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Sunday Poetry Salon

Sunday Apr 30, 2017, 2 p.m.

The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library presents a reading by three local poets: Michael Collins, Claudine Nash and Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to read original work during an open mic session after the presentation by our featured poets.

Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and have appeared in more than 50 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Express Chapbook Contest in 2014. A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published later that year, and a second chapbook, Harbor Mandala, appeared in 2015. Visit

Claudine Nash’s books include Parts per Trillion (Aldrich Press, 2016) and The Problem with Loving Ghosts (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She also co-edited the book In So Many Words: A Collection of Interviews and Poems from Today’s Poets with Adam Levon Brown (Madness Muse Press, 2016). Her poems have won prizes from Avalon Literary Review, Eye on Life Magazine, The Song Is… and Lady Chaos Press and have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Cloudbank, Asimov’s Science Fiction, StarLine, Yellow Chair Review, The Westchester Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and The MOON magazine amongst others.

Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich is the author of We Are Beautiful Like Snowflakes (, 2016). Her poems have appeared most recently in, Gather Round: A Collaboration of Cave Canem Workshop and Retreat Poets, and The Journal of Poetry Therapy. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Piermont, NY. Her poetry blog is

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please join us.

Gallery Exhibition: Opposites Attract: Realism & Abstraction by Paula Madawick

Monday May 1, 2017 Wednesday May 31, 2017

Reception: May 7th 2:00 – 4:00 PM

For the month of May, the Library will exhibit Opposites Attract, an exhibition pairing Paula Madawick’s realistic and abstract artworks through color, form and composition.

Paula Madawick describes herself as

“… a third generation artist. My formative years were spent in Rockland County in an avant-garde household with cultural forces such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage. Their presences strongly influence me.

At 17 I moved to New York City, attended then quit the School of Visual Arts, and became artist’s assistant to Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. I also continued my art education through life experiences such as tending bar at Andy Warhol’s parties in the Factory.

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First Friday Film Series presents: All the President's Men (1976) [PG] 2 hr. 18 min.

Friday May 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Monthly series: 1st Friday of every month. Free and open to public.

I certainly didn’t mean to; nonetheless we seem to be developing a theme here. For May’s First Friday Free Film, we’re going to view All the President’s Men.

This thriller, released in 1976, tells the tale of real-life Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they “follow the money” from a bungled break-in to meeting in a parking garage with the infamous “Deep Throat,” continuing all the way to the oval office.

Starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the dogged reporters chasing the first and certainly biggest story of their careers. Piecing together the shards, desperately trying to get subjects to speak on the record, doing the unglamorous legwork that turns rumors into front page stories. No “fake news” here folks, it’s all real, it all really happened, and it’s a ripping good yarn.

Come join us, May 5, 7:30 pm at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library. FREE.

~ Film Series Curator, Chris X. Carroll

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Cookbook Club

Tuesday May 9, 2017, 6:45 p.m.

Browse the featured cookbook at the front desk and sign up for the recipe you’d like to make. Then bring a batch of your selected dish to share, potluck style, during a round table discussion and tasting. Paper plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided by the library.

If your recipe doesn't work out, come anyway! We'd like to hear about your experiences with the recipe, what worked, what didn't, and why. That's what it's all about.

May book selection: The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

A copy is available at the library's front desk. Once you've had a chance to peruse the book, please sign up for the recipe you'd like to make.

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