In August of 2014, Monomoy teachers Barbara Gula and Nancy Gifford traveled to HawaiiÂ for a Geoventure to learn about volcanoes with the American Geological Society. Their trip was supported by a grant from the Westgate Foundation. Come hear about how Barbara and Nancy turned their adventures in Hawaii into a hands-on, cross-grade learningÂ experience for their third and seventh grade students. You will learn a bit about the geology of the Hawaiian islands and have a chance to try a few demos yourself
What's is like to lose your mind, to see slices of your very identity slipping away piece by piece? Veteran journalist Greg O'Brien likens it to a trip out to Pluto "where no one can see you or hear what is said." Diagnosed at 59 with early-onset Alzheimer's, O'Brien has written an illuminating, naked and honest account of living with Alzheimer's, not dying with it. Drawing on cognitive reserve, he is reporting back to Earth his experiences as he journeys further into inner space in his memoir, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's. Written with faith and humor, the book provides Baby Boomers a window into a possible future. Greg O'Brien has more than 35 years of newspaper and magazine experiences as a writer, editor, investigative reporter and publisher. Over the years, he has contributed to, among other publications, the Associated Press, USA Today, Boston Herald, Boston Metro, New York Metro, Providence Journal, Cape Cod Times and Boston Magazine, where he was senior writer.
Cape Cod author Patry Francis will be here to talk about her latest and very popular book, The Orphans of Race Point. The story is a passionate and page-turning saga with an unsolved murder that consumes three lives over several decades in Provincetown, MA. Told through these three voices, The Orphans of Race Point is a novel of suspense, betrayal and the different ways we find transcendence and meaning in our lives. But most of all, it is a gorgeous and unforgettable love story. Patry is a threetime nominee for the Pushcart Prize, and has twice been the recipient of a fellowship from Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her first novel, The Liar's Diary, has been translated into seven languages and was recently optioned for a film. A mother of four, she lives with her family on Cape Cod.
Carrie Russell, author of the novel Drowning Cactus, will be here to speak about environmentalism and fiction. Drowning Cactus is literary fiction that explores the tranformative power of wilderness, following a cactus thief and an urban gardening instructor lost in the Sonora Desert. Russell, who studied writing at Columbia and Oxford, worked as an environmental advocate before she became a novelist. The novel is inspired by her experiences in some of America's most remote and most threatened wilderness areas.
The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Womenâ€™s Club of Chatham.Â It is the oldest continually active club on Cape Cod whose purpose is connecting women for friendship, education and civic betterment.Â A look at the Clubâ€™s history will reveal much about Chatham in the years prior to WWI from the unique perspective of the women in the community.Â The Clubâ€™s collective voice expressed the concerns of women everywhere and its activities chronicled a willingness to nurture children, remember the veterans, support community activity and scholarship, and celebrate important milestones and holidays with the larger community. This program will use pictures and commentary to share the Clubâ€™s story.Â This program willÂ be presented byÂ Joanna Schurmann, Regina McDowell and Sharon Oudemool.
** This program is part of Chatham History Weekend which is sponsored by Historic Chatham.Â The purpose of this special weekend is to raise awareness among Chatham residents, merchants and hospitality venues of Chatham's historic sites, its history organizations and their 2015 programmatic offerings and demonstrate Historic Chatham's value as a source of reliable, quality information about the history of Chatham and organizations in town committed to celebrating it and history in general.
Chatham's Historic House Signs for buildings 100 years and older. Don Edge will be at lower level of the Library to help you research your historic home and fill out a Historic House Sign form - if your home is 100 years or older.
Historic Chatham is aptly named, not only for Treasures in our Midst, the seven cooperating museums and historical organizations that are the focus of History Weekend, but also for the Town that is itself a museum - at the close of 2014, Chatham counted throughout theÂ town 629 taxable properties 100 years or older. Each of these buildings is eligible for an inexpensive unique sign of three lines that summarize the building's history. It includes the first owner, the purpose and the date.
Historic signs contribute to residents and neighborhoods, reminding them of their place in history, connecting them to their predecessors, and strengthening the sense of community that makes Chatham such as very special place. For proof of building dates and a sign application form, please visit the Reference Desk at the Eldredge Public Library or download the form from the Chatham Historical Commission. For the earliest owner and the building's history, you can start with The Town of Chatham's Historic Properties Surveys, available at the Eldredge Public Library. These signs are approved by the Historical Commission and a permit is not required. ** This program is part of Chatham History Weekend which is sponsored by Historic Chatham. A weekend long celebration of Chatham's history to raise awareness among Chatham residents, merchants and hospitality venues of Chatham's historic riches, its history organizations and their 2015 programmatic offerings.
Chatham resident and VietnamÂ veteran David Van Wye will be here to talk about his fictional book, Saving Ben Tre.Â Â Brief summary: Facing a team of determined Viet Cong insurgents, American infantrymen struggle to acquit themselves honorably.Â Fate pushes Lieutenant Donald Van Howe into the Vietnam War and luck, or lack of it, leads him to Ben Tre, a city in the Mekong Delta. Destined to serve in combat operations as an advisor to a South Vietnamese battalion, he is a key player in a cat and mouse conflict with a team of crafty and experienced Viet Cong fighters. As he struggles to stay alive he is plagued by deep angst and conflict over the war. With the tension building, Van Howe and his partner, Sergeant First Class Bradford, face a life and death shoot out with their adversaries.Â David Van Wye isÂ a former advisor to a South Vietnamese battalion fighting in this terrain.Â He conveys what it was like for young soldiers to be sent into combat in the appalling turmoil of the Nam.Â He holds a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) and a Bronze Star.
Roger Denk will give an illustrated talk on the evolution of national intelligence since World War Two. He will discuss the gathering of information, the massaging of that information to create intelligence. the role of the policymaker (the end user) in intelligence, and the problem of information overload.Â The intelligence profession is unlike most others in that the answer is never clear, but the question is always in focus. As James Jesus Angleton, former CIA chef ofÂ Counter Espionage said, describing intelligence, "There is an ever-fluid landscape where fact and illusion merge."Â
Roger is a thirty year veteran of the United States Intelligence Community, having served an officer in the United States Army and civilian assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency in both operational and analytic roles. He also formed and led a group of psychologists and psychiatrists in a government research organization that was charged with uncovering the motivations for espionage and the development of tools to prevent it.Â Roger earned a Ph.D, at Georgetown University. He lives in Monterey California where he still consults with members of the Intelligence Community.
Friday, Â May 15 @ 1:00 pm,Â Wednesday, JuneÂ 10 @ 1:00 pm
Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your Kindle and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.
Friday,Â MayÂ 15 @ 11:30 am, Wednesday,Â June 10Â @ 11: 30 am
Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your Kindle Fire and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle Fire, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.
Friday,Â May 15Â @ 10:30 am,Â Wednesday, June 10 @ 10:30 am
Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your iPad and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your iPad, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.