Welcome to the April 2017 issue of Cary News! Inside you'll find news about our final Page to Screen events, a concert, and our Library of Things!

Cary News - April 2017
Page to Screen: Everest
Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
In our four-part series, Page to Screen, join Professor Monika Raesch in exploring books and short stories that have been adapted to the silver screen! This series goes in depth to explore the strengths and differences between each format, as well as why we react to each differently. This lecture will be about Everest,  which is based on real life events, on Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m. This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 23. 

The series follows on these dates:

Thursday, April 13th @ 7pm - Rear Window, based on Cornell Woolrich's short story "It Had to Be Murder."

Socrates Cafe
Friday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. Learning Center
Socrates CafĂ© are gatherings where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange personal perspectives based on their unique experiences. Topics discussed are chosen by vote at the gathering. All present have an opportunity to speak and share their ideas on the topic briefly in a safe environment where there is no pressure to agree or disagree. Please join us! No preparation is necessary. 

New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell
Wednesday, April 12, 1 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Join Pamela Weeks, Binney Family Curator, from the New England Quilt Museum. Attendees are invited to bring quilts and Pamela will add quilts from her collection. Pamela will take you on a journey through New England history--using the quilts and inviting family stories. Free admission; no registration is required. Sponsored by Friends of Cary Memorial Library. Information: (781) 835-5777 ext. 84407 or friends@carylibrary.org.
Page to Screen: Rear Window
Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Professor Monika Raesch joins us to discuss how books are adapted to the screen. The differences in medium, the strengths of each format, and the ways we react differently to these stories will be explored in depth. At this final session we will discuss the classic Hitchcock film 'Rear Window,"  which is an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's short story "It Had to Be Murder."

The Softer Side of Celtic
Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Having grown up as the son of a drummer of a bagpipe band, Jeff Snow was acquainted with the rich music of Scotland, Ireland, and Great Britain early on. Knowing how to play traditional instruments from these countries, from guitar to bodhran, Snow explores these cultures through their songs. With sung tales, original songs, and more, Jeff Snow is guaranteed to entertain. No registration is required. 

Backyard Astronomy
Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
The Aldrich Astronomical Society stops by to teach you how to use the library's new telescope. The Aldrich Astronomical Society's goal is to foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery from their own backyards. Space-themed door prizes will be offered for children who attend while supplies last.

Looking for 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

Piper Gallery: Lexington Open Studios Preview

Pierce Gallery: Worthen Maps Collection

Large Meeting Room Gallery : Lexington Open Studios Preview   

Cary Commons Gallery for Student Art: Lexington Public Schools Students 

Lexington Community Center, 2nd floor: Zoe Perry Wood, Sundays with Elsa, a Portrait Series

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

Cary Library Book Groups

The  Mystery Book Group will meet at 10am on April 10th in the Learning Center.

The  Adult Book Group will meet at 7pm on April 17th in the Large Meeting Room.

The  Nonfiction Book Group will meet on April 24th in the Learning Center.

For more information, please visit our  Book Groups page.

The library will be closed on Sunday, April 16 for the Easter holiday and Monday, April 17 for Patriot's Day. 

Museum Pass News
Announcing our newest addition: The Trustees!
The Trustees support over 100 natural, historical, and cultural properties across Massachusetts. With this pass in hand, you can explore Old Manse in Concord, hike trails at Carlisle's Malcolm Preserve, or swim at Crane Beach in Ipswich. The pass admits 2 adults and children under 18 for free or reduced admission at all Trustees properties. For more information, visit thetrustees.org .

Find details about all of our museum passes on our website. The museum pass program is generously supported by the Friends of Cary Library.

Library of Things
Announcing our newest collection: The Library of Things!
We are pleased to announce a new collection at Cary Memorial Library - the Library of Things! What is the Library of Things? It is a collection of non-traditional items that circulate just like books and DVD's. The Library of Things includes a telescope, a sewing machine, Roku streaming devices, board games, a GoPro camera, and more. The complete list is available at: http://www.carylibrary.org/library-of-things.

While any patron may borrow a Library of Things item if it is available, only Lexington residents may place holds on Library of Things items. If you are interested in suggesting a purchase, please visit http://www.carylibrary.org/suggest-thing-purchase.
Staff Picks

Our staff handles hundreds of books every day! Here are just a few that we are enjoying. For more staff recommendations, listen to Cary's book podcast, Biblio Files

Jen W. was lucky enough to see this amazing exhibition at the Renwick Gallery in Washington D. C. and now you can get a taste of the experience in the exhibition catalog, "Wonder" by Nicholas Bell. Huge installations by contemporary artists including Maya Lin and Tara Donovan will fill you with awe. The book is also packed with interesting history about cabinets of curiosities and the creative ingenuity of craftspeople. 

Jane P. recommends "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd as a well done, fast paced book following the lives of a ten-year-old slave on a plantation in Charleston and her eleven-year old owner from about 1800 through the late 1830s.

Christine is re-reading "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. The primary story is about two sisters who find different ways of coping with, and resisting, the Nazi occupation of France. It's also a story about love - familial, romantic, friendly. Her favorite thing about this book is the lyrical writing style: some of Hannah's descriptive phrases are quite spot-on and compelling. The characters are also engaging and compelling and Christine finds herself caring about them sympathizing with the heartbreaking decisions they had to make and the events that occurred.

In 1967, John Lennon bought an island, Dorinish, off the coast of Ireland. "Beatlebone" by Kevin Barry travels with John and a driver named Cornelius, who is supposedly helping him get to said island, but actually seems determined to drive John insane. They stop at a pub, an abandoned farm, and the Amethyst Hotel, inhabited by primal scream patients and drug addicts, among other places in an attempt to evade the press. Whether John ever makes it to his island, Helen will let the reader discover, but she appreciated the humor, dialect and sudden, deep dives of empathy Mr. Barry takes into Lennon's psyche.  
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