Milton Public Library adult programs announced for September 2022

Milton Public Library adult programs
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Milton Public Library adult programs announced for September 2022

During the month of September, the Milton Public Library is offering a wonderful variety of programs for adults and teens.  Starting on Thursday, 9/1, at 7:00 p.m., in the Keys Community Room, there will be a meeting of the Celebrity Book Club.  Read what the celebrities are reading!  Library staff members Sara Truog and Sally Lawler will lead you in a fun, relaxed discussion of books recommended by popular celebrities. The assigned book for this meeting is: The Ensemble by Aja Bael, recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow.  Registration is required and opens August 18th.   This program will also be offered via Zoom so please indicate your preference (for in-person vs. virtual) when you register.  Our ongoing Library Knitting Group will resume on Thursday, 9/1, at7:00 p.m. and continue later in the month on Saturday, 9/17, at 10:00 a.m., with both drop-in meetings held in the lower level Conference Room.  Come join other fabric artists to share your project and to get knitting tips and tricks as you enjoy their company and make new friends at the same time!  No registration is required so just stop by, but if you would like to get on the organizer’s list to receive reminders about this fun twice monthly program, Email [email protected] and she will make sure you are connected. 

On Tuesday, 9/6, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a talk via Zoom called: “Dragonflies, Damselflies and Spreadwings: Beautiful and Beneficial” with photographer and naturalist Joy Marzolf.  In this fascinating virtual program, the presenter will teach us about what are these insects doing in our yards and how do you tell males from females?  Enjoy beautiful images of these animals and learn more about some amazing flyers and how their presence in our neighborhood can benefit all of us!  Ms. Marzolf loves to share her knowledge about wildlife in nature, and in addition to a B.A. in Biology, she has been doing a variety of animal-related educational programs in her professional life for over 20 years.  We hope you might join us, although advance registration is required to participate so go to to sign up and to receive the Zoom link.  Then there will be a Virtual Meditation Workshop called “Be Kind To Your Mind” with instructor Amy Rutledge of California happening on Tuesday, 9/13, at 7:00 p.m.  Join us online for this Zoom meditation and relaxation session, as Amy will teach us a little about the benefits of meditation and will guide us through a 30-minute class.  Ms., Rutledge has been teaching online classes via Zoom, Youtube and Facebook Live for Libraries during this challenging time, and she has experience teaching all ages, including teens, so please include your children over 12.  You must sign up in advance to participate in this relaxing activity from your armchair, and once registrated you will receive the Zoom link.

The first in person concert in the Library’s Fall music series will happen on Thursday night, 9/15, starting at 7:00 p.m. and this will be with the incredibly talented trio called “North Sea Gas” of Scotland.  The event will be held in the lower level Keys Community Room, and we are so fortunate that this dynamic and comical group is again on tour in the U.S. and will make a stop in Milton!  After 40 years together and stronger than ever, North Sea Gas is one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands as they bring great vocals and tremendous 3-part harmonies to their performances.  Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonia, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of their concerts as well.  No signup is required to attend this concert, so please just come and bring your families as the repertoire is appropriate for all ages.  Host Jean Hlady hopes to see you there to enjoy some great entertainment in September!

Pop culture historian and prolific author Marty Gitlin will give a virtual talk on Tuesday, 9/20, at 7:00 p.m. called “Significant Sporting Events that Changed America.”    This enlightening program will entertain and illuminate sports fans or anyone interested in American history.  Mr. Gitlin will show exciting videos of sporting events – through more than 100 years – that greatly impacted society and/or the sports themselves.  Included are the sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees, Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the 1958 NFL Championship Game 5 that brought football into prominence, and much more.  These fascinating images will be followed by trivia questions for participants to ponder and finally also some Q&A.  Please join us for a thought-provoking sports experience!  Advance registration is required at our website to receive the Zoom link.

The MPL’s final program will be in person in the Keys Community Room on Tuesday, 9/27, starting at 7:00 p.m. and this will be a lecture by historian Bob Begin called “Boston History Talk: The Cocoanut Grove Fire.”    In November of 1942, America was feeling the full brunt of the war, and across the globe war was raging on all fronts.  Europe was under German control, in North Africa GIs were up against Italian and German forces, and in the Pacific Marines were fighting the Japanese on air, land, and sea for control of a remote island named Guadalcanal.  The city of Boston was full of men coming and going, and the harbor was full of merchant ships and war ships.  The Cocoanut Grove, a romantic, exotic and popular nightclub, caught fire when filled with customers, and tragically 492 people perished.  Learn what caused the fire, how it spread, and who were the victims in this educational program.  The talk will be held in person but also recorded by Milton Access Cable for later viewing, so not available via Zoom.  Please register in advance at, then click on “events” from the main page and then choose the date of 9/27 to sign up as we will be checking people in at the door. 

All of these events are kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and are free and open to all.  For questions, Email librarian Jean Hlady at [email protected] or call the Reference Dept. at (617) 898-4964.  We look forward to seeing you at a library program this September!

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