Sunday April 21, 2019
Monday April 22, 2019
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Film Movement series

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.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday April 23, 2019
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop-in Tech Help

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

 
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Poetry Discussion Group
CONTACT: Marjorie Schoen  413-596-2187
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Marjorie Schoen
  413.596.2187
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

Red Badge of Courage

by Stephen Crane

Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice.

Reserve Book Here

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

Red Badge of Courage

by Stephen Crane

Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a "red badge of courage," to counteract his cowardice.

Reserve Book Here

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday April 29, 2019
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jilladele Pasteris Art Exhibit Takedown
CONTACT: Jilladele Pasteris  413-362-6713  jilladele.pasteris@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Jilladele Pasteris
  413.362.6713
  jilladele.pasteris@gmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday April 30, 2019
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop-in Tech Help

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Tuesday May 7, 2019
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

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.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

 
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop-in Tech Help

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ukrainian-Russian conflict

Gary Lefort, a professor from American International College, will present a program about the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.  Professor Lefort is a retired military officer who spent the last ten years of his career working for the Pentagon.  He is often called upon by the local media to offer his perspective on matters involving international relations and terrorism.  

Hope to see you there!

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are many spaces available.

Gary Lefort, a professor from American International College, will present a program about the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.  Professor Lefort is a retired military officer who spent the last ten years of his career working for the Pentagon.  He is often called upon by the local media to offer his perspective on matters involving international relations and terrorism.  

Hope to see you there!

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday May 8, 2019
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Genealogy Workshop Class #1

Genealogy (Class #1) - Introduction to Genealogy

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the first class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  This class will teach participants how to get started researching their families.  She will provide step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, and sample organizing papers as well.  She will talk about the best places to start looking for family records.  

Registration is required, as class size is limited.

Join us for this unique event!

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 14 spaces available.

Genealogy (Class #1) - Introduction to Genealogy

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the first class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  This class will teach participants how to get started researching their families.  She will provide step-by-step pedigree and family group sheets, and sample organizing papers as well.  She will talk about the best places to start looking for family records.  

Registration is required, as class size is limited.

Join us for this unique event!

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 14 spaces available.

Tuesday May 14, 2019
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Drop-in Tech Help

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Assistant Director Mary Bell and volunteers from Wilbraham Monson Academy will be on hand in the library to answer your tech questions! Sign up ahead of time for a 20-minute session or just drop in! We'll be happy to help you get started with email, add an image to Facebook, and more. What do you need to learn? Let us know!

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Wednesday May 15, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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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!

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Flight of Dreams cover
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!

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday May 20, 2019
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Poetry Discussion Group
CONTACT: Marjorie Schoen  413-596-2187
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Marjorie Schoen
  413.596.2187
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday May 27, 2019
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Closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday May 28, 2019
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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
There are many spaces available.

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

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday May 29, 2019
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Genealogy Workshop Class #2

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the second class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  This class will focus on census and vital records, the backbone of genealogical research.  She will talk about what these records are, how they have changed over time, and where they can be located.

Registration is required, as class size is limited. 

Join us for this unique event!

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the second class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  This class will focus on census and vital records, the backbone of genealogical research.  She will talk about what these records are, how they have changed over time, and where they can be located.

Registration is required, as class size is limited. 

Join us for this unique event!

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Tuesday June 4, 2019
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

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.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Armchair Travel Series - National Parks of the Colorado Plateau

Roughly centered on the Four Corners region of the Southwestern US, the Colorado Plateau is mainly composed of high desert lands that are home to ten National Parks. Our presenter Steve Farrar will recount stories of his travels in the area as he takes us on a tour of “Red Rock Country” that includes a wide variety of amazing natural images: from fantastic rock formations to the iconic Saguaro cactus, from expansive canyon vistas to soaring arches and tight slot canyons.

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are many spaces available.

Roughly centered on the Four Corners region of the Southwestern US, the Colorado Plateau is mainly composed of high desert lands that are home to ten National Parks. Our presenter Steve Farrar will recount stories of his travels in the area as he takes us on a tour of “Red Rock Country” that includes a wide variety of amazing natural images: from fantastic rock formations to the iconic Saguaro cactus, from expansive canyon vistas to soaring arches and tight slot canyons.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday June 5, 2019
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Genealogy Workshop Class #3

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the third class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  In this class, the focus will be on immigration, naturalization, and migration.  She will talk about how to locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and rules over time.  

Registration is required, as class size is limited.

Please join us for this unique event!

 

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the third class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  In this class, the focus will be on immigration, naturalization, and migration.  She will talk about how to locate and understand passenger lists, immigration and naturalization documents, and rules over time.  

Registration is required, as class size is limited.

Please join us for this unique event!

 

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Monday June 10, 2019
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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 many years ago, but which remain painfully relevant today.  Come and meet this celebrated author.

Registration is required, as space will be limited.  

 

 

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 13 spaces available.

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 many years ago, but which remain painfully relevant today.  Come and meet this celebrated author.

Registration is required, as space will be limited.  

 

 

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 13 spaces available.

