The Art and Music of Chris Brown

Opening Art Gallery Reception December 2 at 1:30 PM

Concert at 2:00 PM
A double treat is in store for audiences at the Orangeburg Library on Sunday, December 2. Renaissance artist, composer, vocalist and musician, Christopher Brown, is performing on the acoustic guitar at the year-end Holiday Concert at 2:00 PM. Folk songs, oldies and goodies and original music will fill the Greenbush Auditorium.

But if you come at 1:30 PM,, you can attend the Opening Reception for Chris Brown’s unique, humorous and colorful Hirshfeld-like caricatures of literary, sports, and entertainment figures at the Top-of-the-Stairs Gallery. Chris has coined the word “characterists” to describe the flowing lines, precise features and beautifully crafted interpretations of the portraits of yesterdays and todays icons of the stage and sports worlds.

New York, born and based, Chris Brown is both singer and songwriter. For the past eight years, Chris has worked for the Journal News as a graphic illustrator. As an artist/illustrator, he captures his subjects’
essence through a caricature. Using a few lines with his pen, his work suggests a persons’ nature or charm, mystery or temperment. And Chris does something similar with lyric and melody, revealing special moments and feelings in a human life.

Art or music? Which does he prefer? Chris would say that both are expressions of the unexpected turns in life that leave their marks on everyone.

Please register for this art and music event on line at www.orangeburg-library.org or call the Orangeburg Library at 845-359-2244, Ext. 10.










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October - Local artist, Anita Lilien, left a beautiful legacy in her portraits, landscapes and genre works of art.

November and December - Chris Brown - A true Renaissance man, Chris Brown will not only provide a memorable year-end concert for us, but in our gallery displays his unique works of art. Have a look before the concert.


September and October Events at the Orangeburg Library

Imagine it is 1772, and you were invited to a free concert performed by a young virtuoso Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Would you turn it down?

Well, fast forward 240 years to this Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 PM, where you are invited to a free concert performed by young pianist virtuoso, MATTHEW FISHTEYN. He will be playing his own compositions including jazz, Latin, blues and rock. You will love it!

Please register online at www.orangeburg-library.org or call the library at 845-359-2244, Ext. 10.



Join us at the Orangeburg Library on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8 at 6:00 PM as we unveil the beautiful statue, “SYBIL” created by famed artist JUAN NICKFORD and donated to the Library by his wife, Jene. Refreshments will be served.



On Saturday, OCTOBER 2O AT 2:00 PM, Nora and Delia Ephron’s “LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE” will be presented by the M&M Acting Company. This brilliant comedy by the author of “Heartburn” and “When Harry Met Sally,” is emotional, touching and hilarious. Please register.



On Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 and 25, from 1-4 both days, the AARP Driving class will be given if enough people sign up. Be sure to register ASAP by coming into the library with a check for $17 if you are an AARP member or $19 if you are not a member. Your check is your registration.


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Adult Summer Reading Raffle Book Reviews Week 6

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner. 5 Stars. “Totally entertaining!” – Neysa Scala

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. 5 Stars. “We may pass from this “tangible” world but our souls stay forever. Perhaps reincarnated into animals to help others … or from animals to humans, to do the same.” – Cindy Raphael

Arranged by Catherine McKenzie. 3 Stars. “Cute story, would definitely recommend!” – Kim Satin

Frost by Marianna Baer. 3 Stars. “Book was good! Storyline dragged you in and was suspenseful! I would definitely recommend.” – Kim Satin

Book and Bag Lunch Group

Wednesday, September 5

The Orangeburg Library resumes its Book and Bag Lunch Group at 12 Noon with a discussion of Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain.” Everyone is invited. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk from the beginning of August. Please pick up your books for September by August 13.

Adult Summer Reading Raffle Book Reviews Week 5

Unsaid by Neil Abramson. 5 + Stars. “Neil is a lawyer who has such insight for the bond (and guilt) that humans have for animals, and vice versa. Sometimes I had to put the book down as I was too emotional to continue. I so recommend!!” – Cindy Raphael

Mission to Paris by Alan Furst. 5 Stars. “ I had already enjoyed several books by Alan Furst, so I was happy to find his latest work, Mission to Paris, on the library bookshelf. I am a fan of historical fiction, particularly with regard to the period of World War II. This novel centers on the year 1938. An Austrian born American movie actor, Frederic Stahl, is sent to Paris by Warner Studios to star in a film being shot on location in Europe. While there, Stahl finds himself embroiled in the tense pre-war situation in Paris. He is ruthlessly recruited by pro-Nazi forces to help in their propaganda campaign, and is also asked to aid the anti-Nazi cause in certain clandestine activities. Tension crackles until the very last page. I highly recommend this book.” – John Buckley

I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson. 4 Stars. “Fast paced plot- his characteristic short chapters. Difficult to put down!” – Neysa Scala

Calico Joe by John Grisham. 5 Stars. “ I have been a big fan of John Grisham's novels, which usually have a focus on legal issues and attorneys. One of my favorites of his works, though, is Playing for Pizza, which centered on a football theme. So, I was delighted to read his latest novel, Calico Joe, which is baseball oriented. I found this novel to be most interesting, and a good, and fast, read on a hot summer’s day. Most of the action takes place off the field, relating to the aftermath of a tragic incident on the baseball diamond. Issues raised include family relations, domestic violence, pride, and redemption. I found the resolution of the story to be quite satisfactory. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book.” -- John Buckley

Adult Summer Reading Raffle Book Reviews
Week 4


Lone Wolf by Jody Picoult.  5 Stars.  “Loved it.  Read it before or after The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  Full circle of life!!” – Cindy Raphael

