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Wednesday August 10, 2022
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4:00 PM
Summer Reading Party For Kids

All Boxford kids who participated in our Summer Reading Program "Read Beyond The Beaten Path" are invited to turn in their reading clock sheets (if you haven't done so already) and join us for "Animal World Experience," a live animal show, followed by ice cream from Benson's! You may sign up for this event on or after July 27.  
 

CONTACT: Josh Kennedy  978 887 7323  jkennedy@boxfordlibrary.org
LOCATION: Meeting Room 1, Town Hall/Boxford Town Library

All Boxford kids who participated in our Summer Reading Program "Read Beyond The Beaten Path" are invited to turn in their reading clock sheets (if you haven't done so already) and join us for "Animal World Experience," a live animal show, followed by ice cream from Benson's! You may sign up for this event on or after July 27.  
 

CONTACT:
  Josh Kennedy
  978 887 7323
   jkennedy@boxfordlibrary.org

LOCATION: Meeting Room 1, Town Hall/Boxford Town Library


Thursday August 11, 2022
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CFCE Of The North Shore - Music & Movement For Kids

Check out our NEW free music and movement video, made especially for Boxford kids ages 3 and under, starring Marybeth Maes! 

Here is the link to view this new August 11 episode, all about Exercising!: 

https://youtu.be/zwaL1DsSQr4

Sponsored by the CFCE

 

 

 

 

CONTACT: Josh Kennedy  978 887 7323  jkennedy@boxfordlibrary.org

Check out our NEW free music and movement video, made especially for Boxford kids ages 3 and under, starring Marybeth Maes! 

Here is the link to view this new August 11 episode, all about Exercising!: 

https://youtu.be/zwaL1DsSQr4

Sponsored by the CFCE

 

 

 

 

CONTACT:
  Josh Kennedy
  978 887 7323
   jkennedy@boxfordlibrary.org

 
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hydrangeas-Which One is Right for Me?

This lecture focuses on the key points that gardeners should consider before they invest in a hydrangea. With over 600 cultivars to select from, it’s easy to select a plant based on some attributes only to find that it will definitely not be the “right plant in the right place.” The seven species are identified, examples of each are provided, and their best use in the landscape is examined. Led by Kathie Skinner, a Senior Principal Master Gardener, the past Education Coordinator and current Master Gardener Training Coordinator for the Massachusetts Master Gardner Association. She is a retired educator with over 40 years teaching and administering in K-12. Kathie currently does education policy research and writing for various state and national education organizations.

This is a virtual program, being held with the Tewksbury Public Library.

Please click here to register.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

This lecture focuses on the key points that gardeners should consider before they invest in a hydrangea. With over 600 cultivars to select from, it’s easy to select a plant based on some attributes only to find that it will definitely not be the “right plant in the right place.” The seven species are identified, examples of each are provided, and their best use in the landscape is examined. Led by Kathie Skinner, a Senior Principal Master Gardener, the past Education Coordinator and current Master Gardener Training Coordinator for the Massachusetts Master Gardner Association. She is a retired educator with over 40 years teaching and administering in K-12. Kathie currently does education policy research and writing for various state and national education organizations.

This is a virtual program, being held with the Tewksbury Public Library.

Please click here to register.

CONTACT:
  Elizabeth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Tuesday August 16, 2022
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Poetry Circle

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT: Carole Davis  marketupc@verizon.net

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT:
  Carole Davis
  
   marketupc@verizon.net

Monday September 5, 2022

The Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day, September 5th, 2022.

The Library will be closed in observance of Labor Day, September 5th, 2022.

Tuesday September 6, 2022
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Crocheting for Beginners

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
There are 7 spaces available.

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

There are 7 spaces available.

Friday September 9, 2022
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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cookbook Club

Welcome to our first Cookbook Club meeting of the fall! Our pick for September is Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods by Tieghan Gerard. 

Copies of the cookbook will be available at the circulation desk one month prior to the meeting. Everyone is welcome; please register so that we will know how many people to expect. Also, if possible let us know the name of the dish you are bringing so that we can avoid duplication.

