Past Library Events (2011)
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Music Event: Great American Songbook

Thad MacGregor

Sunday, November 20, 2 PM

in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Thrall.

Featuring selections fron the Great American Songbook and a special musical tribute to Frank Sinatra.

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

Fall 2011 Book Discussion Series

Stories into Screen III

"Do Great Books Make Great Movies?"

The Fall 2011 Book Discussion Series

at Middletown Thrall Library

About this Series

Back by popular demand for the third consecutive year, the series that poses the provocative question avid readers and moviegoers alike have been asking: "Do great books make great movies?"

Whether you are a fan of great books, great movies, or both, we hope you enjoy this year's selections. We cordially invite you to attend our series and discover your own answers to the question.

Our Schedule of Book Discussions & Films:

  1. Book: Atonement by Ian McEwan
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 7 - 9 PM
    Scholar: Anne Sandor, Professor of English, SUNY Orange

    A fateful moment of misinterpretation casts three key characters - a couple and young girl, who is as inventive as she is impulsive - into an all-consuming whirlpool of tempestuous emotions, bittersweet memories, unfilled potentials, and lifelong regrets. Set in England during the second World War, this epic love story appeals to universal desires for personal closure, prospects of forgiveness and understanding, and the renewal of hope amid such troublesome times.

    Film: (2007. Rated R. 123 minutes.) Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7 PM. Drama. Mystery. Romance. Won an Oscar for best original score and nominated for Best Picture. Stars: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, and Brenda Blethyn.
  2. Book: Cider House Rules by John Irving
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011, 7 - 9 PM
    Scholar: Mary Makofske, Professor SUNY Orange, English Dept., retired

    A young, self-made doctor grapples with issues encompassing yet transcending medical ethics in this very human drama of women, orphans, and apple pickers. The orchard serves as both backdrop and extended metaphor, as the concept of sifting "good apples from the bad" achieves a greater meaning when matters involve crucial decisions ranging between such extremes as life and death, personal moral stances and newfound empathy for another person's unimaginably difficult choice.

    Film: (1999. Rated PG-13. 126 minutes.) Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 PM. Drama. Romance. Won Oscar for Best Actor in a supporting role, Best Adapted Screenplay, and nominated for Best Picture. Stars: Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, and Charlize Theron.
  3. Book: Primary Colors by *Anonymous
    (* Joe Kline was later identified as the author)
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 7 - 9 PM
    Scholar: Tony Nappo, Middletown City School District, retired A campaign to become the next President of the United States unfurls in a decidedly less-than-presidential manner during this Washington-insider's fictionalized and thinly-disguised retelling of Bill Clinton's legendary candidacy. From authentically rendered politicking to larger considerations of the national electoral process and voter preferences of style over substance, this unrelenting novel offers keen insight into contemporary primaries and the many competitive and contemptible forces gathering like storms around those few individuals daring to become one of the most powerful and prestigious leaders in the world.

    Film: (1998. Rated R. 142 minutes.)
    Date: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7 PM. Drama. Comedy. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a supporting role and Best Writing. Stars: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, and Kathy Bates.

Baseball Program

Friends of Middletown Thrall Library Present

Baseball in Black and White

The Cuban Giants, the Asylum Base Ball Club and Their Great Rivalry

Sunday, September 25, 2011, 2 PM

at Middletown Thrall Library 2nd Floor Community Room.

Fresh from speaking at the 19th Century Baseball Conference at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Bob Mayer, Baseball Historian, Writer and Collector, will take you back to baseball's early days in Middletown.

The focus will be on the rivalry between Black Barnstorming teams and Middletown's best amateur and semi-professional baseball teams (1887 - 1905).

Speaking on a foundation of 50+ years experience with baseball, Bob, a member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) will entertain and educate baseball and local history enthusiasts alike, as well as anyone else curious about life and sports in the 19th Century.

Please join us for this "home run" of a program!

Reel Ecclectic Film Series: September 2011

The Colors of the Mountain

(Los Colores De La Montaña)

Thursday, September 1, 2011, 7 PM

Admission is FREE!

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

Drama: Directed by Carlos Cesar Arbelaez. In Spanish with English Subtitles. Winner of the New Directors Award, San Sebastian Int'l Film Festival.

Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other in the area, Manuel and his friend Julian are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked off to a minefield, and he, Julian and their albino friend Poca Luz will do everything in their power to recover their prized belonging—an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams.

Reel Eclectic Film Series Schedule (first Thursday of each month):

Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1

Most of these films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and are intended for for adult audiences. Additional information for some films in this series may be found online at: or For more information please call 845-341-5485 or send e-mail to

Home Energy Program

Middletown Thrall Library Presents

It's Your Home!

Save Money & Make It Energy Efficient!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 7 - 8 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Attend a free and informative lecture presented by Steve Tesoriero, President Renewable Resource Systems, Allendale, NJ

Learn about: For more information please call (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 or send e-mail to

Learn about Dolls

Art of the Doll

June 14, 7 - 8: 30 PM

Starring Michele Severino,
Award-winning Doll Artist, Sculptor, Mold Maker,
Illustrator, and Creative Consultant

Learn the history, process, and "heart and soul" of doll making.

Michele has designed dolls for Marie Osmond, QVC, HSN, Effanbee, The Hamilton Collection, and more.

Music Performance

In Honor of the Annual Ed Kurdyla Commemorative Program
Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Presents...

