Saturday April 13, 2024
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Tuesday April 16, 2024
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual: A Brief History of the Coast Guard with Captain Greg Ketchen (Retired)

Massachusetts is the birthplace of the Coast Guard. America’s oldest seagoing service has an exceptionally rich history and those who have served in the Coast Guard here in Massachusetts have made significant contributions to that history. The U.S. Lighthouse Establishment, U.S. Lifesaving Service, Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service were all predecessors to today’s modern Coast Guard. From the Departments of Treasury, Transportation to Homeland Security, this federal service has evolved into an organization with dozens of missions, some of which may surprise. Most are aware of the role of Coast Guard men and women as first responders, law enforcement officers and boating safety experts but few know that some are oceanographers, combat veterans, arctic explorers and even astronauts.

Greg Ketchen is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain living in Osterville, MA.   He is a volunteer at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum located in Barnstable’s Old Customs House and has served as its president for the past six years.   Before moving to the Cape thirteen years ago, Greg’s career included providing support to Massachusetts’ commercial ports as a development consultant, heading operations at the New England Aquarium, and filling a wide variety of Coast Guard jobs. These included performing duties at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, completing assignments as chief oceanographer for the International Ice Patrol and on the faculty of the Coast Guard Academy, and serving as commander of Coast Guard Group Boston and a NATO station in Italy.   He has completed graduate studies in both Physical Oceanography and Business Administration.  He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics related to Coast Guard missions and history. 

The Coast Guard Heritage Museum occupies the historic 1856 U.S. Custom House in Barnstable Village on a campus that also includes the oldest surviving wooden jail in the United States (circa 1695) and an operating village blacksmith shop.  The museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the Coast Guard’s rich history.   

 

This virtual event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library and a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

Click here to register for this virtual Zoom program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  4135966141  elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Massachusetts is the birthplace of the Coast Guard. America’s oldest seagoing service has an exceptionally rich history and those who have served in the Coast Guard here in Massachusetts have made significant contributions to that history. The U.S. Lighthouse Establishment, U.S. Lifesaving Service, Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service were all predecessors to today’s modern Coast Guard. From the Departments of Treasury, Transportation to Homeland Security, this federal service has evolved into an organization with dozens of missions, some of which may surprise. Most are aware of the role of Coast Guard men and women as first responders, law enforcement officers and boating safety experts but few know that some are oceanographers, combat veterans, arctic explorers and even astronauts.

Greg Ketchen is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain living in Osterville, MA.   He is a volunteer at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum located in Barnstable’s Old Customs House and has served as its president for the past six years.   Before moving to the Cape thirteen years ago, Greg’s career included providing support to Massachusetts’ commercial ports as a development consultant, heading operations at the New England Aquarium, and filling a wide variety of Coast Guard jobs. These included performing duties at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, completing assignments as chief oceanographer for the International Ice Patrol and on the faculty of the Coast Guard Academy, and serving as commander of Coast Guard Group Boston and a NATO station in Italy.   He has completed graduate studies in both Physical Oceanography and Business Administration.  He is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics related to Coast Guard missions and history. 

The Coast Guard Heritage Museum occupies the historic 1856 U.S. Custom House in Barnstable Village on a campus that also includes the oldest surviving wooden jail in the United States (circa 1695) and an operating village blacksmith shop.  The museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the Coast Guard’s rich history.   

 

This virtual event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library and a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

Click here to register for this virtual Zoom program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  4135966141
   elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Wednesday April 17, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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The wind knows my name by Isabel Allende

Traces the ripple effects of war and immigration on two children - 5-year-old Samuel, whose mother puts him on a Kindertransport train out of Nazi-occupied Austria to England in 1938, and 7-year-old Anita, who boards another train eight decades later to the U.S., where she's separated from her mother.

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

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The wind knows my name by Isabel Allende

Traces the ripple effects of war and immigration on two children - 5-year-old Samuel, whose mother puts him on a Kindertransport train out of Nazi-occupied Austria to England in 1938, and 7-year-old Anita, who boards another train eight decades later to the U.S., where she's separated from her mother.

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

 
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8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: A Literary Examination of Power, Love, & Art with Xochitl Gonzalez

We cannot wait for you to join us as we chat with award-winning and bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last. 

Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is left behind in the rarefied world of the elite. In 1985. Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City; her tragic death is the talk of the town. Until it isn’t. By 1998 Anita’s name had been all but forgotten―certainly by the time Raquel, a third-year art history student was preparing her final thesis. On College Hill, surrounded by privileged students whose futures are already paved out for them, Raquel feels like an outsider. Students of color, like her, are the minority there, and the pressure to work twice as hard for the same opportunities is no secret. But when Raquel becomes romantically involved with a well-connected older art student, she finds herself unexpectedly rising up the social ranks. As she attempts to straddle both worlds, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, raising questions about the dynamics of her own relationship, which eerily mirrors that of the forgotten artist.

Moving back and forth through time and told from the perspectives of both Anita and Raquel, this is sure a novel (and a conversation) that you don’t want to miss. 

About the Author: Xochitl Gonzalez is the New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming. Named Best of 2022 by The New York Times, TIMEKirkusWashington Post, and NPROlga Dies Dreaming was the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize in Fiction and the New York City Book Award. Gonzalez is a 2021 MFA graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her nonfiction work has been published in Elle DecorAllure, VogueReal Simple, and The Cut. Her commentary writing for The Atlantic was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A native Brooklynite and proud public school graduate, Gonzalez holds a BA from Brown University and lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

We cannot wait for you to join us as we chat with award-winning and bestselling author Xochitl Gonzalez about her newest novel Anita de Monte Laughs Last. 

