Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

  • 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
    Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org


    Join a bi-weekly virtual discussion group to explore “The 1619 Project,” a publication of the New York Times Magazine, which marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to Jamestown, Virginia. The series highlights the contributions of Black Americans and the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape society in the United States. The project includes essays, photos, stories, music and poems that challenge readers to examine their knowledge of U.S. history and provides a lens to understand the moment of racial reckoning we are in today.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Isabelle Wilkerson writes about the United States as an old house in her new book, Caste:
    Not one of us was here when this house was built. . . .We are the heirs to whatever is right or wrong with it.  We did not erect the uneven pillars or joists, but they are ours to deal with now.  And any further deterioration is, in fact, on our hands.  We must see past the plaster, beyond what had been wallpapered or painted over, as we now are called upon to do in the house we all live in, to examine a structure built long ago.”

    Beverly Braxton is a beloved teacher and educational leader who throughout her 29 years at the WVCSD worked at all levels of the educational system: classroom teacher, PTA officer, school/district committees, and staff development. Since her retirement in 2010, Beverly has been teaching parenting workshops and in 2014, founded Family Central, a grassroots, non-profit parenting support network, based in Warwick. Ms. Braxton is a recipient of numerous teaching awards and honors, and continues to work as an education consultant, adjunct professor, trained facilitator and published writer.

    If you are interested in examining America’s foundations through the lens of “The 1619 Project,” please join Beverly Braxton on the following dates this fall:  Tuesdays:  October 6, 20;  November 3, 17; and December 1, 15.   Please register in order to receive the Zoom link in advance via email. 


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:20am

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:20am

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

  • 04:30 PM to 06:30 PM
    Contact: Teen Advisor Karen Lee at klee@rcls.org

    Live out your fantasy!  Be chaotic evil or lawful good. Choose to be a barbarian, bard, cleric, druid, fighter, monk, paladin, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, warlock or wizard. Be a dwarf, elf, halfling, human, dragonborn, gnome, half-elf, half-orc, tiefling or choose another race.  Fight monsters!  Find treasure!  Join our expert Dungeon Master and intrepid band of adventurers for an all-new campaign.  Register to get the Zoom link.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

  • 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
    Contact: Help Desk @ 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org

    Please join us in welcoming New York Time- bestselling author Allison Pataki for a virtual discussion of her sweeping new novel, The Queen's Fortune, about the extraordinary woman who captured Napoleon’s heart, created a dynasty, and changed the course of history.  Copies of the book are available to place on hold through the RCLS catalog, or call the Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3.

    Allison Pataki is the New York Times-bestselling author of THE QUEEN'S FORTUNE, THE TRAITOR'S WIFE, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS, SISI: EMPRESS ON HER OWN, WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS, as well as the nonfiction memoir BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES and two children's books, NELLY TAKES NEW YORK and POPPY TAKES PARIS. Allison's novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News and other media outlets. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, Good Day New York, Good Day Chicago and MSNBC's Morning Joe.

    Allison graduated cum laude from Yale with a bachelor's degree in English, and spent several years in journalism before switching to writing fiction. A member of The Historical Novel Society, Allison lives in New York with her husband and family. To learn more and to connect with Allison, please visit AllisonPataki.com or Twitter @AllisonPataki. 

    Please register with a valid email address in order to receive the Zoom link via email prior to the book discussion. 

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:20am

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 10:20am

  • 10:00 AM to 10:20 AM
    Contact: Children's Dept. 986-1047, ext. 4 or warkids@rcls.org

    Mind Matters for Kids - Join Mr. Matt each week for some simple activities, exercises and games that can help increase presence, focus, and mindfulness. Available on our children's Facebook page weekly.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

  • 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
    Contact: Laurie Angle: (845) 986-1047, ext. 3 or langle@rcls.org

    Have you found yourself wondering how to separate fact from fiction, truth from alt-truth?  Does your instinct tell you to mistrust much of what you read or are told by people who dominate the airwaves and screens?  Does it seem sometimes like one person's data contradicts another person's data, making it impossible to form a decision based on facts? 

    Critical thinking is the tool you've been looking for to examine statements and determine their merit.  For centuries, philosophers and scientists have developed a process for evaluating complex issues and reaching a conclusion that fits the facts -- by analyzing the content, recognizing hidden fallacies, paying attention to being manipulated by persuasive choice of language, and more. 

    Come to this series on Critical Thinking and re-familiarize yourself with how to carefully dissect statements intended to steer you toward the speaker's a point of view.  Listen to the methodology of critical thinking and practice it in short workshop settings. You'll leave with tools that protect you away from persuasion and toward tight, rational thinking. 

    Session 1:  Thursday, September 24:  Purposes, history and basic skills

    Session 2:  Thursday, October 1:  Tools and applications

    Session 3:  Thursday, October 8:  Fake news and the “as if” factor

    It is possible to attend individual sessions, but attendance at all three is strongly encouraged for the most comprehensive understanding.  Please register with an email address and you will receive the Zoom link in advance of the session.  Register for each session individually.

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    Adult, Teen
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