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Abbot Library announces upcoming events

Posted by Susannah Blair  June 15, 2012 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library:

"Art on the Theme of Music," by Ms. Lehman's Photography Students, Ms Huller White's 3-D Design Students, and Ms Gordon's Studio 1 and Studio 3 Students, at Marblehead High School
Saturday, June 30th through Friday, July 27th

The pieces on display in this exhibit share the theme of music and are intended to serve as a visual accompaniment to Marblehead's lively summer concert scene, especially the Festival of Arts musical events and the Marblehead Summer Jazz Series.

"Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty" with author Samuel Forman
In collaboration with the Spirit of '76 Bookstore
Wednesday, July 11th,  7:00 pm

Beloved and famous in his time for his political and military exploits, Joseph Warren is now barely remembered as the hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill and as the person who sent Paul Revere on his iconic ride. No founding personality captured the aspirational vision and spirit of America, nor matched eloquent words with pragmatic actions that rose to the most dangerous occasion, than did Joseph Warren. Born in 1741, by the time he reached his 34th birthday, he had become a physician, politician, mason and soldier. He assumed leadership roles in these diverse domains. Rising to the needs of his times and to its challenges, he cast in words and actions a foundation for America’s future.

Meticulously grounded in original scholarship, this ambitious project is the definitive biography of Dr. Joseph Warren. Making sense of the subject’s opaque eighteenth-century physician’s account books was a feat of both forensic analysis and medical historical scholarship. It was also the elusive key to understanding Joseph Warren’s life experiences. Scholar-physician Samuel A. Forman has used his capabilities in history, medicine, and business accounting combined with his enthusiasm for the topic to produce a volume worthy of its subject.
Samuel A. Forman is an historian, physician, educator, and businessman. He is the president of Oak and Ivy Health Systems, Inc. and a visiting scientist at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Throughout his successful careers as a physician, military officer, and businessman, he has published and lectured on historical topics impacting current issues. In his spare time he acts as company surgeon of the Lexington Minute Men historical reenactors.

Friends of the Library Outdoor Summer Book Sale, "Books on the Lawn"
Saturday, July 14th, 9:00 am - noon
The Friends of the Library will be presenting an outdoor book sale on the Library's front lawn, on Saturday morning, weather permitting.

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 17th, 10:00 am

The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting July 17 at 10:00 am in the Marblehead Room to discuss best-selling author Katherine Howe’s new historical novel The House of Velvet and Glass.  Still trying to come to terms with the tragedy of the Titanic, which claimed the lives of her mother and sister, Sibyl Allston is living in Boston with her father and brother.  When her brother is expelled from Harvard under mysterious circumstances, Sibyl teams up with Benton Jones, a psychology professor, to find out the truth.  New members are always welcome. 

"The Changing Landscape of Retirement," with Mark Singer, Certified Financial Planner
Wednesday, July 25th, 7:00 pm

There is tremendous frustration being voiced by baby boomers who thought they should be able to make an easy transition into retirement. Unfortunately, for many, things have not worked out exactly as they had planned. The landscape of retirement has changed so dramatically in the past ten years that it’s time to address the mistakes being made. There are powerful new retirement strategies that can help put you back on track, but only if you know the proper questions to ask. This presentation will help those concerned about how to create a comfortable retirement for themselves and their families.

Mark Singer is a Certified Financial Planner and author of the newly released book “The Changing Landscape of Retirement – What You don’t Know Could Hurt You”. During Mark’s 25 years he has created the “Retirement Roadmap” and the “Financial Organizer System,” both of which have helped thousands of investors successfully coordinate their financial affairs. Mark is a frequent speaker, is the Founder of the Greater Boston Corporate Wellness Forum, and a multiyear recipient of the 5 star wealth manager as seen in Boston Magazine. He has recently been featured nationally in The Wall Street Journal,, and Bloomberg Radio, as well as locally on NECN and WRKO.  Over his career Mark has seen just about everything, but he has never before seen as much confusion among investors over financial options and he is here to share with us his unique perspective on how to reduce the stress we are all feeling in these turbulent times.

