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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 2

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: What's In Your Writer's Toolkit? with C.S. Hanson (12/4/18 session)

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
When the imagination is on fire and you’re writing up a storm, it’s great. When it becomes a slog, your efforts mired in resistance, what can you do? Stock your toolkit with 25 specific tools for writing with less struggle and more pleasure. C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off-Broadway and regional credits.
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Special Event

Meeting of the Board of Trustees (December 2018)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 5:00pm | Reference Room | by invitation
The Library's Board of Trustees uses the first-floor Reference Room 4:15-7:00 PM.
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Reading Group

Euripides: Four Plays for an Athenian Audience with Donald McDonough (12/6 session)

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:30am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions
From his lifetime until ours, Euripides caused controversy. He does not give his audience, in his own time or ours, the expected, and the result can shock. This representative set of four plays echoes the structure (three tragedies and a comedy) of an Athenian competition. This session concludes with Euripides' Alcestis.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 3

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Children's/Young Adult

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Nonfiction 1

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 2:45pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Workshop: Ask the Genealogists: Tips and Techniques for Researching Your Family History (12/11 session)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | registration required for each session separately
Join certified genealogists and repository personnel for three sessions of insights into methods to navigate the vast, complex, and exciting path to your family history. This workshop takes place over three Tuesdays: October 9, November 13, and December 11. Attend any or all sessions.
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Reading Group

Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy with Nicholas Birns (12/12 session)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 11:00am | Whitridge Room | for members only | $50 for the set of three sessions
Robertson Davies’s Deptford Trilogy is one of the great achievements of Canadian fiction and one of the crucial works that made Canada visible worldwide in literary terms. Popular seminar leader Nicholas Birns guides reading and discussion through this beloved work.
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Reading Group

Voltaire and the English Connection with Jane Mallison (12/13 session)

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 12:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | $75 for the set of five sessions | registration required
The quintessential French philosophe cultivated an English literary circle including John Gay, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. This seminar will attempt to give readers a sense of the work of these five writers and an understanding of the way their thoughts and their words reflect—or dissent from—the contemporary culture of France and of England.
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Special Event

Workshop: Illuminated Manuscripts with Christina Amato

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 2:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | for adults and teens in grade 9 and older | free of charge | registration required
Illuminated manuscripts are handwritten manuscripts decorated with brilliant colors and gold. In this workshop with Library Conservator Christina Amato, participants will decorate an initial or simple illustration with gouache paint and real gold leaf.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (12/16/18 session)

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
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Technology

One-on-One Technology Sessions (12/18/18 sessions)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm | for members only | free of charge | by appointment
Library members are invited to stop by and chat, or to bring in their portable electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cell phones, e-book readers, cameras, etc.) for a question-and-answer session with a member of the Library’s Systems staff.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Fiction 1

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 5:00pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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The Writing Life

Writing Life Group: Memoir 1

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | free of charge | by special admission
The Library hosts monthly writing groups for fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and children’s/young adult writers.
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Special Event

Member Happy Hour, December 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm | For members only | Whitridge Room | free of charge | no registration required

Join your fellow members every third Wednesday of the month for an informal drop-in hour of wine and light refreshments.


Happy Hour is supported by The Writing Life. The Writing Life events in 2018 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (1/13/19 session)

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (2/10/19 session)

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (3/10/19 session)

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
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Reading Group

Tea & Trollope Reading Group with Blanche Siegel (4/7/19 session)

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:30pm | Whitridge Room | for members only | by donation; registration required
Educator Blanche Siegal leads informal discussions of the beloved Victorian author Anthony Trollope and other master writers of the same century. This popular group is now in its eighth season.
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Exhibitions

The Library showcases our historic collections and the literary culture of the city with themed public exhibitions on the second floor. Exhibitions are offered for six to twelve months, and both members and nonmembers are welcome to drop by any time the Library is open.

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