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Abbot Public Library Events – February 2013

Posted by Christina Jedra  January 26, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library: 

Friday, February 1st - Thursday, February 28th 
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
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“Light of Eolian”: Watercolors and Photography by Thomas Adams
Friday, February 1st - Wednesday, February 27th 
Public Reception: Sunday, February 3rd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
“Light of Eolian" is an exhibit of watercolor and photography by Thomas Adams, with great emphasis on clouds and lightning.  Many living and non-living things are affected by or utilize the wind.  Without the movement of air, there would essentially be no weather, and many forms of life would not be distributed to the extent we see today. 

Artist’s Statement: My fascination with electrical storms took root in a decade largely devoid of such weather.  One evening (Monday, July 1st, 1968), frequent sheet lightning to the northwest eventually became a local thunderstorm.  In an instant, my sister, a tall pine and a house were impacted.  The following morning, I investigated for possible damage.  There was none to our house and none apparent to the exterior of the one 100 feet away.  Fortunately, the strike did not start a fire.  Damage was mostly to electrical wires.  Unfortunately, a stately tree could not be saved, which is to say, the lightning’s bark was worse than its bite.  Seared in my memory are shreds of wood, a deep hole by a foundation, and mud splatter under an eave.  
It was about ten years later, when I got my first camera:  a Pentax K1000.  I was apprehensive using the metal camera during a thunderstorm.  From the early 1990’s to shortly before the time the YMCA was built, it was a little foolhardy photographing storms from Legg’s Hill.  On my last serious encounter, I allowed a storm to get too close and had to dash.  As thunder crashed, and with loose rock underfoot, I almost fell.  It was that experience that convinced me to shoot approaching storms from the relatively safe locations of Devereux Beach and Chandler Hovey Park, where I have since taken many photos of lightning.  Despite the danger, the allure is obvious.  There’s drama, color, and rarity.  I’ve noted increased rarity as the climate has warmed.  The most prized bolts are those that resemble river deltas – staccato lightning.  A well-composed photo of a close staccato bolt may be as rare as a whooping crane.  This continues to elude me.  
I find rendering lightning with watercolor paint most challenging.  I tend not to plan my paintings but rely more on instinct.  I have ruined many this way.  Realism is not a goal.  That just increases the likelihood of a screw-up.  Please feel free to guess my favorite cloud and color.

Flashes, flashes growing bright Evening slowly turns to night

Riding, riding to the light Pedaling fast with all his might

He hears rumbling from afar There’s a brother in the car

Wind and rain are all around Leaves abundant on the ground

On the way home they would meet most of a tree in the street

Lights are out in the living room, where they shudder to every boom

Interjections upstairs I hear The loudest crash from a bolt near

Lights return to a flexing thumb Thunderstorms can be so much fun

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Shakespeare's Sonnets 76 - 154
Sunday, February 17th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
On Sunday, February 17, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, the Library’s monthly Poetry Salon will continue to feature the Sonnets of William Shakespeare. The focus for this session will be Sonnets 76 - 154.

With classic themes such as love, beauty, mortality, and the passage of time, Shakespeare’s Sonnets have delighted and intrigued readers since their publication in 1609. Revisit old "friends" and discover poems you may not have read before.  Here is a sample from the well-known bard:
From Sonnet 97
How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December's bareness every where!

Come to the Salon and explore Shakespeare's poetic side.  If you came to last month's Salon on Sonnets 1 - 75, you will know what a treat it is to learn how Shakespeare's love life was reflected in his poems. If you missed the discussion, no worries! The Salon will be discussing different poems with similar themes, and the resolution of Shakespeare's love triangle is yet to come!

All are welcome – from longtime poetry lovers to those just wanting to try a new experience!
To enjoy the discussion more fully, please bring a copy of the Sonnets in any edition. Claire Keyes, Marblehead poet and Salem State Professor Emerita, will lead the Salon.

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, February 19th, 10:00 am
Join the Library Book Discussion group in the Marblehead Room to discuss Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.  When Joe Kavalier escapes Prague and arrives in Brooklyn in 1939, his cousin Sammy Clay takes him in.  Together, they create a classic comic book and climb their way to the top.  New members are always welcome!

“Eelgrass in Salem Sound”
Illustrated Talk by Tay Evans
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Biologist
Marine Fisheries Environmental Analyst 
Massachusetts Eelgrass Research, Restoration and Monitoring Project Leader 
Wednesday, February 27th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

What are those dark, mysterious patches of water that we swim and sail over?  Tay will take us underwater for a glimpse of the seagrass meadows of Salem Sound and talk with us about why this habitat is so important for fisheries, water quality and protecting our coastlines from storms.  At this session, you will also learn about what you can do to help protect eelgrass and hear about ongoing restoration and monitoring projects, including Tay’s work on conservation moorings, designed to minimize boating impacts to the seafloor.  

