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Abbot Library announces June events

Posted by Christina Jedra  May 24, 2013 10:00 AM

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Abbot Public Library Events - June 2013

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

"Whit, Whimsey ... Whatever": A Retrospective of 25 - 30 years of the Assemblage/Collage Art of Clint Chadsey
Monday, June 3rd through Friday, June 28th
(There will be no opening reception for this exhibit.)

Artist’s Statement: "The work ranges from political, decorative or nostalgic to surreal. I get a thought or an idea and then proceed to gather and use various images or items together and see where they lead me. I don't always know where I'm going when I begin.......but usually, in the end, the process evolves into a piece that seems to show the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

I initially started making shadow boxes as kitchen decorations, using old photos or labels, along with dried beans. At the holidays, my creations would take the form of nostalgic Christmas items such as old Christmas paper, bulbs, ornaments, or cards. About twenty years ago, I decided that I needed to make the boxes more as an art than a craft. My box assemblages range from nostalgic to political statements to downright bizarre. In addition to box assemblages, I have for many years worked in collage, in the form of postcards, envelopes, and pins.

Being an artist and not much of a businessman, I don’t devote much time to marketing my work (much to the chagrin of my family and friends), however, my work has been exhibited in a wide array of venues throughout the years, including the annual Melrose Arts Festival, LynnArts Mixed Media & Juried Exhibits, the Newburyport Art Association's Regional Juried Show and in several private galleries and shops including the Beebe Estate in Melrose, The Trainside Gallery in Haverhill, and  Hourglass Art & Gift Gallery in Melrose."


Teen Literature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, June 13th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Marblehead Room
The YA for Adults Book Club will be meeting on June 13 to discuss Libba Bray's hilarious novel "Beauty Queens." When a plane full of teen beauty pageant contestants goes down, the girls must find a way to survive without breaking out of their pageant personas. New members are welcome!


Poetry Salon on Patricia Smith’s “Blood Dazzler,” with Marblehead Poet Claire Keyes
Monday, June 17th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The June Poetry Salon will feature Patricia Smith’s "Blood Dazzler" (Coffee House Press, 2008). In poetry described as harsh and elegant, Smith’s "Blood Dazzler" chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophic natural event with lasting spiritual and political impact. The voices in these poems are powerful, including that of Katrina “in full tantrum.” Led by Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Professor Emerita at Salem State, the Salon will meet from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Monday, June 17. 


Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, June 18th, 10:00 am in the Marblehead Room
The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting in June to discuss Chris Pavone's thrilling novel, "The Expats." Kate Moore now lives in Luxembourg, enjoying a seemingly idyllic life. But what happens when the secret she lives to protect threatens to be exposed? New members are always welcome!


“Bonus Lecture” in the “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series
"Lobsters vs. Cod:  Insights into the Lobster Boom in the Gulf of Maine"
Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Grabowski
Associate Professor, Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University
and Leader of the Grabowski Lab at Northeastern University's Marine Science Center, in Nahant
Wednesday, June 19th, 7:00 pm

Lobster populations have been increasing consistently over the past two decades and now constitute one of the most valuable fisheries in the United States. Based on research in coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine, the roles of management and herring bait use, in paving the way for this uptick in lobster abundance, will be explored. Then the collapse of groundfish populations, such as Atlantic Cod, will also be considered. This has influenced not only lobster survival, but, in addition, has impacted lobster behavior.  Collectively, each of these changes has contributed to the recent expansion of the iconic New England lobster fishery.

Dr. Jonathan Grabowski received his doctorate degree in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His research interests span issues in ecology, policy, fisheries and conservation biology, and ecological economics. In addition to his responsibilities as a member of Northeastern University's teaching faculty, Dr. Grabowski leads the Grabowski Lab at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, in Nahant. The Lab's investigations are conducted in a variety of estuarine and marine settings, with much of the work focused on improving the management of economically important species such as lobsters, cod, herring, monkfish, and striped bass.

This “Underwater in Salem Sound” 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.


"Song without Words": A Book Talk by author Gerald Shea 
Wednesday, June 26th, 7:00 pm
Much has been written about the profoundly deaf, but the lives of the nearly 30 million partially deaf in the United States today remain hidden. "Song without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life" tells the astonishing story of a man who, at the age of thirty-four, discovered that he had been deaf since childhood, yet somehow had managed to navigate his way through Andover, Yale, and Columbia Law School, and to establish a prestigious international legal career.