See you there!

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org
There are many spaces available.

Welcome to our first Cookbook Club meeting of the fall! Our pick for September is Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods by Tieghan Gerard. 

Copies of the cookbook will be available at the circulation desk one month prior to the meeting. Everyone is welcome; please register so that we will know how many people to expect. Also, if possible let us know the name of the dish you are bringing so that we can avoid duplication.

See you there!

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

There are many spaces available.

Saturday September 10, 2022

Saturday hours in the Library resume on 9/10/12 from 10am-3pm.

Saturday hours in the Library resume on 9/10/12 from 10am-3pm.

Tuesday September 13, 2022
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Crocheting for Beginners

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Tuesday September 20, 2022
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Crocheting for Beginners

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

 
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Poetry Circle

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT: Carole Davis  marketupc@verizon.net

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT:
  Carole Davis
  
   marketupc@verizon.net

Wednesday September 21, 2022
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday Evening Book Discussion

Welcome back to the Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group! We meet virtually, via Zoom, on the third Wednesday of the month from September to June.

Our pick for September isri Long Bght River by Liz Moore.

"Mickey Fitzpatrick is a beat cop in Philadelphia's rough Kensington neighborhood, not far from where she grew up in her grandmother's literally and figuratively cold house. In childhood, her saving grace was her younger sister, Kacey, who was friendly in contrast to Mickey's painful shyness and tough as opposed to Mickey's meek. But the distance that developed as they hit adolescence widened into a chasm as Kacey fell deeper into heroin addiction. Mickey is used to not seeing her sister, but as young women, all addicts and sex workers, start being found dead in Kensington, she realizes that her sister's absence may be something more sinister. One of the pleasures of this deeply moving, absolutely page-turning novel is the way Moore (The Unseen World, 2016), in both the present and in flashbacks to Mickey and Kacey's childhood and teen years, slowly peels back layer after layer, revealing the old-boy's network in the Philadelphia police force, the depths of Mickey's loneliness, and the way the city of Philadelphia, particularly Kensington, is woven into this story, for good or ill. Give this to readers who like character-driven crime novels with a strong sense of place."--Susan Maguire Copyright 2010 Booklist

Please email Beth at esafford@boxfordlibrary.org for the Zoom invitation

 

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Welcome back to the Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group! We meet virtually, via Zoom, on the third Wednesday of the month from September to June.

Our pick for September isri Long Bght River by Liz Moore.

"Mickey Fitzpatrick is a beat cop in Philadelphia's rough Kensington neighborhood, not far from where she grew up in her grandmother's literally and figuratively cold house. In childhood, her saving grace was her younger sister, Kacey, who was friendly in contrast to Mickey's painful shyness and tough as opposed to Mickey's meek. But the distance that developed as they hit adolescence widened into a chasm as Kacey fell deeper into heroin addiction. Mickey is used to not seeing her sister, but as young women, all addicts and sex workers, start being found dead in Kensington, she realizes that her sister's absence may be something more sinister. One of the pleasures of this deeply moving, absolutely page-turning novel is the way Moore (The Unseen World, 2016), in both the present and in flashbacks to Mickey and Kacey's childhood and teen years, slowly peels back layer after layer, revealing the old-boy's network in the Philadelphia police force, the depths of Mickey's loneliness, and the way the city of Philadelphia, particularly Kensington, is woven into this story, for good or ill. Give this to readers who like character-driven crime novels with a strong sense of place."--Susan Maguire Copyright 2010 Booklist

Please email Beth at esafford@boxfordlibrary.org for the Zoom invitation

 

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Sunday September 25, 2022
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3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Botticelli-Virtual Art Program

Botticelli: Beauty, Virtue, and the Bonfire of the Vanities

Sandro Botticelli was a leading artist of the early Italian Renaissance with a distinctive linear style. This program will focus on how his explorations of beauty and myth dramatically shift after the rise of the religious leader Savonarola and his Bonfire of the Vanities.

