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A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear
Tuesday, February 16th
6:30 PM
Once upon a time, a group of libertarians got together and hatched the Free Town Project: a plan to take over an American town and completely eliminate its government. In 2004, they set their sights on Grafton, NH.

When libertarians across the US descended on Grafton, state and federal laws became meek suggestions. Soon the wilderness-thick town lost public funding for pretty much everything: fire dept, the schoolhouse, library, and perhaps most importantly wildlife services. As the people were ignoring laws and regulations on hunting and food disposal, their newly formed off-the-grid tent city caught the attention of some unruly neighbors: the bears.

Join journalist Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling as he discusses his book, A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town, and details how this tiny town became a radical social experiment—until the bear attacks started.

Please join us. This is a Zoom event. Register here.
This Thursday!
Curious Creatures 
Thursday, February 18th at 4:00 PM
It's always fun when Curious Creatures comes to visit. Now you
can have them in your own living room! Please sign up here to get
your Zoom link. Who knows what we'll see.
All programs sponsored by the Friends of the West Newbury Library. Join us!
Coming March 2nd!

Merrimack: The Resilient River
Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30
In this virtual event, local author and journalist, Dyke Hendrickson, will discuss his latest book, “Merrimack: The Resilient River, An Illustrated Narrative of the Most Historic River in New England” (Fonthill Media, publication scheduled for April 2021).

Part history and part call to action, his well-researched book highlights the dramatic life of the Merrimack River, from the colorful days of the Native Americans to its current status as one of the most scenic recreational waterways in New England. The 117-mile river runs from central New Hampshire to Newburyport, where it meets the Atlantic. Here the Coast Guard was born, and colonial trade thrived. The Industrial Revolution was launched in the riverside mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire. The science of clean drinking water was developed in Lawrence, and the first successful labor action also took place in Lawrence. Thousands of immigrants worked in mills along the Merrimack, and this book tells their riveting stories. In the 70s, the once-filthy Merrimack was cleaned up to serve again as one of the most popular waterways in New England and the Merrimack is still an essential resource. It serves as the source of drinking water for a half-million people. Many have seen part of the Merrimack River, but this unique book provides info and images about all sectors of this great waterway. Registration Required.