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Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Great Reckoning

by Louise Penny

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wed, Jan. 31, 2018, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Surete du Quebec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Surete academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map."

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...
Questions?

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

December 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?

Music Event

"Old Friends"

December 2, 2017, 2 - 4 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Art Dawe and Scott Rosenblum are a singing, acoustic-guitar-playing, rock-and-pop duo.

These two seasoned musicians' 'main objective' has always been to focus on the singing.

With their Simon & Garfunkel meets the Everly Brothers meets Peter & Gordon type of sound.

Their repertoire includes many of yesterday's hits by: Simon & Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers, Crosby, Stills & Nash, America, and more.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Reel Eclectic Film

Bad Lucky Goat

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Comedy. 76 min. Directed by Samir Oliveros. Creole with English Subtitles.

Official description: "After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, two incompatible teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation. Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family's hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings will visit a butcher, rastafari drum makers, a pawn shop and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise."

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?

Detox Your Home

with Essential Oils 101

Thursday, December 14th, 5:30 - 7 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Come discover easy and affordable ways to detox your home with essential oils!

This class is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Gail Myker at 341-5483.
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

by Gabrielle Zevin

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books - and booksellers - that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means. A. J. Fikry s life is not at all what he expected it to be…. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love."

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...
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The Stock Market

A FREE Course

with instructor Steven Lindner

Attend this 5-week course for a chance to WIN $50!

This free 5-week course is intended to educate prospective investors before they attempt to navigate the complicated and financially risky act of investing in the stock market.

We will start with basic trading, then learn how to read stock market tables, and move on to more advanced subjects and trading techniques.

Topics include: hedging, mutual funds, stock splits, short-selling ("shorting"), "stop buy and stop sells," margin accounts, and trading future options.

Participants will also get to create a practice portfolio (for educational purposes, with no real monetary investments involved or any actual monetary value produced).

While there will be simulated investments, students who complete this course do stand a chance of reaping real dividends: whoever grows their practice portfolio the most by the end of this course will win $50!

Free registration is required: please contact Gail Myker at 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net.

Sessions begin at 5:15 PM and end at 7:30 PM on the following dates: Students are expected to attend all five sessions and to bring a notebook, pen or pencil, and a calculator to each class.

About the Presenter: In addition to twenty years experience with design and product development, Steven Lindner has taught at the School of Design Strategies. Earlier this year, Steven has also offered free courses on inventions, patents, and starting a small business at Middletown Thrall Library. He has also served as a consultant for various clothing manufacturers.
Questions?

Career Coaching

Sept. 2017 - Dec. 2017

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

Learn about resumes, and more!

Sessions: 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?

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.
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Past 2017 Events at Thrall...


Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill-prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley."

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...
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library & the Audubon Society Present

Backyard Birds

with Lynn Barber

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Attend this narrated visual presentation and you will have a memorable opportunity to witness and learn about some of the many wonderful birds you might have met - or could, one day, encounter - in your own back yard!

You will also get to hear unique bird calls and discover some very interesting facts!

There will also be time for questions.

Images and audio at this event are provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

This event is free and open to the public.

We do ask that you please register (for free) with Gail Myker at (845)341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

About the Presenter: Lynn Barber has been involved with birds and the Orange County Audubon Society for many years. She lives in Pine Bush and has several bird feeders in her yard.
Questions?
The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

HotFlash & the Hormones

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

"Masterful vocals, pristine harmonies, irreverent humor, and lively banter - that's what you'll get from a HotFlash & The Hormones performance."

This concert is FREE and open to the public!

About our group: "Our repertoire covers musical selections from the 50's until today's hits and we can tailor our show to make sure everyone has a great time. Collectively we have about 100 years of experience on stage, fronting bands and performing in musical theatre.

We met at Orange County's former mecca of live music, Bodles Opera House in Chester, NY while working as singing waitresses and fast became a group. We graced the Bodles stage and delighted audiences for over 20 years.

Our specialty is tasty three-part harmony selections along with humorous songs and parodies.

