Past Library Programs (2010)
Free Events for the Public at Thrall

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Lecture: "War Is Hell"

Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. present "War Is Hell," a presentation by Eliot S. Hermon, Brigadier General (NYG, Retired); President of Duncan T. Trueman Chap. 59, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; Past Post Commander, Frederick Hecht Post # 425, Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.

The stirring and insightful lecture about the experience of war will be held on Sunday, November 14, 2010, at 2 PM in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Music Event: An Afternoon of Opera

Join us for a sonorous and sensational Sunday afternoon of opera on October 17, 2010, 2 PM.

The event, produced by Ron DeFesi, will be held in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Fall Book Discussion Series

Middletown Thrall Library Presents

Stories into Screen 2

"The Sequel"

Our Latest Scholar-Led Book Discussion Series

Featuring Books Made into Movies

Since many of you enjoyed our first "Stories into Screen" book and film discussion last Fall, we thought we'd try a similar approach this year as well!

It is probably safe to say that the answer to the question posed ("do good books make good movies?") remains the same: "occasionally, or once in a great while." In this case, however, we think you will be impressed with the films in this series!

We invite you to read and evaluate each book and share your thoughts, if you like. You can then attend the corresponding film the following week and compare it to the book - but please don't feel that you must read the books to attend discussions or the films. If you just want to attend discussions or just enjoy a good film, that's perfectly fine! Films will be viewed on their own merits, as a genre distinct from the literary. We hope you plan to join us!

Here is the schedule of books and films:

Books Available

Copies of each book can be requested at any time and in any order you wish using your RCLS library card. However, we will have copies of each title at Thrall at least 3 weeks prior to the discussion. When available, we will have copies in various formats (large print, CD, cassette).

For film titles and other information, please call (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 or send e-mail to

The Big Read 2010

Edgar Allan Poe

The Big Read 2010 is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and library Services and Arts Midwest. This initiative is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.

The Big Read is a countrywide initiative coordinated by the Orange Library Association (OLA). Beginning October, 1st, Orange County's 17 public libraries will celebrate the literary genius of Edgar Allan Poe. This effort is supported by a $17,050 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds from local organizations. The program provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single author within their communities, encouraging reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Our featured book is Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

In addition to the Poe Kickoff Events Weekend, don't miss some of the other programs and events taking place here in Middletown at the Library, in front of the Library, and at the Senior Center.

While most of the Poe events take place in October, we are kicking off our participation in The Big Read earlier with a presentation by popular scholar/poet/fiction writer Mary Makofske:

On Tuesday, September 28, 7 - 8:30 PM she will introduce people to Poe's shrewd amateur detective Chevalier Auguste Dupin in a program entitled, Edgar Allan Poe: Master of Mystery. Stories to be covered are: Copies of the the stories will be available at the library about three weeks before her program.

Other Poe related events are planned in October: *Friday, October 8th, from 2 - 6 PM Thrall hosts a bloodmobile donation drive. Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization that supplies blood and blood products to more than 30 hospitals in the NJ/NY region for more than 50 years, will be here in front of the library.

We are calling this event "The Big Bleed for the Big Read: A Pint for Poe". While walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is preferred. Please call or e-mail us if you can help: (845)341-5454, ext.5479 or

Movie buffs, please take note: Thrall will host "Based on Poe: 2 Classic Scary Films" on October 14 and October 28. Please call (845)341-5454, ext.5479 for movie titles. Both begin at 7 PM and last about an hour and a half. Both films feature Vincent Price.

We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Free Jazz Concert

The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

Chris Parker

A Musical Performance at Thrall

Sunday, September 19th, 2 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room.

Admission is free!

Chris Parker (pianist / composer / recording artist) is also Professor of Music and head of Jazz Studies at Orange County Community College in New York. A New York Chancellor's Award winner, Parker engages and inspires students as he teaches them the skills they will need as future jazz musicians. Parker regularly conducts professional clinics in jazz performance, including an annual clinic and performance in Newburgh, NY, with saxophonist Chris Vadala of the Chuck Magione Band.

