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Abbot Public Library announces November events

Posted by boston.com  October 19, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library:

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Home Base: A Retrospective of Work by 2013 Holiday Pops Artist Pam Schalck” 
Saturday, November 2nd through Saturday, November 30th

Wednesday, November 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
Carten Gallery and adjacent Meeting Room
Public Reception to celebrate the unveiling of Pam Schalck’s 2013 Holiday Pops Painting 
and the month-long exhibit of her artwork

This year’s Holiday Pops featured art, “Starry Night – Marblehead,” by Marblehead artist Pamela Schalck, will be unveiled at the special artist reception hosted by the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor, on Wednesday, November 6, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery and the Meeting Room at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street in Marblehead.

The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments prepared by Linda Bassett and Linda Doliber will be served.

In conjunction with the unveiling and the reception, the exhibit, “Home Base: A Retrospective of Work by 2013 Holiday Pops Artist Pam Schalck,” will be on view in the Gallery from November 2 through November 30.

Schalck’s Holiday Pops art - using acrylics and watercolor - is a swirl with vitality and holiday festivity in a joyous exuberance of jewel tones and pastels. The view captures Marblehead Harbor’s lively blue waters reflecting the lights and party atmosphere of The Boston Yacht Club with a profusion of charmingly cheerful houses, trees and streets rising to the heights of historic Abbot Hall atop the hill. The painting exudes a warm, welcoming invitation to take part in the town-wide celebration on a perfect winter evening.

“Painting, for me, is constant discovery – the continuing revelation of the richness of existence. The very act of painting is a sensuous, learning experience – an instant, powerful connection to place and to life,” Schalck explains.

Signed and numbered artist giclee prints, note cards, and raffle tickets, for a chance to win Schalck’s original artwork, will all be available for purchase at the reception. 

The winning ticket will be drawn following the intermission of The Holiday Pops Concert, Saturday, December 14. Concert tickets go on sale November 14.

Proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s scholarship fund and its local, national and international charitable and philanthropic projects.



"Marblehead in World War II: Over Here"
Illustrated Talk by Sean Casey
Wednesday, November 13th, 7:00 pm
The Abbot Public Library is pleased to present a pair of illustrated talks by Sean Casey about the experiences of Marbleheaders in World War II, on the home front and in action overseas. The first talk, "Marblehead in World War II: Over Here," on Wednesday, November 13, a few days after Veterans Day, will begin at 7:00 pm, and the second talk, "Marblehead in World War II: Over There," will take place on Sunday, January 12, beginning at 2:00 pm. Both talks are based on Sean’s extensive research, interviews and study of personal letters and documents.

Marblehead in World War II: Over Here
Blackouts, dimouts, air raid wardens, the Home Guard, the Live Wire Committee, the Committee on Public Safety, victory gardens, rationing and a booming economy! What was daily life like in Marblehead in World War II? Come hear about life on the home front through the prism of one community. Learn how a town of 10,000 organized itself and fought the good fight on the home front. Hear about the Coast Guard on Front Street, and the Army on the Neck; the ban on pleasure driving, and restrictions on boating; how Draft Board 146 operated, and how the town’s school department implemented rationing. Hear how Marblehead became known across the world as the town that supported its servicemen and women like no other. And see a long lost newsreel about Marblehead during the war that was shown to servicemen overseas. If you are interested in American history or Marblehead history (and especially if you do not always see a difference between the two!) you’ll want to attend this first of a two-part series.


Teen Literature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, November 14th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Marblehead Room
Are you a YA reader who is a little more A than Y? Join our Teen Lit Book Club for Adults! We’ll be meeting in November to read Rainbow Rowell’s wonderful new novel, "Fangirl." Cath loves the wizarding world of the Simon Snow books. She even writes fanfiction about it. When she starts college, Cath plans to live with her twin and keep right on writing. But her sister doesn’t want to live with her and doesn’t even seem to like Simon anymore. Can Cath do this on her own?


“Exotic Celebrations around the World”: An audiovisual presentation by Meg Pier
Sunday, November 17th, 2:00 pm
With holiday time fast approaching, enjoy an armchair getaway and virtual tour of festivities celebrated by other cultures of the world! Travel writer and photographer Meg Pier has spent more than a decade observing and recording cultural traditions around the globe, and on November 17, she will share anecdotes, images, music and the lore behind a diverse selection of celebrations. 

In her audiovisual program, Meg will take you to Estonia, Italy, Scotland, Trinidad and Mexico. You'll get goosebumps hearing the mass choirs of Estonia's Song Festival; savor the smells of the fall harvest festivals held in Sardinia's mountaintop villages; be transported back to the pagan past with the Samhain celebration at Scotland's Crannog Centre on Loch Tay; be mesmerized by the flickering lights of Trinidad's Hindu Divali festival, which celebrates good over evil; and dance in the streets on Grand Feast Day with the masked Parachicos of Chiapa de Corzo in Mexico.

