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Abbot Public Library events for September 2013

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"Gardens: Cultivated and Wild," Black and White and Hand-Painted Photographs by Gail Giarrusso
Wednesday, September 4th through Monday, September 30th 
Public Reception: Sunday, September 8th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Gail Giarrusso has been photographing and printing her own photographs for thirty years. She worked as a darkroom printer and studio assistant in the early 1980s in New York, learning her skills from a master technician. At the commercial studio and lab, they shot products and actor headshots, and printed for major photography publications.

She started printing and selling her own work, including series of Coney Island, Italy, and the gardens of Wave Hill. She took an interest in the still-life, and taught herself the art of hand-tinting photographs with oil paint, which she began doing professionally on clients' portraits for the studio. 

After living in many places, including Australia, Gail returned to Marblehead in 1997 with her family and opened Washington Street Photography Gallery, which she ran for eight years. She showed her own work, and that of many other photographers, and also had a portrait business. 

Gail now has a small gallery in her home, and continues to shoot and print. The work in this show spans twenty years, with most being new work. It highlights a love of gardening, plants, and hiking in the woods, which she shares with her garden designer husband, Robert Dempster. 

The photographs are all taken with black and white film, using vintage medium format cameras. 

"Gardens: Cultivated and Wild" will be on view at the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from September 4 to September 30. There will be a public reception, for the exhibit, on Sunday, September 8, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

A Special Evening Celebrating the Arrangers of Marblehead's 80th Anniversary! 
“Unraveling the Mysteries of Flower Arranging” 
A talk by garden club mystery writer Neal Sanders, and a demonstration of flower arranging by members of the Arrangers of Marblehead
Wednesday, September 11th, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This year marks the 80th anniversary of The Arrangers of Marblehead, one of the most venerable garden clubs in the state, and, on Wednesday, September 11th, the club will celebrate that milestone at the Abbot Public Library with an evening entitled “Unraveling the Mysteries of Flower Arranging.” 

Co-sponsored by the Abbot Library, the event runs from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and includes two programs.  Neal Sanders, a mystery writer and gardener, will give a humorous, illustrated talk, ‘Gardening Is Murder’, which will address such questions as why gardeners turn to the internet to find outrageous advice to simple questions, and why it is impossible to do ‘just one thing’ in the garden.  Neal is married to horticulturalist and Lifetime Master Gardener Betty Sanders, and their garden has been part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.  His books include The Garden Club Gang, A Murder in the Garden Club, and Murder for a Worthy Cause.   

The second program will feature demonstrations by club members explaining the fundamentals of flower arranging and floral design.  Topics to be covered include choosing an appropriate container for the occasion, selecting complementary flowers, working with and preparing water-retaining floral foam, and conditioning flowers, among other techniques. 

To complement the evening, “Gardens: Cultivated and Wild,” an exhibit of hand-painted, and black and white photographs by artist Gail Giarrusso, will be on display in the Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery.  
The evening will be free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. 

“We wanted to celebrate our anniversary by doing something that was both fun and that would appeal to an audience beyond our own membership,” said Club President Sarah Hitchcock. “Everyone loves flower arranging, and we wanted to ‘de-mystify’ it for those who may have been frustrated. ‘Gardening Is Murder’ is a very funny talk that anyone who has ever gardened will appreciate.”

The Arrangers of Marblehead was founded in 1933 and became part of the Federation of Garden Clubs of Massachusetts in 1937.  The club’s primary focus is the study of flower arranging, however horticulture and conservation of natural resources are also key areas of the club’s mission. The Arrangers of Marblehead has two ongoing community service projects: the gardens and containers at Abbot Hall, and planting and maintaining the grounds at the Marblehead Council on Aging.  In addition, many members work with patients at the Shaughnessy/Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, help decorate the King Hooper Mansion for the Christmas holidays and also do the floral arrangements at the Lee Mansion during the summer months.

The September 11th Library event follows the club’s first celebration of its eightieth anniversary, which was a standard, judged flower show, “Looking Back; A Glimpse of 80 Years,” held in June at the Marblehead Council on Aging.  

Teen Literature Book Club for Adults
Thursday, September 12th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Marblehead Room
Do you love YA, but are a little more A than Y?  Join our Teen Lit Book Club for Adults! We'll be meeting this month to read Kristin Cashore's compelling fantasy novel, "Graceling." Katsa has been graced with a talent for killing and used as a government pawn since childhood. What will happen when she tries to break free?

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 17th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Marblehead Room
Join the Library Book Discussion Group in September to discuss Tea Obreht's best-selling novel, "The Tiger's Wife." In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. New members are always welcome.