HotFlash auditioned and participated on the first season of American X-Factor in 2011, being 1 of 162 acts sent on to the California finals, winning out over 100,000 auditionees across the country."

You can learn more about HotFlash & the Hormones online at www.hotflashcomedy.com or www.facebook.com/hotflashandthehormones.
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

After the Storm

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Drama. 117 min. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japanese with English Subtitles.

Official description: "Drawing deper than ever on his personal memories and experiences, award-winning filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda returns with a powerful story of family ties and expectations in After the Storm. When a typhoon strikes, Ryota, a failed writer and third-rate detective, unexpectedly spends the night with his son, ex-wife, and aging mother, allowing the estranged family the opportunity to believe in each other once again."

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?

Tenant Rights & Responsibilities

Presented by Jaime Samarel, Senior Staff Attorney, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Jaime will help you learn about a variety of very important topics including... Jaime will also address attendees' questions.

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 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.
Questions?

World War I

"100 Years After"

Presented by Tom Destefano

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I.

This free program will cover the causes of World War I and the opposing alliances: the Triple Entente and the Triple Alliance.

We will also consider... Our program will conclude with an examination of President Woodrow Wilson's policy of non-intervention and peacemaking attempts during and after the Treaty of Versailles as well as the lost generation of German, French, and English men.

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Please contact Gail Myker at thrall3@warwick.net or 341-5483.

About the Presenter: Tom DeStefano teaches American History at Bergen Community College.
Questions?

"Meet" Maretta Thrall

For October we have a special display in our Reading Room where you can learn more about our library's benefactress, Maretta Thrall.

Also on display is a rare portrait of Maretta and some biographical and historical facts you can explore and enjoy.

It was Maretta who made our library possible, so we encourage you to take this opportunity to learn who she was and what she did not only for Thrall but for Middletown, NY as well.

If you cannot make it to our library, you can also find some information about Maretta at our website.
Questions?

** EVENT CANCELLED at the Presenter's Request **

King Sejong the Great

"The Everlasting Light of Korea & Modern Korea"

A Special Presentation by The Korean Spirit and Culture Project

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

About the Presenter: The Korean Spirit and Culture Project (KSCPP), based in New York, is a not-for-profit organization formed in September 2005 to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world. KSCPP is designed to introduce Korea's long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people, and its cultural values. In appreciation for the United States' support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, KSCPP has held 1,800 complimentary presentations throughout the country so far.
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The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Proudly Present

Rachel Berkman
& Common Ground

Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room
at Middletown Thrall Library

Please join us for a delightful afternoon of acoustic music performed by Rachel Berkman and Donald Green.

We will enjoy a lively variety of entertaining songs...

old classics, blues, pop, folk, plus some jazz.

This event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.
Questions?

The Art & Science of Foraging

Presented by Dina Falconi, Clinical Herbalist

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 1 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Join us as Herbalist Dina Falconi introduces us to plant foraging: In addition to a slide show, Dina will conduct a live demonstration and prepare a few recipes for tasting.

True to the nature of this very special event, plants available at the time of the presentation will influence which recipes Dina presents. Will it be a wild green pesto? An herbal truffle? Essence water? Let's find out!

Signed copies of Dina's cookbook will also be available.

FREE registration required: please contact Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or at thrall3@warwick.net.

About the Presenter: Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist and teacher specializing in the art and science of foraging, helping people to discover how to view plants and learn to correctly and safely harvest and prepare cultivated and wild plants and invasive species with culinary arts.
Questions?

Getting Published

An Introduction to Preparing & Submitting Your
Writing to Magazines & Literary Journals

Presented by AMANDA GALVAN HUYNH

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Whether it's poetry, nonfiction, or fiction - now is the time to consider submitting your work for publication!

Our class will focus on where to start within the wild and winding terrain of the publishing world.

We will discuss the basics of researching literary journals, how to format submissions, submission etiquette, and crafting cover letters.

We will also cover time-management, organization, and online resources to help your track your submissions.

This program is free and open to the public.

