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Collage Fun

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 1 - 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Have fun making a colorful collage out of colored paper and magazine clippings!

Learn about colors as you become more familiar with artists like Matisse and Hans Hoffmann!

Limited to 15 participants. Registration is required.

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

About the Presenter: Born in Portland, Maine, Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian moved to California to study at the University of California at Santa Cruz. After graduating, Diane moved back east to study with Philip Guston and Gretna Campbell at the New York Studio School in Greenwich Village. At Montclair State University she received a teaching credential. Her work has been shown at more than 50 exhibitions throughout the region. Her website is www.kominick-ouzoonian.com.
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Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its April 2015 Remarkable Reads Selection...

Then We Came to the End

by Joshua Ferris

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 3 PM

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

Free refreshments to be served!

About the book (from the publisher's description): "This wickedly funny, big-hearted novel about life in the office signals the arrival of a gloriously talented new writer. The characters in Then We Came to the End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. By day they compete for the best office furniture left behind and try to make sense of the mysterious pro-bono ad campaign that is their only remaining 'work.'"

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

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

Dylan Thomas'

Under Milk Wood

A Reading by the Amity Players

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 2 - 4 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices ranks among Dylan Thomas' most memorable literary creations. At once poetic and dramatic, Under Milk Wood explores the dreams and wandering thoughts of residents of a small Welsh town.

This event is free and open to the public.

Interesting to note: Thomas finished his radio play Under Milk Wood in May of 1953 and was still typing the ending of the play as the audience filed into the performance space at the Y.M.H.A. Poetry Center in New York City!

About the Performers: The drama group Amity Players was formed last year for a reading of Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood in celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the poet's birth. The group performed the play at the Amity Gallery in October 2014, and at the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick in January 2015.

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

Meditation / Guided
Imagery Workshop

April 25, 2015, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This guided imagery workshop will assist in accessing the power of the conscious and subconscious in balancing, releasing and healing issues of the mind, body, spirit and emotions, washing away tension, stress and fatigue. You will be taken on an inner journey which will speak to all your senses, create healing on a cellular level and help you feel relaxed and energized. As we heal ourselves, we assist in the collective healing of the world.

About the Presenter: Lynne Newman, MPS, owner of Spirit Heart Counseling and Healing Center, is a Humanistic Counselor/Therapist, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master and Non-denominational Minister who has been in private practice in Orange County for almost 20 years. She is known as a trailblazer, in that she was one of the first Counselors in the area to integrate holistic healing and metaphysical practices with traditional Counseling. Lynne's mission and passion is helping people heal old wounds that limit their lives, find their joy and purpose, and thrive.
Website: www.rainbowdancerscloud.com/SpiritHeart

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
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Poetry Workshop

April 18, 2015, 1 - 4 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This workshop will focus on descriptive poetry-the use of the sensory images in a poem. Participants will study descriptive poems written by famous poets, write one of their own, share their work, and get feedback from a published poet and from fellow workshop members. All levels of poets, beginners to advanced, are welcome. Registration is required. This workshop is limited to 12 people.

About the Presenter: Lynn Marie Houston's poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Poydras Review, Uppagus, Hartskill Review, and many other journals. Her first poetry book, The Clever Dream of Man, is due out from Aldrich Press in 2015. She has her Ph.D in English from Arizona State University and lives in her hometown of Newburgh, N.Y.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
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Watercolor Classes

Presented by Pat Foxx

Enjoy the pleasure of watercolor painting without the pressure of perfection. It's stress-free and fun to learn the simple techniques of watercolors.

We will paint landscapes, still lives, and flowers.

Beginners and intermediate painters will be pleased with their abilities!

Classes will be held in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Classes are limited to 12 people.

Registration is required.

There is a non-refundable $15 materials fee for the entire series of classes payable on the day of registration.



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

About the Presenter: Pat Foxx has lived in Orange County for many years and is inspired by the beauty and variety of the countryside. Art has been a part of her life since childhood and continues to be a source of joy. She enjoys sharing with others her love of painting watercolors.
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The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

Brooklyn Baroque

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Join us for a wonderful music concert of Bach, his contemporaries, and more.

