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Abbot Public Library announces upcoming events

Posted by boston.com  January 17, 2014 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library:

It is with pride and pleasure that the Swampscott Arts Association presents its Winter 2014 Fine Art Exhibit at the Abbot Public Library, located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA. 

Many outstanding and award-winning local fine art members, mostly Marblehead residents, will be exhibiting their best paintings and photography. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, February 6 through Friday, February 28. All are invited to the opening reception on Sunday, February 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

In the 1940's, the Swampscott Arts Association began when a group of well known professional artists came together at the Swampscott Public Library to meet and create exhibits. 

Serving the local communities by offering student scholarships, art shows and demonstrations, the Association now offers four non-juried art exhibits a year as well as art demonstrations and workshops. It currently has seventy-two members, bringing together artists from several local communities, including Swampscott, Marblehead, Lynn, Salem and Nahant.


Teen Literature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, February 13th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Marblehead Room
Love YA but are a little more A than Y? Join our Teen Lit Book Club for Adults! We’ll be meeting this month to read Maggie Stiefvater’s dazzling new book, "The Dream Thieves." In this sequel to her popular novel, "The Raven Boys," The Aglionby boys and Blue are figuring out their next step now that they have woken the ley lines. Can they find Glendower before the other very scary people looking for him? New members are always welcome!


Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on Louise Glück
Sunday, February 16th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
All are invited to join Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Salem State University Professor Emerita, at the Abbot Public Library, on Sunday, February 16, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, for February's Poetry Salon, devoted to contemporary American poet Louise Glück. The twelfth Poet Laureate of the Library of Congress, Glück's poetry is intimate, familial, and, at the same time, archetypal. Like William Carlos Williams, Glück creates poetry that people can understand, relate to and experience intensely. Her language is deceptively straight-forward and remarkably close to ordinary speech. Her basic concerns are betrayal, mortality, love and the sense of loss that accompanies it.  

We will focus on the poems included in "The Wild Iris," Glück's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Her poem, "Snowdrops," is in the voice of those flowers that come up first, after a hard winter.

Snowdrops
 
Do you know what I was, how I lived? You know
what despair is; then
winter should have meaning for you.

I did not expect to survive,
earth suppressing me. I didn't expect
to waken again, to feel
in damp earth my body
able to respond again, remembering
after so long how to open again
in the cold light
of earliest spring--

afraid, yes, but among you again
crying yes risk joy

in the raw wind of the new world.

The Library’s monthly Poetry Salon is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, February 18th, 10:00 am in the Marblehead Room
The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting in February to discuss Jane Gardam’s engrossing novel, "Old Filth." Sir Edward Feather is a lawyer in Hong Kong, but what is he hiding from his past in London? “Defiantly funny”, this novel was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. New members are always welcome.


"History Revealed by the Sea Floor"
Illustrated Talk by Dr. Brad Hubeny
Professor of Geological Sciences, Salem State University
Wednesday, February 26th, 7:00 pm

Did you know that sediments deposited on the sea floor can create a historical record of environmental conditions in the surrounding community? Professor Brad Hubeny is an environmental geoscientist who uses sediment records that have accumulated at the bottom of lakes and estuaries to reconstruct past human influences including pollution. In this presentation, he will share the story of Salem Sound as revealed by sediments near the sewage outfall off Great Haste Island.

Dr. Hubeny, a specialist in coastal oceanographic research, received a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. He is widely published and manages the Salem State University Environmental Sedimentology Laboratory and the Viking Environmental Stable Isotope Laboratory.

He has been collaborating with Salem Sound Coastwatch since 2010, collecting data on water quality, sampling sediments and is currently conducting a three-year study of turbidity in Salem Harbor with Salem Sound Coastwatch.
 
"History Revealed by the Sea Floor" is the second program in the 2014 “Underwater in Salem Sound,” Lecture Series, a continuation of the lecture series held in 2013, jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. 

