Get creative with your Peeps! Make a diorama based on a favorite book using marshmallow Peeps! Turn in your family-friendly diorama in person or by emailing a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 23rd. Entries will be displayed and open for voting on Monday, April 26th through Friday, April 30th on our Facebook page. The Peeple’s Choice Award Winner will be announced after voting ends.
*Materials are available to those in need upon request*
If you decide to email a photo to email@example.com you MUST include the following information:
- Photo of your diorama
- Title of your diorama
- Your full name(s)
- Phone Number
- Diorama must include 1 or more Peeps.
- Any other food or candy, besides Peeps, are not allowed in diorama.
- Entries must be family friendly.
- Entry base must be no larger than a shoebox and must be freestanding.
- Please pick up your entry by Friday, May 7th or it will be discarded.
While the year 2020 brought the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower, the new year will bring a fascinating tale of a Mayflower passenger and his influence on William Shakespeare. Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck.
In this 90-minute film, producer Andrew Giles Buckley, creator and host of Hit and Run History, and his crew follow the story of Stephen Hopkins, the only passenger who had previously been to North America before traveling on the Mayflower. A decade earlier, in 1609, Hopkins had been aboard a Jamestown-bound ship called the Sea Venture, which wrecked on Bermuda.
Along with the other colonist castaways, Hopkins sailed to Jamestown on a newly constructed ship. In a fascinating intersection of history, Hopkins’s attendance at the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe led him to escape from Jamestown and travel back to England with Pocahontas and her husband. It was this happenstance in its entirety that may have led to Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest.
Buckley, a descendant of Hopkins, grew up hearing stories of the man who may have inspired The Tempest’s own drunken and boisterous Stephano. This personal connection leads to the great retracing of steps throughout Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck.
Shot on location in Plymouth (Massachusetts and England), and the notable historic towns and villages in between, one such retracing of steps undertaken by the Hit and Run History film crew is the 50-mile route from Plymouth Rock to the Massasoit Spring in present-day Warren, RI – on foot in two days. The trek by Hopkins and fellow Pilgrim Edward Winslow, led by the Native American Squanto, was a mission of peace and diplomacy by the English colonists to Massasoit, the great sachem of the Pokanoket (now Wampanoag) tribes, visiting Massasoit’s home village of Sowams. Buckley is accompanied on the journey by Christian Wessling, a member of the Wampanoag tribe and Squanto’s descendant.
Between Hopkins’s crisscrossing voyages across the Atlantic and close relationships with historical figures such as Pocahontas and Squanto, his personal history, apparent influence, and the man’s omnipresence at the founding of America are revealed.
As long as they last, you can pick up Massachusetts resident and non-resident tax booklets and forms outside during our curbside hours. No need to schedule or call. The forms and instructions are also online.
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Be aware that deadlines and requirements may be different than in the past (definitely different from 1799, when Judah Washburn was taxed $3 for his two-person, one-horse chaise with a top).
Our Spring 2021 Author Talks program runs from March to May. We’re excited to share this virtual series with you. Take a look at the complete list here, and sign up to join us.
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.
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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.
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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.