About the presenter, Jane Oneail: Jane was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions. "Talking about art requires bravery - you're inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way - and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life." Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She was born and raised in NH and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane founded the Currier’s Alzheimer’s Cafe and led the tour program for the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.

This is a multi-library program, hosted by the Rockport Library.

Click here to register and receive the Zoom link.

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Botticelli: Beauty, Virtue, and the Bonfire of the Vanities

Sandro Botticelli was a leading artist of the early Italian Renaissance with a distinctive linear style. This program will focus on how his explorations of beauty and myth dramatically shift after the rise of the religious leader Savonarola and his Bonfire of the Vanities.

About the presenter, Jane Oneail: Jane was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions. "Talking about art requires bravery - you're inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way - and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life." Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She was born and raised in NH and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane founded the Currier’s Alzheimer’s Cafe and led the tour program for the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.

This is a multi-library program, hosted by the Rockport Library.

Click here to register and receive the Zoom link.

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Tuesday September 27, 2022
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Crocheting for Beginners

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Crocheting for Beginners, with Lisa DiLuna, is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of crochet. There will be four one-hour classes on Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The class is limited to eight participants.

Over the four classes participants will learn how to make a slip knot and a crochet chain. Next participants will learn the essential crochet stitches: yarn over; single crochet; double crochet; half-double crochet, and the slip stitch. The classes will also discuss how to select a crochet hook and appropriate yarn, how to make a gauge swatch, and techniques to finish your work.If time permits participants will start a dishcloth using the stitches they have learned. Participants will receive 5 different dishcloth patterns to make one or all!

Participants are expected to practice what they learn in class on their own between each class. Practice will be very brief and, I hope, enjoyable. Practice is the only way to really master what is introduced. No experience is required but do not register unless you can attend all classes. Registrants will be sent the list of materials. 

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Wednesday September 28, 2022
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Daytime Book Discussion

Welcome to the Boxford Town Library daytime discussion group! Everyone is welcome to join our discussion, which will be held in person at the library.

Our September pick is Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker. No registration is necessary. For more information or for help in ordering the book, please contact Beth Safford at 978-887-7323 or esafford@boxfordlibrary.org.

Best-selling, award-winning journalist Kolker (Lost Girls, 2013) takes a bracing look at the history of the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia by exploring the staggering tragedies of the Galvin family. In this stunning, riveting chronicle crackling with intelligence and empathy, he recounts how, during the 1970s, six of the dozen Galvin children were diagnosed as schizophrenic, each suffering varying degrees of violence and horror associated with that illness. Through copious interviews and extensive research, Kolker is able to bring readers into the family's seemingly perfect middle-class life. With a determinedly busy and blissfully distracted father (his obsession with falconry was often more important to him than his children) and a hyperfocused mother firmly attached to her domestic ideals, the environment was rife for secrets and hidden abuse. Amidst detailed descriptions of sibling rivalries and fights that terrorized the younger children, Kolker illustrates how the Galvins fell to pieces. Into this gripping personal tale he weaves the larger history of schizophrenia research and how the family eventually came to the attention of scientists striving to find a cure. Kolker tackles this extraordinarily complex story so brilliantly and effectively that readers will be swept away. An exceptional, unforgettable, and significant work that must not be missed.

From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Welcome to the Boxford Town Library daytime discussion group! Everyone is welcome to join our discussion, which will be held in person at the library.

Our September pick is Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker. No registration is necessary. For more information or for help in ordering the book, please contact Beth Safford at 978-887-7323 or esafford@boxfordlibrary.org.