Wednesday June 12, 2019
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Genealogy Workshop Class #4

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the fouth class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  This class will focus on digging deeper into unique documents, including military records, land records, wills and probate data.  The class will also include an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

Registration is required, as space is limited.

Join us for this unique event!

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Hillary Schau, a local genealogical researcher and speaker, will present the fouth class of a four part series that is being held at the library.  This class will focus on digging deeper into unique documents, including military records, land records, wills and probate data.  The class will also include an overview of DNA, the newest tool for genealogy.

Registration is required, as space is limited.

Join us for this unique event!

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 15 spaces available.

Monday June 17, 2019
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Volunteer Training

Teens or adults interested in volunteering, come to a training and get a crash course in shelving!

Please fill out a Volunteer Form prior to coming - we will not be able to schedule you for a one-hour shift until after a CORI check has been completed.

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are many spaces available.

Teens or adults interested in volunteering, come to a training and get a crash course in shelving!

Please fill out a Volunteer Form prior to coming - we will not be able to schedule you for a one-hour shift until after a CORI check has been completed.

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday June 19, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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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!

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

The Radium Girls cover
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!

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday June 24, 2019
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Film Movement series

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.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday June 25, 2019
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Paint Sip Fun

A canvas to PAINT plus a drink to SIP equals a whole lot of FUN!  Erin Leigh will be here to guide the group through an evening of painting.  Beginners are welcome; no experience is required and everyone will leave with their own picture.  There is no charge to attend and all supplies will be provided.

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

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 22 spaces available.

A canvas to PAINT plus a drink to SIP equals a whole lot of FUN!  Erin Leigh will be here to guide the group through an evening of painting.  Beginners are welcome; no experience is required and everyone will leave with their own picture.  There is no charge to attend and all supplies will be provided.

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

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 22 spaces available.

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday July 2, 2019
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Thursday July 4, 2019
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Closed for the Fourth of July
Tuesday July 9, 2019
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Armchair Travel Series - National Parks of Alaska

In the second presentation of our National Parks series, we will learn the geography of Alaska as we visit all eight of the state’s parks. Adventurer Steve Farrar will combine a visual tour with insights into the geology, wildlife, history, and climate of the region in the course of showing us what a trip to each of the great parks can look like.

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are many spaces available.

In the second presentation of our National Parks series, we will learn the geography of Alaska as we visit all eight of the state’s parks. Adventurer Steve Farrar will combine a visual tour with insights into the geology, wildlife, history, and climate of the region in the course of showing us what a trip to each of the great parks can look like.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are many spaces available.

Tuesday July 16, 2019
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Too Human - Jazz Standards for the American Songbook

Haling from Indian Orchard, Too Human will be back to offer some great singing and entertainment.  Ellen and Roger are both professional song writers who harmonize with a wonderful sound.  Come and listen to these amazing local talents.  

"Too Human offers up some of the best darn songs you have ever heard, played with a depth of soul you rarely hear."  Dave Fishken, host - Sit 'N Bull Concert Series.

"Too Human was a delight....Their performance was wonderful and the audience loved them."  Jane Clark, Program Coordinator, Ossining Library, Ossining New York.

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are many spaces available.

Haling from Indian Orchard, Too Human will be back to offer some great singing and entertainment.  Ellen and Roger are both professional song writers who harmonize with a wonderful sound.  Come and listen to these amazing local talents.  

"Too Human offers up some of the best darn songs you have ever heard, played with a depth of soul you rarely hear."  Dave Fishken, host - Sit 'N Bull Concert Series.

"Too Human was a delight....Their performance was wonderful and the audience loved them."  Jane Clark, Program Coordinator, Ossining Library, Ossining New York.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday July 17, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Sea Glass cover
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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday July 30, 2019
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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
There are 25 spaces available.

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

There are 25 spaces available.

Wednesday July 31, 2019
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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!

"Our patrons are constantly asking when we will have Julie back at the Farmington Libraries to share the joys of the ukulele! Her gentle and warm approach disarms even the most hesitant learners. She is also remarkably flexible, teaching anyone from age 3 to 93, in large or small groups. I highly recommend Julie, she is a pleasure to work with." Leah Farrell, MLIS, Community Services and Media Coordinator, Farmington Libraries, Farmington CT 

(Space is limited; preregistration is required.)

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 25 spaces available.

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!

"Our patrons are constantly asking when we will have Julie back at the Farmington Libraries to share the joys of the ukulele! Her gentle and warm approach disarms even the most hesitant learners. She is also remarkably flexible, teaching anyone from age 3 to 93, in large or small groups. I highly recommend Julie, she is a pleasure to work with." Leah Farrell, MLIS, Community Services and Media Coordinator, Farmington Libraries, Farmington CT 

(Space is limited; preregistration is required.)

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 25 spaces available.

Tuesday August 6, 2019
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Armchair Travel Series - National Parks of the East Coast

Not all visits to National Parks require New Englanders to make extensive travel plans – in this edition of our National Parks Series, our tour guide Steve Farrar will take us to eight East Coast stretching from Maine to the Virgin Islands. Whether arranging for a day trip or planning a long weekend, you will learn how exciting and accessible these parks are – from the most-visited to some relatively unknown destinations.

LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are many spaces available.

Not all visits to National Parks require New Englanders to make extensive travel plans – in this edition of our National Parks Series, our tour guide Steve Farrar will take us to eight East Coast stretching from Maine to the Virgin Islands. Whether arranging for a day trip or planning a long weekend, you will learn how exciting and accessible these parks are – from the most-visited to some relatively unknown destinations.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are many spaces available.

Wednesday August 21, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

The Underground Railroad cover
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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday September 2, 2019
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Closed for the Labor Day
Wednesday September 4, 2019
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Room Booked

September is National Preparedness Month, and Kathy Harrison will be here to offer instruction about being prepared for emergencies.  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday September 10, 2019
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Room Booked
Thursday September 12, 2019
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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Intro to Ancestry Library Edition
CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday September 18, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Educated cover
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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday September 24, 2019
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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 Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, by Christopher Kimball.  Copies of the book will be available at the Front Desk.  Pick a recipe and let us know what you are bringing by Tuesday, September 18th 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

Contact Caroline Welch (413-596-6141)

cwelch@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Reserve book here

We're reading and cooking from Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, by Christopher Kimball.  Copies of the book will be available at the Front Desk.  Pick a recipe and let us know what you are bringing by Tuesday, September 18th 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 September 25, 2019
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday October 1, 2019
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

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

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

CONTACT: Karen Demers
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

 
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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Introduction to the Local History section

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

This week, we'll have a brief introduction to what materials we collect for our collection, and what types of questions we can answer. Learn about the Minnechaug yearbooks, town vital statistics, histories of Wilbraham, the photographic collections, and more!

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 8 spaces available.

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

This week, we'll have a brief introduction to what materials we collect for our collection, and what types of questions we can answer. Learn about the Minnechaug yearbooks, town vital statistics, histories of Wilbraham, the photographic collections, and more!

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 8 spaces available.

Tuesday October 8, 2019
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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

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

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Friday October 11, 2019
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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Using Local History for Genealogy

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

This week, we're focusing on genealogy. We'll take a person who lived in town and discover ways we can find out more about their life using the Local History materials.

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 8 spaces available.

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

This week, we're focusing on genealogy. We'll take a person who lived in town and discover ways we can find out more about their life using the Local History materials.

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 8 spaces available.

Monday October 14, 2019
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Closed for the Columbus Day
Wednesday October 16, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Lucky Boy cover
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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Friday October 18, 2019
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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Local History Historic House Research

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

This week, learn about historic houses. We will research an address and see what we can discover about its architecture and the people who lived there in the past.

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 8 spaces available.

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

This week, learn about historic houses. We will research an address and see what we can discover about its architecture and the people who lived there in the past.

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 8 spaces available.

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Friday October 25, 2019
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3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Mapping places with Local History

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

In our final Local History series, learn how to research places in town using our maps, photographs and written histories of Wilbraham.

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 8 spaces available.

Ever wondered what we keep in the Local History cabinets? Join Assistant Director Mary Bell for a series of programs designed to get you familiar with the most commonly used materials for researching Wilbraham history.

In our final Local History series, learn how to research places in town using our maps, photographs and written histories of Wilbraham.

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 8 spaces available.

Tuesday November 5, 2019
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday November 11, 2019
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Closed for the Veterans Day
Wednesday November 20, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Hillbilly Elegy cover
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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday November 26, 2019
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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
There are 25 spaces available.

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

There are 25 spaces available.

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Thursday November 28, 2019
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Closed for the Thanksgiving
Tuesday December 3, 2019
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9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Wilbraham Garden Club
CONTACT: Christine Scibelli  413-596-3355  cjscibelli@hotmail.com
CONTACT:
  Christine Scibelli
  413.596.3355
  cjscibelli@hotmail.com

 
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch Discussion Group

Lost for Words Bookshop
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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT: Karen Demers  413-596-6141  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Lost for Words Bookshop
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.
Click here to reserve the book.

CONTACT:
  Karen Demers
  413.596.6141
  karendemers@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

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

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Contact Jessica Magill (#603-969-3207)

jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday December 18, 2019
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

A House Among the Trees cover
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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

A House Among the Trees cover
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.

Request the book.

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

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday December 24, 2019
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Closing early for Christmas Eve
Wednesday December 25, 2019
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Closed for Christmas Day
Wednesday January 1, 2020
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Closed, New Year's Day
Monday January 20, 2020
Monday February 17, 2020
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Closed, Presidents Day
Monday April 20, 2020
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Closed, Patriotts Day
Monday May 25, 2020
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Closed, Memorial Day
Friday July 3, 2020
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Closed, Fourth of July Holiday (observed)
Monday September 7, 2020
Monday October 12, 2020
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Closed, Columbus Day
Wednesday November 11, 2020
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Closed, Veterans Day
Thursday November 26, 2020
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Closed, Thanksgiving
Friday December 25, 2020

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