the classic, convoluted story of Spade's involvement with a deadly band of international thieves who will lie, double cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as The Maltese Falcon. Sam Spade's (Bogart) partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), accepts a job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor). Neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, but they do believe her money. Then, when Archer is murdered, Spade's search for the killer drags him in the web of lies and death spun by the desperate people seeking The Maltese Falcon." Directed by John Huston. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Gladys George.


The Usual Suspects (1995)

May 15, 2019, 2 PM
at Middletown Thrall Library, 2nd Floor Community Room
Rated R. 93 minutes.
"Police interrogate the sole survivor of a failed heist hatched by an enigmatic criminal mastermind. Meanwhile, the motivations of the elusive genius who planned the job remain a mystery." Directed by Bryan Singer. Starring: Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak.


Dial M for Murder (1954)

June 19, 2019, 2 PM
at Middletown Thrall Library, 2nd Floor Community Room
Rated PG. 105 minutes.
"Academy Award winners Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star with Robert Cummings in one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest thrillers--Dial M for Murder. When playboy tennis pro Tony Wendice (Milland--The Lost Weekend) discovers his rich wife, Margot (Kelly--Rear Window, To Catch a Thief), is having an affair with handsome American Mark Hallidy (Cummings--The Carpetbaggers), he devises an ingenious plot to murder her. But when his scheme takes an unexpected, deadly twist, Tony improvises--implicating Margot for first degree murder in this classic spellbinder." Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring: Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, John Williams, Anthony Dawson.
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Remarkable Reads Book Discussion: March 2019

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Works of Fred Rodgers

by Maxwell King

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

April 30, 2019, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations."

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.

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Career Coaching 2019

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

Learn about resumes, and more!

Please call the number below to schedule a session on one of these dates: Sessions are held in the first 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.
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Earlier Events at Thrall...


The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

Repair Café

Clothes, furniture, electrical / mechanical, toys, sharpening, etc.

March 16, 2019, 10 AM - 1 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

What do you do with Toss it away? No way!

Repair Café is Costs? A voluntary contribution.
Questions?

Remarkable Reads Book Discussion: March 2019

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

March 26, 2019

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. In this last remnant of the Wild West - where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the 'Phantom Terror,'roamed - many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations...."

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.

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Sankofa African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 2 PM

in our 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

"Sankofa meaning going back to the roots in the Twi language from Ghana...

West Africa is very symbolic in promoting personal and community awareness of the positive role of the arts in the villages in West Africa demonstrated through our rich cultural values passed on to us by our great ancestors Nananom.

This group was originally formed in the summer of 1997 from my community drum circles in Allentown and Stroudsburg, PA. This group teaches togetherness in diversity and empowerment of the individual self-image as well as the community building / teamwork through African drumming and dance."

This event is free and open to the public!
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Remarkable Reads Book Discussion: January 2019

* Postponed to Feb. 2019

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste NG

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

January 30, 2019, 3 PM

* New date: February 7, 2019

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community."

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.

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