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Friday October 8, 2021
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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Big Read Kick-Off: Introducing The Best We Could Do

For our 2021 Big Read Kick-Off, Dr. Peter Antelyes, English professor at Vassar College, introduces the graphic memoir format and its place in literature today. Antelyes brings a wealth of experience teaching the history of the graphic novel, and an infectous enthusiasm for the art of storytelling through sequential art. His presentation will be peppered with many references to Thi Bui's extraordinary work, The Best We Could Do. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms
There are 72 spaces available.

For our 2021 Big Read Kick-Off, Dr. Peter Antelyes, English professor at Vassar College, introduces the graphic memoir format and its place in literature today. Antelyes brings a wealth of experience teaching the history of the graphic novel, and an infectous enthusiasm for the art of storytelling through sequential art. His presentation will be peppered with many references to Thi Bui's extraordinary work, The Best We Could Do. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms

There are 72 spaces available.

Saturday October 9, 2021
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9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Big Read Kick-Off Workshop: Introduction to Personal Storytelling

Terry Wolfisch Cole is a Moth Radio champion storyteller who loves to encourage and empower others to tell stories. She will guide participants in preparing and telling their own true stories. Active participation is expected. No previous experience is necessary, teens and adults welcome. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

Following this workshop, story pitches on the theme of 'The Best I Could Do' will be sought for a staged storytelling event in November. Terry will work with The Big Read committee to select storytellers to share their tales and she will coach each storyteller prior to the event.

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x 3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms
There are 44 spaces available.

Terry Wolfisch Cole is a Moth Radio champion storyteller who loves to encourage and empower others to tell stories. She will guide participants in preparing and telling their own true stories. Active participation is expected. No previous experience is necessary, teens and adults welcome. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

Following this workshop, story pitches on the theme of 'The Best I Could Do' will be sought for a staged storytelling event in November. Terry will work with The Big Read committee to select storytellers to share their tales and she will coach each storyteller prior to the event.

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x 3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms

There are 44 spaces available.

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Big Read Kick-Off Artist Talk: Meet Summer Pierre

Meet local cartoonist, graphic artist, writer, and teacher Summer Pierre. Summer is the author of the Eisner-nominated graphic memoir All the Sad Songs. Her work has been seen in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Comics Journal, among other publications. In this talk, she provides an artist's insight into the graphic memoir and shares her passion for telling life stories through comics and sequential art. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x 3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms
There are 47 spaces available.

Meet local cartoonist, graphic artist, writer, and teacher Summer Pierre. Summer is the author of the Eisner-nominated graphic memoir All the Sad Songs. Her work has been seen in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Comics Journal, among other publications. In this talk, she provides an artist's insight into the graphic memoir and shares her passion for telling life stories through comics and sequential art. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x 3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms

There are 47 spaces available.

 
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Big Read Kick-Off Panel: Marist Scholars Set the Scene

Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons, Marist College English professor, and Dr. Kristin Bayer, Marist College history professor, introduce participants to the history, art, and story of our Big Read books, The Best We Could Do. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x 3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms
There are 45 spaces available.

Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons, Marist College English professor, and Dr. Kristin Bayer, Marist College history professor, introduce participants to the history, art, and story of our Big Read books, The Best We Could Do. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x 3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms

There are 45 spaces available.

Tuesday October 12, 2021
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6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Exploring our Community's History

Elinor Levy, Folklorist with Arts Mid-Hudson, equips participants with the tools and confidence needed to start a family history dialogue and capture community stories. This Big Read workshop will also cover care of family artifacts, research tips, free technology to map family immigration, and more. Register through LaGrange Associaion Library at www.laglib.org. Virtual program. Event will be recorded for those who are registered to view later. 

CONTACT: Anna Areson  (845) 452-3141
LOCATION: Virtual Event

Elinor Levy, Folklorist with Arts Mid-Hudson, equips participants with the tools and confidence needed to start a family history dialogue and capture community stories. This Big Read workshop will also cover care of family artifacts, research tips, free technology to map family immigration, and more. Register through LaGrange Associaion Library at www.laglib.org. Virtual program. Event will be recorded for those who are registered to view later. 

