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Exhibit - Captured: The Sun & the Moon, and Sky - Charcoals by Terry Straus

Sunday Feb 1, 2015 Saturday Feb 28, 2015

Artist's Reception: Sunday, February 1st, from 2:00 to 4:00PM

For the month of February, the Library will exhibit recent charcoals by local artist Terry Straus. Straus's work examines her suburban surroundings, combining landscape and pop art elements. She explains, "I interrupt atmospheric sky-scapes with pure color and hard edged graphics. I dissect the modern landscape's deep space with black glossy line. My paintings use familiar objects such as road-signs, street-lights, and wires to express the menacing, subversive, and dissolute vibe in today's suburbs." Straus sites both JMW Turner and Robert Indiana as inspirations. An opening reception for Straus's show will be Sunday, February 1st, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Straus studied art at The Cooper Union High School Scholarship Program, FIT, Queens College, and Brooklyn College. She is a life member and recipient of an Artist in Residence Scholarship of the Art Students League. She worked for the advertising house Della Femina, Travisano, and Partners and was Assistant Art Director on Forum Magazine. Straus taught art in the New York City public schools, helping inner city children pass the New York State Art Regents, exhibit their work, and gain admission to college programs. She lives in the Hudson Valley and has a studio at Garner Arts.

"The Class" presented by 1st Friday Film Series

Friday Feb 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Film strip

Monthly series: 1st Friday of every month.

Free and open to public. February film: "The Class" (2008)

February’s movie is an absolutely riveting film that pushes the boundary between documentary and fiction… to the breaking point.

THE CLASS, brilliantly directed by Laurent Cantet in cinéma-vérité style, depicts a year in the life in an inner-city, multiracial classroom of a Parisian French teacher. It was the unanimous choice of the Cannes Jury (led by Sean Penn) as the greatest film of the year. Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a French version of “Dead Poets Society" you’ll be disappointed… No Hollywood glitz here, no plot-driven, melodramatic conclusion. But if you’re looking for an astonishing, authentic picture of a gritty French school, largely improvised over a year, by a group of gifted non-actors, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen. I promise you.

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

“Powerful, mesmerizing and full of moments that linger long after the bell rings.” —Newsday

“The movie is bursting with life, energy, fears, frustrations.” —Roger Ebert

"Extraordinary. Fierce, funny and moving.” —Rolling Stone

“The Class is a true movie miracle: fragile yet indelible." —New York Magazine

Watch the trailer below… and please join us on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 pm. The screening and discussion are free, as always!

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Local Author, Dr. Deb Castaldo presents her book Relationship Reboot: Tech Support for Love

Sunday Feb 8, 2015, 2 p.m.

The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library is pleased to host local author, Dr. Deb Castaldo, as she presents her book Relationship Reboot: Tech Support for Love.

Have you completely lost your connection to AOL (Appreciation, Openness, and Love)?

Are you ready to hit DELETE and head off to divorce court?

The divorce epidemic has remained at consistent levels for the past half century, with more than 50 to 60% of couples ending up divorced.

The statistics for 2nd and 3rd marriages remain even higher at 75-85%.

If your relationship is crashing, is there any hope you can still REBOOT your way back to a healthy, happy marriage?

Yes! No matter how long a relationship has been "going viral", there is hope! Couples can learn to be their own "Tech Squad for Love"!

In this ground-breaking book, couples and marriage therapist Dr. Deb Castaldo provides the "best of the best" techniques to help couples REBOOT and stay online for good!

In her uplifting presentation, participants will learn:

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