Upcoming Programs

Tuesday, June 19 @ 7:00 pm - Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire with author Wendy Hinman

Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire by author Wendy Hinman.  Wendy is an adventurer, speaker and the award-winning author of two books, Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials. Sea Trials, her second book, tells the exciting story of the harrowing journey of the Wilcox family. A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for them. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as the family. Without a working engine and no way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits.  Wendy Hinman's books and presentations are filled with humor and hard-won lessons that amuse and inspire. Don't miss the chance to hear her present while she is in town. For more information, visit her website www.wendyhinman.com.


Sunday, July 8 @ 3:00 pm - American Baroque Concert  "Serenades and Stories: Musical Gems of the Literary Age"

The Friends of the Eldredge Public Library are sponsoring  "Serenades & Stories" performed on period instruments by the American Baroque Orchestra.   The concert is Sunday, July 8th at 3:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church (corner of Main and Cross Street, across from the Library).  This is a fundraising event for the Friends of the EPL.  Tickets are $20 for general admission and $30 for reserved seating.  Tickets are now on sale at the library front desk, or by mail.  (To reserve your tickets by mail, please print this form and send it in with your check. ) 

Under the direction of Artistic Director Mark Bailey, the music will be performed on period instruments by The American Baroque Orchestra.  The performance will include "Summer" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with virtuoso violinist Edson Scheid, baroque era opera including "Tornami a vagheggiar" from Handel's Alcina with spellbind ing soprano, Kathryn Aaron, a suite from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and more!

Experience the inspiration of great and beloved musical gems alongside their literary counterparts, tracing back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Musical Gems of the Literary Agefeatures music from The American Baroque Orchestra and narration from western and eastern Europe, with works by Handel, Purcell, Russian/Ukrainian court composers, among others. Throughout the program, members of the orchestra will narrate the music with excerpts from popular French romances, operatic plot lines, Italian poetry, and more!



Tuesday, July 10 @ 4:00 pm - "Creative Feast" with Liz Barbour presents "Feasting with  your Instant Pot"

The instant pot craze is here, are you on board? For many of us, the instant pot is patiently waiting to be used.  Whether yours is tucked away in a cupboard or still in the box, it's time to take out your electric pressure cooker and put it to use.  Join chef Liz Barbour for a cooking class that will help take the mystery out of this amazing, time saving kitchen tool.  Liz will demonstrate 2 recipes that you can recreate at home.  Following her demonstrations Liz will offer tasty samples for everyone to enjoy.  Registration is required for this program.  We can only accommodate 35 participants, so register today.   


Thursday, August 16 @ 7:00 pm - Author Neville D. Frankel presents "Under the Soviet Shadow: Where History Meets Fiction"

Emmy-award winning writer and Cape Cod author, Neville Frankel, discusses the well-researched family history that inspired his latest work of historical fiction, On the Sickle’s Edge. The novel has earned acclaim as a Finalist for the prestigious Book Club Award of the 2017 National Jewish Book Awards and is regarded by many readers as a companion piece to Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. The talk also sheds deep insight into the author’s creative process as he discusses the delicate balance between integrating historical detail while remaining faithful to the family lore that inspired his novel.



Tuesday, September 11 @ 7:00 pm - Rum Running on Cape Cod with Don Wilding

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During the era of Prohibition (1920-1933), rum running was big business on Cape Cod. Farmers and fishermen of the Cape took to the seas, heading offshore to "Rum Row" to bring the criminal yet coveted alcohol to the mainland under cover of darkness, while the possibility of being caught by the Coast Guard was always present. Busy harbors and remote estuaries, many of which are now popular tourist destinations, were all game for bringing the contraband ashore, while local law enforcement officials often turned a blind eye. Join Don for this comprehensive look at how "the Noble Experiment" turned into a profitable and potentially dangerous undertaking for many of the Cape's residents.  

Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word. An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore,” for the Henry Beston Society, and "A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod," from The History Press. Don has also been an instructor of Cape Cod history courses for the Open University of Wellfleet and Nauset Community Education.

Tuesday, October 9 @ 7:00 pm - "On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde" with Chris Daley

This lecture which is part travelogue and part history, will chronicle the story of Bonnie and Clyde separating the reality from the myth!  For years the public has been fascinated with the story of this Dust bowl Romeo and Juliet.  However much of what we know is mainly from the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde" and more recently a highly fictionalized made for TV movie shown on A&E and the History Channel.  Much myth, conjecture and outright lies have grown up about the two Texas bandits, but when one delves into the true story of the two lovers, a much more interesting and human story emerges; much better than Hollywood was able to depict.  This one hour lecture will tell that story through the use of period photographs and movies plus modern photographs and video shot by Chris.  He traveled through the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri on the "Trail of Bonnie and Clyde," photographing and making video of the sites of their homes, murders, robberies, shootouts and hideouts.  Along the way he met characters like L.J. "Boots" Hinton, the son of lawman Ted Hinton - a member of the posse that took down Bonnie and Clyde in 1934 and the mayor of dusty Kemp Texas who related a fascinating story of Bonnie's incarceration at the Kemp Calaboose.  Chris drove over 4,000 miles in search of the real Bonnie and Clyde.  Please join us as he takes you on the "Trail of Bonnie and Clyde."


Ebook Classes

Kindle Reader Ebook Demopaperwhite

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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.

iPad Ebook Demoipad image

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Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your iPad and tips for searching the Clams digital library site and Hoopla. 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.