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   Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:30 PM- 8:00 PM
The Murder of Richard Jennings: The True Story of New York’s First Murder for Hire
Event Location: Reference Room
Contact:    845-772-7586

*Program will be held in the Reference Room*

Author, police detective, and our own frequent presenter, Michael J. Worden, explores the complexity of this incident in an entertaining yet historically accurate manner. Worden examines the case from the origins of the dispute to the plot, murder, and aftermath. Worden has redefined what a true crime book should be.

The brutal murder of Richard Jennings in December of 1818 would gain notoriety as the first murder for hire in New York. It would also be remembered as an imperfect crime. Four men - James Teed, David Dunning, David Conkling,

Jack Hodges, and one woman - Hannah Teed, had conspired to murder Jennings after losing a protracted court battle over a parcel of land. Poorly made plans and rumors in the close-knit, nearby community of Sugar Loaf led to a quick unraveling of the conspiracy and arrest of the perpetrators. Future President Martin Van Buren assisted in prosecuting the case which ended up with two men in prison and two men to face the hangman before a crowd of almost 20,000 people.

Presenter:Michael Worden Charge: Free



6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
YA Summer Reading Program: Game On!
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact: Connie T.   845-856-7313
Got game? Then bring it! We’ll be playing an assortment of board games and card games. Are you into Magic the Gathering? Then bring your deck for some gaming fun. Snacks will be included!
All programs are open to students entering grades 7 – 12 and require advance registration. For info call 856-7313.




   Tuesday, July 29, 2014
10:15 AM- 11:00 AM
Toddler Time
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact:    845-856-7313
This is a story hour program for ages 18 months up to 3 years with a parent or guardian. It will include stories, finger plays, and songs. Call 845-856-7313 to register.


11:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Preschool Story Time
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact:    845-856-7313
This is a story hour program for children ages 3 to 5. It will include stories, fingerplays, and songs. Call 845-856-7313 to register.


   Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
YA Summer Reading Program: Dr. Who
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact: Connie T.   845-856-7313
Are you a Dr. Who fan or more like "doctor who?” In either case, join us as we celebrate the Doctor’s 50thanniversary! We’ll watch "one of the finest, scariest, cleverest Who episodes ever", make our very own sonic screwdrivers, and have some Who-inspired snacks.
All programs are open to students entering grades 7 – 12 and require advance registration. For info call 856-7313.



   Monday, August 04, 2014
6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
YA Summer Reading Program: Geocaching
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact: Connie T.   845-856-7313
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS technology. After learning the basics of the game, you’ll navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. While this cache will be hidden specifically for this program, there are hundreds of caches hidden in the Tri-State area. Come and find out what all the excitement is about!
All programs are open to students entering grades 7 – 12 and require advance registration. For info call 856-7313.



   Tuesday, August 05, 2014
10:15 AM- 11:00 AM
Toddler Time
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact:    845-856-7313
This is a story hour program for ages 18 months up to 3 years with a parent or guardian. It will include stories, finger plays, and songs. Call 845-856-7313 to register.


11:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Preschool Story Time
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact:    845-856-7313
This is a story hour program for children ages 3 to 5. It will include stories, fingerplays, and songs. Call 845-856-7313 to register.


6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
National Night Out
Event Location: Held at Riverside Park in Port Jervis
Contact:    845-856-7313

*Held at Riverside Park in Port Jervis*

The Hub is donating a laptop computer to be awarded at a drawing.  This family fun night is promoted by law enforcement agencies nationally.  Locally, it is held at Riverside Park.The Port Jervis Free Library and The Hub will be participating again this year. Come and enjoy the good food and music, and learn about all of the services available in the community.

If you are under 18, be sure to visit the Library/The Hub booth with a parent or guardian and register to be part of a drawing for a free laptop computer.

Hub Representative: TBD Charge: Free




   Saturday, August 09, 2014
2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Close Encounters with Birds of Prey
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact:    845-856-7313
You’ll see several live raptors and spend a magical hour gaining a greater knowledge and appreciation of the raptors of the northeast.

Bill Streeter, who has a BA in biology and an MS in zoology, will entertain, as well as educate you with the knowledge he has gained through over 30 years of studying and rehabilitating raptors, and through practicing the ancient art of falconry.

This is a special Elementary-aged Family Literacy Summer Reading Program, for children in grades K—6 and their parents.