CONTACT:
  Anna Areson
  (845) 452.3141
  

LOCATION: Virtual Event

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meet Graphic Novelist Don Brown

Big Read Workshop: Learn about the graphic novel format and gain an artist’s perspective on storytelling. Register through the Staatsburg Library at www.staatsburglibrary.org

70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg

CONTACT:   (845) 889-4683
LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

Big Read Workshop: Learn about the graphic novel format and gain an artist’s perspective on storytelling. Register through the Staatsburg Library at www.staatsburglibrary.org

70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 889.4683
  

LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

Wednesday October 13, 2021
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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Big Read: Tastes of Saigon

Welcome to a private culinary tasting session! Participants will learn about the ingredients, recipes, and cooking techniques unique to Vietnamese cuisine. Five menu items will be prepared for small plate tastings. Seating begins at 11:00 and is limited to 35 people. Masks will be required except when eating. Registration required with payment of $20/person. Email jratzlaff@poklib.org for reservation form. Complete reservation, with $, must be received by Friday, October 5 (no refunds given after this date).

1582 Route 9, Wappingers Falls

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845) 485-3445 x3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Saigon Pho Restaurant

Welcome to a private culinary tasting session! Participants will learn about the ingredients, recipes, and cooking techniques unique to Vietnamese cuisine. Five menu items will be prepared for small plate tastings. Seating begins at 11:00 and is limited to 35 people. Masks will be required except when eating. Registration required with payment of $20/person. Email jratzlaff@poklib.org for reservation form. Complete reservation, with $, must be received by Friday, October 5 (no refunds given after this date).

1582 Route 9, Wappingers Falls

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845) 485.3445 x3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Saigon Pho Restaurant

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club

Book: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui  Our 2021 Big Read Book Selection!

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves

Registration required, click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: This program will NOT be recorded

CONTACT: Krista Miller  (845) 485-3445 x3366  kmiller@poklib.org
LOCATION: Virtual Event

Book: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui  Our 2021 Big Read Book Selection!

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves

Registration required, click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: This program will NOT be recorded

CONTACT:
  Krista Miller
  (845) 485.3445 x3366
   kmiller@poklib.org

LOCATION: Virtual Event

Thursday October 14, 2021
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Big Read Youth Book Discussion

Discussion of one of this year’s companion books for younger readers, Inside Out and Back Again. For grades 5 and up. Register with the Hyde Park Free Library at www.hydeparkfreelibrary.org

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:   (845)229-7791
LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Discussion of one of this year’s companion books for younger readers, Inside Out and Back Again. For grades 5 and up. Register with the Hyde Park Free Library at www.hydeparkfreelibrary.org

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:
  
  (845)229.7791
  

LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

 
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Big Read Youth Book Discussion

Discussion of one of this year’s companion books for younger readers, Inside Out and Back Again. For grades 4-7. Register with the Millbrook Library at millbrooklibrary.org.

3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook

CONTACT:   (845)677-3611
LOCATION: Millbrook Library

Discussion of one of this year’s companion books for younger readers, Inside Out and Back Again. For grades 4-7. Register with the Millbrook Library at millbrooklibrary.org.

3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook

CONTACT:
  
  (845)677.3611
  

LOCATION: Millbrook Library

Friday October 15, 2021
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Big Read: Cookbook Giveaway

Stop by anytime today to pick up a copy of the cookbook, Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors, by Chef Andrea Nguyen. Free, supplies limited.

313 Main Street, Beacon

CONTACT: Alison Herrero  (845) 831-1134
LOCATION: Howland Library

Stop by anytime today to pick up a copy of the cookbook, Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors, by Chef Andrea Nguyen. Free, supplies limited.

313 Main Street, Beacon

CONTACT:
  Alison Herrero
  (845) 831.1134
  

LOCATION: Howland Library

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Big Read Workshop: Podcast and Radio Production

The Art Effect leads a workshop to inspire and equip teens and tweens to create a podcast of their own. Register with Staatsburg Library at www.staatsburglibrary.org

70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg

CONTACT:   (845) 889-4683
LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

The Art Effect leads a workshop to inspire and equip teens and tweens to create a podcast of their own. Register with Staatsburg Library at www.staatsburglibrary.org

70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 889.4683
  

LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Big Read Friday Night Movie Series

Film screening. Movie: Journey from the Fall

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:   (845) 229-7791
LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Film screening. Movie: Journey from the Fall