Anita de Monte Laughs Last is a propulsive, witty examination of power, love, and art, daring to ask who gets to be remembered and who is left behind in the rarefied world of the elite. In 1985. Anita de Monte, a rising star in the art world, is found dead in New York City; her tragic death is the talk of the town. Until it isn’t. By 1998 Anita’s name had been all but forgotten―certainly by the time Raquel, a third-year art history student was preparing her final thesis. On College Hill, surrounded by privileged students whose futures are already paved out for them, Raquel feels like an outsider. Students of color, like her, are the minority there, and the pressure to work twice as hard for the same opportunities is no secret. But when Raquel becomes romantically involved with a well-connected older art student, she finds herself unexpectedly rising up the social ranks. As she attempts to straddle both worlds, she stumbles upon Anita’s story, raising questions about the dynamics of her own relationship, which eerily mirrors that of the forgotten artist.

Moving back and forth through time and told from the perspectives of both Anita and Raquel, this is sure a novel (and a conversation) that you don’t want to miss. 

About the Author: Xochitl Gonzalez is the New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming. Named Best of 2022 by The New York Times, TIMEKirkusWashington Post, and NPROlga Dies Dreaming was the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize in Fiction and the New York City Book Award. Gonzalez is a 2021 MFA graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her nonfiction work has been published in Elle DecorAllure, VogueReal Simple, and The Cut. Her commentary writing for The Atlantic was recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A native Brooklynite and proud public school graduate, Gonzalez holds a BA from Brown University and lives in her hometown of Brooklyn with her dog, Hectah Lavoe.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

Thursday April 18, 2024
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5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Intro to Ancestry Library Edition

Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in our hands-on program after library hours! After a short presentation in the Brooks Room, come into the library and use Ancestry to research your family history. Appropriate for beginners and advanced genealogists.

Registration is required as space is limited.

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
There are 5 spaces available.

Learn how to use Ancestry Library Edition in our hands-on program after library hours! After a short presentation in the Brooks Room, come into the library and use Ancestry to research your family history. Appropriate for beginners and advanced genealogists.

Registration is required as space is limited.

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

There are 5 spaces available.

Friday April 19, 2024
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2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Adult Craft: Diamond Painting Coaster

Did you miss your chance to make a coaster in February? Join us for another relaxing round of diamond painting in the Brooks Room. Choose from several adhesive designs to apply gems and create a fruit or mandala themed coaster. This is an ideal project for beginners interested in trying diamond painting for the first time. Estimated time to complete this project is 1.5 hours or less. All materials will be provided.

Registration is required. Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

Did you miss your chance to make a coaster in February? Join us for another relaxing round of diamond painting in the Brooks Room. Choose from several adhesive designs to apply gems and create a fruit or mandala themed coaster. This is an ideal project for beginners interested in trying diamond painting for the first time. Estimated time to complete this project is 1.5 hours or less. All materials will be provided.

Registration is required. Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  


Monday April 22, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
History Book Club

The Loyal Son
The Loyal Son, by Daniel Mark Epstein

Discusses the relationship between the Founding Father and his illegitimate son, a relationship that grew strained during the American Revolution.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

The Loyal Son
The Loyal Son, by Daniel Mark Epstein

Discusses the relationship between the Founding Father and his illegitimate son, a relationship that grew strained during the American Revolution.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ball
  
   kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

Wednesday April 24, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual: Heather Wolf's Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are

Author Heather Wolf will be discussing her book, "Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are". It will be a fascinating conversation about being in the moment and noticing the wonderful and varied birds around us. 

 

About the book: 

A gorgeously photographed trove of 111 ingenious tips for seeing more birds wherever you are—from crowd favorites (hummingbirds, owls, eagles) to species you’ve never spotted before.

Seeing more birds than you ever imagined and witnessing exciting avian drama is possible—whether you’re on the go or in your own neighborhood, local park, or backyard. As Heather Wolf explains, it all comes down to how you tune in to the show happening around you, the one in which birds—highly skilled at staying under the radar—are the stars. In Find More Birds, Heather shares her very best tactics—and the jaw-dropping photographs they helped her capture.

  • Look for birds at their favorite “restaurants”— from leaf litter to berry bushes, and ball fields to small patches of mud.
  • Watch for “tree bark” that moves . . . you may find it has feathers.
  • Try simply sitting on the ground for a revealing new perspective.

Plus, special tips point the way to crowd favorites such as hummingbirds, owls, and eagles—and can’t-miss bird behaviors. As your senses sharpen and “noticing” becomes second nature, Find More Birds will turn your daily routines into bird-finding adventures, too. Whether you’re strolling down the block or parking your car, you never know what will surprise you next!

 

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual Zoom program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  4135966141  elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Author Heather Wolf will be discussing her book, "Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are". It will be a fascinating conversation about being in the moment and noticing the wonderful and varied birds around us. 

 

About the book: 

A gorgeously photographed trove of 111 ingenious tips for seeing more birds wherever you are—from crowd favorites (hummingbirds, owls, eagles) to species you’ve never spotted before.

Seeing more birds than you ever imagined and witnessing exciting avian drama is possible—whether you’re on the go or in your own neighborhood, local park, or backyard. As Heather Wolf explains, it all comes down to how you tune in to the show happening around you, the one in which birds—highly skilled at staying under the radar—are the stars. In Find More Birds, Heather shares her very best tactics—and the jaw-dropping photographs they helped her capture.

  • Look for birds at their favorite “restaurants”— from leaf litter to berry bushes, and ball fields to small patches of mud.
  • Watch for “tree bark” that moves . . . you may find it has feathers.
  • Try simply sitting on the ground for a revealing new perspective.

Plus, special tips point the way to crowd favorites such as hummingbirds, owls, and eagles—and can’t-miss bird behaviors. As your senses sharpen and “noticing” becomes second nature, Find More Birds will turn your daily routines into bird-finding adventures, too. Whether you’re strolling down the block or parking your car, you never know what will surprise you next!

