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Sunday January 20, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:30 PM World of the Harmonica--Postponed  
   

Bob Hennessy's "World of the Harmonica" is being rescheduled due to concerns about the weather of Sunday.  We will work with the performer to come up with a new date.  Check back with us!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday January 23, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill  (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.

Reserve book here

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday January 28, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Film Movement series  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   
   

Breathe
Breathe
France, 91 min.
A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, Breathe, the sophomore directorial effort from Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners), is an assured adaptation of the sensational French young adult novel of the same name. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay her much attention. School holds no surprises either, and Charlie grows tired of her staid friends. Enter Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a confident and charismatic new transfer student who brings with her an alluring air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, and through shared secrets, love interests and holiday getaways their relationship deepens to levels of unspoken intimacy. But with this intimacy comes jealousy and unrealistic expectations, and soon the teens find themselves on a dangerous trajectory toward an inevitable and unforeseen collapse.
The monthly series of foreign and independent films is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. films are not rated by the MPAA and are intended for a mature audience. Admission is free, popcorn is served, and a discussion follows the screening.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday January 29, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Cookbook Club  
   

Contact Caroline Welch (#413-596-6141)

cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Reserve book here

We're reading and cooking from the Moosewood Restaurant table, by the Moosewood Collective.  Copies of the book will be available at the Front Desk.  Pick a recipe and let us know what you are bringing by Saturday, January 26th so we do not duplicate recipes.  Signup is required.

The Cookbook Club meets every other month on the last Tuesday of the month.  Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday January 30, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM 15 - Minute Meals  
   

Chef Liz Barbour will demonstrate how to prepare home-cooked meals in 15 minutes!

Liz Barbour has been cooking professionally in the Boston area since 1992 and started The Creative Feast in 2004.  Liz's cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cook's Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine. In 2017 Liz published her first cookbook “Beautifully Delicious: Cooking with Herbs & Edible Flowers”.

Signup is required.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday February 5, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Before We Were Yours
Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

A tale inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society follows the efforts of a Baltimore assistant D.A. to uncover her parents' fateful secrets in the wake of a political attack and a chance encounter with a stranger.
The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
Click here to reserve the book.

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday February 6, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday February 11, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM History of Friendly's  
   

Friendly's very own historian, Rose Slate, will be here to tell us all about the organization's history.  Founded in 1935 in Springfield, the Blake brothers named their first ice cream shoppe "Friendly" because they wanted it to be a place where families could make memories.  Today the tradition continues; Friendly's continues to produce quality ice cream and to offer a gathering place for families and friends.  Come and find out about this local aspect of Wilbraham's history, and enjoy a surprise treat too!  

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday February 13, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room

Sunday February 17, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:15 PM Tea and Fine Chocolate  
   

Kim Larkin, a licensed chocolatier, will present a fun and educational program highlighting the history and health benefits of tea and dark chocolate. She will share how to brew tea properly, the tenants of the tea ceremony. And she will provide some wonderful samples for all to enjoy.

Registration in required, as space is limited.  Hope to see you there!

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday February 18, 2019
     Closed for Presidents Day  
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Poetry Discussion Group  
    Contact: Marjorie Schoen   413-596-2187   
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday February 20, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday February 25, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Film Movement series  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   
   

Wondrous Boccaccio
Wondrous Boccaccio
Italy, 120 min.
Set against the backdrop of a 14th century, black plague-stricken Florence, ten young men and women escape to a country estate where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate, and resurrection. From legendary Italian filmmaking brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, directors of the Palme d'Or winning Fiorile and Golden Bear award-winning Caesar Must Die, Wondrous Boccaccio is a visual and poetic tribute to the stories that emerged from one of the darkest periods in Italian history, and the imaginations that quietly fueled them.
The monthly series of foreign and independent films is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. films are not rated by the MPAA and are intended for a mature audience. Admission is free, popcorn is served, and a discussion follows the screening.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday February 26, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  9:00 PM FOL Irish Night  
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday February 27, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in mid-nineteenth-century New England.

Reserve book

    Location: Brooks Room

Sunday March 3, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Essential Oils  
   

Jessica Petit will be here to do a workshop on essential oils.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday March 5, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Digging to America
Digging to America, by Anne Tyler

A chance encounter between two families--the Donaldsons, and the Iranian-born Yasdans--at the Baltimore airport, as both couples await the arrival of an adopted daughter from Korea, prompts an examination about what it means to be an American while the lives of the two families intertwine over the years.
The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
Click here to reserve the book.

