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A Unique Fund-Raiser: Own a piece of the Woods Hole Public Library!
Sale of the Library’s Roof Slates, re-purposed for cheese boards and coasters
. Details here.
 
April 2014
Sunday, April 6
3:00 PM
Doors open: 2:30 PM
Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Story Hour for Grown-ups
Homegrown: Works in Progress by Local Authors



The Woods Hole Public Library announces its last Story Hour for Grownups of the season, which will take place in the Community Room downstairs on Sunday, April 6 at 3 pm. Doors will open at 2:30 to give audience members a chance to mingle before the readings.

The format of April’s Story Hour differs from past programs. Rather than asking local actors to read previously published short stories, Story Hour’s coordinator has invited Helen S. Goodwin and Nancy H. Porter of the Limulus Writers’ Group, based at the Woods Hole Public Library, to share some unpublished work. Their stories were inspired by workshop word prompts “Fire” and “Pie.” The audience will be invited to offer constructive feedback following each reading, since the authors are continuing to refine each piece.

Helen Goodwin began writing adventure and travel stories after retiring to Falmouth ten years ago. A graduate of Bennington College and Harvard Graduate School, Helen took a job teaching mathematics at Dana Hall School once her two sons were in school. After their graduation, she began traveling, living in Greece and Ecuador, with shorter stays in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Indonesia. Her story, inspired by the word prompt “fire” and entitled “Cooking Katsika in My New Oven,” is set in Greece.

Nancy Porter is a retired software engineer who “always had dreams of writing fiction.” After taking several writing courses, she recently had a short story published on-line. She now divides her time between her family, grandchildren, and writing a novel-in-progress. She is also working on a series of short stories set in small town outside Boston during WWII, each story inspired by a word promptfrom the Limulus writing workshop. “Pie” is one story from this series.

The readings, which will take place at 3 pm on Sunday, April 6, downstairs in the Woods Hole Public Library’s Community Room, are free and open to the public. Doors will open at 2:30.

Wednesday, April 9
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Talk about US Coast Guard Auxiliary



Coast Guard Auxiliarist Steve Wagner will talk about the Auxiliary’s history, role to the boating public and maritime interests and within the US Coast Guard.

Wagner joined the Auxiliary 2011 after retiring from NOAA as Master of the NOAA Ship Delaware II. While in the Auxiliary he has qualified as a crew member aboard the Coast Guard’s 41’ Utility boat, and as a Coxswain aboard Auxiliary facilities. He has been the runner-up for National Auxiliarist of the year. He also volunteers for the Woods Hole Public Library and Woods Hole Historical Museum.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.


Photos: From U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary's Woods Hole Flotilla 11-1 site

Thursday, April 10
1:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


WHHM Conversation, Tom Renshaw

More details TBA.

Thursday, April 10
7:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Gardening Roundtable with Josh Leveque

Josh Leveque, local horticulturalist, will preside over a gardening round-table at the Woods Hole Public Library through the winter on the second Thursday of each month. Although non-gardeners will be confused or amused by people seriously considering their gardens in January, February, and March, avid gardeners will assure them that this too is an important season for gardens, especially to think, talk, and plan for the coming growing season.

All gardeners, of whatever experience and level are welcome to partake in these discussions which will range from flower to vegetables gardens, landscaping, and all things garden related. Josh will be inviting other local expert gardeners to join him in the discussion.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.
Saturday, Apr. 12
7:30 PM

Doors open: 7:00 PM
Cost: $25
Open to the Public

Special location:
At a private home in Woods Hole, address provided with purchase of ticket

Tickets available at the Woods Hole Library, Eight Cousins Books and Bank of Woods Hole


Concert Series:

Deborrah Wyndham Plays Ragtime



The fifth concert of the Woods Hole Public Library’s 2013-2014 “Listening at the Library” series, will take place on Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 pm. The concert, a special performance of ragtime music by pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham, is billed as a “Musical Tour of the History of Ragtime Music.” Unlike the previous concerts in the series, which were held at the Library, this performance will take place in a private Woods Hole home, on a topnotch piano which complements a unique space specifically designed to offer salon-style musicales to a discerning audience.

An accomplished musician, Wyndham has performed throughout the country in a wide range of venues, from concert halls and museums to colleges and libraries. Wherever she plays, she has treated audiences to her unique style, which blends classical training and jazz, enlivened by ragtime and boogie-woogie. Deborrah’s penchant for library concerts has led to dozens of performances in libraries in the Midwest and in New England, where she is currently on tour. She has been performing ragtime music since age 11, and as a teenager accompanied theater groups and played in restaurants, realizing that “music was all I’d be doing or would want to do.” Her “History of Ragtime” program focuses on composers who lived at the end of the 19th century and in the early 20th century, when ragtime’s popularity began to sweep the country. Ragtime resulted from the musical fusion of cultures of various 19th century immigrant groups, yielding an art form that was both America’s original pop music and a precursor of jazz.

