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Poetry Café at the Florida Public LibraryFLORIDA — The Florida Public Library will host pleased its 44th Poetry Café for adults age 16 and up on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the library.

Local poet Robert Milby will emcee the evening with readings by guest poets Father Robert Phelps of Beacon and Ted Gill of Goshen.

The evening will also feature an open mic session for anyone who wants to read or recite their own original or favorite poetry.

The doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the open mic begins at 7 p.m. followed by the featured poets.

A selection of free freshly brewed coffees and homemade desserts will be served.

The library’s Poetry Café series has been supported by the Friends of the FPL since its inception in 2006.

For more information and to register for this program, visit the library’s website at www.floridapubliclibrary.org or call 845 651-7659.

The library is located at 4 Cohen Circle behind Village Hall in Florida.

Church to screen film 'Out in the Silence'ROCK TAVERN — The film "Out In the Silence" will be screened at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern on Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.

The church is located at 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern.

"Out in the Silence" follows the story of a small Pennsylvania town confronting a fire storm of controversy ignited by a same-sex wedding announcement and the brutal bullying of a gay teen. Critics have called it a gripping documentary that will challenge you to rethink your values and help close the gaps that divide our communities. “Out in the Silence” is more than a movie; it’s part of the movement for fairness, equality and human rights for LGBT people.

The film will be followed by a time for discussion. This event is sponsored by the Social Action Ministry of the UUCRT, whose endeavor is to "Nurture the Spirit and Help Heal Our World."

A $5 - $10 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away.

For further information, call Verne M. Bell, 845-569-8965.

Snow date: Friday, Feb. 24.

Guantanamo PrisonWARWICK — On Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m., the Albert Wisner Public Library will host Valerie Lucznikowska speaking about the United States military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Having visited the prison she will discuss its history, who is/was detained and how they got there, the evolving new system of military justice, current trials, the cost of the prison and more.

In light of the new administration she will also discuss what the future may hold for Guantanamo.

Lucznikowska is a retired PR and marketing executive in international policy, economics and finance and an artist. She joined September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows shortly after 9/11, when her nephew was killed in the World Trade Towers where he worked.

Peaceful Tomorrows was granted Non Governmental Organization status allowing members to attend the trials in Cuba.

Lucznikowska is a Warwick resident and advocates for closing the prison and moving legal proceedings to federal courts.

This program is another in the Library’s Civic Engagement Series. To attend the program please register at www.albertwisnerlibrary.org or call 986-1047 ext. 3.

Library Celebrates Black History Month with a Play: W.E.B. Du Bois WARWICK — The Albert Wisner Public Library will bring Pulse Theater Ensemble of New York City to Warwick to present their acclaimed production of "W.E.B Du Bois, A Man for All Times" on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

The play is described as an emotion packed theatre experience about the life and times of Civil Rights Activist –William Edward Berghardt Du Bois, (1868-1963). An inspirational journey through almost one hundred years in this great man’s life. An experience both humorous, touching and enlightening.

This show has been performed in Edinburgh, London, Holland and at colleges and libraries across the country.

This presentation is made possible by a gift from Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes to the Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation.

The program is free and open to the public. To attend please register at the www.albertwisnerlibrary.org or call 986-1047 ext. 3.
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