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granite state gallery

Virtual Art Afternoons - Granite State Gallery: NH Art & Artists through the Years

New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? This program will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state's scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists art historian and educator Jane Oneail will explore.

Note: The recording begins a few minutes into the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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Food for Friends: Holiday Cooking From Your Library

Food for Friends: Holiday Cooking From Your Library

Join the Food for Friends cookbook team as they present the makings of a complete holiday meal featuring recipes from each section of the newly published Food for Friends cookbook - Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Vegetables & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, Cookies & Candy, and Cooking with Herbs, a whole section of recipes from Andover's own Betsy Williams. The cookbook team presenters are Marilyn Blumsack, Karen English, Judy Reghitto, Martha Mahoney, Nancy Hall, Jack Hall, MaryJane Bausemer, Stefani Traina (standing in for MHL staffer Vicki Murphy), Michelle Shainker, Noreen Volpe and Betsy Williams.

Food for Friends can be purchased in person at the Circulation Desk for a $20 suggested donation. Cash or check only. It can be ordered online at the Shop for Friends for pickup at the Library.

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Globe Trotters:  Canada

Globe Trotters: Canada

Learn about other cultures and what it means to be global by participating in the Globe Trotters program.  Check out our display of books to read, and take home a kit to make a craft.  This week Miss Amy shows you how to make a moose representing Canada! 

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learning to look: the addison at 90

Addison Gallery Online Tour - Learning to Look: The Addison at 90

Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works and themes from the exhibition, Learning to Look: The Addison at 90, which celebrates the Addison’s 90th anniversary.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with the Addison Gallery of American Art and Wilmington Memorial Library.

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once we're down the rabbit hole

Once We Are Down the Rabbit Hole, Why We Choose to Stay There

Society is inundated with misinformation – some of it presenting as more authentic than others. It is not surprising that we are susceptible to this misinformation. Yet, what is more surprising is that once debunked, we struggle to accept accurate information and prefer to stay down the proverbial rabbit hole. Pulling from research on self-deception, Professor Andrew Tollison will focus on how and why we rationalize and justify our beliefs in such misinformation along with the consequences of being unwilling to accept truths. The purpose of this talk is to continue the conversation started by Dr. Zimdars on fake news.

Andrew Tollison (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director within the Department of Communication & Media at Merrimack College. Dr. Tollison has been at Merrimack since 2012 and teaches courses in Lying & Deception, Food as Communication, Conflict Management, Advocacy, and Research Methods. In addition to being in the classroom, Dr. Tollison’s research has appeared in top-tier academic journals, and he has extensive experience working as a communication consultant for start-ups and entrepreneurs, focusing on how to communicate with impact. His experience with Lying & Deception will serve as the foundation for this talk and participation in the series. This program was hosted by Memorial Hall Library in collaboration with Tewksbury Public Library.

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Craft-Time Chronicles: Felting with Vicki & Gerry

Craft-Time Chronicles: Felting with Vicki & Gerry

Join Vicki & Gerry in the live Zoom library craft classroom for a class in felting. You'll learn how to felt your own soap and add embellishments (just in time for holiday gift giving)!

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Fake News and Disinformation on Social Media - How Did We Get Here?

Fake News and Disinformation on Social Media - How Did We Get Here?

In this Zoom webinar, Professor Melissa Zimdars looks at the social, technological, financial, and political factors that pollute our communication systems and make them rife with disinformation and misinformation. She will share information about how social media platforms work, contemporary challenges facing news organizations and their practices, the ways individuals understand and engage with all kinds of online content, and how this all contributes to problems like "fake news."

Melissa Zimdars is an Associate Professor in Media and Communication at Merrimack College and a Research Affiliate at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is also the co-editor of the book Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2020). Read the Introduction and chapter on Viral "Fake News" Lists and the Limitations of Labeling and Fact-Checking.

This program was hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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john singer sargent - master with a brush

Virtual Art Afternoon - John Singer Sargent - Master with a Brush

John Singer Sargent, a masterful nineteenth-century artist, is celebrated for his Grand Manner portraiture of the European and American elite. Art historian and educator Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious will explore his most beloved as well as rarely seen images, including portraits, forays into Impressionism and stunning watercolors.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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Globe Trotters: Southeast Asia

Globe Trotters: Southeast Asia

Visit Southeast Asia with the Globetrotters! Stop by The Children's Room to check out some books and pick up a craft kit!

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building biodiversity at home: fighting climate change one backyard at a time

Building Biodiversity at Home Fighting Climate Change One Backyard at A Time

Learn how you can make changes in your own home landscape to combat climate change. It’s easy to read the news these days and feel anxious about Climate Change. This webinar will show you how it’s even easier to get proactive and planting in your own backyard. Willow Cheeley will outline the basics of design, how to grow your own native plants from seed, and common mistakes to avoid. Be inspired to create a beautiful and interconnected landscape habitat.   

Willow Cheeley, RLA, is a Registered Landscape Architect with a lifelong interest in ecological design. Her background includes a degree in Natural Resources, the design of municipal parks and playgrounds, working with volunteers, and developing creative ways to engage and educate the public.

A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Andover WECAN.

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Author Talks

Author Richard Webb - Boats Against the Current

Author and historian Richard Webb shares his book, Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda, the companion to the newly released documentary, Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, which explores the story behind the iconic American novel, The Great Gatsby.

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Author E. Dolores Johnson in Conversation with Grace Talusan

“I was a black woman according to my family, society’s one-drop rule and my birth certificate. It was culturally and legally ridiculous to wonder if I wasn’t. Yet my biological ancestry counted for absolutely nothing. My beloved mother was white.”

Former Andover resident, E. Dolores Johnson discusses her new book, Say I'm Dead: A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love, with author, Grace Talusan. It's a multi-generational memoir that reveals America's changing attitudes toward race mixing, discovered through the courageous journeys of her family’s women. Johnson's parents fled to Buffalo from Indianapolis so they could marry without violating Indiana's anti-miscegenation laws. Her father was black and her mother was white. Johnson details her journey unearthing the secrets of her family, and in so doing, wrestles with identity, class, and education, aiming a potent lens at what it means to be biracial and shining more light on the racism that continues to sicken this country to this day.

Presented in collaboration with Burlington Public Library, Memorial Hall Library, Stevens Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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Deep Delta Justice: A Virtual Conversation with Author Matthew Van Meter

Deep Delta Justice: A Virtual Conversation with Author Matthew Van Meter

Author Matthew Van Meter discusses his book along with other social justice issues, including his work with Shakespeare in Prison, a Detroit Public Theatre community program.

In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight. Duncan was arrested a few minutes later for the crime of putting his hand on the arm of a white child. Rather than accepting his fate, Duncan found Richard Sobol, a brilliant, 29-year-old lawyer from New York who was the only white attorney at "the most radical law firm" in New Orleans. Against them stood one of the most powerful white supremacists in the South, a man called simply "The Judge."

In this powerful work of character-driven history, journalist Matthew Van Meter vividly brings alive how a seemingly minor incident brought massive, systemic change to the criminal justice system. Using first-person interviews, in-depth research and a deep knowledge of the law, Van Meter shows how Gary Duncan's insistence on seeking justice empowered generations of defendants-disproportionately poor and black-to demand fair trials. Duncan v. Louisiana changed American law, but first it changed the lives of those who litigated it.

A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library, Stevens Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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Virtual Author Talk: Kristin Bair, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything

Virtual Author Talk: Kristin Bair, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything

Join us for a conversation with local writer, Kristin Bair (O’Keeffe), during which she will discuss her new novel, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything, parenting in a pandemic, the writing process, facing our fears, Facebook mom groups, and more.

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Authors Gregory Maguire and Daniel Handler in Conversation

On Wednesday, October 14th, bestselling author Gregory Maguire spent a fun-filled hour in conversation with bestselling author Daniel Handler, familiar to many as 'Lemony Snicket.'

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Booktalks

shelf help episode 15 memory kits

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 15: Memory Kits

In this episode of Shelf Help, assistant head of circulation Gerry Deyermond and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss the library's new memory kits, services for homebound patrons, and more.

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shelf help episode 14 graphic novels

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 14: Graphic Novels

In episode 14 of Shelf Help, reference librarian Justin Termini and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss MHL's collection of graphic novels for adults. Hear about a variety of graphic novels available to borrow, the history of the collection, and ideas for people who've never read a graphic novel but might want to. Hint: they're not all about superheroes!

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shelf help episode 13 board games

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 13

In this episode of MHL's Shelf Help, Teen Services & Reference Librarian Anna Tschetter and Cataloging & Reference Librarian Stephanie Smith discuss MHL's board game and jigsaw puzzle collection. Listen to find out the 10 most-borrowed board games, where to get board game suggestions, and more.

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a day in the life of a reference librarian

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 12

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a reference librarian is like? Listen in as reference librarians Justin Termini and Stephanie Smith discuss a typical shift at the reference desk, from microfilm to Microsoft Office.

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shelf help episode 10 crafts at mhl

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 10: Crafts @ MHL

Join Gerry Deyermond, Vicki Murphy, and Stephanie Smith as they discuss MHL's new craft area, the upcoming return of craft programs for adults, and Vicki & Gerry's new email for all questions craft-related (crafts@mhl.org). You can see photos of the new space, plus a list of some of their favorite craft books (all available at the library) here.

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shelf help episode 11

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 11

Reference & local history librarian, Stephanie Aude, and reference & cataloging librarian, Stephanie Smith, discuss MHL's genealogy club, as well as the challenges of genealogical research on people whose neighborhoods were destroyed, either as part of urban renewal or as part of a government project, such as the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.

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shelf help episode 9

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 9

 

Systems librarian Theo Kontos and cataloging & reference librarian Stephanie Smith discuss technology in the library, including the Makerspace, with a focus on privacy and technology. How does the library protect patron privacy? What can each of us do when online to protect our data? From password managers to two-factor authentication and beyond, join us for this episode of Shelf Help from Memorial Hall Library.

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Booktalk with Miss Kate

Miss Kate shares some new fiction she's been reading!

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Booktalk with Miss Kate

Miss Kate shares some new fiction she's been reading!

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shelf help episode 8

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 8

Join Clare Curran, Assistant Director for Collection & Development and Technical Services, and reference and cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith as they discuss summer reading (for adults), with a focus on some of the books they are most excited to read or to recommend this summer.  A full list of the books discussed--plus some there weren't time to mention--can be found here.

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shelf help episode 7

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 7

In episode seven of MHL's Shelf Help podcast, teen services librarian Renata Sancken and reference librarian Stephanie Smith discuss a variety of read-alikes for The Library Book by Susan Orlean. A full list of titles discussed (plus some that weren't discussed) is available here: mhl.org/what-read-after-library-book

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Shelf Help Podcast Episode 6

In episode six of MHL's Shelf Help podcast, reference librarians Justin Termini and Stephanie Smith and assistant head of circulation Gerry Deyermond cover chapters 28-32 (the final chapters) of Susan Orlean's The Library Book, Andover's current community read title. Topics include the difficulty of investigating arson, bookmobiles, the Library of Things and unusual library collections, and more.

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shelf help episode 5

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 5

In episode five of MHL's Shelf Help podcast, reference librarians Justin Termini and Stephanie Smith cover chapters 22-7 of Susan Orlean's The Library Book, Andover's current community read title. Topics in this episode include reference services, computers in the library, security in the library, and Harry Peak.

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Shelf Help Episode 4

Memorial Hall Library's Shelf Help Podcast Episode 4

In episode four of MHL's Shelf Help podcast, coordinator of children's services Beth Kerrigan and reference librarian Stephanie cover chapters 17-21 of Susan Orlean's The Library Book, Andover's current community read title. Listen in as they discuss youth services, polygraph tests, literacy and language learning resources, unsafe working conditions, and more.

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Grace Hopper: queen of computer code by Laurie Wallmark

Book Talks with Ms Beth

Listen as Ms Beth shares some books celebrating important women in history.  Then visit or request some of the books, or others during March, Women's History Month!

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Shelf Help Podcast Episode 3

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 3

In episode three of MHL's Shelf Help podcast, assistant head of circulation Gerry and reference librarian Stephanie cover chapters 12-16 of Susan Orlean's The Library Book, Andover's current community read title. Topics include access and discrimination in libraries, the difficulties of investigating suspected arson cases, and map collections.

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Shelf Help

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 2

In episode two of our Shelf Help podcast, reference librarians Stephanie and Justin cover chapters 7-11 of The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Topics include book burnings, telethons, RFID technology, late fees, and more!

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Booktalks with Miss Amy

Booktalks with Miss Amy: More suggestions for Reluctant Readers

In our second booktalk for reluctant readers Miss Amy has more great suggestions for those needing a little push to read!

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Empowering true life stories

Booktalks with Ms Beth: Empowering true stories for Black History Month

Ms. Beth highlights some of the biographies on display in The Children's Room for Black History Month. In addition we have books to go along with this weeks Take it Make it with the theme The colors of us to celebrate the skin colors of the world.  Books and or kits can be picked up in The Children's Room during open hours, requested through the catalog, or requested for Grab and Go contactless pickup.

Carter reads the newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson
Shirley Chisholm is a verb by Veronica Chambers
Kamala Harris: rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes
Barack by Jonah Winter
Whoosh:Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions by Christ Barton
Schomburg: the man who built a library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Sister Rosetta Tharpe by J.P. Miller
Rise: from caged bird to poet of the people, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus

The colors of us by Karen Katz
Brown: the many shades of love by Nancy Johnson James
I am brown by Ashok Banker
Marvelous Maravilloso: me and my beautiful family by Carrie Lara
Magnificent homespun brown: a celebration by Samara Cole Doyon

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Shelf Help Podcast Episode 1

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 1

Join us for the first episode of MHL's Shelf Help, our new podcast where MHL librarians talk about all things libraries. In this episode reference librarians Stephanie and Justin talk about The Library Book by Susan Orlean, our Andover Reads 2021 title. This episode focuses on chapters 1-6 of the book.

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Booktalks with Miss Kate

Miss Kate discusses 3 of her new favorite chapter books for kids!

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Booktalks with Miss Amy

Booktalks with Miss Amy: Reluctant Readers

 

Miss Amy shares some titles to help the reluctant readers in your life!

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Booktalks with Miss Kate

Booktalk with Miss Kate

Miss Kate is excited to share these books with you!  If you want to read them you can request them online and pick up in person or through Grab and Go Contactless pick up!  Call 978-623-8440 or email crcirc@mhl.org or visit our website for other ways to request books to keep you reading!

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Book talks with Miss Kim and Miss Amy

Miss Kim and Miss Amy talk about some new books and some old favorites!

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Talking books with Miss Amy and Ms Beth

Miss Amy and Ms Beth talk about some classic and new books available in The Children's Room!

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Book talks

Talking books with Miss Kim and Miss Kate

Join Miss Kim and Miss Kate for some ideas for what to read next!

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Talking books with Miss Kim and Miss Beth

Miss Kim and Miss Beth share some books appropriate for upper elementary level readers:  The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury; Words on fire by Jennifer Nielsen; The Talk, edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson; What lane? by Torrey Maldonado; A good kind of trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee.

