During the month of October 2016, the Milton Public Library is offering some great programs for adults and families. On Saturday, 10/1/16 starting at 2 p.m. don’t miss singer and guitarist Howie Newman and fiddle player/vocalist Jackie Damsky who will perform in a free concert in the Keys Community Room. This musical event will combine songs, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience, which includes covers and original compositions. Howie has written a full lineup of baseball tunes – but he’d like to be known for more than that. He worked as a sportswriter for the Middlesex News, Patriot Ledger, Boston Globe and more, and covered all 7 games of the 1986 Red Sox-Mets World Series for the Lynn Daily Item. But in addition to sports, his song topics include TV commercials, cell phones, middle age dating, the weather, intergalactic garbage collection and more. And the material is totally clean, suitable for all ages. Their performances feature excellent musicianship, tight harmonies and some very funny tunes. Come laugh and enjoy this unique and fun musical duo, and you can bring the family.
Then on Tuesday, 10/4/16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., employment expert Gary Gekow will give a free “Career Change Workshop” for all job seekers. This program is about transitioning into a new profession which can be a challenging and daunting undertaking. We will discuss and explore various strategies to help make the transition from one industry to another, or private to public sector, a smooth one. This is a group discussion where everyone’s experiences and opinions are welcomed, and we encourage you to attend even if you are just thinking about possibly making a change in your own career. Mr. Gekow is very helpful in all aspects of the job search and has many years of experience and knowledge.
Library Director Will Adamczyk continues his quarterly “Eclectic Book Group with Will” on Wednesday, 10/5/16 starting at 7 p.m. in the lower level Conference Room. The book for this session is The Circle, the exhilarating new novel by Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for The Circle, the world’s most powerful Internet company, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal Emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. Come join Will for an interesting discussion about this fascinating novel.
Some other ongoing programs which all meet in the lower level Conference Room are “Fall Writing Workshop with Betty Siegel” on Wednesday, 10/12/16 and Wednesday, 10/26/16 starting at 7 p.m., “First Friday Book Chat with Will” on Friday, 10/7/16 at 11 AM, and “Library Knitting Group” on Thursday, 10/6/16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10/15/16 at 10 AM. All are free and open to the public so just drop in.
On Sunday, 10/16/16 starting at 2 p.m., a select group of award-winning authors will participate in a program called “Fall into Reading: Meet Local Authors.” Jennifer DeLeon, Milton resident and essayist of “Wise Latinas,” will emcee a discussion with local writers sharing insights into their books. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet the authors and browse the wide selection of autographed books on English gardens, stories by Boston firefighters, murder mysteries, history, essays, and young adult themes.
Then on Tuesday, 10/18/16 starting promptly at 6:30 p.m., there will be a free showing of the film “The Finest Hours.” Based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history, this movie is a tale of courage, loyalty and honor in the face of overwhelming odds. When a massive storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, it rips a T-2 oil tanker in half, trapping more than 30 sailors on its rapidly sinking stern. As Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) and his crew set out in a 12-seat rescue boat to save them, Chief Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) struggles to buy his men more time. Packed with heroic larger-than-life action and driven by the men’s faith in their mission, themselves and one another. “The Finest Hours” is a triumph. It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril and “parents are strongly cautioned.” The running time is 117 minutes.
In this busy month we are also offering a “Beatles Talk with Beatles Scholar Aaron Krerowicz” on Sunday, 10/23/16 starting at 2 p.m.. America has only one full-time professional Beatles music scholar and Aaron will come to the library to speak about the Fab Four. His first Beatles book called The Beatles & The Avant-Garde was published in 2014 and his second The Beatles: Band of the Sixties was released in April 2015 as an Amazon Kindle book. And his third is called From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America. The last topic is the subject of this program and if you are a music fan, you will find this a unique and interesting event. When not writing, Krerowicz maintains a busy travel schedule in order to present his findings, and in 2015 he visited 14 states and made his first English lecture tour during which he spoke in London and Liverpool, the band’s hometown. His website is www.AaronKrerowicz.com .
And finally on Thursday, October 27th starting at 7 p.m., author Anthony Amore, comes to the Milton Public Library with his book, The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World, sharing the story of some of history’s most notorious yet untold cons. The stories involve stolen art hidden for decades; elaborate ruses that involve the Nazis and allegedly plundered art; the theft of a prototype from a well-known artist by his assistant to be used later to create copies; and other confidence scams incredible not only for their boldness, but more so because they actually worked! Amore also wrote Stealing Rembrandts, and is the Head of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
All adult programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and are free and open to the public. They are held in the lower level Keys Community Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Jean Hlady, Adult Services Librarian, at (617) 698-5757, x 3