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First Thursday Book Group: Caleb's Crossing
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
When Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks came to live on Martha's Vineyard in 2006, she ran across a map by the island's native Wampanoag people that marked the birthplace of Caleb, first Native American to graduate from Harvard College--in 1665. In Caleb's Crossing, Brooks offers a compelling answer to the riddle of how--in an era that considered him an intellectually impaired savage--he left the island to compete with the sons of the Puritanical elite. She relates his story through the impassioned voice of the daughter of the island's Calvinist minister, a brilliant young woman who aches for the education her father wastes on her dull brother. Bethia Mayfield meets Caleb at twelve, and their mutual affinity for nature and knowledge evolves into a clandestine, lifelong bond. This window on early academia fascinates, but the book breathes most thrillingly in the island's salt-stung air, and in the end, its questions of the power and cost of knowledge resound most profoundly not in Harvard's halls, but in the fire of a Wampanoag medicine man.
Thursday, November 1 at 10:00 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Thank a Vet Week November 4-10
Join the library as we celebrate our community veterans. Festivities include movies, in-house displays and daily flag lowering ceremonies conducted by local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America as well as a special Election Day ceremony conducted by Hoover's First Responders. We encourage patrons to bring in pictures of family members for our Wall of Honor. Please note: You will be given the original photo back; we scan it while you wait.
For more information and a complete listing of activities see our website: http://www.hooverlibrary.org/veterans
Sunday, November 4 - Saturday, November 10--Library-wide
Join us at the kickoff for our week long celebrations honoring veterans at our annual Veterans Reception. Music provided by the 313th Band with Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan singing the National Anthem. Veterans will be recognized. Refreshments will be served.
Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm-3:30 pm--Library Plaza
Monday at the Movies: Rescue Dawn
Directed by Werner Herzog
A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. Shown as part of our Veterans Week celebration.
*Special apperance by Commander Dick Ritz, Navy officer who debriefed Dieter Dengler after his escape during the Vietnam war.
Monday, November 5 at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm--Library Theatre
Second Thursday Book Group: Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
In her sixth work of fiction about the inter-penetration of life and art, Vreeland celebrates the putative designer of Tiffany’s leaded-glass lampshades. That would be Clara Driscoll. Some art historians now believe that it was Clara, unacknowledged in her lifetime, who conceived the lampshades. What is indisputable is that, encouraged by Louis Tiffany, she was a major creative force at his Glass and Decorating Company. From 1892 to 1908, she oversaw the Women’s Department; many of her workers were from poor immigrant families and still in their teens. Here Clara is a commanding figure: a mother hen to the Tiffany Girls, a feminist challenging the rampant sexism of the Men’s Department and an imaginative innovator marrying glass to flowers and insects.
Thursday, November 8 at 10:00 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
On Stage @ the Plaza - Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Program based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Presented by Catherine Heinzerling.
Thursday, November 8 at 12:30 pm--Library Plaza
How to Write a Grant
Practical advice from a professional grant writer. Reservations required. Call 444-7816 for more information and to reserve your spot.
Tuesday, November 13 at 9:30 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
After Hours @ the Plaza: Pierce Pettis
A staff writer for Polygram/Universal Music in Nashville, folk singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis's songs have been covered by artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Dion to Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel. Tickets $12. Call 444-7888 or visit www.thelibrarytheatre.com
Friday, November 16 at 8 pm--Library Plaza
Marvel Movie Madness!
Join us in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the showing of FIVE superhero films on Friday, Nov. 16 - Saturday, Nov. 17. Special apperance and photo opportunity with The Avengers on Saturday starting at 6:15 pm. Free admission and refreshments. Call 444-7820 for more information on this SUPERHERO weekend!
Friday, November 16:
6:30 pm--Captain America
Saturday, November 17:
10:30 am--Iron Man
1 pm--Iron Man 2
Have your picture made with The Avengers starting at 6:15 pm
7 pm--The Avengers
Friday and Saturday, November 16-17--Library Theatre
Meet & mingle with your fellow amateur poets and novelists.
Flesh out your characters and tie-up those dangling plot threads!
Swap material with other writers, or even read your work aloud.
Share your stories and inspirations!
Write Club is a monthly forum for local amateur writers to meet and discuss their work. The goal of Write Club is to inspire and encourage literary involvement in the community by providing an environment in which local authors can network, share their writing and offer each other moral support and constructive criticism.
Call 205-444-7820 for more information.
Saturday, November 17 at 10:30 am--Theatre Level Meeting Rooms
Kindle and the Library
Learn about the Kindle e-reader and how to find and use library e-books. This class will discuss the available options for Kindle e-readers, as well as the basics of finding, checking out, and managing library e-books for the Kindle.
Topics include: finding and selecting e-books in the Kindle format; managing and transferring e-books to your Kindle; returning expired items and more!
You are encouraged to bring your Kindle and get help learning to use it with the library's collection. If you'll be needing assistance with your Kindle, be sure to bring a valid library card, your Amazon.com account login information and the USB cord that came with your Kindle.
NOTE: You do not need to own a Kindle in order to attend the class.
Class size is limited. Reservations required. Sign up at the Technology Hub or call 444-7747.
Saturday, November 17 at 2 pm--Technology Training Center
Instrumentalist @ the Plaza: Suheil Sedran
Oud player Suheil Sedran performs music from the Middle East on the ancient instrument that is the precursor to the modern guitar. Sedran is the oud instructor at the Alif Institute in Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, November 18 at 2:30 pm--Library Plaza
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