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Picture books with Kate and Amy

Talking books with Kate and Amy

Join Miss Kate and Miss Amy as they talk about some great picture books related to mindfulness, meditation and humor!

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Booktalk: Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue

Booktalk: Gentlemans Guide to Vice and Virtue

This video was uploaded to the library's Instagram.

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Booktalk: The Diviners

Booktalk: The Diviners

This video was uploaded to the library's Instagram.

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Children's Room

Globe Trotters:  Canada

Globe Trotters: Canada

Learn about other cultures and what it means to be global by participating in the Globe Trotters program.  Check out our display of books to read, and take home a kit to make a craft.  This week Miss Amy shows you how to make a moose representing Canada! 

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Globe Trotters: Southeast Asia

Globe Trotters: Southeast Asia

Visit Southeast Asia with the Globetrotters! Stop by The Children's Room to check out some books and pick up a craft kit!

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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Kate as she shares a couple of bedtime stories about frogs & turtles and soothing songs to get you ready for bed. Bedtime Stories can be found on the Memorial Hall LIbrary website under Library Videos.

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Virtual Legomania

Virtual Legomania

Join Miss Kate for a Virtual Legomania.  You may use any kinds of building toys you have!

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Friday Fun

Friday Fun: Recycled Speaker

Miss Laura shows you how to make a recycled speaker using paper towel tube, 2 paper cups, scissors, and a marker.

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Pop-Up Poetry

Pop-Up Poetry

Miss Amy and Ms Beth share another poem from the book Seeds, bees, butterflies and more: poems in two voices by Carole Gerber.

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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

Miss Kate shares some quiet stories, songs and rhymes to get you ready for a good night's sleep!

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Pop Up Poetry!

Pop Up Poetry

Librarians Ms Beth and Ms Laura share a couple of flower poems from the book Seeds, bees, butterflies and more by Carole Gerber in celebration of National Poetry Month!

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Friday Fun: Pop-up rainbow

Friday Fun: Pop-up Rainbow

Miss Amy shares a pop-up paper plate rainbow for this week's Friday Fun!  You will need a paper plate, crayons or markers, scissors, cotton balls and glue.

 

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Pop Up Poetry!

Pop Up Poetry

Ms Beth and Miss Kate share two poems in two voices from the book Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and more!: poems for two voices by Carole Gerber.  Each week during the month of April, National Poetry Month, we will share some poems from this book to inspire you to read more poetry!

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Miss Kate

Virtual Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Kate for another virtual Bedtime Stories to get ready for a good night's rest!

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Friday Fun:  Kites!

Friday Fun: Kites!

Miss Kate shows you how to make a paper kite.  You will need: Paper, scissors, tape, ribbon, markers or crayons, stickers Paper Plate Flier: 3 paper plates, scissors, tape

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A new beginning

Pop-Up Stories: Spring!

Join Ms Beth for stories and songs celebrating spring and spring festivals.  Books shared include:
A new beginning by Wendy Pfeffer
Seven special somethings: a Nowruz story by Adib Khorram
A peaceful garden by Lucy London
Festival of colors by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal*

* I apologize for mispronouncing this festival name during my reading.  I discovered while reading there was no pronounciation guide in the book and Holi is supposed to be pronounced How-lee.  Lesson learned! Ms Beth

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Grace Hopper: queen of computer code by Laurie Wallmark

Book Talks with Ms Beth

Listen as Ms Beth shares some books celebrating important women in history.  Then visit or request some of the books, or others during March, Women's History Month!

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Virtual Bedtime Stories

Virtual Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Kate as she shares some owl stories, soothing songs and helps get you ready for a good night's sleep!

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Static electricity

Friday Fun: Static Electricity

Join us this week as we learn about static electricity and make a butterfly's wings flap! You will need the following items: cardboard tissue paper cardstock paper pencil scissors googly eyes balloon glue stick

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Measuring Penny

Listen! Create! Do you measure up?

Join Miss Kate for this book and activity on measuring and find out if you measure up! Listen to Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy (Henry Holt, 1997). Collect the following to make a scale:
Coat hanger; string; scissors; 2 paper cups; tape; hole punch(optional)

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Booktalks with Miss Amy

Booktalks with Miss Amy: More suggestions for Reluctant Readers

In our second booktalk for reluctant readers Miss Amy has more great suggestions for those needing a little push to read!

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Snowflakes

Friday Fun: Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Miss Amy creates snowflakes! You'll need markers, scissors, water and coffee filters.

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Bedtime stories

Bedtime Stories

Joiin Miss Kate for some quiet stories and songs to get ready for bed.  Snuggle up with your favorite lovey!

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Empowering true life stories

Booktalks with Ms Beth: Empowering true stories for Black History Month

Ms. Beth highlights some of the biographies on display in The Children's Room for Black History Month. In addition we have books to go along with this weeks Take it Make it with the theme The colors of us to celebrate the skin colors of the world.  Books and or kits can be picked up in The Children's Room during open hours, requested through the catalog, or requested for Grab and Go contactless pickup.

Carter reads the newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson
Shirley Chisholm is a verb by Veronica Chambers
Kamala Harris: rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes
Barack by Jonah Winter
Whoosh:Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions by Christ Barton
Schomburg: the man who built a library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Sister Rosetta Tharpe by J.P. Miller
Rise: from caged bird to poet of the people, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus

The colors of us by Karen Katz
Brown: the many shades of love by Nancy Johnson James
I am brown by Ashok Banker
Marvelous Maravilloso: me and my beautiful family by Carrie Lara
Magnificent homespun brown: a celebration by Samara Cole Doyon

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Listen! Create!: Grace for President

Listen! Create!: Grace for President

Ms Beth shares Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and shows how to make a ballot box and ballot out of things around the house. Materials:  a small box, colored paper, paper bag or wrapping paper; scissors, tape, white paper, markers or crayons; stickers (optional)

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Booktalks with Miss Kate

Miss Kate discusses 3 of her new favorite chapter books for kids!

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Valentines

Friday Fun: Valentines

Miss Kate makes Valentine crafts! Make a silly Valentine person with "accordion" arms and legs, or make a paper heart to give to your loved one or best friend. Grab these supplies to join in the fun!

Valentine person: Construction paper, ribbon or yarn, scissors, tape, glue stick, markers or crayons. 

Heart shape: Paper, markers or crayons, glue stick and ribbon or yarn. Optional: hole punch and tissue paper or squares of construction paper.

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Listen! Create!: Celebrate YOU!

Listen! Create!: Celebrate YOU!

Miss Amy reads 2 books about self-esteem and invites you to make a handprint craft. Books: You Matter by Christian Robinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2020) and Be Who You Are by Todd Parr (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016). Craft supplies: paper, pencil and markers. Optional: Scissors, glue stick, paper in a contrasting color, stickers and artsy doo-dads. Guest starring Moxie the cat.

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Booktalks with Miss Amy

Booktalks with Miss Amy: Reluctant Readers

 

Miss Amy shares some titles to help the reluctant readers in your life!

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Friday Fun with Miss Kate

Friday Fun: Northern Lights

Join Miss Kate for Friday Fun! This week she's sharing books about the Northern Lights and leading us in a follow-along craft.  Materials needed for the craft:  dark colored construction paper; white paper; scissors; glue; chalk; and a cotton ball.  

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Booktalks with Miss Kate

Booktalk with Miss Kate

Miss Kate is excited to share these books with you!  If you want to read them you can request them online and pick up in person or through Grab and Go Contactless pick up!  Call 978-623-8440 or email crcirc@mhl.org or visit our website for other ways to request books to keep you reading!

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Goofy Craft; Silly Goose

Goofy Crafts: Silly Goose

Join Miss Amy for this week's Goofy Craft and make a Silly Goose using a paper plate, feathers, plastic spoon (preferably white or another color; not clear), tape and/or glue, markers, scissors. Optional: colored paper, googly eyes, decorative "bling". 

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Listen! Imagine! Create! Thank You Sarah

Listen! Imagine! Create! Thank You Sarah

Listen to Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson. Make a thank you letter, or a letter of suggestion. You'll need paper and an envelope, a pen or pencil and a stamp if you plan to mail your letter.

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Thankfulness tree

Goofy Crafts: Thankfulness tree

Miss Kate shows you how to make a Thankfulness tree! For this you will need a small flower pot or empty can, some small rocks or clay, a stick or branch, paper, ribbon, markers and scissors.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!:  Air Power

Listen! Imagine! Create! Air Power

Miss Kate will share a story called I Race the Wind, which includes some experiments, then make a
small paper twirler.  The craft requires paper, scissors, a marker, and a paper clip.

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Goofy Crafts: Leaf Faces

Ms Beth shows you how to make a face with goofy leaf hair using cardstock, pencil, scissors, glue stick, real or fake leaves and crayons or markers.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The Thank you book

Join Ms Beth for a couple of books about being thankful and grateful and make a gratitiude banner.  You will need cardstock, scissors, glue stick, yarn and markers or crayons.

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Book talks with Miss Kim and Miss Amy

Miss Kim and Miss Amy talk about some new books and some old favorites!

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Goofy Crafts: Woven feathers turkey

Join Miss Kim for a fun turkey craft using a paper plate, a piece of heavy paper (like the front of a cereal or cracker box), crayons or markers (especially the colors brown, orange, and red), a skein of multicolored yarn or string, googly eyes (2), scissors, tape, and glue.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! When I draw a panda.

This session of Listen, Imagine Create! will be hosted by Miss Kim.  She will be sharing the new book When I Draw a Panda by Amy June Bates.  The items that you will need to participate in the activity are...drawing paper, colored pencils, and your imagination! 

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Goofy Crafts: Goofy Goggles

Join Ms Beth for today's Goofy Craft: Goofy Goggles!  You will need card stock or poster board, markers or crayons, glue, scissors, a ruler, tape, and ribbon or yarn.  If you have feathers, stickers or other decorative items feel free to use those too!

 

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The Scarecrow

Miss Amy shares The Scarecrow by Betty Ferryand and shows you how to make a scarecrow face using a paper bag, markers, raffia and tape. Stuff the scarecrow with old plastic bags, polyfill, or rags. Get creative -- this craft can use anything that you find around the house, including dried leaves or yarn! 

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Talking books with Miss Amy and Ms Beth

Miss Amy and Ms Beth talk about some classic and new books available in The Children's Room!

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Goofy Crafts: Bat Mobile

Miss Kate will show you how to make a Bat Mobile using a dowel or stick, tape, ribbon, paper, and markers.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Listen! Imagine! Create! The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Just in time for Halloween!  Miss Kate reads The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. Join in the sounds and actions, and then make a slightly spooky craft!

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Goofy Craft-Monster!

Goofy Crafts: Monsters!

Miss Amy shares this week's Goofy Craft and it's a Monster!

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Herbie's big adventure by Jennie Poh

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Herbie's big adventure

Ms Beth shares a couple of stories and a craft about hedgehogs this week!

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Book talks

Talking books with Miss Kim and Miss Kate

Join Miss Kim and Miss Kate for some ideas for what to read next!

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Goofy Craft-Candy Corn!

Goofy Crafts

Join Miss Kim for this session and create something using candy corn!  The items you will need are as follows...black, yellow and green contruction paper, crayons or markers, glue, scissors, google eyes, and a bag of candy corn.  *This session we are also going to make a healthy candy corn snack!  For this you will need the following...a clear glass, pinapple chuncks, a clementine, whipped cream, and candy corn.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The Great Ball Game by Joseph Bruchac

Miss Kim shares this Native American folk tale and helps you make a craft using black, pink, and white construction paper, scissors, glue, and google eyes.

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Handprint Owls

Goofy Crafts: Handprint Owls

Today's Goofy Craft is Handprint Owls with Miss Beth.  You will need construction paper or card stock (color of your choice, plus white and yellow); 2 feathers; a pencil; glue stick; black marker and scissors. 

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Henri's Scissors

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Henri's Scissors

Join Miss Amy as she shares Henri's Scissors by Jeanette Winter and then make a craft to go along with the story!

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Goofy Crafts:  Jellyfish

Goofy Crafts

Join Miss Amy to make a Goofy Jellyfish! Materials needed are a paper plate, crepe paper streamers, markers or
crayons, yarn and tape. 

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Talking books with Miss Kim and Miss Beth

Miss Kim and Miss Beth share some books appropriate for upper elementary level readers:  The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart; The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury; Words on fire by Jennifer Nielsen; The Talk, edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson; What lane? by Torrey Maldonado; A good kind of trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee.

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Leaf Man

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Leaf Man

Miss Kate shares Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and then makes her own leaf man with real leaves!

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Goofy Crafts: Pop-Up Goblin

Goofy Crafts: Pop-Up Goblin!

Join Miss Kate as she creates a Pop-Up Goblin using paper, markers, a stick or straw and a paper cup!

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Listen! Imagine! Create! Chicken Big!

Ms Beth shares the funny story of Chicken Big by Keith Graves, a humorous retelling of the classic Chicken Little story.  Then we'll make a chick craft with white paper and markers, or green, orange and black paper, cotton balls, yellow chalk, paper grass, egg shells (real or plastic) glue, a hole punch or google eyes, and a cheese grater!

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Picture books with Kate and Amy

Talking books with Kate and Amy

Join Miss Kate and Miss Amy as they talk about some great picture books related to mindfulness, meditation and humor!

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Goofy Crafts

Gather your supplies and make some Goofy Grin props with Ms Beth!  You will need white paper or poster board; crayons, markers or colored pencils; a stick, straw or something to attach to your grin; tape to attach.

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Five Green Speckled Frogs Sing-a-long!

Sing-a-long time

Join us for a sing-a-long of Five Green and Speckled Frogs!  Glub! Glub!

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Rabbit and the Moon

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Rabbit and the Moon

Miss Kim shares a favorite folktale for this week's program.  Listen to our story, imagine it in your mind, and create something to go with it and remind you of it!  

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Goofy Crafts!: The Letter K

Join us for a Goofy Craft every Friday at 4pm!  This week Miss Kim is making something with her favorite letter "K"!

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Crankee Doodle

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Crankee Doodle

Ms Beth shares Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger, a variation of the song Yankee Doodle, but with a grumpy and humorous theme!  Then we'll make a three corner hat!

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Punia and the King of the Sharks

Listen! Imagine! Create! Punia and the King of the Sharks!

Miss Kim shares a folktale from Hawaii for this week's Listen! Imagine! Create!

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First Chapter Friday: The Library of Ever

First Chapter Friday: The Library of Ever

Looking for a new book to read? Not sure which one? Miss Beth reads from chapter one of The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander, to see if it's a book you'd like to read too!

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Lego Mania: August 14th with Miss Kate

Lego Mania: August 14th with Miss Kate

Follow along as Miss Kate reads Time Train by Paul Fleischman. Stay tuned at the end for Miss Kate's Lego challenge!

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Bedtime Stories: August 12th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: August 12th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for some sleepy bedtime stories, including Goodnight, Sleepyville by Blake Liliane Hellman.

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Little Listeners: August 11th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: August 11th with Miss Kate

Miss Kate shares stories about summer food and picnics, including We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins, The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, Sun by Sam Usher, and Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems.

