The following was submitted by Abbot Public Library:
“The Peace Dove”: An International Labor Poster Exhibit, by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509
Monday, April 2nd through Thursday, April 26th
This exhibit shows how artists, from a variety of countries and cultures, have utilized the image of the dove as a symbol of peace, in poster design. While the styles and themes are very diverse, they also show the breadth of the desire of people from around the world to live in peace. This universality is also communicated by the posters which reflect solidarity with people in other countries.
After World War II, Pablo Picasso was responsible for the decisive use of the dove of peace. His lithograph designed for the First International Peace Congress, in Paris, in 1949, features the iconic ancestor of a new family of doves. Since then, graphic artists have produced an endless series of doves of peace in different shapes.
The posters on display are from a collection of more than 3800, owned by Stephen Lewis. Stephen is a long-time activist in the labor movement and is currently the Treasurer of his Union, the Service Employees International Union, Local 509. Stephen has exhibited posters at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts and two of the State Heritage Parks. The posters were contributed by friends, collected at conferences, visits to some of the organizations, and from connections made through the Internet.
Home Design Road Show
Wednesday, April 4th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Looking for some free advice with a home improvement or garden project? On Wednesday April 4th, at 6:30 pm, the Library will host nine local designers and architects for a “Home Design Road Show” event. This event is designed as an informal way for homeowners to connect, free of charge, with a variety of local design professionals offering expertise in architecture, interior design, custom furnishings, landscape architecture and design, sustainability, and architectural color design. You are encouraged to bring photos of small projects that you are thinking about, working on or have questions about – a room you would like to redesign, how to add curb appeal, or what to do with your back yard. Designers will spend the evening brainstorming ideas with homeowners about color, design, space, interiors, exteriors, gardens, re-sale value and more.
The design panel includes nine local professionals:
Heather Deschenes, Architect
Sara Castle del Rio, Architect
Kim Jermain, Architectural Color Designer
Robin Willcox, Architectural Designer
Martha Merrill, Interior Designer
Bo Perkins, Interior Designer
Lynda Mathey, Custom Soft Furnishings
Laura S. Rutledge, Landscape Architect
Susie Talbot, Landscape Designer
Sara Frye, “Handy Woman” and LEED AP, Sustainability Coordinator
National Library Week
Sunday, April 8th – Saturday, April 14th
What do books, reading or libraries mean to you?
Stop by the Library, anytime during the month of April, to add your words to our interactive display and share your thoughts with the community!
"Marblehead's Emerald Necklace - The Origins of the Path" Illustrated talk by Dennis Curtin
Wednesday, April 11th
Light Refreshments: 6:30 to 7:00 pm; Marblehead Conservancy Annual Meeting: 7:00 – 7:30 pm; Talk by Dennis Curtin begins at 7:30 pm
Learn about the fascinating history of the “old abandoned railroad right-of-way” through Marblehead, now a wonderful nature, hiking, biking, jogging, skiing, dog-walking trail, commonly referred to simply as ‘The Path’. It meanders almost four miles through a large portion of Marblehead and didn’t just happen. It first came into being in 1839, when the first train connected Marblehead to Salem, and expanded in 1873, when the Swampscott branch opened so riders could go directly to and from Boston without a detour through Salem. On its meanders through town, it links some of our most beautiful conservation lands including Ware Pond, Wye Pond, Hawthorn Pond, Wyman Woods, The Pines and the Forest River. Because these natural areas are like jewels, the people who obtained them as forever wild conservation areas in the 1960’s referred to them and their connecting path as Marblehead’s Emerald Necklace (with all due credit to Frederick Law Olmsted). Thanks to those people, we have one of the most interesting and enjoyable urban nature trails in New England.”
Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes
Sunday, April 15th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the library is launching a Poetry Salon to be held monthly starting on Sunday, April 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Under the guidance of Marblehead poet and Salem State professor, Claire Keyes, participants will read and discuss a wide variety of poetry and poets.
