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ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS – October 2018

Monday, October 1st -Wednesday, October 31st

Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 * www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead

 

Click here to download a PDF of this month’s calendar:
October 2018 Calendar

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“A Discerning Eye: Photographs by Dan Taylor (1968 – 2000) and Trelawney Goodell”
Monday, October 1st, through Wednesday, October 24th
Public Reception: Sunday, October 7th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From his early years growing up in Marblehead, Dan Taylor loved to take pictures. As an adult, he continued to enjoy photography and to improve his skill while pursuing his career as a Naval officer. Dan was based in San Diego and traveled the United States as well as across the Pacific, which afforded many photographic opportunities.

Upon Dan’s death, his family discovered the extent of his photographic work, finding a collection of thousands of transparencies. For his own challenge and pleasure, Dan had photographed a range of subjects. He showed us the residents of the San Diego Zoo with what seems an intimate glimpse into each one’s character; Death Valley with its bold and stark landscape; and the quiet beauty of water bubbling over pastel-colored stones in Glacier National Park. Dan was able to convey the essence of what he saw in his view-finder.

In the years following Dan’s death, his uncle, Henry Taggard, suggested that a book be created with the idea of sharing some of Dan’s photographs with family and friends. Trelawney Goodell, a book designer and photographer and cousin of the family, volunteered her design skills to bring this book to life and show us the world as Dan saw it.

As a book designer and art director, creating educational material for young children, Trelawney Goodell became interested in photography as a way to respond to visual literacy being taught in the schools. She always looks for the opportunity to see the ordinary in a unique way. Because of her book design background, she often combines multiple images into a single statement to tell a story. Her photomontages and triptychs with multiple images combine her experience about a place into a single unique visual statement. Recently her interest in looking for the unusual in ordinary places has resulted in a series of photographs of reflections.

Photographs by Dan and photographs by Trelawney will be on display during the exhibition “A Discerning Eye” in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at the Abbot Public Library, from Monday, October 1st, through Wednesday, October 24th. There will be a public reception on Sunday, October 7th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. All are invited to view Dan’s and Trelawney’s photographs, as well as the book reflecting both artists’ talents.

 

How to Pay for College without Bankrupting Yourself and Your Children
A College Financial Aid Workshop with Jim Femia
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Click here to register online, or call (860) 785-2260.

With education costs rising year after year, paying for college is a concern for most families. Additionally, the financial aid process can be confusing, intimidating, and often frustrating. Here’s what you will learn during this 60-minute seminar:

  • How families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid
  • Why sophomore year is so important
  • How to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • How private universities can cost you less than a state school
  • How students can potentially receive more free money and fewer loans

Please leave your checkbooks at home. Nothing will be sold or even offered for sale at this seminar. Both parents and students will benefit from this discussion.

To register, please visit www.apellacapital.com/college-planning, or call (860) 785-2260.

Senior Financial Advisor James Femia has been helping clients reach their long-term financial goals for more than 25 years. Mr. Femia provides independent, fee-only investment advisory and financial planning services, specializing in the areas of retirement and college planning. He combines his financial planning experience as a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) with his college planning knowledge as a Certified College Funding Specialist (CCFS).

Mr. Femia holds a BA from Villanova University and obtained additional education through Merrimack College. He currently resides in Marblehead, MA.

 

“Conversations on Race: Implicit Bias – What’s That and Why Do I Need to Know About It?”
Monday, October 15th, 7:00 pm
Lower Level Meeting Room
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library

This month we begin our series about the difference between bias, prejudice, discrimination and racism, starting with implicit bias. We will open our implicit bias exploration with a short video from the New York Times series “Who, Me? Biased?” that explains the concept of implicit bias, sometimes called “unconscious bias”. From there we will have a conversation about recognizing implicit bias in ourselves and others and how we can address it.

We welcome people of all races and backgrounds to come together, to converse, listen and engage. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to learn and grow, by hearing, and reflecting upon, each other’s stories and perspectives. We plan to continue these conversations, with a scheduled gathering on the third Monday of each month.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 16th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Upper Level Marblehead Room

The Library Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, October 16th, at 10:00 am to discuss Census by Jesse Ball. All are welcome to attend!