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First Chapter Friday: The Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James

First Chapter Friday: The Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James

Follow along as Miss Beth reads the first chapter of The Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! One grain of rice!

Listen! Imagine! Create! One grain of rice!

Join Miss Amy for a mathematical folktale and related craft using One Grain of Rice by Demi

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: I Am Peace

Listen! Imagine! Create!: I Am Peace

Listen to a story with Ms Beth, practice some guided meditations and learn about making a "worry" box to put your worries aside and learn to be peaceful every day.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Miss Kate reads The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a Norwegian folktale, as interpreted by Paul Galdone.

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Bedtime Stories: July 29th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: July 29th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for some sleepy songs and stories, including Twilight Chant by Holly Thompson, and more!

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First Chapter Friday: My Side of the Mountain

Join Miss Beth as she gives you a taste of a book by reading its first chapter. This week she looks at My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Magpie's Nest

Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Magpie's Nest

Watch Miss Kim's retelling of The magpie's nest and get creative after with a craft using cheerios, pipe cleaners, ribbon or string!

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 20th with Miss Kim

Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 20th with Miss Kim

Miss Kim reads a folktale from the United Kingdom, The Magpie's Nest, retold by Joanna Foster and Julie Downing.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 21st with Miss Kim

Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 21st with Miss Kim

Miss Kim reads a folktale and shows us all how to make a shark puppet! She reads Punia and the King of Sharks: A Hawaiian Folktale, adapted by Lee Wardlaw and Felipe Davalos

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Lego Mania: July 17th with Miss Kate

Lego Mania: July 17th with Miss Kate

Watch as Miss Kate reads some castles books, like Mr. King's Castle by Genevieve Cote, Castle by Christopher Gravett, and Steven Biesty's Cross-sections Castle. Then she shows us a castle she built with Legos!

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Bedtime Stories: July 15th with Miss KIm

Bedtime Stories: July 15th with Miss KIm

Join Miss Kim for some sleepy bedtime stories and songs, including Baby Bat's Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard and Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang.

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Little Listeners: July 14th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: July 14th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she reads stories and sings songs for 3-5 year-olds. This week the theme is summer adventures, where Miss Kate reads The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen and Joe Cepeda, and more!

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Listen! Imagine! Create! with Miss Kate

Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 22nd with Miss Kate

Miss Kate delves into some science! Learn about sinking and floating! She reads The Biggest Frog in Australia by Susan Roth and Things That Float and Things That Don't by David Adler and Anna Raff.

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First Chapter

First Chapter

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Mufaro's beautiful daughters

Listen! Imagine! Create! Mufaro's beautiful daughters by John Steptoe

Listen to a story!  Imagine you are there! Create something with materials you have at home or pick up before the program!

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Rhyme Time: June 12th with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: June 12th with Miss Amy

Join Miss Amy as she reads some fun stories, including Itsby Bitsy Spider by Richard Egielski, Freight Train by Donald Crews, The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Donna Crews, and more!

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Bedtime Stories: June 10th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: June 10th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads a sleepy story to send us off to bed.

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Wiggle Words: June 6th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: June 6th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads a fun-filled round of songs and stories for everyone.

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Make Way for Toddlers: June 4th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: June 4th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she leads us in a series of songs and stories.

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Bedtime Stories: June 3rd with Miss Kim

Join Miss KIm as she reads us a sleepy story before bedtime.

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Wiggle Words: June 3rd with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she sings some fun songs and read stories.

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Little Listeners: June 2nd with Miss Kate

Miss Kate sings songs and reads stories for the little ones.

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Make It: June 2nd with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making some fun crafts.

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Wiggle Words: May 30th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads us in a series of songs and stories.

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 28th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she shares songs and stories for little ones.

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Bedtime Stories: May 27th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads us some sleepy bedtime stories.

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MHL Children's Sing-a-long: Hush Little Baby

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Sing-a-long with MHL Children's: Wheels on the bus

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Wiggle Words May 27th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth and Mr. Pennybear for a fun series of songs and stories.

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Make It: May 26th with Miss Kate

Make It: May 26th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate for a fun nature craft you can make at home!

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Little Listeners: May 26th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 26th with Miss Kate

Join MIss Kate as she leads us through a series of songs and stories for little ones, including My Car by Byron Barton, Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Birmingham, and Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis.

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Rhyme Time: May 22nd with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 22nd with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of rhyming stories, including A Pocketful of Posies by Salley Maver, Home is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard, and Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington.

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 21st with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: May 21st with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she shares songs and stories for little ones.

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Bedtime Stories: May 20th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: May 20th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads us some sleepy bedtime stories, including It's Time to Sleep, It's Time to Dream by David A. Adler.

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Wiggle Words: May 20th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 20th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads us in a series of songs and stories, including Baby at the Farm by Karen Katz.

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Make It Take It: May 19th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: May 19th with Miss Kate

Follow along as Miss Kate shows us how to create a fun bird's nest craft that you can make at home!

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Little Listeners: May 19th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 19th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate for some fun stories, including My Nest is Best by P.D. Eastman and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

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Wiggle Words: May 16th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 16th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth and Mr. Pennybear for a fun series of songs and stories.

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Rhyme Time: May 15th with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 15th with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of rhymes, songs, and stories, including This Little Chick by John Lawrence and Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington.

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 14th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: May 14th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads stories and sings songs for all of the little ones.

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Bedtime Stories: May 13th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: May 13th with Miss Kim

Relax as Miss Kim reads us a sleepy bedtime story.

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Make It Take It: May 12th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: May 12th with Miss Kate

Follow along as Miss Kate teaches us how to make paper flowers and a paper vase!

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Little Listeners: May 12th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 12th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she leads us through a series of stories and songs for little ones.

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Wiggle Words: May 9th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 9th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth and Mr. Pennybear for a fun series of songs and stories.

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Rhyme Time: May 8th with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 8th with Miss Amy

Join Miss Amy as she leads us through a series of rhymes, songs, and stories, including Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas, Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman, and I Heard Said the Bird by Polly Berrien Berends.

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Sing-a-long to Old MacDonald

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If you're happy and you know it!

If you're happy and you know it!

Join our Children's Librarians for a favorite story time song!

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 7th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: May 7th with Miss Kim

Miss Kim leads us the little ones through a fun, engaging series of stories and songs.

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Wiggle Words: May 6th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 6th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us in a series of rhymes, songs, and stories!

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Bedtime Stories: May 6th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: May 6th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for some calm, sleepy reads to wind down before bedtime.

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Make It Take It: May 5th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: May 5th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making a fun Mother's Day inspired craft.

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Little Listeners: May 5th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 5th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she reads some Mother's Day inspired stories and sings songs!

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Rhyme Time: May 1st with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 1st with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through songs and stories, including Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton.

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Make Way for Toddlers: April 30th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: April 30th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she brings us songs and stories, including Birds by Kevin Henke and other bird books!

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Wiggle Words: April 29th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 29th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads us through a series of stories and songs, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and I Love You, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton.

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Bedtime Stories: April 29th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: April 29th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for a sleepy reading of The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang.

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Make It Take It: April 28th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: April 28th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making a simple craft at home!

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Little Listeners: April 28th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: April 28th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she reads some fun stories, including Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan, Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg, and Turtle Splash by Cathryn Falwell.

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Wiggle Words: April 25th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 25th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us in a series of rhymes, songs, and stories! Featuring Where is Baby's Yummy Tummy by Karen Katz.

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Miss Amy holds up the book My Very First Mother Goose

Rhyme Time: April 24th with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of songs and stories, featuring Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ellert, My Very First Mother Goose by Rosemary Wells, Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley, and more!

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Miss Kim holding open a book that shows a frog and kitten

Make Way for Toddlers: April 23rd with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she leads us through a series of stories and songs, featuring Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.

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Miss Kim ready to start reading

Bedtime Stories: April 22nd with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads gentle stories to get ready for bed, such as While the World is Sleeping by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang.

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Wiggle Words: April 22nd with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 22nd with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us through a fun series of songs and stories, including The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

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Miss Kate holding open a picture book

Little Listeners: April 21st with Miss Kate

Miss Kate leads us through some songs and cat and dog stories, including Cat-fish by Jill Newton, The Last Puppy by Frank Asch, and Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar.

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Miss Kate holding a box

Make It Take It: April 21st with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making a fun craft!

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Wiggle Words: April 18th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 18th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us through a fun series of songs and stories, including The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

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Make Way for Toddlers: April 16th with Miss Kim

Rhyme Time April 17th with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of songs and rhymes. Follow along as she reads from My Very First Mother Goose, Color Surprises, Freight Train, and more!

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Make Way for Toddlers: April 16th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: April 16th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson.

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Bedtime Stories: April 15th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: April 15th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads us Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Helen Berger.

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Little Listerners: April 14 with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: April 14 with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she leads us through Little Listeners.

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Make It Take It: April 14th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: April 14th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she leads us through Little Listeners.

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Wiggle Words: April 15 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 11 with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads everyone through Wiggle Words on Facebook Live, April 11, 2020

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Hello from Stripes (and Miss Kim)

Join Miss Kim for a rhyme, story and song!

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Storytime April 8

Storytime: Wednesday, April 8

This video was presented via Facebook Live.

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The Very Busy Spider

Storytime: The Very Busy Spider

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Storytime: Roly Poly

Miss Kate has a story and song for you!

Hello from Miss Kate!  I miss my little friends and wanted to share one of my favorite stories with you.  i hope you are doing well!

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Storytime: Monday, April 6

Storytime: Monday, April 6

This video was presented via Facebook Live.

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Wiggle Words: April 6 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 6 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words from Facebook Live, April 6, 2020.

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Storytime: Love the World

Storytime: Love the World

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Storytime Wake Up, It's Spring

Storytime Wake Up, It's Spring

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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Kate as she shares a couple of bedtime stories about frogs & turtles and soothing songs to get you ready for bed. Bedtime Stories can be found on the Memorial Hall LIbrary website under Library Videos.

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Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

Miss Kate shares some quiet stories, songs and rhymes to get you ready for a good night's sleep!

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Miss Kate

Virtual Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Kate for another virtual Bedtime Stories to get ready for a good night's rest!

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Virtual Bedtime Stories

Virtual Bedtime Stories

Join Miss Kate as she shares some owl stories, soothing songs and helps get you ready for a good night's sleep!

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Bedtime stories

Bedtime Stories

Joiin Miss Kate for some quiet stories and songs to get ready for bed.  Snuggle up with your favorite lovey!

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Bedtime Stories: August 12th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: August 12th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for some sleepy bedtime stories, including Goodnight, Sleepyville by Blake Liliane Hellman.

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Bedtime Stories: July 29th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: July 29th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for some sleepy songs and stories, including Twilight Chant by Holly Thompson, and more!

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Bedtime Stories: July 15th with Miss KIm

Bedtime Stories: July 15th with Miss KIm

Join Miss Kim for some sleepy bedtime stories and songs, including Baby Bat's Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard and Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang.

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Bedtime Stories: June 10th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: June 10th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads a sleepy story to send us off to bed.

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Bedtime Stories: June 3rd with Miss Kim

Join Miss KIm as she reads us a sleepy story before bedtime.

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Bedtime Stories: May 27th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads us some sleepy bedtime stories.

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Bedtime Stories: May 20th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: May 20th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads us some sleepy bedtime stories, including It's Time to Sleep, It's Time to Dream by David A. Adler.

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Bedtime Stories: May 13th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: May 13th with Miss Kim

Relax as Miss Kim reads us a sleepy bedtime story.

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Bedtime Stories: May 6th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: May 6th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for some calm, sleepy reads to wind down before bedtime.

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Bedtime Stories: April 29th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: April 29th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim for a sleepy reading of The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang.

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Miss Kim ready to start reading

Bedtime Stories: April 22nd with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads gentle stories to get ready for bed, such as While the World is Sleeping by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang.

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Bedtime Stories: April 15th with Miss Kim

Bedtime Stories: April 15th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads us Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Helen Berger.

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First Chapter Friday

First Chapter Friday: The Library of Ever

First Chapter Friday: The Library of Ever

Looking for a new book to read? Not sure which one? Miss Beth reads from chapter one of The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander, to see if it's a book you'd like to read too!

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First Chapter Friday: The Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James

First Chapter Friday: The Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James

Follow along as Miss Beth reads the first chapter of The Lost Fairy Tales by Anna James.

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First Chapter Friday: My Side of the Mountain

Join Miss Beth as she gives you a taste of a book by reading its first chapter. This week she looks at My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.

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First Chapter

First Chapter

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Friday Fun

Friday Fun

Friday Fun: Recycled Speaker

Miss Laura shows you how to make a recycled speaker using paper towel tube, 2 paper cups, scissors, and a marker.

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Friday Fun: Pop-up rainbow

Friday Fun: Pop-up Rainbow

Miss Amy shares a pop-up paper plate rainbow for this week's Friday Fun!  You will need a paper plate, crayons or markers, scissors, cotton balls and glue.

 

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Friday Fun:  Kites!

Friday Fun: Kites!

Miss Kate shows you how to make a paper kite.  You will need: Paper, scissors, tape, ribbon, markers or crayons, stickers Paper Plate Flier: 3 paper plates, scissors, tape

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Static electricity

Friday Fun: Static Electricity

Join us this week as we learn about static electricity and make a butterfly's wings flap! You will need the following items: cardboard tissue paper cardstock paper pencil scissors googly eyes balloon glue stick

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Snowflakes

Friday Fun: Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Miss Amy creates snowflakes! You'll need markers, scissors, water and coffee filters.

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Valentines

Friday Fun: Valentines

Miss Kate makes Valentine crafts! Make a silly Valentine person with "accordion" arms and legs, or make a paper heart to give to your loved one or best friend. Grab these supplies to join in the fun!

Valentine person: Construction paper, ribbon or yarn, scissors, tape, glue stick, markers or crayons. 

Heart shape: Paper, markers or crayons, glue stick and ribbon or yarn. Optional: hole punch and tissue paper or squares of construction paper.

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Friday Fun with Miss Kate

Friday Fun: Northern Lights

Join Miss Kate for Friday Fun! This week she's sharing books about the Northern Lights and leading us in a follow-along craft.  Materials needed for the craft:  dark colored construction paper; white paper; scissors; glue; chalk; and a cotton ball.  

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Goofy Crafts

Goofy Craft; Silly Goose

Goofy Crafts: Silly Goose

Join Miss Amy for this week's Goofy Craft and make a Silly Goose using a paper plate, feathers, plastic spoon (preferably white or another color; not clear), tape and/or glue, markers, scissors. Optional: colored paper, googly eyes, decorative "bling". 

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Thankfulness tree

Goofy Crafts: Thankfulness tree

Miss Kate shows you how to make a Thankfulness tree! For this you will need a small flower pot or empty can, some small rocks or clay, a stick or branch, paper, ribbon, markers and scissors.

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Goofy Crafts: Leaf Faces

Ms Beth shows you how to make a face with goofy leaf hair using cardstock, pencil, scissors, glue stick, real or fake leaves and crayons or markers.

