Adult Events

For event information contact the Circulation Desk at 583-3408 Ext. 2. 

 

10/26/2021

Learn a Language!

10/26/2021 - 01/31/2021

Simply click here and then create an account with your Hubbard Memorial Library library card to start learning online today!

 

An Artist's Sketchbook by Incendavery

10/26/2021 - 10/30/2021

View a display of An Artist's Sketchbook by Incendavery in the library's display case all month long.

10/28/2021

Happy Hour Book Club Meets to discuss Behold the Dreamers

6:30pm - 7:45pm

"Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. Working as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers, he displays the punctuality, discretion, and loyalty that Edwards demands. Neni's temporary work at the Edwardses' summer home in the Hamptons means a brighter future-- until Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers' façades. As the financial world threatens to collapse, the Jongas become desperate. And as their marriage threatens to fall apart, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice."

11/04/2021

Who picked this book? Book Club discusses The Lost Apothecary

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientèle. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary's fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries. Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary's in a stunning twist of fate, and not everyone will survive.

Gourd Out of Your Mind

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Wandering into your kitchen and putting a little fresh fruit on your face isn’t as crazy as it sounds! Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids, which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Bananas are sometimes called “Nature’s Botox.” When you hear about the other ingredients in these simply decadent recipes, you’ll be tempted to eat the leftovers – and unlike chemical-filled masks, you can! Grounded Goodwife returns to help us learn how to mask naturally at this informative virtual class. We will provide you with an ingredient list so that you may shop for the ingredients to follow along with the program or hop to it just after the program. Please register on our website or by calling the circulation desk. You will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

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11/18/2021

Happy Hour Book Club discusses The Fox Hunt by Mohammad al Samaria

6:30pm - 7:30pm

"Born in the Old City of Sana'a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he'd previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen. Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook. Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces-- rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south. The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances."--Page 4 of cover.

Thanksgiving: More Than a Day in November

6:30pm - 7:15pm

When we remember to be thankful for each of the many little miracles we experience every day, happiness becomes a natural state of being.  But first we must stop looking and waiting for the "big" things and pay attention to what is happening all around and within us.  

This webinar teaches us how to become aware of little miracles and how to acknowledge and appreciate the precious gifts which life bestows upon us — and then to “re-cycle” those miracles and gifts to others.

The pandemic has made experiencing so many positive emotions, such as gratitude, hopefulness and joy, increasingly difficult to feel. Now, perhaps more than at any time in the past, incorporating “tools” to restore our sense of peace, security and stability is vital to our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. This webinar presents these tools in an easy-to-implement plan for daily living.

This webinar is divided into two segments:  lecture and question- and-answer period.  The topics covered include expressing gratitude, fostering forgiveness, sharing, and living in peace and harmony—and not just on Thanksgiving Day.

This program will be presented via Zoom. Please register to receive the program link.

Upon registering you will receive a confirmation email. An email with the link will be sent out prior to the presentation.

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11/23/2021

Movie Club discusses "Dead Poet's Society"

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for monthly discussions of classic movies and other movies by request. Come in to watch and meet with the group at 5:00 or watch your movie at home with a DVD available for checkout at the library then at 6:30 come in, meet online or by phone to discuss.  You do not need to be a club member to attend, but you must register to get the invite link which will be sent on the day of the meeting.  There is a phone-in option available. Contact Marcelo for more information.

A charismatic English teacher enlivens his staid prep-school students with unconventional methods.

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12/02/2021

Who picked this book? Book Club discusses Infinite Country

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Moving their family to what they believe will be a safer but temporary home in Houston, two young parents are forced to choose between an undocumented status in America and returning to the violence of war-torn Bogotá.

12/16/2021

Dashing Through The Snow, the real history of Christmas in New England

6:30pm

We all have formed in our minds a picture of a perfect early New England Christmas.  

This image might include families decorating an evergreen tree, bedecking their houses with garlands, attending church services, giving gifts, and Santa Claus.  It is amazing how many of us have these elements in our mental image of this festive time of the year.

The reality of Christmas in early New England may be disappointing to some and unbelievable to many, but the historical actuality of the celebration of Christmas – or lack thereof – is an interesting tale and one that blends the heritage and spirit of many cultures and many lands.

Presenter bio: Dennis D. Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for forty years. He began his career at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, where he filled various positions including lead interpreter, researching and designing many public programs which are still offered by that institution today. He also served on the staff of Hancock Shaker Village as a historic trade craftsman and site interpreter, and has held the position of Assistant Director and Director at several sites including Fort Number Four (Charlestown New Hampshire), the Sheffield Historical Society and Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield MA). He is also on the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Valley History Network and a member of the editorial board of the “Country School Journal.” and an adjunct professor at Westfield State University.

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