Welcome to the March 2019 issue of Cary News! Inside you'll find a visit from leading economist Allen Sinai, an exploration of the 1918 Flu, and a special visit from a local author!
Cary News - March 2019
Socrates Cafe
Friday, March 1, 10:30 a.m., Learning Center
Socrates Cafe are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange personal perspectives, based on their own unique experiences.

Topics discussed are chosen by vote at the gathering. All present, who wish to, 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, or engage in debate.
A Camel's Garden: Drought Tolerant Plants 
Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library and the Lexington Field & Garden Club will present a program on drought-tolerant plants on Sunday, March 3rd, 2pm at Cary Memorial Library. When the dog days of summer hit, many of us are faced with water bans that limit our ability to water our lush gardens. We find ourselves carefully monitoring the water level in rain barrels and hoping for the next rainfall. What if we started to incorporate plants that simply need less water? In this lecture, Jen Kettell, a certified arborist and horticulturist serving the New England area, will talk about the effects of drought on woody plants and describe plant adaptations for dealing with drought. Most importantly, she will introduce you to a new palette of plant material that will decrease your water use while increasing species diversity and beauty in your home landscape. Registration is required for this program. Register online using the library's event calendar or by calling the reference desk at 781-862-6288 ext 84410. 
Overcoming Unconscious Bias Training with LexPride 
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., Large Meeting Room
All of us harbor unconscious biases, even those of us with the best of intentions. The good news is that training can help us recognize our biases, challenge them, and replace them with inclusive practices. Doing so can create a more just and welcoming environment for all. 

Registration is required for this program. Register online using the library's event calendar  or by calling the reference desk at 781-862-6288 ext 84410. 
Crafting Cards for Seniors
Wednesday, March 6, 1 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Make greeting cards, learn different techniques, and take home some of your own cards in this class with local art teacher Marion Davis. All supplies are provided and people of all crafting levels are welcome.  This event is made possible through the generosity of the Dana Home Foundation.

Registration is required to attend this event.
Register via the library's events calendar or by calling the Reference desk at 781-862-6288 ext 84410.
Genealogy Drop-In Session
Thursday, March 7, 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. 
Stories from the 1918 Flu Epidemic
Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m., Large Meeting Room
The 1918 flu pandemic killed up to 50 million people worldwide in less than a year, disproportionately taking healthy young adults. The personal impact was devastating and wide-ranging, including immigration, families split apart, and openings for women in the workforce. Join this talk from Lori Lyn Price, drawing on stories and newspaper articles to explore the multi-faceted ways the 1918 flu epidemic impacted families, sometimes for generations.
Cary Series on Economics: Allen Sinai 
Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Living Room
Dr. Allen Sinai, renowned economist, will look at the current state of the United States' economy, policies and financial markets. Regarding the current prosperity of the country, Sinai will discuss reasons and prospects for why there will be continued prosperity. He will examine the paradox of short-run good times and optimism vs. widespread gloom and concern for the future of the country.   
Meet the Author: Mandeliene Smith 
Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Lexington resident and author Mandeliene Smith brings her first collection of short stories, Rutting Season, to Cary Library. In these lucid, sharply observant stories, Smith traces the lives of men and women in moments of crisis: a woman whose husband has just died, a social worker struggling to escape with his own past, a girl caught in a standoff between her mother's boyfriend and the police. Smith illuminates her characters with pointed, gorgeous language and searing insight. 
Discussion Salon
Wednesday, March 27, 6:45 p.m., Learning Center
This group, formerly known as Discussions After Dinner, is back at Cary Library! All are welcome to come and discuss in a friendly, laid-back, civil environment. No reservations are needed -- just show up!

This group will meet at Cary Library the last Wednesday of each month. Additional evening meetings will be held at the Community Center on the second Wednesday of each month. 

The topic for Wednesday, March 27 is:  Science and its effects on people.
Pajama Drive!  
We're participating in the Boston Bruins and MBLC annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons.

Bring NEW pairs of pajamas for babies, children, and teens to the library from February 1 through March 15!

This year, in honor of our 150th anniversary, we'd love to collect 150 sets of pajamas. Can you help us reach our goal?
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 : Gitanjali Srivastava, Madhubani Paintings

Large Meeting Room Gallery : Neil Tischler, Look Closely!
Piper Gallery: Gitanjali Srivastava , Madhubani Paintings

Commons Gallery: Art from Students of Lexington Public Schools
Community Center, Second Floor: Anastasia Semash, Botanical Art

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, March 4 in the Learning Center. The topic will be Political Mysteries.

Bending Towards Justice: A Social Justice Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 in the Large Meeting Room.  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  by Michelle Alexander will be discussed.   
The  Adult Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18 and the selection will be The Widow's War by Sally Gunning. 
The  Nonfiction Book Group  will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25 and they will discuss of Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.  
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 interested in history, Alissa recommends Sinking the Sultana: A Civil War Story of Imprisonment, Greed, and a Doomed Journey Home by Sally M. Walker. The explosion of the steamboat Sultana was the worst maritime disaster in US history - but few people know of it because the event was overshadowed by the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln. The Sultana was carrying over 2,100 people, despite having a capacity of only 376 people -- many who were Union soldiers that were prisoners of war. It exploded in the Mississippi River. Walker's text is accessible and interesting as she examines the conditions that the Union POW's faced in the southern camps leading up to their release. She also examines the politics that were in play and factors that lead up to the overcrowding of the Sultana, and the theories behind what caused the explosion. 
Eunice recently read On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, which is Thomas' long anticipated
second work of fiction. Eunice says it met all of her expectations, and more! Bri, the main character, is a force of nature: strong, resilient, and determined. Being far from perfect is what makes her a compelling character. She says it is everything you want in a Young Adult novel about self discovery, and that Thomas has a way of creating a great cast of characters -- even minor characters are written with attention to detail. Eunice sums it up by saying if you enjoyed  The Hate U Give, you already know that Angie Thomas is a phenomenal storyteller, and this book will not disappoint!

For fiction lovers, Lisa recommends The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. They seem like a perfect couple, with plans for a lavish Nantucket wedding, but are they? In the novel, the cast of characters is wide -- the terminally ill mother of the bride, the philandering father of the groom, the dead maid of honor, and the mother of the groom who tries to hold the "perfection" all together. Will the wedding actually happen for the "perfect couple"?
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