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 SUMMER 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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 [Last updated: July 24, 2014] • Past events
 Events take place at the library unless otherwise noted.

Summer Events for Kids at the Woods Hole Public Library

Game Nights for Kids, Monday 7:15 PM July 7- August 11
Story Time for Pre-Schoolers, Wednesdays, 10:30 AM, July 2- August 13
Summer Independent Reading Program, June 30- August 9

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.
Please help the Woods Hole Public Library celebrate the art of the book by contributing your own piece of artwork using old books as a medium. Works will be displayed in the library from July 21st to the 31st and will be auctioned off on July 31. Proceeds will benefit the Library.

For more information, call 508-548-8961 or stop by the Library.



Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration: www.pinterest.com/WoodsHoleLib/renewal/
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
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July 2014
Tuesday, July 1
10:00 AM

Cost:
$5 Museum members
$10 Non-members

Open to the Public


Walking Tour of Historic Woods Hole Roses



Rose expert Gretchen Ward Warren will lead a walk around Woods Hole on  Tuesday, July 1 pointing out the roses developed more than 100 years ago by Michael Walsh, gardener to the Fay family. The robust rambler roses were planted decades ago, and still thrive in a few special places.

In the 1930’s the ramblers were planted all along Woods Hole Road. Most have been shaded out, yet a few remain, peeking out of the undergrowth. The roses  were also planted along roadsides through the village, as well as in people’s yards. Gretchen has located, identified and mapped them all, and on this walk will introduce more than a dozen of the delightful varieties developed right in Woods Hole.

The walk, scheduled to coincide with the peak bloom, will start at 10 AM at the Woods Hole Historical Museum, 579 Woods Hole Road, sponsor of this event. The fee is $5 for Museum members, and $10 for non-members. The tour will start and end right on the Museum grounds, where 6 different varieties of Walsh are still grown, in a memorial garden maintained by Gretchen. Participants should be ready and able to easily walk a mile and a half. At the end of the tour, light refreshments will be served in the Museum Courtyard where Gretchen will continue the conversation.

To register, call the Museum at 508-548-7270.

Wednesday, July 2
11:00 AM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Red Yarn: A Family Concert



The Woods Hole Public Library will present a family concert with Red Yarn & Family on Wednesday, July 2 at 11 AM. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Red Yarn is the stage name of Andy Furgeson, a dynamic family performer who weaves folk songs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. Andy and his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs have taken as their mission “spreading positive values while reinvigorating American folklore for younger generations”. The Woods Hole Public Library is very excited to be the last stop on their summer tour.

In this energetic musical puppet show, Red Yarn & Family will lead audiences into the Deep Woods, a magical forest where all the animals of American folksongs live together. Families will sing, dance, laugh, and experience the joy of community as they celebrate our shared cultural heritage.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961. You can also find out more about Red Yarn & Family at redyarnproductions.com.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.

Wednesday, July 2
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Dance Lecture Series:
Part 1: Ballet in America, the Russian Connection




The Woods Hole Public Library is bringing in off-Cape  talent as it continues its series of  dance lectures this summer, thanks in large part to a grant from Nancy Lasalle, Director Emerita of the New York City Ballet and life-long summer resident of Woods Hole. The series will include lectures and videos of dances of many types. The series will be held on the first four Wednesdays in July, all starting at 7:30 PM.

The first presentation will feature Iris Fanger, one of America's leading dance and theater critics, scholars, and educators, and a  graduate of the drama Ph.D. program at Tufts. She is a contributing writer to the Boston Phoenix, the Christian Science Monitor, Dance Magazine, Dancing Times (London), and the Patriot Ledger.

In Woods Hole, she is known to the environmental science community as a member of the board of directors of the Woods Hole Research Center. Fanger was director of the Harvard Summer Dance Center from 1977-1995 and an associate professor in the Tufts drama department from 1982-1984. In 2005, Fanger received the Dance Champion Award from the Boston Dance Alliance.

At the Woods Hole Library on July 2, Ms. Fanger will speak on "Ballet in America, the Russian Connection".  In a synopsis of her talk, she says  “Ballet was born and nurtured in the courts of Europe and brought to America in the 18th  century by French performers escaping their country’s revolution. They were followed by Italian ballerinas in the 19th century, to be firmly planted on our shores by Russian artists who began to arrive before World War I. For more than 100 years, the story of ballet as a national pastime has been shaped by Russian and Soviet dancers, choreographers and teachers, many of whom remained to train successive generations of our home-bred students.