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Goofy Crafts: Woven feathers turkey

Join Miss Kim for a fun turkey craft using a paper plate, a piece of heavy paper (like the front of a cereal or cracker box), crayons or markers (especially the colors brown, orange, and red), a skein of multicolored yarn or string, googly eyes (2), scissors, tape, and glue.

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Goofy Crafts: Goofy Goggles

Join Ms Beth for today's Goofy Craft: Goofy Goggles!  You will need card stock or poster board, markers or crayons, glue, scissors, a ruler, tape, and ribbon or yarn.  If you have feathers, stickers or other decorative items feel free to use those too!

 

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Goofy Crafts: Bat Mobile

Miss Kate will show you how to make a Bat Mobile using a dowel or stick, tape, ribbon, paper, and markers.

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Goofy Craft-Monster!

Goofy Crafts: Monsters!

Miss Amy shares this week's Goofy Craft and it's a Monster!

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Goofy Craft-Candy Corn!

Goofy Crafts

Join Miss Kim for this session and create something using candy corn!  The items you will need are as follows...black, yellow and green contruction paper, crayons or markers, glue, scissors, google eyes, and a bag of candy corn.  *This session we are also going to make a healthy candy corn snack!  For this you will need the following...a clear glass, pinapple chuncks, a clementine, whipped cream, and candy corn.

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Handprint Owls

Goofy Crafts: Handprint Owls

Today's Goofy Craft is Handprint Owls with Miss Beth.  You will need construction paper or card stock (color of your choice, plus white and yellow); 2 feathers; a pencil; glue stick; black marker and scissors. 

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Goofy Crafts:  Jellyfish

Goofy Crafts

Join Miss Amy to make a Goofy Jellyfish! Materials needed are a paper plate, crepe paper streamers, markers or
crayons, yarn and tape. 

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Goofy Crafts: Pop-Up Goblin

Goofy Crafts: Pop-Up Goblin!

Join Miss Kate as she creates a Pop-Up Goblin using paper, markers, a stick or straw and a paper cup!

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Goofy Crafts

Gather your supplies and make some Goofy Grin props with Ms Beth!  You will need white paper or poster board; crayons, markers or colored pencils; a stick, straw or something to attach to your grin; tape to attach.

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Goofy Crafts!: The Letter K

Join us for a Goofy Craft every Friday at 4pm!  This week Miss Kim is making something with her favorite letter "K"!

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Lego Mania

Virtual Legomania

Virtual Legomania

Join Miss Kate for a Virtual Legomania.  You may use any kinds of building toys you have!

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Lego Mania: August 14th with Miss Kate

Lego Mania: August 14th with Miss Kate

Follow along as Miss Kate reads Time Train by Paul Fleischman. Stay tuned at the end for Miss Kate's Lego challenge!

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Lego Mania: July 17th with Miss Kate

Lego Mania: July 17th with Miss Kate

Watch as Miss Kate reads some castles books, like Mr. King's Castle by Genevieve Cote, Castle by Christopher Gravett, and Steven Biesty's Cross-sections Castle. Then she shows us a castle she built with Legos!

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Listen! Imagine! Create!

Measuring Penny

Listen! Create! Do you measure up?

Join Miss Kate for this book and activity on measuring and find out if you measure up! Listen to Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy (Henry Holt, 1997). Collect the following to make a scale:
Coat hanger; string; scissors; 2 paper cups; tape; hole punch(optional)

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Listen! Create!: Grace for President

Listen! Create!: Grace for President

Ms Beth shares Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and shows how to make a ballot box and ballot out of things around the house. Materials:  a small box, colored paper, paper bag or wrapping paper; scissors, tape, white paper, markers or crayons; stickers (optional)

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Listen! Create!: Celebrate YOU!

Listen! Create!: Celebrate YOU!

Miss Amy reads 2 books about self-esteem and invites you to make a handprint craft. Books: You Matter by Christian Robinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2020) and Be Who You Are by Todd Parr (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016). Craft supplies: paper, pencil and markers. Optional: Scissors, glue stick, paper in a contrasting color, stickers and artsy doo-dads. Guest starring Moxie the cat.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! Thank You Sarah

Listen! Imagine! Create! Thank You Sarah

Listen to Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson. Make a thank you letter, or a letter of suggestion. You'll need paper and an envelope, a pen or pencil and a stamp if you plan to mail your letter.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!:  Air Power

Listen! Imagine! Create! Air Power

Miss Kate will share a story called I Race the Wind, which includes some experiments, then make a
small paper twirler.  The craft requires paper, scissors, a marker, and a paper clip.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The Thank you book

Join Ms Beth for a couple of books about being thankful and grateful and make a gratitiude banner.  You will need cardstock, scissors, glue stick, yarn and markers or crayons.

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Listen! Imagine! Create! When I draw a panda.

This session of Listen, Imagine Create! will be hosted by Miss Kim.  She will be sharing the new book When I Draw a Panda by Amy June Bates.  The items that you will need to participate in the activity are...drawing paper, colored pencils, and your imagination! 

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The Scarecrow

Miss Amy shares The Scarecrow by Betty Ferryand and shows you how to make a scarecrow face using a paper bag, markers, raffia and tape. Stuff the scarecrow with old plastic bags, polyfill, or rags. Get creative -- this craft can use anything that you find around the house, including dried leaves or yarn! 

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Listen! Imagine! Create! The little old lady who was not afraid of anything

Just in time for Halloween!  Miss Kate reads The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams. Join in the sounds and actions, and then make a slightly spooky craft!

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Herbie's big adventure by Jennie Poh

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Herbie's big adventure

Ms Beth shares a couple of stories and a craft about hedgehogs this week!

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Listen! Imagine! Create! The Great Ball Game by Joseph Bruchac

Miss Kim shares this Native American folk tale and helps you make a craft using black, pink, and white construction paper, scissors, glue, and google eyes.

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Henri's Scissors

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Henri's Scissors

Join Miss Amy as she shares Henri's Scissors by Jeanette Winter and then make a craft to go along with the story!

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Leaf Man

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Leaf Man

Miss Kate shares Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and then makes her own leaf man with real leaves!

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Listen! Imagine! Create! Chicken Big!

Ms Beth shares the funny story of Chicken Big by Keith Graves, a humorous retelling of the classic Chicken Little story.  Then we'll make a chick craft with white paper and markers, or green, orange and black paper, cotton balls, yellow chalk, paper grass, egg shells (real or plastic) glue, a hole punch or google eyes, and a cheese grater!

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Rabbit and the Moon

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Rabbit and the Moon

Miss Kim shares a favorite folktale for this week's program.  Listen to our story, imagine it in your mind, and create something to go with it and remind you of it!  

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Crankee Doodle

Listen! Imagine! Create!: Crankee Doodle

Ms Beth shares Crankee Doodle by Tom Angleberger, a variation of the song Yankee Doodle, but with a grumpy and humorous theme!  Then we'll make a three corner hat!

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Punia and the King of the Sharks

Listen! Imagine! Create! Punia and the King of the Sharks!

Miss Kim shares a folktale from Hawaii for this week's Listen! Imagine! Create!

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Listen! Imagine! Create! One grain of rice!

Listen! Imagine! Create! One grain of rice!

Join Miss Amy for a mathematical folktale and related craft using One Grain of Rice by Demi

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: I Am Peace

Listen! Imagine! Create!: I Am Peace

Listen to a story with Ms Beth, practice some guided meditations and learn about making a "worry" box to put your worries aside and learn to be peaceful every day.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Miss Kate reads The Three Billy Goats Gruff, a Norwegian folktale, as interpreted by Paul Galdone.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Magpie's Nest

Listen! Imagine! Create!: The Magpie's Nest

Watch Miss Kim's retelling of The magpie's nest and get creative after with a craft using cheerios, pipe cleaners, ribbon or string!

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 20th with Miss Kim

Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 20th with Miss Kim

Miss Kim reads a folktale from the United Kingdom, The Magpie's Nest, retold by Joanna Foster and Julie Downing.

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Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 21st with Miss Kim

Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 21st with Miss Kim

Miss Kim reads a folktale and shows us all how to make a shark puppet! She reads Punia and the King of Sharks: A Hawaiian Folktale, adapted by Lee Wardlaw and Felipe Davalos

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Listen! Imagine! Create! with Miss Kate

Listen! Imagine! Create!: July 22nd with Miss Kate

Miss Kate delves into some science! Learn about sinking and floating! She reads The Biggest Frog in Australia by Susan Roth and Things That Float and Things That Don't by David Adler and Anna Raff.

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Mufaro's beautiful daughters

Listen! Imagine! Create! Mufaro's beautiful daughters by John Steptoe

Listen to a story!  Imagine you are there! Create something with materials you have at home or pick up before the program!

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Little Listeners

Little Listeners: August 11th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: August 11th with Miss Kate

Miss Kate shares stories about summer food and picnics, including We're Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins, The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, Sun by Sam Usher, and Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems.

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Little Listeners: July 14th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: July 14th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she reads stories and sings songs for 3-5 year-olds. This week the theme is summer adventures, where Miss Kate reads The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen and Joe Cepeda, and more!

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Little Listeners: June 2nd with Miss Kate

Miss Kate sings songs and reads stories for the little ones.

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Little Listeners: May 26th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 26th with Miss Kate

Join MIss Kate as she leads us through a series of songs and stories for little ones, including My Car by Byron Barton, Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Birmingham, and Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis.

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Little Listeners: May 19th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 19th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate for some fun stories, including My Nest is Best by P.D. Eastman and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

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Little Listeners: May 12th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 12th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she leads us through a series of stories and songs for little ones.

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Little Listeners: May 5th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: May 5th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she reads some Mother's Day inspired stories and sings songs!

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Little Listeners: April 28th with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: April 28th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she reads some fun stories, including Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan, Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg, and Turtle Splash by Cathryn Falwell.

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Miss Kate holding open a picture book

Little Listeners: April 21st with Miss Kate

Miss Kate leads us through some songs and cat and dog stories, including Cat-fish by Jill Newton, The Last Puppy by Frank Asch, and Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar.

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Little Listerners: April 14 with Miss Kate

Little Listeners: April 14 with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she leads us through Little Listeners.

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Make It

Make It: June 2nd with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making some fun crafts.

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Make It: May 26th with Miss Kate

Make It: May 26th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate for a fun nature craft you can make at home!

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Make It Take It: May 19th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: May 19th with Miss Kate

Follow along as Miss Kate shows us how to create a fun bird's nest craft that you can make at home!

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Make It Take It: May 12th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: May 12th with Miss Kate

Follow along as Miss Kate teaches us how to make paper flowers and a paper vase!

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Make It Take It: May 5th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: May 5th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making a fun Mother's Day inspired craft.

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Make It Take It: April 28th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: April 28th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making a simple craft at home!

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Miss Kate holding a box

Make It Take It: April 21st with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she walks us through making a fun craft!

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Make It Take It: April 14th with Miss Kate

Make It Take It: April 14th with Miss Kate

Join Miss Kate as she leads us through Little Listeners.

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Make Way for Toddlers

Make Way for Toddlers: June 4th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: June 4th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she leads us in a series of songs and stories.

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 28th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she shares songs and stories for little ones.

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 21st with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: May 21st with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she shares songs and stories for little ones.

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 14th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: May 14th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads stories and sings songs for all of the little ones.

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Make Way for Toddlers: May 7th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: May 7th with Miss Kim

Miss Kim leads us the little ones through a fun, engaging series of stories and songs.

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Make Way for Toddlers: April 30th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: April 30th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she brings us songs and stories, including Birds by Kevin Henke and other bird books!

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Miss Kim holding open a book that shows a frog and kitten

Make Way for Toddlers: April 23rd with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she leads us through a series of stories and songs, featuring Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.

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Make Way for Toddlers: April 16th with Miss Kim

Make Way for Toddlers: April 16th with Miss Kim

Join Miss Kim as she reads When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson.

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Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time: June 12th with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: June 12th with Miss Amy

Join Miss Amy as she reads some fun stories, including Itsby Bitsy Spider by Richard Egielski, Freight Train by Donald Crews, The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Donna Crews, and more!

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Rhyme Time: May 22nd with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 22nd with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of rhyming stories, including A Pocketful of Posies by Salley Maver, Home is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard, and Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington.

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Rhyme Time: May 15th with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 15th with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of rhymes, songs, and stories, including This Little Chick by John Lawrence and Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington.

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Rhyme Time: May 8th with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 8th with Miss Amy

Join Miss Amy as she leads us through a series of rhymes, songs, and stories, including Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas, Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman, and I Heard Said the Bird by Polly Berrien Berends.

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Rhyme Time: May 1st with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: May 1st with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through songs and stories, including Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton.

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Miss Amy holds up the book My Very First Mother Goose

Rhyme Time: April 24th with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of songs and stories, featuring Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ellert, My Very First Mother Goose by Rosemary Wells, Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley, and more!

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Make Way for Toddlers: April 16th with Miss Kim

Rhyme Time April 17th with Miss Amy

Miss Amy leads us through a series of songs and rhymes. Follow along as she reads from My Very First Mother Goose, Color Surprises, Freight Train, and more!

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Sing-a-Long

Wiggle Words

Wiggle Words: June 6th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: June 6th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads a fun-filled round of songs and stories for everyone.

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Wiggle Words: June 3rd with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she sings some fun songs and read stories.

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Wiggle Words: May 30th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads us in a series of songs and stories.

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Wiggle Words May 27th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth and Mr. Pennybear for a fun series of songs and stories.

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Wiggle Words: May 20th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 20th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads us in a series of songs and stories, including Baby at the Farm by Karen Katz.

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Wiggle Words: May 16th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 16th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth and Mr. Pennybear for a fun series of songs and stories.

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Wiggle Words: May 9th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 9th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth and Mr. Pennybear for a fun series of songs and stories.

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Wiggle Words: May 6th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: May 6th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us in a series of rhymes, songs, and stories!

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Wiggle Words: April 29th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 29th with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads us through a series of stories and songs, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and I Love You, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton.

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Wiggle Words: April 25th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 25th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us in a series of rhymes, songs, and stories! Featuring Where is Baby's Yummy Tummy by Karen Katz.

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Wiggle Words: April 22nd with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 22nd with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us through a fun series of songs and stories, including The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

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Wiggle Words: April 18th with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 18th with Miss Beth

Join Miss Beth as she leads us through a fun series of songs and stories, including The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

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Wiggle Words: April 15 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 11 with Miss Beth

Miss Beth leads everyone through Wiggle Words on Facebook Live, April 11, 2020

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Wiggle Words: April 6 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 6 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words from Facebook Live, April 6, 2020.

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How-To

Food for Friends: Holiday Cooking From Your Library

Food for Friends: Holiday Cooking From Your Library

Join the Food for Friends cookbook team as they present the makings of a complete holiday meal featuring recipes from each section of the newly published Food for Friends cookbook - Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Vegetables & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, Cookies & Candy, and Cooking with Herbs, a whole section of recipes from Andover's own Betsy Williams. The cookbook team presenters are Marilyn Blumsack, Karen English, Judy Reghitto, Martha Mahoney, Nancy Hall, Jack Hall, MaryJane Bausemer, Stefani Traina (standing in for MHL staffer Vicki Murphy), Michelle Shainker, Noreen Volpe and Betsy Williams.