When a widower receives notice from a doctor that he doesn’t have long left to live, he is struck by the question of who will care for his adult son–a son whom he fiercely loves, a boy with Down syndrome. With no recourse in mind, and with a desire to see the country on one last trip, the man signs up as a census taker for a mysterious governmental bureau and leaves town with his son. Traveling into the country, through towns named only by ascending letters of the alphabet, the man and his son encounter a wide range of human experience.

 

“WOMEN: Finding Your Voice – What Women Need to Know about the Law”
Tuesday, October 16th, 7:00 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room
Co-sponsored by the Abbot Public Library and 3 Voices

Marblehead Lawyers Ellen Winkler and Trista Christiansen will cover a range of topics from wills and estate planning to long-term care, family law, and divorce issues.

Following the formal program, there will be light refreshments and an opportunity for conversation.

This session is the second event in the fall series. The third event will be Tuesday, November 13th, focusing on what women need to know for financial security with guest speaker Becky Linhart. These programs are co-sponsored by Abbot Public Library.

3 Voices seeks to empower women of all ages to speak and act with authority by providing coaching in multiple formats to varied audiences.

For more information about 3 Voices, contact 3voicesmhd@gmail.com or visit 3voices.org.

 

“Discovering New England Stone Walls”
Presented by Kevin Gardner
Wednesday, October 17th, 7:00 pm

Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss (Countryman Press), touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

Since the publication of The Granite Kiss, Kevin has presented his program at dozens of historical societies, bookstores, and town libraries all over New England, including Canterbury Shaker Village, the NH Historical Society, Castle-in-the-Clouds, Old Sturbridge Village, Boston’s Arnold Arboretum, and many, many more.

Kevin Gardner is a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. Like a lot of independent rural Yankees, he’s been a jack of many trades – a builder, logger, writer, teacher, radio voice, even an actor and director.

For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001 Kevin published The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls. His second book, Stone Building: How To Make New England Style Walls and Other Structures the Old Way, was published in May of 2017. He has also published poetry, songs, and essays, including “Land of Stone”, an examination of several historic sites in the Monadnock Region, in the 2006 anthology Where The Mountain Stands Alone.

From 1985 to 2010, Kevin was also an award-winning Performance Critic, Feature Writer, and Producer for NH Public Radio. His pieces on arts, history and culture have aired on National Public Radio and the Christian Science Monitor broadcast network. In 2004, Kevin was a co-host of the nationally syndicated radio series Storylines New England, an interview and call-in program about our regional literature. He has written and produced other special programming for NHPR as well, including a 45-minute radio drama adapted by NH Poet Julia Older from her own long poem, Tales of the Francois Vase.

Kevin is also a longtime professional Actor, Director, and Teacher of Theatre. He has taught at the New Hampton School, the NH Institute of Art, and at St. Paul’s School. Since 1999 he has been the Master Teacher of the course “Shakespeare for Performance” in St. Paul’s summer Advanced Studies Program. He is also a regular Guest Director at Plymouth State University, a former performance evaluator for the NH State Council on the Arts, and a frequent adjudicator of local, regional, and national theatre festivals. New Hampshire Magazine named him the state’s Best Theatre Critic in 2008.

 

“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson and How They Influenced the Poetry of Salem Poet Susanna Brougham
Sunday, October 21st, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Upper Level Marblehead Room

On Sunday, October 21st, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library continues its discussion of literary influence by focusing on the poet Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935). Robinson was born in Gardiner, Maine, and lived in Maine for a good deal of his life. He completed two years at Harvard but never attained a college degree. Nonetheless, he launched a successful career as a poet, winning three Pulitzer Prizes and three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Claire Keyes, Professor Emerita at Salem State University, will present and lead a discussion of some of Robinson’s poems. Then Salem Poet Susanna Brougham, formerly Interpretation Editor at the Peabody Essex Museum and Senior Manuscript Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, will share ways in which Robinson has influenced her own poetry related to Maine. Please join us from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

“Long Legs and Feathery Filigree – The Story of the Birds of Essex County’s Rocky Coastal Islands”
Presented by Wayne Petersen, Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas Program at Mass Audubon
Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00 pm

The rocky coastline from Nahant to Cape Ann is dotted with granite skerries lying less than a mile from shore–a continuation of islands stretching north throughout the Gulf of Maine. These islands form the Essex County Coastal Bird Islands Important Bird Area (IBA). Steeped in history, the individual islands vary greatly in their ornithological significance, some containing only a few pairs of gulls or cormorants, while one, Kettle Island, is the single most important wading bird breeding site in Massachusetts.

