Welcome to the September 2018 issue of Cary News! Inside you'll find news about two concerts, local history, and a special storytelling event like no other!

Cary News - September 2018
Genealogy Drop-In Session
Thursday, September 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Genealogy Room
Have questions about your family history? Trouble tracking down an immigration record? Confused about how to read a census record? Stop by between 9:30-11:30 and a librarian will be on hand to help you with family history research. 
Hemlock Hospice: Art and Ecology in Harvard Forest
Thursday, September 6, 7:00 p.m., Large Meeting Room
This talk focuses on the intersection of ecology, art, and design as viewed through the
lens of the Hemlock Hospice project. Hemlock Hospice is an art-based interpretive trail
conceived and developed by David Buckley Borden, Aaron M. Ellison, and their team
of interdisciplinary collaborators. On view through mid-November 2018 in the Harvard Forest, this immersive site-specific science-communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the
eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests. The talk includes an overview of the Hemlock Hospice project from the complementary perspectives of science, art, and design, and also addresses the practical challenges of realizing such interdisciplinary projects. Borden and Ellison will share their research-driven creative process, including challenges, and highlight the team's collaborative approach to science communication at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.
A Musical Tour of China: Greater Boston Philharmonic Singers
Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., Large Meeting Room
The Greater Boston Philharmonic Singers come to Cary Memorial Library to present a musical tour of China. Performing both classic Chinese and American folk songs and current Chinese pop songs in unique arrangements, this choir is not to be missed! The members of the choir are from all over the region, including several Lexington residents. 

Crafting Cards (for seniors)
Wednesday, September 12, 1-3 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Put your hands to work and learn how to make greeting cards! Lexington resident and experienced art teacher Marion Davis teaches participants various crafting and stamping techniques. All materials are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Registration is required and can be completed on the library's online calendar.
This program is possible because of the generosity of the Dana Home Foundation.  
Suitcase Stories Showcase
Thursday, September 20, 7 p.m., Living Room
Join us for a night of live storytelling! Suitcase Stories in the Neighborhood features local voices sharing stories related to immigration. Tellers include professionals, graduates of the library's Suitcase Stories Unpacked series, and perhaps you! Audience members will be invited to share also. This program is a partnership with Massmouth and the International Institute of New England. 
Discover Your Home's History
Saturday, September 22, 9:30 a.m., Large Meeting Room
Lexington has a long and rich history, in its residents and its buildings. Three separate entities in town hold valuable historical collections - town hall, the Historical Society and the library. Come hear representatives from each organization describe the materials they hold and how they can be accessed by members of the public. Learn more about how to research the history of your home, street, or neighborhood. Feel free to bring specific questions and the panel will see what answers they can provide on the spot. 

Music in the Morning: Juan Ruiz Quartet
Monday, September 24, 10 a.m., Large Meeting Room
Latin American music is packed with history, chronicling the journey of ancestors who were searching for a better future, and celebrating what it means to be alive. Join Juan Ruiz and the Nacho González Quartet as they perform Latin American classics such as "La Última Curda," "Anibal Troilo," "Cuesta Abajo," "Gardel y Lepera," and more.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Dana Home Foundation.
Natural Strategies for Living in a Stress-Filled World
Tuesday, September 25, 7 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Living in today's world is often overwhelming. Between a growing number of obligations at work and home, troublesome local and world news, chronic health concerns and the like, we're living in a stress-filled world. While limited doses of stress have a positive purpose, living in a state of chronic stress can wreak havoc on our physical, emotional, and mental health. If you struggle with stress, anxiety, and/or feeling overwhelmed, join Kali to learn simple, unique, and natural ways to maintain your health in the face of these challenges.
Book Lovers' Brunch: Joyce Chen's Journey from Beijing to U.S. Postage Stamp
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m., Large Meeting Room
Cookbook author and educator Helen Chen as she shares memories of her mother,  Joyce Chen, chef, restaurateur , cookbook author, and PBS television show trailblazer.  Gain a unique and intimate look at Helen's famous mother, immortalized in the U.S.  Postal Service's 2014 Celebrity Chef Forever Stamp Series, commemorating five chefs  who revolutionized cuisine in the United States.  Hosted by Friends of Cary Memorial  Library.
Admission is free.  Registration opens September 1 and is required.  You may sign up 
yourself and one (1) guest online at the Library Program Calendar ( preferred), by calling
 (781) 862-6288 ext 84407 or emailing  friends@carylibrary.org. Please  provide your name, phone number and email address.   Waitlisted individuals  will be notified. Once registered, kindly notify Friends of Cary if you are 
unable to attend so that waitlisted individuals can be moved to active registration. 
New Museum Passes
The Friends of Cary Memorial Library generously fund the museum pass program, which provides discounts at many area museums and attractions. They have added two new passes: the Mary Baker Eddy Library Museum and the New England Quilt Museum. 
The Mary Baker Eddy Library Museum pass admits 4 people (adults, youth ages 6-17, students, and seniors) to the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium. Check their website for hours, especially on Mondays, Fridays, and holidays. 
T he New England Quilt Museum pass admits up to 2 adults free to the museum. Please check their website for hours. 
All museum passes can be reserved online via 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

Pierce Gallery : Al Levin, Rust, etc. 

Large Meeting Room Gallery : Yuanan Art Students Awards, Imagination and Detailed Drawings
Piper Gallery: Cary Staff,  Cary Memorial Library: 150 Years of Service, Innovation, and Partnership

Commons Gallery: Art Students' Exchange, Portraits of Animals Past and Future

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, September 10   in the Learning Center. The topic will be Rust Belt Mysteries.

The  Adult Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 17 in the Learning Center.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith will be discussed.

The  Nonfiction Book Group  will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 24. Evicted by Matthew Desmond will be discussed. 

For more information, please visit our  Book Groups page.
Staff Picks

Our staff handles hundreds of books, DVDs, and more every day! Here are just a few that we are enjoying. 

If you are looking for a book to begin discussions with your middle grade reader around social justice, Alissa recommends "Ghost Boys" by Jewell Parker Rhodes.  Ghost Boys begins with a punch, 7th-grader Jerome is standing over his body after he has just been shot in the back by a police officer while playing in the park.  Alternating between "before" and "dead", readers follow Jerome both through the last days of his life, and the first days of his death. 

Jen was entranced by "The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art" from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this gorgeous book, contemporary artists talk about their favorite items in the Met's collection and illuminate the details that make them great. You get to see their work alongside everything from an ancient Buddha to a modernist chair and plenty of classic paintings, so you can see with each artist's unique eye. 

Kate recommends the new young adult book "The Bird and the Blade" by Megan Bannen.  Based loosely upon the Italian opera Turandot, this wonderful book set in the thirteenth century Mongol Empire follows Jinghua, a Chinese slave, in service to the deposed Prince Khalaf.   This book was a standout in building relationships between characters, achingly beautiful poetry, and political machinations in an era of history few know much about. 

"Hark! A Vagrant" and "Step Aside, Pops!" by Kate Beaton are collections of on-line comics and are a mashup of history,  pop culture and Ms. Beaton's own twisted soul. They are also often beautifully rendered.  Helen wants all the "Hark! A Vagrant" merchandise (found online) so she can stay in a steady state of snarky joy while moving through the world. 
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