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 229.7791
  

LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Saturday October 16, 2021
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Big Read Workshop: Working with Watercolors

Inspired by the illustrations in Thi Bui's book The Best We Could Do, The Art Effect leads a workshop for adults on working with watercolors. No previous experience necessary. All materials supplied. Register with the Staatsburg Library at www.staatsburglibrary.org

70 Old Post Road

CONTACT:   (845) 889-4683
LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

Inspired by the illustrations in Thi Bui's book The Best We Could Do, The Art Effect leads a workshop for adults on working with watercolors. No previous experience necessary. All materials supplied. Register with the Staatsburg Library at www.staatsburglibrary.org

70 Old Post Road

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 889.4683
  

LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Big Read Presentation: Magic in These Pages

Chris Shave, beloved third grade teacher and avid graphic novel fan, unveils the magical power of the graphic novel. Register with LaGrange Association Library at www.laglib.org 

This is a virtual presentation that will be recorded for those who register to watch the program at a later time.

CONTACT:   (845) 452-3141
LOCATION: Virtual - LaGrange Association Library

Chris Shave, beloved third grade teacher and avid graphic novel fan, unveils the magical power of the graphic novel. Register with LaGrange Association Library at www.laglib.org 

This is a virtual presentation that will be recorded for those who register to watch the program at a later time.

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 452.3141
  

LOCATION: Virtual - LaGrange Association Library

Sunday October 17, 2021
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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Big Read Author Visit: An Afternoon with Thi Bui

Artist, activist, and author Thi Bui shares her personal journey, her evolving storytelling art, and her passion for elevating immigrant stories. Our author will speak with us live from her home in California. Participants will be able to see her on the large screen at the library, or at home via Zoom. She will take questions from the audience. The presentation will not be recorded. Masks required for all in-person attendees. Registration is required as follows: 

Click the green REGISTER button below for in-person participation.

Click here for at-home Zoom participation.

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Virtual Event with Limited Seating at Boardman Road
There are 50 spaces available.

Artist, activist, and author Thi Bui shares her personal journey, her evolving storytelling art, and her passion for elevating immigrant stories. Our author will speak with us live from her home in California. Participants will be able to see her on the large screen at the library, or at home via Zoom. She will take questions from the audience. The presentation will not be recorded. Masks required for all in-person attendees. Registration is required as follows: 

Click the green REGISTER button below for in-person participation.

Click here for at-home Zoom participation.

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Virtual Event with Limited Seating at Boardman Road

There are 50 spaces available.

Tuesday October 19, 2021
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3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Create your own Comic Book/Graphic Novel

Capture a personal moment by creating your own "comic book" from start to finish. This Art Effect workshop, will cover sequential storytelling as well as how to sketch, ink and color your comics. Runs till 5:30 pm. For teens 12-18 years old. All teens must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Registration required.

CONTACT: Youth & Teen Service Desk  (845) 485-3445 x3320  youthevents@poklib.org
LOCATION: Adriance - Cavallaro Children's Program Room (Second Floor)
There are 5 spaces available.

Capture a personal moment by creating your own "comic book" from start to finish. This Art Effect workshop, will cover sequential storytelling as well as how to sketch, ink and color your comics. Runs till 5:30 pm. For teens 12-18 years old. All teens must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Youth & Teen Service Desk
  (845) 485.3445 x3320
   youthevents@poklib.org

LOCATION: Adriance - Cavallaro Children's Program Room (Second Floor)

There are 5 spaces available.

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Big Read Book Group

All are welcome at this open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with Staatsburg Library at staatsburglibrary.org.

70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg

CONTACT:   (845) 889-4683
LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

All are welcome at this open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with Staatsburg Library at staatsburglibrary.org.

70 Old Post Road, Staatsburg

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 889.4683
  

LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

Wednesday October 20, 2021
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Teen Take & Make - Vietnam: Paper Lanterns

Paint a floral design on your lantern.  Pick up from Wednesday, Oct. 20-27.

Crafting kits are available for teens and tweens, ages 10-18. Limit two per family, registration required.  Pick up materials at Adriance Memorial Library in theTeen Office from Oct. 20-27. Please pick up your craft bag within one week of the date or it will go to the next person on the waiting list. When you finish your project, please email a photo to teencafe@poklib.org. We will post it on our teen café blog!

