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Abbot Public Library announces December events

Posted by  November 15, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Abbot Public Library: 

“Remembrance – the Pink Chair Project,” by artist Lynne Schulte

Monday, December 9th through Friday, January 17th 

Illustrated presentation by the artist, and public reception: Sunday, January 5th, 2:00 pm

“Remembrance – the Pink Chair Project” will be on view in the Abbot Public Library’s Carten Gallery, from Monday, December 9th through Friday, January 17th. The exhibit is a love story and celebrates the memory of Lynne’s mother in moving and beautiful images. Lynne sensed her mother’s presence while painting an Adirondack chair of her mother’s favorite color – bright, knock-your-socks-off pink. After the initial surprise of that experience, Lynne began placing the chair into various locations that had special meaning to the artist or her mother. In this way, the artist has created a cohesive body of work that shines as individual paintings as well as a sensitive and powerful grouping. 

Each painting has a story. As she painted, Lynne understood more about her mother, about her relationship with her mother, and herself. These stories are written and posted with the paintings. People are invited to participate in the project by posting a note to a loved one, or by writing a longer excerpt in the Remembrance book.

Artist’s Statement: "I create plein air and studio oil paintings that have their beginnings in an observed object or setting, either from nature or created by the human hand. My paintings show my concern with place and narrative. Paintings may speak of a simple one-time experience or coalesce into a series of connected stories. Through all, I am responsive to the transforming power of the light and to the internal energies of nature."

Lynne Schulte has exhibited her work in solo shows in Vermont, Kansas, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, and Washington DC. Primary among her themes are coastal views and landscapes of Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts. Notable series include a “Year in Bloom” when she produced 365 smaller paintings of flowers in oil and watercolor, followed by “Fresh Bloom”, consisting of 15 larger works.  The “Coastal Sunrise” body of work was shown at the Marblehead Arts Association, and her show “Remembrance – the Pink Chair Project”, now on display at the Abbot Library in Marblehead, is touring while she readies her newest show next summer at the North Shore Art Association. She currently moves between Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts for the majority of her landscape and coastal images. Lynne primarily works in oils. Her true subject is color and light and life metaphor.

Lynne has taught or been an art education administrator in Maryland, Vermont, and Massachusetts and currently teaches private lessons in her Georgetown, MA studio at the Scala Art Center. Lynne holds a BS from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, an MFA from Antioch University, and a CAGS from Vermont College of the Union Institute and University.

Lynne is a juried member of the Marblehead Arts Association, The North Shore Arts Association, and the Cape Cod Art Association. 

For more information about Lynne and her work, please visit 

Welcome Yule Program with Betsy Williams

Tuesday, December 10th, 6:30 pm

Cottage Gardeners of Marblehead and Swampscott, along with Abbot Public Library, are presenting a “Welcome Yule” holiday program on December 10th at the Library. The evening’s program begins at 6:30, with festive refreshments, to be followed by a presentation and demonstration by the well-known and popular garden lecturer, author and teacher, Betsy Williams. Admission is free, and a raffle for Betsy’s creations are part of the evening’s plan.  

Williams will show how to decorate your home for the sparkling month of December with fresh greens and fragrant herbs combined with fruits and vegetables, berries, cones, nuts, and lots of candles. Using boxwood, ivies, junipers, rosemary, berries, fruits and other seasonal plant material, the demonstration will emphasize the simple how-to’s and mechanics of creating glowing candle rings, woodsy boxwood and berry arrangements, charming Williamsburg fruit cones, classic topiaries and fresh potpourri.

Williams’ gardens, floral work and retail shop have been featured in many books, national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, The American Gardener, Victoria, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living Gardner, Colonial Homes, the Herb Companion and Traditional Homes.  She has appeared on the Discovery Channel and greater Boston cable stations as well as local and national radio talk shows.

Cottage Gardeners meet monthly, September through June, and new members are always welcome.  Venues and meeting times vary to accommodate membership. Extensive gardening experience is not necessary: only an interest in gardening and related subjects to join.

Teen Literature Book Club for Adults

Thursday, December 12th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Marblehead Room

Do you love YA? Are you a little more A than Y? Join our Teen Librarian to hear about new and exciting YA books. This month we'll be meeting to discuss Patrick Ness's new novel, "More Than This". Seth wakes up after drowning and is surprised to find he is alive. He remembers dying, but feels alive. New members are always welcome.

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on Jorie Graham

Sunday, December 15th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On December 15th, the Poetry Salon will feature the contemporary American poet Jorie Graham, who won the Pulitzer Prize in Literature for "The Dream of the Unified Field." Graham's poems continually recall the great Western tradition of philosophical and religious inquiry. She is tenacious in thinking her way through layer after layer of perception and out to its extremities. Her work is all process, motion, becoming. We will study her most recent book, "Place." The Salon meets from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Library and is led by Claire Keyes, Professor Emerita at Salem State University. 

Over and Over Stitch

by Jorie Graham

There are moments in our lives which, threaded, give us heaven— 

noon, for instance, or all the single victories 

of gravity, or the kudzu vine, 

most delicate of manias, 

which has pressed its luck 

this far this season. 

It shines a gloating green. 

Its edges darken with impatience, a kind of wind. 

Nothing again will ever be this easy, lives 

being snatched up like dropped stitches, the dry stalks of daylilies   

marking a stillness we can’t keep.

Library Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, December 17th, 10:00 am in the Marblehead Room

Join the Library Book Discussion Group to discuss Louise Erdrich's "Round House". After his mother is attacked, Joe seeks justice and understanding for the crime that has forever changed his family. New members are always welcome.


Snow Globes and Cookie Decorating

Thursday, December 19th, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room

Get into the holiday spirit at the library! Make last minute gifts with our Teen Librarian by designing your own, homemade snow globe while munching on sugar cookies. We will also be showing a movie.  No sign-ups necessary.


Monday Night Children’s Chess Club

Mondays, December 2nd, 9th and 16th

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, December  2, 9, and 16.

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:

December 4th - Penguins

December 11th - Wolves

December 18th - Snow

Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup

Friday, December 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, December 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).


Monday, December 2, 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

Wednesday, December 4, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Preschool Story Time: "Penguins"

Monday, December 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, December 10, 6:30 pm

“Welcome Yule” Program, with Betsy Williams

Wednesday, December 11, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Preschool Story Time: "Wolves"

Thursday, December 12, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Teen Literature Book Club for Adults

Friday, December 13, 10:00 am

Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup

Sunday, December 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes, on Jorie Graham

Monday, December 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, December 17, 10:00 am

Library Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, December 18, 10:15 am - 11:15 am & 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Preschool Story Time: "Snow"

Thursday, December 19, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Snow Globes and Cookie Decorating, for Teens

Tuesday, December 24


Wednesday, December 25


Tuesday, December 31


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