Milton Public Library to host events throughout October

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Fun adult programs to be held at Milton Public Library

During the month of October 2017, the Milton Public Library is offering some fun and educational programs for adults and families.  On Tuesday, October 3rd starting promptly at 6:30 p.m., there will be a free screening of the Academy Award winning film called “La La Land.”  This movie was the most acclaimed musical of 2016 – it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again.  Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams – and find each other – in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.  It’s rated PG-13 for “some language” so it may not be appropriate for young children and the running time is 128 minutes.

And on Wednesday, October 4th, Library Director Will Adamczyk will hold a “Local History Book Club” in the lower level Conference Room, starting at 7:00 p.m.  The book to be read in advance is Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo.  This is the true story of a 50-foot tall steel tank with 2.3 million gallons of molasses that collapsed on Boston’s waterfront on January 15, 1919.  It demolished wooden homes, even the brick fire station, and the number of dead was not known for days.  It would be years before a landmark court battle determined who was responsible for the disaster.  Pick up your copy of the book at the Library or place a reserve online at where you can click on “View Catalog” to search for the title.  If you have not read this great book, please do so and join Will in a fascinating discussion.

Betty Siegel’s “Fall Writing Workshop” will be held on Wednesday, October 11th and Wednesday, October 25th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the lower level Conference Room.  Ms. Siegel who taught for the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Quincy College will assist you with your writing samples, give helpful feedback and support you during the process.  There is no sign-up required so just come and meet other writers.   And another ongoing program – the “Milton Knitting Group with Nina Zonnevylle” – will continue in October twice a month.  For this drop-in session, come to the Conference Room on Thursday, October 5th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and/or on Saturday, October 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Bring your current project and get some good advice and companionship as you work.  No sign-up is required for this program, and Nina is a very experienced and helpful expert in the field who welcomes knitters of all levels.

On Tuesday, October 17th, the film “The Finest Hours” will screen promptly at 6:30 p.m.  The program is supported by The Milton Library Foundation, in anticipation of their upcoming Literary Gala to support the Milton Public Library.   The story was written by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, and Mr. Tougias will be the speaker for the November 1st event at Granite Links in Quincy.  To purchase tickets to the 12th Literary Gala, visit   This movie is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history and 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, this film is a triumph.  It is rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of peril” and the running time is 117 minutes.  Please join us for a wonderful movie.

Then on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m., there will be a talk about Ebola by Dr. Steven Hatch.  Dr. Hatch, an infectious disease specialist, has written a book called Inferno: A Doctor’s Ebola Story.  This is his account of the epidemic that nearly consumed the nation of Liberia, as he came to work there in November 2013 and six months later, several of the physicians he had served with were either dead or unable to work, and Ebola had become a world health emergency.  Powerful and clear-eyed, this book not only explores a deadly virus and an afflicted country, but also reveals how the Ebola outbreak stoked nativist anxieties that were exploited for political gain in the U.S. and around the world.  A book signing will follow this interesting author talk.

The second musical event this Fall – which is perfect for listeners of all ages – will happen on Saturday, October 21st starting at 2:00 p.m., with a unique band called “Women in World Jazz – International Music from Around the Globe.” This all-female ensemble offers a multi-cultural experience which blends entertainment and education.  The group brings together women of different nationalities with extensive experience in performance.  The music is easy to relate to, diverse and engaging.  All members of the group are accomplished musicians playing a varied repertoire, ranging from jazz to world/ethnic.  There will be songs and pieces from the U.S., Cuba, Brazil, Cape Verde, Japan, and the Middle East presented to our audience.  Come and bring the whole family to this fun concert!

On Sunday, October 22nd, the Library will host its annual “Fall into Reading: Meet Local Authors” event, featuring 12 local authors who will share their works at a meet and greet.  Starting at 2:00 p.m., each writer will offer a brief introduction of themselves or their work, and will then be available for one-on-one conversation with readers.  This year, the collection of authors includes Joan Blake, Delia Cabe, Steven Cardoza, Jenn Dlugos, Corey Dolgon, Ariana Ferrante, Iris Gomez, Charles Hatton, Connie Mayo, Tom MacDonald, Randy Ross, and Patricia Smith.  Their books cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction topics.  Don’t miss this chance to meet local talent and find new books for you and your family of readers.

Our final October event will happen on Tuesday, October 24th starting at 7:00 p.m. and it is with PBS’s ghost expert Jeff Belanger who will give a program called:  “A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger”  to help you find some inspiration for Halloween!  Mr. Belanger is an author, adventurer, and one of the most visible paranormal researchers today.  He’s the founder of the new legend tripping movement and is the Emmy-nominated host, writer and producer of the New England Legends series which debuted on PBS in October of 2013.  Since 1998, the journalist has interviewed thousands of eyewitnesses of paranormal occurrences.  He’s the ultimate insider and knows how to connect with people from all walks of life when it comes to the unexplained.  Jeff’s many books on the subject are beloved by all who read them, and he is also the founder of, and a noted speaker and media personality.  In addition he’s the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes which is available in over 9 million homes on Sky TV all around the world.  Please come and check out this program, be entertained and get a few chills at the same time from this fun talk!  No sign-up is required but come early as this is always a very popular event.

All of these programs are kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and the concert series is also supported by the Milton Woman’s Club.  They are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Keys Community Room unless otherwise specified.  Please come and enjoy our library’s happenings this October.  For more information, go to our website  or contact Jean Hlady, Adult Services Librarian, at 617-698-5757, x. 3.

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