Category Archives: Now

Post appears on What’s Happening at the Library page, and on related Audience, Program, etc. pages. The date should be within the next month. Applies to only one of a series at a time, so that the next Locavore meeting or the current Art exhibit is marked Now and those scheduled for the future are marked “Upcoming.”)

Preschool Storytime

Kids Preschool StorytimeJoin Miss Sam online for our classic preschool storytime! Each week we’ll build early-literacy skills through books, songs, fingerplays, and more!

This program is for ages 3-5. Registration is required.

This is a 4-week program. Once you register on April 7th you will get weekly reminders every week with the Zoom link for that week’s storytime!

 

 

 

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Family Storytime

Kids Family Storytime

Join Miss Sam online for a storytime that’s fun for the whole family! Each week we’ll build early-literacy skills through books, songs, fingerplays, and more!

This program is for ages 0-5. Registration is required.

This is a 4-week program. Once you register on April 6th you will get weekly reminders every week with the Zoom link for that week’s storytime!

 

 

 

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Covid-19 vaccine at the Council on Aging

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If you are over the age of 75 and wish to receive the COVID 19 vaccine, please contact the Council on Aging at 781-585-0511 Monday through Thursday from 830 am until 4 pm and Friday from 830 am until noon.

Please be prepared to provide your name, address, phone number, date of birth and an email address to the call taker. If you wish to seek a vaccine on your own, call Mass211 or visit their site for assistance.

Via Blackboard Connect (sign-up for text and email notices)

April 22nd at 7pm – Author Talks – Fredrik Logevall

John F. Kennedy’s meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. While hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone since his death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person. In JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956, Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Fredrik Logevall, fills in this gap in our historical knowledge.

A Zoom link will be emailed once registration is complete.

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April 29th at 7pm – Author Talk – Ted Widmer

As a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in its history, Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Washington and his inauguration—an inauguration Southerners have vowed to prevent. In Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, a book that Doris Kearns Goodwin calls “A book for our time”, Ted Widmer charts these pivotal thirteen days of travel, as Lincoln discovers his power, speaks directly to the public, and sees his country up close.

A Zoom link will be emailed once registration is complete.

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May 13th at 7pm – Virtual Author Talk – Joseph Bagley

As Boston approaches its 400th anniversary, it is remarkable that it still maintains its historic character despite constant development. In Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them, City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley features fifty buildings that all pre-date 1800 and illustrate the city’s early history. This is the first book to survey Boston’s fifty oldest buildings and does so through an approachable narrative which will appeal to history lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and tourists alike.

Beginning with a map of the buildings’ locations and an overview of the historic preservation movement, the book looks at the fifty buildings in order from oldest to most recent. The majority of the buildings are located within the downtown area and along the Freedom Trail and they span multiple uses from homes to churches and warehouses to restaurants. Each chapter features a building, a narrative focusing on its historical significance, and the efforts made to preserve it over time. This will be Mr. Bagley’s second appearance at the Library.

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Juneteenth

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From the Library of Congress

Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day.

https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth

The Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in Confederate states at the start of 1863,  and the 13th Amendment ended slavery across the U.S. almost three years later. In the year between, the news of freedom spread slowly. It was only when the Union Army reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that an officer read aloud the order “that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free”

 

Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of thousands of people in Texas that day.  In the 155 years since, Juneteenth has been joyously celebrated,  solemnly observed and virtually erased, all at the same time. In the conflicting ways that we know our shared history, and how we acknowledge and resolve those differences, lies the liminal lesson of Juneteenth:

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner

What will our next Juneteenth be like?