    Location: Brooks Room
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Author E. J. Fleming, Death of an Altar Boy  
   

Local author, E. J. Fleming, will present a program based on his book, "Death of an Altar Boy".  His book has been well received, particularly by members of our local community.  It describes events which transpired in Springfield over 20 years ago, but which remain painfully relevant today.  Come and meet this celebrated author!  

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday March 6, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday March 13, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday March 18, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Poetry Discussion Group  
    Contact: Marjorie Schoen   413-596-2187   
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday March 20, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks

Eighteen-year-old Anna Frith tells the story of her remote English village, Eyam, which was infected by the plague in 1666 and where, persuaded by their vicar, the townspeople decided to quarantine themselves.

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday March 25, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Film Movement series  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   
   

Glassland
Glassland
Ireland, 93 min.
John (Jack Reynor) lives with his mother, Jean (Toni Collette), in a social housing suburb and ekes out a meager living as a nocturnal taxi driver. John returns home one morning to find his mother unconscious from an alcohol overdose; however this was not the first time. Jean violently rejects John's attempts to help as well as his intentions to unite the family. When Jean is offered an opportunity to recover, and with no savings or insurance, John is forced to offer his services to a petty criminal to help pay for his mother's costly rehab program. John is subsequently faced with a life-changing task that may change him and his family's lives forever.
The monthly series of foreign and independent films is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. films are not rated by the MPAA and are intended for a mature audience. Admission is free, popcorn is served, and a discussion follows the screening.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday March 26, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Cookbook Club  
   

Contact Caroline Welch (413-596-6141)

cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Reserve book here

We're reading and cooking from the new cast iron skillet cookboook, by Ellen Brown.  Copies of the book will be available at the Front Desk.  Pick a recipe and let us know what you are bringing by Tuesday, March 19th so we do not duplicate recipes.  Signup is required.

Location: Brooks Room

The Cookbook Club meets every other month on the last Tuesday of the month.  Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday March 27, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday April 1, 2019 -  Tuesday April 30, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Exhibit tbd  
    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday April 2, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng

When a custody battle divides her placid town, straitlaced family woman Elena Richardson finds herself pitted against her enigmatic tenant and becomes obsessed with exposing her past, only to trigger devastating consequences for both families.
The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
Click here to reserve the book.

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday April 3, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room

Friday April 5, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Staff Development Training  
    Contact: Karen Demers     
   

The library will open at noon so that staff may attend a training.

    Location: Brooks Room

Saturday April 6, 2019
   10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Room Booked  
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday April 10, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room

Saturday April 13, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  10:30 AM Volunteer Appreciate Breakfast  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
    Location: Brooks Room

Sunday April 14, 2019
   2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Local History of Baseball  
   

Stephen Katz will discuss the local history of baseball.

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday April 15, 2019
     Closed for Patriots Day  
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Poetry Discussion Group  
    Contact: Marjorie Schoen   413-596-2187   
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday April 17, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Evicted, by Matthew Desmond

[The author] takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the 20 dollars a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, "Love don't pay the bills." She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas. Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today.

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Sunday April 21, 2019
     Closed for Easter  

Monday April 22, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Film Movement series  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   
   

Theeb
Theeb
Jordan, UK, UAE, Qatar, 100 min.
Nominated for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb ("Wolf") in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers' quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Naji Abu Nowar's powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous "Bedouin Western" about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him.
The monthly series of foreign and independent films is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. films are not rated by the MPAA and are intended for a mature audience. Admission is free, popcorn is served, and a discussion follows the screening.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday April 23, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Learning Differences  
   

Judith Epstein will present a program about childrens' learning differences.  

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday April 24, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:30 PM Great Decisions  
    Contact: Bernard Davidow   413-596-6141   bdavidow@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs including reading from the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting weekly to discuss critical global issues facing America today.

Marjorie Schoen and other volunteers facilitate. In the event of a snow date, we will bump the discussion to the following week and extend the meetings accordingly. For more information, please visit the Great Decisions website.

    Location: Brooks Room
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday April 29, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Jilladele Pasteris Art Exhibit Takedown  
    Contact: Jilladele Pasteris   413-362-6713   jilladele.pasteris@gmail.com
    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday May 7, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Piece of the World
Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kleine

Imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World," describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.
The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
Click here to reserve the book.

