Welcome to the June 2018 issue of Cary News! Inside you'll learn all about crafting programs for seniors, genealogy workshops, and a mentalist's exciting show.
Cary News - June 2018
Unfolding Modern Origami
Tuesday, June 5, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Former Lexington resident Jenny Ramseyer explains the wonders of modern origami tessellations. Over the past fifty years, origami has blossomed from the classic crane into many different fields of paper folding design and research.  After a brief history of modern origami, Jenny will focus on her area of expertise: origami tessellations.  Tessellations are a repeating pattern folded from a single sheet of paper.  Jenny will share the design and folding process for tessellations, and discuss some samples from different tessellation artists in the field. 
See some of her tessellations in the Sophia Ho cases on the main floor! 
 
Crafting Cards
Wednesday, June 6, 1-3 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Over three sessions, learn how to make greeting cards with art teacher Marion Davis. No experience or supplies are necessary. Registration is required. Please register for each session individually.

This is sponsored by the Dana Home Foundation.
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Genealogy Workshops
Thursday, June 7: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 12: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 21: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 28: 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
June is Immigrant Heritage Month. Most of our ancestors came here from somewhere--learn how to trace your family history and what resources are available at Cary for you. One of our librarians will be available for advice and guidance. All sessions will take place in the Genealogy Room on the main floor. 
Wen-ti Tsen Guided Tour
Wednesday, June 13, 3:30 p.m. Living Room
Wen-ti Tsen is a painter and public artist. He was born in China, lived in Paris and London before coming to the U.S. to study at Boston Museum School. Since the 1970s, he has made art that explores cultural connections and immigration. He works with paintings, mixed media installations, large-scale sculptural works in public spaces, and community art projects working with grassroots organizations.
Tsen's art will be on display at the library from May 1 through June 30. This tour will be guided by the artist and include translation into Mandarin and Cantonese. We especially encourage Chinese senior citizens to attend. This event is co-sponsored by the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL). Our thanks to CAAL for translation help. Translation services for this program were funded by the Dana Home Foundation. 
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Summer Reading Program for Adults
Saturday, June 16-Friday, August 24
The 2018 Adult Summer Reading Challenge is here! Pick up a bingo card from the reference desk and see if you can fill five boxes in a row. Each box challenges you to read a different kind of book.  When you've filled five boxes in a row, return your card to the main reference desk for a $1 coupon to the Friends of Cary Memorial Library Book Store/Sale. There are multiple card designs, so feel free to take another and keep reading!
Join us on Friday, August 24 for an all-ages ice cream social to celebrate the end of summer reading.
This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Cary Memorial Library.

Mind to Mind: Mentalist Preston Heller
Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Mentalist Preston Heller brings his unique talents to Cary Library and gives his audience a unique, personal experience of the unseen. Be amazed and mystified by his powers--or try to figure out how he does it! Don't miss this fun and mind-boggling night!

Doors open at 6:30. This performance benefits the Lexington Food Pantry. 
Discussions after Dinner
Wednesday, June 27, 6:45 p.m. Learning Center
Join us for a public discussion group run by Robert Berend, J.D., Ph.D. It's a low key, fun, discussion group where everyone's opinion is welcomed. Sessions will alternate between the Library and the Community Center. Future dates and topics at the library are: 
July 25: Do we have a soul?
August 22: What is true strength?


Meet the Author: Harvey Simkovits
Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Twelve years in the making, Harvy Simkovits's memoir "Just Lassen to Me!" is a true, enthralling
family tale. WWII survivor, escapee from Soviet communism, and Canadian immigrant, Johnny
Simkovits, amassed a fortune through hard work, gutsy moves, and devious means. Harvy's Jewish
mother, Anna, hid in Budapest during the war using false Christian papers and had her own
unsettling stories of family survival and strife. Their son, Harvy, enticed to follow in his father's
finagling footsteps, works to reconcile, repudiate, and rectify his mom's painful burdens and dad's
dubious legacy. Filled with honesty, humor, and humility, this is a son's story of surviving his
turbulent family and survivor father.
Storytelling Workshops with Mass Mouth
Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Suitcase Stories Unpacked is a popular storytelling workshop that provides local residents an opportunity to learn the art of storytelling. The workshop focuses on immigrant-related stories, but all residents are welcome. Immigration impacts everyone from newcomers to neighbors. Learn how to craft a compelling story from expert storytellers. The program will run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., followed by a lunch break, and then pick up from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. This program is a collaboration between Massmouth, a Boston-based storytelling organization, and the International Institute of New England. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lexington Council for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Registration is required and can be completed online at the library's website. 
Looking for other ways to support the Cary Memorial Library?
More Events at Cary Library