“Taming the Terrible Too(s),” with Organizing Coach Susan Stone
Tuesday, September 17th, 7:00 pm
Too much stuff?
Too little space?
Too much to do?
Too little time?

Is your world a bit too overflowing? Longing to create more room for the life you want?

Marblehead resident and Organizing Coach, Susan Stone is passionate about helping people create and sustain the spaciousness they crave by making the changes that make the difference. In her presentation, “Taming the Terrible Too(s),” on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:00 pm, Susan will shed informative and entertaining light on why our lives can so easily become over-stuffed, and share ideas, techniques and strategies for de-cluttering and simplifying our homes and offices.

Susan has advanced training in Organizing and Life Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Hoarding Disorder and Grief and Bereavement Support. She has earned advanced specialist certificates in Chronic Disorganization, Hoarding and ADD/ADHD from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. A graduate of Wellesley College, Simmons College (MBA, MSW), and the Coach Approach for Organizers, Susan is Vice-President of the National Organization of Professional Organizers – New England Chapter and a member of the ADHD Coaches Organization, the National Association of Social Workers and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. For more information about Susan and her work, visit

“Boston Harbor Islands: 101” Presentation by Walter Hope
Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00 pm
Walter Hope, Chairman of the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands and Boston Harbor Islands Advisory Committee Member, will give a talk on the Islands. The presentation will start with the Ice Age and move quickly through history to 'Today' and will discuss some of 'Tomorrow'. Walter has gathered a wonderful collection of photos from yesterday as well as today. Following the presentation, he will be pleased to answer questions about the Islands, including how you might enjoy this amazing “treasure.” Island events are scheduled through the end of September via boat trips offered by the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands or you can venture about via your own boat!

Walter was an on-Island overnight volunteer with the Friends in the mid-80's and has been on the Board for the past 4+ years, and Chairman for 2+ years.  He lives on a boat year-round in Charlestown, within cannon shot of the USS Constitution "Ironsides." For more information about the Friends, visit

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on William Butler Yeats
Sunday, September 29th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The 2013 - 2014 season of the Abbot Library’s monthly Poetry Salon, led by Marblehead poet and Salem State University Professor Emerita Claire Keyes, will begin on Sunday, September 29 at 2:00 pm, with the poetry of William Butler Yeats. From September to June, the Salon will explore connections between pairs of modern and contemporary poets, writing in the English language. The two poets will be linked by a shared theme, poetic genre or other type of commonality. 

Yeats, for example, will be followed by Adrienne Rich, in October. Both poets worked within the context of major political issues of their time. Yeats was a staunch exponent of the nationalist cause in Ireland, i.e., the Irish Free State. His politics informed his poetry and his plays. In a similar fashion, Adrienne Rich was deeply committed to the feminist cause, i.e., the freedom of women. Her politics are strongly present in both her poetry and her prose. 

Yeats won the Nobel Prize in 1923. His poetry, influenced by Ezra Pound, is modern in its concision and imagery. Even so, his preference for rhymes and strict stanza forms set him apart from other modernists. The preferred text is "The Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats." (Collier Books, Macmillan), but any collection of the poet’s work may be used.

Back To School Ice Cream Sundaes
Thursday, September 5th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Garden
Stop by the library for that last taste of summer! We'll be making ice cream sundaes in the garden to remember those days of freedom. If rained out, we'll be meeting in the Meeting Room.

Duct Tape Crafts
Tuesday, September 10th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room
Drop by the library to make back to school duct tape crafts. Decorate journals or make your own creations:  bag, bow ties, roses, whatever you can come up with! We'll bring the supplies, you bring the creativity.

Teen Advisory Board
Thursday, September 19th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Come tell us what to do!  Have opinions on how to make the library more fun? Join the Teen Advisory Board. We'll bring pizza, you bring ideas! 

Banned Books Week: Get Caught with Banned Books
Sunday, September 22nd through Saturday, September 28th
Mugshot Day: Tuesday, September 24, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
From September 22 - 28, enter to win a gift card to the Spirit of '76 by guessing which books have been banned around the world. The teen with the most correct answers wins! You can also stop in on Tuesday, September 24 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm to get your photo taken with your favorite banned book, mugshot style.