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday May 8, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Genealogy Workshop  
   

A wonderful genealogy workshop will be taking place in four sessions.  Join us for this unique event!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday May 15, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Flight of Dreams, by Ariel Lawhon

With everyone onboard harboring dark secrets and at least one person determined to make sure the airship doesn't make the return trip, Flight of Dreams gives an utterly suspenseful, heart-wrenching explanation for one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century. [The passengers on the Hindenberg] know more than they initially let on, and as the novel moves inexorably toward its tragic climax, the question of which of the passengers will survive the trip infuses every scene with a deliciously unbearable tension.

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday May 20, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Poetry Discussion Group  
    Contact: Marjorie Schoen   413-596-2187   
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday May 22, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday May 27, 2019
     Closed for Memorial Day  

Tuesday May 28, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Cookbook Club  
   

Contact Caroline Welch (413-596-6141)

cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Reserve book here

We're reading and cooking from Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, by Maricel E. Presilla.  Copies of the book will be available at the Front Desk.  Pick a recipe and let us know what you are bringing by Tuesday, May 21st so we do not duplicate recipes.  Signup is required.

The Cookbook Club meets every other month on the last Tuesday of the month.  Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday May 29, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Genealogy Workshop  
   

A wonderful genealogy workshop will be taking place in four sessions.  Join us for this unique event!

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday June 4, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Wedding in December
Wedding in December, by Anita Shreve

Gathering to attend a wedding in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, seven former classmates find the reunion marked by the death of a spouse, a traumatic past event, a shocking secret, and health issues.
The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
Click here to reserve the book.

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday June 5, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Genealogy Workshop  
   

A wonderful genealogy workshop will be taking place in four sessions.  Join us for this unique event!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday June 12, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Genealogy Workshop  
   

A wonderful genealogy workshop will be taking place in four sessions.  Join us for this unique event!

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday June 17, 2019
   4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM Volunteer Training  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday June 19, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore

As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive--until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights. The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday June 24, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM Film Movement series  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   
   

Sea Fog
Sea Fog
South Korea, 111 min.
Kang, a long time captain of the Junjin, is disheartened to learn that his ship has been sold by its owner, leaving Kang's entire crew in danger of losing their livelihood. Swallowing his pride, Kang pays a visit to Yeo, a human trafficking broker, and decides to take on the dangerous job of smuggling illegal migrants into South Korea. When the Junjin arrives at the pickup point, a violent storm forces the boat to stall in the open waters, inevitably pitting Kang's crew against the migrants. As tension and unrest spread throughout the Junjin, a dense sea fog envelops the boat, and tragedy unfolds in the mysterious depths of the fog...
The monthly series of foreign and independent films is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. films are not rated by the MPAA and are intended for a mature audience. Admission is free, popcorn is served, and a discussion follows the screening.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday June 25, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM Room Booked  
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday June 26, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday July 2, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Sing, Unburied Sing
Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jessamyn Ward

Living with his grandparents and sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his mother's addictions and his grandmother's cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.
The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
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    Location: Brooks Room

Thursday July 4, 2019
     Closed for the Fourth of July  

Tuesday July 16, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Too Human  
   

Too Human Concert!  

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday July 17, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve

Honora and Sexton Beecher find their lives forever changed when they are rendered virtually penniless by the crash of the stock market, forcing Sexton to work in a nearby mill, a job that is plagued by violence, and as they try to reconstruct their marriage and home, they are confronted by passions of every kind.

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This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday July 24, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday July 30, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Cookbook Club  
   

Contact Caroline Welch (413-596-6141)

cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

We're reading and cooking from Saladish, by Ilene Rosen.  Copies of the book will be available at the Front Desk.  Pick a recipe and let us know what you are bringing by Tuesday, July 23rd so we do not duplicate recipes.  Signup is required.

The Cookbook Club meets every other month on the last Tuesday of the month.  Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday July 31, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Learn to Play the Ukulele  
   

Julie Stepanek is back to teach some new chords and new songs!  With an upbeat personality and loads of musical talent, Julie will have the whole group strumming on the ukulele in no time at all.  Beginners to advanced ukulele players are welcome.  Please join us for this fun, unique and interactive event!

(Space is limited; preregistration is required.)