We do ask that you please register (for free) with Gail Myker at (845)341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

About the Presenter: "Amanda Galvan Huynh is a Chicana poet living in New York. She was a finalist for the 2015 Gloria Anzaldua Poetry Prize, and was selected for the 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Sewanee Conference and Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Silk Road Review, The Boiler Journal, Huizache, and others."
Questions?

Understanding Medicare

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Please join us as Olivia Gordon-Michael hosts this free educational Medicare seminar.

Topics include Medicare- Part A, B, C, and D, changes for 2018, penalties, and what Medicare does and does not cover.

There will also be a question and answer period.

This event is free and open to the public.

If you do plan on attending, we would appreciate it if you would please let us know by registering (for free) with Gail Myker at thrall3@warwick.net or (845) 341-5483.

About the Presenter: Olivia Gordon-Michael is a Licensed Medicare Professional.
Questions?

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

October 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?

Life Plan Class

Presented by Mandy Stewart, MSW (Master of Social Work), MICHC Coordinator, Orange County Health Department

Thurs., Oct. 12, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Creating a life plan can be a great way to know yourself better and to help you make choices which can lead you closer to the life you want to live.

During this class you will receive a life plan pamphlet, which Mandy will help you complete.

We will also discuss the MICHC (Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaboratives Initiative) program, focusing on Medicaid-eligible women (11 - 50) who are at risk. It is a 5-year grant which encompasses education and support for women. Mandy is also the Grant Coordinator.

This class is free and open to the public.

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

Reel Eclectic Film

Moka

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Drama / Thriller. 90 min. Directed by Frederic Mermoud. French with English Subtitles.

Official description: "Diane Kramer is led by one obsession: to find the driver of the mocha color Mercedes which hit her son and devastated her life. With a few belongings, some money and a gun, she goes to Evian, where she's learned the driver lives."

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?

Poetry Workshop

Presented by Amanda Galvan Huynh

Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 1 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Our poetry workshop experience is for writers who have a general understanding of poetic craft and welcome feedback on their current work.

While this workshop will be generative, the central focus of our class will be on revision and mastering our own poetic craft.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

We do ask that you please register (for free) with Gail Myker at (845)341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

About the Presenter: "Amanda Galvan Huynh is a Chicana poet living in New York. She was a finalist for the 2015 Gloria Anzaldua Poetry Prize, and was selected for the 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Sewanee Conference and Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poems have also appeared or are forth coming in Muzzle Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Silk Road Review, The Boiler Journal, Huizache, and others."
Questions?

Crafting with Nature

Creating & Gifting Using Natural Materials

Presented by Master Gardener, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Orange County, NY

Wed., October 4, 2017, 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Nature provides us with an abundance of raw materials in every season of the year - all organic, sustainable, and locally grown.

We will learn how to use raw items to create unique, crafty gifts in this creative demonstration.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

We do ask that you please register (for free) with Gail Myker at (845) 341-5483 or thrall3@warwick.net

For more about Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Orange County, please visit www.cce.cornell.edu/orange.
Questions?

Starting Your Own Business

Learn How - for FREE!

This free seven-week seminar, conducted by Associate Professor Steven Lindner, will introduce a wide array of topics that are fundamental to opening a successful small business.

Anyone thinking of starting a retail, e-commerce based, service, or start-up manufacturing business will benefit from this seminar!

Each seminar runs 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM on the dates below: Attendees must have a business idea in mind before attending this class.

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

Individuals who complete the seven-week seminar will have the opportunity to present their start-up business concept to local bank Small Business Associations and individual angel investors.

Also required: notebook / paper, pen or pencil, and calculator.

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.
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Nest

by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love."

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...
Questions?

R.J. Storm & Old School
Bluegrass Band

September 23, 2017, 2 - 4 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Join us a great afternoon of entertaining music.