Gerald Shea’s witty and candid memoir reveals how he compensated for his deafness—through sheer determination and an amazing ability to translate the melody of vowels. His experience gives fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness, the fierce controversy between advocates of signing and of oral education, and the longing for full communication that unites us all.

Gerald Shea has lived most of his life in New York and in Paris, and practiced law in both cities for many years with Debevoise & Plimpton as a member of the New York and Paris bars. While at Phillips Academy he studied with Dudley Fitts, and at Yale with Maynard Mack and Robert Penn Warren. At Columbia Law School, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded the Jerome Michael Scholarship for academic excellence, and clerked for Professor Julius Goebel, Jr., the preeminent legal historian of our time. He has published internationally in legal and financial journals but this is his first work for a general audience. He and his wife, Claire de Gramont, live in Paris and spend summers on the North Shore of Massachusetts


TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Book Club
Tuesday, June 18th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Love reading? Come to our new Teen Book Club to discuss your favorite books (and hear about new ones) with our YA Librarian and MHS' Librarian. This month we will be discussing Isaac Marion's "Warm Bodies" (soon to be a movie).  R is a zombie and has no feelings other than hunger. What will happen when he meets Julie and, despite how delicious she looks, discovers he doesn't want to eat her brains?


Cupcake Decorating and the Avengers
Thursday, June 20th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room
Get a break from finals at the library with cupcakes and superheroes!  Join us to decorate (and eat) cupcakes while watching the Avengers save the planet.


CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Reader’s Theater Club
Mondays, June 3rd and 10th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Final Performance: Monday June 10th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
This year’s last meetings will be held on Mondays, June 3 and 10. Reader’s Theater involves reading lines from an adapted fairytale/folktale, refreshments, and a craft project related to the script. Caregivers and siblings are invited to come and enjoy the final group reading performance, which will be on June 10 at 3:30 pm in the Meeting Room. 


Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, June 3rd, 10th, and 17th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tournament: June 24th, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We are finishing the school year chess program with chess master Mikhail Perelshteyn this month. From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program gave beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. This month’s final sessions will be held on Monday nights each week. Instruction will be in two sessions. The first session will be from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm for beginning players. The second session will be from 7:00 pm -  8:00 pm for advanced players.  

The meeting schedule this month will be on Mondays, June 3, 10, and 17, and the final tournament for the year will be held on June 24, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Children’s Room. 


Preschool Program: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Wednesday, June 5th, 11:00 am  
Join us for a quick bout of summer, snack-time stories & then enjoy a cold, tasty treat. We bet you can guess what it is! (No craft today) 


Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, June 7th, 10:00 am  
This is a story/ playgroup program for children from infancy to 18 months. The meetings will be held on the second Friday of each month. The next meeting will be Friday, June 7, 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, June 21st, 10:30 am - noon
Dara Van ReMoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, June 21 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.  


***Don’t forget about our all-ages Summer Reading Program! Sign-up begins Monday, June 8***



Calendar 

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

Monday, June 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Beginners: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, June 5, 11:00 am
Preschool Program: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Friday, June 7, 10:00 am
Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup

Monday, June 10, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club: Final Performance

Monday, June 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Beginners: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 13, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Literature Book Club For Adults

Monday, June 17, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Beginners: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Monday, June 17, 7:00 pm
Poetry Salon on Patricia Smith’s “Blood Dazzler,” with Marblehead Poet Claire Keyes

Tuesday, June 18, 10:00 am
Library Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, June 18, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Book Club

Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 pm
"Lobsters vs. Cod:  Insights into the Lobster Boom in the Gulf of Maine" 
Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Grabowski
“Bonus Lecture” in the "Underwater in Salem Sound" Lecture Series

Thursday, June 20, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cupcake Decorating and the Avengers

Friday, June 21, 10:30 am - noon
10:30 am - 11:00 am (ages 1½ - 2½) & 11:20 am - noon (ages 2½ - 5)
Music with Dara

Monday, June 24, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club Tournament 

Wednesday, June 26, 7:00 pm
"Song without Words" Talk by Author Gerald Shea

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