This lecture with film excerpts will trace the lithe footsteps of personalities like Anna Pavlova who arrived in New York in 1910 and repeatedly toured the nation until 1925, the members of the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, and George Balanchine. We will continue with the careers of the defectors—Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, and Mikhail Baryshnikov—ending in a look at the repertory created by contemporary choreographer, Alex Ratmansky, in residence at American Ballet Theatre”.

The second presentation, on July 9, will introduce Joseph  Houseal a scholar, dancer, and preservationist of dance of the Himalayan Rim. He will speak about Ladakh, especially the culture and dance of the monasteries.

The third event in the series will be an Oral History evening, featuring Ms. Fanger interviewing Ms Lasalle about her years of involvement with the New York City Ballet, highlighting her experiences with Balanchine and Lincoln Kerstein. The pair will take questions at the end of the interview.

The fourth and final week, July 23, will be a presentation of Balanchine films. Ms. Fanger will make introductory remarks, stressing the highlights of many of the ballets that she has described earlier in the month.

These events are all free and open to the public, thanks to Nancy Lasalle’s generosity, For more information call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Saturday, July 5
Time: 10 AM - Noon

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Summer Tag Sale and Carnival for Kids

The Kids’ Carnival and Tag Sale has become an annual event at the Woods Hole Public Library. This festive occasion is run primarily by kids, with proceeds donated by to the Library for kids’ projects. It always promises a rollicking good time. This year the carnival will be held on the Library grounds on Saturday, July 5, from 10 am  to 12 pm.  There will be music, games, face painting, a fishing booth, and grab bags, among other delights.

As usual the Library will be collecting bikes, books and gently used kids’ stuff to sell in the Tag Sale. Donations may be left at the Library Monday through Thursday afternoons preceding the sale when the Library is open, from 3-5:30. The organizers expect donations of games and toys, but ask that no clothes be among the gifts.

This event, to which the public is invited, marks the beginning of  kids’ summer fun at the Woods Hole Public Library. Look for more details of the children’s independent reading program and “Game Nights for Kids” which will be held on Monday nights throughout the summer. For more details, telephone 508-548-8961.

Tuesday, July 8
8:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Annual Meeting of the Woods Hole Public Library
Speaker: Beth Colt


 

Beth Colt will be the speaker at the Woods Hole Public Library’s annual meeting on Tuesday, July 8. A short business meeting will start at 8 pm, in which there will be annual reports read and accepted, and new Board members elected. The speaker will follow, focusing on the business community of Woods Hole, both past and present.

Beth’s ties to the village go back a long way. From early childhood, Woods Hole was the departure point for yearly family vacations on nearby Naushon Island. She and her husband, P.K. Simonds, spent 18 years in Los Angeles before they felt the irresistible pull of family, friends, and roots back in New England. They wanted their boys to see their grandparents and cousins more often. A decision to move ‘back East’ was made, fueled also by the attraction of high quality schools in the area.

Since then Beth has successfully resuscitated the Woods Hole Inn and established the Quicks Hole Taqueria after buying the building in 2008. She has recently purchased and breathed new life into the iconic Leeside bar and restaurant, reincarnated now as Quicks Hole Tavern.

In her straight forward and dedicated fashion, Beth now serves as Chairman of the Board of Falmouth Academy, further strengthening her ties to the community. Quite naturally, she has also become active in the Woods Hole Business Association. For more details, call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Wednesday, July 9
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Dance Lecture Series:
Part 2: Joseph Houseal on Ladakh, Dance of the Himalayas




The Woods Hole Public Library continues its series of dance lectures this summer. The series will include lectures and videos of dances of many types. The series will be held on the first four Wednesdays in July, all starting at 7:30 PM.

This second presentation of our dance series, which will include lectures and videos of dances of many types, will introduce Joseph Houseal a scholar, dancer, and preservationist of dance of the Himalayan Rim. He will speak about Ladakh, especially the culture and dance of the monasteries.

