Milton Public Library offers fun programs throughout June

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Milton Public Library offers fun programs throughout June

Programs include book clubs, presentations, workshops, and more

The Milton Public Library is offering a lot of fun events during the month of June for adults and families which we hope you will check out. On June 3, speaker Betty Sanders will give a talk called “Container Gardening,” starting at 7:00 p.m. Whether it is annuals, perennials, vegetables or tropicals, containers give you the versatility and freedom to do it all. The audience will learn techniques for exciting and successful containers from the bottom up as Betty assembles five containers during this lecture and demonstration. Ms. Sanders is a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. She is also a nationally accredited flower show judge and has studied gardening everywhere from Arnold Arboretum to the New York Botanical Garden and the New England Wildflower Society. There is no signup for this program – please join us for a fun, spring event. Then for our ongoing programs, the “Drop-in Writing Workshop” with Betty Siegel continues in the Conference Room on June 5 and June 19, both Wednesdays, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Come share your writing with others, no matter how accomplished you may be! Stop by and spend some time with an experienced writing instructor as Ms. Siegel has taught in the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Quincy College and is also a professional tutor. Work on your own stories and get great feedback and inspiration in this 6-part program. No signup is required.

Tech Librarian Chris Callaghan will hold his “Drop-in Device Help” on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m., also held in the lower level Conference Room. Stop by with your smartphone or tablet for general tech help as all questions are welcomed, from basic setup to using the library apps on your devices. No registration is required so just come by to see Chris. Next Sally Lawler and Sara Truog will hold a session of the “Celebrity Book Club” on Thursday, June 6th, at 7:00 p.m., in the second floor Trustees Room. Read what the celebrities are reading! Join our newest book club as these two staff members will lead you in a fun, relaxed discussion of books recommended by popular celebrities. Please note that sadly the celebrities are unlikely to attend our meetings… The book to be read in advance is The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (c2019) and it was recommended by actress Emma Roberts. To place a hold on a copy of the book, go to our website and search for the title, or contact the Reference desk and we are happy to help. The Tuesday Night at the Movies pick for June is “On the Basis of Sex” which will be shown on June 18 starting promptly at 6:30 p.m. This film is a 2018 biography which tells the inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination. This movie stars Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer, is rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content, and the length is 2 hours. This is a wonderful film, so well acted and compelling, and I encourage you to join us for this free screening.

Then there will be a program called “Ask A Muslim Anything” with speaker Robert Azzi on Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This event with Mr. Azzi will be an open and honest look at his life, what’s it’s like to be a Muslim in America, how he came to convert to Islam, about the religion of Islam and its history – especially in America – and about the Middle East, terrorism and associated political and social issues. Robert says that he finds that most people, even those critical of Islam and Muslims, when engaged in small scale or one-on-one conversation, are willing to listen and engage with Muslims in a positive way. His hope in giving this talk is that most people will eventually come to understand that we’ve all been made diverse peoples so that we will come to know each other – and that to know each other we must reach out and talk to each other. Mr. Azzi is a photojournalist, columnist and public speaker who lives in Exeter, NH, and he has been speaking all over New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine at the invitation of local communities. He is an Arab/American Muslim, and he writes on issues of identity, conflict and Islam. Please join us for an enlightening conversation on June 25th.

Library Director Will Adamczyk will hold another meeting of his “Eclectic Book Group” on Wednesday, June 26 starting at 7:00 p.m. The book to read in advance is called Marauders by Tom Cooper (c2015). This work of fiction is set in a small bayou town devastated by the BP oil spill, and it is a darkly hilarious debut novel from the author. When the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf coast, those who made a living by shrimping find themselves in dire straits. There are lots of interesting characters in the story, and as the book progresses, they find themselves on a collision course with each other. As the tension and action ramp up, it becomes clear that not all of them will survive the events. To find a copy of the book, go to the Borrower Services desk on the first floor of the Library and check one out from the reserve shelf. Please join Will for an interesting discussion about a riveting book!

For more information:

All of these programs are kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Keys Community Room on the lower level unless otherwise specified here, and for more information, check out www.miltonlibrary.org or call Librarian Jean Hlady at 617-698-5757, x. 3 or go to our website: www.miltonlibrary.org We hope to see you soon at the Library!

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