 

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual Zoom program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  4135966141
   elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

Wednesday May 1, 2024
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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War with Douglas Brunt

Join us as we chat with New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Brunt, about instant bestselling debut non-fiction work The Mysterious Case of Rudolph Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of Rudolf Diesel, one of the world’s greatest inventors, and his mysterious disappearance on the eve of World War I. 

September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, whose new internal combustion engine is on the verge of revolutionizing global industry forever. But Diesel never arrives at his destination. He vanishes during the night and headlines around the world wonder if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. 

After rising from an impoverished European childhood, Diesel had become a multi-millionaire with his powerful engine that does not require expensive petroleum-based fuel. In doing so, he became not only an international celebrity but also the enemy of two extremely powerful men -– Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world. The Kaiser wanted the engine to power a fleet of submarines that would finally allow him to challenge Great Britain’s Royal Navy. But Diesel had intended for his engine to be used for the betterment of the world. 

Brunt reopens the case and provides a compelling new conclusion about Diesel’s fate. Register now to see how the mystery unfolds! 

About the Author: Douglas Brunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel and host of the top-rated SiriusXM author podcast Dedicated with Doug Brunt. A Philadelphia native, he lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. Visit DouglasBrunt.com for more information.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

Join us as we chat with New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Brunt, about instant bestselling debut non-fiction work The Mysterious Case of Rudolph Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of Rudolf Diesel, one of the world’s greatest inventors, and his mysterious disappearance on the eve of World War I. 

September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, whose new internal combustion engine is on the verge of revolutionizing global industry forever. But Diesel never arrives at his destination. He vanishes during the night and headlines around the world wonder if it was an accident, suicide, or murder. 

After rising from an impoverished European childhood, Diesel had become a multi-millionaire with his powerful engine that does not require expensive petroleum-based fuel. In doing so, he became not only an international celebrity but also the enemy of two extremely powerful men -– Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world. The Kaiser wanted the engine to power a fleet of submarines that would finally allow him to challenge Great Britain’s Royal Navy. But Diesel had intended for his engine to be used for the betterment of the world. 

Brunt reopens the case and provides a compelling new conclusion about Diesel’s fate. Register now to see how the mystery unfolds! 

About the Author: Douglas Brunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel and host of the top-rated SiriusXM author podcast Dedicated with Doug Brunt. A Philadelphia native, he lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. Visit DouglasBrunt.com for more information.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

Tuesday May 7, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch



Hidden Valley Road, by Robert Kolker

Tells the heartrending story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, 6 of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room



Hidden Valley Road, by Robert Kolker

Tells the heartrending story of a midcentury American family with 12 children, 6 of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday May 8, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: Nina Simon's A Murder Mystery, Family Story, & Love Letter to Strong Women

Nothing brings a family together like a murder next door.

You’re invited to join Nina Simon online as chats about her lighthearted whodunnit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of amateur sleuths, Mother-Daughter Murder Night

Mother-Daughter Murder Night follows high-powered business woman Lana Rubicon. She has a lot to be proud of with her keen intelligence, impeccable taste, and the L.A. real estate empire she’s built. But when she finds herself trapped 300 miles north of the city, convalescing in a sleepy coastal town with her adult daughter Beth and teenage granddaughter Jack, Lana is stuck counting otters instead of square footage—and hoping that boredom won’t kill her before the cancer does. 

In a turn of events, when Jack happens upon a dead body while kayaking she quickly becomes a suspect in the homicide investigation, and the Rubicon women are thrown into chaos. Beth thinks Lana should focus on recovery, but Lana has a better idea. She’ll pull on her wig, find the true murderer, protect her family, and prove she still has power. With Jack and Beth’s help, Lana uncovers a web of lies, family vendettas, and land disputes lurking beneath the surface of a community populated by folksy conservationists and wealthy ranchers. But as their amateur snooping advances into ever-more dangerous territory, the headstrong Rubicon women must learn to do the one thing they’ve always resisted: depend on each other.

Harness your inner detective and sign up for the investigation. Register now!

About the Author: Nina Simon writes crime fiction about strong women. She is the New York Times-bestselling debut author of Mother-Daughter Murder Night. This big-hearted whodunnit is a Reese's Book Club pick and a "best of 2023" selection for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CrimeReads, and LibraryJournal.

Before turning to fiction, Nina wore many hats: NASA engineer, slam poet, game designer, museum director, and nonprofit CEO. Her work on community participation in museums, libraries, parks, and theaters has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesNPR, and the TEDx stage.

Mother-Daughter Murder Night is Nina’s first novel. She wrote it as a love letter to her mother, as a way to entertain, comfort, and connect with her during a major health crisis. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nina now lives off-the-grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her family. More information can be found on her website, ninaksimon.com.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  4135966141

Nothing brings a family together like a murder next door.

You’re invited to join Nina Simon online as chats about her lighthearted whodunnit about a grandmother-mother-daughter trio of amateur sleuths, Mother-Daughter Murder Night

Mother-Daughter Murder Night follows high-powered business woman Lana Rubicon. She has a lot to be proud of with her keen intelligence, impeccable taste, and the L.A. real estate empire she’s built. But when she finds herself trapped 300 miles north of the city, convalescing in a sleepy coastal town with her adult daughter Beth and teenage granddaughter Jack, Lana is stuck counting otters instead of square footage—and hoping that boredom won’t kill her before the cancer does. 

In a turn of events, when Jack happens upon a dead body while kayaking she quickly becomes a suspect in the homicide investigation, and the Rubicon women are thrown into chaos. Beth thinks Lana should focus on recovery, but Lana has a better idea. She’ll pull on her wig, find the true murderer, protect her family, and prove she still has power. With Jack and Beth’s help, Lana uncovers a web of lies, family vendettas, and land disputes lurking beneath the surface of a community populated by folksy conservationists and wealthy ranchers. But as their amateur snooping advances into ever-more dangerous territory, the headstrong Rubicon women must learn to do the one thing they’ve always resisted: depend on each other.

