Our next meeting will be on Thursday, pharm September 14, 2017.  The meeting will be held in Princess Manor, 92 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222. The executive board will meet at 6 pm The general membership meeting will begin at 7:15 pm. All are welcome!

Additionally, Izabela Joanna Barry would present: “Kosciuszko and the Women of His Life”


We know Ko?ciuszko as a brave soldier and fortifications engineer, a general, a participant of the War of Independence of the United States, the head of the Polish uprising against three great powers, a national hero of the United States and Poland, and finally as a gardener, artist, and philanthropist. But Ko?ciuszko was also a man, quite a handsome one at that. Did he not really have a personal life? Did the lovely maidens not love him? Wasn’t he ever infatuated with a woman? We invite you to the lecture “Ko?ciuszko and the Women of His Life,” which partly will explain these secrets to us.

Có? wiemy o Tadeuszu Ko?ciuszce, bohaterze narodowym dwóch narodów – Polski i Stanów Zjednoczonych? ?e by? dzielnym odwa?nym ?o?nierzem, in?ynierem, który budowa? fortyfikacje, ?e bra? udzia? w rewolucji ameryka?skiej i ?e przewodzi? Insurekcji – ostatniej próbie przeciwstawienia si? trzem wielkim mocarstwom, które chcia?y zagrabi? Polsk?. Wiemy tak?e, ?e by? czu?ym ogrodnikiem, wra?liwym rysownikiem i akwarelist? i, ?e – mimo zakazu w?adz miejskich w Solurze – szczodrze obdziela? ?ebraków pieni?dzmi. Ale Ko?ciuszko to tak?e m??czyzna, jak wiem – do?? przystojny. Czy naprawd? nie mia? ?adnego ?ycia osobistego? Czy nie by?o ?adnych panien, które w sobie rozkocha?? Czy on sam nigdy nie smali? cholewek do ?adnej panny? Zapraszamy na prezentacj? pt. Ko?ciuszko i kobiety jego ?ycia, która przynajmniej cz??ciowo wyja?ni nam pewne tajemnice…

About the presenter

Izabela Joanna Barry is an adult specialist librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint Branch. She also is an adjunct assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She was born in Poland and is a citizen of Canada. She holds Masters Degrees in Polish Philology from the University of Wroc?aw and in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta. In her capacity as a librarian, she serves the large Polish population as well as all other library patrons in Greenpoint. Among other duties, Ms. Barry is responsible for the selection and purchase of Polish books for the entire BPL system.

For many years she has been involved in the activities of the Ethnic Services Roundtable (ESRT), a NY Library Association (NYLA) chapter and served past president. For NYLA, she composed three annotated bibliographies of Polish literature, which have been distributed to public libraries throughout New York State. She was also an invited panelist at several NYLA conference workshops and organized many workshops. Ms. Barry was a speaker at the Annual Kosciuszko Conference in West Point.

For the past three years, Ms. Barry has been involved in the project “Greenpoint – Transformation”, and especially in its section devoted to spoken history which aims at recording stories of elderly Polish immigrants. Since then she has presented research results at various conferences, including the annual PIASA conference.

Mrs. Barry started her career in Poland as an editor and a journalist. She continues to contribute to Polish language newspapers and magazines, writing articles about the fine arts. For the many years she’s been a book reviewer for Przeglad Polski, the literary supplement to Nowy Dziennik. She also has translated poems and scholarly articles between English and Polish, and edited many books. She has organized and been invited to moderate numerous readings in Brooklyn. She specializes in Polish and other Central and Eastern European writers.