Meg Pier departed a high-flying job in corporate P.R. several years ago to find herself in another jungle, literally and figuratively. Her new media platform now encompasses viewfromthepier.com, with blogs and interviews with philanthropic leaders including the head of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage division, the CEO of the U.N. Foundation, and the founder of the Global Heritage Fund; a new app for www.viewfromthepier.com in the Microsoft store, numerous articles for the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and the website of CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg; and a handful of previously self-published books. 


Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 19th, 10:00 am in the Marblehead Room
The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting in November to discuss Daphne DuMaurier’s classic gothic mystery, "Rebecca." When a poor, young woman meets and falls in love with the rich, older Maxim de Winter, she is overjoyed to become Mrs. de Winter – until she learns about Maxim’s deceased, seemingly perfect wife Rebecca. New members are always welcome.


Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on Wallace Stevens
Sunday, November 24th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
On Sunday, November 24, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Wallace Stevens will be the subject of the Poetry Salon led by Marblehead poet, Claire Keyes. Stevens is one of America's most respected poets. He was a master stylist, employing an extraordinary vocabulary and a rigorous precision in crafting his poems. But he was also a philosopher of aesthetics, vigorously exploring the notion of poetry as the supreme fusion of the creative imagination and objective reality. Because of the extreme technical and thematic complexity of his work, Stevens was sometimes considered a willfully difficult poet. But he was also acknowledged as an eminent abstractionist and a provocative thinker. Copies of Stevens' poems will be available at the library the week before the Salon.



TEEN PROGRAMS

Stained Glass Candles
Thursday, November 7th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room
Love candles? Come make your own stained glass candle holder! We’ll provide the materials, just bring your creativity!


Decorate Your Own Goblet
Thursday, November 21st, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room
Want to show off at Thanksgiving dinner with your own DIY goblet? Stop by the library and create your own bejeweled designs! 



CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Marblehead Little Theatre's Repertory Experience Players Performance
Saturday, November 2nd, 10:15 am - noon
Marblehead Little Theatre's Youth Repertory Experience Players will be performing a series of well loved children's stories from popular children's authors such as Robert Munsch and Maurice Sendak, that have been adapted to entertain and educate. Ideal audience is ages 2 to 12, but all ages are welcome.


Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, November 4th, 18th and 25th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm - 8:00 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 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 Mondays, November 4, 18, and 25.


Music & Movement
Tuesday, November 5th, 10:30 am
Teresa Coelho is teacher and director of  Music Together® of Marblehead. She will be leading a movement & music program for young children and caregivers on Tuesday, November 5, at 10:30 am. The program includes sharing songs, singing, finger plays, different kinds of movements, and playing instruments together. Caregivers are invited to participate. Teresa creates a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.


Preschool Story Time
Every Wednesday, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Our drop-in program for children ages 3-5 will be held each Wednesday at 10:15 am - 11:15 am & again at 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm. The program is designed for children who love to listen to stories and then do a craft. The schedule is as follows:

November 6th - Bears
November 13th - Outer Space
November 20th - Food
November 27th - NO STORY-TIME TODAY! (Thanksgiving tomorrow)


Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, November 8th, 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 first meeting will be Friday, November 8, at 10:00 am. 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, November 15th, 10:30 am - noon
Dara Van ReMoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, November 15, for children ages 1½ - 2½ 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.  



Calendar 

Saturday, November 2, 10:15 am - noon
Marblehead Little Theatre's Repertory Experience Players Performance

Monday, November 4, 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

Tuesday, November 5, 10:30 am
Music & Movement

Wednesday, November 6, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Bears"

Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Public Reception, to celebrate the unveiling of Pam Schalck’s 2013 Holiday Pops Painting 
and the month-long exhibit, “Home Base: A Retrospective of Work by 2013 Holiday Pops Artist Pam Schalck.” 

Thursday, November 7, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stained Glass Candles for Teens

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

Monday, November 11
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY

Wednesday, November 13, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Outer Space"

Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 pm
"Marblehead in World War II: Over Here"
Illustrated Talk by Sean Casey

Thursday, November 14, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Literature Book Club for Adults

Friday, November 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, November 17, 2:00 pm
“Exotic Celebrations around the World”: An audiovisual presentation by Meg Pier

Monday, November 18, 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

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

Wednesday, November 20, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Food"

Thursday, November 21, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Decorate Your Own Goblet for Teens

Sunday, November 24, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on Wallace Stevens

Monday, November 25, 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, November 28
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Friday, November 29
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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