PO Box 3110
Albany, NY 12203-0110
The Things They Carried
Visit the book sharing and social media website Goodreads.com to join the Albany Public Library's online book discussion of The Things They Carried. Discussion questions will be posted and sharing will take place online moderated by Albany Public librarians. To join the discussion visit the site and create a log in (with username and password). Once created search the group "Albany Public Library" and join. You'll see options for book sharing, book discussion, polls, and more. For more information, visit http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/readers/
Event Location: Online at Goodreads.com, Albany, NY 12203
The pivotal role New York State played in the war is the focus of this 7,000-square-foot exhibition. As the wealthiest and most populous state, the Empire State led all others in supplying men, money, and materiel to the causes of unity and freedom. New York’s experience provides significant insight into the reasons why the war was fought and the meaning that the Civil War holds today. An Irrepressible Conflict will be open through September 22, 2013 in Exhibition Hall. The exhibition includes objects from the collections of the State Museum, Library and Archives, as well as others from institutions across the state. Among the many significant objects are a Lincoln life mask from 1860, the earliest photograph of Frederick Douglass (a rare 8-by-10-inch daguerreotype image, courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association) and the only known portrait of Dred Scott. Additional support for this exhibition is provided by RBC Wealth Management. The exhibition’s title was inspired by an 1858 quote from then U.S. Senator William H. Seward, who also served as governor of New York (1839-42) and secretary of state (1861-69). Seward disagreed with those who believed that the prospect of war between the North and South was the work of “fanatical agitators.” He understood that the roots of conflict went far deeper, writing, “It is an irrepressible conflict, between opposing and enduring forces.”
Event Location: New York State Museum, 260 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12230
The Lewis Henry Morgan Institute, SUNY-IT, Utica, presents The Second Front: Vietnam, a forensic-style exhibition that relates the stories of combat veterans committed to exposing the Second Front— the internal battle with combat trauma that manifests as erratic and impaired driving on American roads. The exhibit is made possible through funding by the National Highway Safety Administration with a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
Event Location: Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave. Lobby, Albany, NY 12208
The Albany Institute of History and Art will have a display of Vietnam related materials, some from the Tri-County Vietnam Veterans Association along with their other current exhibits for the month of November as well as information about The Big Read events. Admission is free for AIHA members, if not there is an admission price. On Veterans Day, AIHA will be offering free admission for all. AIHA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm and noon-5pm on Sunday.
Event Location: 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
RISE is WMHT's 24-hour radio information service for the blind and print disabled in New York's Capital Region and the Hudson Valley. From November 1st through 9th, The Things They Carried will be played at 1pm and replayed at 4pm to support the National Endowment for the Arts The Big Read programming throughout the city of Albany. Listeners are then encouraged to participate in book discussions throughout the area's Albany Public Library branches.
Event Location: Radio WMHT-RISE, Albany, NY
Come to the Main Library for an exhibition of Vietnam War-inspired art work and artifacts and stay for the 1960's era coffee house open mic for musicians and spoken-word artists.
Event Location: 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
The Delaware Branch will sponsor a book discussion of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. The discussion leader is Mary Panza of Albany Poets Society.
Event Location: 331 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209
The Albany City Common Council will sponsor a city-wide proclamation of The Big Read events for The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.
Event Location: City Hall, 24 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207
Billy Lyons performs and Wynn Handman directs the American Place Theatre's Literature to Life stage presentation for the public that includes a pre-show discussion that is presented by the University at Albany's Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the New York State Writers Institute. Also sponsored by Holiday Inn Express, NYSCA, and UAS Albany. This is a ticketed event with a pre- and post-show discussion. There are three other performances scheduled including a special showing for Albany High School students, and two school day performances.
Event Location: UAlbany's Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY 12222
Youth in Albany are invited to be a part of The Big Read's book discussion and projects related to The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien through Equinox's after school programs. Over the course of the month, we will be focusing on different vignettes with discussion.
Event Location: Equinox Inc., 95 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
Sunday Cinema takes a departure from its regular programming to present a special screening of Full Metal Jacket (1987) in honor of Veteran's Day and in support of The Big Read. Stanley Kubrick’s picture chronicles the dehumanization and the brutality of a Marine Corps basic training camp at Parris Island, South Carolina during the Vietnam War and reveals the terrors and devastation of the once beautiful city of Hue in Vietnam. Starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Lee Ermey, rated R; 116 minutes.
Event Location: Albany Public Library- Main Branch, 161 Washington Ave. , Albany, NY 12210
Though not in the city of Albany, this event is a free performance by Jason Moon who is a part of The Big Read events at The Linda's Food for Thought documentary screening of On The Bridge and he is being hosted on WEXT (see calendar for details). This performance is free and open to the public and donations to Mr. Moon's not for profit Warrior Songs will be accepted. Jason Moon is a Milwaukee-based folk/rock musician and songwriter, an Army veteran, and an advocate for veterans' issues. He was a soldier for a decade, has been writing songs for two, and holds a Religious Studies graduate degree. After returning from Iraq in 2004, Jason began his struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, almost losing his life to the disease in 2008. His latest album, Trying to Find My Way Home, portrays his struggle to reclaim himself after returning from war. His music often gets through to veterans who suffer from PTSD when other methods have failed. He travels the country to inform both civilians and veterans of PTSD and to raise money for veterans' charities.