Friday, July 27th through Tuesday, July 31st
Friday, July 27th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - MEMBERS ONLY PREVIEW
$25.00 limit on book purchases
(New memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)
Saturday, July 28th, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Members Only
(New memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)
Monday, July 30th, 10:30 - noon details to come;  6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - details to come
Tuesday, July 31st, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  - details to come

"Poor Richard's Lament" with author Tom Fitzgerald
In collaboration with the Spirit of '76 Bookstore
Wednesday, August 1st, 7:00 pm

What if Ben Franklin came back? What if everything depended on it? That is the starting point for Tom Fitzgerald’s tour de force that puts Ben Franklin on trial in a celestial court and then grants him his wish to come back to life in present day America. The stakes are high for our culture, and for this book alike. But Fitzgerald succeeds. Following in the traditions of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and nine years in the making, Poor Richard’s Lament is an intricately woven, ultimately uplifting tale of revelation and redemption. Those new to Ben Franklin and Ben Franklin aficionados alike will be delighted and inspired by this important but very funny book, which may indeed have an enormous impact on our times.

Tom Fitzgerald has served as a door-to-door salesman of home-study courses, a vocational counselor for adults and children with developmental disabilities, a stockbroker, the assistant to the president of a large health-care corporation, a lobbyist, a technical writer, a corporate manager, and a Navy UDT/SEAL during the Vietnam era. He is the author of three works of fiction: Chocolate Charlie, A Matter of Scents, and Chocolate Charlie Comes Home, as well as several works of nonfiction. He lives in New England with his wife of 44 years.


Teen Tie-Dyeing
Thursday, July 19th,  2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Garden

Travel back to the ‘60s in the Library’s Secret Garden!  Bring your t-shirts and bags (or use one of ours) to make your own tie-dyed creations.  Snacks will be provided.  Weather permitting.  No sign-ups necessary.

Teen Tea Party

Tuesday, July 24th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Meeting Room

Join us for an old-fashioned tea party in the Meeting Room of the library.  We’ll be serving tea, scones, and sandwiches.  Feel free to dress up!  No sign-ups necessary.


Summer Reading Program: READ THROUGH TIME
Begins Thursday, June 21st

Registration for our 8-week Summer Reading Program begins Thursday, June 21. Children can come in for reading kits at any time after that. Our program this summer is called “Read through Time”. Both historical and futuristic decorations will keep the room in a time-travel theme. We encourage children to sign-up for a relaxed and fun program.
 The program is designed to keep children reading through the summer and record their progress. When they finish their reading records, they can earn ice cream certificates and/or pizza certificates.  Very young children who are not reading yet may participate as well through their parents and care-givers reading aloud to them.  

New England Aquarium Tide Pool Visit
Wednesday, July 11th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

For our summer reading program celebration, we are having a special marine tide pool program from the New England Aquarium from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on July 11. We invite all children to come and learn through an interactive exhibit. No registration is required.

All Day Craft
Wednesday, July 18th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Come and make and take a simple craft with a time travel theme. Come anytime on July 18 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Children’s Room. Crafts are designed for very young children.

Music with Dara
Friday, July 20th, 10:30 am to Noon

Dara Van ReMoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, July 20th, for children ages 1-1/2 -2 ½ at 10:30 am and at 11:20 am to noon for 2-1/2-5 year olds. Designed with children’s developmental stages in mind, the program is an interactive blend of songs and movement.  No registration is required.

Babies and Books
Wednesday, July 25th, 10:00 am

Sharon Grimes brings a special program for babies and their caregivers on Wednesday, July 25 at 10:00 am. Interactive activities include songs and board books. Registration is required.

Copies of Marblehead schools reading lists are available in the children’s room. 

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