The Friends of the Eldredge Public Library book club has chosenÂ So Close to Home: A True Story of Our American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II by Michael Tougias and Alison O'Leary for this month's selection.Â We are excited to host co-author Alison O'Leary to come and speak for this afternoon's program.Â Everyone is invited!Â This author event is open to the public.Â
World War II was six months under way when Ray Downs was returning to the United States from his position as a manager for United Fruit in Colombia with his wife, Ina, and two children, eight-year-old Sonny and 11-year-old -Lucille. While the U-boat war had started, few were concerned as the Gulf of Mexico seemed physically far away from the conflict. The ship carrying the Downs family, The Heredia, had the misfortune to be seen by German Commander Harro Schacht in U-507. Schacht quickly sank the vessel, leaving the survivors to swim for safety in the Gulf. An inspiring historical narrative, So Close to Home tells the story of the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of this deadly attack off the American coast.
Alison Oâ€™Leary is a former reporter for the The Boston Globe, a magazine editor, and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country.
Chatham poets will read favorite poems at our 18th annual Chatham Reads Poetry Event in honor of National Poetry Month. Â Each reader is limited to five minutes and selections must be by recognized, published poets. Â Sign up to read or just come and listen. Â A Â sign up sheetÂ will be available at the Circulation Desk.
From botnets to big data, threats to privacy are everywhere online -- and securing our digital devices against these threats might seem like a daunting challenge. The good news is that it is possible to have better privacy on the internet, and this class is the place to start. Join internet activist Alison Macrina to learn solutions to subvert digital spying and data exploitation. Alison will talk about avoiding tracking and malware, different types of encryption, passwords, safer browsing, and more.
In this insightful and inspirational memoir, The Sea is Quiet Tonight, Michael Ward returns to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when so little was known and so few who were diagnosed survived. He chronicles in candid detail his partner Mark's decline and eventual death. By looking back on these devastating events, the author not only honors a generation lost to the illness but also opens a vital window onto the past, before medication helped save lives and when HIV/AIDS was usually a death sentence.
Performer and playwright Ann Marie Shea is coming to the Eldredge Public Library for a one-person, one-hour show that highlights Secretary Frances Perkinsâ€™ private and professional challenges, including her actual words.Â The stock market crash of 1929 led to massive unemployment, foreclosed mortgages and 1/3 of the nation in dire straits.Â President Roosevelt had the foresight and the courage to appoint Massachusetts native Frances Perkins to the post of Secretary of Labor to handle our nationâ€™s problems.Â Ms. Perkins was the first woman to serve in a Cabinet of the United States Government (1933-1945) and her tenure was an era of historic changes to the life of the average American worker, including Social Security. Ms. Shea is active in the Central Massachusetts and Boston theater scenes and is Professor Emerita of Worcester State College. Â Excerpts from The Roosevelt I Knew by Frances Perkins, used by permission of Curtis Brown Ltd, all rights reserved.
Maine author Bruce Robert Coffin will be here to talk about his bestselling debut novel, Among the Shadows, the first in the Detective Byron Mystery Series from HarperCollins. Fall in Portland, Maine usually arrives as a welcome respite from summerâ€™s sweltering temperatures and, with the tourists gone, a return to normal lifeâ€”usually. But when a retired cop is murdered, things heat up quickly, setting the city on edge. Detective Sergeant John Byron, a second-generation cop, is tasked with investigating the caseâ€”at the very moment his life is unraveling. On the outs with his departmentâ€™s upper echelon, separated from his wife, and feeling the strong pull of the bottle, Byron remains all business as he tries to solve the murder of one of their own. And when another ex-Portland PD officer dies under suspicious circumstances, he quickly realizes thereâ€™s much more to these cases than meets the eye. The closer Byron gets to the truth, the greater the danger for him and his fellow detectives.
Bruce Robert Coffin is a former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, earning the Directors Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.
Â We all know the ditty "Lizzie Borden took an ax....." but few people knowÂ the actual facts! Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues is a one hour in-depth retelling of the famous double homicide. Extensive research utilizing archival materials, period newspapers and period photographs has been done to create an entertaining, fascinating and informative presentation by history teacher Christopher Daley, about America's favorite "Who done it?"
The story begins on that fateful day in August 1892 with a striking description of the dayâ€™s events leading up to and including the murders of Â Andrew and Abbie Borden. The police investigation is then recounted, the evidence described and examined. Then the focus will shift to the suspicion placed on Lizzie and her conflicting stories on her whereabouts in the house during the day of the murders. Following will be a summary of the Grand Jury hearings and the trial using actual testimony and newspaper accounts to illuminate the proceedings. In the end different theories on the murders will be set forth and the question of "Who done it?" will be put to the audience for further discussion and conjecture
Although the United States is a nation built upon immigration, the subject has been a source of contentious debate since the founding generation. This talk will help shed light on the practical and philosophical origins of these differences over immigrant admissions and rights, and encourage audience members to reflect on several important policy dilemmas.
Speaker Daniel Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science and Director of the Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon. He has published six books and more than fifty refereed journal articles and chapters on immigration politics and policy, the American presidency, national security and civil liberties and the influence of interest groups and social movements on representative government. He wrote Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control and his most recent book, Rallying Force: Presidents, Social Movements and the Transformation of American Politics, with Sidney Milkis.
Sally Cabot Gunning, author of the â€˜Satucket Novelsâ€™ and Benjamin Franklinâ€™s Bastard, returns with a masterful new work of literary historical fiction. Monticello: A Daughter and her Father is a timely exploration of the relationship between Martha Jefferson Randolph, one of the most highly educated American women of her day, and her father, the third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson.
It is a fictional exploration of the fledgling era of the nation, providing an insightful glimpse into the politics and family life of the Jeffersons. First daughters hold a unique and fascinating position of visibility and influence, and in Monticello, Gunning skillfully reveals the historical legacy of their rarefied statusâ€”not without tremendous pressure and responsibility. Renowned as an attractive and intelligent young woman, Martha Jefferson proved an invaluable asset to her widowed father, who relied upon her to help run the family estate at Monticello and serve as hostess and advisor when he assumed the presidency.
Wednesdays Â March 1 @ 10:15, April 5 @ 10:15
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.
Wednesdays March 1 @ 11:30, April 5 @ 11:30
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.