Middleburgh Library Notes for Wednesday, October 23, 2019

— Photo by Mike Watts

Brooks Williams, folk-blues guitarist and singer, will perform at the Middleburgh Library on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m.

Folk-blues guitarist and singer Brooks Williams is as adept playing traditional blues as he is singing his own contemporary folk songs. His voice has been endlessly compared to James Taylor’s and yet his unique renderings of self-penned and blues classics on guitar make him an original.

Williams will perform at the Middleburgh Library on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m.

Based in western Massachusetts for most of the 1990s, Williams was born in Statesboro, Georgia and lived in other small towns in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi while growing up. In his youth, he heard a lot of gospel and road-house blues, but after he discovered rock and roll, he forgot about blues until one day in 1987, when he opened for blues/fold diva Rory Block at a club in upstate New York.

Block inspired Williams to rediscover the acoustic blues he knew in his youth, and he began teaching himself songs by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Little Walter Jacobs.

This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program and the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Grant Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

No registration is required. Tickets are available at the door. A $10 donation is suggested. Please use the library’s back entrance.

Drop-in Storytime 

On Oct. 29 at 10:45 a.m. join us for this fun and interactive program meant for children ages 0 to 5 and their caregivers, although older siblings are always welcome! We read books, sing songs, play games, dance and watch a short movie based on a weekly theme. No registration is required! 

Mahjong Mania

On Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m.  come and enjoy Mahjong Mania with  a spirited group of people who get together in the Community Room to play. Don't know how to play? No problem! They will teach you how.  No registration required.  

Insight Meditation

On Oct. 29 at 5:15 p.m. join us for Insight Meditation. What do you want most deeply? Seeing your life calmly and clearly helps answer this.  Insight Meditation is a simple way to steady your mind, stop wandering in day-dreams, and end the suffering of troubling thoughts. Our group is a place to sit quietly in safety, supported by others; to allow understanding and compassion to arise; to encourage loving-kindness and patience. We welcome those with no experience to advanced mediators', teens to seniors.  give it a try. No registration is required. There is no fee. All are welcome. 

Qi Gong

On Oct. 29 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. we will practice Qi Gong  a Chinese healing practice, incorporating breath and gentle movement to create a free flow of energy throughout the body. Wear loose clothing.

Heating With Wood

On Nov. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. join us for  “heating with wood.” This program will provide an overview for those interested in ( or currently) heating their home with firewood. Topics include the advantages and disadvantages of wood heat, obtaining and storing firewood, reducing firewood pests, and descriptions of desired types of firewood to use. Registration is required. 

Not all of programs have been scheduled at time of printing. Please check our Calendar on our website at  HYPERLINK "http://www.middleburghlibrary.info" www.middleburghlibrary.info. for future programs.