Food for Friends can be purchased in person at the Circulation Desk for a $20 suggested donation. Cash or check only. It can be ordered online at the Shop for Friends for pickup at the Library.

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MacGyver Your Life Workshop with Jennessa Durrani

MacGyver Your Life Workshop with Jennessa Durrani

Andover resident and life coach, Jennessa Durrani, describes how to get 'unstuck' and breaks down the three phases of setting an action plan for one's life based on the three phases of a typical MacGyver television episode.

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How to Open a Zoom Link

How to Open a Zoom Link

Learn how to open a Zoom link to attend a virtual library program.

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Pocket Pillows with Vicki and Gerry

Pocket Pillows with Vicki and Gerry

Fun sewing craft for all ages and a great gift for all ages! Pocket can contain a book, coloring books and crayons, journal and pens, the ideas are endless!  Click here for instructions.

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Accessing the New York Times with your library card

Accessing the New York Times with your library card

Learn how to get daily access to the New York Times online with your library card.

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Accessing The Washington Post with your library card

Accessing The Washington Post with your library card

Learn how to get online access to The Washington Post with your MHL library card. 

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Access the Wall Street Journal with your library card

Access the Wall Street Journal with your library card

Learn how to get online access to The Wall Street Journal with your MHL library card. 

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Craft chronicles November 2020

Craft chronicles November 2020

Learn how to get started with knitting with MHL staff members Vicki Murphy and Gerry Deyermond.

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How to Book an Appointment

How to Book an Appointment

MHL is now open by appointment only. You can read more about our reopening here, and you can book an appointment for yourself at our booking site. This video will show you the steps to book your appointment.

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How to Place a Hold

How to Place a Hold

Learn how to use your library card to place a hold on an item.

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How to Log Summer Reading in Beanstack

Summer Reading: How to Log Summer Reading in Beanstack

Learn how to log your Summer Reading time in Beanstack.

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How to Register for Beanstack

Summer Reading: How to Register for Beanstack

Learn how to create a free account on Beanstack so that you can start logging your Summer Reading hours!

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Finding Available Items for Curbside Pickup

Finding Available Items for Curbside Pickup

Teen Services / Reference Librarian Anna walks you through the process of finding available items in the catalog so that they can be requested for curbside pickup.

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Using Library Extension

Using Library Extension

MHL Teen Services Librarian Renata walks you through setting up the Library Extension browser extension to search multiple library system catalogs at once. This is especially handy for when you want to search across multiple OverDrive collections!

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Birds of the World Online

Birds of the World Online

While I've been spending more time at home, I've been enjoying walks through the neighborhood.  I've been enjoying hearing more birdsong and seeing more birds, but I can't always put the two together.  For example, I see a lot of robins on my walks, but I realized I don't know what their songs or calls sound like.  So I turned to a cool resource MHL offers, Birds of the World Online, to hear recordings of robins and learn a bit more about these fun feathered friends.  Now, when I'm out walking, I can identify robins by sight as well as by sound!  Check out this video to learn more about using Birds of the World Online.  

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Acessing the New York Times with your library card

Acessing the New York Times with your library card

MHL Reference Librarian Dean walks you through getting access to the New York Times with your library card.

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Kanopy How-To

How-to: Kanopy

This video was uploaded to the library's Instagram.

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Poetry

peter schmitt

Poet Peter Schmitt Reads from his latest work, Goodbye, Apostrophe

Celebrate National Poetry Month with prize-winning poet Peter Schmitt in a Zoom webinar. In Goodbye, Apostrophe, his first new collection in more than a decade, the nationally recognized and prize-winning poet has assembled nearly 50 poems exemplary for their range and emotional power. From the hard lessons of childhood to the loss of parents, these poems confront the challenging issues of our time, including race, religion, abuse of varying kinds, and reflexive political correctness. By turns poignant and funny, elegiac and celebratory, formal and free, the mature work of a poet Richard Wilbur hailed as “one of the strongest talents in his generation” will resonate indelibly with any serious reader of American poetry.

Peter Schmitt is the author of six collections of poems: Goodbye, Apostrophe (Regal House Publishing, 2020), Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books), Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press), and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear (Pudding House). He has received the Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets (selected by Richard Wilbur), the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize (judged by Anthony Hecht, Mary Jo Salter, and Nicholas Christopher), the Julia Peterkin Award (Converse College) and is twice a recipient of grants from the Florida Arts Council. He was awarded an Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship. His poems have been featured on NPR’s Writers Almanac, and he is a winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival open competition. His work has appeared in many leading publications, including The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and been widely anthologized. He has reviewed poetry and fiction for the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and worked as a freelance editor of novels, short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and journalism. He is currently editing his late father’s WWII remembrance, Ferry Tales: A Navigator’s Memoir (McFarland, 2022).

A native Miamian and honors graduate of Amherst College, Schmitt studied with Richard Wilbur and received the College’s poetry prizes as a junior and senior. He attended the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, where his teachers included Donald Justice. He has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Miami since 1986.

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Pop-Up Poetry

Pop-Up Poetry

Miss Amy and Ms Beth share another poem from the book Seeds, bees, butterflies and more: poems in two voices by Carole Gerber.

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Pop Up Poetry!

Pop Up Poetry

Librarians Ms Beth and Ms Laura share a couple of flower poems from the book Seeds, bees, butterflies and more by Carole Gerber in celebration of National Poetry Month!

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Pop Up Poetry!

Pop Up Poetry

Ms Beth and Miss Kate share two poems in two voices from the book Seeds, Bees, Butterflies and more!: poems for two voices by Carole Gerber.  Each week during the month of April, National Poetry Month, we will share some poems from this book to inspire you to read more poetry!

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Rhyme Time: June 12th with Miss Amy

Rhyme Time: June 12th with Miss Amy

Join Miss Amy as she reads some fun stories, including Itsby Bitsy Spider by Richard Egielski, Freight Train by Donald Crews, The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Donna Crews, and more!

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National Poetry Month - The Rainbow

MHL Children's Services Coordinator Beth reads "The Rainbow" by Christina Rossetti for National Poetry Month.

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Miss Kim about to read a poem

National Poetry Month - I Met a Dragon Face to Face

MHL Children's Librarian Kim reads "I Met a Dragon Face to Face" by Jack Prelutsky for National Poetry Month.

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National Poetry Month: How Do I Know When a Poem is FInished?

National Poetry Month: How Do I Know When a Poem is FInished?

MHL Teen Services Librarian Renata reads "How Do I Know When a Poem is FInished?" by Naomi Shihab Nye for National Poetry Month.

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MHL librarian Stephanie reading Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam for National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month - Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

MHL Librarian Stephanie reads the first few stanzas of "The Rybaiyat of Omar Khayyam," translated by Edward FitzGerald, or National Poetry Month 2020.

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National Poetry Month: The Wind

National Poetry Month: The Wind

MHL's Coordinator of Children's Services Beth reads "The Wind" by Robert Louis Stevenson for National Poetry Month 2020.

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National Poetry Month - Errantry

National Poetry Month - Errantry

MHL Librarian Dean reads "Errantry" by J.R.R. Tolkien for National Poetry Month 2020.

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National Poetry Month - From an April

National Poetry Month - From an April

Teen Services Librarian Anna reads "From an April" by Rainer Maria Rilke for National Poetry Month 2020.

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Adult Programs

granite state gallery

Virtual Art Afternoons - Granite State Gallery: NH Art & Artists through the Years

New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? This program will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state's scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists art historian and educator Jane Oneail will explore.

Note: The recording begins a few minutes into the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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Food for Friends: Holiday Cooking From Your Library

Food for Friends: Holiday Cooking From Your Library

Join the Food for Friends cookbook team as they present the makings of a complete holiday meal featuring recipes from each section of the newly published Food for Friends cookbook - Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Vegetables & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, Cookies & Candy, and Cooking with Herbs, a whole section of recipes from Andover's own Betsy Williams. The cookbook team presenters are Marilyn Blumsack, Karen English, Judy Reghitto, Martha Mahoney, Nancy Hall, Jack Hall, MaryJane Bausemer, Stefani Traina (standing in for MHL staffer Vicki Murphy), Michelle Shainker, Noreen Volpe and Betsy Williams.

Food for Friends can be purchased in person at the Circulation Desk for a $20 suggested donation. Cash or check only. It can be ordered online at the Shop for Friends for pickup at the Library.

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learning to look: the addison at 90

Addison Gallery Online Tour - Learning to Look: The Addison at 90

Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works and themes from the exhibition, Learning to Look: The Addison at 90, which celebrates the Addison’s 90th anniversary.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with the Addison Gallery of American Art and Wilmington Memorial Library.

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once we're down the rabbit hole

Once We Are Down the Rabbit Hole, Why We Choose to Stay There

Society is inundated with misinformation – some of it presenting as more authentic than others. It is not surprising that we are susceptible to this misinformation. Yet, what is more surprising is that once debunked, we struggle to accept accurate information and prefer to stay down the proverbial rabbit hole. Pulling from research on self-deception, Professor Andrew Tollison will focus on how and why we rationalize and justify our beliefs in such misinformation along with the consequences of being unwilling to accept truths. The purpose of this talk is to continue the conversation started by Dr. Zimdars on fake news.

Andrew Tollison (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director within the Department of Communication & Media at Merrimack College. Dr. Tollison has been at Merrimack since 2012 and teaches courses in Lying & Deception, Food as Communication, Conflict Management, Advocacy, and Research Methods. In addition to being in the classroom, Dr. Tollison’s research has appeared in top-tier academic journals, and he has extensive experience working as a communication consultant for start-ups and entrepreneurs, focusing on how to communicate with impact. His experience with Lying & Deception will serve as the foundation for this talk and participation in the series. This program was hosted by Memorial Hall Library in collaboration with Tewksbury Public Library.

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Craft-Time Chronicles: Felting with Vicki & Gerry

Craft-Time Chronicles: Felting with Vicki & Gerry

Join Vicki & Gerry in the live Zoom library craft classroom for a class in felting. You'll learn how to felt your own soap and add embellishments (just in time for holiday gift giving)!

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Fake News and Disinformation on Social Media - How Did We Get Here?

Fake News and Disinformation on Social Media - How Did We Get Here?

In this Zoom webinar, Professor Melissa Zimdars looks at the social, technological, financial, and political factors that pollute our communication systems and make them rife with disinformation and misinformation. She will share information about how social media platforms work, contemporary challenges facing news organizations and their practices, the ways individuals understand and engage with all kinds of online content, and how this all contributes to problems like "fake news."

Melissa Zimdars is an Associate Professor in Media and Communication at Merrimack College and a Research Affiliate at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is also the co-editor of the book Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2020). Read the Introduction and chapter on Viral "Fake News" Lists and the Limitations of Labeling and Fact-Checking.

This program was hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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john singer sargent - master with a brush

Virtual Art Afternoon - John Singer Sargent - Master with a Brush

John Singer Sargent, a masterful nineteenth-century artist, is celebrated for his Grand Manner portraiture of the European and American elite. Art historian and educator Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious will explore his most beloved as well as rarely seen images, including portraits, forays into Impressionism and stunning watercolors.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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building biodiversity at home: fighting climate change one backyard at a time

Building Biodiversity at Home Fighting Climate Change One Backyard at A Time

Learn how you can make changes in your own home landscape to combat climate change. It’s easy to read the news these days and feel anxious about Climate Change. This webinar will show you how it’s even easier to get proactive and planting in your own backyard. Willow Cheeley will outline the basics of design, how to grow your own native plants from seed, and common mistakes to avoid. Be inspired to create a beautiful and interconnected landscape habitat.   

Willow Cheeley, RLA, is a Registered Landscape Architect with a lifelong interest in ecological design. Her background includes a degree in Natural Resources, the design of municipal parks and playgrounds, working with volunteers, and developing creative ways to engage and educate the public.

A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Andover WECAN.

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language sequence structure: photographic works by lew thomas, donna-lee phillips, and hal fischer

Addison Gallery: Language, Sequence, Structure

In this online tour of the exhibit, Language, Sequence, Structure: Photographic Works by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer, Curator Gordon Wilkins discusses works by Bay Area collaborators Thomas, Phillips, and Fischer, who explored the complex relationship between photography and language, text and image, in the 1970s and 80s.

This program was a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library, Wilmington Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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Virtual Art Afternoons - The Art of the Scandal: Thefts, Vandals and Forgeries

The Art of the Scandal: Thefts, Vandals and Forgeries

Art historian and educator Jane Oneail will explore some of the most brazen criminal acts in the art world. Her lecture features works by artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. Learn more about works that were targeted and how they were recovered and restored for our enjoyment today. 

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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Annawon Weeden: Understanding Indigenous Culture

Courageous Conversations: Annawon Weeden - Understanding Indigenous Culture

Annawon Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag/Pequot/Narragansett, is in conversation with Julia Alexander, an educator at The Pike School. In the recording, Annawon's background is moving around because he's traveling in a vehicle while he's talking. Annawon discusses and shares Native American history in New England, cultural identity, contemporary lifeways and cultural appropriation, among many other topics. Born & raised on the Narragansett Tribal reservation in Charlestown, Rhode Island, Annawon eventually made his home in his mother’s Wampanoag community in Mashpee, MA. Currently self-employed, he dedicates much of his time to visiting colleges, museums, libraries, corporations and more, as he continues his efforts to correct misinformation and misrepresentation of indigenous people. This program is suitable for both adults and students in Grades 6 and up. A list of some of the resources mentioned during Annawon's talk can be found here.

This program is a collaboration of Courageous Conversations, Memorial Hall Library, Chelmsford Public Library, Haverhill Public Library, Stevens Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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Courageous Conversations ready to be different

Courageous Conversations - Ready to be Different: An Online Conversation with Andover's Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Meet Andover's Comission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and learn about their work.

This program was hosted by Memorial Hall Library in collaboration with Courageous Conversations, Andover DIVERSE, and the Andover Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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september monday mindfulness & meditation

September 27 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a loving kindness meditation.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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september 20 monday mindfulness & meditation

September 20 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a movement meditation.

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Healthier Buildings for the Future: What Andover Can Do

Healthier Buildings for the Future: What Andover Can Do

Buildings are our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Andover. Making buildings more energy efficient saves money and helps protect and promote the health of community residents. Hear from Sarah Dooling, Executive Director of Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), on how the net zero stretch building code is our most powerful tool for climate mitigation efforts and community health. Andover's sustainability coordinator, Joyce Losick-Yang joins the program for the Q&A.

A collaboration of Andover WECAN and Memorial Hall Library.

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september monday mindfulness & meditation

September 13 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse, for a 30 minute meditation class. Tonight's session covers deep breathing and muscle relaxation.

Lauren Masse is dedicated and committed to supporting others in their mental and physical wellness journeys. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Public Health from UMass Amherst, and her Master’s of Public Health from Boston University, where she focused on the health effects of chemicals and pollutants. She later became certified as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Founder of Mindful Minis Boston, Lauren offers mindfulness classes for kids and works with parents to incorporate beneficial mental health strategies into their home.

This series is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Tewksbury Public Library.

