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Beverly Beckham, Evolution of a Columnist, April 25, 2021

Boston Globe columnist Beverly Beckham will discuss how a columnist transforms observations of everyday life into essays that move and enlighten readers. Beckham examines themes that spring from the daily lives of her family, friends, readers and herself. With insight and clarity, she makes them relevant to everyone. Curious and observant, she examines a wide range of contemporary issues and presents them in thought-provoking ways to make them personal. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Franklin King, The Psychedelic Renaissance, March 21, 2021

Franklin King IV, MD will discuss psychedelic drugs and their potential as therapy for addictions and severe depression. Dr. King, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, will define "psychedelic"; discuss psilocybin, LSD and other psychedelic drugs; walk through their history and biology; give an overview of the scientific research; and describe an innovative therapeutic model that is unlike any other. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Dallas Hetherington, Climate Change and You, February 7, 2021

How do we know climate change is real and caused by humans? What is the scientific consensus? What are the dangers? Is there hope? These questions and more will be answered in an unbiased fashion by Dallas Hetherington, a speaker from C-Change Conversations. The presentation is an engaging and compelling program that uses visual data, charts and photographs to provide an accessible overview of climate science and a clear-eyed assessment of the risks ahead. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Ruth B. Margolin, The Art of Crossword Puzzle Construction, January 31, 2021

This program will walk through the steps of creating a publishable crossword puzzle, from concept to completion. Follow the process, see the resources used, and gain insight into the attention to detail that is at the foundation of a quality puzzle. Ruth B. Margolin is an accomplished puzzle producer who has published crosswords in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Casper Grathwohl, The Oxford English Dictionary in the Digital Age, January 24, 2021

Casper Grathwohl, Languages President at the Oxford University Press, will discuss the ongoing relevance of dictionaries in the digital age, how the granddaddy of all dictionaries keeps its listings up to date and how the OED is helping to preserve world languages threatened by modern times. The program will take place live on Zoom, with questions and answers following the presentation. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register.

Gil Brodsky, Brave New World of DNA Testing, November 1, 2020

Needham resident an pathologist Gil Brodsky, MD, will share the scientific ABC's of how DNA testing services work and what you really learn. Hear Dr. Brodsky's own life-changing story including the discovery of 50 half-siblings. The program will be presented on Zoom with live questions and answers following the lecture. This event is free and open to the public but you must first register. (Please note that November 1 is the day when Daylight Saving Time ends and we change from EDT to EST.)

Old Friends Web Site Address Will Stop Working, July, 2020

In 2012, the Friends began to move gradually to a new Internet address, friendsneedhamlibrary.org We are finally about to drop support of our old Internet address. Around the end of July, 2020, the old address needhamlibrary.org will stop working. Thereafter, the old address will no longer reach our web site. So from now on, please use the new Internet address. If you haven't already, plese make a note of the new address friendsneedhamlibrary.org in your web browser's favorites or bookmarks.