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Great Children's and Teen Books for Puzzled Parents

Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Crawshaw Story Room

Do you ever wonder about great award or series books to recommend to your children or teens? Always stuck for what book to borrow or buy? Librarians Maureen Borgeest and Sue Demick (who have way more experience than they will admit to) will "booktalk" award winning children's and young adult titles to give parents and others who care about children the knowledge to select books they will love. No registration required.

Urban Renewal In Saratoga Springs: 1961-1986

Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew E. Veitch will present a vivid look at the Urban Renewal Program and how it changed neighborhoods near downtown. His program looks at what the Urban Renewal Agency was, how the program was implemented by the City of Saratoga Springs, and presents several before and after photos of the urban renewal sites. In particular, he will show several photos of the area around the newly renovated City Center. In addition, Supervisor Veitch will examine both the positive and negative effects urban renewal had on our community, and how those effects have shaped Saratoga Springs as we know it today.

Civil War Poems & Letters: Emily Dickinson & Thomas W. Higginson

Date: Thursday, October 23
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: H. Dutcher Community Room

When the painfully shy Emily Dickinson sent three of her poems to Atlantic Monthly writer Thomas Wentworth Higginson, she asked him if her poems were alive. His reply began a relationship that would last for the rest of her life.

Their relationship began during the Civil War, shortly before Thomas, an ardent abolitionist, assumed command of a regiment of freed slaves. Although the poet appeared detached from the struggles of her time, she actually was every bit as passionate as Thomas.

Hear excerpts of Emily Dickinson's startling Civil War poetry at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Thursday, October 23rd at noon. Emily will be portrayed by Diana O'Brien. Thomas will be portrayed by Steve Trimm. Diana & Steve are tour guides at Grant Cottage State Historic Site in Wilton.