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

For more information on Brooklyn Baroque, please visit www.rebeccapechefsky.com/brooklynbaroque.html
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Asylums

A Lecture by Michael T. Keene, Author

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:30-7:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Michael T. Keene, author of Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th-Century New York, will be giving a lecture on the conditions in the insane asylums of 19th-Century New York.

Drawing on hospital archives, patient letters, and newspaper accounts of the day, you will be taken on a remarkable journey inside "a world of madness." Keene's book also includes a chapter on the Middletown State Hospital.

The author will also discuss Matteawan Hospital for the Criminally Insane and the Hudson River Insane Asylum.

About the Presenter: Michael Keene has written five books, of which three have a connection to the Middletown area and Orange County in general. He has lived in Middletown and graduated from Orange County Community College as well as SUNY New Paltz and NYU.

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

Reel Eclectic Film

April 2015

Our Reel Eclectic series features independent as well as acclaimed feature films of interest to art and foreign film buffs and cinematic connoisseurs alike. If mature entertainment of a truly different order is what you crave, this series might appeal to you! Admission is always free. Our film series continues with...

Traitors

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7 PM

Playing in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

* Admission is FREE! *

Drama. Arabic and French with English subtitles. 83 min.

Directed by Sean Gullette

Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

"Malika, leader of Traitors, an all-female punk rock band, has a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a fast cash proposition: a smuggling run over the mountains for a dangerous drug dealer. But her companion on the road is Amal, a burnt-out young drug mule who Malika decides to free from her enslavement to the dangerous drug dealers. The challenge will put Malika's rebel ethos to the test, and to survive she will have to call on all her instincts and nerve."

Our Reel Eclectic film series continues in 2015 on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM!

Most of these films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and are intended for adult audiences.

Additional information for some films in this series may be found online at www.filmmovement.com or www.imdb.com.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

Kayaking: How
to Get Started

March 31, 2015, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Always wanted to try kayaking but don't know how to get started? Adirondack Mountain Club trip leader and kayak instructor, Don Urmston, will tell you how to get started, what gear you'll need, where to go paddling, where to meet other paddlers and where to get instruction on your technique.See and feel the difference in kayaks, paddles and other equipment with our hands-on presentation. Special attention is given to kayak safety and choosing your first kayak. Whether you just want to paddle occasionally or you want to become an expert sea kayaker, this program will get you started. Free to all.

Presented by: ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) Mid-Hudson Chapter.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
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Out of the Eggs of Ants

Poems for an African Sketchbook

A Presentation by Edward Fisher

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1 - 3 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Attend a free multimedia poetry reading and book-signing event by poet Edward Fisher.

His third collection of poetry, Out of the Eggs of Ants, chronicles his years as a Peace Corp volunteer in the fairytale "Heart" of Africa, where he taught high school students English in the Karamoja region of Uganda, shepherding them through Shakespeare and their first school newspaper.

About the Poet: Edward Fisher's two previous books of poetry are Darwin's Circus and Conversation with a Skeleton. He has been a school psychologist at Orange-Ulster BOCES, an adjunct professor at Mount St. Mary College, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda.

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

Afternoon Movies for Adults

All movies are FREE and are shown at 3 PM on the third Wednesday of every month in our 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Our 2015 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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Recent Past Events


Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its March 2015 Remarkable Reads Selection...

The Other Wes Moore

by Wes Moore

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3 PM

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

Free refreshments to be served!

About the book (from the publisher's description): "Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. At each stage of their young lives they had come across similar moments of decision, yet their choices would lead them to astonishingly different destinies. Told in alternating dramatic narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world."

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

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

We Need to Talk!

Completing Your Living Will and Healthcare Proxy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:30 - 8PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

You Know You Have To Do It Sometime!

Free Workshop for People of All Ages. Ideas presented will help you make the choices that are right for you! Share ideas on how to discuss these issues with your family.

About the Presenter: Katherine Schwarz,MS, MPH, is a Public Health and a Nutrition Educator, with 2 masters degrees: in Community Health Education from Hunter College and in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia. She founded a community-based organization called Pulling at the Roots which provides workshops on health, nutrition and environmental issues. She also teaches in the Nutrition and Public Health Departments at Lehman College and New York Medical College.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
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The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library Present

Emish

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2 PM

in our 2nd floor Community Room at Thrall

Join the Friends of Thrall for Irish-American folk pop - the music of Emish!

