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Wednesday October 25, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Wednesday Morning Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

This month our selection will be Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. 

New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy, and a young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

Copies will be available at the main desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Thursday October 26, 2017 Go To Top
anim_rabbit 10:00 AM Tiny Bookworms Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Tiny Bookworms is our toddler storytime for kids under age 3, featuring books and songs with Cheryl Mallory. This session's events will happen Thursdays from September 14 through October 26. When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session and can come to any or all of the others for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
       
 
holiday_pumpkin 4:00 PM Halloween Party For Kids Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Kids are invited to our annual Halloween party! Come in costume and enjoy the entertaining seasonal tales of storyteller Diane Edgecomb, plus goodies and a craft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. You may sign up for this event on or after October 6.

 

    Location: Meeting Room 1, Town Hall/Boxford Town Library
        There are many spaces available.
 
nat_moon_full 6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM To Infinity and Beyond, But Why? Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Join Boxford resident and educator Bob Spillman as he leads us in a discussion of the current status of the space program. 

And, don't forget, that the library now has a telescope that you can check out! Find out more at the circulation desk.

 

“I am convinced that if NASA were to disappear tomorrow, if we never put up another Hubble Space Telescope, never put another human being in space, people in this country would be profoundly distraught. Americans would feel that we had lost something that matters, that our best days were behind us, and they would feel themselves somehow diminished. Yet I think most would be unable to say why.”
 
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    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are many spaces available.
Friday October 27, 2017 Go To Top
misc_scissors 10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Greeting Card Class Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Exciting news....Carol Cater is back to teach our very popular greeting card workshop! All materials will be provided, and you will leave the class with three beautiful and handcrafted cards for your friends and family. Sign up and reserve your space now. Space is limited and registration is required.

Supported by the Friends of the Boxford Library.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are 12 spaces available.
Tuesday October 31, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Tuesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Tuesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen Tuesdays from October 31 through November 28. When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Tuesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are many spaces available.
Wednesday November 1, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Wednesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Wednesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen each Wednesday from November 1 through November 29.  When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Wednesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are many spaces available.
Thursday November 2, 2017 Go To Top
misc_clouds 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Guided Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Spend an hour BEING present. Take a break from your DOING and enjoy a complimentary guided meditation class. Experience inner peace and the healing energy of the meditation session. Come to relax, renew, and refresh!

This class, which meets October 5th, November 2nd, and December 7th, will be taught by Wendy Carlson, a Spiritual Life Coach and Shaman. She is passionate about offering guided meditation and energy healing techniques to support others in finding peace, harmony, and wellness in their lives. Wendy is a Boxford resident.

Registration is appreciated but not required and you do not have to attend all three meetings. 

    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are many spaces available.
Saturday November 4, 2017 Go To Top
misc_usflag 1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM The Korean War Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Korea: The Forgotten War

The Korean War was a tragic war in which American soldiers were rapidly deployed, with little training, inadequate weapons and a minimal understanding of Korean culture and fighting methods.  They faced very difficult mountainous terrain, in either frigid or very hot weather against large numbers of well trained North Korean and Chinese soldiers.   American soldiers fought hard with great courage and tenacity and experienced a very high casualty rate.   This talk will look at major policy and strategic decisions, examine the tactics used by both sides, the tenuous relationship between President Truman and General MacArthur and evaluate the victories and defeats on both sides.

