What’s happening at the Starr- October 2012



Starr Library 68 West Market Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572

(845) 876-4030     www.starrlibrary.org

Art Show & Auction

Come see our beautiful show of works of art by community members (representing teenagers through octogenarians!) on display in the Main Reading Room.  The show is a silent auction fundraiser organized by the Friends of Starr Library, and bids can be placed up until 4pm on Sunday, September 23rd.  Support the Library and take home a unique piece of art!


Cemetery Tour

Saturday, October 6, 1pm

Tour of Civil War heroes in the Rhinebeck Cemetery with Steven Mann (Museum of Rhinebeck History Curator and former President).  The tour will include interesting grave stones and stories about Rhinebeck’s Civil War veterans and the free Black community of the time. Meeting at the chapel on the corner of Mill Road and Mill Street. Rain date: Sunday, October 7, 1pm.


Author Talk at Oblong Books

John Matteson

Sunday, October 14, 4pm

Oblong Books will host a discussion with Pulitzer Prize winning author John Matteson. He won the award for his book Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father. Mr. Matteson will discuss his book, Louisa May Alcott, her father, family life and how it might be related to March.

Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided compliments of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society.

 Theatrical Performance

“Duty’s Faithful Child: A Visit with Louisa May Alcott”

Saturday, October 20,  7pm

“On Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 pm, the Starr Library will present “Duty’s Faithful Child: A Visit With Louisa May Alcott”, a monodrama written by Peter R. Nadolny and performed by Jeanne L. Austin. Famous as the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott was raised in the intellectual and philosophical center of Concord, Massachusetts, home to Emerson and Thoreau and her father, Amos Bronson Alcott, the leader of the Transcendental movement. Shaped by early experimental education and an untraditional family life, she became a staunch supporter of abolition, women’s suffrage, and better education and employment for women. Based on her journals and writings, the life of this remarkable woman, who supported her family from the age of seventeen, has been shaped into an exciting theatrical experience. Jean L. Austin, a member of Actors’ Equity Association, has played roles in off-Broadway, regional, stock and dinner theater. ” (Excerpt from http://www.bramvt.org)


Civil War Talk

“The Dutchess County Regiment” Civil War Reenactment Group

Wednesday, October 24, 7pm

“The Dutchess County Regiment” Civil War reenactment group will speak about our local heroes. They’ll tell tales of life “on the road”, sing some tunes and bring  their researched true-life stories of war experiences to life. (P.S. The photo to the right is actually of the gentlemen who will be speaking… taken with a period camera!)


Little Women Screening

Saturday, October 24, 2pm

We will be showing the 1994 movie “Little Women” (with Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder) at the same time as our last discussion group so that you can bring your children to watch the film while you take part in the book group if you like!  It’s a wonderful way to introduce a new generation to this classic story