Says Julia Bingham of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, “"Deborrah is a very talented pianist and composer who always puts on an amazing show." Following a recent concert in Sturgis MI, the Arts Council director wrote appreciatively of the “combination of warm and engaging stories, command of the instrument, and artistic brilliance, all of which give Deborrah Wyndham a solid and special place in the pantheon of rising stars who have graced our stage.” A reviewer for CNET, an American tech media website, commented, “An artist like Deborrah Wyndham comes along only once in a lifetime!”

Deborrah Wyndham’s “History of Ragtime Music” concert will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 12, in a private home in Woods Hole. Tickets for this Woods Hole Library fundraiser concert are $25 and may be purchased at the Library during its regular hours as well as at Eight Cousins and the Bank of Woods Hole. The exact location of the venue will be disclosed at the time of ticket purchase. Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets without delay. For additional information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.

In the video below, Deborrah Wyndham performs Eubie Blake's "The Charleston Rag" live at The Box Factory For The Arts in Saint Joseph, Michigan on February 16, 2013:



If video does not appear above, you may also view it here.

Monday, April 14
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Illustrated talk by Kate Sullivan, AOLCP of Sleeping Bee Gardens



Organic gardener Kate Sullivan will speak at the Woods Hole Public Library on Monday evening, April 14 at 7:30 PM about her favorite subjects: soil and plants. In the illustrated talk she will share her enthusiasm for understanding organics at the microbe level. She will even bring her microscope so the audience can look at some of the soils near the Library.

Kate, who lives in Plymouth has been involved in land care and gardening since she was a child and has been pursuing organic practices for the past several years. After spending a lot of time in seminars and training sessions, she is now an AOLCP, (Accredited Organic Land Care Professional) through NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) and has studied under Dr Elaine Ingham, from the Soil Food Web.

Since starting her own business, Sleeping Bee Gardens, she has found that she is answering the same questions from her clients over and over again. Her client in Woods Hole suggested that she share what she knows about horticulture and organic methods in a talk locally, so she has come to Woods Hole Public Library. She joins an impressive list of organic gardeners who have been part of the on-going “Gardening Round-table” which has met every month at the Library since mid-winter. Her expertise lies more in her clients’ flower gardens than in the vegetables which have been the focus of most of the local discussions.

Kate says she is eager to share the information she has learned with others like herself “who want to have a moral compass in the garden.” She encourages the audience to come with questions.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Wednesday, April 16
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Poetry Reading

Some of Falmouth’s fine poets have graciously agreed to read from their work at the Woods Hole Public Library in honor of National Poetry Month.  

Mary Kane who teaches literature and writing at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and whose poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal and on Poetry Daily, will read from her newly published book, titled “Door” (which is available at 8 Cousins book store in Falmouth).

Jim Morgan also teaches literature and writing at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He lives in Falmouth with his wife, their two cats, and several guitars. His poems have been published by Peka boo Press and Potpourri Editions.

Eric Edwards, who grew up in Woods Hole, has read and performed in Woods Hole numerous times. His poetry appears in the two most recent issues of Spritsail, a Journal of the History of Falmouth and Vicinity, as well as chap books published by the Pourboire and Peka boo Presses.

Judith Benét Richardson has written poetry, also published by the Peka boo Press, and several successful children's books. A graduate of the writing program at Boston University, like Jim Morgan and Eric Edwards, she has lived in Woods Hole for many years.

These four poets have performed together annually at the Woods Hole Library, which is delighted to welcome them back, They will be joined by Robin Smith-Johnson, a long-time resident of Cape Cod, who has been involved with several local poetry groups including the Lead Pencil Poets (Falmouth) and the Steeple Street Poets (Mashpee). Her poems have been published in CapeWomen, The Larcom Review, Sandscript and Yankee. Her book, “Dream of the Antique Dealer’s Daughter”, was published in Dec. 2013 by Word Poetry. She lives with her family in Mashpee, MA.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Saturday, April 19
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Big Book Sale

The Woods Hole Public Library will be holding a big Spring book sale on Saturday, April 19 from 10 AM - 5 PM. This particularly large sale has become an annual event as the book sale committee performs a rite of “Spring cleaning”, clearing the way for loads of new books to come in for sequential sales. However, the book sale committee led by Camilla Larrey and Susan Fishbein, both retired librarians, have been constantly replenishing the shelves. It is due to them that the books are in such good order, arranged by subject, and the fiction is arranged alphabetically by author.

The whole large room in the Library’s lower level will be filled with books, all reasonably priced. Most hard-backed books cost $2 and most paper-backs are 50 cents. In this one day event, there will be a very special price of a  Bag-o-Books for $5.

The book sales have become a major fund-raiser for the Library, and the public eagerly looks forward to them. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.