In this presentation, Wayne Petersen, Mass Audubon’s Director of Massachusetts Important Bird Areas, will describe the history of this IBA, the significance that these islands have for our breeding birds, and the current threats that these birds face. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion about the islands and what we can do to ensure that these important habitats remain suitable for birds for generations to come.

Wayne Petersen is Mass Audubon’s Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Areas program. Wayne was a founding member of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee, is President of Bird Observer magazine, is a New England Regional Editor for North American Birds and the New England Christmas Bird Count, and he serves on the advisory committee for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

His writing projects include authoring the National Audubon Society’s Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East), coauthoring Birds of Massachusetts and Birds of New England, co-editing the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 1 and 2, and contributing to The Audubon Society Master Guide to Birding, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, and Arctic Wings.

In 2005, Wayne was the recipient of the American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for outstanding contributions in regional ornithology. He is especially interested in seabirds and shorebirds, and he derives great satisfaction from sharing his knowledge of the natural world with his fellow colleagues.

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE
Saturday, October 27th through Tuesday, October 30th

Saturday, October 27th, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm – Friends of Abbot Library Members Only
(New memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)

Sunday, October 28th, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public*

Monday, October 29th, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm – 20% Discount for Seniors

Monday, October 29th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Bag of Books for $2

Tuesday, October 30th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Clearance Day

*Book Sale ends at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 28th for official public opening of Sail Away Book Shoppe, and thank you to current Friends officers who are ending their terms. Refreshments will be served. See event below.

 

Celebration and Official Opening of Sail Away Book Shoppe
Sunday, October 28th, 4:00 pm

The Friends of Abbot Library cordially invite you to attend the official opening of our Sail Away Book Shoppe on the main level of the library on Sunday, October 28th at 4:00 pm, immediately following our Fall Book Sale on the lower level from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The bookstore is managed by the Friends of Abbot Library under the direction of Steve Tseki, Christine Van Gemert and Rick Dodge, and has been unofficially open for nearly six months with great success.

Also on October 28th, we would like to honor the following members of the Friends of Abbot Library Executive Board: Steven Tseki, the current Presideny; Lianne Davis, the current Treasurer; and Jen Mancusi-Ungaro, the current Recording Secretary, all of whom are moving on to pursue other endeavors at the end of October.

Steve Tseki, has been involved with the Friends both as Book Sale Chairman and, most recently, as President, for the past 21 years.

Please join us to wish them well and to hear about future opportunities that will be available to you as the Friends reorganize their leadership roles.  Refreshments will be served in the Reading Room (where the fireplace is on the main level) immediately after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Library Volunteer Opportunity
Thursdays, October 4th, 11th, 18th, and Monday, October 22nd, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
in the Teen Room
For Grades 7-12

Do you need volunteer hours? Do you like the library, children, and/or Halloween? If so, we need YOU! We’ll work together throughout the month to put together a Spooky Story Walk for the kids in the Children’s Room. To participate, you must be available on the 22nd AND attend at least one of the planning meetings.

 

Teen Haunted Scavenger Hunt
Thursday, October 25th – Friday, November 2nd
Start in the Teen Room
For Grades 7-12

On the night of the Full Moon, Granny Ghost brought her Grandbaby Ghosts to visit the library, but they all ran off and got lost! She’s offering a reward to teens who can find all of the babies before they need to return to the Land of the Dead on Friday, November 2nd. Visit Granny in the Teen Room to get the first clue and start your search!

 

Hitchcock Halloween
Wednesday, October 31st, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
in the Teen Room
For Grades 7-12

Stop by the Teen Room on Halloween for:

  • Snacks
  • Alfred Hitchcock Movies
  • Button-making
  • Prizes for anyone who comes in costume!

