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Gallery Exhibition: Paper Playgrounds, Canvas Carnivals & Other Oddities by Meagan J. Meehan

Wednesday Mar 1, 2017 Friday Mar 31, 2017

Artist's Reception: Sunday, March 5th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

For the month of March, the Library will exhibit Paper Playgrounds, Canvas Carnivals & Other Oddities by Meagan J. Meehan in the gallery. This exhibition seeks to promote joy, happiness, and playfulness. Amid the stresses of everyday life, the artwork of Meagan J. Meehan aims to be an amusing distraction: a means of delighting, entertaining, or even shocking viewers into smiling, pondering, and—at the very least—looking. The artwork seeks to invoke peoples’ perceptions and enable them to enter a world where there is no right or wrong, up or down, left or right, back or front; instead, there is only imagination and creativity. The exhibition seeks to provoke audiences to embrace the unusual, the colorful, and the joyful. It aims to play with the viewers’ perceptions, enlighten them to the shapes present in common (recycled) objects, and—most importantly—provide enjoyment.

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First Friday Film Series presents: Citizen Kane (1941) 1 hr 59 min

Friday Mar 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

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

“Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted, then lost it.”

Between the suggestions to feature more “serious” movies and the current political situation, it seems the time might be right for another viewing of Citizen Kane. The photographer in me gets giddy over the lush full-spectrum black and white tableaux, but the film features spectacular writing and performances to accompany the gorgeous cinematography.

Everyone knows the story of a thinly disguised William Randolph Hearst done up as Charles Foster Kane. Brilliantly conceived and played by Welles, Kane tells the story of the newspaperman and his climb to fame and power using newspapers as the vehicle of his ascent. Ultimately, his naked ambition and pursuit of power at the expense of personal relationships and human kindness leaves him alone, bitter and paranoid.

Spoiler alert: Rosebud is a sled. And in supreme cinematic style, viewers are let in on the secret, while nobody in the film has any idea what the old man is muttering about. As the camera lingers on the Rosebud branded sled, burning in the incinerator, it then turns upward, to reveal smoke, nothing but smoke, slowly diffusing into nothing.

And anyone reading this who wonders why we might be interested in this film at this particular juncture? Well, let’s just say you haven’t been paying attention to the be-robed magnate, wandering the halls of his mansion, alone, nobody but his fears and paranoia to keep the darkness at bay. “Rosebud,” indeed.

We’re going to be screening this stunning and unique film at the Piermont Public Library, Friday March 3rd, at 7:30 pm. FREE FREE FREE. Do join us, won’t you?

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Family Bingo Night

Friday Mar 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m.

For children age 5 and up with an adult.

Enjoy a few rounds of Bingo with snacks and prizes.

Call to 845-359-4595 register.

Fridays, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 11.

Recognizing Signs of Mental Health Issues in Adolescence

Wednesday Mar 29, 2017, 6 p.m. 7:45 p.m.

NOTE: The event location is TAPPAN FREE LIBRARY, 93 Main Street, Tappan, NY 10983

Learn what is typical and reasonable behavior as well as warning signs of emotional difficulties in adolescence. Learn to identify unique risk factors and signs of substance abuse, suicide, depression, eating disorders and other mental health issues so you know when your teen is in trouble and how to effectively get help for your child. You will gain knowledge of the available professional, peer and self-help resources in our community. With panelists: Dr. Russell Tobe, Nathan Klein Institute, Kristina Peckins, Mental Health Association of Rockland Vickie Shaw, Director of Wellcore and moderator, Dr. Kathleen Keefe-Cooperman.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Palisades, Piermont and Tappan Libraries.

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"Edible Books" Baking Contest during the 10th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday Apr 9, 2017, noon

The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library will host an "Edible Books" Baking Contest during our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

What is an "edible books" contest and how do you participate? Glad you asked!

Decorate a food item, usually a dessert, based on a book title, cover, character, etc. Take a look at our submission form or search Pinterest for some examples of booky cookies, poetic pastries, sci-fi pies, mysterious meringues and such to get your creative juices flowing… and baking!

Instructions: Submit your entry form by March 31st and bring your baked goods on April 9th for judging. Judging will be based on the visual presentation of your piece. Entries will not be tasted until after a winner is chosen.

Timeline on Sunday, April 9th:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Bring your entry to the library for setup.

  • 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Voting will be open to attendees of the 10th Anniversary Celebration. Everyone gets one vote.

  • 4 p.m. A winner will be announced, and then the best part, everyone gets to "eat your words" and taste all the "edible book" creations.

Click here for entry form: Edible Books Baking Contest submission form (PDF)

Find some "Edible Book" inspiration in the Valley Cottage Library bakeware collection! Did you know you can borrow specialty cake pans and cookie cutters from Valley Cottage with your Piermont card? (Bakeware items cannot be sent through interlibrary loan. Visit Valley Cottage to borrow them.) View their collections here:

Cake pans at Valley Cottage Library:

Cookie Cutters are Valley Cottage Library:

10th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday Apr 9, 2017, noon 5 p.m.

The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library will hold a 10th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 9, 2017, 12 - 5 pm, to mark its first decade in the McHugh building. The library, chartered in 1896, opened the doors to its newly built Flywheel Park location on a bright and brisk Hudson Valley day in March 2007.

Just what has taken place in that charming yellow building by the river since that day? Come find out. Festivities will include live music by the Old No. 7 Band, food trucks, tech demos, children's art, stories & crafts, library history & trivia, grounds tours, mini golf in the stacks, an "edible books" baking contest (submission forms available at the front desk or as a downloadable PDF), and more. Our gallery space will feature a brief history of how the library came to be, how the current building got its name, and how the institution continues to evolve as a community hub.

As part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration, the library is offering two excellent naming opportunities for donors. First, there will be a 10th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign with a generous Matching Challenge. Donations to the 10th Anniversary Fund will be matched by longtime supporters Dale and Ed Nelson up to the first $5,000 raised. This is a chance to make your contribution to the library go twice as far. Donors who give $250 or more will have their names engraved on a 10th Anniversary Wall plaque. Double your impact and leave a lasting declaration of your support by giving to the 10th Anniversary Fund.

The second naming opportunity comes in the form of a special 10th Anniversary Path of engraved bricks. This new walkway will connect the bench on the front lawn to the sidewalk that leads to the rain garden. This is a unique opportunity to commemorate your loved ones while contributing to your library. Donate just $200, a discounted rate from the front Path of Friends, to inscribe one line on a brick.

All contributions are tax deductible. Donations to the 10th Anniversary Fund and Path will support the library's stated mission and future maintenance of a now aging and well-used building. Visit the library for donation forms, or download them here. Help keep your charming yellow library robust for the next 10 years and beyond.


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