In many places around the world, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. Millions of greeting cards are purchased. But who is this mysterious saint and where did these traditions come from? Christina Gamota, with moderator Ashley Rooney, will use many images from her collection to tell us about him. She will then discuss the making of potpourri.
Jordan Salama is an American writer of Argentine, Syrian, and Iraqi Jewish descent. His debut travelogue, Every Day the River Changes, takes readers on a 950 mile journey down the Magdalena River in Colombia. During his talk, Jordan will share stories of the amazing people who live along the river, the biodiversity of the land, and the visible effects of climate change in Colombia. There will be time for questions at the end of the program.
A tale of the longest campaign in all of World War II, from its outbreak in September 1939 until May 1945. Three thousand allied merchant ships and 30,000 merchant mariners were lost in this bloody, costly struggle - as were 700 German U-boats and 33,000 officers and men. Presented by Bob Begin, U.S. Army Veteran and Naval Historian.
Join local author David Green for an informative talk about how he cut his home's carbon footprint to zero and achieved substantial savings. David guides you through the process of decreasing your home's carbon emissions to help you save money on your heating and electricity bills.
Martin Kilson was an American political scientist and the first black academic to be appointed a full professor at Harvard College. In A Black Intellectual's Odyssey, Kilson takes readers on a fascinating journey from his upbringing in the small Pennsylvania milltown of Ambler and the racist margins of twentieth-century America to one of the nation's most prestigious institutions. For over 40 years, the Kilsons hosted many Harvard students, professors and visiting scholars at their home in Lexington. Join Marion Kilson and Marc Saint Louis, for a deep dive into the life and accomplishments of the late Martin Kilson.
It's the Year of the Tiger! Join Cary Library and the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) for a celebration of the Lunar New Year. Discover the secret to making amazing dumplings while learning about the many volunteer opportunities in the Town of Lexington. Learn the skills and techniques required to make Chinese dumplings, entirely from scratch. Wei Ding of CAAL will welcome Ann Boese (Community Endowment of Lexington, Cary Library Foundation Board), Mary Ellen Ringo (Director of Development, Cary Library Foundation), and Jessica Qi (Gastronome) for a fun and informative event.
Bill Gette, Founding Director of Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and President of the Friends of Parker River NWR, has led two trips to Iceland. While most people know about Iceland from news reports of the spectacular volcanic eruptions there and images of the Northern Lights, naturalists know that Iceland is a place of great beauty and abundant wildlife. You will see images of the awe-inspiring landscapes, island fishing communities, a hike atop a dormant volcano, and much more.
Authors Joseph L. Graves Jr. and Alan H. Goodman will discuss their book Racism, Not Race: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. The science on race is clear. Common categories like "Black," "white," and "Asian" do not represent genetic differences among groups. Drawing on evidence from both natural and social science, Graves and Goodman dismantle the malignant myth of gene-based racial difference. They demonstrate that the ideology of racism created races and show why the inequalities ascribed to race are in fact caused by racism.
When was the last time you looked up at the stars on a clear, dark night, far away from streetlights? Artificial light at night has become ubiquitous and harms virtually every kind of living creature that's been studied, from insects to migratory birds, mammals, fish, trees, crops, and even coral and plankton. Join us as James Lowenthal, Professor of Astronomy at Smith College, leads us on a multi-faceted virtual tour of the night-time environment and how important natural darkness at night is for all species, including humans -- and how beautiful and magical it is. Learn what we can do to bring back the stars while supporting the health of all ecosystems.
Affecting audiences the world over for centuries, Shakespeare’s work on love and loss has become part of our global cultural identity. But the question as to who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays has always dogged the legacy of this great writer. Join Lexingtonian author, Marjan Kamali, for a fascinating discussion with author Michael Blanding whose book North by Shakespeare takes readers on a quest with an unlikely scholar and the use of modern technology to answer the age-old mysteries of the sources of the Bard’s work. The Christian Science Monitor calls Blanding's work “the most elegant proposed solution to the authorship question to appear in many decades”. Our discussion will put to rest many a mystery about the Bard of Love.