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Library News: Book Launch For Tewksbury Author Rich Borgatti on March 20

Adult Events


VIRTUAL: JOB SEARCH HELP -- How To Start & Grow Your Own Business with the SBA (*RR)

Monday, March 20, 2pm

Learn how the Small Business Administration can assist your dream of starting your own business. General information will be provided on the following programs and services: (1) Counseling/Technical Assistance through SBA resource partners; (2) SCORE; (3) Small Business Development Centers; (4) Center for Woman & Enterprise Access to Capital; (5) SBA Advance Loan Guaranty Program; and (6) Government Contract Opportunities. Led by Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist with the SBA. 


IN PERSON: Book Launch For Tewksbury Author Rich Borgatti ("Epic Training") (*RR)

Monday, March 20, 7pm

Tewksbury author Rich Borgatti will celebrate his book, Epic Training: A Comprehensive Guide to Obstacle Course Race Training, at this book launch event. Rich invites his family, friends, acquaintances and the general public to the event where he'll discuss why he wrote the book and answer audience questions. Refreshments will be served. Autographed copies of Rich's book will be available to those interested. 


VIRTUAL: Walking Hadrian's Wall -- The Roman Frontier In England (*RR)

Tuesday, March 21, 10:30am

The Hadrian's Wall was begun in 122 AD to divide Britain. It was the frontier separating the Roman Empire from the barbarians. Walk coast to coast with travel photographer Jack Holmes across what is now northern England. Travel through animal pastures, over and along windy crags, through woodlands and lowlands and villages and cities for 90 miles, from Wallsend on the North Sea to Bowness-on-Solway on the Irish Sea. Holmes is owner of "Images From Near and Far" at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell. A retired high school teacher, he previously served as President of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association and Gallery Manager of the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell. Holmes regularly gives armchair travel presentations to senior centers and libraries in the area.


VIRTUAL: The Suspicious Death of President Warren G. Harding (*RR)

Tuesday, March 21, 2pm

100 years ago this August, President Warren G. Harding suddenly suffered a fatal heart attack, as he wife Florence was reading to him from the Saturday Evening Post. The unexpected death soon gave rise to a flood of rumors and conspiracy theories, including one that accused the First Lady, Florence Harding, of murder. What REALLY happened? In this presentation, we will explore that question, as we tell the little-known story of the last weeks of President Harding's life. Led by Daniel Breen, a Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies at Brandeis University, and a recipient of the Louis Brandeis Award for Excellence in Teaching. While his primary academic interests lay in the law and politics of the Early Republic, he also holds a Ph.D. in American History and enjoys lecturing on a wide variety of subjects.


VIRTUAL: A Trip To Miami With The Traveling Librarian (*RR)

Tuesday, March 21, 7pm

Join Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, for another of his popular armchair travel presentations. This series highlights travel photography and stories and travel tips about destinations around the world. This month, we'll be staying in the US, just three hours by plane down the east coast, visiting Miami, Florida. Known for its lovely weather and fine beaches, Miami has much more to offer, including Art Deco architecture, trendy ethnic neighborhoods, museums and lush botanical gardens. Jeff is the recently retired Head of Reference Services at the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield and an avid traveler and photographer.


VIRTUAL: The Fascinating Amalia Kussner (*RR)

Wednesday, March 22, 10:30am

Amalia Kussner was a miniature portrait artist and a “darling” of the Gilded Age – the age when the American Industrialists and their families (Astors, Vanderbilts, etc.) where effectively the royalty of America. She painted many of those families and as part of their extended social circles – was introduced to the crowned heads of Europe. Amalia would go on to paint Edward the 7th of England and the Czar and Czarina of Russia – Nicholas the 2nd and Alexandra. She was quite adventurous and traveled in person for her portraits to Russia and to South Africa during a war (for Cecil Rhodes). Not only was she talented as an artist but adept at marketing herself and commanding impressive commissions. Led by Kathleen Langone, historical researcher and host of the podcast, "People Hidden In History." Langone has conducted historical research for state and government agencies on New England, and has previously been a featured speaker on History Camp America.


VIRTUAL: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Presents 'Stories From The Whaling Port' (*RR)

Wednesday, March 22, noon

Enjoy a virtual lunchtime lecture from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, entitled "Stories from the Whaling Port." Discover the origins and historical significance of New Bedford's whaling port. When Quaker merchants moved their whaling businesses from Nantucket to New Bedford, they started a 100-year industry that forever shaped New Bedford's maritime culture. Learn about a daring artic rescue in 1897, when ice closed in around 275 whalemen and left them stranded with limited supplies. An earlier version of the U.S. Coast Guard traveled 1,500 miles overland to bring the men food. Time permitting, hear stories about New Bedford's roles in the Civil War (54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry) and the Underground Railroad. Led by National Park Guide Rufai Shardow.


VIRTUAL: 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group -- Develop Your Resume (*RR)

Wednesday, March 22, 6pm

The Massachusetts Library Collaborative's 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom. If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you! Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking! Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search. Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC, an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur. She transitioned to executive coaching over 12 years ago, and has facilitated 50+ job seekers networking groups since 2016. This week's topic is Develop Your Resume.