New York natives, the members of Emish, have forged their own Americana folk rock sound by combining a background of Irish, rock, and folk influences. This independent, power-folk band initially found success in a grassroots manner. Supported by their dedicated fan base, Emish has repeatedly been voted the "Best Band in the Hudson Valley."

For more about the band, please visit www.emishmusic.com.
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Prepare, Respond, Recover!

What to Do When Disaster Strikes!

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

In partnership with New York State, the American Red Cross will offer this free Citizen Preparedness Corps training.

This presentation includes a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters and how you might respond and recover from them.

The presentation will last an hour and a half with an additional 30 minutes for Q & A.

This event is free and open to the public!

About the Presenter: A representative from the American Red Cross will present Governor Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps Training.

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 1-3 PM

at Middletown Thrall Library in the 2nd Floor Community Room

Presented by Maria Blon

Join us as local author Maria Blon gives a free presentation based on her latest book, Living Passionately: 21 People Who Found Their Purpose-And How You Can Too!, which features authors mostly from the Hudson Valley.

During the first half of her presentation, Maria will discuss those authors, their sharing of stories, and how she offers individualized support to help them work through challenges. Pictures and a video of featured authors will be shown.

During the second half of the presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to explore the kinds of stories they would like to share through interactive exercises that promises to be engaging and fun!

About the Presenter: Maria Blon is an international speaker and author. She began her professional life as a holistic math teacher at the community college level. Maria's life was transformed when she and her daughter volunteered in Haiti after the earthquake. She has trained the teachers at the HEART School in Haiti and is President of the HEART Board. Her websites are sparksalive.com and PeopleLivingPassionately.com.

Note: Some of these authors featured in Maria's presentation helped to build the HEART School in Haiti, and the creation of this school is shared from different perspectives. HEART stands for the Haiti Education and Resource Team.

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

March 10, 2015, 6:30 - 8 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

The Parting Glass Band will play traditional and contemporary Irish music! The performers include Al Gessner on button accordion, flute, and vocals; Patti Gessner on tin whistle, vocals, and percussion; Kevin McComb on guitar and vocals. Admission is free!

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

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

We Need to Talk!

Completing Your Living Will and Healthcare Proxy

March 3, 2015, 6:30 - 8PM

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

You Know You Have To Do It Sometime!

Free Workshop for People of All Ages. Ideas presented will help you make the choices that are right for you! Share ideas on how to discuss these issues with your family.

About the Presenter: Katherine Schwarz,MS, MPH, is a Public Health and a Nutrition Educator, with 2 masters degrees: in Community Health Education from Hunter College and in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia. She founded a community-based organization called Pulling at the Roots which provides workshops on health, nutrition and environmental issues. She also teaches in the Nutrition and Public Health Departments at Lehman College and New York Medical College.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

March 2015

Our Reel Eclectic series features independent as well as acclaimed feature films of interest to art and foreign film buffs and cinematic connoisseurs alike. If mature entertainment of a truly different order is what you crave, this series might appeal to you! Admission is always free. Our film series continues with...

Salvo

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 PM

Playing in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

* Admission is FREE! *

Drama. Italian with English subtitles. 110 min.

Directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza

Winner - Critic's Week - Cannes Film Festival

"A Sicilian hitman, Salvo is cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on assignment, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who witnesses her brother's assassination. In an intense exchange between the killer and his witness, the darkness is lifted from Rita's eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. Both haunted by their brief encounter, the two will attempt to navigate their next steps side by side."

Our Reel Eclectic film series continues in 2015 on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM!

Most of these films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and are intended for adult audiences.

Additional information for some films in this series may be found online at www.filmmovement.com or www.imdb.com.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

Coming Clean: A Memoir

by Kimberly Rae Miller

A Book Discussion with Matt Pfisterer

TUESDAY, February 24, 2015, 3 PM

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

Free refreshments to be served!

About the book (from the publisher's description): "In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home, her childhood consumed by concealing her father's shameful secret from friends, and the emotional burden that ultimately led to an attempt to take her own life. And in beautiful prose, Miller sheds light on her complicated yet loving relationship with her parents that has thrived in spite of the odds. Coming Clean is a story about recognizing where we come from and the relationships that define us - and about finding peace in the homes we make for ourselves."