The lecture series will be held at 7:30 PM on the first four Wednesdays in July, and are all free and open to the public, Thanks to Nancy Lasalle’s generous grant in support of this series. For more information about the series, see the event listing for July 2 or call the Library at 508-548-8961.
Thursday, July 10
7:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Gardening Round-table with Josh Leveque



Josh Leveque, local horticulturalist, will preside over a gardening round-table at the Woods Hole Public Library through the summer, on the second Thursday of each month.These round-table discussions have been held at the Library through the late winter and early spring, attracting avid gardeners, both amateur and professional. The evenings have become a wonderful place for swapping gardening tips and suggestions and critiquing varieties of plants for our local conditions.
Saturday, July 12
2:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Recycled Book Workshop: Paper Flowers



Learn how to create whimsical paper flowers using the pages of discarded books. Perfect for a beautiful bouquet that will never wilt! This workshop is free and open to both kids and adults.
Wednesday, July 16
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Dance Lecture Series:
Part 3: Interview of Nancy Lassalle by Iris Fanger




The Woods Hole Public Library is continuing its series of  dance lectures, thanks to a grant from Nancy Lassalle, life-long summer resident of Woods Hole. The series includes lectures, films and interviews. The series is scheduled for the first four Wednesdays in July, all starting at 7:30 PM.

This next presentation will feature Nancy Lassalle, Director Emerita of the New York City Ballet, being interviewed by Iris Fanger, one of America's leading dance and theater critics. Ms Lassalle was involved with the New York City Ballet for decades, and will highlight her experiences, especially with Balanchine and Lincoln Kerstein. Both Ms Lassalle and Dr. Fanger will take questions at the end of the interview.

These events are all free and open to the public, thanks to Ms.Lassalle’s generosity. For more information call the Library at 508-548-8961.
Monday, July 21
LIbrary hours

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Renewal Art Exhibit Opens

Artists, crafters, and book lovers are invited to create a piece of art to be displayed in the library from July 21 to July 31. There will be a closing party for the exhibit on July 31 where all pieces will be auctioned off in a silent auction that will benefit the library. Pieces may be small scale, large scale, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or anything else one can dream up! Be sure to check out the library's Pinterest page for inspiration!.
Wednesday, July 23
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Dance Lecture Series:
Part 4: George Balanchine on Film




The Woods Hole Public Library continues its series of dance lectures this summer. The series will include lectures and videos of dances of many types. The series will be held on the first four Wednesdays in July, all starting at 7:30 PM.

The fourth and final lecture in the series, will be a presentation of Balanchine films. Iris Fanger [see July 2] will make introductory remarks, stressing the highlights of many of the ballets that she has described earlier in the month.

The lecture series will be held at 7:30 PM on the first four Wednesdays in July, and are all free and open to the public, Thanks to Nancy Lasalle’s generous grant in support of this series. For more information about the series, see the event listing for July 2 or call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Saturday, July 26
2:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Recycled Book Workshop: Paper Bowls



As part of the Woods Hole Public Library’s celebration of the art of the recycled book and companion exhibit “Renewal”, individuals have been asked to contribute their own piece of artwork using old books as a medium.

For those who have not yet created a piece of old book art, there will be a workshop on making bowls out of strips of paper on Saturday, July 26 at 2 PM. This workshop, aimed mostly at adults and older children, will be led by the librarians. Old books will be provided as raw material for the projects.

All the works will be displayed in the library until July 31st, when they will be auctioned off at a festive party. Proceeds will benefit the Library.

For more information, call 508-548-8961 or stop by the Library.

Saturday, July 26
5:00 PM

Cost:
$25 Museum members
$35 Non-members
Tickets at Museum

Open to the Public

Location:
Woods Hole Historical Museum


James Prosek evening at Woods Hole Historical Museum



James Prosek, internationally acclaimed author, artist, and fisherman will speak at the Woods Hole Historical Museum on Saturday, July 26 at 5 PM.  Immediately after his illustrated talk, there will be gourmet snacks as part of this fund-raiser for the Museum. Tickets for the evening event are $25 for members, $35 for non-members are available from the Museum by stopping by or calling 508-548-7270.

In the meantime, his life-size paintings of Ocean Fish are exhibited in the Museum gallery at 579 Woods Hole Road where admission is free.



Up until this series of ocean fish, James Prosek had been known for his paintings of trout. He has published several books of his watercolors of trout, as well as writings of his travels in search of native trout. More recently he has written a book about eels and narrated a PBS Nature documentary about their world-wide habits. And most recently of all, he has produced his paintings of ocean fish in all their beautiful color, fresh from the sea.



Monsday, July 28
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Book & Author Talk: Dan Isenberg



Hear and meet award-winning Dan Isenberg, Woods Hole School graduate-turned-Harvard professor, on Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 PM at the Woods Hole Library. He will focus his talk on his recently published book “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value” (Harvard Business Review Press 2013). Which has been reviewed by all of the major media, including the Economist, Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, as well as Sir Richard Branson, Worthless, Impossible and Stupid is a unique global foray into the world of unusual entrepreneurs, from the chicken designer in Delhi to the billion dollar retailer in Slovenia, and from the video pill developer in Israel to the wind turbine blade maker in Brazil.