About the Band: The R. J. Storm and Old School Bluegrass Band, based in Beacon, NY, has performed their brand of energetic, artistic, and engaging bluegrass music at various venues from right here in the Hudson Valley to the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI. Bringing together tasteful instrumental musicianship, rich harmonies, and an energetic stage presence, the R. J. Storm and Old School bluegrass band can help enhance your event, festival, wedding, picnic, birthday, anniversary, or any place great people get together. The trio has appeared with artists such as Tony Trischka, Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin, Bill Kieth, Uncle Floyd, Dom Flemmons, John McCutcheon, Tom Paxton, Smokey Greene, Roger Sprung, and many, many others. Website: www.rjstormandoldschool.com.

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

Essential Oils

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Presented by Lisa Leonard: "Hormones are your body's chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream and affect many different processes, such as growth, development, metabolism, mood, and more. They are powerful, taking only a tiny amount to cause big changes in cells or the entire body, and that is why too much or too little of a certain hormone can be serious."

In this informational program we will learn which essential oils are said to be supportive of healthy hormone levels.

Lisa will also make available a "ZYTO scan machine," which is said to "measure bio-markers" and to suggest dietary supplements and essential oils for consideration.

Free registration required.

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

About the Presenter: Lisa Leonard is a member of the Tri-Harmony Oilers and a Young Living Independent distributor.

Disclaimer: Middletown Thrall Library does not provide medical advice. For medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, etc., you must consult your own physician or health care provider.
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

Glory

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Drama. Bulgarian with English Subtitles. 101 minutes. NOT RATED.

Directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

Official description: "Tsanko Petrov, a railroad linesman, finds millions in cash on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, for which the state rewards him with a new wristwatch that soon stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova head of the PR department of the corrupt Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov's old watch, a family relic. Tsanko's humble reality collides with a bureaucratic and media -obsessed professional world, as he desperately struggles to recover both his old watch and his dignity."

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?

Harvesting, Drying,
& Storing Flowers
& Herbs

Presented by Cornell University Cooperative Extension, Orange County, Master Gardener Speakers Bureau

September 12, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Explore which plants are easy to preserve. Harvesting, drying, preservation and storing techniques of flowers and herbs will also be discussed.

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

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

August 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?

Freedom, Fun, Genius

Turning Learning Into Adventure

September 5, 2017, 6 - 7:30 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Join us as Johanna Sophia, author of Freedom, Fun, Genius: Turning Learning Into Adventure holds a book talk about a "journey around the USA" and "visiting Waldorf Schools and other wonders."

There will also be a book signing.

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

About the Presenter: "Johanna Sophia is a professor of Film and a Waldorf educator.She has been the author and filmmaker of screenplays and films for public TV in the US and abroad. In her many travels she has completed journalistic programs for radio and printed press. Her philosophy is one of sustainable living, free thought, and a deep enjoyment of life."
Questions?
Linda Zimmermann Presents

The Underground Railroad

Monday, August 21, 2017, 6 - 7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Linda will highlight a number of historic sites and provide some background concerning the history of slavery in Orange County, NY.

She will also discuss what runaways faced as well as what penalties would be paid for harboring and aiding fugitive slaves.

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 Presenter: Linda Zimmermann is a famous author who has written books on a number of topics, including UFOs, ghosts, and the paranormal. She lives in the Hudson Valley.
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

Soul on a String

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Drama. 142 min. Directed by Yang Zhang.

Tibetan with English subtitles. Official Selection - Busan International Film Festival

Official description: "After discovering a sacred stone in the mouth of a deer, Taibei, a solitary Tibetan cowboy, embarks on a mission of redemption: to bring it back to the holy Mountain of Buddha's Handprint. Pursued by black market traders who seek the priceless artifact for themselves, as well as two brothers seeking vengeance for the long-ago death of their father, Taibei's journey will be a long and difficult one - even before it is thrown off course by strange, mystical events."

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?

Remarkable Recommendations

Hosted by Matt Pfisterer, Thrall Library Director

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 3 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

We invite you to this very special session of Remarkable Reads.

Participants are encouraged to suggest titles or authors other readers might enjoy.

Future book discussions will be based on your recommendations!