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shelf help episode 15 memory kits

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 15: Memory Kits

In this episode of Shelf Help, assistant head of circulation Gerry Deyermond and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss the library's new memory kits, services for homebound patrons, and more.

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shelf help episode 14 graphic novels

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 14: Graphic Novels

In episode 14 of Shelf Help, reference librarian Justin Termini and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss MHL's collection of graphic novels for adults. Hear about a variety of graphic novels available to borrow, the history of the collection, and ideas for people who've never read a graphic novel but might want to. Hint: they're not all about superheroes!

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shelf help episode 13 board games

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 13

In this episode of MHL's Shelf Help, Teen Services & Reference Librarian Anna Tschetter and Cataloging & Reference Librarian Stephanie Smith discuss MHL's board game and jigsaw puzzle collection. Listen to find out the 10 most-borrowed board games, where to get board game suggestions, and more.

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An Introduction to Pronouns & Gender Diversity

An Introduction to Pronouns & Gender Diversity

A recording of Dr. Shannon Peters's discussion from August 24, 2021 on gender identity and the importance of pronouns.

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shelf help episode 10 crafts at mhl

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 10: Crafts @ MHL

Join Gerry Deyermond, Vicki Murphy, and Stephanie Smith as they discuss MHL's new craft area, the upcoming return of craft programs for adults, and Vicki & Gerry's new email for all questions craft-related (crafts@mhl.org). You can see photos of the new space, plus a list of some of their favorite craft books (all available at the library) here.

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the addison at 90: Explore the archives with gordon wilkins

The Addison at 90: Explore the Archives with Gordon Wilkins

Join Gordon Wilkins, the Addison’s Robert M. Walker Associate Curator of American Art, to explore what the Addison Gallery of American Art’s rich archives can reveal about the museum’s collection, history, and relationship with artists. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy.

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Grow for the Future

Greenscapes Grow for the Future: Gardening with Hydrology

Learn about how development and the climate crisis have impacted our local water cycle, and what you can do to restore it in your own backyard through this Greenscapes Coalition presentation by Ipswich River Watershed Outreach Manager, Rachel Schneider. The ingenious water works of a riparian forest have been largely outed, not only by hard top, but also by turf grass, which doesn’t provide shade, has extremely short roots, and loses far more water to evaporation than it absorbs or filters into the ground. Turf grass may as well be a desert. According to Rachel, we need to create hydrologically functional yards.

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may monday mindfulness meditation

Monday May 24 Mindfulness & Meditation

Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar. Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body. This week Lauren will lead guided visualization meditations.

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public health museum virtual tour

Virtual Field Trip: Artifacts from the Public Health Museum: The Stories They Tell From Our Past History of Disease

Are you a history buff, interested in all things medical, curious about public health initiatives or diseases long before COVID-19? We’ll take a virtual walk through the museum and learn how selected artifacts from the museum’s collection played a significant role to treat and mitigate disease before the discovery of vaccinations and antibiotics.

The Public Health Museum is an independent 501(c)3 organization, housed in the historic Richard Morris building (also known as the Old Administration Building)  of Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts. The Museum strives to preserve artifacts and records of our nation’s history in public health and serve as a resource to the community to educate and promote public health initiatives that address current health issues.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Andover Elder Services, Tewksbury Public Library and Billerica Public Library.

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may monday mindfulness meditation

May Monday Mindfulness & Medtation Series

Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar. Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body. This week Lauren leads a mindfulness meditation.

This series is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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Courageous Conversations: Parole 101: The Massachusetts Parole System & Why It Needs to Change

An event designed to raise awareness about parole and change hearts and minds about the importance/difficulties of parole in Massachusetts. Panelists include formerly incarcerated speakers, Isaiah Dotson and Jonathan Best, Representative Liz Miranda who has filed several parole bills for 2021-22, Attorney Patty Garin, one of the foremost parole experts in Massachusetts, and moderator Jean Trounstine, professor, writer and activist who has written extensively about parole, along with Lisa Berland, who is part of Parole Watch.

A collaboration of Courageous Conversations, Memorial Hall Library, the Social Justice Coalition of South Church, and the Coalition for Effective Public Safety.

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May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation Series

Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar. Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body. This week Lauren leads a movement meditation.

This series is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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Hikes Through History with Alison O'Leary

Hikes Through History with Alison O'Leary

Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who had been there before you? In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, an award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites through this hour-long program. Using maps and historic photos, she describes several day trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features in Massachusetts. Special effort is made to include varying levels of difficulty (flat and easy to steep and challenging) and variety of scenery. These sites include a former rubber factory overlooked in the woods, contributions of the Roosevelt-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to our favorite parks, offbeat tales of local residents, sites of former grand estates (and tales of the owners). Author Alison O’Leary is a longtime journalist and editor. She has won awards from national and regional organizations for travel writing, reporting, and editing.

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virtual gallery talk: the addison at 90: a conversation with William C. Agee

Virtual Gallery Talk: The Addison at 90: A Conversation with William C. Agee

Renowned art historian and Phillips Academy alumnus William Agee (PA 1955) discusses masterworks from the Addison’s collection, their art historical significance, and their personal impact on him as a student at Andover. This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy.

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May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation Series

Mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse discusses and leads various ways to use deep breathing meditation. This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Tewksbury Public Library.

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Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin

Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Trash - Can We Do Better?

This series is presented in partnership with Andover WECAN and Memorial Hall Library. Find a page of recycling resources at https://mhl.org/beyond-bin-recycling-resources.

In our first two webinars we focused on recycling and composting. What’s left? The rest of your trash. Learn how you personally and how we as a society can reduce our trash. Expand what you can do by learning what legislative changes are in the works and how you can support them. Waneta Trabert, Vice President of MassRecycle will discuss trash in Massachusetts and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), why it’s exciting and how you can speak up in favor of manufacturers taking responsibility for their waste.

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nature's best hope: a virtual evening with professor doug tallamy

Nature's Best Hope - Professor Doug Tallamy

A list of books and resources on native plants that was made available during the program can be found here: https://mhl.org/native-plants.

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Professor Tallamy discusses simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug's new book Nature's Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

This program is a collaboration of libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, North Reading, Tewksbury and Wilmington.

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andover seed library happy hour garden chat

Andover Seed Library Virtual Happy Hour Garden Chat

A group of experienced gardeners who volunteer on the Andover Seed Library committee touch on a wide range of topics, including edible foraging, early pest prevention, watering and more. Send your garden questions and suggestions to andoverseedlibrary@mhl.org.

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peter schmitt

Poet Peter Schmitt Reads from his latest work, Goodbye, Apostrophe

Celebrate National Poetry Month with prize-winning poet Peter Schmitt in a Zoom webinar. In Goodbye, Apostrophe, his first new collection in more than a decade, the nationally recognized and prize-winning poet has assembled nearly 50 poems exemplary for their range and emotional power. From the hard lessons of childhood to the loss of parents, these poems confront the challenging issues of our time, including race, religion, abuse of varying kinds, and reflexive political correctness. By turns poignant and funny, elegiac and celebratory, formal and free, the mature work of a poet Richard Wilbur hailed as “one of the strongest talents in his generation” will resonate indelibly with any serious reader of American poetry.

Peter Schmitt is the author of six collections of poems: Goodbye, Apostrophe (Regal House Publishing, 2020), Renewing the Vows (David Robert Books), Hazard Duty, and Country Airport (Copper Beech Press), and two chapbooks, Incident in an Apartment Complex: A Suite of Voices, and To Disappear (Pudding House). He has received the Lavan Award from The Academy of American Poets (selected by Richard Wilbur), the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize (judged by Anthony Hecht, Mary Jo Salter, and Nicholas Christopher), the Julia Peterkin Award (Converse College) and is twice a recipient of grants from the Florida Arts Council. He was awarded an Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship. His poems have been featured on NPR’s Writers Almanac, and he is a winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival open competition. His work has appeared in many leading publications, including The Hudson Review, The Nation, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, and been widely anthologized. He has reviewed poetry and fiction for the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and worked as a freelance editor of novels, short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and journalism. He is currently editing his late father’s WWII remembrance, Ferry Tales: A Navigator’s Memoir (McFarland, 2022).

A native Miamian and honors graduate of Amherst College, Schmitt studied with Richard Wilbur and received the College’s poetry prizes as a junior and senior. He attended the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, where his teachers included Donald Justice. He has taught creative writing and literature at The University of Miami since 1986.

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Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin

Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Don't Throw Your Spaghetti in the Fireplace

Seems obvious not to throw your spaghetti in the fireplace right? Well then why would you throw it in your trash? In Andover, as with most Massachusetts towns, our trash is incinerated. We want to keep that process burning cleanly and we want to create new healthy soil. How can we do both? Compost. Learn why composting is worth the effort and why gardeners think compost is black gold. Learn how composting helps to reduce the impacts of climate change. Julia Greene, Municipal Asst Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) will speak on what is happening with composting in our region. Rachel Ciaramitaro, Department of Public Works, Office Assistant shares what Andover is doing with composting and our other refuse streams.

This series is presented in partnership with Andover WECAN and Memorial Hall Library. Find a page of recycling resources at https://mhl.org/beyond-bin-recycling-resources.

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courageous conversations what positive justice looks like

Courageous Conversations: What Positive Justice Looks Like - UTEC, Inc.

UTEC's team discusses their nationally recognized model which begins with intensive street outreach, correctional facility in-reach, and gang peacemaking, engaging our most disconnected young adults by meeting them “where they’re at.” UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Today they serve Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA and are nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved young adults. Their wraparound program is designed to never give up on young adults as they overcome personal, health, and institutional barriers to improving their lives.

The team will also share some of the ways they are innovating with the State and the Department of Corrections to make real, meaningful changes at a systemic level and how you can support. UTEC was founded in 1999 as the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence in Lowell. Originally known as “United Teen Equality Center,” today their name is simply UTEC, Inc.and they serve youth ages 17-25.

This program is a collaboration of Courageous Conversations, Memorial Hall Library, and Haverhill Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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Virtual art afternoon

Virtual Art Afternoon: Introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright and NH’s Zimmerman House

America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, created iconic modern buildings like Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. This interactive presentation, led by art educator, Jane Oneail, offers an introduction to Wright’s career and explore his final house type, the Usonian, in depth, with special emphasis on the Zimmerman House in Manchester, NH. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Is Recycling Still Alive?

Andover WECAN Beyond the Bin: Is Recycling Still Alive?

Are you confused about what goes in your trash bin and what goes in your recycling bin? You’re not alone! Neil Rhein, founder and executive director of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful talks about what really happens to our trash and recyclables here in Andover. He’ll discuss the world’s plastic pollution crisis and how trash and recycling are managed in Massachusetts. Learn how to make informed decisions about your own personal habits. Learn ways to reduce the amount of trash you generate, improve your recycling habits, and make small changes to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. MassRecycle's website Recycle Smart is chock full of information and tips about how to dispose of household waste responsibly.

Sandra Gerraughty, Department of Public Works, Business Manager and Rachel Ciaramitaro, Department of Public Works, Office Assistant talk about their new tool ReCollect, which is designed to help residents with recycling questions.

This series is presented in partnership with Andover WECAN and Memorial Hall Library. Find a page of recycling resources at https://mhl.org/beyond-bin-recycling-resources.

 

 

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March Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

March 29 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a guided visualization and a loving kindness meditation.

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March 22 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a movement meditation.

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Andover Seed Library Spring into Spring Garden Chat

A group of experienced gardeners touch on a wide range of topics and share tips for planning your garden, what they're doing right now to get ready for the garden season and gardening in containers.

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Author Richard Webb - Boats Against the Current

Author and historian Richard Webb shares his book, Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda, the companion to the newly released documentary, Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, which explores the story behind the iconic American novel, The Great Gatsby.

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March 15 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a deep breathing and muscle relaxation meditation.

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Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

March 8th Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Mindfulness teacher Lauren Masse leads a movement meditation. Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class presented in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library and Tewksbury Public Library.

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Author E. Dolores Johnson in Conversation with Grace Talusan

“I was a black woman according to my family, society’s one-drop rule and my birth certificate. It was culturally and legally ridiculous to wonder if I wasn’t. Yet my biological ancestry counted for absolutely nothing. My beloved mother was white.”

Former Andover resident, E. Dolores Johnson discusses her new book, Say I'm Dead: A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love, with author, Grace Talusan. It's a multi-generational memoir that reveals America's changing attitudes toward race mixing, discovered through the courageous journeys of her family’s women. Johnson's parents fled to Buffalo from Indianapolis so they could marry without violating Indiana's anti-miscegenation laws. Her father was black and her mother was white. Johnson details her journey unearthing the secrets of her family, and in so doing, wrestles with identity, class, and education, aiming a potent lens at what it means to be biracial and shining more light on the racism that continues to sicken this country to this day.

Presented in collaboration with Burlington Public Library, Memorial Hall Library, Stevens Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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March Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Lauren Masse explains mindfulness and leads a seated meditation. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body.

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virtual art afternoon frida kahlo

Virtual Art Afternoons: Frida Kahlo: Love, Pain & Painting

Frida Kahlo has become a household name in recent years, with movies, books and countless products dedicated to her art and likeness. Art educator, Jane Oneail, goes beyond the artist’s famous facial hair and penetrating stare and explore her life and her work, particularly as it relates to the trolley accident she survived as a teen and her passionate and often tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Fish On! Andover 2021: Surfcasting the North Shore

Fish On! Andover 2021: Surfcasting the North Shore

Steve Gallant shares his expertise about surfcasting on the North Shore. He specializes in surfcasting the North Shore after dark in search of trophy stripers.

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Deep Delta Justice: A Virtual Conversation with Author Matthew Van Meter

Deep Delta Justice: A Virtual Conversation with Author Matthew Van Meter

Author Matthew Van Meter discusses his book along with other social justice issues, including his work with Shakespeare in Prison, a Detroit Public Theatre community program.

In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight. Duncan was arrested a few minutes later for the crime of putting his hand on the arm of a white child. Rather than accepting his fate, Duncan found Richard Sobol, a brilliant, 29-year-old lawyer from New York who was the only white attorney at "the most radical law firm" in New Orleans. Against them stood one of the most powerful white supremacists in the South, a man called simply "The Judge."

In this powerful work of character-driven history, journalist Matthew Van Meter vividly brings alive how a seemingly minor incident brought massive, systemic change to the criminal justice system. Using first-person interviews, in-depth research and a deep knowledge of the law, Van Meter shows how Gary Duncan's insistence on seeking justice empowered generations of defendants-disproportionately poor and black-to demand fair trials. Duncan v. Louisiana changed American law, but first it changed the lives of those who litigated it.

A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library, Stevens Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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Fish On! Andover 2021: State of the Striper with Dr. Willy Goldsmith

Fish On! Andover 2021: State of the Striper with Dr. Willy Goldsmith

Striped bass are the iconic gamefish of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and anglers take over 15 million trips annually to target them. But the species is currently in trouble, with population levels at a 25-year low. Dr. Willy Goldsmith, Executive Director of the American Saltwater Guides Association, outlines the conservation status of striped bass, upcoming key management actions, and how anglers can get involved in the process.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 3: 1930-1950 with Gordon Wilkins

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 3: 1930-1950 with Gordon Wilkins

In the final presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1930 and 1950, by artists including Ruth Asawa, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, and Andrew Wyeth.