Saturday, April 19
2:00 - 6:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Musical Stroll

The Woods Hole Public Library will be one of several sites for the Traditional Musical Stroll sponsored by ArtsFalmouth in Woods Hole on Saturday, April 19.

A fairly recent film based on a couple creating Irish music will be shown starting at 2 pm in the lower level meeting room. This will be immediately followed upstairs at 3:30 by an hour consisting of 2 live performances.

First, from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm there will be a performance by Passacaglia, a Falmouth-based instrumental quartet specializing in ancient and world music. Passacaglia plays a variety of music from the medieval and renaissance eras to the present, mainly from Europe but also from the Middle East and the Americas.  Their repertoire includes lute songs, madrigals, canzonas, processionals, and a variety of dance pieces from pavanes and galliards to Turkish melodies and Latin-inspired tangos and waltzes.  Passacaglia aims to transport listeners to another time and place, but also to bring ancient music forward, with fresh interpretations and an emphasis on cross-cultural connections.



Next, from 4:00 pm until 4:30 pm will be a performance by Tim Radford, an English-born traditional singer who has been living on Cape Cod since 1996. He has been singing traditional unaccompanied songs for over 40 years and specializes in songs of the South of England, particularly from Hampshire where he was born.



After these 2 performance, another film will be shown downstairs, at approximately 4:45 pm, this one a documentary about a musical group from Ireland. (Interested people should call the Library for the exact titles of the films.)

Other live music will be performed at several sites farther down Water Street for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening.

This musical afternoon will be offered free of charge, though donations will be gladly accepted. For more information about the Musical Stroll, visit ArtsFalmouth website. To read more about Passacaglia, visit www.solsticesingers.org/passacaglia.htm, and www.timradford.com for more about Tim. For more information about the Library’s films, call the Library at 508-548-8961.


Monday, April 21

Patriot’s Day

Library closed.


Tuesday, April 29
1:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


WHHM Conversation, Scott Peterson, “Tales of the Old Cape Codder Hotel”

Details TBA.


May 2014
Wednesday, May 14
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Rooster Fricke “Closed Loop Gardening”

Details TBA..

Saturday, May 17
9:00 AM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Plant Sale

Details TBA.

Satur, May 31
10:00 AM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Book Sale



Details TBA.

 
 
ON-GOING AT THE LIBRARY
A Unique Fund-Raiser: Own a piece of the Woods Hole Public Library!
Sale of the Library’s Roof Slates, re-purposed for cheese boards and coasters





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After hours of research into uses of old slates, Woods Hole Public Library Director Margaret McCormick has developed a fund-raising plan to create and sell cheese boards made out of the Library’s century-old roof slates which are in the process of being removed and replaced. The slates vary in color from blue-green to dusky rose to dark plum, some plain and others speckled. The preparation of the old slates is labor-intensive, requiring hours of painstaking cleaning and oiling. Margaret observes “The slates from the south facing roof seem to take less time to clean; perhaps the environmental conditions there are harsher. Some on the north side were patched in about 22 years ago, recycled from a building in Boston, and take much more than the average time of ½ hour of scrubbing per slate”. Some have had  their edges filed. All are given a final treatment of two coats of oil rubbed into their surfaces. Again there is a difference in the surface; often it is the maroon-toned stone that needs more oil.

For a finishing touch, plastic nubs are glued to the bottom surface for non-scratching feet, and identifying words are written on the bottom “Woods Hole Public  Library Roof Slate 1912-2012”. The slates are elegantly presented, tied with a hemp cord which attaches a piece of soapstone chalk so the potential host can write the names of cheeses right on the slate surface.(Like all chalks, the writing can be wiped or washed off. Unlike other chalks, soapstone chalk doesn’t leave a lot of dust.)The cheese boards are being sold for $30.


Woods Hole Library Board member Laurie Raymond hard at work on the Library’s most recent fund-raiser, cutting old roof slates into squares for coasters.

The slates are being replaced by roofer Tom Chase in a project partly funded by the Community Preservation Committee. For non-roofers one of the big surprises in the project is that the slates are graded in size from largest and thickest at the lower edge to smallest and thinner ones at the ridge-line. The largest are  about  20 inches long; the shortest are about 15 inches long. They vary in width from about 8 inches to 13 inches, though most are 10 inches wide. Because of the color and size variations, potential purchasers are encouraged to visit the Library to choose their own individual slate. The Library’s open hours are   Monday 12-5:30 PM, 7-9 PM; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3-5:30 PM, Wednesday 10 am-5:30 PM and 7-9 PM and Saturday noon to 5:30 PM.

Board member Laurie Raymond is also helping the cause. She has been making coasters by cutting the slates into 3 ¾” squares with a wet saw with a diamond blade. These attractive coasters are finished with felt feet and are for sale for $18, tied in packets of four.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.


    
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