Presented by Dan Leclerc of History Talks. Dan taught history for 20 years in the Chelmsford, MA and Hingham, MA Public Schools, and was a senior administrator for 12 years and retired as Assistant Superintendent in the Ashland, MA Public Schools.  He holds a Masters Degree in History from Northeastern University specializing in Modern European and Early U.S. Colonial History and has made numerous trips to the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to sites in Germany, Russia and Israel.  He has presented to numerous historical societies and libraries and currrently teaches in the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes) at UMASS Boston and Tufts University, and Beacon Hill Seminars

    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are many spaces available.
Tuesday November 7, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Tuesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Tuesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen Tuesdays from October 31 through November 28. When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Tuesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday November 8, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Wednesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Wednesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen each Wednesday from November 1 through November 29.  When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Wednesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
 
office_pencil 6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Boxford Writers Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Writers group. If you can, bring copies of your writing so that other members can read and comment on your piece.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
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Thursday November 9, 2017 Go To Top
anim_rabbit 10:00 AM Tiny Bookworms Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Tiny Bookworms is our toddler storytime for kids under age 3, featuring books and songs with Cheryl Mallory. This session's events will happen Thursdays from November 9 through December 7 (except of course Thurs November 23, Thanksgiving Day.) When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session and can come to any or all of the others for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
       
Friday November 10, 2017 Go To Top
misc_chefshat 12:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Cookbook Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

What do you get when you cross a book club with a cooking group? A cookbook club, of course! This month we will get ready for holiday entertaining with Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handook. Call or sign up online to register and let us you know which recipe you have picked.

Everything about Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook has been considered to create a book that is easy to use. The size was chosen to comfortably fit in the hand, in the cookbook holder, or on the kitchen counter. Color photographs in the front of the book help cooks select which hors d'oeuvres to combine for their own parties; the cross-referenced recipes in the back have been tested in Martha's own kitchen and in the test kitchens of Martha Stewart Living; and two place-marking ribbons keep track of both picture and recipe. And every detail has been covered--tips on techniques and ingredients, serving ideas, menu suggestions, recipe variations, advice on party planning, and even a glossary of equipment, special ingredients, and supplies, with a guide to finding them. With its range of recipes, its wealth of ideas, its lavish photography, and its innovative format, Martha Stewart's Hors d'Oeuvres Handbook is simply the most instructive, inspirational, and indispensable guide to hors d'oeuvres ever compiled.

Supported by the Friends of the Boxford Library.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are many spaces available.
Tuesday November 14, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Tuesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Tuesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen Tuesdays from October 31 through November 28. When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Tuesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday November 15, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Wednesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Wednesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen each Wednesday from November 1 through November 29.  When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Wednesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
 
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Wednesday Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

This month we will be reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

Jiles delivers a taut, evocative story of post–Civil War Texas in this riveting drama of a redeemed captive of the Kiowa tribe. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower, earns his living traveling around, reading news stories to gatherings of townspeople. While reading in Wichita Falls one evening in the winter of 1870, he sees an old acquaintance. Britt Johnson, the main character in Jiles's The Color of Lightning, has just come through Indian Country with his crew. The men are returning a 10-year-old girl to her aunt and uncle in Castroville after she spent four years with the Kiowa. A free black man, Britt is reluctant to have a white child in his custody. He persuades the Captain to escort young Johanna on the remainder of the three-week journey. The Captain, who has grown daughters of his own, at first feels sorry for the girl. Johanna considers herself Kiowa; she chafes at wearing shoes and a dress, struggles to pronounce American words. Challenges and dangers confront the two during their journey, and they become attached. Jiles unfolds the stories of the Captain and Johanna, past and present, with the smooth assuredness of a burnished fireside tale, demonstrating that she is a master of the western. 

 No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Thursday November 16, 2017 Go To Top
anim_rabbit 10:00 AM Tiny Bookworms Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Tiny Bookworms is our toddler storytime for kids under age 3, featuring books and songs with Cheryl Mallory. This session's events will happen Thursdays from November 9 through December 7 (except of course Thurs November 23, Thanksgiving Day.) When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session and can come to any or all of the others for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
 
holiday_cornucopia 4:00 PM The Real Pocahontas For Kids Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 256 1207   jkennedy@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Kids ages 5 and up are invited to join actress Carole Finn-Weidman as she portrays Pocahontas. Using stories, props, and fun participation, Carole brings this historical person to life... she wasn't just a Disney character!  Learn while having fun. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. You may sign up for this event on or after November 1. 