CONTACT: Youth & Teen Service Desk  (845) 485-3445 x3320  youthevents@poklib.org
LOCATION: Adriance Memorial Library
There are 2 spaces available.

Paint a floral design on your lantern.  Pick up from Wednesday, Oct. 20-27.

Crafting kits are available for teens and tweens, ages 10-18. Limit two per family, registration required.  Pick up materials at Adriance Memorial Library in theTeen Office from Oct. 20-27. Please pick up your craft bag within one week of the date or it will go to the next person on the waiting list. When you finish your project, please email a photo to teencafe@poklib.org. We will post it on our teen café blog!

CONTACT:
  Youth & Teen Service Desk
  (845) 485.3445 x3320
   youthevents@poklib.org

LOCATION: Adriance Memorial Library

There are 2 spaces available.

 
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Big Read Book Discussion

Join Dr. James Cotter, Professor Emeritus of English at Mount Saint Mary College, for a stimulating book discussion in the park on Robert Cahill Drive in Beacon. Please bring your own chair. In case of rain, will reschedule to 10/21 at 1 pm.

CONTACT: Alison Herrero  (845) 831-1134
LOCATION: Memorial Park, Beacon

Join Dr. James Cotter, Professor Emeritus of English at Mount Saint Mary College, for a stimulating book discussion in the park on Robert Cahill Drive in Beacon. Please bring your own chair. In case of rain, will reschedule to 10/21 at 1 pm.

CONTACT:
  Alison Herrero
  (845) 831.1134
  

LOCATION: Memorial Park, Beacon

 
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3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Spack Readers

A lively discussion, with food, of The Best We Could Do. Register with Bonnie at 845-876-5696.

28 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie

CONTACT: Bonnie Fulmer  (845)876-5696
LOCATION: Thai Spice Restaurant

A lively discussion, with food, of The Best We Could Do. Register with Bonnie at 845-876-5696.

28 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie

CONTACT:
  Bonnie Fulmer
  (845)876.5696
  

LOCATION: Thai Spice Restaurant

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Big Read Book Group

Discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. No registration required.

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:   (845) 229-7791
LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. No registration required.

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 229.7791
  

LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Big Read Book Group

Library Director Daniela Pulice moderates an open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with Pleasant Valley Library at www.pleasantvalleylibrary.org

3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley

CONTACT:   (845) 635-8460
LOCATION: Pleasant Valley Library

Library Director Daniela Pulice moderates an open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with Pleasant Valley Library at www.pleasantvalleylibrary.org

3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 635.8460
  

LOCATION: Pleasant Valley Library

Thursday October 21, 2021
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5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Big Read Youth Book Club

Discussion of Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars, for grades 4-8. Register with Millbrook Library at millbrooklibrary.org

3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook

CONTACT:   (845) 677-3611
LOCATION: Millbrook Library

Discussion of Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars, for grades 4-8. Register with Millbrook Library at millbrooklibrary.org

3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 677.3611
  

LOCATION: Millbrook Library

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Big Read Workshop: Arts of Vietnam

Learn about Vietnamese culture and make a simple craft project. For adults. Register with Beekman Library at beekmanlibrary.org

11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction

CONTACT:   (845) 724-3414
LOCATION: Beekman Library

Learn about Vietnamese culture and make a simple craft project. For adults. Register with Beekman Library at beekmanlibrary.org

11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 724.3414
  

LOCATION: Beekman Library

Friday October 22, 2021
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Big Read Book Group

Join a virtual discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with LaGrange Association Library at laglib.org

This is a virtual program, and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

CONTACT:   (845) 452-3141
LOCATION: Virtual - LaGrange Association Library

Join a virtual discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with LaGrange Association Library at laglib.org

This is a virtual program, and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 452.3141
  

LOCATION: Virtual - LaGrange Association Library

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Big Read Friday Night Movie Series

Film screening. Movie: Daughter from Danang

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:   (845) 229-7791
LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Film screening. Movie: Daughter from Danang

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 229.7791
  

LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Saturday October 23, 2021
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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Big Read Workshop: Celebrate Vietnam

This is a family crafting program where participants will learn a little bit about Vietnam, then make a lantern, dragon puppet, and flag. For all ages. No registration required.

