Milton Public Library to host adult and family events throughout March
The Milton Public Library is offering some fun and educational events for adults and families during the month of March 2017. Our ongoing “Milton Knitting Group” with expert knitter Nina Zonnevylle continues on Thursday, March 2nd at 7 PM and on Saturday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. Come drop-in, share and chat with other knitters who all bring their own projects to work on, with assistance from Nina. No sign-up is required for this program. Also the “First Friday Book Chat with Will” is a fun way to talk about books with the Library Director Will Adamczyk, and it meets on March 3rd at 11:00 a.m. also in the Conference Room.
On Wednesday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 22nd, instructor Betty Siegel will start the Spring session of her “Drop-in Writing Workshop” which runs from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and is free and open to all. It will be held in the lower level Conference Room and these meetings are the first part of a total of 6 classes, which will run through the month of May. Please see our website for all the program dates: www.miltonlibrary.org The writing workshop is suitable for all levels of authors, and it is a great forum to share your work and get constructive feedback, or to just sit and listen to others talk about writing. Again no sign-up is required for this program.
Historian Christopher Daley returns on Thursday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. to give a talk called “No Irish Need Apply: The History of the Irish in Boston.” This lecture tells the story of the Irish who were brought over unwillingly as indentured servants in the mid-17th century and the later arrival of Scot-Irish. Learn about the rise in anti-Irish Catholic sentiment as immigrants continued to settle in Boston in the 19th century. Discover the life of the Boston Irish after the Great Potato Famine migration – the neighborhoods, working life, organizations, and assimilation into American culture – and their rise in Boston politics. Mr. Daley has been giving talks of historical interest in New England for over 20 years and is an engaging speaker.
Then to help us continue to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the “New England Irish Harp Orchestra” of Exeter, NH will perform a 1.5 hour concert and dance starting at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18th. This wonderful group has been delighting audiences since 2005 with a dozen or more harps on one stage. The Orchestra’s performance of traditional Irish tunes and original pieces is sure to entice your senses and fill your heart. NEIHO is first and foremost a musical community, embracing the unique joy of music that comes from playing and dancing together. The members are from their twenties to their eighties, and they share a common hope which is to bring you the same joy they feel through their music. If you love Irish music, do not miss this concert.
And on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m., Milton resident and best-selling author Dave Wedge brings his book Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy to the Library. Written with New York Times best-selling author Casey Sherman, the book is about the 2013 Boston Marathon attack and was adapted for the film “Patriots Day,” starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Pete Berg. Dave’s new book – also written together with Casey Sherman – is The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight Against ALS. It will be released in October 2017. A Boston College graduate, Dave writes for VICE and was an investigative reporter at the Boston Herald for 14 years.
Start thinking about planting your summer garden with Master Gardener Betty Sanders. She will give a talk at the library on Sunday, March 26th at 2:00 p.m. at a workshop called “Birds, Bees and Butterflies.” This program will help gardeners bring song, beauty and pollinators to their gardens by including plants designed to attract them. Butterflies and bees are active pollinators and a source of beauty. Betty will suggest a few carefully selected plants to make gardens a better environment for the gardener, plants, and the world we share. Betty is a nationally accredited flower show judge and has studied gardening everywhere from the Arnold Arboretum to the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wildflower Society. Check out our website at www.miltonlibrary.org for more details about this great spring program.
All events are sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and the concert series is also supported by the Milton Woman’s Club. They are held in the lower level Keys Community Room, unless otherwise noted. The library is located at 476 Canton Avenue, Milton. These events are free and open to the public, and for more information contact Jean Hlady, Adult Services Librarian, at (617) 698-5757, x. 3.