GREENWOOD LAKE - The Greenwood Lake Public Library will welcome back Orange County poet laureate (2017-2019) Robert Milby and educator/inventor Jerry Schneider with programs to get patrons in the spirit of the upcoming Halloween season.
From noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Robert Milby will host “Gothic and Ghostly Poetry.” Milby will present a collection of spooky poetry for the Halloween season, joined by Margaret Fox, Alyta Adams, Christopher P. Gazeent, Ariana Den Bleyker and Walter Worden. He is also welcoming local poets as the program will include an open mike period for those who wish to participate.
Born in Goshen, Milby grew up in Monroe and Highland Falls. He began writing poetry in 1987 as a student at James I. O’Neill High School. He graduated from SUNY Orange in 1993, hosting events throughout the region since 1995. Robert hosts poetry series at the Mudd Puddle Café in New Paltz, the Florida Public Library and Noble Coffee Roasters in Campbell Hall among others. He is the author of five books of poetry.
From 7-8 p.m. Nov. 8, Jerry Schneider will be in to present “Bats: Sounds in Silence.” Jerry will discuss the exotic world of bats and answer questions such as “why can’t we hear them?” and “are bats blind?” He will explain that there is no need to be afraid of these animals and that they are actually vital to maintaining a healthy environment. Schneider, inventor of the award-winning “Butterfly Game,” has presented nature programs in schools and libraries for the past 13 years throughout the Eastern United States. Based in Vermont, he will also be able to enlighten participants about their communities’ local bat population.
Register for this event at gwllibrary.org, by phone at 477-8377, ext. 101, or in person at the front desk. The Greenwood Lake Public Library is at 79 Waterstone Road, Greenwood Lake.