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:   (845) 229-7791
LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

This is a family crafting program where participants will learn a little bit about Vietnam, then make a lantern, dragon puppet, and flag. For all ages. No registration required.

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 229.7791
  

LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

 
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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Big Read Debate: Printed Word vs. Visual Adaptation

Nam Le’s powerful short story The Boat has been adapted and partially animated by Matt Huynh. Two Marist College students will present a debate contrasting the two versions of the saga, followed by discussion. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.  Access the materials in advance and come prepared to discuss. http://www.sbs.com.au/theboat/

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)
There are 25 spaces available.

Nam Le’s powerful short story The Boat has been adapted and partially animated by Matt Huynh. Two Marist College students will present a debate contrasting the two versions of the saga, followed by discussion. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.  Access the materials in advance and come prepared to discuss. http://www.sbs.com.au/theboat/

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)

There are 25 spaces available.

Tuesday October 26, 2021
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Big Read Book Group

An open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. No registration required.

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:   (845) 229-7791
LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

An open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. No registration required.

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 229.7791
  

LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

 
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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Reading & Discussion Series: The Vietnam War Revisited

A scholar-led series examining the Vietnam War from different perspectives, using the following texts:
  October 26: The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
  November 16: A Vietcong Memoir by Truong Nhu Tang
  December 14: In Retrospect by Robert S. McNamara
This series is made possible through a grant from Humanities New York. Discussions will be led by Robert K. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, Vassar College, a specialist on the history of US foreign policy, particularly the Vietnam War. Registration is required. Once registered, please contact Debora Shon if you need the texts, (845) 485-3445 x3313.

Please note that masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. 

CONTACT: Debora Shon  845-485-3445 x3313  dshon@poklib.org
LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)
There are 4 spaces available.

A scholar-led series examining the Vietnam War from different perspectives, using the following texts:
  October 26: The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
  November 16: A Vietcong Memoir by Truong Nhu Tang
  December 14: In Retrospect by Robert S. McNamara
This series is made possible through a grant from Humanities New York. Discussions will be led by Robert K. Brigham, Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations, Vassar College, a specialist on the history of US foreign policy, particularly the Vietnam War. Registration is required. Once registered, please contact Debora Shon if you need the texts, (845) 485-3445 x3313.

Please note that masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. 

CONTACT:
  Debora Shon
  845.485.3445 x3313
   dshon@poklib.org

LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)

There are 4 spaces available.

Wednesday October 27, 2021
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Big Read: Graphic Depictions of the Women of the Vietnam War

Contextualizing The Best We Could Do: Graphic Depictions of the Women of the Vietnam War
Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is one of many graphic novels that portray the experiences of Vietnamese women during and after the Vietnam War. Rose Grosskopf provides an overview of these depictions, from the GI-produced comics of the 1960’s to the refugee-created graphic memoirs of the 2010s. This presentation follows her work as a Weiss Summer Research Fellow, examining illustrations of Vietnamese women alongside America’s evolving cultural memory of the war. Register directly with Staatsburg Library at staatsburglibrary.org

CONTACT:   (845) 889-4683
LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

Contextualizing The Best We Could Do: Graphic Depictions of the Women of the Vietnam War
Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is one of many graphic novels that portray the experiences of Vietnamese women during and after the Vietnam War. Rose Grosskopf provides an overview of these depictions, from the GI-produced comics of the 1960’s to the refugee-created graphic memoirs of the 2010s. This presentation follows her work as a Weiss Summer Research Fellow, examining illustrations of Vietnamese women alongside America’s evolving cultural memory of the war. Register directly with Staatsburg Library at staatsburglibrary.org

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 889.4683
  

LOCATION: Staatsburg Library

 
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Readers Rendezvous

An open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with the Grinnell Library at grinnell-library.org

2642 E. Main Street, Wappingers Falls

CONTACT:   (845) 297-3428
LOCATION: Grinnell Public Library District

An open discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with the Grinnell Library at grinnell-library.org

2642 E. Main Street, Wappingers Falls

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 297.3428
  

LOCATION: Grinnell Public Library District

Thursday October 28, 2021
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6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Beekman Book Club

Join a lively Discussion of The Best We could do by Thi Bui. For adults. Register with Beekman Library at beekmanlibrary.org

11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction

CONTACT:   (845) 724-3414
LOCATION: Beekman Library

Join a lively Discussion of The Best We could do by Thi Bui. For adults. Register with Beekman Library at beekmanlibrary.org

11 Town Center Blvd, Hopewell Junction

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 724.3414
  

LOCATION: Beekman Library

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jewish Federation of Dutchess County: Movie Night In

See a variety of narrative and documentary films that explore the many nuances of Jewish life. Watch from home and enjoy a cozy “night in.” Filmmakers and experts will join for open discussions following each screening. Presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Dutchess CountyRegistration required.