VIRTUAL: Dangerous Books For Girls --The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained (*RR)

Wednesday, March 22, 7pm

Bestselling romance author Maya Rodale will discuss her new book, Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained, in conversation with author Caroline Linden. Long before clinch covers and bodice rippers, romance novels have had a bad reputation as the lowbrow lit of desperate housewives and hopeless spinsters. But in fact, romance novels—the escape and entertainment of choice for millions of women -- might prove to be the most revolutionary writing ever produced. Dangerous Books for Girls examines the origins of the genre’s bad reputation -- from the “damned mob of scribbling women” in the nineteenth century to the sexy mass-market paperbacks of the twentieth century -- and shows how these books have inspired and empowered generations of women to dream big, refuse to settle, and believe they’re worth it. For every woman who has ever hidden the cover of a romance -- and for every woman who has been curious about those “Fabio books” -- Dangerous Books For Girls shows why there’s no room for guilt when reading for pleasure.


VIRTUAL: Three Visionary Women -- Three Great Museums (*RR)

Thursday, March 23, 10:30am

What does a woman do when she is born to great privilege, has enormous wealth, loves to travel to faraway places, and has a healthy dose of intellectual curiosity? Well, she collects art of course! And then she must envision a place to exhibit her treasures so that the world can appreciate her passion. This talk will examine the lives of three remarkable women who defied society’s expectations: Isabella Stewart Gardner, Helene Kröller-Müller, and Peggy Guggenheim. Trace the steps each took to amass three of the most important collections of art in the world and how they built the museums to hold their treasures. See some amazing paintings, too! Come along on the journey! Led by Janet Mandel, a retired 32-year art history teacher. Janet now presents illustrated talks on a variety of art history topics at colleges & universities, libraries, museums, senior centers, and community centers.


VIRTUAL: Your Nutrition Facts Label Reimagined (*RR)

Thursday, March 23, noon

Discover the nutrition facts you need to know for maintaining a healthy weight throughout your life. When you understand these nutrition numbers, you will be able to create a balanced, sustainable eating plan. Led by Kristen Herlihy, health coach, psychotherapist and owner of Refine From Within. Herlihy has a passion to help overwhelmed, overtired women create healthy lifestyles through psychology, nutrition and fitness.


VIRTUAL: Women's History Month Panel with Four Award-Winning Novelists (*RR)

Thursday, March 23, 7pm

Celebrate Women's History Month with a panel of award-winning female authors, including host Marjan Kamali (author of TOGETHER TEA and THE STATIONERY SHOP), Joy Castro (ONE BRILLIANT FLAME), Ava Homa (DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE), and Katherine Sherbrooke (LEAVING COY’S HILL). They will discuss the portrayal of women in fiction, the responsibility of telling stories about women who have been hidden from history, and how writing about women's lives impacts women's futures.


VIRTUAL: The Untold Story of Anna Marie Rosenberg, A Woman Who Helped Win WWII (*RR)

Friday, March 24, 2pm

Author Christopher C. Gorham will discuss his new book, “The Confidante: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Helped Win WWII and Shape Modern America,” in this ZOOM webinar. The first-ever biography of Anna Marie Rosenberg, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant with only a high school education who went on to be dubbed by Life Magazine “the most important woman in the American government.” Serving as President Roosevelt's and Truman's trusted advisor during and after World War II, Anna would become the first recipient of the Medal of Freedom. Her life ran parallel to the front lines of history yet her influence on 20th century America, from the New Deal to the Cold War and beyond, has never before been told. For readers of “Hidden Figures,” “A Woman of No Importance,” and “Eleanor: A Life,” the previously unrecognized life of Anna Rosenberg is extraordinary, inspiring, and uniquely American.


VIRTUAL: Irish Author Michelle Gallen Discusses "Factory Girls" (*RR)

Saturday, March 25, 10am

What do you get when you combine a teen anxious to escape her country, a contentious factory environment, and rising political unease? The answer: Michelle Gallen's comedic and poignant novel, “Factory Girls.” Fly back to 1994 and hear about this hilarious and tension-filled story from the author herself.  Michelle Gallen was born in County Tyrone in the mid 1970s and grew up during the Troubles a few miles from the border between what she was told was the "Free" State and the "United" Kingdom. She studied English literature at Trinity College Dublin and won several prestigious prizes as a young writer. Following a devastating brain injury in her midtwenties, Gallen co-founded three award-winning companies and won international recognition for digital innovation. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and kids.


OFFSITE: 20s and 30s: Mapping out the Brewing Process with Navigation Brewing Co. (*RR)

Saturday, March 25, 3:15pm

Join Tewksbury Public Library at Navigation Brewing Co. in Lowell, MA to learn about the brewing process, their brewing company, and their brews! This event is intended for those in their 20s and 30s. All attendees must be 21 or older to register.


Children’s Events


IN PERSON: Tiny Tykes Story Time

Monday, March 20, 10:30am

Tiny Tykes Storytime is designed for young children ages 0 to 18 months. Older siblings are always welcome to join in. Join us for a fun session of stories, songs, fingerplays, instruments, and gentle movement that help build early literacy skills. Babies experience the sounds and structure of language through rhythm, rhyme and repetition.


IN PERSON: Sprouts Story Time

Tuesday, March 21, 10:30am

Sprouts Storytime is designed for is designed for little ones 18 months through 4 years. Get your early literacy skills on with stories, songs, movement, instruments, dancing and more!


IN PERSON: Nursery Rhyme Baby Time

Wednesday, March 22, 10:30am

Join Miss Haley for some early literacy fun with stories, songs, and nursery rhymes at this story time.

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