Best-selling, award-winning journalist Kolker (Lost Girls, 2013) takes a bracing look at the history of the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia by exploring the staggering tragedies of the Galvin family. In this stunning, riveting chronicle crackling with intelligence and empathy, he recounts how, during the 1970s, six of the dozen Galvin children were diagnosed as schizophrenic, each suffering varying degrees of violence and horror associated with that illness. Through copious interviews and extensive research, Kolker is able to bring readers into the family's seemingly perfect middle-class life. With a determinedly busy and blissfully distracted father (his obsession with falconry was often more important to him than his children) and a hyperfocused mother firmly attached to her domestic ideals, the environment was rife for secrets and hidden abuse. Amidst detailed descriptions of sibling rivalries and fights that terrorized the younger children, Kolker illustrates how the Galvins fell to pieces. Into this gripping personal tale he weaves the larger history of schizophrenia research and how the family eventually came to the attention of scientists striving to find a cure. Kolker tackles this extraordinarily complex story so brilliantly and effectively that readers will be swept away. An exceptional, unforgettable, and significant work that must not be missed.

From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Saturday October 8, 2022

The Library is closed Saturday, 10/8/22, in observance of the holiday weekend. Regular Library hours resume Tuesday, 10/11/22 at 9am.

The Library is closed Saturday, 10/8/22, in observance of the holiday weekend. Regular Library hours resume Tuesday, 10/11/22 at 9am.

Monday October 10, 2022

The Library is closed in observance of Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day, October 10th, 2022.

The Library is closed in observance of Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day, October 10th, 2022.

Tuesday October 18, 2022
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Poetry Circle

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT: Carole Davis  marketupc@verizon.net

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT:
  Carole Davis
  
   marketupc@verizon.net

Wednesday October 26, 2022
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Daytime Book Discussion

Welcome to the Boxford Town Library daytime discussion group! Everyone is welcome to join our discussion, which will be held in person at the library.

Our October pick is Thank You, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen. No registration is necessary. For more information or for help in ordering the book, please contact Beth Safford at 978-887-7323 or esafford@boxfordlibrary.org.

Jen (The Resisters, 2020) distills five decades of cultural collision, confusion, and collaboration between the U.S. and China into 11 gorgeously comedic and heartbreaking stories cleverly linked through family and friends. The first tale is the most playful, taking the form of a letter to Richard Nixon in hell from a Chinese woman in heaven who, as a girl, met him on his famous 1972 visit to China. The ensuing tales encapsulate the circumstantial and emotional tolls of Chinese tyranny, from the Mao years to the courageous protests in Tiananmen Square and Hong Kong. But for all the pain and poignancy, Jen is wryly hilarious, her plots spring-loaded, her dialogue ricocheting and spiked with contrasts in languages and customs. One funny, profoundly nuanced tale follows a married couple—she’s Chinese American, he’s Caribbean Sephardic Jewish—on a revelatory trip to China with her mother who hasn’t been back for 40 years. Chinese American Duncan’s romanticism about China is punctured when he ends up teaching in a coal mining institute. For all their cocooning wealth, the Koo family cannot avoid sorrow, while undocumented painter Ming creates fake Rothkos to send money to her sick mother in China. On into the COVID-19 pandemic, the connections Jen finesses among her entrancing characters are surprising and piquing, her painterly descriptions compassionate and amusing, her summoning of ambiguity and hard truths uniquely illuminating.

From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Welcome to the Boxford Town Library daytime discussion group! Everyone is welcome to join our discussion, which will be held in person at the library.

Our October pick is Thank You, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen. No registration is necessary. For more information or for help in ordering the book, please contact Beth Safford at 978-887-7323 or esafford@boxfordlibrary.org.

Jen (The Resisters, 2020) distills five decades of cultural collision, confusion, and collaboration between the U.S. and China into 11 gorgeously comedic and heartbreaking stories cleverly linked through family and friends. The first tale is the most playful, taking the form of a letter to Richard Nixon in hell from a Chinese woman in heaven who, as a girl, met him on his famous 1972 visit to China. The ensuing tales encapsulate the circumstantial and emotional tolls of Chinese tyranny, from the Mao years to the courageous protests in Tiananmen Square and Hong Kong. But for all the pain and poignancy, Jen is wryly hilarious, her plots spring-loaded, her dialogue ricocheting and spiked with contrasts in languages and customs. One funny, profoundly nuanced tale follows a married couple—she’s Chinese American, he’s Caribbean Sephardic Jewish—on a revelatory trip to China with her mother who hasn’t been back for 40 years. Chinese American Duncan’s romanticism about China is punctured when he ends up teaching in a coal mining institute. For all their cocooning wealth, the Koo family cannot avoid sorrow, while undocumented painter Ming creates fake Rothkos to send money to her sick mother in China. On into the COVID-19 pandemic, the connections Jen finesses among her entrancing characters are surprising and piquing, her painterly descriptions compassionate and amusing, her summoning of ambiguity and hard truths uniquely illuminating.

