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What's Up with America?: Author Colin Woodard, June 5, 2019

Following our brief annual meeting, award-winning Maine journalist/historian Colin Woodard will present "What's Up with America?," a talk showing how divisions in the United States today are rooted in the settlement patterns of early America. Woodard's presentation is based on his research for his celebrated books, American Nations and American Character. According to Woodard, at least 11 different regional traditions continue to shape the country's culture and politics right up through the rancor of Trump's America. He shows how the regions' struggle to reconcile individual liberty and the common good have led to both greatness and disaster. Woodard's cogent analysis helps "explain everything"!

Book Sale, May 31-June 2, 2019

From Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2, 2019, we will hold our annual spring book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. The book sale will be open on Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday hours. On Friday and Saturday, hard-cover and trade paperbacks are priced at $1.00 and mass-market paperbacks are 50 cents each. Sunday is Bargain Day; all items are half-price and a brown bag of books is $8.00. In addition, individually-priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half the marked prices beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday.

Exploring the Charles River: Author Kathleen Rowe, April 28, 2019

Exploring the Charles River is the perfect guide to fun areas for exploration with friends and family along Boston's famous body of water, using the river's course as a pathway, showcasing scenic bridges, walkways, and hidden delights along the Charles in an easy-to-carry paperback that also describes Boston's rich history. Author Kathleen Rowe, former English teacher and dedicated environmentalist, will take you on a journey along this famous waterway, narrating her slide presentation of the many scenic and historic sites she has photographed and will invite you to share your own experiences along the Charles.

The Last Warlord: Author Brian Glyn Williams, March 31, 2019

Author and UMass-Dartmouth professor Brian Glyn Williams will discuss his book The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime. The Library will also be screening the Hollywood movie 12 Strong, which is based on the events described in The Last Warlord, in the Community Room on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Movie: 12 Strong, March 26, 2019

... The Library will show the Hollywood movie 12 Strong, which is based on the events described in The Last Warlord, in the Community Room on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. For more information, click on the link for the March 31 event listed above.

Playing with Matches: Author Hannah Orenstein, February 10, 2019

Author and Needham native Hannah Orenstein will discuss her new book Playing with Matches and the evolution of dating in the age of online matchmaking services. Playing with Matches tells the story of Sasha Goldberg, a recent graduate of NYU's journalism school who, thanks to a family secret, becomes a matchmaker for New York's high society. But Sasha's own personal life soon takes a dramatic turn for the worse, and becomes intertwined with her professional life.

Book Sale, January 25-27, 2019

From Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27, 2019, we will hold our annual winter book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. Like our September, 2018 sale, this book sale will be open on Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday hours. On Friday and Saturday, hard-cover and trade paperbacks are priced at $1.00 and mass-market paperbacks are 50 cents each. Sunday is Bargain Day; all items are half-price and a brown bag of books is $8.00. In addition, individually-priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half the marked prices beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday.

Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters, January 6, 2019

Please join us for a screening of "Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters", a film that celebrates the past, present, and future of basketball in Africa, spotlighting the sport's impact on African society and its development on the continent. From documenting the dreams of a young Zimbabwean player to honoring the NBA legends who paved the way before him, this film journeys through the growth of the game in Africa. Centering on basketball nonprofit "Hoops 4 Hope" in South Africa and Zimbabwe, this documentary uncovers the role the African philosophy of Ubuntu played in the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA Championship season and also documents the historic 2015 NBA Africa Game. After the screening, filmmaker and Needham native Dan Hedges will lead a discussion about the film and his path from Needham to filmmaker.

Friends' Book Shop Half-Price Sale, December 1, 2018

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, we will have a special half-price sale in the Friends' Book Shop. All items in the Friends' Book Shop will be half the marked prices from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.

Fair Game: Surviving a 1960 Georgia Lynching, November 18, 2018

While JFK was making a White House run in May 1960, a 24-year-old black Navy vet from Bayonne, New Jersey joined a friend on a road trip home. Little did James Fair, Jr. know how ill-timed his arrival in rural Early County, Georgia would be. Less than three days later, he'd find himself behind bars, convicted for the rape and murder of an 8-year old girl, and facing Georgia's electric chair. Clennon L.King's "Fair Game: Surviving a 1960 Georgia Lynching" chronicles the 26-month campaign spearheaded by Alice Fair to rescue her son from a county notorious for lynching.

Tales from the Home of the World's Worst Weather, October 21, 2018

Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mt. Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the "Home of the World's Worst Weather"? Join Mt. Washington Observatory's Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain's weather works and what it can tell us about New England's own weather patterns.

Book Sale, September 28-30, 2018

From Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, 2018, we will hold our 46th annual fall book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. Seasonal holiday books will also be available in this book sale. Like our June, 2018 sale, this book sale will be open on Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday hours. On Friday and Saturday, hard-cover and trade paperbacks are priced at $1.00 and mass-market paperbacks are 50 cents each. Sunday is Bargain Day; all items are half-price and a brown bag of books is $8.00. In addition, individually-priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half the marked prices beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday.

One Book, One Community Read - Life, Animated, September, 2018

Join us this September to discuss this year's One Book, One Community Read! This year's title is Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by local author Ron Suskind! Events will kick off on Wednesday, September 5 with our keynote speaker, Laura Kessel, a speech-language pathologist and an augmentative and alternative communication specialist for the Public Schools of Brookline. Book Discussions will be held on September 6, 9, 13, and 18. The film Life, Animated based on the book will be shown on Sunday, September 16.