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Somerville library notes, events

Posted by Kaileigh Higgins  July 28, 2010 10:00 AM

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The following is a press release from the Somerville Public Library:

PHILOSOPHY FOR KIDS: WATER, A PHILOSOPHICAL DIP
Join us at the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue) on Thursday, July 29th, 2:00 p.m. for a session of Philosophy for Kids entitled, “Water: a Philosophical Dip.”  Using picture books such as The Water Hole, songs, activities, and philosophical inquiry, participants will consider such questions as "Does water have rights?" and "Who owns the water?"

This program is intended for children entering 2nd through 4th grades who enjoy deep listening and thoughtful discussion.  It is limited to ten kids without adults.

For further information, please contact Tammy McKanan at 617-591-0216.

ESL SUMMER BREAK
The Library’s ESL classes will be on break in August and early September.

Classes start at the East Branch (115 Broadway) on Monday, September 13th.
Classes start at the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue) on Tuesday, September 14th.
Classes start at the West Branch (40 College Avenue) on Thursday, September 16th.

Classes are free, and registration is not required.  There is no waiting list - just come!

CHESS NIGHT
On Monday, August 2nd at 7:00 p.m., players of all ages and abilities are invited to Chess Night at the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue.)  Players should be familiar with the game, though some limited instruction may be available.  Chess Night meets one Monday evening each month, and new players are always welcome.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB
If you love mysteries, why not come to a meeting of the mystery book discussion group at the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue)?  The group reads and discusses all sorts of mysteries and chooses books by consensus.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 4th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss The Torso by Helene Tursten.  This book discussion group is free, and new members are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
Join us at the Central Library (79 Highland Avenue) for a year-long celebration of Forgotten Gems of the Silver Screen.  August's film is Stairway to Heaven, which will be shown on Thursday, August 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Amazon. Com says: "Briefed by the Ministry of Information to make a film that would foster Anglo-American relations in the post-war period, innovative filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger came up with Stairway to Heaven (alternative title: A Matter of Life and Death), an extravagant and extraordinary fantasy in which David Niven stars as a downed pilot who must justify his continuing existence to a heavenly panel because he has made the mistake of falling in love with an American girl (Kim Hunter) when he really should have been dead.  National stereotypes are lampooned as the angelic judges squabble over his fate.  In a neat reversal of expectations, the Heaven sequences are black and white, while Earth is seen in Technicolor.  Daring cinematography mixes monochrome and color, incorporates time-lapse images, and even toys with background "time freezes" 50 years before The Matrix. Roger Livesey and Raymond Massey lead the fine supporting cast.  This is one of the undoubted jewels of British cinema."

This free film series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All are welcome to attend.  Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.  For more information, call (617) 623-5000.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JULY 29 – AUGUST 5

Thursday, July 29
Storytime for 3 to 5 Year Olds – Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue, 10:30 a.m.  Free.

Philosophy for Kids: Water, a Philosophical Dip– Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue, 2:00 p.m.  Free.  For children entering 2nd through 4th grades.

Learn English (Session 1) – West Branch Library, 40 College Avenue,
6:00 p.m.  Free.

Learn English (Session 2) – West Branch Library, 40 College Avenue,
7:15 p.m.  Free.

Friday, July 30
Storytime for 2 to 3 Year Olds – Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue, 10:30 a.m.  Free.

Monday, August 2
Chess Night – Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue,
7:00 p.m.  Free.

Wednesday, August 4
Storytime – East Branch Library, 115 Broadway, 11:00 a.m.  Free.

Mystery Book Group – Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue,
7:00 p.m.  Free.  The Torso by Helene Tursten.
 
Thursday, August 5
Storytime for 3 to 5 Year Olds – Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue, 10:30 a.m.  Free.

Seldom Seen - Forgotten Gems of the Silver Screen: Stairway to Heaven – Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue, 6:30 p.m.  Free.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, August 11
Babygarten  – West Branch Library, 40 College Avenue, 11:00 a.m.  Free.

Thursday, August 12
Fairy Houses and Butterfly Crafts – West Branch Library, 40 College Avenue, 3:00 p.m.  Free.

Summer Reading Club Award Ceremony with Family Cooking Demonstration – Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue,
6:00 p.m.  Free. 

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