Let Me Sing!

starring Jeanne MacDonald

May 15, 2011 at 2 PM

at Middletown Thrall Library
in the 2nd Floor Community Room

Based on the Irving Berlin classic "Let Me Sing And I'm Happy," Jeanne MacDonald's newest offering again brings to her audience a blend of music from a wide and diverse range of songwriters and lyricists, including Carly Simon, Jimmy Van Heusen & Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Webb, Harry Nilsson, Susan Werner, Sam Cooke, and more

While these composers may be separated by multiple generations, they are connected by their uncommon ability to write songs that share relevant and compelling stories about people and things that we are drawn to care about and somehow relate to.

Jeanne MacDonald interprets these expressive songs in a way that allows her audience to have shared emotional experiences. As Irving Berlin says, " if my song can make you happy start you laughing make you homesick start you tapping your feet start you crying " Jeanne MacDonald is happy!

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

Brooklyn Baroque

Brooklyn Baroque to perform "J. S. Bach: Friends and Family"

Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2 PM
at Middletown Thrall Library, 2nd Floor Community Room

Join us for a free musical performance featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach, his sons Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, his pupil Johann Ludwig Krebs, and his friend George Philipp Telemann.

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

For more information on Brooklyn Baroque, please visit

You and Your Landlord

"The Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 7 - 8:30 PM
in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

This is a FREE program!

Have your questions answered by an expert! Discover your rights and legal options when dealing with: Presented by Jaime Samarel, a staff attorney in the Housing Unit of the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (Newburgh office) since November 1999. He 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

"Peace of Mind"
Elder Law 2011

Attend a "free legal checkup" to put your mind (and your family) at ease!

Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 11 AM to 12 PM in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

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 seventeenth 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.

Book Discussion Series

Scholar's Choice

Voices, Insights, & Decisions

Our 2011 Spring Book Discussion Series

Discover what some of our favorite scholars have read recently and why those books have "made the cut" in this dynamic series examining the voices, insights, and decisions of the characters within these stories.

Schedule of Book Discussions
For Books & Other Information Because these are popular books and still in demand, please consider sharing copies. For additional program information or special accommodations, please contact the program coordinator at (845) 341-5454, ext. 5479 or send e-mail to If you would like to receive library news and program updates by e-mail, please register online at this link.

Free Music Performance

Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. Present

A Taste of Mexican Culture

with Grupo Amistad

March 20, 2011, 2 PM

We invite you to attend a musical celebration of traditional Mexican music and culture!

Contemporary and traditional dancers will also perform.

Attendance is free and open to the public.

Family Albums

"Poetry Across Generations"

Presented by Mary Makofske and Donna Spector
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 7-8 PM
in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library

Enjoy an evening of great poetry read by two well-known published poets!

Mary Makofske retired from Orange County Community College in 2006. She has taught literature, Freshman English, writing skills, and creative writing and is the author of two books of poetry The Disappearance of Gargoyles and Eating Nasturtiums. Her new book Traction, winner of the Snyder Prize, will be published in 2011 by Ashland Poetry Press. She has led book discussions at the Thrall, Wisner, Chester, Moffat, Woodbury, Newburgh, Ellenville, and Goshen libraries.

Donna Spector is a playwright as well as a poet. Several of her plays have been produced off Broadway and her poetry and stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. Her poetry collection The Woman Who Married Herself was a finalist for the Sinclair Poetry Prize and was published this past Spring. She received two National Endowment for the Humanities grants to study in Greece.

Both Mary and Donna live in Warwick, New York.

Black History Month Event

In Honor of Black History Month the Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc. present

Kofi and Sankofa

African Drum and Dance Ensemble

Sunday, February 27th at 2 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room
at Middletown Thrall Library

Sankofa, which means "going back to the roots" in the Twi language from Ghana, West Africa, is symbolic as it attempts to promote both personal and community awareness of the positive role of the arts in the villages in West Africa, passing on values from the ancestors.

We hope you will join us for this memorable, musical, and inspiring celebration of culture!

This program is free and open to the public.

American History Event

Middletown Thrall Library Presents

Rendezvous with Treason

Bringing the Arnold-Andre Conspiracy to Life

Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 7-8 PM
in the 2nd Floor Community Room at Thrall

Meet this country's most-intriguing anti-hero! Spend Tuesday evening (Washington's birthday!) with the two men who tried to bring down the cause for American Independence.

Chat with our nation's most notorious traitor, Benedict Arnold. Dressed in period costumes, learn about Major John Andre and his aspirations to rise through the ranks in the King's Army and the motivation behind Benedict Arnold's eventual treason. Actors, Gary Petagine and Sean Grady bring Arnold and Andre to life in an entertaining, interactive and dramatic play.

Photo opportunities, question and answers, and refreshments will follow this free program which all ages should enjoy!

This program was made possible by The Friends of Middletown Thrall Library, Inc.


"Afternoon Movies" Film Series: 2011

In addition to our "Reel Eclectic" film series Thrall invites you to consider attending one or more of the films in our "Afternoon Movies for Grownups" series, which offers "something for everyone."

All movies are FREE and begin at 2:00 PM and play in the 2nd floor Community Room at Middletown Thrall Library on the the 3rd Wednesday of Each Month in 2011.

Here is our schedule for 2011:

* 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

Annotations are adapted from both Movie Licensing USA ( and the Internet Movie Database (

"Reel Eclectic" Film Series: 2011

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

Throughout this series we present thought-provoking, unique, and critically-acclaimed films, many of which are international in scope.

If mature entertainment of a truly different order is what you crave, this series should appeal to you!

Here is our film schedule for 2011 (first Thursday of each month): 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

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