Sunday Afternoon Programs

Sunday afternoon programs resume in the fall.

Sunday Afternoon Programs meet the second Sunday of the month at 3:00 in the downstairs meeting room of the Cooperstown Library Building, Main Street, Cooperstown

2013—2014 Sunday Afternoon Programs

  • September 8—Ina Jones, author of A Final Wine and poet
  • October 20—Ginnah Howard, Gilbertsville, author of NIGHT NAVIGATION, reads from and discusses her new novel Doing Time Outside
  • November 10—panel on Successful Aging: Claire Beetlestone, M.D. moderator; Walter vom Saal, psychologist, author of a book on retirement, SUNY professor emeritus; Carol Beechy, M.D.; Katherine Walters, instructor, Clark Sports Center.
  • January 19—Paul Conway, Political Science emeritus professor, discusses Questions About Courage Raised by Research in Ruwanda & Elsewhere.
  • February 9—panel on Energy-Wise Otsego Workshop on Home Energy Efficiency: Energy Wise Otsego representatives explains how renters and homeowners can take advantage of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) financial incentives, including free or low-cost home energy assessments, government subsidies, and low-interest loans. Presenters: Martha Clarvoe, OCCA special projects manager; John Carrigan, Opportunities for Otsego Energy Services Coordinator; Karen Sullivan, Planning Director, Otsego County. For additional information chick here: Energywise.

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  • March 9—panel on Buddhism Through Local Eyes: Sandy Huntington, Professor, Chair of Religious Studies at Hartwick College; Elizabeth Huntington, poet, practicing Buddhist, SUNY professor; Doris Motta, chair of the steering committee of the Cooperstown Meditation Center.
  • April 27—panel on Government Surveillance: Emily Popek, The Daily Star; Sugwon Kang, Professor emeritus of Political Science at Hartwick College; and Adrian Kuzminski, author, moderator of Sustainable Otsego.
  • May 18—panel on Comfortable Aging and Thinking about Dying: Claire Beetlestone, M.D. moderator; Tom Briggs, Office of the Aging; Elizabeth Huntington; and Carole Beechy, M.D., specialist in palliative care. The program follows on the successful earlier presentation with updates and new material. See reading resource here.

The Friends of the Village Library celebrate the library as a vital and essential community resource. The Friends raise funds to enhance the library and its collections, advocate for the library, encourage library use by people of all ages, and sponsor programs for adults and children.


The Friends' Sunday Afternoon Program Committee arranges talks and panels during the months from September through April. There is no program during the month of December.


For additional information on Sunday Afternoon Programs, contact Hilda Wilcox, Friends of the Village Library Program Chair, +1 6O7 547 9725.