Better Together: Restoring Community – Thursdays at 7 pm


Better Together: Restoring Community : An Adult Reading & Discussion Series

DRYDEN—The Southworth Library presents an adult reading and discussion series to explore civic disengagement, social connections and community revival.  Through selected readings and articles, the program will examine topics of current relevance, public responsibility and community action.  Prof. David Flaten (History and Political Science at Tompkins Cortland Community college) will facilitate the series, which will meet every other Thursday evening at the library at 7 pm beginning on March 15, as follows:


  • March 15: Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert Putnam
  • March 29: Better Together-Restoring the American Community by Robert Putnam and Lewis Feldstein
  • April 12: Talking to Strangers by Danielle Allen
  • April 26: What Unites Us?: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner
  • May 10: What Now?

According to Library Director Diane Pamel, the topics in discussion are particularly relevant for our current political landscape.  “The selected readings are thought provoking and engaging and should engender good discussion and interaction.  I am looking forward to it!   Something special happens when we talk about what we read with others in our community.”


This program is sponsored in part through generous funding by the New York Council for the Humanities. Humanities New York’s Adult Reading & Discussion programs are designed to foster active reading and thinking, incorporating texts that serve as catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, and personal reflection.


All are welcome to join in the conversation!  Call (607-844-4782) or email to register and get the materials and other information. Southworth Library is located at 24 West Main Street, Dryden NY and at


 Humanities New York is a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, receiving federal, state, city, and private funding. It provides leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking, and advocacy, in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.

Diane Pamel-Library Director

24 West Main Street, Dryden NY 13053


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