A versatile performer, Parker has appeared in various East coast and West coast jazz clubs and festivals. Recently, Parker appeared as a featured performer in Mt. Hood Jazz Festival in Portland, Oregon, and COTA Jazz Festival in Delaware Watergao, Pennsylvania. Parker has also performed in concert venues with such jazz greats as Bob Mintzer, Lyn Seaston, and Randy Brecker.

Parker's latest CD is Late in Lisbon and features original jazz compositions by this critically-acclaimed master of modern jazz.

Summer Baseball Movie Series

This summer, Middletown Thrall Library presents...

The All-Time "Best"

Baseball Movies

"A Tribute to the Boys (and girls) of Summer"
Welcome baseball fans! Join us this July for some outstanding baseball-themed movies.

All movies are free and will be shown in our 2nd floor Community Room at Thrall. Here is the schedule: * Titles cannot be publicized outside of the library due to licensing restrictions.

Please call 341-5454, ext. 5479 for movie titles.

Please note each movie's ratings.

About the list: Many individuals and organizations have created lists of "best" baseball movies. These 4 movies are among the top ten films rated by Baseball Almanac. This list was developed with the help of Gene Shalit, a panel of experts, staff members, and friends of Baseball America. Shalit helped them determine two key criteria: is the film worth watching ten years after its release, and are the characters interesting enough to be enjoyed by people who know nothing about baseball.

For more information, please call (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 or e-mail

You and Your Landlord

We invite you to attend "You and Your Landlord: The Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants," presented by Jaime Samarel, a staff attorney in the Housing Unit of the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (Newburgh office) since November 1999.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 7 - 8:30 PM
in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Have your questions answered by an expert!

Discover your rights and legal options when dealing with… The presenter has represented tenants in eviction proceedings in courts located throughout Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Rockland and Sullivan Counties.

For more information, please call (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 or e-mail

Where Does Your Money Go?

Money - where does it go - and why so quickly?

Find out and get some tips on how to better manage your money in these tough financial times by attending this free program:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 7 - 9 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

About the program:

This free multimedia presentation, presented by Stefanie Hubert (financial educator, Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County), can help you learn how to get more out of your hard-earned money, set realistic financial goals, develop budgeting strategies that work, establish credit and debt management skills, and more!

Free informational handouts will also be provided.

If you have any questions, please call 341-5454, ext. 5479 or e-mail

Free Music Concert at Thrall

Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

Brooklyn Baroque

"April in Paris"

Sunday, April 25, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

We invite you to attend "April in Paris," a free music concert at the library starring Rebecca Pechefsky (harpsichord), Andrew Bolotowsky (Baroque flute), and David Bakamjian (Baroque cello).

Brooklyn Baroque specializes in the music of Bach and his contemporaries and also performs works further back into the seventeenth century or as far forward as Beethoven.

"April in Paris" will feature Georg Philipp Telemann's Tenth "Paris" Quartet, which he wrote after hearing the accomplished Parisian musicians during his visit there in the spring of 1738.

Also to be performed: works by composers Telemann probably heard and possibly even met, including Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Jean-Philippe Rameau.

Special guest Rachel Evans (Baroque violin) will contribute her musical mastery to this memorable event.

This concert is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more news and information on Brooklyn Baroque, please visit

Elderlaw 2010

Peace of Mind

Attend a "free legal checkup" - Elder Law 2010 - ...and put your mind (and your family) at ease!

Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 11:00 AM to Noon
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

About this program: Learn about wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, how to choose an agent for health care proxies or powers of attorney, probate, and guardianship issues.

A volunteer lawyer will explain it all so that you can begin to make more informed personal health care and financial decisions!

Now in its sixteenth year, Decision Making Day is a volunteer-driven public service of the Elder Law and Health Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association.

Handouts and sample documents will be given out to the audience to assist people in making informed decisions about important legal issues.

Please call us as (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 or send e-mail to if you have any questions.

Spring 2010 Book Discussion Series

Historians and Novelists Confront the Past

How Storytellers Use History

The 1893 Chicago World's Fair and the US's first serial killer, New York City during the Great Depression, World War II in German towns and occupied territory: all are "real" parts of history. And all have been used by four contemporary storytellers in their book length narratives which you are invited to explore with us this Spring.