Raised in Woods Hole, Daniel Isenberg earned the Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University. was a professor for 11 years at the Harvard Business School. He has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel, and is an active angel investor. Daniel is also a widely published author.

Daniel’s blog posts have been viewed by over a million people. He is presently Babson Executive Education Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice, founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP), and Adjunct Professor at Columbia School of Business.

Daniel has been a pioneer in the concept and development of entrepreneurship ecosystems, and he currently directs several projects in cities in Colombia, United States, and Denmark. For this work, in 2012 Mikhail Gorbachev awarded Isenberg the Pio Manzu Award for “Innovations in economic development.” In October 2014 Daniel and Babson will launch the three-day open enrollment program, Driving Economic Growth Through Entrepreneurship Ecosystems at Babson Executive Education.

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

Tuesday, July 29
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Location: Woods Hole
Community Hall


Talk: Tom Renshaw, “One Day In The Life of Woods Hole, April 27, 1950”

Tom Renshaw, long-time resident and leader of the Woods Hole Community Association, will speak on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 at the Community Hall about the past and the evolution of parts of the village. The catalyst for his comments is an aerial photograph taken one morning in April 1950. He will zoom in on various parts of the high resolution photograph, explaining what the audience is seeing, and how it has changed through time.

This talk is part of the series of the Woods Hole Historical Museum called “Conversations” and is scheduled especially for summer residents to hear about the rich past of their village. This event is co-sponsored by the Woods Hole Community Association.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Museum at 508-548-7270, or see the website www.woodsholemusuem.org.

Wednesday, July 30
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Talk: Josh Olins - Education of Sustainability

 

For many years Josh Olins has lived in Woods Hole for the summer. For the rest of the year, he teaches first grade in Maine. He has been teaching lower elementary grades for 20 years and has recently designed and implemented a successful single stream recycling and composting program in his 900 student school in Maine.

For the past five years he has helped the Woods Hole Public Library with the summer carnival for kids by rehabilitating old bicycles given to the Library to recycle into the community. He sets up his bike stand and fixes the bikes onsite during the carnival, making them ready for sale.

He obviously has a strong interest in the Education of Sustainability and just the day before the carnival returned from a 2 week teacher exchange with like-minded teachers in Japan. The trip was part of the Fulbright Japan-US teacher exchange for the Education of Sustainability Development (ESD. He will speak about his work and recent trip to Japan at an illustrated talk at the Woods Hole Public Library on Wednesday, July 30, at 7:30 PM,. He will also share his thoughts on the education of sustainability.

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

Thursday, July 31
6:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


“Renewal, the Art of the Used Book” Exhibit Closing Party and Silent Auction


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The Woods Hole Public Library will be hosting a gala party to celebrate the culmination of the exhibit “Renewal” in which all the original art work is constructed of re-used books.

The public is invited to come to the Library for this party on Thursday, July 31 at 6 PM, view the Show, and make the final bids for their favorite pieces in a silent auction, which will end at 7 PM during the event. In the meantime, everyone is welcome to come to the Library to view all the wonderful and inventive entries. Images of all the pieces will also be displayed on the Library’s Facebook page. Bids can be made by email to whpl_mail@clamsnet.org. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.


 
August 2014
Saturday, August 2
8:00 PM

Cost: $25
Open to the Public



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


Concert Series:

Geostrophic String Quartet
Returns to the Woods Hole Library



Bill Simmons’ popular Geostrophic String Quartet  is returning to the Woods Hole Public Library  Saturday, August 2 at 7:30pm with “Birds, Hymns and  a Herr,” an evening of Brahms, Haydn and Charles Ives. The concert will open with Haydn’s Quartet in C,  subtitled ‘The Bird,” a brief, brilliantly upbeat work whose Scherzo is muted, somber and in a low register, but whose trio is an upper register violin duet with the happiest bird-like trilling imaginable.

The first half closer will be Charles Ives’ string quartet, a student work written as part of a composition course he took as an elective during his sophomore year at Yale. It was found after his death and published in 1960. Since then, it has become perhaps the most analyzed and talked about piece in his portfolio. Based on hymn tunes (he was a church organist in his youth) and subtitled “The Revival Meeting,” it is  melodic and uplifting  and  ends with a brilliant Ivesian twist.