From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Friday November 11, 2022

The library is closed in observance of Veterans’ Day, November 11th, 2022.

The library is closed in observance of Veterans’ Day, November 11th, 2022.

Saturday November 12, 2022

The Library is closed Saturday, 11/12/22 in observance of the holiday weekend. Regular Library hours resume Monday, 11/14/22 at 9am.

The Library is closed Saturday, 11/12/22 in observance of the holiday weekend. Regular Library hours resume Monday, 11/14/22 at 9am.

Tuesday November 15, 2022
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Poetry Circle

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT: Carole Davis  marketupc@verizon.net

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT:
  Carole Davis
  
   marketupc@verizon.net

Wednesday November 23, 2022

The Library will be closing early at 3pm on Wednesday, 11/23/22 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Library will re-open Friday, 11/25/22 at 10am through 3pm.

The Library will be closing early at 3pm on Wednesday, 11/23/22 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Library will re-open Friday, 11/25/22 at 10am through 3pm.

Thursday November 24, 2022
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Thanksgiving-Closed for holiday

The Library will be closed Thursday, November 24th, 2022 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The Library will be closed Thursday, November 24th, 2022 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Friday November 25, 2022

The Library will be open regular Friday hours on 11/25/22 from 10am-3pm

The Library will be open regular Friday hours on 11/25/22 from 10am-3pm

Saturday November 26, 2022

The Library is closed Saturday, 11/26/22, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Regular Library hours resume Monday, 11/28/22 at 9am.

The Library is closed Saturday, 11/26/22, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Regular Library hours resume Monday, 11/28/22 at 9am.

Wednesday November 30, 2022
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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Daytime Book Discussion

Welcome to the Boxford Town Library daytime discussion group! Everyone is welcome to join our discussion, which will be held in person at the library.

Our October pick is Booth by Karen Joy Fowler. No registration is necessary. For more information or for help in ordering the book, please contact Beth Safford at 978-887-7323 or esafford@boxfordlibrary.org.

Ostensibly about the family of Shakespearean actors best known for their connection to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, Fowler’s novel explores tensions surrounding race, politics, and culture in 19th-century America. Given his upbringing in a vegetarian, strongly anti-slavery, highly literate, freethinking household that even today would be labeled bohemian, how did John became a pro-slavery, pro-secessionist fanatic capable of terrorist murder? And how did his actions affect his surviving family? Alcoholic, eccentrically idealistic Junius Booth is a major star on the British stage when he and his “wife,” Mary, run away to rural Maryland while he is still married to another woman. Of their 10 offspring, six survive past early childhood. Bright oldest daughter Rosalie dotes on charming Johnny but is keenly perceptive about his weaknesses. (In a heartbreaking depiction of Victorian women’s limited options, Rosalie’s own sparkle fades into genteel alcoholism after she's forced to forego education and marriage and become the family caregiver.) Brother Edwin is quiet, responsible, maybe even dull compared to charismatic John, but despite sharing the family addiction to alcohol, Edwin has the discipline, intelligence, and talent that John lacks to succeed as an actor. To his own—and John’s resentful—surprise, Edwin becomes America’s foremost actor, maintaining his prestige despite his brother’s infamy. Staunchly abolitionist and pro-union, Edwin, who once saved Robert Lincoln’s life, and Rosalie are increasingly aghast at John’s increasingly crazed behavior and racist ravings. More conflicted is sister Asia, who shares John’s charm as well as his prickly disposition; after the assassination, she finds herself briefly under suspicion. As the Booths’ story unfolds, Fowler inserts major national events into the narrative, like the Dred Scott case and John Brown’s uprising, along with key moments in Lincoln’s life showing his humanity as well as his public nobility. The historical context she offers is of a pre–Civil War America of deep moral divides, political differences tearing close families apart, populism and fanaticism run amok. The similarities to today are riveting and chilling. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

 

CONTACT: Beth Safford  978-887-7323  esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Welcome to the Boxford Town Library daytime discussion group! Everyone is welcome to join our discussion, which will be held in person at the library.