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists.

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Fish On! Andover 2021: Plugging the Water Column with Julio Silva

Fish On! Andover 2021: Plugging the Water Column with Julio Silva

Julio Silva shares lessons learned from years of experience on the surf so you can safely take your surfcasting to the next level.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 2: 1900-1930 with Gordon Wilkins

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 2: 1900-1930 with Gordon Wilkins

In Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950, Part 2, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1900 and 1930, by artists including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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Seed Starting with the Andover Seed Library

Seed Starting with the Andover Seed Library

A group of experienced Andover gardeners share tips and best practices for starting seeds and nurturing seedlings.

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Virtual Art Afternoons: African American History in American Art

Virtual Art Afternoons: African American History in American Art

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Art educator, Jane Oneail, examines that arc as it relates to African American history enshrined in American Art. From colonial era portraits to 19th-century and Jim Crow-era prints to 1960s Civil Rights photography, this program will provide a visual overview of African American oppression, struggle and progress towards equality.

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Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mindfulness & Meditation

Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mindfulness & Meditation

Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute mindfulness meditation class. You will learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body with meditation. Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this webinar.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists. In the first presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works created between 1850 and 1900, by artists including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler.

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Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race

Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race

Join longtime art educator, Jane Oneail, for a Zoom webinar focused on the art of Norman Rockwell. Rockwell is heralded for depicting and defining American life. He often captured bittersweet images of people experiencing universal and relatable feelings of being left out or left behind. Yet, as an artist working in the 20th century, his works are curiously devoid of America’s rich cultural and racial diversity. Toward the end of his career, Rockwell painted several poignant works about race in America that can be seen as an extension of his earlier sense of the power of inclusion and exclusion.

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Art Journaling: The Basics

Art Journaling: The Basics

Looking for a creative outlet in the new year? A way to express your thoughts and feelings that goes beyond written journaling? In this interactive class, you will learn techniques on combining your written work with simple art techniques to help you establish an art journaling practice of your own. You will create a “paper bag” journal and several spreads throughout the evening using limited supplies that you should have on hand.

Supplies

  • Use only what you have…no need to go and purchase!
  • A paper bag
  • A stack of scrap paper/magazine pages
  • A stack of junk mail
  • A paper punch
  • A piece of ribbon or string
  • Something to add color (paint, watercolors, colored pencils, markers, and/or crayons)
  • Sharpies/black markers in varying sizes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (only if you have them), i.e. decorative tapes, ribbon, stickers, tissue paper, etc.

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MacGyver Your Life Workshop with Jennessa Durrani

MacGyver Your Life Workshop with Jennessa Durrani

Andover resident and life coach, Jennessa Durrani, describes how to get 'unstuck' and breaks down the three phases of setting an action plan for one's life based on the three phases of a typical MacGyver television episode.

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Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mental Health

Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mental Health

Join Lauren Masse, MPH, in a thought-provoking Zoom Webinar on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including a discussion of the effects of stress related to isolation, job loss, and radical change in routine, along with mindset shifts, behavior changes and tools helpful for reducing personal suffering and supporting your well-being at this time.

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Virtual Art Afternoons: Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Virtual Art Afternoons: Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Pop artist Andy Warhol famously elevated everyday objects - like soup cans - to works of fine art. His paintings, silkscreens and photography often focused on American consumerism, not just of products, but of celebrities and images themselves. Art educator, Jane Oneail, will look at the abbreviated life, artwork and enduring legacy of the artist who predicted “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.”

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Enlightened Estate Planning with Author & Attorney, Tara K. Wilson

Enlightened Estate Planning with Author & Attorney, Tara K. Wilson

Andover author and attorney, Tara K. Wilson, shares highlights from her new book, Trustworthy: Enlightened Estate Planning, and provide a broad overview and tips for putting a good trust-based estate plan in place.

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Addison Gallery Virtual Talk: Civil War Painting and Photography

Addison Gallery Virtual Talk: Civil War Painting and Photography

What can Civil War painting and photography tell us about how history is documented and authored? Join Jamie Kaplowitz Gibbons, Head of Education, and Dr. Tessa Hite, Curatorial Fellow, as they use educational and curatorial lenses to examine works by Alexander Gardner, Edward Lamson Henry, Winslow Homer, and more from the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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Pocket Pillows with Vicki and Gerry

Pocket Pillows with Vicki and Gerry

Fun sewing craft for all ages and a great gift for all ages! Pocket can contain a book, coloring books and crayons, journal and pens, the ideas are endless!  Click here for instructions.

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Virtual Author Talk: Kristin Bair, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything

Virtual Author Talk: Kristin Bair, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything

Join us for a conversation with local writer, Kristin Bair (O’Keeffe), during which she will discuss her new novel, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything, parenting in a pandemic, the writing process, facing our fears, Facebook mom groups, and more.

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Avoiding Fraud & Scams: A Virtual Panel

Avoiding Fraud & Scams: A Virtual Panel

Fraud and scams have become entirely too commonplace, especially with the increase in online transactions, social media and smartphone technology. Learn how to protect yourself from many of the schemes devised by fraudsters and scammers in this panel discussion hosted by the Andover Senior Mentors, Roland Jacobson, Jeff Kaplan and Don Schroeder, in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library. Prema Nagathan is the Senior Vice President and Security Director at Enterprise Bank. Edmund Donnelly currently serves as the Director of External Affairs, State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AT&T Services, Inc. The Andover Senior Mentors work closely with Andover Elder Services to provide programming and information helpful to seniors in the community.

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Addison Gallery Virtual Tour

Addison Gallery Virtual Tour - To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980-2000

Associate Curator of American Art, Gordon Wilkins, explores artworks from the Addison Gallery of American Art exhibition, To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980–2000, and discusses the ways in which artists use their work to hold a mirror up to the injustices of their time, combat apathy, and provoke change.

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Is it Bedtime Yet? Healthy Sleep Practices

Is it Bedtime Yet? Healthy Sleep Practices

Licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Kate Madden, discusses the basic science of sleep, tips to improve sleep, and information about a specialized treatment for insomnia.

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Affordable Housing in Andover Panel Discussion

Affordable Housing in Andover Panel Discussion

A local panel demystifies affordable housing and provides an update on Andover's affordable housing stock and opportunities for maintaining and growing affordable housing in the community.

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Craft chronicles November 2020

Craft chronicles November 2020

Learn how to get started with knitting with MHL staff members Vicki Murphy and Gerry Deyermond.

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Are You Ready for Retirement?

Are You Ready for Retirement?

The Andover Senior Mentors, retired financial professionals, Roland Jacobson, Jeff Kaplan and Don Schroeder, discussed factors to consider when contemplating retirement and provided useful insights into issues such as having sufficient income, spending one's time in a meaningful way, and planning for the expected and unexpected in retirement.

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Authors Gregory Maguire and Daniel Handler in Conversation

On Wednesday, October 14th, bestselling author Gregory Maguire spent a fun-filled hour in conversation with bestselling author Daniel Handler, familiar to many as 'Lemony Snicket.'

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Quarantine Crafting with Gerry and Vicki

Quarantine Crafting with Gerry and Vicki

Staff members Gerry and Vicki walk you through making a pumpkin wall-hanging, just in time for Fall!

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Human Health in a Changing Climate

Human Health in a Changing Climate

Climate change will have - and is having - a profound effect on conditions in New England. Dr. Caleb Dresser explains how changes in regional climate are expected to affect human health in coming years, exploring changes in heat-related illnesses, vector-borne diseases such as Lyme and West Nile, risk from coastal storm surges and intensifying hurricanes, and other issues.

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Suicide Prevention Workshop

Suicide Prevention Workshop

Rose Cheyette of Samaritans, Inc. discusses suicide, risk factors and warning signs, and skills their helpline volunteers use to support those going through any number of mental health challenges. The helpline gets lots of calls for information, which they are happy to provide. She reviews some of the best ways to listen, and how to ask questions to get a clearer understanding of how to help support those who need it. She reviews resources, including self-care, for those who support others. For more information, go to https://samaritanshope.org/

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Native Trees & Shrubs & Why They Matter to All of Us

Native Trees & Shrubs & Why They Matter to All of Us

Certified Massachusetts arborist and horticulturist, Marc Fournier shares all kinds of information about native plants and shrubs and their importance in the landscape.

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Crafts and Hobbies

Craft-Time Chronicles: Felting with Vicki & Gerry

Craft-Time Chronicles: Felting with Vicki & Gerry

Join Vicki & Gerry in the live Zoom library craft classroom for a class in felting. You'll learn how to felt your own soap and add embellishments (just in time for holiday gift giving)!

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shelf help episode 15 memory kits

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 15: Memory Kits

In this episode of Shelf Help, assistant head of circulation Gerry Deyermond and reference & cataloging librarian Stephanie Smith discuss the library's new memory kits, services for homebound patrons, and more.

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shelf help episode 10 crafts at mhl

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 10: Crafts @ MHL

Join Gerry Deyermond, Vicki Murphy, and Stephanie Smith as they discuss MHL's new craft area, the upcoming return of craft programs for adults, and Vicki & Gerry's new email for all questions craft-related (crafts@mhl.org). You can see photos of the new space, plus a list of some of their favorite craft books (all available at the library) here.

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Friday Fun:  Kites!

Friday Fun: Kites!

Miss Kate shows you how to make a paper kite.  You will need: Paper, scissors, tape, ribbon, markers or crayons, stickers Paper Plate Flier: 3 paper plates, scissors, tape

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Art Journaling: The Basics

Art Journaling: The Basics

Looking for a creative outlet in the new year? A way to express your thoughts and feelings that goes beyond written journaling? In this interactive class, you will learn techniques on combining your written work with simple art techniques to help you establish an art journaling practice of your own. You will create a “paper bag” journal and several spreads throughout the evening using limited supplies that you should have on hand.

Supplies

  • Use only what you have…no need to go and purchase!
  • A paper bag
  • A stack of scrap paper/magazine pages
  • A stack of junk mail
  • A paper punch
  • A piece of ribbon or string
  • Something to add color (paint, watercolors, colored pencils, markers, and/or crayons)
  • Sharpies/black markers in varying sizes
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (only if you have them), i.e. decorative tapes, ribbon, stickers, tissue paper, etc.

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Pocket Pillows with Vicki and Gerry

Pocket Pillows with Vicki and Gerry

Fun sewing craft for all ages and a great gift for all ages! Pocket can contain a book, coloring books and crayons, journal and pens, the ideas are endless!  Click here for instructions.

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Craft chronicles November 2020

Craft chronicles November 2020

Learn how to get started with knitting with MHL staff members Vicki Murphy and Gerry Deyermond.

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For freedoms sign with text "Freedom to"

For Freedoms Discussion and Sign Making

Watch as Teen Services Librarian Anna and For Freedoms staffer Pola Dobrzynski discuss the history of the organization, the intersection of art and politics, and the state of community activism.

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Quarantine Crafting with Gerry and Vicki

Quarantine Crafting with Gerry and Vicki

Staff members Gerry and Vicki walk you through making a pumpkin wall-hanging, just in time for Fall!

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Gardening

building biodiversity at home: fighting climate change one backyard at a time

Building Biodiversity at Home Fighting Climate Change One Backyard at A Time

Learn how you can make changes in your own home landscape to combat climate change. It’s easy to read the news these days and feel anxious about Climate Change. This webinar will show you how it’s even easier to get proactive and planting in your own backyard. Willow Cheeley will outline the basics of design, how to grow your own native plants from seed, and common mistakes to avoid. Be inspired to create a beautiful and interconnected landscape habitat.   

Willow Cheeley, RLA, is a Registered Landscape Architect with a lifelong interest in ecological design. Her background includes a degree in Natural Resources, the design of municipal parks and playgrounds, working with volunteers, and developing creative ways to engage and educate the public.

A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Andover WECAN.

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Grow for the Future

Greenscapes Grow for the Future: Gardening with Hydrology

Learn about how development and the climate crisis have impacted our local water cycle, and what you can do to restore it in your own backyard through this Greenscapes Coalition presentation by Ipswich River Watershed Outreach Manager, Rachel Schneider. The ingenious water works of a riparian forest have been largely outed, not only by hard top, but also by turf grass, which doesn’t provide shade, has extremely short roots, and loses far more water to evaporation than it absorbs or filters into the ground. Turf grass may as well be a desert. According to Rachel, we need to create hydrologically functional yards.

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nature's best hope: a virtual evening with professor doug tallamy

Nature's Best Hope - Professor Doug Tallamy

A list of books and resources on native plants that was made available during the program can be found here: https://mhl.org/native-plants.

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Professor Tallamy discusses simple steps that each of us can- and must- take to reverse declining biodiversity and will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug's new book Nature's Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

This program is a collaboration of libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, North Reading, Tewksbury and Wilmington.

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andover seed library happy hour garden chat

Andover Seed Library Virtual Happy Hour Garden Chat

A group of experienced gardeners who volunteer on the Andover Seed Library committee touch on a wide range of topics, including edible foraging, early pest prevention, watering and more. Send your garden questions and suggestions to andoverseedlibrary@mhl.org.

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Andover Seed Library Spring into Spring Garden Chat

A group of experienced gardeners touch on a wide range of topics and share tips for planning your garden, what they're doing right now to get ready for the garden season and gardening in containers.

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Seed Starting with the Andover Seed Library

Seed Starting with the Andover Seed Library

A group of experienced Andover gardeners share tips and best practices for starting seeds and nurturing seedlings.

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Native Trees & Shrubs & Why They Matter to All of Us

Native Trees & Shrubs & Why They Matter to All of Us

Certified Massachusetts arborist and horticulturist, Marc Fournier shares all kinds of information about native plants and shrubs and their importance in the landscape.

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Health

september monday mindfulness & meditation

September 27 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a loving kindness meditation.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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september 20 monday mindfulness & meditation

September 20 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a movement meditation.

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september monday mindfulness & meditation

September 13 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse, for a 30 minute meditation class. Tonight's session covers deep breathing and muscle relaxation.

Lauren Masse is dedicated and committed to supporting others in their mental and physical wellness journeys. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Public Health from UMass Amherst, and her Master’s of Public Health from Boston University, where she focused on the health effects of chemicals and pollutants. She later became certified as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Founder of Mindful Minis Boston, Lauren offers mindfulness classes for kids and works with parents to incorporate beneficial mental health strategies into their home.

This series is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Tewksbury Public Library.

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may monday mindfulness meditation

Monday May 24 Mindfulness & Meditation

Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar. Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body. This week Lauren will lead guided visualization meditations.

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public health museum virtual tour

Virtual Field Trip: Artifacts from the Public Health Museum: The Stories They Tell From Our Past History of Disease

Are you a history buff, interested in all things medical, curious about public health initiatives or diseases long before COVID-19? We’ll take a virtual walk through the museum and learn how selected artifacts from the museum’s collection played a significant role to treat and mitigate disease before the discovery of vaccinations and antibiotics.

