Upcoming Programs

 

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Wednesdays, starting June 24 @ 10:30 am - English Language and Conversation Class

Our summer ESL class is back! This class is designed to provide an opportunity for people to practice and improve their English. The ESL Conversation Class is free and open to the public. For information and class registration please contact Amy Andreasson at the Library at 508-945-5170.

 

Wednesday, July 22 @ 3:00 pm - Author David Van WyeSAVING BEN TRE

Chatham resident and Vietnam veteran David Van Wye will be here to talk about his fictional book, Saving Ben Tre. Brief summary: Facing a team of determined Viet Cong insurgents, American infantrymen struggle to acquit themselves honorably. 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. David Van Wye is a former advisor to a South Vietnamese battalion fighting in this terrain. He conveys what it was like for young soldiers to be sent into combat in the appalling turmoil of the Nam. He holds a Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) and a Bronze Star.

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Wednesday, July 29 @ 7:00 pm - Line Dancing with Brett Outchcunis

Join in the fun when our favorite dance instructor Brett leads us in learning some of the most popular line dances on the party and wedding circuit. Be ready for a good time, some healthy exercise, and a lot of laughs! Bring the whole family! All ages can participate!

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Thursday, July 30 @ 7:00 pm - Author John Henry Brebbia

Mr. Brebbia is returning this summer to talk about his latest book, Teeth: A Wicked Southern Satire. This book is about a stout, horse-faced Miriam Potts and her balding, obese, thirty-something son Hans. In 1979, this pair of self-righteous bigots flee from ethnically challenged Camden, New Jersey to tiny, time warped, segregationist Gumball Georgia in search of the kind of peace and contentment they are convinced only the Old South can offer two deserving God fearing Episcopalians.

 

Tuesday, August 18 @ 7:00 pm - National Intelligence: The Wilderness of MirrorsRoger Denk and Caspar Weinberger - sm

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. 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 of Counter Espionage said, describing intelligence, "There is an ever-fluid landscape where fact and illusion merge."

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. Roger earned a Ph.D, at Georgetown University. He lives in Monterey California where he still consults with members of the Intelligence Community.ooch_point_2

 

Wednesday, August 19 @ 7:00 pm - Line Dancing with Brett Outchcunis

Join in the fun when our favorite dance instructor Brett leads us in learning some of the most popular line dances on the party and wedding circuit. Be ready for a good time, some healthy exercise, and a lot of laughs! Bring the whole family! All ages can participate!

 

Thursday, September 3 @ 7:00 pm - Author Bernard CornwellWaterloo-The-History-200x307

New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell will be at the Eldredge Public Library to talk about his most recent book, Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles. This book is the definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought—a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Napoleon's last stand.

On June 18, 1815, the armies of France, Britain, and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days, the French army had beaten the Prussians at Ligny and fought the British to a standstill at Quatre-Bras. The Allies were in retreat. The little village north of where they turned to fight the French army was called Waterloo. The blood-soaked battle to which the town gave its name would become a landmark in European history.

In his first work of nonfiction, Bernard Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting chronicle of every dramatic moment—from Napoleon's daring escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the three battlefields and their aftermath. Through quotes from the letters and diaries of Emperor Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, and the ordinary officers and soldiers, Cornwell brings to life how it actually felt to fight those famous battles—as well as the moments of amazing bravery on both sides that left the outcome hanging in the balance until the bitter end.

Published to coincide with the battle's bicentennial in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy—and of the final battle that determined the fate of nineteenth-century Europe.

Thursday, September 24, 6:00-8:00 pm - Voices of Poetry

Eldredge Public Library is proud to host a fall evening of poetry & music. This Voices of Poetry event will feature poetry read by a quartet of distinguished poets: Kathleen Aguero, Melanie Braverman, Gloria Mindock and Annie Pluto. To complement these excellent poets, music will be provided by the very talented singer/songwriter Kathleen Healy. This event is free and open to the public. For inquiries about this & future Voices of Poetry events, please contact Neil Silberblatt at voicesofpoet@gmail.com.

Poets:
Kathleen Aguero’s has written several poetry collections, has co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine. She teaches at the low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.

Melanie Braverman is the author of the novel East Justice and the poetry collection Red. Her work has appeared in publications such as Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Former Writer in Residence at Brandeis University, she currently serves as Cultural Director for the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod.

Gloria Mindock is founding editor of Cervena Barva Press; editor of the Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey); and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France). Her work has appeared in numerous magazines & journals in the U.S. and abroad, including River Styx, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Ibbetson, Thrice, Thunderclap and in the anthology Hildagards Daughters (Belgium).

Anne Elezabeth Pluto is an alumnus of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and a former member of the Small Press Alliance of Boston and editor of Oak Square Magazine. She is now Professor of Theatre and Literature at Lesley University, where she also serves as Artistic Director of the Oxford Street Players, which she co-founded with Lisa Risely in 1991.

Musician:
Kathleen Healy hosts weekly open mic nights at local venues and has established a monthly singer/songwriter circle. She has appeared both as a solo performer and as a member of a folk quartet. Her latest CD entitled Spark was released in June 2014.

 

 

Ebook Classes

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Wednesdays, June 10 @ 1:00 pm, July 15 @ 1:00 pm, August 12 @ 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.

Kindle Fire Ebook Demo

Wednesdays, June 10 @ 11: 30 am, July 15 @ 11:30 am, August 12 @ 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.

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Wednesdays, June 10 @ 10:30 am, July 15 @ 10:30 am, August 12 @ 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.