Milton Public Library to offer events throughout November for families and adults

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Fun and interactive programs to be held at Milton Public Library in November

The Milton Public Library is offering some fun and educational programs for adults and families during the month of November. On Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and also on Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 a.m. in the lower level Conference Room, Nina Zonnevylle will hold her drop-in program called the “Milton Knitting Group.”  Come join others to share your knitting projects and learn more about the craft from an expert.

Then on Saturday, November 4th at 11:00 a.m., there will be an open coffee hour and talk called “Tips for Supporting Your Teen Academically” with Eliza Wagner Srestha of ES Tutoring and Consulting, a veteran educator with 17 years of teaching experience.  As teenagers go through middle and high school and become more independent, figuring out how to support them through school can be confusing.  Should I help with homework?  How much structure do they need?  Come meet other parents, have some refreshments, and learn how to create opportunities for healthy dialogue with your teen.

Another educational workshop happening in November is the second part of Linda MacIver’s “Research Your Family Tree.”  This second half of our September program is happening on Tuesday, November 7th starting at 7:00 p.m., but please note that you can only attend if you already were in the Part 1 class this Fall.  Linda will be in touch with the previous participants for Part 2, but  – for those of you who missed this program altogether –  the library does plan to offer Part 1 again in the Spring on April 24, 2018  – so watch for the monthly posters or keep checking their website after the New Year if you would like to register for it.    For Part 1, no prior family research experience is required and everyone who is interested in this topic will have a chance to take the free class.

The “Tuesday Night at the Movies” pick for November 14th is called “Sense the Wind.” This is a documentary journey led by four blind sailors – Matt, Nancy, Philip and Inky – as they train and compete at the U.S. Blind Nationals and press toward the Blind Sailing Worlds in Japan.  They compete despite risk of a crossing boom, a boat collision, or falling overboard.  On the water, teamwork and intuition take over.  Disability is no longer the focus.  Between seasons, life takes a big turn when one gains more than a trophy and must learn to live and sail with a new sensibility.  The movie is only 54 minutes long, it starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. and it is unrated.  This is a unique and fascinating film not to be missed.

Another entertaining event is called “Meet the Wicked Cozies: The Softer Side of Crime Fiction” and it will be held on Sunday, November 19th starting at 2:00 p.m.   If you’ve read a Miss Marple mystery or watched “Murder She Wrote,” then you’ve experienced a “cozy mystery.”  Meet six of the top cozy mystery writers who call themselves the “Wicked Cozies.” They will talk about how they write their novels…fun page-turners that take place in a small community with amateur detectives who solve the crime.  Each of these authors has found her own niche, and will share how their individual experiences shaped their cozy sleuths.  Milton’s own Hallie Ephron, who writes creepy suspense novels, will moderate the panel.  The authors to be included in this program are Jessica Estevao (also known as Jessie Crockett and Jessica Ellicott); Sherry Harris; Julie Hennrikus (also known as Julianne Holmes, J.A. Hennrikus, and Julia Henry); Edith Maxwell (also known as Maddie Day); Liz Mugavero (also known as Cate Conte) and Barbara Ross.  Panel moderator Hallie Ephron writes suspense novels and loves reading cozies.  She is the New York Times, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author of suspense novels, and is also a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award.  Please come and enjoy hearing these prolific authors talk about their books and their writing.

Then there will be a travel photography program on Tuesday, November 28th, at 7:00 p.m. called “A Year in Chile” by Barry Pell.  Mr. Pell has been living in Santiago, Chile with his wife, teaching English and traveling and they specifically chose Chile’s capital city to live and work in.  They wanted to explore the country’s culture, landscape and people for one year.  Chile is the most remote country on the South American continent.  It occupies a narrow slice of land squeezed between the south Pacific Ocean and the towering and rugged Andes Mountains.  In this presentation, Barry will take you on a journey from the parched dunes of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the fertile wine valleys, and into the south’s stunning lake region, massive glaciers and fjords.  The program will be accompanied by Barry’s photography of a country he considers to be South America’s most beautiful.   Do not miss this program, especially if you enjoy seeing the world and learning about other cultures.

Instructor Betty Siegel will hold her “Drop-in Writing Workshop” twice on Wednesdays on November 8th and November 29th, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.  So drop in and bring your writing samples, share ideas and learn how to improve your pieces with advice from an experienced author.

And finally “Chronicle” host Ted Reinstein returns to the library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30th to talk about his newest book: New England’s General Stores.  Explore the fabric of America over hot coffee and penny candy.  Step through the wooden doors of a New England general store and step back in time, into a Norman Rockwell painting and into the heart of America.  This new book offers a nostalgic picture of a colonial staple and fortunately, a steadfast institution of small towns from Connecticut to Maine.  This is where children of each generation take their first allowance to buy their very own penny candy.  Locals have swapped stories at these counters from gossip, to whispers of revolution.  In tough times, the general store treated customers like family, extending credit when no one else would.  Stubborn as New Englanders themselves, the general store has refused to become a mere sentimental relic of an earlier age.  Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for “Chronicle,” WCVB-TV/Boston’s award-winning – and America’s longest-running, locally-produced nightly news magazine since 1997.  Copies of Ted’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the end of the talk.

All of these events will be held in the Keys Community Room, unless otherwise noted, and they are free and open to the public.  They are proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and for more information, go to the website: or call staff member Jean Hlady at the Reference desk at 617-698-5757, x. 3.

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