Friday, November 30, 2007

Library Happenings December 2007

Saturday December 1st, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Matryoshka ~ Russian Nested Doll Painting Class

Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting. The workshop is open to adults and families with children age 6 and up. It is a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture. Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced. The goal is to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. They can work on 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece or 1-piece matryoshka sets which can be purchased at the workshop (call the library for pricing information). Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music, and, during a brief break from the painting, there will be a demonstration of a few steps from a traditional Russian "matryoshka dance." For more information or to register, please contact the library at 525-4411.

Tuesday December 18th, 3:00 pm
Duct Tape Gifts for the Holidays aka Ductigami!

Do you need a last-minute gift for your family? Would you like it to be a creative and lovingly hand-made present? Then come to our Holiday Duct Tape workshop and learn to make handy items out of duct tape. For middle-school students and up. Please stop by or call the library (525-4411) to register as class size (but not duct tape) is limited. Refreshments will be served.

Note to book club members and Third Friday Film fans: Due to the holiday frenzy, we'll skip the First Tuesday Book Club and the Third Friday Film for the month of December.

Coming in January 2008...

First Tuesday Book Club
Tuesday January 8th at 7:00 pm
(yes, it's the 2nd Tuesday this month!)

The book club book will be 1421: The Year China Discovered the World by Gavin Menzies with a guest speaker to guide us through this fascinating book. All are welcome. Copies of the book will be available at the front desk beginning December 1st. Please join us.

Third Friday Film: Paradise Now
Friday January 18th at 7:00 pm

Paradise Now is a "taut, ingeniously calculated thriller" according to the New York Times. We follow the main characters, Said and Khaled, childhood friends from the West Bank, over two days leading up to a suicide bombing mission they are to carry out. Written and directed by Hany Abu-Assad, an Israeli-born Palestinian, in 2005.

Thursday January 24th, 2 - 4 pm
Shakespeare for Snowy Days with Tibby Tobey

The snowy days are coming again, so it is time to think of Shakespeare! Read and be challenged by Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter's Tale, and Cymbaline. No prior experience is necessary. Just order any new titles you need from The Toadstool (Folger editions are preferred). Do this soon, please. Then join us on Thursday afternoons beginning January 24th from 2 pm to 4 pm in the Daniels Room. Sign up at the library (you can call us at 525-4411)as spaces are limited.

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