The library is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI – The War to End All Wars – with films, music and lectures through December. Learn more about the wartime experiences of soldiers from New York and across the country in a series of events that highlight the historical and cultural significance of the Great War, which drew to a close November 11, 1918. Some of the themed events will even be integrated into regular book discussions, Coffee and Conversation, Friday and Sunday Cinema, A Little Sunday Music and more.
Friday, October 12 • 1-2 p.m., 2-3 p.m. coffee hour
Coffee and Conversation: Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War
Presented by author David Pietrusza.
Sunday, October 28 • 2:30 p.m.
Sunday Cinema: “The African Queen”
Watch the 1952 film (PG, 105 min., Paramount Pictures).
Sunday, November 4 • 2 p.m.
The Empire State and the War of Empires
Presented by UAlbany Professor Richard Fogarty.
Monday, November 8 or 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Daybooks: “The Sun Also Rises”
Discuss Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel.
Friday, November 9 • 2:30 p.m.
Friday Cinema: “Gallipoli”
A screening of the 1981 Australian war drama (PG, 110 min., Paramount Pictures).
Sunday, November 11 • 2 p.m.
Songs of World War I: “Over There”
A Little Sunday Music with Linda Russell and her trio.
Wednesday, November 14 • 7 p.m.
AfterDinner Books: “Stella Bain”
Discuss Anita Shreve’s 2013 novel set during WWI.
Sunday, November 18 • 2 p.m.
Sammy Doughboy Remember
Presented by Robert E. Mulligan, former military curator for the New York State Museum.
Tuesday, December 11 • 7 p.m.
AfterDinner Too: “Dead Wake”
Discuss Erik Larson’s 2015 nonfiction bestseller.
Friday, December 14 • 2:30 p.m.
Friday Cinema: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Watch the 1930 drama (NR, 132 min., Universal Pictures).