Tuesday March 5, 2024
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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Real Score: Unraveling Myths About Trans People in Sports

In this presentation, we will explore the complex and often misunderstood world of transgender athletes in sports. Delving into the history and current controversies, we will address the myths and misinformation surrounding "biological advantages." We will also discuss the discriminatory nature of recent sports bans targeting transgender individuals, and interrogate how similar arguments have been historically used to marginalize other minority groups. We will look at the real world impact of these sports bans, and how they might touch places you didn't think about. Finally, we'll put it all together in considering what transgender inclusion means for society at large.

Virtual: Register

About the presenter: Erin Reed (she/her) is a transgender journalist based in Washington, D.C. She tracks LGBTQ+ legislation around the United States for her subscription newsletter, Erin In The Morning. Her work has been cited by the APReutersThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and many more major media outlets. You can follow her on twitter and tiktok @ErinInTheMorn.

​This program is presented by the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, in partnership with a cohort of many Massachusetts public libraries.

CONTACT: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: ZOOM

In this presentation, we will explore the complex and often misunderstood world of transgender athletes in sports. Delving into the history and current controversies, we will address the myths and misinformation surrounding "biological advantages." We will also discuss the discriminatory nature of recent sports bans targeting transgender individuals, and interrogate how similar arguments have been historically used to marginalize other minority groups. We will look at the real world impact of these sports bans, and how they might touch places you didn't think about. Finally, we'll put it all together in considering what transgender inclusion means for society at large.

Virtual: Register

About the presenter: Erin Reed (she/her) is a transgender journalist based in Washington, D.C. She tracks LGBTQ+ legislation around the United States for her subscription newsletter, Erin In The Morning. Her work has been cited by the APReutersThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and many more major media outlets. You can follow her on twitter and tiktok @ErinInTheMorn.

​This program is presented by the Morrill Memorial Library in Norwood, in partnership with a cohort of many Massachusetts public libraries.

CONTACT:
  Courtney Michael
  508.358.2311
   cmichael@minlib.net

LOCATION: ZOOM

 
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7:30 PM - 8:45 PM
Great Presenters: Dr. John Dowd

"What is your gut telling you?  A conversation with Dr John Dowd"

Gastrointestinal symptoms and conditions can profoundly impact quality of life and are unfortunately very common.  These conditions range from minor irritating symptoms to life threatening illnesses.  In this discussion which is being delivered during National Colon Cancer Awareness month we shall discuss several of the common gastrointestinal maladies including colon cancer.  Colon cancer is decreasing in incidence overall, but is increasing in incidence in younger patients.  Colon cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women.  Some of these cases may be preventable by lifestyle modification and routine colorectal cancer screening. 

We will also discuss some of the more common reasons people are seen by gastrointestinal specialists and what your body is telling you when you have various GI symptoms.   

Dr. John Dowd is a gastroenterologist and Medical Director of Endoscopy at Emerson Health Gastroenterology, renowned for his outstanding patient care.  Dr Dowd has 25 years of experience in the field of Gastroenterology.  Prior to joining Emerson Health Gastroenterology in 2018, Dr. Dowd worked at Dartmouth Hitchcock-Manchester and was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and clinical nutrition at Yale University and a fellowship in advanced therapeutic biliary endoscopy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Dowd is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, among other organizations. He is consistently named a Top Doctor by Boston Magazine. Visit emersongi.org for more information.

Dr Dowd has three adult children, and lives in Wayland with his wife and stepchildren.  He enjoys traveling, mountain biking and hiking in his free time. 

CONTACT: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom

"What is your gut telling you?  A conversation with Dr John Dowd"

Gastrointestinal symptoms and conditions can profoundly impact quality of life and are unfortunately very common.  These conditions range from minor irritating symptoms to life threatening illnesses.  In this discussion which is being delivered during National Colon Cancer Awareness month we shall discuss several of the common gastrointestinal maladies including colon cancer.  Colon cancer is decreasing in incidence overall, but is increasing in incidence in younger patients.  Colon cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women.  Some of these cases may be preventable by lifestyle modification and routine colorectal cancer screening. 

We will also discuss some of the more common reasons people are seen by gastrointestinal specialists and what your body is telling you when you have various GI symptoms.   