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Annual Pumpkin Guessing Contest
Monday, October 1st – Wednesday, October 31st

What does our pumpkin weigh? This month we will have a pumpkin on display in the children’s room. The weight is a secret. Kids of all ages are welcome to write their guesses on a piece of paper and enter our contest. We will have three age categories and three prizes. All guesses are children’s guesses, and by using their eyes and brains alone!

 

Fun Day Mondays Playgroup
Mondays, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years. It is designed for caregivers to interact and build skills through play and for families to connect with one another and with valuable resources. Playgroups are staffed by early childhood specialists who can offer information and support to parents and caregivers. The guided playgroup will offer interactive play and circle time, music, movement, and storytelling. No registration needed.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up. The first session is for beginners and the second session for advanced players. Registration is required. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, October 2nd, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join instructor Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and works well for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children accompanied by their caregivers. Mini mats are provided for the children. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, October 5th and 12th, 10:30 am

Children from birth to 5 years old are invited to an interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The program will be offered the first and second Fridays of the month. No registration needed, but caregivers must attend.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Musical Story Time
Wednesday, October 9th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Details to be announced.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Wednesday, October 10th, 12:00 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on a Wednesday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Musical Story Time
Tuesdays, October 16th and 23rd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Details to be announced.

 

Stories with Ryan & Speedy
Wednesdays, October 17th & 24th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday with our Library Assistant Ryan and his puppet friend Speedy the Sea Otter for stories and a craft. Caregivers must attend – no registration needed.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, October 19th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and FUN! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5 years. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Spooky Story Walk
Monday, October 22th, Drop in between 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Children in K-4th grades are invited
Start at the Children’s Desk on the 1st floor

The Abbot Public Library proudly presents our first Spooky Story Walk. Planned by the teens, this event will get you in the mood for Halloween! Come walk through the Teen Room and hear a story along the way, then have some treats. (We promise it will be “Halloweeny”, but not too scary or gross. If you’re nervous, you can bring a parent along.)

 

Montessori in the Morning
Friday, October 26th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Tereza Swanda, an experienced home Montessori facilitator, will lead a monthly parent/child education group in Montessori learning works. The meetings will each cover a different topic; Grace/Courtesy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language. The age range for this program are children 3-6 (younger children are welcome but caregivers have to watch for small objects in the Montessori works,) with their caregivers.

Tereza will bring in one work at a time, demonstrate it to the children and then spend the time doing parent education and teaching how Montessori can be taught at home or in small groups. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Drop-In Make It, Take It Craft Day
Tuesday, October 30th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 1-4 are invited with caregivers to visit and make a craft to take home. This fall all of our drop-in crafts will feature an easy seasonal theme. Kids can also play with our musical instruments, puzzles, and toys while background music plays and adults chat. There is no performer – just an informal playtime.

 

Spanish Story Time with Paola
Wednesday, October 31st, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 4-5 are invited to come to a new Spanish Story Time with program leader Paola Lugo from Colombia.

Learn fun words in Spanish. Aprende palabras divertidas en español. Here is Paola’s invitation:

“We are going to learn and reinforce words your kids know or they want to learn; also we are going to share and have a fun moment listening to Spanish music and some stories with other kids here in the library.

Vamos a aprender y a reforzar palabras que sus hijos saben o les gustaría aprender, también vamos a compartir y a pasar un momento divertido escuchando música en español y algunas historias con mas niños, aquí en la biblioteca.

I am Paola, I am from Colombia, and I love to spend and share my time with kids and teach them about my culture and the South America culture in general.

Soy Paola, nacida en Colombia, me gusta compartir y pasar mi tiempo con los niños y enséñales sobre mi cultura y la cultura de Sur America en general.”

 


 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS – September 2018

Saturday, September 1st -Sunday, September 30th

Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 * www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead

 

Click here to download a PDF of this month’s calendar:
September 2018 Calendar

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“My Vision”: Paintings by Kumkum Sharma, a Folk Artist from India
Saturday, September 1st, through Saturday, September 29th. Please note that the Library is closed on Sunday, September 2nd,and Monday, September 3rd, for the Labor Day Holiday.
Public Reception: Sunday, September 9th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Artist Kumkum Sharma from the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, has been painting for 36 years. She previously exhibited her work at various art galleries in India. This is her seventh exhibition in the USA. Her work is in the Indian folk art style, depicting various themes that extend from Nature and village life to expressions of her inner feelings about Life. All the paintings are in gouache, using the bright colors of Indian folk art.