This event is FREE and open to the public!
Questions?
Emergency Blood Shortage - New York Blood Center

Blood Drive

September 6, 2017, 12 - 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

New York Blood Center will conduct this blood drive.

This drive is open to our community! Appointments are preferred, but walk-Ins are also welcome!

To schedule an appointment please call 800-933-2566.

Medical Eligibility Questions? Call 1-800-688-0900

Please remember to bring ID(donor card preferred) Please remember to eat and drink before donating blood.

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

"The Food Industry

& Other Factors that Negatively Affect Your Waistline and Health"

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

John will focus on "the myths and presumptions about weight loss and health that not only the food industry but medical industry and government help promote and the psychology of why we may believe them."

He will also teach us "how to be more logical in our decisions about our weight and health."

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 Presenter: John Haviland has a Masters Degree in Nutrition and is a Registered Dietician. He has been in the field for about 20 years in both clinical and community healthcare.
Questions?

In Our Own Voice

presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Monday, August 14, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Learn about mental illness from people who have been there.

This interactive presentation will be given by trained presenters.

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 Presenter: Dhanu Sannesy is the President of NAMI Orange County, NY. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) helps individuals achieve recovery, resiliency, and self determination. For more on NAMI, please visit www.nami.org.
Questions?

Career Coaching

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

Learn about resumes, and more!

Sessions run 4:30 - 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

July 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?
Special Movie Presentation

La La Land

Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

August 9, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Musical. Winner of 6 Academy Awards + 7 Golden Globe Awards.

Rated PG-13. 128 min.

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents

Remarkable Recordings:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band

by THE BEATLES

A Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 3 PM

We will discuss the significance and cultural impact of the Beatles' eighth studio release on its 50th anniversary.

Our discussion will include lyrical analysis and listening to select tracks from this album.

Attendees are encouraged to read their choice of a musical biography pertaining to the musical group or John, Paul, George, or Ringo as individuals.

THIS EVENT IS FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Questions?

Harmonica Virtuoso Jia-Yi He

Monday, July 24, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Jia-Yi He plays many different kinds of harmonicas: chromatic, diatonic, tremolo, bass, as well as the largest and smallest harmonicas in the world!

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a truly unique and inspired musical performance!

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Reel Eclectic Film

1944

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Drama. 100 min. Directed by Elmo Nuganen.

Estonian and Finnish with English subtitles. Official Entry - Estonia

Official description: "The year is 1944. As the Battle of Tannenberg Lines rages, Estonia finds itself helplessly trapped in the crossfire of two opposing forces. With the Red Army on the offensive, the severely outnumbered SS dig in to repel the Soviet advance on the Third Reich. Half of their infantry are local Estonian recruits, drafted from Siberian labor camps, and sent back to their homeland wearing enemy uniforms. Forced to fight against their own brothers, these desperate young men now must find a way to survive one of the bloodiest conflicts of World War II."

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?

EMERGENCY BLOOD SHORTAGE!

Please consider participating in the upcoming

Blood Drive

July 5, 2017, 12 - 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

New York Blood Center will sponsor this free blood drive at Thrall.

Free $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card will be mailed to all who register.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome!

To make an appointment, please call 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566) or (845) 341-5483.

For medical eligibility questions, please call 1-800-688-0900.

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

Aging in Place

Staying Healthy & Maintaining Independence

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Attend this presentation and learn... This event, which is free and open to the public, is especially recommended for adult children with aging parents and aging adults who want to maintain their independence.

About the Presenter: "J. Scott Teresi, President of Right at Home Hudson Valley, has over fifteen years of experience in nutrition and healthcare. Scott is focused on helping seniors stay in their homes as they age. His goal is to educate seniors and their adult children on the plans they can make and actions they can take to age in place."

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

UPDATE (6/21/17): Event Rescheduled!

Please see new date below:

Hydrangeas: Types & Pruning

Presented by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County Master Gardener Speakers Bureau

NEW DATE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Are your hydrangeas thriving? Flowering? Not all hydrangeas are the same!

