Program Description: Join the group for a discussion of Ken Burns’ documentary film The Dust Bowl, (in 2 parts, totaling 4 hours of viewing time.) Be sure to watch the film BEFORE coming to the discussion group. You can access the two-part film for free through our new Kanopy streaming service (available to all library cardholders in Columbia County), as well as on DVD through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Program Description: This month’s Non-fiction Book Group reading is The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto. Shorto write, “If what made America great was its ingenious openness to different cultures. The small triangle of land at the southern tip of Manhattan Island is the birthplace of that idea: This island city would become the first multiethnic, upwardly mobile society on America’s shores, a prototype of the kind of society that would be duplicated throughout the country and around the world.”