Our October pick is Booth by Karen Joy Fowler. No registration is necessary. For more information or for help in ordering the book, please contact Beth Safford at 978-887-7323 or esafford@boxfordlibrary.org.

Ostensibly about the family of Shakespearean actors best known for their connection to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, Fowler’s novel explores tensions surrounding race, politics, and culture in 19th-century America. Given his upbringing in a vegetarian, strongly anti-slavery, highly literate, freethinking household that even today would be labeled bohemian, how did John became a pro-slavery, pro-secessionist fanatic capable of terrorist murder? And how did his actions affect his surviving family? Alcoholic, eccentrically idealistic Junius Booth is a major star on the British stage when he and his “wife,” Mary, run away to rural Maryland while he is still married to another woman. Of their 10 offspring, six survive past early childhood. Bright oldest daughter Rosalie dotes on charming Johnny but is keenly perceptive about his weaknesses. (In a heartbreaking depiction of Victorian women’s limited options, Rosalie’s own sparkle fades into genteel alcoholism after she's forced to forego education and marriage and become the family caregiver.) Brother Edwin is quiet, responsible, maybe even dull compared to charismatic John, but despite sharing the family addiction to alcohol, Edwin has the discipline, intelligence, and talent that John lacks to succeed as an actor. To his own—and John’s resentful—surprise, Edwin becomes America’s foremost actor, maintaining his prestige despite his brother’s infamy. Staunchly abolitionist and pro-union, Edwin, who once saved Robert Lincoln’s life, and Rosalie are increasingly aghast at John’s increasingly crazed behavior and racist ravings. More conflicted is sister Asia, who shares John’s charm as well as his prickly disposition; after the assassination, she finds herself briefly under suspicion. As the Booths’ story unfolds, Fowler inserts major national events into the narrative, like the Dred Scott case and John Brown’s uprising, along with key moments in Lincoln’s life showing his humanity as well as his public nobility. The historical context she offers is of a pre–Civil War America of deep moral divides, political differences tearing close families apart, populism and fanaticism run amok. The similarities to today are riveting and chilling. Copyright © Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

 

CONTACT:
  Beth Safford
  978.887.7323
   esafford@boxfordlibrary.org

Tuesday December 20, 2022
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Poetry Circle

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT: Carole Davis  marketupc@verizon.net

Calling all poetry lovers! Everyone is welcome to join our Poetry Circle, which meets the third Tuesday of the month to read and study different poets. For more information, contact Carole Davis at marketupc@verizon.net.
 

CONTACT:
  Carole Davis
  
   marketupc@verizon.net

Saturday December 24, 2022

The Library will be closed Saturday, 12/24/22 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Library will resume regular hours Tuesday, 12/27/22 at 9am.

The Library will be closed Saturday, 12/24/22 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Library will resume regular hours Tuesday, 12/27/22 at 9am.

Monday December 26, 2022

The Library will be closed Monday, December 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Library will resume regular hours on Tuesday, 12/27/22 at 9am.

The Library will be closed Monday, December 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Library will resume regular hours on Tuesday, 12/27/22 at 9am.

Saturday December 31, 2022

The Library will be closed Saturday, 12/31/22 in observance of the holiday. The Library will resume regular hours on Tuesday, 1/3/23 at 9am.

The Library will be closed Saturday, 12/31/22 in observance of the holiday. The Library will resume regular hours on Tuesday, 1/3/23 at 9am.


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