The Public Health Museum is an independent 501(c)3 organization, housed in the historic Richard Morris building (also known as the Old Administration Building)  of Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts. The Museum strives to preserve artifacts and records of our nation’s history in public health and serve as a resource to the community to educate and promote public health initiatives that address current health issues.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Andover Elder Services, Tewksbury Public Library and Billerica Public Library.

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may monday mindfulness meditation

May Monday Mindfulness & Medtation Series

Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar. Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body. This week Lauren leads a mindfulness meditation.

This series is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation Series

Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar. Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body. This week Lauren leads a movement meditation.

This series is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.

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May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

May Monday Mindfulness & Meditation Series

Mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse discusses and leads various ways to use deep breathing meditation. This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Tewksbury Public Library.

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March Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

March 29 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a guided visualization and a loving kindness meditation.

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March 22 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a movement meditation.

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March 15 Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Lauren Masse leads a deep breathing and muscle relaxation meditation.

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Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

March 8th Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Mindfulness teacher Lauren Masse leads a movement meditation. Find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class presented in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library and Tewksbury Public Library.

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March Monday Mindfulness & Meditation

Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute class. Lauren Masse explains mindfulness and leads a seated meditation. Learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body.

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Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mindfulness & Meditation

Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mindfulness & Meditation

Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute mindfulness meditation class. You will learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body with meditation. Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this webinar.

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Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mental Health

Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mental Health

Join Lauren Masse, MPH, in a thought-provoking Zoom Webinar on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, including a discussion of the effects of stress related to isolation, job loss, and radical change in routine, along with mindset shifts, behavior changes and tools helpful for reducing personal suffering and supporting your well-being at this time.

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Is it Bedtime Yet? Healthy Sleep Practices

Is it Bedtime Yet? Healthy Sleep Practices

Licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Kate Madden, discusses the basic science of sleep, tips to improve sleep, and information about a specialized treatment for insomnia.

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Human Health in a Changing Climate

Human Health in a Changing Climate

Climate change will have - and is having - a profound effect on conditions in New England. Dr. Caleb Dresser explains how changes in regional climate are expected to affect human health in coming years, exploring changes in heat-related illnesses, vector-borne diseases such as Lyme and West Nile, risk from coastal storm surges and intensifying hurricanes, and other issues.

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Suicide Prevention Workshop

Suicide Prevention Workshop

Rose Cheyette of Samaritans, Inc. discusses suicide, risk factors and warning signs, and skills their helpline volunteers use to support those going through any number of mental health challenges. The helpline gets lots of calls for information, which they are happy to provide. She reviews some of the best ways to listen, and how to ask questions to get a clearer understanding of how to help support those who need it. She reviews resources, including self-care, for those who support others. For more information, go to https://samaritanshope.org/

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History

the addison at 90: Explore the archives with gordon wilkins

The Addison at 90: Explore the Archives with Gordon Wilkins

Join Gordon Wilkins, the Addison’s Robert M. Walker Associate Curator of American Art, to explore what the Addison Gallery of American Art’s rich archives can reveal about the museum’s collection, history, and relationship with artists. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy.

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public health museum virtual tour

Virtual Field Trip: Artifacts from the Public Health Museum: The Stories They Tell From Our Past History of Disease

Are you a history buff, interested in all things medical, curious about public health initiatives or diseases long before COVID-19? We’ll take a virtual walk through the museum and learn how selected artifacts from the museum’s collection played a significant role to treat and mitigate disease before the discovery of vaccinations and antibiotics.

The Public Health Museum is an independent 501(c)3 organization, housed in the historic Richard Morris building (also known as the Old Administration Building)  of Tewksbury Hospital in Massachusetts. The Museum strives to preserve artifacts and records of our nation’s history in public health and serve as a resource to the community to educate and promote public health initiatives that address current health issues.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in partnership with Andover Elder Services, Tewksbury Public Library and Billerica Public Library.

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Hikes Through History with Alison O'Leary

Hikes Through History with Alison O'Leary

Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who had been there before you? In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, an award-winning journalist and coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites through this hour-long program. Using maps and historic photos, she describes several day trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features in Massachusetts. Special effort is made to include varying levels of difficulty (flat and easy to steep and challenging) and variety of scenery. These sites include a former rubber factory overlooked in the woods, contributions of the Roosevelt-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to our favorite parks, offbeat tales of local residents, sites of former grand estates (and tales of the owners). Author Alison O’Leary is a longtime journalist and editor. She has won awards from national and regional organizations for travel writing, reporting, and editing.

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Author Richard Webb - Boats Against the Current

Author and historian Richard Webb shares his book, Boats Against the Current: The Honeymoon Summer of Scott and Zelda, the companion to the newly released documentary, Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story, which explores the story behind the iconic American novel, The Great Gatsby.

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virtual art afternoon frida kahlo

Virtual Art Afternoons: Frida Kahlo: Love, Pain & Painting

Frida Kahlo has become a household name in recent years, with movies, books and countless products dedicated to her art and likeness. Art educator, Jane Oneail, goes beyond the artist’s famous facial hair and penetrating stare and explore her life and her work, particularly as it relates to the trolley accident she survived as a teen and her passionate and often tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 3: 1930-1950 with Gordon Wilkins

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 3: 1930-1950 with Gordon Wilkins

In the final presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1930 and 1950, by artists including Ruth Asawa, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, and Andrew Wyeth.

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 2: 1900-1930 with Gordon Wilkins

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 2: 1900-1930 with Gordon Wilkins

In Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950, Part 2, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1900 and 1930, by artists including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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Virtual Art Afternoons: African American History in American Art

Virtual Art Afternoons: African American History in American Art

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Art educator, Jane Oneail, examines that arc as it relates to African American history enshrined in American Art. From colonial era portraits to 19th-century and Jim Crow-era prints to 1960s Civil Rights photography, this program will provide a visual overview of African American oppression, struggle and progress towards equality.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists. In the first presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works created between 1850 and 1900, by artists including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler.

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Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race

Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race

Join longtime art educator, Jane Oneail, for a Zoom webinar focused on the art of Norman Rockwell. Rockwell is heralded for depicting and defining American life. He often captured bittersweet images of people experiencing universal and relatable feelings of being left out or left behind. Yet, as an artist working in the 20th century, his works are curiously devoid of America’s rich cultural and racial diversity. Toward the end of his career, Rockwell painted several poignant works about race in America that can be seen as an extension of his earlier sense of the power of inclusion and exclusion.

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Virtual Art Afternoons: Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Virtual Art Afternoons: Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Pop artist Andy Warhol famously elevated everyday objects - like soup cans - to works of fine art. His paintings, silkscreens and photography often focused on American consumerism, not just of products, but of celebrities and images themselves. Art educator, Jane Oneail, will look at the abbreviated life, artwork and enduring legacy of the artist who predicted “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.”

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Addison Gallery Virtual Talk: Civil War Painting and Photography

Addison Gallery Virtual Talk: Civil War Painting and Photography

What can Civil War painting and photography tell us about how history is documented and authored? Join Jamie Kaplowitz Gibbons, Head of Education, and Dr. Tessa Hite, Curatorial Fellow, as they use educational and curatorial lenses to examine works by Alexander Gardner, Edward Lamson Henry, Winslow Homer, and more from the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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Addison Gallery Virtual Tour

Addison Gallery Virtual Tour - To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980-2000

Associate Curator of American Art, Gordon Wilkins, explores artworks from the Addison Gallery of American Art exhibition, To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980–2000, and discusses the ways in which artists use their work to hold a mirror up to the injustices of their time, combat apathy, and provoke change.

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Personal Finance

Enlightened Estate Planning with Author & Attorney, Tara K. Wilson

Enlightened Estate Planning with Author & Attorney, Tara K. Wilson

Andover author and attorney, Tara K. Wilson, shares highlights from her new book, Trustworthy: Enlightened Estate Planning, and provide a broad overview and tips for putting a good trust-based estate plan in place.

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Avoiding Fraud & Scams: A Virtual Panel

Avoiding Fraud & Scams: A Virtual Panel

Fraud and scams have become entirely too commonplace, especially with the increase in online transactions, social media and smartphone technology. Learn how to protect yourself from many of the schemes devised by fraudsters and scammers in this panel discussion hosted by the Andover Senior Mentors, Roland Jacobson, Jeff Kaplan and Don Schroeder, in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library. Prema Nagathan is the Senior Vice President and Security Director at Enterprise Bank. Edmund Donnelly currently serves as the Director of External Affairs, State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AT&T Services, Inc. The Andover Senior Mentors work closely with Andover Elder Services to provide programming and information helpful to seniors in the community.

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Affordable Housing in Andover Panel Discussion

Affordable Housing in Andover Panel Discussion

A local panel demystifies affordable housing and provides an update on Andover's affordable housing stock and opportunities for maintaining and growing affordable housing in the community.

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College Financial Aid with Jim Femia

College Financial Aid with Jim Femia

Did you miss our College Financial Aid semester this October? No problem! Watch as certified financial planner Jim Femia walks teens and caregivers through the basics of the process.

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Are You Ready for Retirement?

Are You Ready for Retirement?

The Andover Senior Mentors, retired financial professionals, Roland Jacobson, Jeff Kaplan and Don Schroeder, discussed factors to consider when contemplating retirement and provided useful insights into issues such as having sufficient income, spending one's time in a meaningful way, and planning for the expected and unexpected in retirement.

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Fish On! Andover

Fish On! Andover 2021: Surfcasting the North Shore

Fish On! Andover 2021: Surfcasting the North Shore

Steve Gallant shares his expertise about surfcasting on the North Shore. He specializes in surfcasting the North Shore after dark in search of trophy stripers.

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Fish On! Andover 2021: State of the Striper with Dr. Willy Goldsmith

Fish On! Andover 2021: State of the Striper with Dr. Willy Goldsmith

Striped bass are the iconic gamefish of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and anglers take over 15 million trips annually to target them. But the species is currently in trouble, with population levels at a 25-year low. Dr. Willy Goldsmith, Executive Director of the American Saltwater Guides Association, outlines the conservation status of striped bass, upcoming key management actions, and how anglers can get involved in the process.

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Fish On! Andover 2021: Plugging the Water Column with Julio Silva

Fish On! Andover 2021: Plugging the Water Column with Julio Silva

Julio Silva shares lessons learned from years of experience on the surf so you can safely take your surfcasting to the next level.

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Art

granite state gallery

Virtual Art Afternoons - Granite State Gallery: NH Art & Artists through the Years

New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? This program will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state's scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists art historian and educator Jane Oneail will explore.

Note: The recording begins a few minutes into the program.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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john singer sargent - master with a brush

Virtual Art Afternoon - John Singer Sargent - Master with a Brush

John Singer Sargent, a masterful nineteenth-century artist, is celebrated for his Grand Manner portraiture of the European and American elite. Art historian and educator Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious will explore his most beloved as well as rarely seen images, including portraits, forays into Impressionism and stunning watercolors.

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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Virtual Art Afternoons - The Art of the Scandal: Thefts, Vandals and Forgeries

The Art of the Scandal: Thefts, Vandals and Forgeries

Art historian and educator Jane Oneail will explore some of the most brazen criminal acts in the art world. Her lecture features works by artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. Learn more about works that were targeted and how they were recovered and restored for our enjoyment today. 

Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library, this series is dedicated in memory of Kathy Hess, retired educator, longtime Friends' board member, and tireless book sale volunteer, library advocate and art enthusiast.

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the addison at 90: Explore the archives with gordon wilkins

The Addison at 90: Explore the Archives with Gordon Wilkins

Join Gordon Wilkins, the Addison’s Robert M. Walker Associate Curator of American Art, to explore what the Addison Gallery of American Art’s rich archives can reveal about the museum’s collection, history, and relationship with artists. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy.

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virtual gallery talk: the addison at 90: a conversation with William C. Agee

Virtual Gallery Talk: The Addison at 90: A Conversation with William C. Agee

Renowned art historian and Phillips Academy alumnus William Agee (PA 1955) discusses masterworks from the Addison’s collection, their art historical significance, and their personal impact on him as a student at Andover. This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy.

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Virtual art afternoon

Virtual Art Afternoon: Introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright and NH’s Zimmerman House

America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, created iconic modern buildings like Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. This interactive presentation, led by art educator, Jane Oneail, offers an introduction to Wright’s career and explore his final house type, the Usonian, in depth, with special emphasis on the Zimmerman House in Manchester, NH. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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virtual art afternoon frida kahlo

Virtual Art Afternoons: Frida Kahlo: Love, Pain & Painting

Frida Kahlo has become a household name in recent years, with movies, books and countless products dedicated to her art and likeness. Art educator, Jane Oneail, goes beyond the artist’s famous facial hair and penetrating stare and explore her life and her work, particularly as it relates to the trolley accident she survived as a teen and her passionate and often tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 3: 1930-1950 with Gordon Wilkins

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 3: 1930-1950 with Gordon Wilkins

In the final presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1930 and 1950, by artists including Ruth Asawa, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, and Andrew Wyeth.

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 2: 1900-1930 with Gordon Wilkins

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850-1950 Part 2: 1900-1930 with Gordon Wilkins

In Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950, Part 2, Curator Gordon Wilkins explores works created between 1900 and 1930, by artists including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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Virtual Art Afternoons: African American History in American Art

Virtual Art Afternoons: African American History in American Art

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Art educator, Jane Oneail, examines that arc as it relates to African American history enshrined in American Art. From colonial era portraits to 19th-century and Jim Crow-era prints to 1960s Civil Rights photography, this program will provide a visual overview of African American oppression, struggle and progress towards equality.

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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950

Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists. In the first presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works created between 1850 and 1900, by artists including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler.

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Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race

Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race

Join longtime art educator, Jane Oneail, for a Zoom webinar focused on the art of Norman Rockwell. Rockwell is heralded for depicting and defining American life. He often captured bittersweet images of people experiencing universal and relatable feelings of being left out or left behind. Yet, as an artist working in the 20th century, his works are curiously devoid of America’s rich cultural and racial diversity. Toward the end of his career, Rockwell painted several poignant works about race in America that can be seen as an extension of his earlier sense of the power of inclusion and exclusion.

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Virtual Art Afternoons: Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Virtual Art Afternoons: Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Pop artist Andy Warhol famously elevated everyday objects - like soup cans - to works of fine art. His paintings, silkscreens and photography often focused on American consumerism, not just of products, but of celebrities and images themselves. Art educator, Jane Oneail, will look at the abbreviated life, artwork and enduring legacy of the artist who predicted “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.”

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Addison Gallery Virtual Talk: Civil War Painting and Photography

Addison Gallery Virtual Talk: Civil War Painting and Photography

What can Civil War painting and photography tell us about how history is documented and authored? Join Jamie Kaplowitz Gibbons, Head of Education, and Dr. Tessa Hite, Curatorial Fellow, as they use educational and curatorial lenses to examine works by Alexander Gardner, Edward Lamson Henry, Winslow Homer, and more from the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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Addison Gallery Virtual Tour

Addison Gallery Virtual Tour - To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980-2000

Associate Curator of American Art, Gordon Wilkins, explores artworks from the Addison Gallery of American Art exhibition, To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980–2000, and discusses the ways in which artists use their work to hold a mirror up to the injustices of their time, combat apathy, and provoke change.

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