In 2012, Ms. Sharma nearly lost her eyesight due to reaction to medicine. It took some time to recover sight enough to paint, but then her younger sister, Gunjan Shukla, passed away. She lost the will to paint at all. However, the chance to create this exhibition especially dedicated to her sister, even though she still has not fully recovered her eyesight, has encouraged her to begin again.

The exhibit will be on view from Saturday, September 1st, through Saturday, September 29th. Please note that the Library is closed on Sunday, September 2nd, and Monday, September 3rd, for the Labor Day Holiday. All are invited to the public reception on Sunday, September 9th, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

 

“Rockhounding in New England”
An Author Talk with Peter Cristofono
Wednesday, September 12th, 7:00 pm

Throughout New England, there are places where it is possible to collect a variety of interesting, often beautiful rocks, minerals, crystals, fossils, and even gold and gems, in a responsible way, as a hobby. In this introduction to rockhounding in New England, we’ll discuss where you can go, what you can find, and how to get started; which sites are open to the public and which ones require permission and/or a fee; the best way to learn about identifying rocks, minerals and fossils; and how to start your own collection.

In two years of researching and visiting potential collecting sites for inclusion in the book Rockhounding New England, some surprising discoveries were made at both old and new sites. We’ll discuss some of the unexpected minerals found at several of the 100 sites featured in the book, as well as look at some new sites being considered for a future edition. Recent discoveries by mineralogists of new “type” minerals in New England – those that are new to science – will also be discussed, as well as what we as collectors can do as citizen scientists to assist in making further discoveries. Copies of Rockhounding New England will be available to purchase.

Peter Cristofono was born in Massachusetts and has been an avid field collector of New England minerals, gems and fossils for more than 35 years. Beginning with his high school years in New Hampshire, and later while majoring in Geology at Boston College, he assembled a large collection of self-collected specimens from the region. Peter has served as president of the Boston Mineral Club and Micromounters of New England and has authored mineralogical articles for various publications and websites. He is well-known for his macro photos of minerals and insects which have appeared in major newspapers, magazines, books, scholarly journals, museum exhibits and various websites, including over 3,700 mineral photos on Mindat.org. Peter spends as much time as he can in the field. His home base is Salem, Massachusetts.

 

“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Emily Dickinson and How They Influenced the Poetry of Marblehead Poet Claire Keyes
Sunday, September 16th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Upper Level Marblehead Room

This year’s Poetry Salon will explore poetic influences, specifically how a contemporary poet has been influenced by a particular poet–well-known or not so well-known–from long ago or the recent past. During the first hour of the two-hour session, Claire Keyes will provide a handout of the “influencer” poet’s work for purposes of discussion. In the second hour, a local poet will provide handouts of his or her poems and speak about the nature of the influence.

On Sunday, September 16th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library commences with a discussion of the influence of Emily Dickinson on contemporary poetry. One of the greatest American poets, Dickinson has influenced many poets, including Marbleheader Claire Keyes, who will present some of her poems and address Dickinson’s impact on her.

The first hour of the Salon will focus on Dickinson’s poetry. Her style was so unique that it baffled about everyone who encountered it. When she was published in The Springfield Republican, her lines were changed and made more conventional. Once she had that experience, she decided the world wasn’t ready for her. What is so unique about her style? How can that uniqueness ever translate to a 21st century literary landscape? Please join Claire Keyes, Professor Emerita at Salem State University, to open up a year-long discussion of literary influence. The Salon is free and meets from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Abbot Public Library.

 

“Conversations on Race: What Can I Do When I Witness a Racial Incident?”
Monday, September 17th, 7:00 pm
Lower Level Meeting Room
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library

What’s worse than being targeted with harassment because of your race? Being targeted while surrounded by bystanders who see what is happening, but do nothing. Often bystanders freeze because they don’t know what to do. Or don’t know how to assess the situation. As bystanders, we need to be especially vigilant and aware of what harassment and bias incidents look like and be able to stand up and intervene at a time when people need it most.

