Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

  • 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
    Contact: Teen Advisor Karen Lee at

    Find out everything there is to know about volunteering at the Warwick Children's Book Festival, which will be held from 11am-4pm on Saturday, October 9 at Stanley-Deming Park.  Pick up your t-shirt.  Sign up for a shift or 2 (or 3.)  Learn about what help is needed to set up, work the children's area, assist the authors and illustrators, and help us clean up and take everything down at the end.  You must attend the orientation if you want to volunteer at the book festival.  Attending the orientation earns you 1 hour of volunteer time!

    River Birch Patio
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Monday, October 4, 2021 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

  • 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
    Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or

    Calling all the young and young at heart to Stanley-Deming Park (3rd St. and Parkway) for the Warwick Children's Book Festival.  Dozens of distinguished authors and illustrators of books for children will be on hand to autograph their books (for purchase on site) and talk with their readers.  Free admission.  Free concert for children by The Uncle Brothers at 12:00.  Therapy dogs will be on hand to listen to children read their new books aloud.  This is a special opportunity to leave screens behind and engage with the printed word and all who make childhood reading such a wonderful experience.   Stanley-Deming Park is safe and family-friendly, offering an accessible playground, restrooms and plenty of (fenced) space to play.

    ** Depending upon local and State regulations in effect at the time, masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer may be required in order to enter the Festival tent.  Please plan accordingly. **

    The Festival is presented by Albert Wisner Public Library, and sponsored principally by Library benefactors Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes.  The Village of Warwick, ShopRite of Warwick and the Warwick Valley Farmers' Market also support the Festival. 

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    Age Group:
    Adult, Teen, Tween, Children
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Monday, October 11, 2021 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Friday, October 29, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 6:00am to 9:00pm

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

  • 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Contact: Help Desk @ 986-1047, ext. 3 or

    In December 2021** acclaimed film director Steven Spielberg will release his first musical, a remake of West Side Story.  In anticipation of the film’s opening, this lecture will discuss the creation, history and legacy of the original Broadway play, now more than 60 years old.

    We will cover the inception and development of the original score and script.  For many of us, when we think of West Side Story, we think of Leonard Bernstein.   However, the play was a collaborative effort of 5 brilliant men:  playwright Arthur Laurents, choreographer Jerome Robbins, producer Hal Prince, lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and of course, composer Leonard Bernstein.  These men all left their own contributions to the final product.  We will discuss what was happening in their lives, both creatively and personally, when the show was developed.

    However, it is the music that lives on, more than any other element of the show.  The score combines elements of classical opera, Latin folk music and early rock. We will look at specific works within these genres that may have influenced Bernstein, and compositional techniques that he employed to make the music so powerful, effective, beautiful and timeless.

    (**Originally, the movie was to be released December 2020, but Covid delayed that to December 10, 2021, which is the 60th anniversary of the 1961 film’s release.)

    AWPL Community Room
    Age Group:
    Adult, Teen
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