“Hopping” at the Library

Whenever I see friends, I am invariably asked, “What’s going on at the library?” Not long ago, I was asked the question by a friend, and I responded that the library was really “hopping.” Thereupon my friend burst out laughing. The idea of a library “hopping” was just too much for her. Her picture of a library was of a quiet, staid place where nothing much happened but the settling of dust on library shelves. I had the pleasure of telling her that things have changed at libraries; they’ve changed a lot.

As an example of how libraries have changed and become the hub of activity, take a look at our October calendar. You’ll find the traditional morning story times, preschool children’s programs and afternoon book clubs, but you’ll also find films, crafts, workshops, cooking, book talks and exhibits. Yes, we have books, but we also have opportunities for you to connect with others who share your ideas and interests. Here is a closer look at this month’s happenings.

The month begins with our Sunday Film Series. These documentary films, on the first Sunday of the month, offer a thought-provoking look at social and cultural issues, insight into the nation’s history and ask the viewer to examine contemporary life. The October film, The Orphan Trains, looked at the ambitious effort to transplant children from the streets of New York to rural America. The November film, Fly Girls, takes a look at the wives, mothers, actresses and debutantes who joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) during WWII.

If you’re a film enthusiast, you might consider joining the Film Club. They meet the third Tuesday night of each month to discuss a previously selected film. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, October 17, to review A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

The Get Crafty monthly series on the second Wednesday of each month is for those who enjoy crafts. This Wednesday, October 11, Susan St. Germain offers an evening of wreath making with pine cones.

If you’re retired or thinking of retirement, Michael Graff’s workshop on Living a Tax-Free Retirement on Wednesday, October 18, is for you. You’ll gain a good understanding of asset allocation options and income distribution strategies that will enhance your tax advantaged retirement income and cash flow.

The Cooking Club meets the first Monday night of each month. It’s like a book club only instead of a novel, members meet to discuss recipes, and enjoy each other’s company. Each month they share a potluck meal prepared from the recipes they’ve chosen.

Ted Reinstein, the popular Channel 5 “Chronicle” contributor, joins us on Wednesday, October 4, to discuss his latest book, New England’s General Stores, Exploring an American Classic. Ted shares the rich history of these iconic institutions and the role they played in small town community life. You’ll be able to purchase a signed copy of the book.

Two other authors visit the library during October. We’ve invited Richard Higgins to talk about his book, Thoreau and the Languages of Trees, since this year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. Rich joins us on Sunday afternoon, October 15. Local author, Pamie Roy reads from her debut novel, Fig Season, on Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 p.m.

The outstanding watercolor exhibit, Brushstrokes, by Marco Vizcarra, continues throughout the month, and especially for children, we showcase A Haunted Dollhouse, just in time for Halloween.

As you can see, the library offers something for every age and interest. It really is “hopping!’ For more information about these programs and other activities at the library during October, call the library at 508-823-1344, visit the library’s webpage, raynhampubliclibrary.org, or drop-by the library and pick-up a monthly calendar. The library is open Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 to 8:00, Thursday 10:00 to 2:00, Friday, 10:00 to 5:00, Saturday, 10:00 – 2:00 and Sundays 12 noon to 4:00 October through May.

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