Milton Public Library to offer various events throughout October

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Milton Public Library to offer various events throughout October

Programs include knitting, book club, and more

During the month of October, the Milton Public Library is offering some fun and educational programs for adults and families. First of all, our ongoing program called “The Milton Knitting Group” will meet on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 20th at 10:00 a.m., both in the lower level Conference Room with expert Nina Zonnevylle. Drop by this open workshop to connect with other knitters, make new friends and get advice about your project. Then on Tuesday, October 2nd, starting promptly at 6:30 p.m., the “Tuesday Night at the Movies” pick is “All the Money in the World” starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer. This true story follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty II (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother, Gail, to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Gerry Sr.’s advisor become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money. This film is rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content and so is not suitable for children. The running time is 133 minutes.

Then on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., expert photographer Bob Michelson returns to give a 2-hour workshop called “Editing Photos on Your Computer.” This program will cover Adobe Photoshop Elements, basic color correction, white balancing, cropping, resizing and sharing photos. There is no signup for this event and attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops to the session. Mr. Michelson is a published underwater photographer/videographer and has been diving for 38 years. Bring all your photography questions to this program, which will be hosted by Librarian Chris Callaghan.

On Thursday, October 4th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., Tea Specialist Lisa Tavakoli returns to the Library with a new presentation called “Tea Gowns, Tea Gardens and The Tango: Early 20th Century Tea in England Pre-World War II” This will provide a view into how tea was entwined with the British culture during both World Wars, helping people cope and maintain a sense of civility. Listen to how a beverage of this magnitude brought with it consoling stability and a stronger community during war time. Registration in advance is a must, so visit to sign up.

There will be a very fun event to help celebrate Halloween a little early on Tuesday, October 9th, at 7:00 p.m., with ghost expert Jeff Belanger who we are lucky to have return to Milton. The program is called “Ghosts and Legends” is appropriate for all ages and Belanger will be offering stories, research and evidence of ghost sightings from around the world. For the last 19 years, he has searched the world over for paranormal legends that have seeped into folklore and even history books. Jeff is the Emmy-nominated host of PBS’s “New England Legends,” founder of the website and is Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” writer. He is also the author of more than a dozen books on the paranormal and lectures regularly at lots of different venues. Come and enjoy all things spooky with us this October!

Our ongoing “Drop-in Device Help with Chris” sessions will happen on Wednesday, October 10th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and also on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., both held in the lower level Conference Room. So if you have questions about downloading Ebooks, audiobooks, music or movies, or need help setting up your electronic device to receive a download, stop by to see Chris at one of these programs. There is no sign-up required. There will also be a workshop called “Computer Test Drive with Chris” on Monday, October 15th, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. held in the Conference Room. In this class, designed for people who don’t work with computers very often, Chris will go over some of the basics with Windows-based PCs, try out some mouse exercises, and explore how to get into the Milton Public Library online resources. The class is limited to 10 patrons and laptops will be provided. Registration is required and begins on October 1st at our website.

On October 11th at 7:00 p.m., author Eileen McNamara will give a talk about her book called Eunice, the Kennedy who Changed the World (Simon and Schuster, c2018). Her biography of Eunice Kennedy Shriver argues that we should remember the fifth child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy for much more than Special Olympics. She was, in fact, the architect of one of 20th century’s great civil rights movements, on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities. McNamara, a former columnist at The Boston Globe, won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and contributed to the newspaper’s coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. She is now director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis University. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this program.

There will be an informative and exciting talk by Sam Ducharme, who will treat us to a modern day adventure! The program will be held on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m. and is called “Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail.” Mr. Ducharme will tell us all about his six-month journey on a 2180-mile, 14-state backpacking trip from Spring Mountain, GA to Mt. Katahdin, ME. During this journey, he documented the rugged beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, the wildlife, the hardships encountered on the trail, as well as the people, culture and humanity at its finest. Come join him as he takes you through the trail towns, over the mountaintops and through the backcountry. See his gear, how he cooked, and hear what it is like sleeping in a hammock for six months through three seasons. Sam is a retired K9 officer and a lifelong resident of Connecticut. As an avid outdoorsman and after his children were grown, he decided to buy a backpack and a plane ticket to Georgia and started walking north. He had no prior backpacking experience and learned on the trail. If you like adventure stories, do not miss this one!

Have fun with Nicole Perry, 95.9 WATD’s radio host, as we gain career insights in a fresh and novel way. She created “Powerful Women Reflections” cards for the entrepreneurial-spirited woman and is offering a workshop at the Library on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m. In this interactive program, we will shuffle through limiting beliefs, introduce the power of suggestion and solidify a new mindset with affirmations. It’s time to get motivated! Gain intuitive understanding about health & wellness, family, relationships, education, investing, creating, marketing, and balance & integration. See what Powerful Women Reflections reveal. Nicole Perry is the radio talk show host of 95.9 WATD’s “Powerful Women Revealed,” and is an advertising and marketing maven for entrepreneurial women. Admission is free and the cards will be sold at a discounted price. So please join Nicole for some inspiration!

And last but not least, Library Director Will Adamzcyk will host his “Eclectic Book Group” on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. The book to be read in advance and discussed at this meeting is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (c2011). Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, sharing a preternatural connection and fascination with medicine, the twins come of age at Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, this is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and miracles. No sign-up is required so just drop in and join Will for this chat about a fascinating book. You can call the Reference desk to reserve your copy anytime.

About these programs:

All of these programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, they will be held in the lower level Keys Community Room, and the Milton Public Library is located at 476 Canton Avenue. For more information, contact Jean Hlady, Head of Reference, at 617-698-5757, x. 3 or check events at our website:

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