The entire second half will be devoted to Brahms’ string quartet Op 51, no2 in D minor.

Violinist Matthew Liebendorfer, an Oberlin Conservatory graduate, is an active and prominent violinist in the New England chamber music scene. By day, he pursues a career in business technology integration, specializing in relational database technology implementation. Father of four, Matthew is an avid skier and lives in Newton with his wife Kerrie.
       
Evie McFadden trained as a violinist and music educator at West Chester State University. A life-long devotee of chamber music she is Director of Training at Health Management Resources, a Boston-based firm that designs weight and health management programs for medical centers across the country. In winter, she lives atop Nonantum Hill in Brighton with her husband, cellist Bill Simmons. In the warmer seasons, they live and garden on Onset’s Sunset Cove.

David Hobbie, violist and also an Oberlin College alumnus, grew up in Falmouth and graduated from Falmouth Academy. For the past 30 years, he has been a familiar performer in numerous local musical productions, including the Woods Hole Public Library’s Chamber Music Series. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and Litigation Knowledge Manager for the Boston firm Goodwin Procter, LLP. He now lives in Acton with his wife Jeanne, daughter Svetlana, and dog Kody.

Bill Simmons, cellist and ardent supporter of Woods Hole Public Library, was a longtime Falmouth resident. Now retired, he joined Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s physical oceanography department as an Assistant Scientist in 1969. He founded the Woods Hole Library’s Chamber Music Series in 1979, and produced, directed, and performed in that series through the mid 1990s. In 2011, he founded the Geostrophic String Quartet to help Woods Hole Historical Museum celebrate the life and work of Fritz Fuglister, violinist and WHOI oceanographer.

GSQ’s spirited performances are further enlivened by Bill Simmons’ introductory remarks and commentary. His observations are an enjoyable and instructive addition, further enhancing the concert experience for the quartet’s many loyal followers. The performance is open to the public, with tickets, costing $25, available for purchase at the Library during regular hours as well as at the door on the night of the performance. Tickets are also available at Eight Cousins and at the Bank of Woods Hole. For further information call 508-548-8961.

Tuesday, August 5
5:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Illustrated Talk by Susan Pennington: “Painters of Cape Cod”

This talk at the Woods Hole Public Library by Falmouth art historian, teacher, and lecturer Susan Pennington is part of the “Conversation” series of the Woods Hole Historical Museum, a division of the Library.

Ms. Pennington will provide an overview of the rich panoply of painters who have been inspired by the light and nature of Cape Cod, as well as the inspiration and energy the painters, especially those of Provincetown, have drawn from each other.

The event is free and open to the public, and timed to follow a walking tour of historical Woods Hole which the speaker leads, starting at 3:30. The Museum is grateful for all of Ms. Pennington’s donations of her talents and time.

For more details, call the Museum at 508-548-7270.

Wednesday, August 6
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


"Looking Back", Poetry Reading with Joan Burstyn



Joan Burstyn, poet and long-time summer resident of Woods Hole, will present a reading of her poems at the Woods Hole Public Library.

Burstyn is the author of three volumes of poetry: Song Cycle (1976), Waiting for the Lame Horse (1987), and Path Into the Sun (2009). A poem of hers won the 2007 international Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize. She has broadcast her poems on National Public Radio station WAER in Syracuse, NY, where, from 2003 to 2007 she was a producer for a weekly program titled Women’s Voices Radio. She has also been interviewed by Mindy Todd for “The Point” on WCAI in Woods Hole. She is Professor Emerita of Education and of History at Syracuse University. To read some of her poems, visit her website www.joanburstyn.com.

In the program on August 6, titled Looking Back, Burstyn will highlight, through her poems, challenges she has faced during her long career as a professional, and as a married woman. Joan is currently preparing a fourth book of poems to be titled Treasures Stored for Winter; some poems from that collection will be included also.

The event which is free and open to the public will be held in the lower level meeting room of the Library, which is handicapped accessible. For more information either call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Monday, August 11
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Book and Author Talk:
“Idea to Invention" with Patricia Nolan-Brown




Author Patricia Nolan-Brown will present a talk and book-signing at the Woods Hole Public Library on Monday evening, August 11 at 7:30 PM. Her new book is "Idea to Invention" in which she shows the path between the first brilliant idea to the finished product. Step by step she outlines clear ways to carry a product through to production while keeping hold of the process for oneself. She will bring copies of her books for sale and signing.

