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Abbot Public Library events - March 2013

Posted by Christina Jedra  February 16, 2013 10:20 AM

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ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS – March 2013

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

"Scream 2013: Portrait of a Baby Boomer," Paintings and Cartoons by Stephen Swaro
Sunday, March 3rd through Friday, March 29th
Public Reception Saturday, March 9th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Colorful oil portraits and black and white cartoons form graphic artist Stephen Swaro's one man show this March.  A child of the fifties, Swaro was inspired to be a graphic artist by watching early black and white TV shows such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone."  His cartoonist heroes include Al Capp, who drew the "Li'l Abner" cartoon strip, and Don Martin and Mort Drucker of Mad magazine fame.  Swaro's oil portraits come from the personal photos he took of models. 

Swaro says, "I went to art school to be a magazine illustrator.  Though computers put a stop to that professional dream, they didn't dry up my creativity, and I'm still truckin'!"


Poetry Salon on Emily Dickinson, with Claire Keyes
Sunday, March 17th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Emily Dickinson, that enigmatic, playful poet, will be the subject of the March Poetry Salon. She published a handful of poems in her lifetime, and even those were altered to “fix” her flaunting of poetic convention. Her lack of convention is what makes her so intriguing to our 21st century sensibilities. She may baffle us because of the incredible concision of her diction and imagery. She may delight us with the range of her imagination – and whimsy. She cannot be ignored because she is our great poet of inwardness. She teaches us the vocabulary of the soul “at White Heat.” Join us on March 17 at 2:00 pm at the Abbot Public Library. 

To get the most out of the Salon, bring a collection of Dickinson’s poems. A helpful paperback is "The Essential Dickinson," selected and introduced by Joyce Carol Oates, but any collection is fine.  Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Salem State Professor Emerita, will lead the Salon.



"Dialogue" with Michael Marchese
Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30 pm
On Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 pm, Michael Marchese will discuss and demonstrate the concept of "dialogue," as developed by David Bohm (1917-92), one of the most original thinkers of the second half of the twentieth century. 

 "Never before has there been a greater need for deeper listening and more open communication to cope with the complex problems facing our organizations, businesses and societies." Renowned scientist David Bohm believed there was a better way for humanity to discover meaning and to achieve harmony.  He identified creative dialogue, a sharing of assumptions and understanding, as a means by which the individual, and society as a whole, can learn more about themselves and others, and achieve a renewed sense of purpose." (from the cover of "On Dialogue," by David Bohm)

Come explore the art of dialogue, and discover new possibilities in communication! 
 
Michael Marchese has been involved in the "dialogue" process as a facilitator and participant for over twenty years.  He has held dialogues in Princeton, New Jersey, and Northampton, Massachusetts and participated in dialogues in Washington D.C. 


Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, March 19th, 10:00 am
The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting in the Marblehead Room on Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00 am to discuss Geraldine Brooks' fascinating historical novel, "People of the Book." When Hannah Heath, a rare book expert, is given the task of preserving and analyzing the "Sarajevo Haggadah," she begins to unlock secrets from the past. New members are always welcome.


"Salt Marshes Under Siege"
Illustrated Talk by Dr. Robert Buchsbaum
Conservation Scientist, Massachusetts Audubon Society
Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00 pm 

Salt marshes are a vital part of our local estuarine ecosystem. They provide essential food and habitat for many species, while protecting our shorelines from erosion and reducing flooding. Salt marshes also help improve water quality. In this session, we’ll look at our salt marshes with an eye towards what is in store for the future – including how they will be affected by sea level rise, and what we can do, as individuals, to protect them. 

Dr. Robert Buchsbaum has a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from Boston University. He has worked at Mass Audubon for over 25 years. His work focuses on coastal habitats – including salt marsh vegetation, seagrass ecology, coastal pollution, waterfowl, fish and mosquitoes. He is Co-principal Investigator, Plum Island Ecosystems LTER (Long Term Ecological Research). 

