Welcome to the December 2018 issue of Cary News! Inside you'll find news about author visits, a poetry open-mic, and a chance to talk to our Teen Services Manager about YA Lit. 

Cary News - December 2018
A Celebration of Poetry
Tuesday, December 4, 7 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Are you a poetry lover? Come join us and share your favorite poems. We invite you to bring one to three poems to share with the group. Everyone will have a chance to share. We hope you join us for this evening of community and creativity! 
Genealogy Drop-In Session
Thursday, December 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. 
Simplify the Season
Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Are you looking for less stress, less stuff, more fun and more meaning this holiday season? Join Lexington's Global Warming Action Committee (GWAC), Lexington Public Schools Green Teams, and Cary Memorial Library for an evening of conviviality, filled with ways to rejuvenate yourself and your loved ones, while opting out of the commercial hype.

Our thanks to GWAC and the Lexington Schools Green Teams for bringing this event to Cary Library.

Book Sharing: YA Lit for Adults
Saturday, December 8, 11 am- noon, Living Room
More adults are reading Young Adult literature than ever before. If you're one of them--or someone who is interested--join Teen Services Manager Michelle Techler in the Living Room at 11 a.m.  as she shares some of her favorite young adult books that appeal to all ages!
Meet the Author: Robert Isenberg
Thursday, December 13, 7 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Lexington author and former Lexington Minuteman humor columnist Robert Isenberg comes to Cary Library to share his book of humorous stories, "Why Men Are Suspicious of Yoga." Come here all about his humorous essays. Books will be available for sale. Robert Isenberg is a longtime Lexington resident and humor writer.
Visit a Museum! 
Craving some color during these gray winter months? Visit an art museum! In Boston, find the   Institute of Contemporary Art, the  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, or the  Museum of Fine Arts. With the   Harvard Art Museums pass, explore the galleries at the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arther M. Sackler Museums in Cambridge. Or, learn about the legacy of quiltmaking at the  New England Quilt Museum in Lowell. Lastly, don't forget about the  Peabody Essex Museum in Salem! 

Museum  passes offer free or discounted admission. Find details about all museum  passes on  our website . The Museum  Pass Program is generously supported by the Friends of Cary Library. Tag Cary Memorial Library on  FacebookInstagram, or  Twitter to share your artistic adventures!

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 : Peter Bain, Oil Paintings

Large Meeting Room Gallery : Margery Fargo, Works
Piper Gallery:  Art by Ndomo Social Enterprise, Exhibit by Catherine Rielly and Rubia, Malian Mud Cloth

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

Community Center, Second Floor: Harry Forsdick, Sketches

Community Center, Cases: Elliot Silverman, Art in Stained Glass

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, December 10  in the Learning Center. The topic will be Mysteries Set in Ancient Rome.

The  Adult Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 17 in the Learning Center.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles will be discussed.

The  Nonfiction Book Group  will not be meeting in December. The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 2 and they will continue their discussion of The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 

Bending Towards Justice: A Social Justice Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 in the Large Meeting Room.  White Rage: the unspoken truth of our racial divide  by Carol Anderson will be discussed. Book selections for future meetings will also be finalized at this meeting. 

For more information, please visit our  Book Groups page.

The library will close at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 24 and be closed all day on Tuesday, December 25. The library will close at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 31 and be closed on Tuesday, January 1. 
Staff Picks

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

"Inferno"  by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle made a big impression on Helen when she read it in the 90s.  In this novel, a science fiction author wakes up and is told that he is in Hell.  Of course, he doesn't believe in God or the Devil or Hell, so he tries to explain everything he sees and experiences through the lens of science and science fiction tropes.  He and his mysterious guide follow Dante's map of Hell's circles on a trip Helen hopes you never take.

This month Krista recommends "Juliet Naked" by Nick Hornby. In this book, Nick Hornby writes about Annie, Tucker and Duncan.  Annie lives in a dull town on England's bleak east coast and is in a relationship with Duncan that mirrors the place; Tucker, once a brilliant songwriter and performer, has gone into seclusion in rural America-or at least that's what his fans think. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker's work to the point of derangement, and when Annie dares to go public on her dislike of his latest album, there are quite unexpected, life-changing consequences for all three. Krista enjoyed the irony of Annie disliking Tucker's album after her long relationship with Duncan.  Tucker's son is an endearing character too.  All of Tucker's past loves come into play.  It's a light, very entertaining read!

Christine recommends "How to Breathe Underwater" by Julie Orringer. This collection of short stories is compelling and extremely well-written. This is how short stories should be written - engaging and engrossing, but also complete in and of themselves. These are not light-hearted, fun stories but rather thought-provoking and unusual with really interesting and unexpected characters and behaviors. The writing is spectacular.

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