Join us for a conversation about the “Dos and Don’ts of Bystander Intervention” so you are prepared to be a strong ally for the person being harassed – and yourself – if you find yourself witnessing a racial incident.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 18th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Upper Level Marblehead Room

Please join us on Tuesday, September 18th, at 10:00 am for a discussion on Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley. All are welcome to attend!

“On the eve of the two hundredth anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, take a trip back to her world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen’s childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses – both grand and small – of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life. In places like Steventon Parsonage, Godmersham Park, Chawton House and a small rented house in Winchester, Worsley discovers a Jane Austen very different from the one who famously lived a ‘life without incident’. Worsley examines the rooms, spaces and possessions which mattered to her, and the varying ways in which homes are used in her novels as both places of pleasure and as prisons. She shows readers a passionate Jane Austen who fought for her freedom, a woman who had at least five marriage prospects, but – in the end – a woman who refused to settle for anything less than Mr. Darcy.” — Provided by the Publisher

 

WOMEN: Finding Your Voice
Tuesday, September 25th, 7:00 pm
Lower Level Meeting Room
Co-sponsored by the Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead League of Women Voters

Award-winning storyteller and actress Judith Black will lead off this season’s “WOMEN: Finding Your Voice” series on Tuesday, September 25th, at 7:00 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.

In this entertaining and interactive session, Black will introduce the audience to Lucy Stone, who used her voice to change the world she was born into. An outspoken abolitionist and warrior in the struggle for women’s rights, Stone was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, keep her name in marriage, refuse to pay property taxes, and be publicly hailed as the ‘shining star’ of the Woman’s Rights Movement.

Using Stone as a base line, Black invites audience members to think about what prevents and what motivates us to speak out on issues we feel passionately about. She will explore situations in which we feel ourselves unwelcome or unable to speak our truth among others. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a new version in which they discover how to access their true thoughts and feelings in similar scenarios.

Following the formal program, there will be light refreshments and an opportunity for conversation.

Judith Black has appeared 12 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is the winner of the Oracle Award, for storytelling. Locally she is a founding member of Sustainable Marblehead, an avid gardener and teaches the art of storytelling.

This session is the first event in the fall series. Two more are scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th, focusing on women’s legal issues with Ellen Winkler and Trista Christensen, and Tuesday, November 13th, focusing on making sound financial decisions with Becky Linhart. These programs are co-sponsored by the Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead League of Women Voters.

For more information about Black, visit her websites at www.storiesalive.com, www.tellingstoriestochildren.com and http://www.storiesalive.com/making-stories-from-your-life/.

For more information about 3 Voices, contact 3voicesmhd@gmail.com or visit 3voices.org.

 

“Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates”
Author Talk by Eric Jay Dolin
Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00 pm

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”–spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s–when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and the Indian Ocean. In this talk and slide presentation, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Black Flags, Blue Waters provides a wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Books for this event will be provided by Spirit of ’76, and can be pre-ordered at www.hugobookstores.com for pick up at the event. You can also pre-order at www.hugobookstores.com and pick up your signed copy at the HugoBookstore of your choice if you cannot attend the event.

“A vivid and surprising book. Black Flags, Blue Waters weaves old names and fresh themes in unanticipated ways, giving us a deep history of American piracy that reads like a blood-drenched thriller.”–Stephan Talty, author of Empire of Blue Water and The Black Hand

“Dolin doesn’t just write a first-rate history of the Golden Age of Piracy, he puts us on deck with the men themselves, bringing us into the action and leaving no doubt as to why these great rogues matter to this day.”–Robert Kurson, author of Rocket Men and Pirate Hunters

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and Providence Journal, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History; and Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America, which was chosen by the The Seattle Times as one of the best nonfiction books of 2010, and also won the James P. Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association. He is also the author of When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail, which was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of 2012; and Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, which was chosen by Captain and Classic Boat as one of the best nautical books of 2016. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family. For more information on his background, books, and awards, please visit his website, ericjaydolin.com. You can also follow Dolin’s posts on Facebook on his professional page, @ericjaydolin.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Listener’s Book Club
Wednesdays, September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
in the Teen Room

If you want to discuss books, but you never have the time to read them, this club is for you! Each week we’ll listen to and discuss an audiobook chapter or short story. Feel free to bring crafts, sketchbooks, coloring, fidgets, yoga mats, and other quiet activities you can do while you listen. Snacks and extra activities will be provided. This program is for teens in grades 7-12.