Tay Evans has been studying the ecology of eelgrass in Salem Sound, for the past seven years, and has been working to map, monitor and restore this valuable habitat. Tay is chair of the MA Interagency Seagrass Group, which brings together researchers and scientists working on seagrass projects in Massachusetts, and she serves on the Salem Sound Coastwatch Board of Directors. She received her M.S. in Natural Resources: Water Resources, from the University of New Hampshire, where she worked with the international seagrass expert, Dr. Fred Short, and the SeagrassNet Global Monitoring program.

“Eelgrass in Salem Sound” is the second talk in the lecture series, “Underwater in Salem Sound,” sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. Four lectures will be held in 2013, followed by another four in 2014, at the Abbot Public Library. The 2013 series will be held on the last Wednesday of the month from January through April, (Jan. 30, Feb. 27, Mar. 27, Apr. 24) from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. The sessions are free and open to the public. 

This Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the “Preserve the Trust” license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the State’s environmental well-being. 

The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit watershed protection organization, to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor over the next two and a half years. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life. Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University’s Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.

Anti-Valentine's Day Party for Teens
Thursday, February 14th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Come celebrate friendship and independence this Valentine's Day at the library!  We'll be making 
anti-Valentines and friendship bracelets, decorating broken heart cookies, and watching "John Tucker Must Die."  Join us!  No sign-ups necessary.

Reader’s Theater Club
Mondays, February 4th, 11th and 25th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Meetings will be held each Monday, during the school year, at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm for children in grades 3-4.  This month’s meetings will be on  Mondays, February 4, 11, and 25. Reader’s Theater involves reading lines from an adapted fairytale/folktale, refreshments, and a craft project related to the script. 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, February 4th, 11th, and 25th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. This month’s meetings will be held Mondays, February 4, 11, and 25. 

Preschool Story Time
Every Wednesday, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Our drop-in program for children ages 3-5 will be held each Wednesday at 10:15 am - 11:15 am and again at 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm. The program is designed for children who love to listen to stories and then do a craft. The schedule is as follows:
February 6th - NO STORY TIME ON FEB 6!
February 13th - Love
February 20th - Elephants    
February 27th - Books   
Come listen to Miss Alyisha read her favorite stories and then do a special craft! 

Book Reviewer's Club
Thursdays, February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reviewer’s Club is designed for students in grades 5-6 who are avid readers. Club members read and “score” the books they are reading and recommending for each other. The Reviewer’s Club will be meeting on Thursdays at 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  This month’s meetings will be held Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 3:30 pm. Please bring a book you are already reading for the first meeting.  Snacks are provided and registration is ongoing. 

Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, February 8th, 10:00 am
The Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup is a story program for children from infancy to 18 months. This playgroup program will meet on the second Friday of each month. The next meeting will be Friday, February 8, at 10:00 am sharp.  Designed to provide socialization and songs, the half-hour playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. (The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools, and the Abbot Public Library).

Music with Dara
Friday, February 15th, 10:30 am - noon
Dara Van ReMoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, February 15, for children ages 1½ - 2 ½ at 10:30 am - 11:00 am and at 11:20 am - noon for 2½ - 5 year olds. Designed with children’s developmental stages in mind, the program is an interactive blend of songs and movement.  Come sing and dance with Dara! 

February Vacation Program: Animal Adventures
Tuesday, February 19th, 10:30 am
We have a special program to be held on Tuesday, February 19, at 10:30 am. Animal Adventures is a professional animal education group that rescues exotic animals. This educational program is designed for ages 3-6, where young children get to see, hear, touch, and learn about the animals in a safe and respectful way. Registration begins on February 1 and is required. 


Sunday, February 3, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Public Reception for "Light of Eolian": Watercolors and Photography by Thomas Adams

Monday, February 4, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club

Monday, February 4, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club

Monday, February 4, 6:30 pm
Library Trustee Meeting

Thursday, February 7, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

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

Monday, February 11, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club

Monday, February 11, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club

Wednesday, February 13, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Love"

Thursday, February 14, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Anti-Valentine's Day Party For Teens

Thursday, February 14, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

Friday, February 15, 10:30 am - noon
10:30 am - 11:00 am (ages 1½ - 2½) & 11:20 am - noon (ages 2½ - 5)
Music With Dara

Sunday, February 17, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Shakespeare's Sonnets76 - 154

Monday, February 18

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

Tuesday, February 19, 10:30 am
February Vacation Program: Animal Adventures

Wednesday, February 20, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Elephants"

Thursday, February 21, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

Monday, February 25, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Reader's Theater Club

Monday, February 25, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club

Wednesday, February 27, 10:15 am -11:15 am & 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Books"

Wednesday, February 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
"Eelgrass in Salem Sound," illustrated talk by Tay Evans
Second in the "Underwater in Salem Sound" Lecture Series

Thursday, February 28, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

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