Movie: Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist (not rated)

This documentary profiles the celebrated comics artist Will Eisner, whose legendary career spanned formative newspaper strips (The Spirit) to some of the earliest American graphic novels (A Contract With God).

Watch the trailer

Screened via Zoom with Q&A to follow. Only the Q&A portion of this program will be recorded.

Registration required, click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT: Bradley Diuguid  (845) 485-3445 x3325  bdiuguid@poklib.org
LOCATION: Virtual Event

See a variety of narrative and documentary films that explore the many nuances of Jewish life. Watch from home and enjoy a cozy “night in.” Filmmakers and experts will join for open discussions following each screening. Presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Dutchess CountyRegistration required.

Movie: Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist (not rated)

This documentary profiles the celebrated comics artist Will Eisner, whose legendary career spanned formative newspaper strips (The Spirit) to some of the earliest American graphic novels (A Contract With God).

Watch the trailer

Screened via Zoom with Q&A to follow. Only the Q&A portion of this program will be recorded.

Registration required, click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CONTACT:
  Bradley Diuguid
  (845) 485.3445 x3325
   bdiuguid@poklib.org

LOCATION: Virtual Event

Friday October 29, 2021
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Big Read Virtual Book Group

Join a virtual discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with Millbrook Library at millbrooklibrary.org

3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook

CONTACT:   (845) 677-3611
LOCATION: Virtual - Millbrook Library

Join a virtual discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with Millbrook Library at millbrooklibrary.org

3 Friendly Lane, Millbrook

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 677.3611
  

LOCATION: Virtual - Millbrook Library

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Big Read Friday Night Movie Series

Film screening. Movie: Monsoon

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:   (845) 229-7791
LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Film screening. Movie: Monsoon

2 Main Street, Hyde Park

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 229.7791
  

LOCATION: Hyde Park Free Library

Saturday October 30, 2021
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8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hudson Valley Philharmonic Celebrates the Big Read

Hudson Valley Philharmonic: The Exile’s Journey

Inspired by Thi Bui’s graphic memoir The Best We Could Do, this program features female artists performing, with the orchestra, music from Europe, Vietnam, and America. Tickets available through the Bardavon Box Office. www.bardavon.org

35 Market Street 

CONTACT:   (845) 473-2072
LOCATION: Bardavon 1869 Opera House

Hudson Valley Philharmonic: The Exile’s Journey

Inspired by Thi Bui’s graphic memoir The Best We Could Do, this program features female artists performing, with the orchestra, music from Europe, Vietnam, and America. Tickets available through the Bardavon Box Office. www.bardavon.org

35 Market Street 

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 473.2072
  

LOCATION: Bardavon 1869 Opera House

Tuesday November 2, 2021
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce & Hot Ginger Tea

Teens, learn to make your own spring rolls and then impress your family!  Space is limited. For teens 12-18 years old. Teens must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Registration required.

CONTACT: Youth & Teen Service Desk  (845) 485-3445 x3320  youthevents@poklib.org
LOCATION: Adriance - Staff Room (Third Floor)
There is 1 space available.

Teens, learn to make your own spring rolls and then impress your family!  Space is limited. For teens 12-18 years old. Teens must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Youth & Teen Service Desk
  (845) 485.3445 x3320
   youthevents@poklib.org

LOCATION: Adriance - Staff Room (Third Floor)

There is 1 space available.

Friday November 5, 2021
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7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tell Me Another: The Best I Could Do

Big Read Storytelling Event

Local storytellers, including Moth Radio champion Terry Wolfisch Cole, take the stage for a night of tender, hilarious, and unforgettable true stories. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

12 Vassat Street, Poughkeepsie

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845) 485-3445 x3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Cunneen-Hackett Theater
There are 185 spaces available.