Join us and learn how you can identify each type of hydrangea, grow it, and prune it!

This event is free and open to the public.

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

For more about Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County, please visit www.cceorangecounty.org.
Questions?

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

June 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?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. In Whitehead s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom."

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...
Questions?

Meet Novelist
Marina Antropow Cramer

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6 - 7 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Marina Antropow Cramer, author of Roads, will introduce and discuss her new novel.

Marina's story narrates a Russian family's perilous struggle to survive Nazi occupation of their native Yalta towards the end of World War II.

Inspired by history, this powerful tale follows their experiences through German labor camps, the Dresden bombing, and reveals, despite losing each other along the way, how relatives succeed in reuniting through refugee networks and pure chance, even as lives are irretrievably changed.

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 Author: Marina Antropow Cramer was a bookseller in Montclair, NJ for 29 years. Her own family had a similar background to those of the main characters in her novel. They lived in Yalta and then worked in German labor camps, before living for a time in Belgium and finally emigrating to the United States. Cramer was born in postwar Germany and was nine when the family moved to America. You can learn more about Marina through her website: www.marinaantropowcramer.com.
Questions?

Zentangle

Presented by Jennifer Wilken

Monday, June 5, 2017, 6:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn meditation technique where basic and creative penstrokes evolve into lovely patterns and pictures.

The final product is a beautiful piece of art that looks complicated, but can be accomplished by anyone with a pen or pencil.

This fun and relaxing technique can be practiced by all ages, and it does not require any preexisting artistic training.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Free registration is required.

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

Charcoal Workshop

with Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian, Art Instructor

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 12:30 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Students will discover contour, values, and shading and then create a picture of a vegetable or fruit.

The instructor will work with each student individually to have a finished drawing by the end of this workshop!

The class is limited to 15 people.

Free registration required.

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

About the Instructor: Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian teaches pastel, drawing and watercolor workshops throughout the library systems in Orange and Rockland County. Her work has been shown at more than 70 exhibitions throughout the region. For more about Diane, please visit her website: www.kominick-ouzoonian.com
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

Apprentice

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Drama. 96 min. Directed by Boo Junfeng.

English/Malay with English subtitles. Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

Official description: "When ambitious young correctional officer Aiman is transferred to the country's highest-security prison, he catches the attention of the seasoned chief executioner Rahim. Aiman's desire to become the hangman's apprentice is not only professional but born of an unspeakable urge to reconnect with a past that haunts him. Far from being a conventional prison movie, this slow-burning psychological thriller is a 'stunning' (Film School Rejects) and 'tightly focused and ambitious' (Screen Daily) look at all the lives affected by capital punishment."

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?

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?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Guest Room

by Chris Bohjalian

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes the spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams. When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother's bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night. In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard's life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard's investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers."

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...
Questions?

The Orphan Train Era

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

The Orphan Train era (1853-1929) saw the largest relocation of children in American history. Over 273,000 abandoned, orphaned, and homeless children were transported by rail out of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago - all in hopes of finding foster homes.

Tom Riley will show a movie and, afterwards, host a discussion with the audience.

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 Presenter: Tom Riley is the author of Orphan Train Riders (2 volumes) and Orphan Train to Destiny. You can learn more about Tom and his writings at his website: www.theorphantrainriders.com
Questions?

OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

May 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?

Side Effects

The Art of Surviving Cancer

May 13, 2017, 1 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Do you, or someone you know, have cancer? Do you like any form of art? Then this story will be perfect for you! Dr. Carole Weaver will outline her own perspective in a down-to-earth discussion of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and music.

As a non-expert in the Art field, she found strength in such objects, which led her to write her book, Side Effects: The Art of Surviving Cancer.

Carole's goal is to share what she learned and to shed some light on the path to healing she discovered during this difficult time in her life.

