Monday, October 19th 2020

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Fierce Females in Art

self-portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi

THURSDAY, October 22 at 7 PM

Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers, and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, including Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Elizabeth Catlett.

The presenter for this session is Jane Oneail, an independent scholar with a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Art in Education from Harvard University. Oneail has served as Executive Director at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and Senior Educator at the Currier Museum of Art, and has taught at the college level for more than a decade.

The presentation will be delivered via Zoom. Join the meeting here.
Meeting ID: 897 7445 0678
Password: hR22Lp
Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Animal Crossing Halloween Costume Contest

DRAFT Animal Crossing Costume Contest Oct 2020
This Halloween, we challenge you to design a costume for our library island residents using this sheet (or designing one yourself in the game.) You don’t have to play Animal Crossing to enter – you can print it out and color in what you imagine, or draw on it digitally. Let us do the in-game creation for you based on your design. Open to all ages! All entries are due by Monday, October 26 at 9 PM.

To participate:
  1. Create your own costume on paper using this guide.
  2. Alternately, if you design a costume yourself in the game, send us the Design ID code at
  3. Take a photo or scan your paper design and email it to (subject line: Animal Crossing Costume Contest)
  4. If you are on our Animal Crossing text reminders, you can also text us the paper sheet or your Design ID by replying to our messages there (don’t worry, only staff will see it!)
  5. We’ll select the top three custom costume designs and put them in the Library island store. You win bragging rights and the top shelf feature of your design.
  6. Look for our video featuring your designs on social media.

Indigenous Peoples Day Reading List

Indigenous Peoples' Day Header Sept 2020
We apologize for the broken link last week. Here, again, is our Indigenous Peoples Day Reading List.

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, we are celebrating works by Indigenous writers and artists. Check out these books and movies for all ages, in a variety of genres. You'll find recommendations for fiction and nonfiction, picture books, poetry, and more, with a focus on works by contemporary creators.

Check out our digital display!

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Virtual Family Singalong


TUESDAY, October 20 at 10:30 AM

Sing, dance, and play, virtually! Ages 5 and under. Join us on Facebook Live, here.

100 Books Club Meeting

DRAFT 100 Books Combo Banner August 2020

WEDNESDAY, October 21 at 4 PM

Are you taking part in one of our 100 Books Challenges? Want book recommendations, or to talk about a fantastic book you just read? Or do you just want to chat with others who are also taking part in the challenge? Join us every month for a casual chat with the teen and tween librarians! The month’s raffle winner will also be announced!

Please note: attendance at the monthly meetings is NOT required for those taking part in the 100 Books challenges. You can come to some, none, or all of the meetings – it’s up to you!

Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 849 0017 3641
Passcode: BrZ2ze

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Meeting ID: 849 0017 3641
Passcode: 456632

Of Politics and Pandemics: Songs of a Russian Immigrant

Tatiana Shrayer book cover

THURSDAY, October 29, at 7 PM

Join us for a book launch with Maxim D. Shrayer, award-winning author and professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College, and his daughter, Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer, winner of a Stone Soup book contest and a student at the Driscoll School in Brookline.

In his forthcoming book of interconnected poems, Maxim D. Shrayer explores the impact of election-year politics and COVID-19 on American society. Written in the vibrant voice of his collection of novellas, A Russian Immigrant and employing a rich variety of poetic forms, Of Politics and Pandemics delivers a translingual poetic manifesto of despair, hope, love, and loss. Professor Shrayer will be joined by his daughter, Tatiana Rebecca Shrayer, author of the debut poetry collection Searching for Bow and Arrows, which explores the weight of one’s own personal, familial history as well as the history of politics and identity.

This event will be presented via Zoom. A link will be emailed to all RSVPs 48 hours in advance of the event. Please register here.
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