From the Director’s Chair : Fall 2019
After a summer packed full of all kinds of events and activities, you’d think we’d stop for a minute to catch our breath! But that’s not the case here at PGTPL because the staff and I have been feverishly working to bring you another jam-packed quarter of fun and exciting things to do here at your library.
In August, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival with a showing of the documentary Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music on Saturday, August 17, from 1-5 p.m. Featuring legendary musical performances from such luminaries as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Joan Baez, this award-winning film chronicles the watershed counterculture musical event that took place on a small dairy farm in upstate New York on August 15-18, 1969.
September offers a whole host of thrilling events and promotions. First, we are celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month, where everyone is reminded that signing up for a library card is the first step to a lifetime of learning and reading enjoyment. Also, we’ll be celebrating Banned Books Week (BBW) from September 22-28. For libraries and librarians, BBW is really a great way to highlight the importance of each individual’s right to free expression through the materials they read and view. Be sure to check out our display of banned books this month! We round off the month with something entirely new and exciting: the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Running September 26-October 6, this event gathers together over 100,000 film lovers in multiple venues in over 250 cities across six continents to view and vote on the finalists in the 22nd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. Be sure to read more inside about the specific dates and times the library will be showing films and how you can cast your vote!
There’s even more going on at the library in the month of October. On Sunday, October 6, from 1-4:30 p.m. we are featuring our Community Costume Closet where participants can donate, pick out, or swap Halloween costumes for an item that is new to you. Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative that runs October 13-19 and is designed to inspire teens to devote more of their free time reading in a world where so many other activities vie for their attention. On Saturday, October 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. we are hosting our very own Mystery at the Library fundraising event. This is an all-ages event. Tickets go on sale September 1. Cost is $15 per adult ticket, $7.50 for those under 18. Can you help us solve the mystery? To finish off the month, we have our annual Trick-or-Treat at the Library event on Thursday, October 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe indoor trick-or-treat experience. Dress up and pick up treats throughout the library’s first and second floors, provided by local businesses, organizations, and library staff.
That’s just a sneak peek of what we’ve got planned for the fall. Be sure to read the rest of the Fall 2019 Library Guide for a complete rundown of all the other things we have in store!