Welcome to the February 2018 issue of Cary News! A draft version was sent in error on January 31; please disregard and read this one instead. Our thanks for your patience and understanding. 

Cary News - February 2018--Corrected Version
Alice's Ordinary People: movie screening
Sunday, February 4, 2 p.m., Large Meeting Room
For five decades, Alice Tregay campaigned for civil rights. From fighting school segregation to fighting for housing rights, Tregay was at the center of the civil rights movement in Chicago. Her greatest impact may  have been her community Political Education class, which trained a generation of activists and political actors. Her work and its ripple effect helped to elect many African-American politicians, including Chicago Mayor Harold Washington and Barack Obama. Join filmmaker Craig Dudnick as he explores Alice's remarkable life and work in "Alice's Ordinary People." 

Tell us what you think about the library! 
Strategic Planning Sessions
With the start of the New Year, the Cary Library staff will begin the process of updating our Strategic Plan. Please be sure to come to the listening sessions so we can hear your input! 
Adult Programming meeting:  Tuesday, February 6 - 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room (LMR)
Adult Collections meetings: 
Thursday, February 8 - 7:00 p.m. in the LMR
Saturday, March 3 - 2:00 p.m. in the Learning Center (LC)
Technology in the Library meeting: 
Thursday, February 15 - 7:00 p.m. in the LC
Surveys will also be available during the months of February and March for your input. Comments can always be sent to CMLplanning2018@minlib.net. 
Get the App!  
Get the App: Libby
Tuesday, February 6,  2 p.m. 
Cary Library has access to thousands of books, eBooks and audiobooks that you can borrow instantly and for free. Come learn about the new Libby app from Overdrive, with an easier, streamlined approach to downloading eBooks and digital audiobooks. Libby works on iOS, Android and Microsoft tablets and phones. (Libby is not currently available for use on Kindle devices.) Bring your device and learn the steps to borrow these digital materials.  Registration is required  and space is limited. 

Get the App: Hoopla
Wednesday, February 14, 11 a.m. 
Learn how to download FREE eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music and comic books to your device. Hoopla works on iOS, Android and Kindle HDX (eBooks and audiobooks only). Bring your device so you can download the app, create an account and learn how to borrow these digital materials. Space is limited so registration is required.

Women in World Jazz
Saturday, February 10, 2 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Join us for an exciting afternoon of music! With their repertoire drawn from different eras, cultures, and styles, Women in World Jazz will be an engaging, entertaining, and educational concert framed through jazz. This will be a unique opportunity to see a broad spectrum of the world's music. Audience participation is encouraged! Some of the pieces that will be performed come from Cape Verde, Japan, Cuba, the United States, the Middle East, and more. This event is all ages. No registration is required. 

Death Cafe returns to Cary Library!
Sunday, February 11, 2 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Death Cafe, which began in London in 2011, is a non-profit enterprise that's dedicated to raising community awareness about death. It's not a grief support group or an end-of-life planning program. The purpose of a Death Cafe is simply to provide an opportunity for people to talk with one another about death, something we're all affected by in our lives.  Mary Ann Christie Burnside, Ed.D., Lexington resident, author, educator, spiritual director and hospice volunteer has shared contemplative teachings and practices with people of all ages since 2007. 
Movie Day with ABCL and Cary Library! 
Saturday, February 24, Large Meeting Room
First film: 10 a.m. 
Second film: 2 p.m. 
The Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL) invite you to Cary Library's large meeting room for a day of movies to celebrate Black History Month! In the morning we'll watch "The Princess and the Frog," followed by an afternoon showing of "Race." "The Princess and the Frog" is Disney's first animated feature starring a black princess, Tiana, who dreams of being a restaurant owneer in New Orleans. "Race" shares the inspiring true story of Jesse Owens as he races in the politically charged 1936 Berlin Olympics. 
No registration is necessary for either movie screening. For more information on ABCL, visit their website
Meet the Author: Jessica Treadway 
Tuesday, February 27, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Lexington resident Jessica Treadway is the author of mystery novels Lacy Eye and How Will I Know You?. Her books explore tragedy, pain, and how these insinuate themselves into the psyches of families, all while readers are treated to intriguing mysteries. Her latest book, How Will I Know You?, has been named a People Magazine Book of the Week and has received rave reviews from Kirkus and Ann Patchett.
 A short question and answer session will follow. Books will be available for sale and signing. 
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

Piper Gallery: Elizabeth Stubbs, Wool Paintings

Pierce Gallery : Junyu Cheng/Jinyuan Dong, Chinese Calligraphy and Painting

Large Meeting Room Gallery : Barbara Peskin,  Moments in Nature

Lexington Community Center, 2nd floor : Janis Hersh, A Year on the Farm

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, February 12  in the Learning Center. The topic will be Humorous Mysteries.

The  Adult Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20 in the Learning Center.  Just Kids by Patti Smith will be discussed.

The  Nonfiction Book Group  will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 26 in the Learning Center. God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions the Run the World by Stephen Prothero will be discussed.

For more information, please visit our  Book Groups page.

The library will be closed on Monday, February 19 in honor of Presidents' Day. 

Staff Picks

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

Helen recommends "Fairyland" by Alesia Abbott, a memoir that immerses the reader in the San Francisco of the 70's and 80's and in the family life of a young woman and her gay father. The author builds a strong portrait of her father through his writings and her memories.  When the tsunami of AIDS strikes, the impact is startling and heartbreaking,  because the reader knows this family deeply.

Lisa recommends "To Be Where You Are" by Jan Karon...and in this latest book, Jan Karon does not disappoint in the latest addition to her Mitford series. The main character Father Tim, though he is retired, manages to keep quite busy and still be in demand within the community. His adopted son Dooley, recently married and starting out in the veterinary field, adds an interesting storyline which will probably ensure many more installments in this series of cozy reads.

Matt recommends  "Autobiography of a Corpse"  by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, a wacky collection of satirical, philosophic short stories. Krzhizhanovsky lived in Moscow, Russia in the early 1900's, a time of rich, but often censored literature. This absurdist collection deals with the fantastical (a pianist's hand gains sentience and spends a night on the rainy Moscow streets), otherworldly (a tenant is haunted by the previous tenant, now deceased), or weird-of-this-world (crowds paying to see a man bite his elbow). While engaging philosophical issues, it also pokes fun at the subject itself. The more references you can acknowledge, the richer the text appears, as Krzhizhanovsky weaves together endless threads from every spool of philosophy. Unfortunately, his works were posthumously published, near the end of the Soviet Union in 1989. Hopefully, now, you can enjoy them thanks to the New York Review of Books.

Christine recommends "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi. This debut novel tells the sweeping story of generations of a family, beginning in Ghana and moving to America. The language is beautiful; parts of the story are tragic and unbelievably sorrowful while others are joyous and celebrate family, friendship and love. Christine loves the unusual format of this book; each chapter able to stand alone as a short story, yet all together they tell the stories of two half-sisters and their descendants.
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