Event Location: Christ Community Reformed Church, 1010 NY RT 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065
The originally scheduled kickoff at the Palace has been rescheduled as a Veterans Day Concert connecting Albany's Veterans Day Parade at 11am with the celebration in the evening. Come at 6pm for a community reception hour where copies of the book will be given away and then our celebration begins at 7pm with Siena's cadets, the 10th Mountain Division band, and a reading by Albany's Tulip Court.
Event Location: 19 Clinton Ave, Albany, NY 12207
The Bach branch will host its book discussion of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. The discussion leader will be Jen Ward.
Event Location: 455 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208
The Friends of Albany Public Library book group will be reading The Things They Carried and discussing the book during their monthly session. All are invited to attend.
Event Location: 161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Coinciding with Bombers Burrito Bar's Tuesday Trivia Nights, Bombers will host 1960s-themed trivia.
Event Location: 258 Lark St., Albany, NY 12210
A book discussion of The Things They Carried led by Albany Public Library and The Writing Center's Chad Lowther.
Event Location: 105 Schuyler St., Albany, NY 12202
The Neighborhood Association will join together to discuss the book as part of community outreach. The book discussion will be hosted by Bill Phillips and Onnolee Smith.
Event Location: Pine Hills Elementary School Library, Albany, NY
Tim O'Brien's work The Things They Carried focuses on the psychological repercussions of war and its impact on soldiers. In this panel discussion, we have four panelists with intimate knowledge of this impact. Dr. Ed Tick, PTSD expert and author, John Ostwald, professor and veteran, Sean Tuckey, veteran, and Ryan Smithson, author and veteran who will all focus on different aspects and adjustments of soldiers not only on the battlefield but after their return home.
Event Location: The College of St. Rose, Lally Education Building, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12203
The community is encouraged to join The Book House in a discussion of O'Brien's work.
Event Location: 1475 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203
Food For Thought is a monthly evening of food, film and discussion with a focus on films of social, political, environmental and community interest. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the night will feature food samples by Honest Weight Food Co-op, a feature film screening, and an open panel discussion. This Month's Film: On The Bridge Special performance and Q & A with film subject, singer/songwriter and Iraq veteran Jason Moon. American veterans are living on the edge of the cliff, in a society where their suicide rate has reached an unprecedented level. On The Bridge takes on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the military and its veterans. It follows six different Iraq War veterans coping with life after war and suffering from PTSD. The film's primary role is to break down stereotypes and stigmas related to PTSD and the representations, or rather misrepresentations, of Iraq War veterans through raising awareness about what being a veteran means today.
Event Location: The Linda, 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206
A book discussion of The Things They Carried, led by Chris DeLeo.
Event Location: 517 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12208
A book discussion of The Things They Carried led by Xiaofei Li.
Event Location: 616 North Pearl St., Albany, NY 12204
The Albany Public Library's nonfiction book group will host a discussion of The Things They Carried in a departure from traditional nonfiction and in connection with The Big Read. The discussion will be led by Albany Public Librarians Sarah Clark and Deanna DiCarlo.
Event Location: 161 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Teens! Read The Things They Carried, and join us for an afternoon of ice cream sundaes and trivia games about the book and the Vietnam War era. Win prizes and meet other teens who read the book! In addition, the winners of The Things You Carry contest will be awarded at this event.
Event Location: Albany Public Library Main Branch, Small Auditorium, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
For all students at Albany High School and other participating schools, the Albany High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association is supporting the book discussion along with the Parent Information Resource Center that will connect parents and their students with the book. If your parent isn't available for this evening book discussion, please consider bringing a mentor or teacher to join in this discussion.
Event Location: Albany High School Library, 700 Washington Ave. , Albany, NY 12203
A book discussion of The Things They Carried led by Albany Public Library Board President Holly McKenna.
Event Location: 148 Henry Johnson Blvd., Albany, NY 12210
A collection of voices from the Vietnam War will gather and discuss their perspectives. The panelists include Tanette Nguyen-McCarty, Colonel Charlie Johnson, Mike Breslin, Ed Murphy, Jeff Jones, and Connie Lennon. Ed Murphy will moderate the unique panel that will chronologically walk us through the Vietnam era with their experiences. Tanette's father is considered the Gandhi of Vietnam and spent most of his life working non-violently for rights in Vietnam, while Colonel Johnson, Mike Breslin, and Ed Murphy spent part of their military service in Vietnam during the war, as Jeff Jones was state-side as an activist. Connie Lennon will provide a perspective on life in the military after the Vietnam War ended as both a woman and a currently disabled veteran. An opportunity is in place to ask questions of the panelists. Make sure to not miss this last event for The Big Read! Parking details for the Performing Arts Center are available on the website here: http://www.albany.edu/pac/directions_&_parking.shtml. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
Event Location: University at Albany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY 12222