Bookmarks (May 26, 2017)

By Eve Pasternak

The library will be closed on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was a time for decorating the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. Would you like to learn more about the Civil War and other times so many soldiers gave their lives?  The library is the perfect place to find out.

There are no movies this week, but there is a great lineup of new releases starting June 5, with showings Monday night at 6:30 and Wednesday at 12:30. Kids will love the movie on June 26 – after school is out.

The Monday morning ESL conversation group will not meet next week (May 29) but will meet on Mondays (10:30-12:30) through July.  The next meeting of the Wednesday afternoon group (4-6 pm) will be on June 21.

There are a couple of programs for tweens next week.  The Chill Zone is in session on Tuesday, May 30. This informal program for young people ages 11 and up runs from 3:30 to 5:30. Attendees play board games, study, do homework and relax (you can bring snacks). There's no need to sign up – just drop in.

The Tween Graphic Novel Book Club is meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at 3:30. Readers 10 and older will discuss Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke. It’s a fantasy story with plenty of adventure and just a touch of mystery.

The book clubs for adults are all meeting in June.  The mystery readers will meet on Wednesday, June 7 at 4:00.  They'll be discussing Murder in the Sentier by Cara Black.   They'll also be choosing books for the next session.

The second Tuesday in June, the 13th, there will be a discussion of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.  The story of the Whitshank family will resonate with readers. The group meets every month.

June 22 at 4:00 is the last meeting of the Thursday group for the season. They will be talking about The Arrangement by Mary Balogh and choosing books for the fall.

The library, as I'm sure you realize, is not just about books. It's not even just about books and movies and magazines and video games and …. It's a place for the community to learn and grow.  You'll find programs and resources to help you discover

One thing lots of people want to learn about is money.  On Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 there will be an interactive workshop on "Understanding Financial Literacy." You'll learn about the credit scoring system, how it works, how it impacts your financial health, and how your actions can impact credit scores. The program will also offer tips and tools to help you establish and maintain good credit, and protect yourself from identity theft. It will be presented free by Aaron Lynah, an independent agent with Financial Education Services.

The following week there will be a program with a completely different feel.  You’ll take a walk down memory lane when you come to hear “Oldies but Goodies: music of the early 1960s” Saturday, June 10, at 1:00.   Learn about America’s new emphasis on youth and the massive cultural changes prior to the British Invasion. You won’t just listen to the music; you’ll see video examples of the artists plus early newsreels.  Please sign up in advance for this program; it is sure to be very popular.

The month rounds out with two more great programs. Photographer Walter Choroszewski will present “The Garden State in Bloom,” an illustrated lecture about New Jersey’s public gardens on June 17 at 2:00.  The following week, living history presenter Carol Simon Levin returns to bring Jeannette Rankin, America’s first female member of Congress, to life.  She’ll be discussing the connection between service in the First World War and women’s suffrage, culminating in the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote.  Please register for both of these programs. More information is available at the library and on our website. 

Enjoy Memorial Day.  Remember the past, learn for the future—at your library.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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