Upcoming Programs

 

"Sunday Afternoons at the Eldredge"sunday mongolia program

Sunday, January 4 @ 2:00 pm - A Visit to Mongolia

Join Betsy Bray as she presents an illustrated talk about her trip to Mongolia.  She experienced staying in gers (known to us as yurts), riding two humped camels, discovering traditional Mongolian food, visiting schools and learning about the nomad lifestyle.  Betsy traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Khovsgl Lake, and the Gobi Desert this past summer.  

Sunday, January 18 @ 2:00 pm - Amazing Africasunday Africa program

Ron and Deborah Clark and Rich and Sue Simpson will share a slideshow of photographs taken during their two incredible trips to Africa.  In  2008, they spent nearly 3 weeks in Tanzania on safari, while also visiting Zanzibar and the captial city of Dar es Salaam.  Last year they traveled to Cape Town in South Africa, then toured Victoria Falls in Zambia and went on safari in both Botswana and South Africa.  Come hear about their amazing experiences with the people, animals and sites of Africa. 

Sunday, February 1 @ 2:00 pm - Studying Shakespeare in Italysunday italy

 Monomoy Regional High School teacher Rachel Barnes went to Urbino, Italy last summer to study select plays and poems set in this region.  Her experiences as a student at this UNESCO World Heritage site have shaped her methods for teaching Shakespeare to students.  Living like an Italian and studying like an American has some unique benefits, and Rachel will share what she learned from Royal Shakespeare Company greats Michael Pennington, Josie Lawrence and Bill Alexander in this classic setting.  Come find out more about both Italy and Shakespeare during this program! 

Sunday, February 22 @ 2:00 pm - Why I Love Portugalsunday portugal program

 Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities, and golden beaches, the Portuguese experience can be many things.  History, great food and wine and idyllic scenery, coupled with the old-fashioned traditions of village life and Portugal's outstanding very affordable seafood.  Portugal is full of surprises...come discover this small but endlessly fascinating country with native Azorean and South Dennis resident Floriano Pavao - you too, will fall in love with Portugual.

 "Sunday Afternoons at the Eldredge" is sponsored by the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library!

 

Programs

Saturday, March 7 @ 2:00 pm  - Author Deborah Swisstinticket

In celebration of Women's History Month, Harwich resident and historian Deborah Swiss will discuss her latest book, The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women. During the nineteenth century, 25,000 girls and women were transported to Australia from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as "tamers and breeders."  A compelling true story about the human spirit, The Tin Ticket won runner-up honors in 2011 for Best Non-Fiction book, awarded by the American Society of Journalists and Authors.  It focuses on three remarkable survivors, ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives as they triumphed over tragedy and emerged as founding mothers of Australia.  Their journey also includes the story of Elizabeth Gurney Fry, a Quaker reformer who compassionately touched their lives.  After Deborah's talk, singer/songwriter Digney Fignus will perform "All for Love," a song he wrote to honor Australia's convict maids and survivors everywhere.give me tomorrow

 

Thursday, April 16 @ 3:00 pm - Author Ingrid Stabins

 Local resident Ingrid Stabins will be here to talk about her book Give Me Tomorrow: A young girls ordeal during the WWII Russian invasion of eastern Germany.  Ingrid grew up in Pomerania, an eastern province of Germany.  She lived through the devastation of her hometown by Russian forces, months in a Russian camp, the loss of her father, and the expulsion from her homeland.  Her life was changed forever.

 

Saturday, May 2 @ 2:00 pm - The History of Fort Warren during the American Civil Warfort warren

Fort Warren is a historic fort on the 28-acre Georges Island to the entrance to Boston Harbor. The fort was constructed from 1833-1861, completed shortly after the beginning of the American Civil War.  Kevin Rogers, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands will be here to give a virtual tour of the fort with information about its construction.  The talk will focus on the Fort during the Civil War when it served as a fort for Union soldiers and a prison for Confederate officers and government officials.  Kevin will give a brief discussion on how some of the other Islands were used in the war effort and the unusual connection and involvement of Boston residents with Fort Warren.  Mr. Rogers has volunteered with the FBHI for almost 8 years and has been an interpreter on George's Island as well as Boston Light. 

*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Saturday, May 16 @ 2:00 pm - Sheryl Faye brings Clara Barton to life!

Sheryl Faye is a historical performer who will be here to portray Clara Barton.  Clara Barton played an very important and unforgettable role during the American Civil War as a Nurse and went on to become the founder of the American Red Cross.  This program will explore the life of  Clara Barton, both her childhood and her adult life, including the role she played during the Civil War and will instill in audience members the value of helping others.  This performance is appropriate for school age children and adults. 

*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Tuesday, May 19 @ 7:00 pm - Author Ric Wasleycandleinthewindbn

Author Ric Wasley will be here to talk about his book Candle in the Wind.  The year is 1863 and the American Civil War is raging with a fury unimagined just two short years ago.  President Lincoln has just announced the first draft in the history of the American Republic.  It is against this background that two families come to realize just what the war means to them, their lives and their countries.  The story opens with a young wife and her daughter who leave their Cape Cod farm in search of her husband who was listed as missing and presumed dead since the three day battle at Gettysburg.  She does not believe it and so begins her perilous journey that will uncover truths and reunite her family.

*This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

Tuesday, June 2 @ 7:00 pm - Author Greg O'BrienOn Pluto cover

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 joourneys 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, amond 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.

 

Saturday, June 6 @ 2:00 pm - Author Patry Francisorphans

 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.

Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:00 pm - Author Carrie Russelldrowning cactus

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.

 

 

Ebook Classes

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Wednesday:  February 11 @ 1:00 pm , March 11 @ 1:00 pm

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading 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.

Kindle Fire Ebook Demo

Wednesday:  February 4 @ 2:00 pm, March 11 @ 11:15 am

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading 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.

 iPad Ebook Demoipad image

Wednesday:  February 4 @ 1:00 pm , March 11 @ 10:15 am

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading 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.