Harness your inner detective and sign up for the investigation. Register now!

About the Author: Nina Simon writes crime fiction about strong women. She is the New York Times-bestselling debut author of Mother-Daughter Murder Night. This big-hearted whodunnit is a Reese's Book Club pick and a "best of 2023" selection for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CrimeReads, and LibraryJournal.

Before turning to fiction, Nina wore many hats: NASA engineer, slam poet, game designer, museum director, and nonprofit CEO. Her work on community participation in museums, libraries, parks, and theaters has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesNPR, and the TEDx stage.

Mother-Daughter Murder Night is Nina’s first novel. She wrote it as a love letter to her mother, as a way to entertain, comfort, and connect with her during a major health crisis. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nina now lives off-the-grid in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her family. More information can be found on her website, ninaksimon.com.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  4135966141
  

Saturday May 11, 2024
CONTACT: Charlie Bennett  413-596-4765
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Charlie Bennett
  413.596.4765
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday May 13, 2024
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Gentle Flow Yoga

Certified instructor Michelle Bouchard will lead this light and rejuvenating class. This class is for adults ages 18+ and all skill levels are welcome. Participants will explore breathing practices, mindfulness & meditation techniques, and a physical approach to sustainable exercise.

Please bring your own yoga mat and dress comfortably.

Registration is required and space is limited. Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141  elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Registration will begin on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

Certified instructor Michelle Bouchard will lead this light and rejuvenating class. This class is for adults ages 18+ and all skill levels are welcome. Participants will explore breathing practices, mindfulness & meditation techniques, and a physical approach to sustainable exercise.

Please bring your own yoga mat and dress comfortably.

Registration is required and space is limited. Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
   elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Registration will begin on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

Tuesday May 14, 2024
Wednesday May 15, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder

This masterful work of reporting and nonfiction storytelling takes us deep into the world of Dr. Jim O'Connell, a Harvard Medical School graduate, who, following his life's calling, serves Boston's homeless community, facing one of American society's most shameful problems, instead of looking away.

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

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Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder

This masterful work of reporting and nonfiction storytelling takes us deep into the world of Dr. Jim O'Connell, a Harvard Medical School graduate, who, following his life's calling, serves Boston's homeless community, facing one of American society's most shameful problems, instead of looking away.

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, 2024
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6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
David Polansky: Great Songs From Great Movies

Join us for an evening of Great Songs from Great Movies with David Polansky. Spanning several decades of film history, he will cover everything from Singin' in the Rain to Breakfast at Tiffany's and Star Wars.

An accomplished trumpet player, pianist, and vocalist, David is in constant demand throughout the New England area. Over the years he has worked with Arthur Fiedler, Sandler and Young, Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, Ray Bolger and others. Read more about him here

This program is sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  4135966141  elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

Join us for an evening of Great Songs from Great Movies with David Polansky. Spanning several decades of film history, he will cover everything from Singin' in the Rain to Breakfast at Tiffany's and Star Wars.

An accomplished trumpet player, pianist, and vocalist, David is in constant demand throughout the New England area. Over the years he has worked with Arthur Fiedler, Sandler and Young, Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, Ray Bolger and others. Read more about him here

This program is sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  4135966141
   elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Registration will begin on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

 
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American History Book Club

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Those Angry Days by Lynn Olson

At the center of the debate over American intervention in World War II stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who as unofficial leader and spokesman for America's isolationists emerged as the president's most formidable adversary. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

Image of two men, one looking down, the one on the left looking out past the book cover, with the Capitol building superimposed over their suit jackets
Those Angry Days by Lynn Olson

At the center of the debate over American intervention in World War II stood the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who as unofficial leader and spokesman for America's isolationists emerged as the president's most formidable adversary. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ball
  
   kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

Tuesday May 21, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: Rebecca F. Kuang and Asian American Representation in Literature

You’re welcome to register for a thrilling conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang (R.F. Kuang) as she chats with us about her New York Times bestselling novel, YellowfaceYellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.

In Yellowface, Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena’s a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.

So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I.

So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

White lies, dark humor, and deadly consequences await within the pages of Yellowface. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable. Register to join the conversation! 

About the Author: Rebecca F. Kuang is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Chinese literature, and Asian American literature.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  4135966141

You’re welcome to register for a thrilling conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang (R.F. Kuang) as she chats with us about her New York Times bestselling novel, YellowfaceYellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.

In Yellowface, Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena’s a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.

So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I.

So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

White lies, dark humor, and deadly consequences await within the pages of Yellowface. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable. Register to join the conversation! 

About the Author: Rebecca F. Kuang is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Chinese literature, and Asian American literature.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  4135966141
  

Wednesday May 22, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Tartuffe by Moliere.

Led by Jessica Magill.

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tartuffe by Moliere.

Led by Jessica Magill.

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday June 3, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: For the Love of Mars with Smithsonian Curator Matt Shindell

Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Due to its vivid color and visibility, geologic kinship with Earth, and potential as our best hope for settlement, Mars embodies everything that inspires us about space and exploration. For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement.

You’re invited to come learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum curator, as he introduces viewers to historical figures across eras and around the world who have made sense of this mysterious planet. Shindell will highlight historical figures such as: 

  • Mayan astrologer priests who incorporated Mars into seasonal calendars and religious ceremonies; 
  • Babylonian astrologers who discerned bad omens; 
  • figures of the Scientific Revolution who struggled to comprehend it as a world; 
  • Victorian astronomers who sought signs of intelligent life; and
  • 20th- and 21st-century scientists who have established a technological presence on its surface. 

Along the way, we will encounter writers and artists from each period who take readers and viewers on imagined journeys to Mars.

