December 1st, The 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Today is the  60th anniversary of the  start of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Civil rights activist Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat to a white man on December 1st, 1955, propelled the start of the yearlong Montgomery Bus Boycott, which eventually ended the practice of legally segregated transportation. It is a common misconception that Mrs. Parks  was just an unassuming but weary seamstress who was just tired and unwilling to give up her seat that fateful day.  An active member of the NAACP, Parks wrote  in her autobiography, “… that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”  Let’s not forget the courageous act of this woman this day and every day and as Parks said, “You must never be fearful of something, when you know it is right.”    To learn more about Rosa Parks, the above titles are books available at the Newburgh Free Library .

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As Thanksgiving Approaches, Let’s Try Listening a Little Harder

Have you ever heard of an organization called StoryCorps?  Their mission is to “provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.”  It honors and celebrate the lives or ordinary American citizens — everyone has at least one story to tell, don’t they?

If you’ve never listened to any of their stories, you might want to  watch,  Listening is an act of love: a Storycorps special.”As Thanksgiving approaches, Storycorps has developed a program they call the #TheGreatListen where every day citizens can record the stories that bring the StoryCorps experience out of the booth and puts it entirely in the hands of users, enabling anyone, anywhere to record conversations with another person for archiving at the Library of Congress and on the new website.

StoryCorps hopes to make the Great Thanksgiving Listen a national tradition and to continue fostering meaningful connections within families, communities, and classrooms while also creating a singular and priceless archive of American history and wisdom.  We hope you give StoryCorps and #theGreatListen a try this Thanksgiving.


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In Honor of Veterans Day 2015


Tomorrow we honor all who have served.  Here are some authors that have fought in recent wars and works that have been inspired by their military service.  Remember to #thankavet!




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Raising Awareness for Domestic Violence

This Thurs., Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Safe Homes of Orange County is sponsoring a film screening ofDreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex and Power in Music Videos” at the Main library and a Q & A Session to follow in observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   The film examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality.  Here are some books the library has relevant to the subject matter.  Check them out today!

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R.I. P. Henning Mankell

Yesterday, Henning Mankell, world renowned  Swedish crime author, passed away due to lung cancer.   A dramatist and a children’s author as well, Mankell was  best known for the mystery series with the creation of  the character, Inspector Kurt Wallandar.  If you’ve never read anything by Mankell, he has written over 40 novels that are sure to give any reader delight.  Here are some of the titles available at the Newburgh Free Library.

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Celebrating the Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week

The last week of September is Banned Books Week.  Here is the  American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom top 10 books challenged books in the United States this year.   Read one today!

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Attention Book Clubs – Read Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

If your book club is looking for the next great book to discuss, I suggest you read Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade.  Inspired by true events, Orphan #8  is a debut historical fiction novel about four year old  Rachel Rabinowitz who enters the world of New York City’s orphan#8Jewish orphanage system at the beginning of the 20th century.  The author shines a light into this forgotten world where the orphans were often the subject of  medical research.  Unfortunately,  Rachel is orphan # 8 and has consequences from the medical research that is performed on her by Dr.  Mildred Solomon. The book goes back and forth in time;  from her time at the Hebrew Infant Home  to 1954, where Rachel is a hospice nurse in the Old Hebrews Home.  Life and time have not always been easy on Rachel  as we see her in her role as hospice nurse. Suddenly her next patient is wheeled in — it is Dr. Solomon!  I don’t want to give any spoiler alerts. so I’ll leave what happens next to the reader.  Forgiveness and revenge are definitely subjects that would be pondered by members of your book club grou.  Read this book, you won’t regret it!

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