November is National Adoption Month

I was listening to Oprah on the radio the other day and the topic was about  twins who were reunited after a long time.  Many of the these pairs were separated at birth and given up for adoption.  The stories were fascinating  and it made me think of all of the sides involved in the adoption process: birth mother and father,  adoptive parents, adoptees, siblings and all the tales that could be interwoven from their perspectives.  Since November is National Adoption Month, here are some nonfiction and fiction titles that deal with the adoption experience:

redthread   tapestryoffortunes   loveinthedriestseason  chinaghosts   arethesekidsyours

21911660  adoptionanswer   twolittlegirls  diggingintoamerica  adoptionyourstepbystepguide
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Don’t Give Up on Writing Your Novel

It’s the second week of November, or what is more commonly known as National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.   We’re hoping that all would-be authors are still plugging along writing the next great novel.  If you’re hitting a writing block, take a break and  maybe refer to books about the writing process.  When all else fails, here are some novels that were successfully published during NaNoWriMo.  You can do it– these authors did!

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What’s Your Favorite Spooky Story?

The leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter.   With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to read something  that makes you hide under your blanket a little more.  We thought we’d share some titles that might give you a little shiver down your spine.

afterworlds    winterhaunting llittlestranger  birthinghouse     haunted     Irememberyou   annadressedinblood    seance  deliashadow   weareallcompletelyfine

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Happy Birthday Ursula Le Guin


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Ursula Le Guin turned 85  today and while the author is known for her stellar works in science fiction & fantasy it was this article in Brainpickings about her essays that caught my eye today,  I will be checking out The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination tomorrow.    What is your favorite  book?  Check it today!

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Introducing Friday Reads– Staff Picks

What are you reading this beautiful Friday afternoon?  Here’s a random poll of what our staff is currently reading:

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Suggestions for National Reading Group Month

October is National Reading Group Month by the Women’s National Book Association.  We support several book clubs at the library  for both adults and children.  We’d love to have you join one of our library book discussions.  In fact, Newburgh Free Library will be discussing the nonfiction book, Unbroken,  at two of our library book discussions as part of OrangeREADS.  Here are some great  additional suggestions of titles to read and discuss.

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Today is World Day of Bullying Prevention

Newburgh Free Library went orange last week for multiple sclerosis, and today everyone should be wearing blue to display their solidarity against bullying and cyber-bullying.  We all know how  hateful and dangerous bullying  can be.  Here are some books and DVDs we own on this pressing issue.

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Why Are We Wearing Orange Today?

index-1.aspxToday is Tie One On for Multiple Sclerosis and we’re wearing orange in support of co-workers who are dealing with this disease.   A disease of the nervous system, MS attacks the myelin that surrounds your nerves.  Without protection of the myelin, the nerves don’t function properly causing a range of symptoms that vary in severity.  More than 400,000 people in the United States have MS.  For help dealing with with the myriad of symptoms that come with this unpredictable disease, It’s Not All In Your Head, provides a self help approach for dealing with this disease. With personal stories on how how various people are coping  with this disease, it is also a reference guide, providing tools and strategies to deal with MS.  You can check out other books about MS here.


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From Banned Books to the Big Screen

Libraries have always  been staunch defenders of your right to read.  Founded in 1982, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read no matter how controversial or unpopular the content.  Here are some classic banned books and their screen adaptations.  Check them out of the library today!

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The Hudson River Craft Beer Festival


is right across the river this weekend and  we have some books that might appeal to you!

  1. Craft Beer Revolution by Steve Hindy
  2. The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein
  3. Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America’s Top Brewmasters by Michael Agnew
  4.  Ultimate Encyclopedia of Beer: The Definitive Guide to the World’s Great Brews by Roger Protz
  5. Running Press Pocket Guide to Beer by Micheal Jackson
  6. The Official Price Guide to Beer Cans by Bill Mugrage
  7. The Audacity of Hops: the History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli
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