2021 Reading Season Events


January 2021

Junior Event
Monday, January 18, 2021 — 11:00 am
Roots of Black Music in America

Inspired by our Saratoga Reads selection, join educator and performer Karlus Trapp as he celebrates Martin Luther King Day by taking you on a joyful 100-year interactive journey!

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February 2021

Junior Event
Monday, February 1, 2021 — 9:00 am
The Read Woke Challenge

This is an ongoing event that lasts through the end of September, 2021. If you haven’t yet started participating in the Read Woke Challenge, with our Saratoga READS! Junior book title, now is a great time to start! By participating, you can earn chances to be entered into quarterly drawings for possiible prizes!

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Thursday, February 11, 2021 — 6:00 pm
Poetry Café

From the New York Times Book Review ‘New and Notable’ section:

This vast anthology gathers voices both canonical and overlooked to build an implicit but unassailable case that Black poetry is central to American literature.

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Junior Event
Sunday, February 14, 2021 — 12:00 am
Random Acts of Kindness

This is an ongoing event that lasts through March 13. The program is for children to do a random act for someone else to make all feel welcome.

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Junior Event
Monday, February 15, 2021 — 11:00 am
Winter Scavenger Hunt on Snowshoes

Inspired by the animals featured in the SaratogaReads! Jr book selection, join us on a Scavenger Hunt for animal tracks and other signs of winter at Camp Saratoga.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 — 5:30 pm
Saratoga Book Festival Online: Andre Perry in Conversation with Amon Emeka

Saratoga Book Festival, Saratoga Springs Public Library, and Skidmore College are pleased to present this SaratogaREADS! event featuring Dr. Andre M. Perry, Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, and author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, in conversation with Dr. Amon Emeka, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the First Year Experience at Skidmore College.

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Junior Event
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 — 6:30 pm
Owl Prowl

This program is inspired by our Saratoga READS! Junior selection which features tree-dwelling animals. Learn owl calls and then go for an Owl Prowl walk to listen for these nighttime predators!

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 — 3:30 pm
Books and Tea

Books and Tea Meets to discuss this year’s Saratoga READS! selction, Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues by Carol Daggs, and the SaratogaREADS! Junior Companion Selection, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate.

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Junior Event
Friday, February 19, 2021 — 6:30 pm
Owl Prowl

This program is inspired by our Saratoga READS! Junior selection which features tree-dwelling animals. Learn owl calls and then go for an Owl Prowl walk to listen for these nighttime predators!

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Junior Event
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 — 6:30 pm
Owl Prowl

This program is inspired by our Saratoga READS! Junior selection which features tree-dwelling animals. Learn owl calls and then go for an Owl Prowl walk to listen for these nighttime predators!

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March 2021

Junior Event
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 — 6:30 pm
Owl Prowl

This program is inspired by our Saratoga READS! Junior selection which features tree-dwelling animals. Learn owl calls and then go for an Owl Prowl walk to listen for these nighttime predators!

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Junior Event
Friday, March 5, 2021 — 6:30 pm
Owl Prowl

This program is inspired by our Saratoga READS! Junior selection which features tree-dwelling animals. Learn owl calls and then go for an Owl Prowl walk to listen for these nighttime predators!

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Junior Event
Monday, March 8, 2021 — 4:15 pm
SaratogaREADS! Junior Book Discussion (1 of 2)

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL.

You’re invited to participate in this 2-session Junior Discussion program in cooperation with Skidmore College! Those who register will receive a free copy, to keep, of this year’s book choice, Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate!

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Junior Event
Monday, March 15, 2021 — 4:15 pm
SaratogaREADS! Junior Book Discussion (2 of 2)

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL.

You’re invited to participate in this 2-session Junior Discussion program in cooperation with Skidmore College! Those who register will receive a free copy, to keep, of this year’s book choice, Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate!

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Thursday, March 18, 2021 — 3:30 pm
Books and Tea

With selections related to our season’s reading book choice, Books and Tea Meets to discuss The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021 — 12:00 pm
Beginning Your Family History Journey

Genealogy, or the study of family history, has been described as the “fastest-growing hobby in America”. Join us for a basic genealogy course so we can get you started with your family history!

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April 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 — 7:00 pm
With the Band: Interview with Billy Cole of Cole's Woodwind Shop

Over the course of nearly 50 years in the music business, Billy Cole has become a personal friend and respected musical instrument repairman for some of the top musicians in the industry. His small music shop on Phila Street next to Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs serves as a welcoming haven for musicians, including jazz, rock and classical musicians performing at SPAC and other area venues. Come join this informative and heartfelt interview of the local craftsman, neighbor, and business owner.

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May 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021 — 10:00 am
Tracing the Footsteps: A Personal Voyage of Discovery

Belarus, formerly a part of the Soviet Union known as White Russia, is seldom visited by Americans. Join Rhona Koretzky for her own story of family history. In 2010, she and her husband traveled to Belarus to visit the birthplaces of her grandparents and previous generations.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 — 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lunch: The Lattimore Circle: The Saga of an African American Family's Fight for Racial and Social Justice

For African Americans issues of social justice and family have always been deeply intertwined. Librarians Lorie Wies and Julie O’Connor will present the narrative of the Lattimore family - a local African American family whose lives and activities influenced American history from the Revolutionary War through the early 20th Century.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021 — 12:00 pm
One Foot in Power, One Foot in Slavery

Torn between the social power that came from white heritage while burdened by the stigmas that came with having dark skin. Living in a split world, learn how Douglass Carr Cunningham’s family background spun an interesting picture of being part of two very distinct worlds through his own research and discoveries!

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