August 2023 events at the Milton Public Library

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August 2023 events at the Milton Public Library

During the month of August, the Milton Public Library has scheduled some enjoyable and educational events for adults.

On Tuesday, August 1, starting at 7:00 p.m., underwater diver and photographer Bob Michelson will give a talk via Zoom called “Gray Seals and Great White Sharks of Cape Cod.” He is following seal researchers as they capture and sample newborn Gray seal pups on the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness Area south of Chatham. Witness the first documentation of this species mating in the U.S., and learn about the seals’ complete life history while in New England. Great White Sharks have been returning in increasing numbers to hunt their favorite snack – Gray Seals. Join us to view beautiful photos of life under the sea! Advance registration is required at our website to receive the Zoom link.

Our continuing career series called: 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group will return on August 2nd, with weekly meetings every Wednesday including August 9 16, and 23. Every 2 weeks there is a new career topic to experience, which is repeated the following week so that people can attend either at 9:30 in the morning or at 6:00 at night. This approach allows this program to work for everyone’s schedule. Details for this job search series (which is being repeated from the last academic year) are still being worked out, but to find out more, check for updates at our website: and click on “events” from the main page to register. You must sign up in advance for each meeting separately, and you may attend one or all. For questions about the series, Email Librarian [email protected]

On Thursdays, August 3, 17, and 31, meeting up at 12 noon in the parking lot, the ongoing MPL Walking Club will continue this month. Please join others to enjoy exercise and conversation about books and whatever else comes to mind! Please sign up in advance at our website to attend.

There will be a “Virtual Cooking Demo: the Summer Harvest” with Chef and MPL Friend Connie Spiros on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. Summer is the absolute BEST time to create good food from the freshest of ingredients! And, we are so lucky that great produce is available all around us – in your garden, at a roadside farm stand, or the Milton Farmers Market. Connie will create a simple, yet elegant, meal from the best of the summer bounty! You are encouraged to cook along and enjoy the meal together, or take notes and make it as recipes and a shopping list will be provided one week before the program. Please sign up in advance at our website to receive the Zoom link.

Our monthly movie series continues in August with the film “Till – Based on the True Story” which will be shown on Wednesday, August 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Keys Community Room. This movie is based on the murder of Emmett Louis Till in 1955. In summer 1955, 14-year-old Chicago teenager Emmett Till – and only child of the Alabama NAACP 2017 Convention activist Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley – lost his life in a gruesome lynching. The innocent, idealistic southerner was murdered for allegedly offending shopkeeper Carol Bryan Donham sexually, while visiting his relatives in Mississippi, and his body was disposed of in a river. Heartbroken and enraged, Mamie insisted on an open casket funeral for public evidence about his mutilated body. Her story of activism with NACCP – and advocate for children living in poverty – endured until her passing 10 years ago. Nigerian-American Chinonye Chukwu directed this brave story. No signup is required – just come, bring your friends, and a snack! It is rated PG13 and the running time is 130 minutes. Please come!

Next, on Thursday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. in our Keys Community Room, there will be an Adult Yoga Class with Instructor Sheila Armstrong. We will practice asanas (yoga poses) and breathing techniques to come into the present moment, and to create more space in our minds and bodies. Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and water bottle, and anything else that might make you more comfortable during class. Advance registration is required to attend, so please sign up at our website.

Next, the 4th segment of our food series will happen on Tuesday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Keys Community Room and this in person program is called: “Regional Favorites from Yesterday and Today” with Therapy Gardens. Hermits. Johnnycakes. Moxie. You may know some of these foods, but do you think you can recognize them all? We’ve compiled a list of your favorite regional foods from yesteryear to today. Join us as we present them Jeopardy-style and put your local food knowledge to the test! We might even bring some samples. Please come check out this fun event with Dave Williams and host Jean Hlady to get a kick out of some fun food memories and get to try them too. Please sign up in advance at our website, and we hope to see you there!

Finally, the last August program will be a “Book Launch/Celebration” for Author Joan F. Smith in the Keys Community Room on Thursday, August 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. Join us as we celebrate local author Smith in publishing her newest book! Joan, who was the Milton Public Library’s first Dr. Herb Voigt Writer-in-Residence, will read from her new book called: The Other Side of Infinity. This event is free and open to all, and registration is not required to attend.

For questions, email [email protected] or call the Reference Dept. at (617) 898-4964. To register for an event, check out our calendar and register for your selected events.

We hope you will consider visiting us during August for a fun program!


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