    Location: Meeting Room 1, Town Hall/Boxford Town Library
Tuesday November 21, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Tuesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Tuesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen Tuesdays from October 31 through November 28. When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Tuesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
 
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Poetry Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carole Davis     marketupc@verizon.net
   
 

Ongoing Poetry Discussion Group meets the third Tuesday of the month. Contact Carole Davis for more details, marketupc@verizon.net

Wednesday November 22, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Wednesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Wednesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen each Wednesday from November 1 through November 29 (yes, including the day before Thanksgiving!)  When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Wednesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Tuesday November 28, 2017 Go To Top
lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Tuesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Tuesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen Tuesdays from October 31 through November 28. When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Tuesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday November 29, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM Wednesday Morning Book Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

This month our selection will be Swing TIme by Zadie Smith.

An ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty

Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.

But when Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance just like Tracey--the same twists, the same shakes--and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.

 

Copies will be available at the main desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
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lib_teddybear_reading 1:30 PM Wednesday Storytime Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Our Wednesday Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 - come for great books, puppets, and crafts! Storytimes for this session will happen each Wednesday from November 1 through November 29.  When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session, and can come to any or all of the other Wednesdays for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Thursday November 30, 2017 Go To Top
anim_rabbit 10:00 AM Tiny Bookworms Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Tiny Bookworms is our toddler storytime for kids under age 3, featuring books and songs with Cheryl Mallory. This session's events will happen Thursdays from November 9 through December 7 (except of course Thurs November 23, Thanksgiving Day.) When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session and can come to any or all of the others for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
 
misc_hammer 4:00 PM  -  5:15 PM Lego Club For Kids Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Come and build with us at our free Lego event for kids in grades K and up...  We provide a variety of Legos and a theme to build around, and you do the fun building! We will display your creations in the Library for a whole week. Our November theme is: Outer Space! 

Space is limited. You may register for this event on or after November 1.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
 
rec_chess_knight 6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Beginners Chess for All Ages Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Join teacher and Chess Expert Glenn Davison, for this fun class for all ages!  This class teaches you the fundamentals of chess as a strategy game that is the most popular game in the world. In one hour you will learn the basics of playing chess including:

  • Setting up the chess men

  • Using the pawns

  • Chess pieces and how they move to win

  • Special moves

  • Ten tips for playing a better game

  • How to win a game of chess in 4 moves

    Location: Boxford Town Library
        There are 48 spaces available.
Thursday December 7, 2017 Go To Top
anim_rabbit 10:00 AM Tiny Bookworms Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Josh Kennedy   978 887 7323   jkennedy@mvlc.org
   

Tiny Bookworms is our toddler storytime for kids under age 3, featuring books and songs with Cheryl Mallory. This session's events will happen Thursdays from November 9 through December 7 (except of course Thurs November 23, Thanksgiving Day.) When you register for one date, you are all set for the entire session and can come to any or all of the others for this session without registering again.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
 
misc_clouds 7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Guided Meditation Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Spend an hour BEING present. Take a break from your DOING and enjoy a complimentary guided meditation class. Experience inner peace and the healing energy of the meditation session. Come to relax, renew, and refresh!

This class, which meets October 5th, November 2nd, and December 7th, will be taught by Wendy Carlson, a Spiritual Life Coach and Shaman. She is passionate about offering guided meditation and energy healing techniques to support others in finding peace, harmony, and wellness in their lives. Wendy is a Boxford resident.

Registration is appreciated but not required and you do not have to attend all three meetings. 

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday December 13, 2017 Go To Top
office_pencil 6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Boxford Writers Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Everyone is welcome to join our monthly Writers group. If you can, bring copies of your writing so that other members can read and comment on your piece.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Thursday December 14, 2017 Go To Top
misc_chefshat 12:00 AM  -  1:00 PM Cookbook Club Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   978-887-7323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

What do you get when you cross a book group with a cooking club? A Cookbook Club, of course! 

