2019 Reading Season Events


December 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018 — 12:00 am
Teen Writing Invitational

From December 1 through the 31, submit essays for a chance to be picked as a winning story by Teens4Refugees Director, Sachika Shah.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018 — 3:30 pm
Books and Tea: The Latehomecomer

Join the library’s reading group, Books & Tea, as we discuss the book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, by the author and speaker of SR!’s 2019 capstone event.

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January 2019

Junior Event
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 — 6:00 pm
Where in the World Food and Fun Club: Peru

Children in Grades 3-6 are invited to join a monthly club that will explore different cultures! Listen to a story, do an activity or craft, and eat a snack enjoyed by people around the world. The club will meet in the library’s Children’s Room from 6:00PM -6:30PM on the second Tuesday of each month from January through May. Register online, in the Children’s Room, or by calling 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019 — 2:30 pm
Poetry Café - January

Poetry Café attendees will have the opportunity to do close readings of poems, as well as discuss and enjoy their sound and sense with others. This season’s poems will center on the experiences of refugees and migrants.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 — 7:00 pm
Books and Brews: Exit West

This month we’ll be meeting to discuss the SR! 2019 selection choice book, Exit West. Come join us, adults of all ages are welcome to attend!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 — 12:00 pm
From Immigrant to President: Dr. Roger Ramsammy

Dr. Ramsammy, a local, will provide insight into his personal journey as a child growing up in poverty-stricken Trinidad through a transformative time where he became a doctor, and is now President of a local college.

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February 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 — 6:00 pm
Avalon Film Screening

Join us for a special SaratogaREADS! movie night where we will watch the 1990 film “Avalon,” which follows three generations of a Jewish-Polish family as they try to make a better future in Baltimore.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 — 11:00 am
Better Off Read - Testimony

Better off Read is the library’s new mystery, thriller and crime discussion reading group. This month we’ll be discussing Testimony by Scott Turow.

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Junior Event
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — 6:00 pm
Where in the World Food and Fun Club: England

Children in Grades 3-6 are invited to join a monthly club that will explore different cultures! Listen to a story, do an activity or craft, and eat a snack enjoyed by people around the world. The club will meet in the library’s Children’s Room from 6:00PM -6:30PM on the second Tuesday of each month from January through May. Register online, in the Children’s Room, or by calling 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

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Junior Event
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — 6:30 pm
Saratoga READS! 2019 Junior Discussion (Snow Date)

THIS IS A SNOW DATE ONLY. Partnering with Skidmore for discussions over The Refugee with schoolchildren in grades 4-6 of the Saratoga Springs City School District. This is a two-part program. Registration is required.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 — 2:30 pm
Poetry Café - February

Poetry Café attendees will have the opportunity to do close readings of poems, as well as discuss and enjoy their sound and sense with others. This season’s poems will center on the experiences of refugees and migrants.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019 — 7:00 pm
Books and Brews: Born a Crime

This month we’ll be discussing the book by comedian and talk-show host Trevor Noah, Born a Crime, and how it relates to the 2019 SR! selection choices.

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March 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019 — 10:00 am
TED Talk Discussion: Caught Between Worlds

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues.

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Junior Event
Friday, March 8, 2019 — 2:00 pm
Preschool Story/Art - SR! Special

Children ages 3.5 - 5 years will enjoy stories and a related hands-on craft activity related to the themes of this year’s SartogaREADS! selections.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — 12:00 pm
Immigrant Rights, Right Now! With The Legal Project

The Albany, NY based Legal Project has been working with new U.S. residents and immigrants to understand their rights. Learn more or get information for others. For more information on the Legal Project and all that they do (this is only a small aspect of what they are doing), visit their website.

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Junior Event
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — 6:00 pm
Where in the World Food and Fun Club: Italy

Children in Grades 3-6 are invited to join a monthly club that will explore different cultures! Listen to a story, do an activity or craft, and eat a snack enjoyed by people around the world. The club will meet in the library’s Children’s Room from 6:00PM -6:30PM on the second Tuesday of each month from January through May. Register online, in the Children’s Room, or by calling 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 — 2:30 pm
Poetry Café - March

Poetry Café attendees will have the opportunity to do close readings of poems, as well as discuss and enjoy their sound and sense with others. This season’s poems will center on the experiences of refugees and migrants.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 — 7:00 pm
Capstone Event: An Evening with Kao Kalia Yang

Join Kao Kalia Yang, a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, public speaker, and natural storyteller, as she navigates her family’s story—and the story of the Hmong people—from imprisonment, their harrowing escape, a refugee camp, and their immigration to Minnesota when Yang was only six years old.

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April 2019

Junior Event
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — 6:00 pm
Where in the World Food and Fun Club: Germany

Children in Grades 3-6 are invited to join a monthly club that will explore different cultures! Listen to a story, do an activity or craft, and eat a snack enjoyed by people around the world. The club will meet in the library’s Children’s Room from 6:00PM -6:30PM on the second Tuesday of each month from January through May. Register online, in the Children’s Room, or by calling 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

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May 2019

Junior Event
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 — 6:00 pm
Where in the World Food and Fun Club: France

Children in Grades 3-6 are invited to join a monthly club that will explore different cultures! Listen to a story, do an activity or craft, and eat a snack enjoyed by people around the world. The club will meet in the library’s Children’s Room from 6:00PM -6:30PM on the second Tuesday of each month from January through May. Register online, in the Children’s Room, or by calling 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

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