Big Read Storytelling Event

Local storytellers, including Moth Radio champion Terry Wolfisch Cole, take the stage for a night of tender, hilarious, and unforgettable true stories. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

12 Vassat Street, Poughkeepsie

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845) 485.3445 x3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Cunneen-Hackett Theater

There are 185 spaces available.

Saturday November 6, 2021
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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Big Read: The Lived Experience

Goretti Benca, daughter of Vietnamese refugees, grew up in the hudeson Valley. She shares her own life story interspersed with video recordings of older family members. Participants will also hear from Goretti's uncle, father Peter Vianny, the beloved Vietnamese-American priest formerly serving St. Peter's Parish in Poughkeepsie and Regina Coeli in Hyde Park. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)
There are 31 spaces available.

Goretti Benca, daughter of Vietnamese refugees, grew up in the hudeson Valley. She shares her own life story interspersed with video recordings of older family members. Participants will also hear from Goretti's uncle, father Peter Vianny, the beloved Vietnamese-American priest formerly serving St. Peter's Parish in Poughkeepsie and Regina Coeli in Hyde Park. Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)

There are 31 spaces available.

Sunday November 7, 2021
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2:30 PM - 2:30 PM
DATE CHANGED: Big Read: The Lived Experience

This event is now scheduled for Saturday, November 6, at 2:30 pm, at Adriance Memorial Library. 

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms

This event is now scheduled for Saturday, November 6, at 2:30 pm, at Adriance Memorial Library. 

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms

Tuesday November 9, 2021
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12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Spiceways! Vietnam

Learn how to make  phở, one of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes, from a local home cook. This video will be available on demand starting at noon, and is made possible by the Folk Arts Program at Arts Mid-Hudson, Humanities NY and the Robert R. Chapman Foundation of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley. Find the video on Facebook or Youtube at:

https://www.facebook.com/ArtsMidHudson

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLfJ8qHmS23EN7OcKZXpGnQ

LOCATION: Virtual - Arts MidHudson

Learn how to make  phở, one of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes, from a local home cook. This video will be available on demand starting at noon, and is made possible by the Folk Arts Program at Arts Mid-Hudson, Humanities NY and the Robert R. Chapman Foundation of the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley. Find the video on Facebook or Youtube at:

https://www.facebook.com/ArtsMidHudson

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLfJ8qHmS23EN7OcKZXpGnQ

LOCATION: Virtual - Arts MidHudson

 
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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Big Read Writing Workshop: Where I'm From

What parts of your past - where you grew up, the food you eat, your family and friends - make up who you are? Explore your origin story in this engaging writing workshop, open to adults, parent/child and grandparent/child duos of all ages. Facilitated by the Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP). Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT: Bradley Diuguid  (845) 485-3445 x3325  bdiuguid@poklib.org
LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)
There are 25 spaces available.

What parts of your past - where you grew up, the food you eat, your family and friends - make up who you are? Explore your origin story in this engaging writing workshop, open to adults, parent/child and grandparent/child duos of all ages. Facilitated by the Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP). Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Bradley Diuguid
  (845) 485.3445 x3325
   bdiuguid@poklib.org

LOCATION: Adriance - Charwat Meeting Room (Ground Floor)

There are 25 spaces available.

Wednesday November 10, 2021
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Cooking Workshop: Vietnamese Flavors in Season

Join Poughkeepsie Farm Project for a hands-on cooking class featuring Fresh Spring Rolls with Thai Basil, and Lemongrass Curry with Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Fall Greens. Chef SonyaJoy Key shares tips and techniques to make the preparation easy, fun, and inclusive of cooks of all ages. Class includes a tasting of each dish and a Thai basil plant to take home. This class will be led with your safety in mind. Raw foods will only be handled and eaten by the same household group. Any foods that are prepared by the group will be thoroughly heated before serving.  Social distancing will be in effect during the entire workshop. Masks will be required for all attendees. All children must be ages 5+ and accompanied by an adult. Register directly with Poughkeepsie Farm Project here.