 “Salt Marshes Under Seige” is the third talk in the lecture series, “Underwater in Salem Sound,” sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. One more lecture will be held in 2013 on April 24, followed by another four lectures in 2014. The 2013 series are being held on the last Wednesday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. The sessions are free and open to the public.

This Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the “Preserve the Trust” license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the State’s environmental well-being. 

The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit watershed protection organization, to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor over the next two and a half years. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life. Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University’s Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.



TEEN PROGRAM

Candy Sushi for Teens
Thursday, March 21st, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teens are invited to stop by the library after school on Thursday, March 21 to make candy sushi using Rice Krispies Treats, gummy worms, and other candies.  We will also be making origami.  Bring your creativity!  No sign-ups necessary.



CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Reader’s Theater Club
Mondays, March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Meetings this month will be held each Monday during the school year at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm for children in grades 3-4.  This month’s meetings will be on March 4, 11, 18, and 25.  

Reader’s Theater involves reading lines from an adapted fairytale/folktale, refreshments, and a craft project related to the script. When the group has practiced reading for several weeks, caregivers and siblings are invited to come and enjoy the final group reading performance.


Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. This month’s meetings will be held Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25. 

Preschool Story Time
Every Wednesday, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Our drop-in program for children ages 3-5 will be held each Wednesday at 10:15 am - 11:15 am & again at 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm. The program is designed for children who love to listen to stories and then do a craft. The schedule is as follows:
March 6th - Lions
March 13th - Pets
March 20th - Chickens & Eggs
March 27th - Bunnies
Come listen to Miss Alyisha read her favorite stories and then do a special craft! 


Book Reviewer's Club
Thursdays, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reviewer’s Club is designed for students in grades 5-6 who are avid readers. Club members read and “score” the books they are reading and recommending for each other. The Reviewer’s Club will be meeting on Thursdays at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  This month’s meetings will be held Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 3:30 pm. Please bring a book you are already reading for the first meeting.  Snacks are provided and registration is ongoing.


Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, March 8th, 10:00 am
The Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup is a story program for children from infancy to 18 months. This playgroup program will meet on the second Friday of each month. The next meeting will be Friday, March 8, at 10:00 am sharp.  Designed to provide socialization and songs, the half-hour playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. (The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools, and the Abbot Public Library).


Music with Dara
Friday, March 15th, 10:30 am - noon
Dara Van Remoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, March 15, for children ages 1½ - 2 ½ at 10:30 am - 11:00 am and at 11:20 am - noon for 2½ - 5 year olds. Designed with children’s developmental stages in mind, the program is an interactive blend of songs and movement.  Come sing and dance with Dara! 



Calendar 

Monday, March 4, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club

Monday, March 4, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club

Wednesday, March 6, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Lions"
Thursday, March 7, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

Friday, March 8, 10:00 am
Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup

Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Public Reception for "Scream 2013: Portrait of a Baby Boomer" Paintings and Cartoons by Stephen Swaro

Monday, March 11, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club

Monday, March 11, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club

Wednesday, March 13, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Pets"

Thursday, March 14, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

Friday, March 15, 10:30 am - noon
10:30 am - 11:00 am (ages 1½ - 2½) & 11:20 am - noon (ages 2½ - 5)
Music With Dara

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Emily Dickinson

Monday, March 18, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club

Monday, March 18, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club

Tuesday, March 19, 10:00 am
Library Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 pm
"Dialogue" with Michael Marchese

Wednesday, March 20, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Chickens & Eggs"

Thursday, March 21, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Candy Sushi for Teens

Thursday, March 21, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

Monday, March 25, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club

Monday, March 25, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club

Wednesday, March 27, 10:15 am -11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Bunnies"

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
"Salt Marshes Under Siege" Illustrated Talk by Dr. Robert Buchsbaum
Third in the "Underwater in Salem Sound" Lecture Series

Thursday, March 28, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

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