Dr. John Dowd is a gastroenterologist and Medical Director of Endoscopy at Emerson Health Gastroenterology, renowned for his outstanding patient care.  Dr Dowd has 25 years of experience in the field of Gastroenterology.  Prior to joining Emerson Health Gastroenterology in 2018, Dr. Dowd worked at Dartmouth Hitchcock-Manchester and was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and clinical nutrition at Yale University and a fellowship in advanced therapeutic biliary endoscopy at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Dowd is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, among other organizations. He is consistently named a Top Doctor by Boston Magazine. Visit emersongi.org for more information.

Dr Dowd has three adult children, and lives in Wayland with his wife and stepchildren.  He enjoys traveling, mountain biking and hiking in his free time. 

CONTACT:
  Courtney Michael
  508.358.2311
   cmichael@minlib.net

LOCATION: Raytheon Room OR Zoom


Wednesday March 6, 2024
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9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Raising a Reader

In this 6-session early literacy program children will sing, move, build vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a love of books.

The Red Bag Lending Library provides families with 4 new books each week that are returned and exchanged the following week.

Jodi Levin from Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead the program.

Wednesdays, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 28, and March 6 (No session on February 21).

For children ages 0-3 with caregiver. Register for all  6 sessions HERE. Limited to 10 families.

 

LOCATION: Raytheon Room

In this 6-session early literacy program children will sing, move, build vocabulary, early literacy skills, and a love of books.

The Red Bag Lending Library provides families with 4 new books each week that are returned and exchanged the following week.

Jodi Levin from Family ACCESS Community Connections will lead the program.

Wednesdays, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 28, and March 6 (No session on February 21).

For children ages 0-3 with caregiver. Register for all  6 sessions HERE. Limited to 10 families.

 

LOCATION: Raytheon Room

 

Children will make fabulous creations out of legos.

This month's theme is Space Stations.

We will meet in the Raytheon Room.. For ages 5 years and up, with caregivers.

 

 

LOCATION: Raytheon Room
There are 14 spaces available.

Children will make fabulous creations out of legos.

This month's theme is Space Stations.

We will meet in the Raytheon Room.. For ages 5 years and up, with caregivers.

 

 

LOCATION: Raytheon Room

There are 14 spaces available.

 
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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Author Talk: Nina Totenberg

You are invited to an intimate conversation with Nina Totenberg as she talks about her nearly fifty-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her book Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships

Virtual: Register here.

Four years before Nina Totenberg was hired at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning reporter, and nearly twenty-two years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court, Nina called Ruth. A reporter for The National Observer, Nina was curious about Ruth’s legal brief, asking the Supreme Court to do something to declare law that discriminated “on the basis of sex” to be unconstitutional. In a time when women were fired for becoming pregnant, often could not apply for credit cards or get a mortgage in their own names, Ruth patiently explained her argument. That call launched a remarkable, nearly fifty-year friendship. 

Dinners with Ruth is an extraordinary account of two women who paved the way for future generations by tearing down professional and legal barriers. It is also an intimate memoir of the power of friendships as women began to pry open career doors and transform the workplace. At the story’s heart is one, special Ruth and Nina saw each other not only through personal joys, but also illness, loss, and widowhood. During the devastating illness and eventual death of Nina’s first husband, Ruth drew her out of grief; twelve years later, Nina would reciprocate when Ruth’s beloved husband died. They shared not only a love of opera, but also of shopping, as they instinctively understood that clothes were armor for women who wanted to be taken seriously in a workplace dominated by men. During Ruth’s last year, they shared so many small dinners that Saturdays were “reserved for Ruth” in Nina’s house. Dinners with Ruth also weaves together compelling, personal portraits of other fascinating women and men from Nina’s life, including her cherished NPR colleagues Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer; her beloved husbands; her friendships with multiple Supreme Court Justices, including Lewis Powell, William Brennan, and Antonin Scalia, and Nina’s own family—her father, the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg, and her “best friends,” her sisters. 

Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers an extraordinary memoir of her personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships. Inspiring and revelatory, Dinners with Ruth is a moving story of the joy and true meaning of friendship. 

Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. She appears on NPR’s critically acclaimed news magazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and on NPR podcasts, including The NPR Politics Podcast and its series, “The Docket.” Totenberg’s Supreme Court and legal coverage has won her every major journalism award in broadcasting. Recognized seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting, she has received more than two dozen honorary degrees. A frequent TV contributor, she writes for major newspapers, magazines, and law reviews.