 By focusing on the diverse human stories behind the telescopes and behind the robots we know and love, Shindell will show how Mars exploration has evolved in ways that have also expanded knowledge about other facets of the universe. Register now for this captivating voyage through time!

About the Author: Matthew Shindell, Ph.D., is a historian of science with a background in science studies. He is Curator of Earth and Planetary Science at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He is responsible for the Museum’s collection of spacecraft, instruments, and other artifacts related to the exploration and study of our Earth and solar system. He co-hosts the Museum’s podcast, AirSpace. He curated the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Exploring the Planets, and is leading a curatorial team developing the exhibition Futures in Space. Shindell is the author of For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet (2023) and The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey (2019), coauthor of Spaceships (2023), Our Future in Space (2023), and Discerning Experts (2019), and co-editor of Smithsonian American Women (2019).

Click here to register for this virtual program. 

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Due to its vivid color and visibility, geologic kinship with Earth, and potential as our best hope for settlement, Mars embodies everything that inspires us about space and exploration. For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement.

You’re invited to come learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum curator, as he introduces viewers to historical figures across eras and around the world who have made sense of this mysterious planet. Shindell will highlight historical figures such as: 

  • Mayan astrologer priests who incorporated Mars into seasonal calendars and religious ceremonies; 
  • Babylonian astrologers who discerned bad omens; 
  • figures of the Scientific Revolution who struggled to comprehend it as a world; 
  • Victorian astronomers who sought signs of intelligent life; and
  • 20th- and 21st-century scientists who have established a technological presence on its surface. 

Along the way, we will encounter writers and artists from each period who take readers and viewers on imagined journeys to Mars.

 By focusing on the diverse human stories behind the telescopes and behind the robots we know and love, Shindell will show how Mars exploration has evolved in ways that have also expanded knowledge about other facets of the universe. Register now for this captivating voyage through time!

About the Author: Matthew Shindell, Ph.D., is a historian of science with a background in science studies. He is Curator of Earth and Planetary Science at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He is responsible for the Museum’s collection of spacecraft, instruments, and other artifacts related to the exploration and study of our Earth and solar system. He co-hosts the Museum’s podcast, AirSpace. He curated the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Exploring the Planets, and is leading a curatorial team developing the exhibition Futures in Space. Shindell is the author of For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet (2023) and The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey (2019), coauthor of Spaceships (2023), Our Future in Space (2023), and Discerning Experts (2019), and co-editor of Smithsonian American Women (2019).

Click here to register for this virtual program. 

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Developing a Long-Term Care Protection Strategy

More info to follow. 

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141  elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org
Wednesday June 5, 2024
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Saturday June 8, 2024
CONTACT: Charlie Bennett  413-596-4765
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Charlie Bennett
  413.596.4765
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday June 11, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch



Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret: she was born Belle Marion Greener, daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for equality. Belle's alleged Portuguese heritage lets her pass as white, but she will go through great lengths to preserve her carefully crafted identity in a racist world.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room



Personal Librarian, by Marie Benedict

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret: she was born Belle Marion Greener, daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for equality. Belle's alleged Portuguese heritage lets her pass as white, but she will go through great lengths to preserve her carefully crafted identity in a racist world.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday June 12, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Thursday June 13, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual: Shannon Reed Discusses 'Why We Read'

This one is for readers everywhere! Join us as we chat with author Shannon Reed about her book, "Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One Page Before Lights Out".

Why DO we read? What compels us to? What holds our attention? How many of us remember reading by a flashlight after hours? Shannon will have the scoop and will be answering lots of our questions! Also, given her last name, we feel that Shannon is the perfect person to have written this book :).

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

This one is for readers everywhere! Join us as we chat with author Shannon Reed about her book, "Why We Read: On Bookworms, Libraries, and Just One Page Before Lights Out".

Why DO we read? What compels us to? What holds our attention? How many of us remember reading by a flashlight after hours? Shannon will have the scoop and will be answering lots of our questions! Also, given her last name, we feel that Shannon is the perfect person to have written this book :).

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

 
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8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: Psychological Thrillers and the Queen of Twists with Freida McFadden

Get your popcorn and take a seat as we pick the brain of the queen of twists herself, Freida McFadden! McFadden will join us to chat about writing psychological thrillers, her mega-bestselling hit The Housemaid series, in particular her forthcoming (June 11, 2024) third installment, The Housemaid Is Watching

The next installment is full of unbelievable twists and tension as it continues to follow Millie Calloway. She used to clean other people’s houses—now, she can’t believe this new home is actually hers. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where her kids can play. She and her husband saved for years to give their children the life they deserve.

Even though she’s wary of their new neighbor, Mrs. Lowell when she invites them over for dinner, it’s their chance to make friends, so they accept the invitation. Mrs. Lowell’s maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. Millie knows exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But the maid’s cold stare gives her chills…

The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on their street. Millie’s sure she sees a shadowy figure watching them. Her husband leaves the house late at night. And when she meets a woman who lives across the way, her words chill to the bone: Be careful of your neighbors.

Millie wonders: Did they make a terrible mistake moving their family here?

About the Author: #1 New York TimesAmazon ChartsUSA TodayWall Street JournalSunday Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, she is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback, and she is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

Click here to register for this virtual event.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

Get your popcorn and take a seat as we pick the brain of the queen of twists herself, Freida McFadden! McFadden will join us to chat about writing psychological thrillers, her mega-bestselling hit The Housemaid series, in particular her forthcoming (June 11, 2024) third installment, The Housemaid Is Watching

The next installment is full of unbelievable twists and tension as it continues to follow Millie Calloway. She used to clean other people’s houses—now, she can’t believe this new home is actually hers. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where her kids can play. She and her husband saved for years to give their children the life they deserve.

