Thursday, September 23, 2010

Library Events for October 2010

From the Children’s Room…

Thursdays beginning October 7th at 2:30
Story & Craft Time for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

Join Miss Britton in the Children's Room for some favorite stories and a simple art project or craft.

First Tuesday of every month from 3:15 to 4 pm, beginning October 5th
Lego Club for Elementary School Students

Drop by and build something! A snack is provided.

First Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 pm, beginning October 6th
Little Baby Hour

Babies and their caregivers are invited to the Children's Room for social time. Drop in to play with toys, browse new books, and meet other babies in town.

Saturday October 9th from 10:00 – 11:30
Second Saturday Arts – Mask Making

Come and enjoy a creative morning with Melody Russell – this month making masks. Best suited for those ages 5 – 12. All classes are $15. Call the library (525-4411) or Melody Russell (525-4103) to register.

Friday October 29 at 7 pm
Spooky Stories Night with Gregory Pratt

Gregory Pratt will return this year for our annual evening around the campfire! With a catalog of thousands of tales, most of which are his own invention, Greg has established a reputation as a master storyteller and has proven adept at telling stories to crowds of all ages. Come if you dare! Meet behind the library. If there’s rain we’ll move inside.

For the Grown ups…

Thursday September 30th at 7:00 pm
Into the Wilderness with author Debra Luskin

Author Deborah Lee Luskin will read from her highly praised first novel, Into the Wilderness, about a tender romance between Rose Mayer and Percy Mendell, two appealing 64-year olds who have given up on finding love late in life. Set against the backdrop of Vermont’s changing seasons, Into the Wilderness is both a love story and a testament to the endurance of the human heart. Deborah Lee Luskin has been writing about Vermont life, past and present, since relocating from New York City in 1984.

Tuesday October 5th at 7:00 pm
First Tuesday Book Group

Join us as we discuss Fall of Frost by Brian Hall. The First Tuesday Book Group is open to anyone interested in reading and talking about books. Drop in!

Thursday October 7th at 7:00 pm
Poetry of Palestine & Israel

This poetry reading participates in the ancient and beloved Palestinian and Israeli tradition of reading poems aloud. In line with that tradition, Ruth Siegel and James Smart (two retired college professors) will be presenting poetry of the two most beloved poets of Palestine and Israel, Mahmoud Darwish and Yehuda Amichai, both recently deceased. Their selections cover a wide range of topics & perspectives, from love poems to poems about exile. Siegel and Smart have been struck by the way ethical questioning is entwined in national issues, and love is mixed up with nationalism as well. Ruth Siegel was Professor of literature at Queens College in New York and James Smart was Professor of history at Keene State College in Keene. Free and open to all.

Beginning Wednesday October 13th at 9:00 am
Elderhood and Mindfulness: A Four Session Workshop

This workshop will provide an opportunity to develop and use Mindfulness as a means to explore and honor the wisdom we have gained over the years. There is considerable research indicating that a regular meditation practice helps with the aging process and as we develop and maintain our practice, we will be able to see what benefits are derived from this discipline. We will meet for four mornings for two hours. During this time, we will practice and explore the value of Mindfulness mediation as we age and discuss relevant themes concerning eldering. No previous experience with meditation is necessary. Sessions will be held in the Daniels' room at the Hancock Library from 10:00 am until noon, October 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 2010. Please bring a mid morning snack a shawl or warm wrap and a cushion if you don't wish to meditate in a chair. Facilitators: Eleanor Cappa, B.A. is a massage therapist. Eleanor has worked with elders in a variety of capacities. Pamela Erdmann, M.Ed has taught Mindfulness Meditation for many years as a senior faculty person at the Center for Mindfulness at U. Mass Medical Center and more informally in the community. To register and for more information please call either Eleanor at 878-2945 or Pamela at 525-4424. Suggested fee for the workshop is $25.00 to cover facility and materials.

Tuesday October 19th at 7:00 pm
A Fine High Gleefulness: The Art of Shirley Jackson
with Ann Robinson, Lecturer

Shirley Jackson, who published from the late 1940's through the early 1960's, earned her living as a commercial writer of domestic comedy, sophisticated ghost tales, gothic horror and psychological drama. Sadly, she is one of the most neglected figures in 20th-century American literature. Her novels We Have Always Lived In This Castle and The Haunting of Hill House remain two of her most popular works, while her landmark short story, The Lottery, originally published in The New Yorker, continues to intrigue readers of all ages. This lecture emphasizes the impact of Jackson's personal life on her art. Rather than have her artistic impulse stifled by the social constraints of the 1950's, she remained prolific for most of her adult life. Her best work reflects her unique personality and her intense interest in the occult. Jackson was considered an oddity and an outsider by the community of Bennington,VT, where she lived for some years with her scholar husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, and their four children. Undaunted, she used her feelings of isolation as a foundation for some of her most intriguing works. Ann Robinson received a B.A. in English from Connecticut College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College. Since 1967 she has lived in southwestern NH where she wrote and produced award-winning radio commercials and published feature articles in newspapers and magazines. Initially presented through the NH Humanities Council’s Traveling Scholars program, this hour-length presentation appeals to adult audiences. Free and open to all.

Coming in November…

Monday November 1st at 7:00 pm

Mary Catherine Bateson discusses her new book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom

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