Registration is required!  For information call 856-7313




   Tuesday, August 12, 2014
10:15 AM- 11:00 AM
Toddler Time
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact:    845-856-7313
This is a story hour program for ages 18 months up to 3 years with a parent or guardian. It will include stories, finger plays, and songs. Call 845-856-7313 to register.


11:00 AM- 11:45 AM
Preschool Story Time
Event Location: Story Hour Room - 2nd floor
Contact:    845-856-7313
This is a story hour program for children ages 3 to 5. It will include stories, fingerplays, and songs. Call 845-856-7313 to register.


   Wednesday, August 20, 2014
7:00 PM- 8:30 PM
Women's Book Discussion
Event Location: Reference Room
Contact: Connie   845-856-7313
We will be discussing the book Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts. Pick up your copy of the book on the second floor of the library.


   Monday, September 08, 2014
10:00 AM
Library Board Meeting
Event Location: Community Room
Contact:    845-856-7313
Meeting Notice:
The Port Jervis Free Library Board of Trustees will meet at 10:00AM in the Community Room.  Members of the community are welcome to attend.



   Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Cookbook Critique Club
Event Location: Children's Room - 2nd floor
Contact: Barbara L.   845-856-7313
Would you like to meet foodies, taste food, and rate the recipe?  Our club will meet once a month on the third Thursday.  If you are interested, please sign up at the library.  A new cookbook and recipes to try each month.


   Monday, October 13, 2014
10:00 AM
Library Board Meeting
Event Location: Community Room
Contact:    845-856-7313
Meeting Notice:
The Port Jervis Free Library Board of Trustees will meet at 10:00AM in the Community Room.  Members of the community are welcome to attend.



   Thursday, October 16, 2014
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Cookbook Critique Club
Event Location: Children's Room - 2nd floor
Contact: Barbara L.   845-856-7313
Would you like to meet foodies, taste food, and rate the recipe?  Our club will meet once a month on the third Thursday.  If you are interested, please sign up at the library.  A new cookbook and recipes to try each month.


   Thursday, November 06, 2014
6:30 PM- 8:00 PM
World War II Fashions: Fashions of the 1940’s
Event Location: Community Room
Contact:    845-772-7586

*Program will be held in the Community Room*

Elaine DeFeo, a retired fashion designer and teacher, will present a history of WWII fashions for women and men. The program explores the trends that led up to the fashions of the 40's and show how today's styles are still influenced by this pivotal time in fashion history. She explains how clothing was rationed and how scarves were recycled into dresses.Participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at creating their own 40's style creations.

Ladies—this will be especially interesting to you and will be even more fun if you bring a teenager with you.

Presenter: Elaine DeFeo Charge: Free




   Saturday, November 08, 2014
1:30 PM- 2:30 PM
Women’s Work in WWII
Event Location: The Hub
Contact:    845-772-7586

The presentation starts with life in 1939 and what was happening in the world, and then moves forward with the story of WWII and how women changed perspectives and broke down myths one by one. It closes with President Kennedy hosting his President's Commission on the Status of Women.

This welcoming presentation will feature a large collection of WWII posters with 1940's wartime music. It will keep you interested and helps continue the experience.

In the talk, the 77 American nurses captured at Corregidor are discussed. All survived the war and the last survivor passed away last year.

Presenter: John Cilio Charge: Free

John is a skilled historian focused on mid twentieth-century general aviation, military aircraft, and the people that made them possible. His stories (appearing in over 20 publications) are recognized for their excellence in accuracy and authenticity. He has written over 200 articles covering everything from Autogiros, Blimps, Corsairs, Mustangs, and secret B-24 missions to bomb Tokyo to Red Bull Air Race pilots and the stories behind private aircraft and the woman who made them during WWII.




   Monday, November 10, 2014
10:00 AM
Library Board Meeting
Event Location: Community Room
Contact:    845-856-7313
Meeting Notice:
The Port Jervis Free Library Board of Trustees will meet at 10:00AM in the Community Room.  Members of the community are welcome to attend.



   Thursday, November 20, 2014
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Cookbook Critique Club
Event Location: Children's Room - 2nd floor
Contact: Barbara L.   845-856-7313
Would you like to meet foodies, taste food, and rate the recipe?  Our club will meet once a month on the third Thursday.  If you are interested, please sign up at the library.  A new cookbook and recipes to try each month.


   Monday, December 08, 2014
10:00 AM
Library Board Meeting
Event Location: Community Room
Contact:    845-856-7313
Meeting Notice:
The Port Jervis Free Library Board of Trustees will meet at 10:00AM in the Community Room.  Members of the community are welcome to attend.