Even though she’s wary of their new neighbor, Mrs. Lowell when she invites them over for dinner, it’s their chance to make friends, so they accept the invitation. Mrs. Lowell’s maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. Millie knows exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But the maid’s cold stare gives her chills…

The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on their street. Millie’s sure she sees a shadowy figure watching them. Her husband leaves the house late at night. And when she meets a woman who lives across the way, her words chill to the bone: Be careful of your neighbors.

Millie wonders: Did they make a terrible mistake moving their family here?

About the Author: #1 New York TimesAmazon ChartsUSA TodayWall Street JournalSunday Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, she is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback, and she is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

Click here to register for this virtual event.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

Monday June 17, 2024
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
DNA Basics with Dave Robison

DNA is a simple acronym to describe what can be seen as complex science. Well, it is "complex science." However, the basics of that science can be relatively easy to explain and understand. There are three basic types of DNA tests which we'll discuss in our session with Dave Robison. To make the evening interesting, there will be a raffle for two DNA kits for two lucky attendees!

Dave Robison is a professional genealogist and owner of Old Bones Genealogy of New England. He is the currently president of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and vice-president of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society.

Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library. 

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

DNA is a simple acronym to describe what can be seen as complex science. Well, it is "complex science." However, the basics of that science can be relatively easy to explain and understand. There are three basic types of DNA tests which we'll discuss in our session with Dave Robison. To make the evening interesting, there will be a raffle for two DNA kits for two lucky attendees!

Dave Robison is a professional genealogist and owner of Old Bones Genealogy of New England. He is the currently president of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and vice-president of the Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society.

Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library. 

Registration is required and space is limited.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  
   413-596-6141

Tuesday June 18, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual: The New Tourist: Waking Up to the Power and Perils of Travel

Today, we're celebrating with travel author Paige McClanahan about her book (releasing today!), "The New Tourist: Waking Up to the Power and Perils of Travel", a brilliantly evocative, surprising, and page-turning exploration of how tourism has shaped the world, for better and for worse—essential reading for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the implications of their wanderlust.

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

Today, we're celebrating with travel author Paige McClanahan about her book (releasing today!), "The New Tourist: Waking Up to the Power and Perils of Travel", a brilliantly evocative, surprising, and page-turning exploration of how tourism has shaped the world, for better and for worse—essential reading for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the implications of their wanderlust.

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

Thursday June 20, 2024
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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: Unpacking Systemic Racism in the American Education System with Tiffany Jewell

Join us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School

From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.

The overarching nonfiction narrative follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.

Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School provides young folks with the context to think critically about and chart their own course through their current schooling—and any future schooling they may pursue. A true “don’t want to miss” event–so register now! 

 

About the Author: Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist as well as The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism the recently released Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School (2024).

Tiffany has been working with children and families for nearly two decades and has worked as a Montessori educator for fifteen years. She enjoys exploring social justice with young folks, especially the history of racism and resistance, economic justice, and socially and personally constructed identities. Tiffany enjoys working with educators and supporting them building strong, authentic communities in which every child can be seen and valued. She is the co-founder, alongside Britt Hawthorne, of ABARatSchool, an organization that strives to support educators and caregivers in their anti-bias anti-racist journeys. She also served as the president of the founding board of the national organization Montessori for Social Justice- seeing it through to completing nonprofit status and creating a strong mission to support and amplify Montessorian of the Global Majority across the country. Tiffany lives on the homeland of the Pocumtuc and the Nipmuck with her two young storytellers, husband, and a turtle she’s had since she was nine years old. 

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

Join us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School

From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.

The overarching nonfiction narrative follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.

Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School provides young folks with the context to think critically about and chart their own course through their current schooling—and any future schooling they may pursue. A true “don’t want to miss” event–so register now! 

 

About the Author: Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist as well as The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism the recently released Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School (2024).

Tiffany has been working with children and families for nearly two decades and has worked as a Montessori educator for fifteen years. She enjoys exploring social justice with young folks, especially the history of racism and resistance, economic justice, and socially and personally constructed identities. Tiffany enjoys working with educators and supporting them building strong, authentic communities in which every child can be seen and valued. She is the co-founder, alongside Britt Hawthorne, of ABARatSchool, an organization that strives to support educators and caregivers in their anti-bias anti-racist journeys. She also served as the president of the founding board of the national organization Montessori for Social Justice- seeing it through to completing nonprofit status and creating a strong mission to support and amplify Montessorian of the Global Majority across the country. Tiffany lives on the homeland of the Pocumtuc and the Nipmuck with her two young storytellers, husband, and a turtle she’s had since she was nine years old. 

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

Friday June 21, 2024
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3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Volunteer Training

An orientation for new volunteers with Assistant Director Mary Bell.

Interested in volunteering? Anyone age 14+ is welcome to turn in the form prior to the training with a photocopy of your government-issued photo ID. Any questions? Please contact Mary Bell.

CONTACT: Mary Bell  413-596-6141  mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

An orientation for new volunteers with Assistant Director Mary Bell.

Interested in volunteering? Anyone age 14+ is welcome to turn in the form prior to the training with a photocopy of your government-issued photo ID. Any questions? Please contact Mary Bell.

CONTACT:
  Mary Bell
  413.596.6141
   mbell@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Registration will begin on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 9:00 AM     

Monday June 24, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
History Book Club

Country of Vast Designs
Country of Vast Designs, by Robert Merry

Explores the one-term presidency of James K. Polk, during which the United States extended its territory across the continent by threatening England and manufacturing a controversial war with Mexico that Abraham Lincoln opposed.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Country of Vast Designs
Country of Vast Designs, by Robert Merry

Explores the one-term presidency of James K. Polk, during which the United States extended its territory across the continent by threatening England and manufacturing a controversial war with Mexico that Abraham Lincoln opposed.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ball
  
   kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

LOCATION: Brooks Room

 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual: Q&A with True Crime Authors of 'The Serial Killer's Apprentice'

If you are a fan of true crime and want to dive deep into the psychology of a serial killer and his apprentice, this program is for you! Join authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman as they discuss their most recent book, "The Serial Killer's Apprentice", a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice—and how a killer can be created. We hope you can join us for this fascinating conversation!