What do these stories offer us in new insights, perceptions, and questions about the human condition and the places and events of history? How does an author intertwine the "facts" of history with imagined characters and events?

What is the relationship between the "real" historical past and the imaginative, emotional depiction of it? Where is "truth" found in fiction? What is the power of both literature and history and the telling of a good story?

We invite you to join us for a lively and in-depth exploration of all these fascinating questions!

Books We Will Discuss

For More Information

Please call our adult program coordinator at (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 or send e-mail to

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Free Music Event: Jeanne MacDonald Performs

Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Presents

"Both Sides Now"

Jeanne MacDonald Performs Standards Old and New

Steven Wing - Accompanist

Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 2 PM

This musical performance will be held in the 2nd floor Community Room at Thrall.

All are welcome to attend! Light refreshments will be served.

Poetic Performances

Coming to Life
at the End of Winter

An Evening of Poetry

Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 7 - 8 PM

Presented by Poets Mary Makofske and Joan Siegel

Enjoy an evening of great poetry from two well-known published poets. Both will read from their own works and from poems of some of their favorite poets.

Mary's poems have appeared in Poetry, Zone 3, Poetry East, Mississippi Review, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, and other literary magazines and anthologies. She is the author of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GARGOYLES and EATING NASTURTIUMS. Individual poems have received the Robert Penn Warren Poetry Prize, Spoon River Poetry Review prize, and the Iowa Woman prize.

Joan's most recent book, Hyacinth for the Soul garnered high praise from poets including Maxine Kumin, (former US Poet Laureate) who said, "…Siegel knows how to go for the small specific details that illuminate even the darkest subjects." Recipient of the New Letters Poetry Prize and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, her poetry has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The American Scholar, Commonweal, Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review among other journals and anthologies.

Both women have recently retired from the English Department at SUNY Orange.

Music Event in Celebration of Black History Month

The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc Present

Kofi and Sankofa Drum
and Dance Ensemble

Sunday, February 7, 2010, 2 PM

in the 2nd Community Room at Thrall

This musically wonderful event is free and open to the public!

Light refreshment will be served.

Learn about Middletown's History

We invite you to attend this free and interesting program exploring our town's unique history:

Old Middletown in Slides

Businesses, Homes, and Streets

Presented by Marvin H. Cohen

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 7 - 8 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room

Marvin Cohen is the curator of the Historical Society of Middletown and the Wallkill Precinct.

A lifelong resident of Middletown, he is proud to share his deep knowledge of the community, gained in part from his fifty-year membership in the Middletown Fire Department and his decades of research as a railway historian.

Reel Eclectic Film Series: 2010 Schedule

Program dates: (please see below)

"Reel Eclectic" is Middletown Thrall Library's year-long independent and international film festival.

In this series we present 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!

Here is our film schedule for 2010: All films begin at 7 PM, and admission is always free! Films are shown in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot publicize film titles outside of the library. Please call (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 for more details or send e-mail to

Free Parent Information Session

Program date: January 11, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Middletown Thrall Library and the Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center present:

"Referrals, Evaluations And Eligibility Determinations"

A Special Education Parent Information Session

on Monday, January 11, 2010, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Meeting Room at Middletown Thrall Library.

Topics to be covered are: Look for the next HVSEPC information session on February 22, 2010.

Before attending, please contact the library or click here to view delays/cancellations due to inclement weather.

For more information, please contact:

Joyce Hawk/ HVSEPC Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 845-891-1305

Visit HVSEPC at:

A New Year-Long Movie Series

Program dates: (please see below)

In 2010 Middletown Thrall Library Presents

Afternoon Movies for Grownups

"Something for Everyone!"

Movies are shown at Middletown Thrall Library in the 2nd floor Community Room on the 3rd Wednesday of each month throughout 2010.

All movies are FREE and begin at 2:00 PM.

Due to licensing restrictions, movie titles cannot be publicized outside of the library.

Please call (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 for more information.

Here is the schedule: (Film annotations are adapted from Movie Licensing USA.)

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