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

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

The Friends of Thrall Present...

The Liza Doolittle Trio

February 22, 2015, 2 PM

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

Join the Friends of Middletown Thrall Library for the exciting music of the Liza Doolittle Trio!

Liza Doolittle is a jazz singer whose style is both sassy and soulful. Intrigued by Ella Fitzgerald's scat solos and Billie Holiday's raw emotion, Liza has become focused on her improvisation, originality, and reaching the hearts and souls of her audience. She covers a variety of jazz standards as well as pop songs from The Beatles, Fiona Apple, Ray Charles, and more. She will be accompanied by Michael Purcell (keyboard) and Robert Kopec (upright bass).
Questions?

Reel Eclectic Film

February 2015

Our Reel Eclectic series features independent as well as acclaimed feature films of interest to art and foreign film buffs and cinematic connoisseurs alike. If mature entertainment of a truly different order is what you crave, this series might appeal to you! Admission is always free. Our film series continues with...

Fraulein

Thursday, February 8, 2015, 7 PM

Playing in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

* Admission is FREE! *

Drama. Swiss / German with English subtitles. 81 min.

Directed by Andrea Staka

Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival

Description from publisher: "Rez left Belgrade more than 25 years ago to seek a new life in Zurich. Now in her fifties, she has completely detached herself from the past. She owns a cafeteria and maintains an orderly, joyless existence. Ana, a young itinerant woman who has fled Sarajevo, breezes into the cafeteria looking for work. Reza hires her but is annoyed by Ana's impulsive and spirited efforts to inject life into the cafeteria. Ana, who hides a tragic secret under her passionate spirit, begins to thaw Reza's chill, and their relationship will change both women in ways they never anticipated."

Our Reel Eclectic film series continues in 2015 on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM!

Most of these films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and are intended for adult audiences.

Additional information for some films in this series may be found online at www.filmmovement.com or www.imdb.com.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?

UPDATE: EVENT CANCELLED due to weather

Please consider participating in our upcoming

Blood Drive

January 26, 2015, 12 PM - 6 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

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

Each donor will receive two free Mets tickets by mail once they are printed for the season!

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

To make an appointment, please call: 1-800-933-BLOOD (2566)


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

Reel Eclectic Film

January 2015

Our Reel Eclectic series features independent as well as acclaimed feature films of interest to art and foreign film buffs and cinematic connoisseurs alike. If mature entertainment of a truly different order is what you crave, this series might appeal to you! Admission is always free. Our film series continues with...

Viva Cuba

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7 PM

Playing in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

* Admission is FREE! *

Drama. Spanish with English subtitles. 80 min.

Directed by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti

Official Selection Vancouver International Film Festival

Description from publisher: "Malu is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background is coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother, a poor socialist proud of her family's social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malu's mother plans to leave Cuba, they decide to run away and travel to the other side of the island to find Malu's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it."

Our Reel Eclectic film series continues in 2015 on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM!

Most of these films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and are intended for adult audiences.

Additional information for some films in this series may be found online at www.filmmovement.com or www.imdb.com.

For more information please call (845) 341-5483 or send email to thrall3@warwick.net.
Questions?
Middletown Thrall Library Presents Its Next Remarkable Reads Selection...

Tender Is the Night

A Book Discussion with Jenny Binnie

January 28, 2015, 3 PM

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

Free refreshments to be served!

About the book (from the publisher's description): "Set in the South of France in the decade after World War I, Tender Is the Night is the story of a brilliant and magnetic psychiatrist named Dick Diver; the bewitching, wealthy, and dangerously unstable mental patient, Nicole, who becomes his wife; and the beautiful, harrowing ten-year pas de deux they act out along the border between sanity and madness. In Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald deliberately set out to write the most ambitious and far-reaching novel of his career, experimenting radically with narrative conventions of chronology and point of view and drawing on early breakthroughs in psychiatry to enrich his account of the makeup and breakdown of character and culture. Tender Is the Night is also the most intensely, even painfully, autobiographical of Fitzgerald's novels; it smolders with a dark, bitter vitality because it is so utterly true."

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

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