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty.  5 Stars.  “Fabulous story line.  Plenty of sidelines.  Could put it down!  Highly recommend.” – Neysa Scala


Jack 1939 by Francine Mathews.  4 Stars.  “I love reading mysteries, thrillers, and historical fiction.  Jack 1939 fits all these categories, so this was a definite winner for me.  The book is well written, and the suspense builds with each chapter.  The interplay between FDR and the young Jack Kennedy is fascinating, and the detailing of the pre-war atmosphere in Paris and London is chilling.  I hope that this author will write other stories centering on WWII.” – John Buckley


Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman.  4 Stars.  “Though it takes about 100 pages to really get going, Potboiler is a really fine spoof of the typical spy novel.  Very clever indeed and it gets better and better as it goes along. (This misses a 5-star rating due to an utterly inconsistent ending).  Lotsa fun!” – Marty Cohen

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.  5 Stars.  “Definitely the best book I’ve read by her.  An interesting read about a school shooting, it grabs your attention right away.  A twist in plot and mixed perceptions definitely held my attention.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone.” – Shannon Andrews


Adult Summer Reading Raffle Book Reviews 

Week 3

Ideal Man by Julie Garwood. “Cute book. It makes me want to be young again.” -- Ruth Schmidt
 Defending Jacob by William Landay. 4 stars. “WOW, could not put down!!! Will definitely recommend to friends!!! Can’t wait to read William Landay’s other two books!”—Kim Satin
 Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. 4 Stars. I thoroughly enjoyed Sacre Bleu. The Subtitle of this book is “A Comedy D’Art,” and this work certainly lives up to that description. The action takes place primarily in Paris during the 19th century and follows the rise of the Impressionist painters. This is essentially a work of fantasy, and the tale stretches back to 38,000 BC and forward to October 2012. I found the author’s writing style to be quite interesting and very witty. I think that a reader with a decent background in art history (which I sadly lack) would really derive the most satisfaction from this novel. Although the book is written from a comic perspective, I found the exploration of the relationship between artist and muse, really the heart of the story, to be compelling. All in all, I would say that this is a good, worthwhile read, especially during these hot summer days.” -- John Buckley
 Me the People by Kevin Bleyer. 5 Stars. “Wonderfully funny and at the same time very informative.” – Martin Cohen

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. 3 and a half stars. “This was the first book I read by Kinsella. I enjoyed it very much because it never got boring. I was able to relate to the protagonist too. It may have scared me out of becoming a lawyer though! It’s an easy read, light, and happy.” –Shannon Andrews
Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman. 4 stars. “Jesse Kellerman usually writes gory murder novels. This is really different. It’s a spoof on spy novels and modern adventure books and it’s truly touching. Some of it is laugh out loud. The hero is very real. Needing to know what happens to him kept me reading almost without stopping. I read it all in a day. Highly recommended. One of the characters, incidentally, is Jesus Maria de Lunchbox. What a great name!” –Judy Cohen

The Rope by Nevada Barr. 5 stars. “I have been a big fan of author Nevada Barr, especially of her Anna Pigeon series. The Rope is the 17th installment in this series and serves as a prequel. The story takes place in the Lake Powell area in Utah. It recounts Anna Pigeon’s first experience as a park ranger. At the very start of the tale, Anna has vanished, and her co-workers believe that she has simply quit. Anna, however, finds herself in quite a dangerous predicament and has to overcome huge obstacles to survive. This work is well-written, and the narrative is quite exciting. Fans of Anna Pigeon should be well pleased. Newcomers to the series should find their appetites whetted to explore the 16 stories which were previously published.” –John Buckley

Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. 5 Stars. “LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! Very sweet coming of age novel with a major twist!! Could not put down, read it in a day!!!” – Kim Satin


Adult Summer Reading Raffle Book Reviews

Week 2
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. 3 Stars – Leila Haavan

Brain Bugs by Dean Buonomano. 3 Stars. “Interesting stuff on aspects of the brain that we don’t usually hear about. Some new insights.” – Marty Cohen

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon. 5 Stars! “The next in this marvelous Outlander series. We’re approaching the American Revolution and the history is right on. The characters are real and wonderful and the sex is terrific. I’ve already started the next book in this series and I hope they never end!” – Judy Cohen

Dead Last by James W. Hall. 4 Stars – N. Scala


Free Reference Series!

Orangeburg Library has free reference series to give away. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl or Libby.

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Adult Summer Reading Raffle Book Reviews

Week 1

Skinnydipping by Bethany Frankel.  Five stars.  Never expected to enjoy as much as I did – great plot.  Couldn’t put down. – N. Scala

The Expats
by Chris Pavone
.  Five stars.  Loved this book!!  Fast paced, couldn’t put it down!!! High recommend!! – Anonymous

Matched by Ally Condie.  For a young adult novel, I was surprised at how much I liked it.  Kept me interested, can’t wait to read the next one in the series. – Colleen Bonfiglio

The Art of HearingHeartbeats
by Jan-Philipp Sendker.
  Five stars. One of the best. – Thea Goldstein

The Fiery Cross
by Diana Gabaldon
.  Five stars.  Fifth in a series of tremendously exciting historical fiction.  It’s serious, riotously funny, very sexy, and sublimely written.  The “heroine” is a time traveler from the 20th century (do not be put off by this!) who goes to 18th-century Scotland in the earlier books and is currently in pre-revolutionary North Carolina (see for yourself how she got there) with the love of her life and wonderfully-realized other characters.  Start with Outlander, the first of the series, and then thank me!  -- Judy Cohen