 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Thursdays, September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
in the Teen Room

TAG is starting up again, and we’d love to have you! This group of teen volunteers helps the Teen Librarian plan events, choose items for the collection, decorate the Teen Room, and complete work projects in the Library. The Teen Room is YOUR space – come help us make it awesome! This program is for teens in grades 7-12.

 

Are You Smarter Than A Librarian? Trivia Challenge
Monday, September 17th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
in the Teen Room

You’ve been back at school for a few weeks, your brain juices are flowing, and you’re in peak mental shape…

But can you best the Teen Librarian in a game of wits?

Form a team or compete as an individual. You’ll pick the categories and quizzes (we’ll be using Kahoot), and whoever beats the Librarian will win fame and riches! Or candy. Mostly candy. This program is for teens in grades 7-12.

 

Painted Rocks Tween Craft
Tuesday, September 25th, Drop-in between 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room

You’ve probably seen painted rocks all over Marblehead. Some people use them to decorate their gardens, and some people hide them to brighten a stranger’s day. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own, now is the time! We’ll provide everything you need to create beautiful painted rocks; just bring yourself. (Please Note: bring yourself dressed in clothes you can paint and get messy in.) This program is for grades 5-8.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, September 4th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join instructor Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and works well for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children, accompanied by their caregivers.Mini mats are provided for the children. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Story Time with Heather
Tuesday, September 11th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 3-5 are invited to a special story time with Librarian Heather Waddell.

 

Stories with Ryan & Speedy
Wednesday, September 12th, 10:15 am – 10:45 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday with our Library Assistant Ryan and his puppet friend Speedy the Sea Otter for stories and a craft. Caregivers must attend-no registration needed.

 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, September 17th and 24th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up.The first session is for beginners and the second session is for advanced players. Registration is required. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Drop-In Make It, Take It Craft Day
Tuesday, September 18th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 1-4 are invited with caregivers to visit and make a craft to take home. This fall all of our drop-in crafts will feature an easy seasonal theme. Kids can also play with our musical instruments, puzzles, and toys, while background music plays and adults chat.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Wednesday, September 19th, 11:00 am
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, September 21st, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing.Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and FUN! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5 years. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Monday, September 24th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years. It is designed for caregivers to interact and build skills through play and for families to connect with one another and with valuable resources. Playgroups are staffed by early childhood specialists who can offer information and support to parents and caregivers. The guided playgroup will offer interactive play and circle time, music, movement, and storytelling. No registration needed.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Learn Fun Words in Spanish! – Aprende Palabras Divertidas en Español!
Wednesday, September 26th, 10:30 am

We are going to learn and reinforce words your kids know or they want to learn; also we are going to share and have a fun moment listening to Spanish music and some stories with other kids here in the library. This program is for ages 3-5.

Vamos a aprender y a reforzar palabras que sus hijos saben o les gustaría aprender, también vamos a compartir y a pasar un momento divertido escuchando música en español y algunas historias con mas niños, aquí en la biblioteca.

I’m Paola, I’m from Colombia; I love to spend and share my time with kids and teach them about my culture and the South America culture in general.

Soy Paola, nacida en Colombia, me gusta compartir y pasar mi tiempo con los niños y enséñales sobre mi cultura y la cultura de Sur America en general.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Friday, September 28th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Tereza Swanda, an experienced home Montessori facilitator, will lead a monthly parent/child education group in Montessori learning works. The meetings will each cover a different topic; Grace/Courtesy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language.The age range for this program is children 3-6 (younger children are welcome but caregivers have to watch for small objects in the Montessori works), with their caregivers.

Tereza will bring in one work at a time, demonstrate it to the children and then spend the time doing parent education and teaching how Montessori can be taught at home or in small groups. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.