Patricia Nolan-Brown has been inventing and marketing problem-solving products for more than 22 years. Among her many inventions is a best-selling car seat mirror, sold internationally, which enables drivers to see infants placed in rear-facing car seats. She has sold tens of millions of products and holds multiple patents and registered trademarks.

In addition to being a serial inventor, Nolan-Brown is also a consultant, video-blogger, and motivational speaker for widely diverse groups: from Fortune 500 CEOs to grade-school science-fair hopefuls. She has demystified the invention process for thousands of people and helped them convert their ideas into must-have merchandise.

Her business savvy and warm, humorous style have made Patricia a popular guest on radio shows from Austin to New Zealand, She and her inventions have also been featured in many newspapers and in national magazines and newscasts.

Patricia lives just north of Boston with her husband, three daughters, and her Westie, Coconut. For additional information, you may visit www.patricianolanbrown.com or call the Library at 508-548-8961.


Tuesday, August 12
1:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Conversation: Panel Discussion “Women of Woods Hole”

A panel discussion of women over the age of 75 will be held at the Woods Hole Public Library on Tuesday, August 12 at 1 PM. The event is one of the Woods Hole Historical Museum’s “Conversations” and complements the current exhibit at the Museum “Woods Hole Women ‘of a certain age’ ”.

The exhibit features over 100 photographs by Joan Pearlman and Sally Casper, all casual portraits of women of this age group who have been summering in Woods Hole for years, as well as those who make a permanent home here. Several questions will be posed to the panel, all focused on their relationship to Woods Hole. The public, as well as all the women whose photographs are included in the Show, is invited to come to the discussion to contribute their thoughts and memories from the audience, and make this event a true “Conversation”.

For more information, call the Museum at 508-548-7270.

Wednesday, August 13
7:30 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Book and Author Talk; Liza F. Carter: “Moving with the Seasons: Portraits of a Mongolian Family”



The author of a recent book about Mongolia, Liza F. Carter, will speak at the Woods Hole Public Library on Wednesday, August 13, at 7:30 PM.

An environmental scientist by training, Liza F. Carter uses art to beguile and captivate viewers into a loving and caring relationship with the natural world. Her recently published book, Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family, focuses on the life of the nomadic Mongolian family who became her collaborators in producing her book.

She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a MA from Yale University. Liza has been an exhibiting artist since 1999 and has shown her work in solo and group shows throughout the United States.

Liza is a photographer of indigenous cultures and peoples. Her purpose is to share unknown worlds and provide levels of understanding of other cultures that are more than just sound bites or sensationalism. In a world of computers, cell phones, frozen foods, and microwaves, she addresses the question of what life is like for those who aren’t part of that modern world? Her goal is to provide a glimpse into the emotional heart of a country through the means of understanding one family’s life.

Moving with the Seasons: Portrait of a Mongolian Family draws on Liza F. Carter’s experience with a single family (who became her collaborators in writing this book) to reveal the unique culture of Mongolian nomads and their remarkable capacity to thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments. The family’s willingness to share with the rest of the world the annual cycle of nomadic life on the Mongolian steppe makes for an unusually intimate portrait. Much of the information found in the text and photographs comes directly from time spent with this family, and is not available in print elsewhere. The family blends ancient ways of living that have survived since the time of Genghis Khan in AD 1200 with elements of the modern world.

Moving with the Seasons is both timely in its appeal to the growing awareness in the West that we have a lot to learn from traditional peoples before their ways of life disappear, and timeless in its representation of the humanity of the nomadic Mongolian family profiled in the book.

Thursday, August 14
7:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Gardening Round-table with Josh Leveque

Josh Leveque, local horticulturalist, has presided over a gardening round-table at the Woods Hole Public Library through the summer, on the second Thursday of each month.  The next will be on Thursday, August 14 at 7 PM. This session will focus on the mature summer garden, with all its delights and challenges.

These round-table discussions have been held monthly at the Library since late winter, attracting avid gardeners, both amateur and professional. The evenings have become a wonderful place for swapping gardening tips and suggestions and critiquing varieties of plants for our local conditions.

All gardeners, of whatever experience and level are welcome to partake in these discussions which will range from flower and vegetables gardens to  landscaping, and all things garden related. Josh invites other local expert gardeners to join him in the discussion. All are invited to come take advantage of all the expertise around the table.

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


Saturday, August 16
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cost: Free
Open to the Public


Book Sale


 
 
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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