8 North Cherry St, Poughkeepsie.

CONTACT:   jamie@farmproject.org
LOCATION: Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Kitchen

Join Poughkeepsie Farm Project for a hands-on cooking class featuring Fresh Spring Rolls with Thai Basil, and Lemongrass Curry with Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Fall Greens. Chef SonyaJoy Key shares tips and techniques to make the preparation easy, fun, and inclusive of cooks of all ages. Class includes a tasting of each dish and a Thai basil plant to take home. This class will be led with your safety in mind. Raw foods will only be handled and eaten by the same household group. Any foods that are prepared by the group will be thoroughly heated before serving.  Social distancing will be in effect during the entire workshop. Masks will be required for all attendees. All children must be ages 5+ and accompanied by an adult. Register directly with Poughkeepsie Farm Project here.

8 North Cherry St, Poughkeepsie.

CONTACT:
  
  
   jamie@farmproject.org

LOCATION: Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Kitchen

Thursday November 11, 2021
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Big Read: Leaving Home/Finding Home

A program of storytelling featuring three women’s tales of coming to America as children, highlighting their first impressions, joys, and struggles. Presented by the American Association of University Women, Poughkeepsie Branch. Register by emailing program.aauw.poughkeepsie@gmail.com  This is a virtual program and will not be recorded for viewing at a later time.

LOCATION: Virtual - AAUW Poughkeepsie Branch

A program of storytelling featuring three women’s tales of coming to America as children, highlighting their first impressions, joys, and struggles. Presented by the American Association of University Women, Poughkeepsie Branch. Register by emailing program.aauw.poughkeepsie@gmail.com  This is a virtual program and will not be recorded for viewing at a later time.

LOCATION: Virtual - AAUW Poughkeepsie Branch

Friday November 12, 2021
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Big Read Book Group

Join a virtual discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with LaGrange Association Library at laglib.org

This is a virtual program, and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

CONTACT:   (845) 452-3141
LOCATION: Virtual/LaGrange Association Library

Join a virtual discussion of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Register with LaGrange Association Library at laglib.org

This is a virtual program, and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 452.3141
  

LOCATION: Virtual/LaGrange Association Library

 
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday Night Flicks Series

'Daughter from Danang' tells the story of Heidi Bub/Mai Thi Hiep, airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975 as a baby, as she is reunited with her Vietnamese mother, Mai Thi Kim, in the 1990s. Register with Pleasant Valley Library at pleasantvalleylibrary.org

3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley

CONTACT:   (845) 635-8460
LOCATION: Pleasant Valley Library

'Daughter from Danang' tells the story of Heidi Bub/Mai Thi Hiep, airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975 as a baby, as she is reunited with her Vietnamese mother, Mai Thi Kim, in the 1990s. Register with Pleasant Valley Library at pleasantvalleylibrary.org

3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 635.8460
  

LOCATION: Pleasant Valley Library

Saturday November 13, 2021
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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Big Read Workshop: How to Tell Your Story in Words and Pictures

Participants will create a short graphic narrative telling their own story. No experience necessary. Register with Pleasant Valley Library at www.pleasantvalleylibrary.org

3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley

CONTACT:   (845) 635-8460
LOCATION: Pleasant Valley Library

Participants will create a short graphic narrative telling their own story. No experience necessary. Register with Pleasant Valley Library at www.pleasantvalleylibrary.org

3 Maggiacomo Lane, Pleasant Valley

CONTACT:
  
  (845) 635.8460
  

LOCATION: Pleasant Valley Library

 
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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Big Read Close

Gather at the Art Wall to take in the portraits and essays created by our local high school students who were inspired by the Big Read companion book I Am Home: Portraits of Immigrant Teenagers. We will also gather in the meeting room to reflect on our 2021 Big Read and discuss what's happening next year! Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT: Jewel Ratzlaff  (845)485-3445 x 3372  jratzlaff@poklib.org
LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms
There are 54 spaces available.

Gather at the Art Wall to take in the portraits and essays created by our local high school students who were inspired by the Big Read companion book I Am Home: Portraits of Immigrant Teenagers. We will also gather in the meeting room to reflect on our 2021 Big Read and discuss what's happening next year! Masks required for all attendees. Registration required.

CONTACT:
  Jewel Ratzlaff
  (845)485.3445 x 3372
   jratzlaff@poklib.org

LOCATION: Boardman Road - Greene Rooms

There are 54 spaces available.


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