As you and your family enjoy the Chatham Christmas By the Sea weekend, make sure to leave room in your schedule to come to the library for a holiday concert and singalong!¬† David Polansky is loved by everyone from preschoolers to grandparents.¬† His songs have been compared to those of Stephen Sondheim and Tom Lehrer and he has won numerous awards including the coveted Artists' Foundation Fellowship, Music City Song Festival, Sheet Music Magazine Grand Prize, and others.¬† His concerts are true musical treasures that everyone will love.¬†
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.¬†¬†
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.¬†
¬†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!¬†
¬†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.
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.
¬†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.
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.
Wednesday:¬†December¬†3 @ 10:00 am,¬†January¬†7 @ 10:00 am, February 4 @ 10:00 am¬†
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.
Wednesday:¬†December¬†3 @ 11:00 am,¬†January¬†7 @ 11:00 am, February 4 @ 11:00 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.
Wednesday:¬†December¬†3 @ 1:00 pm,¬†January¬†7 @ 1:00 pm, February 4 @ 1:00 pm¬†
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.