People are invited to attend any or all of the Salons. Being able to enjoy and participate in one Salon does not require attendance at previous ones. If you simply want to try exploring poetry or you have a long-time appreciation of the art, all levels are welcome!
For the April 15th session, the Salon will be centered on poems by nine Massachusetts poets. This is part of the Common Threads project, sponsored by the Massachusetts Poetry Festival to be held April 20th through April 22nd in Salem. Copies of the poems will be provided, or you may wish to download them from the Masspoetry.org website. In May, the Salon will treat United States Poet Laureate Philip Levine's “The Simple Truth.”
"House of Velvet and Glass" with author Katherine Howe
Tuesday, April 24th, 8:00 pm
Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, will return to discuss her new book, House of Velvet and Glass, due to be published on April 10th. An entrancing historical novel, set in Boston in 1915, the plot traces the adventures of a young woman, Sibyl Allston, as she stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball. From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist that will leave readers breathless.
Katherine Howe is the author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (2009), a spellbinding novel that explores one of the most tragic and complicated chapters in American history – the Salem witch trials. Katherine's ancestors settled in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the 1620’s and stayed there through the 20th century. Family members included Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the Salem witch trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not. Katherine is completing a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University, which included teaching a research seminar on New England witchcraft. The idea for her debut novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, developed while she was studying for her doctoral qualifying exams, walking her dog through the woods between Marblehead and Salem. She lives in Marblehead, with her husband and assorted animals.
Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, April 17th, 10:00 to 11:00 am
The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00 am to discuss Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table. In the early 1950s, an 11-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys. The boys make a mysterious discovery below decks one night that haunts them for the rest of their lives. New members are always welcome.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, April 28th to Tuesday, May 1st
This special book sale will feature a very large, recently donated collection of books in exceptional condition. Come early for the best selection!
- Saturday, April 28th, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm - Members only (Membership can be bought at the door)
- Sunday, April 29th, 1:30 to 4:00 pm - Open to the public
- Monday, April 30th, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm - Seniors 20% discount
- Monday, April 30th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm - Bag of Books for a Buck
- Tuesday, May 1st, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Clearance day
Teen Advisory Board
Thursday, April 5th, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Want to give back to the library? Want to order our Young Adult Librarian around? Join the Teen Advisory Board. Eat pizza and give us ideas about how to improve the library. It looks great on those college applications, too.
Thursday, April 12th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Getting excited for Anime Boston? Need some last minute help with a costume? Come to the library. We’ll be making fleece ears, tails, and helping you finish any projects you need to. Not going to Anime Boston? Come to the meeting anyway! We’ll be making candy sushi and origami. No sign-ups necessary.
Ice Cream Sundaes and a Movie
Friday, April 13th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Stop by the library after school to make a sundae and watch a movie with your friends. No sign-ups necessary.
Make a Poetry Journal
Wednesday, April 18th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Melissa Chao of the store “To Boldly Fold” will be teaching a workshop on how to make your own journal. Please sign up at the front desk and see a sample of what you could make to hold your poems, scribbles, and ideas.
Library spring programs are winding up now, and are likely to resume in the fall. Check dates for the programs you are interested in for the final meetings.
Preschool Story & Craft
Wednesday, April 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 10:15 am
Our drop-in program for preschoolers will be held each Wednesday at 10:15 am. This month, we will hold the story and a craft on Wednesday, April 4, 11, 18, and 25. The program is designed for young children who with adult help, and listen and then assemble a simple craft. Caregivers must remain in the children’s room. No registration is required.
This is the final month for drop-in story and a craft until next September.
Music with Dara
Friday, April 20th, 10:30 am to Noon
Dara Van ReMoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, April 20, for children ages 1-1/2 -2 ½ at 10:30am and at 11:20am-noon for 2-1/2-5 year olds. Designed with children’s developmental stages in mind, the program is an interactive blend of songs and movement. No registration is required.