Preschool Story Time
Every Wednesday, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Our drop-in program for children ages 3-5 will be held each Wednesday at 10:15 am - 11:15 am & again at 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm. The program is designed for children who love to listen to stories and then do a craft. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 4th - Whales
Wednesday, September 11th - Bumble Bees & Bats
Wednesday, September 18th - Pirates
Wednesday, September 25th - Superheroes

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players ages seven and up a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights each week. Instruction will be in two sessions. The first session will be from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm for beginning players. The second session will be from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm for advanced players. The meeting schedule this month will be Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Music & Movement
Tuesday, September 10th, 10:30 am
Teresa Coelho is teacher and director of Music Together® of Marblehead. She will be leading a movement & music program for young children and caregivers on Tuesday, September 10 at 10:30 am. The program includes sharing songs, singing, finger plays, different kinds of movements, and playing instruments together. Caregivers are invited to participate. Teresa creates a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.

Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, September 13th, 10:00 am
This is a story/ playgroup program for children from infancy to 18 months. The meetings will be held on the second Friday of each month. The first meeting will be Friday, September 13, at 10:00 am. Designed to provide socialization and songs, the half-hour playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. (The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools, and the Abbot Public Library).

Book Reviewer's Club
Thursdays, September 19th and 26th, 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, September 19 and 26  at 3:30 pm. Please bring a book you are already reading for the first meeting. Snacks are provided and registration is ongoing.

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

“The Vingananee and the Tree Toad”: An Interactive Performance by Visiting Professional Storyteller Alicia Quintano 
Based on the book, “The Vingananee and the Tree Toad,” with text by Verna Aardema and illustrations by Ellen Weiss
Sunday, September 22nd, 2:00 pm
Guest Storyteller Alicia Quintano will bring her unique combination of humor and dramatic interpretation to a special performance of “The Vingananee and the Tree Toad, “a tale of triumph by the smallest of creatures over a much larger and seemingly invincible opponent. Come and enjoy this lively interactive performance, the retelling of a beloved West African folktale! 

This family-oriented event is being presented in celebration of the work of children's book author and illustrator Ellen Weiss Goldstrom, who was a member of the Abbot Public Library staff, from 2007 until her passing in 2011. Everyone is invited to explore our special collection of books written and/or illustrated by Ellen, and to view one of her illustrations for “The Vingananee,” newly installed in the Children’s Room. 

We are grateful to Alicia Quintano for her generous contribution of this performance; to Ken Goldstrom, for the donation of the Vingananee illustration and the collection of books showcasing Ellen’s talents; and to Ken and Ellen’s daughter, Mollie, for her design of a custom bookplate for the volumes in this special collection.

Banned Books Week Read-Out Day
Tuesday, September 24th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, September 24, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, will be a celebration of our freedom to read with a read-a-loud event. Children are invited to sign up a week ahead to read aloud either a picture book or a passage from a chapter book that have been challenged in the USA. Anyone who reads will get a t-shirt, and all who attend may take out a challenged or banned picture book or middle grade chapter book.  

Come see our display in the children's room featuring banned and challenged books in the United States. Freedom of thought is an important value in public libraries, and we invite parents and children to come look through some surprising books that have been challenged or banned somewhere in the USA.


Sunday, September 1

Monday, September 2

Wednesday, September 4, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Whales"

Thursday, September 5, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Back to School Ice Cream Sundaes for Teens

Sunday, September 8

Sunday, September 8, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Public Reception for "Gardens: Cultivated and Wild," Hand-painted, and black and white photographs by Gail Giarrusso

Monday, September 9, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Beginners: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 10, 10:30 am
Music & Movement

Tuesday, September 10, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Duct Tape Crafts for Teens

Wednesday, September 11, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Bumble Bees & Bats"

Wednesday, September 11, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Arrangers of Marblehead's 80th Anniversary Celebration
"Unraveling the Mysteries of Flower Arranging"

Thursday, September 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Literature Book Club for Adults

Friday, September 13, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup

Monday, September 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Beginners: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 17, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Library Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm
“Taming the Terrible Too(s),” with Organizing Coach Susan Stone

Wednesday, September 18, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm 
Preschool Story Time: "Pirates"

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm
"Boston Harbor Islands: 101" Presentation by Walter Hope

Thursday, September 19, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

Thursday, September 19, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Advisory Board

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

Sunday, September 22, 2:00 pm
“The Vingananee and the Tree Toad,” Performance by Guest Storyteller Alicia Quintano 

Monday, September 23, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Beginners: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 24, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Banned Books Week for Teens: Get Caught with Banned Books

Tuesday, September 24, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Banned Books Week Read-Out Day

Wednesday, September 25, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Preschool Story Time: "Superheroes"

Thursday, September 26, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Book Reviewer's Club

Sunday, September 29, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on William Butler Yeats

Monday, September 30, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Beginners: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Advanced: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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