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James Baldwin’s America: A Free Screening of “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

Join us for a free screening of James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain on Saturday, September 10 from 5-7pm in the library’s Community Room. This screening is being offered as a kickoff to a reading and discussion series on Baldwin in partnership with the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center and SURJ Hudson. …

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James Baldwin’s America: A Reading and Discussion Series

James Baldwin took America’s promise of democracy seriously and examined its triumphs and failures. Join us in reading his work and exploring the conflict between America’s promise and its racial history as well as its treatment of gay Americans. We will meet every Monday from 6-8 between September 19 – October 24. We will not be …

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Raise the Roof Wrap-up

Every fundraiser strives to be fun, but there is no disguising the real reason that we get together: we are supporting a cause close to our hearts. From solicitations for Raffle Tickets to the Silent Auction, Tasting Room, and the Call for the Cause, everyone was there for our Library! At the end of the …

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Author’s Talk and Book Signing

Learn how to grow beautiful food from author Matthew Benson on Sunday, June 12, 3:30pm in the beautiful gardens at 243 Union Street. Admission is $25.00 per person. Then, at 6:30pm, join the author for Dinner in an Empty House. (We’ll take you there.) Delicious, garden-fresh, organic, local vegetables and fruits. Delectable entrees cooked to perfection in an elegant setting. …

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Want to Learn the Most Widely Spoken Language in the World? Now You Can!

The Friends is pleased to announce the next installment of Adult Mandarin Chinese Language Classes. This series of free classes will begin on Wed. Sept. 17th and will offer community members the opportunity to read, write and speak Mandarin from a native speaker. This eight-week course will be lead by our own Shi Wen “Wendy” who …

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Chopin and Chardonnay – Fundraiser to Benefit the Capital Campaign

On Saturday, March 22nd, pianist and composer Morey Hall will be performing the music of Chopin at a fund-raising event on behalf of the Capital Campaign for the Library.  “Chopin was emotional and expressive,” says Hall.  “His work speaks to me in a personal way that is inspiring.  I’m hopeful that the pieces I’ve selected …

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