CONTACT: Courtney Michael  508-358-2311  cmichael@minlib.net
LOCATION: Virtual

You are invited to an intimate conversation with Nina Totenberg as she talks about her nearly fifty-year friendship with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her book Dinners With Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships

Virtual: Register here.

Four years before Nina Totenberg was hired at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning reporter, and nearly twenty-two years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court, Nina called Ruth. A reporter for The National Observer, Nina was curious about Ruth’s legal brief, asking the Supreme Court to do something to declare law that discriminated “on the basis of sex” to be unconstitutional. In a time when women were fired for becoming pregnant, often could not apply for credit cards or get a mortgage in their own names, Ruth patiently explained her argument. That call launched a remarkable, nearly fifty-year friendship. 

Dinners with Ruth is an extraordinary account of two women who paved the way for future generations by tearing down professional and legal barriers. It is also an intimate memoir of the power of friendships as women began to pry open career doors and transform the workplace. At the story’s heart is one, special Ruth and Nina saw each other not only through personal joys, but also illness, loss, and widowhood. During the devastating illness and eventual death of Nina’s first husband, Ruth drew her out of grief; twelve years later, Nina would reciprocate when Ruth’s beloved husband died. They shared not only a love of opera, but also of shopping, as they instinctively understood that clothes were armor for women who wanted to be taken seriously in a workplace dominated by men. During Ruth’s last year, they shared so many small dinners that Saturdays were “reserved for Ruth” in Nina’s house. Dinners with Ruth also weaves together compelling, personal portraits of other fascinating women and men from Nina’s life, including her cherished NPR colleagues Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer; her beloved husbands; her friendships with multiple Supreme Court Justices, including Lewis Powell, William Brennan, and Antonin Scalia, and Nina’s own family—her father, the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg, and her “best friends,” her sisters. 

Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers an extraordinary memoir of her personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships. Inspiring and revelatory, Dinners with Ruth is a moving story of the joy and true meaning of friendship. 

Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent. She appears on NPR’s critically acclaimed news magazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition, and on NPR podcasts, including The NPR Politics Podcast and its series, “The Docket.” Totenberg’s Supreme Court and legal coverage has won her every major journalism award in broadcasting. Recognized seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting, she has received more than two dozen honorary degrees. A frequent TV contributor, she writes for major newspapers, magazines, and law reviews.

CONTACT:
  Courtney Michael
  508.358.2311
   cmichael@minlib.net

LOCATION: Virtual

 
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6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Room is Booked
LOCATION: Raytheon Room
CONTACT:
  Chris Lindquist
  
  

LOCATION: Raytheon Room

Thursday March 7, 2024
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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Music, Story, Fun! with Ms. Janet

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

LOCATION: Children's Room
There are 15 spaces available.

Join Ms. Janet for a musical storytime.She'll bring her ukulele, rainbow bells, and puppets!

We will meet in the Children's Room.

For ages birth through age 4, with caregivers.

(Music, Story, Fun! will also be held on on Feb. 15, Feb.22 and Feb 29, at 10:30 am)

LOCATION: Children's Room

There are 15 spaces available.

 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Room is Booked
 
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Poetry Workshop

This group gathers two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginners and advanced are equally welcome.

Virtual: This meeting is held via ZOOM - email Joan Kimball for the info: jawkimball@gmail.com 

CONTACT: Joan Kimball  978-318-0991  jawkimball@gmail.com
LOCATION: ZOOM

This group gathers two Thursdays a month to work on writing poetry. Beginners and advanced are equally welcome.

Virtual: This meeting is held via ZOOM - email Joan Kimball for the info: jawkimball@gmail.com 

CONTACT:
  Joan Kimball
  978.318.0991
   jawkimball@gmail.com 

LOCATION: ZOOM

Friday March 8, 2024
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Great Decisions: Mideast Realignment

The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads. In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region?

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

CONTACT: Stephen Engler  stephenmengler@gmail.com
LOCATION: Raytheon Room

The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads. In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region?

We will meet in the Raytheon Room. To attend via Zoom, contact Steve Engler.

About Great Decisions: 

Prepare to discuss the world! Join our current events discussion group. Preparation involves reading an 8-page article from the Great Decisions Briefing Book. Our meetings consist of a 20 minute documentary film screening and lively, peer-facilitated discussion on the most critical global issues facing America today. 

CONTACT:
  Stephen Engler
  
   stephenmengler@gmail.com

LOCATION: Raytheon Room


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