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday August 6, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Sleepwalker
Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian

When a sleepwalker who has experienced episodes of near violence while unconscious goes missing, her eldest daughter, Lianna, finds herself drawn to a lead detective who seems to know more than he is revealing.
The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
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    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday August 21, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

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This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday August 28, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday September 2, 2019
     Closed for the Labor Day  

Tuesday September 10, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Girl in Disquise
Girl in Disguise, by Greer MacAllister

Going undercover to infiltrate the seedy side of mid-nineteenth-century Chicago, Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective, assumes a range of sophisticated identities to track down evildoers and bring them to justice. The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
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    Location: Brooks Room
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Room Booked  
    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday September 18, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

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This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday September 24, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Cookbook Club  
   

Contact Caroline Welch (413-596-6141)

cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

The Cookbook Club meets every other month on the last Tuesday of the month.  Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday September 25, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday October 1, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Japanese Lover
Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende

In 1939 San Francisco, Alma falls in love with Ichimei, the gardener's son, who is sent to an internment camp, but although they reunite, they must hide their love, until in old age her caregiver and her grandson learn about their secret passion. The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
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    Location: Brooks Room

Friday October 4, 2019
   9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Staff Development Training  
    Contact: Karen Demers     
   

The library will open at noon so that staff may attend a training.

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday October 8, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Painting  
   

Greg Maichack will be back to teach a two hour workshop on pastel painting.

    Location: Brooks Room

Monday October 14, 2019
     Closed for the Columbus Day  

Wednesday October 16, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Lucky Boy, by Shanthi Sekaran

A heart-wrenching novel that gives voice to two mothers: a young undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife whose love for one lucky boy will bind their fates together Solimar Castro-Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth. Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents' chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya's mid-thirties.

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This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday October 23, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday November 5, 2019
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

Marriage of Opposites
Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths, and her deep, life-long friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business. When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome, much younger nephew, Fréderick, arrives from France to settle the estate, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become one of the greatest artists of France. The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
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    Location: Brooks Room

Monday November 11, 2019
     Closed for the Veterans Day  

Wednesday November 20, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J.D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance's grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America.

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This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday November 26, 2019
   6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM Cookbook Club  
   

Contact Caroline Welch (413-596-6141)

cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

The Cookbook Club meets every other month on the last Tuesday of the month.  Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday November 27, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Thursday November 28, 2019
     Closed for the Thanksgiving  

Tuesday December 3, 2019
   9:30 AM  -  12:00 PM Wilbraham Garden Club  
    Contact: Christine Scibelli   413-596-3355   cjscibelli@hotmail.com
   12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM Booked for Lunch Discussion Group  
    Contact: Karen Demers   413-596-6141   karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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Lost for Words Bookshop, by Stephanie Bulland

A secretly heartbroken woman who prefers books to people finds her world upended by the arrivals of a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries that reveal that someone has found out about her mysterious past. The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director, Karen Demers. New members are always welcome.
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    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday December 11, 2019
   6:30 PM  -  8:00 PM Classics Book Club  
   

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

    Location: Brooks Room

Wednesday December 18, 2019
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Evening Book Discussion  
    Contact: Mary Bell   413-596-6141   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
   

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A House Among the Trees, by Julia Glass

When the revered children's book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will. Tommy knew Morty for more than four decades, since meeting him in a Manhattan playground when she was twelve and he was working on sketches for the book that would make him a star. By the end of his increasingly reclusive life, she found herself living in his house as confidante and helpmeet, witness not just to his daily routines but to the emotional fallout of his strange boyhood and his volatile relationship with a lover who died of AIDS. Now Tommy must try to honor Morty's last wishes while grappling with their effects on several people, including Dani Daulair, her estranged brother; Meredith Galarza, the lonely, outraged museum curator to whom Lear once promised his artistic estate; and Nicholas Greene, the beguiling British actor cast to play Mort Lear in a movie.

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This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Location: Brooks Room

Tuesday December 24, 2019
     Closing early for Christmas Eve  

Wednesday December 25, 2019
     Closed for Christmas Day  

Wednesday January 1, 2020
     Closed, New Year's Day  

Monday January 20, 2020
     Closed, MLK Day  

Monday February 17, 2020
     Closed, Presidents Day  

Monday April 20, 2020
     Closed, Patriotts Day  

Monday May 25, 2020
     Closed, Memorial Day  

Friday July 3, 2020
     Closed, Fourth of July Holiday (observed)  

Monday September 7, 2020
     Closed, Labor Day  

Monday October 12, 2020
     Closed, Columbus Day  

Wednesday November 11, 2020
     Closed, Veterans Day  

Thursday November 26, 2020
     Closed, Thanksgiving  

Friday December 25, 2020
     Closed, Christmas  

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