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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. ♦ Leonard Cohen

Summary: Week of August 11-18

Fourteen patrons attended the Wednesday, August 14th showing of the Oscar-winning film, To Kill a Mockingbird. The event was part of a buildup to the September Friends Broadway trip for a matinee performance of theatrical adaptation starring Jeff Daniels (Registration is full).Patrons enjoyed coffee, ice tea and lemonade, and noshed on pecan and peach tartlets (chosen for a taste of the south). Even though most had seen the film one or more times, there were key moments when the audience gave a collective gasp, as the story, despite showing its age, remains a powerfully crafted drama. Audience members who are also registered for the Broadway trip might anticipate seeing a transfer of plotline attention more in keeping with current sensibilities.

With their normal venue in use for the movie, Wednesday Night mahjongg and cardgame players relocated to the 2nd floor office suite. We will, henceforth, keep two card tables available in that room for such occasions when the Community Room is needed for special Wednesday evening events.

Youth Services Librarian, Marybeth's morning "Twist 'n' Shout" Toddler Times and afternoon Storytimes were also big draws on Wednesday, as there seemed to be a slight lull in vacation vacancies in the week before that last pre-semester getaway at the end of August.

Design continues on our Fall Newsletter, due out in the first week of September. We joined our siblings in "The Mighty Five Libraries of South Orangetown" to book Chicago documentarian, Craig Dudnick to show his film, Alice's Ordinary People on November 3rd at the Orangeburg Library. Look for a program description in the newsletter, where the Friends of the Library will also announce their winter event.


Discussion: Harper Lee and "To Kill a Mockingbird"

As part of a ramp up to the September trip to see the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Friends of the Blauvelt Free Library invite all to participate in a group discussion comparing the book and film. Meet in the Community Room on Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 pm for refreshments and friendly talk.

Next month, we'll show the Oscar-winning film (Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm).

Documentary on Harper Lee Sets Stage for Broadway Show

On Wednesday, July 17 at 7 pm, we will present a documentary in the Community Room from the PBS American Masters series called, Harper Lee: from Mockingbird to Watchman. The showing will run for 83 minutes. It's the first of our three-part windup preceding the Friends of Blauvelt Library's trip to the Schubert Theatre on Saturday, September 21st for a matinee performance of the record-smashing play starring Jeff Daniels and Tony Award winner for Best Actress, Celia Keenan-Bolger.

The documentary is a 2016 revision of Westchester Director Mary McDonagh Murphy's 2011 video, Hey Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird, updated to include discussion of Lee's literary prequel, Go Set a Watchman, released in 2015. It details the long, interwoven history of the two books that took more than fifty years to unfold, and interviews some of Lee's many high-profile fans, including Oprah Winfrey and Tom Brokaw. Murphy's 2015 trip to interview Lee in her hometown is also included.

On Wednesday, July 24m look for our book discussion on the novel at 6:30 pm. Both events will include refreshments.

"Tucson" Charlie Boone on the Road

Blauvelt Free Library's Food Blogger, Charlie Boone goes home to the Southwest in his latest posts to "Boone Appetit". His first stop is a a cafe in a venerable hotel in Tucson, Arizona with two working phone booths and terrific food.

Read about it here:

A Universe of Stories: Summer Reading 2019

Join us for Summer Reading this year!  We have Clubs for ages 2 through grade 12 ! Reading during the summer helps our kids to maintain their skills and to avoid the dreaded "summer slide." Receive prizes for reading, too. Click the image to access our Mighty 5 Libraries collaborative flyer with all the South Orangetown library programs. Please contact Marybeth, our youth librarian, with any questions or to register.
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Latest Post to "Boone Appetit," our Food Blog

Charlie Boone, our resident food blogger, takes his family on a culinary adventure to a Filipino restaurant in Spring Valley, NY that he's been meaning to try for years.

Charlie is the "full Monty" as a foodie -- he loves to bake and cook, loves restaurants and is curious about new, untried things.

Read his post at the link below, but take some time to scroll down to read more of his ruminations on edibles and potables.

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