Don't miss our exciting schedule of events and activities for adults, teens and children of all ages! Check our Calendar of Events for programs and activities offered by the many organizations that use the library's meeting rooms.  


Art at Cary

Home Town: Re-presentation of Boston's Chinatown as a Place of People by Wen-ti Tsen will be located throughout the library, on all 3 floors.

Pierce Gallery : Wen-ti Tsen, Concord, N.H.

Large Meeting Room Gallery : Wen-ti Tsen, Asian-American Comic Book
 
Piper Gallery: Wen-ti Tsen, Concord, N.H.  

For more information, please visit our  Art@Cary page.
 

Cary Library Book Groups

The  Mystery Book Group  will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 11  in the Learning Center. The topic will be Washington, D.C. mysteries. 

The  Adult Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 18 in the Learning Center.  In the Woods by Tana French will be discussed.
 
The  Nonfiction Book Group  will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25 in the Learning Center. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates will be discussed. 
 
For more information, please visit our  Book Groups page.
Staff Picks 
Our staff handle hundreds of books, DVDs, and more every day! Here are just a few that we are enjoying. 

This month, Amy recommends "The High Mountains of Portugal" by Yann Martel.  Three stories set in the titular high mountains of Portugal, beginning in 1904 and stretching across almost 80 years, connect characters who have all suffered tremendous loss. Yann Martel (author of "Life of Pi") delves into the tenuousness of sanity in the face of grief, the true meaning of faith, and how unexpected events can easily and powerfully alter the course of a life.  Some sections of the book are so expertly and compellingly written--in one, the young man Tom├ís struggles mightily to drive an early era car for the first time, and in another, the pathologist Eusebio Lazaro's wife makes clever connections between Agatha Christie novels and the life of Jesus--that they are worth reading twice, just for the enjoyment of it. As with "Life of Pi," Martel uses human/animal connections to help us consider not only what makes us human, but what we have in common with creatures who inhabit the world.  These stories take turns for the extraordinary and unorthodox, but the layers of meaning make for wonderful reading.

Meagan recommends Laura Marling's 2017 release Semper femina. Even though Marling is only 28, she's been putting out records for over a decade. They've only developed and grown in complexity and beauty, and 2017's Semper femina is a great record to listen to on a long walk, while doing chores, or even just on a quiet morning. 

Recommended by Christine"The Power" by Naomi Alderman feels like an updated version of The Handmaid's Tale; the story is completely different but the vibe is similar. The writing is tight and the characters are intriguing. It's clearly a feminist story, with strong female characters and some interesting male characters as well. Teenage girls discover that they have the power to generate electricity from their fingertips, giving them the ability to send electric shocks to others. The only shortcoming of this book is the assumption that there are two distinct genders - male and female. The females have the power and the males are afraid. This book could really push boundaries by addressing more fluid gender roles, but it's still an amazing read.  

If you are looking for a new TV series, Jean recommends two foreign-language ones.  The first is French: "The Bureau," a taut, tension-filled journey to Syria, Iran, North Africa, and other flash-points of the modern world.  The Bureau is France's equivalent of our CIA.  The agents are incredibly competent but all-too-human, and the spycraft technology makes James Bond look like a kindergartener.  There are three seasons, with a fourth still showing on TV in France. 
The second series is Danish: "Borgen" takes us into the life of Denmark's (fictional) first female prime minister.  Birgitte Nyborg changes the status quo but is in turn changed by the necessary wheeling and dealing of the parliamentary system.  This three-season series gives us the chance to compare and contrast the two governments-theirs and ours.  Both series feature good writing and great acting.  

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