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

If you are a fan of true crime and want to dive deep into the psychology of a serial killer and his apprentice, this program is for you! Join authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman as they discuss their most recent book, "The Serial Killer's Apprentice", a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice—and how a killer can be created. We hope you can join us for this fascinating conversation!

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

Tuesday June 25, 2024
 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual: Q&A with Author Scott Ryan: 'The Last Decade of Cinema'

Ah, the nineties. Movies were something in those days. We’re talking about a decade that began with GoodFellas and ended with Magnolia, with such films as Malcolm X, Before Sunrise, and Clueless arriving somewhere in between. Stories, characters, and writing were king. If you're a fan, a movie buff, or just a child of the 90s, please join us in conversation with author Scott Ryan as we discuss what made them classics and why they could never be produced in today’s film culture.

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141

Ah, the nineties. Movies were something in those days. We’re talking about a decade that began with GoodFellas and ended with Magnolia, with such films as Malcolm X, Before Sunrise, and Clueless arriving somewhere in between. Stories, characters, and writing were king. If you're a fan, a movie buff, or just a child of the 90s, please join us in conversation with author Scott Ryan as we discuss what made them classics and why they could never be produced in today’s film culture.

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Click here to register for this virtual program.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
  

Wednesday June 26, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

Led by Jessica Magill.

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.

Led by Jessica Magill.

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday July 2, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch



Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout

With her trademark spare, crystalline prose-a voice infused with "intimate, fragile, desperate humanness" (The Washington Post)-Elizabeth Strout once again turns her exquisitely-tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, this time following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William! through the early days of the pandemic. As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and longtime friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea. They will not emerge unscathed

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room



Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout

With her trademark spare, crystalline prose-a voice infused with "intimate, fragile, desperate humanness" (The Washington Post)-Elizabeth Strout once again turns her exquisitely-tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, this time following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William! through the early days of the pandemic. As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and longtime friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea. They will not emerge unscathed

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday July 8, 2024
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Adult Paint Sip Fun

More information to follow. 

 

Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141  elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org
LOCATION: Brooks Room

More information to follow. 

 

Sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
   elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday July 10, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday July 24, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday July 29, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
History Book Club

Israel
Israel, by Noa Tishby

While everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts? Tishby creates an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, she chronicles her homeland’s evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from WWI to Israel's creation to the real disputes dividing the country today. Tackling popular misconceptions with an abundance of facts, she offers a clear, intimate account of the richly cultured country of Israel. -- adapted from jacket
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Israel
Israel, by Noa Tishby

While everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts? Tishby creates an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, she chronicles her homeland’s evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from WWI to Israel's creation to the real disputes dividing the country today. Tackling popular misconceptions with an abundance of facts, she offers a clear, intimate account of the richly cultured country of Israel. -- adapted from jacket
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ball
  
   kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Saturday August 3, 2024
CONTACT: Charlie Bennett  413-596-4765
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Charlie Bennett
  413.596.4765
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday August 6, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch



In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place -- Nat King Cole singing "Unforgettable," Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room



In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place -- Nat King Cole singing "Unforgettable," Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday August 7, 2024
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday August 14, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Monday August 19, 2024
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6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Never Forget: A Conversation with Abraham Rodstein, Holocaust Survivor

More info to follow.

CONTACT: Emilie Lang  413-596-6141
Monday August 26, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American History Book Club

Founding Mothers
Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts

Explores the lives of women who helped shape the United States, profiling such key figures as Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinkney, Dolley Payne Madison, Deborah Read Franklin, and Catherine Littlefield Greene.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Founding Mothers
Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts

Explores the lives of women who helped shape the United States, profiling such key figures as Abigail Adams, Eliza Pinkney, Dolley Payne Madison, Deborah Read Franklin, and Catherine Littlefield Greene.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ball
  
   kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday August 28, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday September 3, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch



The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave

When her husband of a year disappears, Hannah quickly learns he is not who he said he was and is left to sort out the truth with just one ally- her husband's teenage daughter, who hates her.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room



The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave

When her husband of a year disappears, Hannah quickly learns he is not who he said he was and is left to sort out the truth with just one ally- her husband's teenage daughter, who hates her.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday September 4, 2024
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Saturday September 7, 2024
CONTACT: Charlie Bennett  413-596-4765
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Charlie Bennett
  413.596.4765
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday September 11, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
 
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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Room Booked
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday September 18, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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The warmth of other suns by Isabel Wilkerson

An epic history covering the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s chronicles the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families.

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

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The warmth of other suns by Isabel Wilkerson

An epic history covering the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s chronicles the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families.

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 September 23, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American History Book Club

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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Cover image is of white text on a black background, with waves underneath
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1820, the 240-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was repeatedly rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ball
  
   kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday September 25, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday September 30, 2024
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6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Room Booked
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Campbell Harmon presentation

CONTACT:
  Emilie Lang
  413.596.6141
   elang@wilbrahamlibrary.org

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday October 1, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch



No Two Persons, by Erika Bauermeister

When a devastating event breaks her heart open, aspiring writer Alice creates a stunning debut novel in which her words find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness to a widower rent by grief, who, due to her book, find new paths forward.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room



No Two Persons, by Erika Bauermeister

When a devastating event breaks her heart open, aspiring writer Alice creates a stunning debut novel in which her words find their way to readers, from a teenager hiding her homelessness to a widower rent by grief, who, due to her book, find new paths forward.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday October 2, 2024
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Saturday October 5, 2024
CONTACT: Charlie Bennett  413-596-4765
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Charlie Bennett
  413.596.4765
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday October 9, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday October 16, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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The Paris daughter by Kristin Harmel

As WWII ends, Elise returns to Paris to reunite with her daughter only to find her friend Juliette, the woman she entrusted her daughter with, has seemingly vanished without a trace, which leads Elise on a desperate search to New York -- and to Juliette -- one final, fateful time.