Four lectures will be presented in 2014, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of each month, from January through April, (January 29th, February 26th, March 26th, and April 30th) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. All the lectures 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. 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.



Friends of Abbot Library Book Sale
Saturday, February 1st through Tuesday, February 4th
Saturday, February 1st, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm – Members Only
(New memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)
 
Sunday, February 2nd, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Open to the public
 
Monday, February 3rd, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm - Seniors 20% Discount
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  - “Bag of Books for a Buck”
 
Tuesday, February 4th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Clearance Day
If you will come in at 2:00 and help pack up, you can take home a bag of books for each hour that you work.



TEEN PROGRAMS
Blind Date with a Book
Friday, February 14th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Teen Room
Love reading?  Stop by the library and pick out one of our awesome teen novels by its “dating profile.”  Find your perfect reading match! No sign-ups necessary.

Anti-Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 20th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room
In remembrance of Single’s Awareness Day, we’ll be making anti-valentines and friendship bracelets, watching a movie, decorating cupcakes, and remembering why being single rocks. You are welcome to come even if you are attached – just to celebrate being you. No sign-ups necessary.



CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, February 3rd, 10th, and 24th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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, February 3, 10, and 24. 


Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, February 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 second meeting will be Friday, February 7, 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).


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:

February 5th - NO STORY TIME TODAY
February 12th - Valentine's Day
February 19th - Blue
February 26th - Violet


Lego Club
Thursday, February 13th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Children in grades 1-6 are welcome to join our monthly Lego Club at the library. The club will meet the second Thursday afternoon each month, at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm to build unique Lego constructions. Kids need to supply their own Lego pieces, and take them home again after each meeting. Each month we will have a building theme, and for the February 13 meeting, it will be "animals." Please no theme sets, but kids can mix pieces from various sets. Refreshments will be provided and registration is required.


Music with Dara
Friday, February 14th, 10:30 am - Noon
Dara Van ReMoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, February 14, 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.


Dino-Tea Party
Friday, February 21st, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Channel the speed of the Velociraptor and the hunger of the "Tea" Rex! Come as fast as you can to our special dinosaur-themed Tea Party on Friday, February 21, from 10:15 am - 11:00 am. Children ages 2-5 are invited to bring their favorite dinosaur toy, listen to Dino stories, and have some tasty juice and cookies. It's sure to be a Pterrific Time! Registration is required.



Calendar 

Saturday, February 1, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friends of Abbot Library Book Sale – Members Only
(New memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)

Sunday, February 2, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Friends of Abbot Library Book Sale - Open to the public 

Monday, February 3, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friends of Abbot Library Book Sale - Seniors 20% Discount

Monday, February 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friends of Abbot Library Book Sale - "Bag of Books for a Buck"

Monday, February 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

Monday, February 3, 6:30 pm
Library Trustee Meeting

Tuesday, February 4, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friends of Abbot Library Book Sale - Clearance Day
Friday, February 7, 10:00 am
Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup

Sunday, February 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Public Reception for “Swampscott Arts Association Winter Show”

Monday, February 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

Wednesday, February 12, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Valentine's Day"

Thursday, February 13, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Lego Club

Thursday, February 13, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Literature Book Club for Adults 

Friday, February 14, 10:30 am - Noon
10:30 am - 11:00 am (ages 1½ - 2½) & 11:20 am - noon (ages 2½ - 5)
Music with Dara

Friday, February 14, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Blind Date with a Book for Teens

Sunday, February 16, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on Louise Glück

Monday, February 17
LIBRARY CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS' DAY

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

Wednesday, February 19, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Blue"

Thursday, February 20, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anti-Valentine's Day Party for Teens

Friday, February 21, 10:15 am - 11:00 am
Dino-Tea Party

Monday, February 24, 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, February 26, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Violet"

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm
"History Revealed by the Sea Floor"
Illustrated presentation by Dr. Brad Hubeny
Professor of Geological Sciences, Salem State University

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