Copies of the book will be available at the desk one month prior to our meeting. Please choose your recipe to bring in and share and let us know what it is when you register. New members are always welcome!

 

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Tuesday December 19, 2017 Go To Top
misc_none 7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Poetry Discussion Group Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Carole Davis     marketupc@verizon.net
   
 

Ongoing Poetry Discussion Group meets the third Tuesday of the month. Contact Carole Davis for more details, marketupc@verizon.net

Wednesday December 20, 2017 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Wednesday Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Our selection for December is The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve.

In October, 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires began near Bar Harbor and raced along the coast of Maine, ravaging two hundred thousand acres--the largest fire in Maine's history. In the southern part of the state, people were forced into the sea to escape the flames. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically trying to save their children. When dawn comes, they have miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. As Grace awaits news of her husband's fate, she is thrust into a new world in which she must make a life on her own, beginning with absolutely nothing--she must find work, a home, a way to provide for her children. In the midst of devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms--joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain--and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens, and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.

No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday January 17, 2018 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Wednesday Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Our choice this month is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

A new tour de force from the bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires, for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. PACHINKO follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday February 21, 2018 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Wednesday Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

This month we will be reading Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.

Stunning, wrenching and inspiring, the fourth novel by Canadian novelist Hill (Any Known Blood ) spans the life of Aminata Diallo, born in Bayo, West Africa, in 1745. The novel opens in 1802, as Aminata is wooed in London to the cause of British abolitionists, and begins reflecting on her life. Kidnapped at the age of 11 by British slavers, Aminata survives the Middle Passage and is reunited in South Carolina with Chekura, a boy from a village near hers. Her story gets entwined with his, and with those of her owners: nasty indigo producer Robinson Appleby and, later, Jewish duty inspector Solomon Lindo. During her long life of struggle, she does what she can to free herself and others from slavery, including learning to read and teaching others to, and befriending anyone who can help her, black or white. Hill handles the pacing and tension masterfully, particularly during the beginnings of the American revolution, when the British promise to free Blacks who fight for the British: Aminata's related, eventful travels to Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone follow. In depicting a woman who survives history's most trying conditions through force of intelligence and personality, Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force.

 

No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
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Wednesday March 21, 2018 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Wednesday Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

In March we will be discussing The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien.

The much-anticipated new novel from the literary world's master of storytelling, Edna O'Brien. A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal. Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All of that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed.Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution. But it is not until she confronts him-her nemesis-at the tribunal in the Hague, that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax.The Little Red Chairs is a story about love, and the endless search for it. It is also a story about mankind's fascination with evil and how long and crooked the road towards home is.

No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday April 18, 2018 Go To Top
lib_bookflipping 6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Wednesday Book Discussion Remind Me about this Event   Tell a Friend
    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

April's pick is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the tribal wars of Ghana to slavery and Civil War in America, from the coal mines in the north to the Great Migration to the streets of 20th century Harlem, Yaa Gyasi's has written a modern masterpiece, a novel that moves through histories and geographies and--with outstanding economy and force--captures the troubled spirit of our own nation.

 

No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday May 16, 2018 Go To Top
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    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

This month's choice is LaRose by Louise Erdrich.

Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence -- but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty. The youngest child of his friend and neighbor, Peter Ravich, Dusty was best friends with Landreaux's five-year-old son, LaRose. The two families have always been close, sharing food, clothing, and rides into town; their children played together despite going to different schools; and Landreaux's wife, Emmaline, is half sister to Dusty's mother, Nola. Horrified at what he's done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition -- the sweat lodge -- for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. "Our son will be your son now, " they tell them.

No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
Wednesday June 20, 2018 Go To Top
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    Contact: Beth Safford   9788877323   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
   

Our final choice before summer break is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart.

 

No Registration is necessary and new members are always welcome! Copies of the book will be available a month before our meeting at the circulation desk.

    Location: Boxford Town Library
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