Rockport Public Library Newsletter
October 2016

Two special presentations on the
Ancient Civilizations on Cape Ann
In recognition of Mass. Archeology month and Native American month in October & November, the library has invited two researchers to discuss life on Cape Ann in the times before recorded history.
      On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2:00 o'clock, Mark Carlotto will discuss his archaeoastronomical studies in Gloucester. Archaeoastronomy is the analysis of megaliths and other structures built to mark the seasons and other astronomical events.
     Mark will describe the site of an ancient solar observatory on Poles Hill. The area consists of stones that mark the summer sunrise, summer sunset, and the winter sunrise. He will also share  discoveries that support the idea that Poles Hill was a Native American ceremonial site.
     Carlotto is an aerospace engineer involved in historical investigations on Cape Ann. He has written several books on Dogtown. He has a Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon and has written more than 100 papers on image processing, remote sensing, and pattern recognition.
      The program on Poles Hill will be followed on Saturday, Nov. 5,
at 2 o'clock
with a talk on Cape Ann's First People by Mary Ellen Lepionka. She will discuss the people who lived along the Annisquam River estuary thousands of years ago. Mary Ellen's research is based on archaeological and ethnological evidence, including the use of Poles Hill as a ceremonial site for Algonquian-speaking people in a  nearby village called Wenesquawam.  
      Mary Ellen is an independent researcher studying the early history of Cape Ann for a book she is writing. She has a Master's degree in anthropology from BU and has participated in a salvage dig in Ipswich, excavated an Iron Age site in Botswana, and led fieldwork in Saudi Arabia. 
Awesome Book Club for grades 4 - 6
Thur., Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m.
This is a reader's advisory group, so bring a favorite book 
 to share! Please call ahead (978-546-6934)  
to reserve your space.
Tuesday mornings, Oct. 11 & 25, 10 a.m.
Children and their caregivers share
 a half-hour of fun!  Program is geared
to youngsters age 3 and up, but all are welcome.
 Children's room is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
PJ Family Story Time - Wed., Oct. 26 @ 7 
Not-too-scary stories and a bedtime snack  
for ages 5 and up. Kids can wear their PJs 
 & bring a soft toy to cuddle.

Half-day School Special  
Tuesday, Oct. 18
   Join us at 1:30 for some spooky stories 
and stay to do a special Halloween craft! 

Watch for our new seasonal Story Walk 
 to appear in the Library Garden  
on Saturday, October 8! 
Come in costume & meet us in the garden  
to join the parade Sat., Oct. 29, 10:30!   Then enjoy:
A Halloween Visit with David Hyde Costello @ 11.
His one-man variety show provides
not-too-scary Halloween fun for the whole family! 
Friends' Autumn Book Sale

Friday & Saturday 
October 21 & 22, 10 - 5

Sunday, October 23, 1 - 5

What the staff's been reading lately . . .
  • Better than Before, Gretchen Rubin.
  • Between the Dark and Daylight, Joan Chittister. 
  • Daily Painting, Carol Marine. Developing art skills
  • Downfall, J.A. Jance. Latest Joanna Brady mystery
  • Garden of Evening Mists,Tan Twan Eng. 
  • Hissing Cousins, Marc Peyser. Eleanor Roosevelt v. Alice Roosevelt Longworth 
  • Landslide, Jonathan Darman. Ronald Reagan and LBJ
  • Leaving Lucy Pear, Anna Solomon. Novel set on Cape Ann
  • Midnight at the Pera Palace, Charles King. 
  • Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo. Gritty fantasy caper
  • The Sixth Idea & rest of the series, P.J. Tracy
  • The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud. 
  • Trying to Float, Nicolaia Rips. 
  • A Full Life: Reflections at 90, Jimmy Carter. Read by the author.
  • A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman.
  • After the Fire, J.A. Jance. Poetry journal
  • And the Dark Sacred Night, Julia Glass.
  • Farewell, Dorothy Parker, Helen Meister.
  • Quiet: Power of Introverts . . . , Susan Cain.
  • The Aviator's Wife: a novel, Melanie Benjamin.
  • Vinegar Girl, Anne Tyler.
DVDs:    Doctor Blake Mysteries; Ease Side Sushi;Lady in the Van.
What is a Playaway?
Several people asked this question on our recent survey.
   A Playaway is an MP3 player that is preloaded with an audiobook. Half the size of a deck of cards, it weighs about 2 oz., has a universal jack, and offers 5 speeds so you can listen at your own pace. Just plug in a set of earphones and push Play. The device will remember where you turned it off.
   We loan playaways
for children and adults.
To find them in our database, use keyword "playaway" and Item Type: Audiobooks or click here to go to Rockport library's Playaway collection.   

@ 2:00 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 5 
Pink Panther

Sat., Oct. 8 
Eddie the Eagle

Wed., Oct. 12
The Hustler

Sat., Oct. 15
A Hologram
for the King

Wed., Oct. 26
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Oct. 19, 22 & 29

Book Groups
Thur., Oct. 13 @ 4
Poetry Readers

Sun., Oct. 16 @ 2
Book Chat

Mon., Oct. 17 @ 4
Greek Drama

Mon., Oct. 17 @ 6
Mon. Evening Group

Wed., Oct. 19 @ 2
Current Issues

Wed., Oct. 26
History Bk Club 
We can come
to you

The library provides at home service to local residents who cannot come to us on a short- or long-term basis. If we can serve you or a friend or family member, please call us at 978-546-6934 and leave a message for the Outreach Librarian.

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