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

Book cover of a woman on a balcony in the foreground looking out towards the Eiffel Tower

The Paris daughter by Kristin Harmel

As WWII ends, Elise returns to Paris to reunite with her daughter only to find her friend Juliette, the woman she entrusted her daughter with, has seemingly vanished without a trace, which leads Elise on a desperate search to New York -- and to Juliette -- one final, fateful time.

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 October 23, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday October 28, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
History Book Club

Hundred Years’ War on Palestine
Hundred Years’ War on Palestine, by Kashid Khalidi

A history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict told from the Palestinian perspective, arguing the period since the Balfour Declaration of 1917 has amounted to a hundred years of colonial war against the Palestinians.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Hundred Years’ War on Palestine
Hundred Years’ War on Palestine, by Kashid Khalidi

A history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict told from the Palestinian perspective, arguing the period since the Balfour Declaration of 1917 has amounted to a hundred years of colonial war against the Palestinians.
The History Book Club is self-run by the members. Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk.

CONTACT:
  Karen Ball
  
   kball@wilbraham-ma.gov

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Saturday November 2, 2024
CONTACT: Charlie Bennett  413-596-4765
LOCATION: Brooks Room
CONTACT:
  Charlie Bennett
  413.596.4765
  

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday November 5, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch



Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus

Set in 1960s California, this blockbuster debut is the hilarious, idiosyncratic and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman's place is in the home, only to find herself starring as the host of America's most beloved TV cooking show. Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the 1960s and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. The only good thing to happen to her on the road to professional fulfillment is a run-in with her super-star colleague Calvin Evans (well, she stole his beakers.) The only man who ever treated her-and her ideas-as equal, Calvin is already a legend and Nobel nominee. He's also awkward, kind and tenacious. Theirs is true chemistry. But as events are never as predictable as chemical reactions, three years later Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother (did we mention it's the early 60s??) and the star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's singular approach to cooking ('take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride') and independent example are proving revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching women how to cook, she's teaching them how to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrantas its protagonist

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room



Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus

Set in 1960s California, this blockbuster debut is the hilarious, idiosyncratic and uplifting story of a female scientist whose career is constantly derailed by the idea that a woman's place is in the home, only to find herself starring as the host of America's most beloved TV cooking show. Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it's the 1960s and despite the fact that she is a scientist, her peers are very unscientific when it comes to equality. The only good thing to happen to her on the road to professional fulfillment is a run-in with her super-star colleague Calvin Evans (well, she stole his beakers.) The only man who ever treated her-and her ideas-as equal, Calvin is already a legend and Nobel nominee. He's also awkward, kind and tenacious. Theirs is true chemistry. But as events are never as predictable as chemical reactions, three years later Elizabeth Zott is an unwed, single mother (did we mention it's the early 60s??) and the star of America's most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth's singular approach to cooking ('take one pint of H2O and add a pinch of sodium chloride') and independent example are proving revolutionary. Because Elizabeth isn't just teaching women how to cook, she's teaching them how to change the status quo. Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrantas its protagonist

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday November 6, 2024
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday November 13, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday November 20, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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The soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music by Steve Lopez

An intimate portrait of gifted violinist Nathaniel Ayers traces his promising education at Juilliard, his struggles with schizophrenia, and the factors that led to his homelessness in Los Angeles, circumstances that prompted their friendship and the author's efforts to improve the musician's life in spite of numerous setbacks.

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

Book cover of a violin without strings leaning against a blue back drop

The soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music by Steve Lopez

An intimate portrait of gifted violinist Nathaniel Ayers traces his promising education at Juilliard, his struggles with schizophrenia, and the factors that led to his homelessness in Los Angeles, circumstances that prompted their friendship and the author's efforts to improve the musician's life in spite of numerous setbacks.

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 November 25, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American History Book Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday November 27, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Tuesday December 3, 2024
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Booked for Lunch


Making of another Motion Picture Masterpiece, by Tom Hanks From the Academy Award-winning actor and best-selling author: a novel about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film . . . and the humble comic books that inspired it. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, while also capturing the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room


Making of another Motion Picture Masterpiece, by Tom Hanks From the Academy Award-winning actor and best-selling author: a novel about the making of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film . . . and the humble comic books that inspired it. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, while also capturing the changes in America and American culture since World War II.

Discussion is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball. Copies of the books are available to check out from the Service Desk. New members are always welcome.

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Wednesday December 4, 2024
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cookbook Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room
Wednesday December 11, 2024
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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ladies of the Woods Book Club
CONTACT: Susan Hall   susanjhall42@gmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room
 
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Book Discussion

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The first ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

Initially drawn together because of their shared belief in women's rights and the power of education, civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt fight together for justice and equality, holding each other's hands through tragedy and triumph.

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

Book cover of two women standing on the right in front of a body of water, with the Washington Monument in the background

The first ladies by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

Initially drawn together because of their shared belief in women's rights and the power of education, civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt fight together for justice and equality, holding each other's hands through tragedy and triumph.

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 December 18, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Classics Book Club

Led by Jessica Magill

For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT: Jessica Magill  jessicammagill@hotmail.com
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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For questions, contact Jessica: jessicammagill@hotmail.com

CONTACT:
  Jessica Magill
  
   jessicammagill@hotmail.com

LOCATION: Brooks Room

Monday December 30, 2024
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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American History Book Club
CONTACT: Karen Ball  kball@wilbraham-ma.gov
LOCATION: Brooks Room

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