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 Presenter: Dr. Carole Weaver is a writer, teacher, and fund-raiser living in Rockland County. Her doctorate is in English Literature from the University of Maryland. She taught on the college level for 21 years, and then, for the next two decades, worked in development, raising over 50 million for colleges, social agencies, and hospitals. Today she is a senior consultant for National Medical Fellowships, which raises money for minorities going to medical school. You can learn more about Carole at her website: www.caroleweaverlinsner.com
Questions?
Meet Local Author

Marianne Sciucco

discussing her latest novel

Swim Season

Tuesday, May 9, 6 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library


About the Book:
"Champion swimmer Aerin Keane is ready to give up her dreams of college swimming and a shot at the Olympics. As she starts senior year in her third high school, Aerin's determined to leave her family troubles behind and be like all the other girls at Two Rivers. She's got a new image and a new attitude. She doesn't want to win anymore. She's swimming for fun, no longer the freak who wins every race, every title, only to find herself alone. But when her desire to be just one of the girls collides with her desire to be the best Two Rivers has ever seen, will Aerin sacrifice her new friendships to break a longstanding school record that comes with a $50,000 scholarship?"


About the Author:
"During swim season, you can find Swim Mom Marianne Sciucco at one of many Skyline Conference swim meets, cheering for her daughter Allison and the Mount Saint Mary College Knights. All those long hours sitting on cold, metal bleachers inspired her to write Swim Season, a young adult novel about the new girl on the team who challenges a longstanding school record. Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse.

A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues.

Her debut novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story, is a Kindle bestseller; IndieReader Approved; a BookWorks featured book; and a Library Journal Self-e Selection. She also has two short stories available on Kindle, Ino's Love and Collection.

A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in New York's Hudson Valley, and when not writing works as a campus nurse at a community college. She enjoys books, the beach, and craft beer, preferably all at the same time."


You can visit Marianne online at:
This event is free and open to the public.
Questions?
The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc.
invite you a most melodious and memorable musical event...

"Let's Thrall in Love Again!"

Serenading You Sunny with "Standards & Show Tunes"

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Meet the Performers...
Questions?

Singing Meditations

Presented by Debra Hollinrake

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Do you want to improve your focus, memory, and brain health? Come learn Kirtan Kriya!

This meditation from the Yoga tradition, sometimes called "the singing exercise," involves singing sounds.

Learn this four-step technique as we meditate together.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

About the Presenter: Debra Hollinrake is a trained meditation instructor through the International College of Metaphysical Theology and the Modern Mystery School International. She is also a certified advanced Emotional Freedom Techniques practitioner, Law of Attraction Counselor, and she is an award winning speaker, expert author, and long-time member with Toastmasters International.
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

Amnesia

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Drama. Romance. 96 min. Directed by Barbet Schroeder.

English, French, German, and Spanish with English subtitles. Official Selection Cannes Film Festival.

Official description: "On Ibiza in the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate: that cello in the corner she refuses to play, the German language she refuses to speak. As Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question."

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?

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, Nicole Karr, Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, Carole Weaver Linser, Tracey Lyons, Marianne Sciucco, Teshinia Simpson, and others. Stay tuned for more updates!

Please follow this link to read the biographies of some of the authors planning to attend this event.

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.
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.
Questions?
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.
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

Kitchens of the Great Midwest

by J. Ryan Stradal

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 3 PM

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

About the book (from the publisher's description): "When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine - and a dashing sommelier - he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that's a testament to her spirit and resilience."

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...
Questions?
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."
Questions?

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?

Reel Eclectic Film

Les Cowboys

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 2 PM

in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Rated R. Drama. 104 min. Directed by Thomas Bidegain.

French and Urdu with English subtitles. Official Selection Cannes Film Festival

Official description: "A country and western gathering is being held in a vast prairie in the east of France. Alain (Francois Damiens) is a central figure in this community. He's dancing with his daughter as his wife and their young son Kid (Finnegan Oldfield) watch from the sidelines. But on this day, Alain's daughter disappears - and the family falls apart. Alain and Kid embark on a relentless search for her, even though it costs them everything and takes them to far-off and unsettling places."

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?

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).
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OverDrive eBooks Drop-In Support

April 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:
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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...
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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:
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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.
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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.

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