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Aquatic April ... with May overflow.
Author Pike Messenger Tue. April 9, 7-8 pm.  Join us as Mr. Messenger reads, reminisces, and shares his wonderment of the natural world in his collected essays The Water Closet: Ipswich River Watershed and Beyond
Archival Film: Gloucestermen Wed. April 17, 7-8 pm. Presented by archival film preservationist Dan Tremblay. See footage of the fishing vessels and fishermen from the past and experience some of the perils of the profession.
Author & Adventurer Rich Wilson is the keynote speaker of the Friends of the H-W Library Annual Meeting. Mr. Wilson placed 9th in the '08-'09 Vendee Globe, a non-stop, solo circumnavigation of the globe which took him 121 days. Tue. April 23: refreshments at 6:30, brief meeting at 7, Mr. Wilson presents at 7:30 pm.
Smart Surfcasting: Land More Fish in Less Time with Plum Island Surfcasters President Julio Silva. Tue. April 30, 7-8:30 pm Learn about rods, reels, lines, rigs, baits & lures. All are welcome, bring the kids! You can find out more about Julio at his blog: Fish360.net.
Archival Film: Schoonermen of 1926 Thur. May 2, 7-8 pm. Presented by archival film preservationist Dan Tremblay. Featuring fishing crews and their labors, also the historic schooner Adventure.
Sharks of New England with Mae Taylor, Wed. May 15, 7-8 pm.  Ms. Taylor's presentation covers the common sharks of our waters and the lesser known ones as well.
Concluding speaker: Andrew Martinez, underwater photographer and author, Tue. May 21, 7-8 pm.  Marine Life of the North Atlantic: Canada to Cape May (currently in its 4th edition). This volume is the Peterson's of the sea, join us for phenomenal photography as we learn about what's in the tidepools and deeper regions. 
In This Issue
Audubon Birding Programs
Travel to China
Drawing 101
Inspirational Evenings
Children's Room
Teen Events
My Garden: Dream to Reality
Book Clubs
Ongoing programs


 Lincoln [PG-13]   Friday, March 29 

10:30-1 & again on Saturday, 1-3:30.

The Library will be closed on 

Monday, April 15

 in observance of Patriot's Day.



Les Miserables


Friday, April 26, 

10:30-1:30 & again on Saturday from 12-3.

Bring a cushion for 

the chair!

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The Thrill of Birdwatching
Thursday, March 28, 7-8 pm. Join Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Naturalist Scott Santino for an evening program highlighting the fascinating and enjoyable world of birdwatching. See why so many people have taken up this fast-growing recreational activity and why it might be just right for you. A PowerPoint presentation will introduce guests to local bird species and their amazing life histories. This program is supported in part by a Mass. Cultural Council Grant. Free and open to the public, bring a friend!
The IRWS is also offering two local birding walks with their naturalists, click for details

Travel to China: Preparation to Immersion with globetrotting photographer Richard Ferland, Friday, April 5, 10:15-Noon.  Photographer and tour guide Richard Ferland takes us on a whirlwind tour of China.  This program is for recreational tourists and business travelers, people who enjoy travel documentaries, as well as anyone with an interest in photography & art.  His presentation concisely covers everything you need to know about communication, etiquette, and a few key phrases that will serve you well. Free and open to the public, bring along a friend. Thank you to the Friends for sponsoring this program.
Drawing 101: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshops
Drawing is a 'global' skill (requiring both hand & eye coordination) like riding a bicycle or driving a car which can be learned. Join us as we work through the classic text: Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Teacher Bonnie Ashmore-Davis will provide guidance for the group. The class meets 6 Wednesdays: April 10, 24, May 8, 22, and June 5, 19. 7:00-8:30 pm. Open to teens and adults, registration is required: stop by the Reference desk, call 468-5577 or email Rebecca: rshea@mvlc.org. Stop by the Library to check out a copy of the book, too. This opportunity has been funded by the Friends of the Library.
Jayzee portrait
Inspirational Evenings: Miracles 

Mondays in April-May, 6:30-7:45 pm.   

Miracles incorporates Jorgelina 'Jayzee' Zeoli's two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. The April 1 presentation, "Over the Mass Grave (God among us)," is based on Zeoli's flashbacks of the 1970s Argentinean dictatorship. The film won a Persistence Award from Beverly Community Access Media and an Inspirational Award (second place) from the Alliance of Community Media.  Taped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths follow both films. The original intention of Miracles was to create a bridge between despair and hope. The deeper meaning and intention, however, are to raise the awareness about the power of spirituality as an agent for empowerment, transformation and healing at individual, societal and worldwide levels. Registration is requested if you plan to attend any or all of the dates listed. For more information visit Jayzee's website:  www.jorgelinazeoli.com    
Children's Room  
Art Club! Fridays: March 29 & April 5, from 1-2 pm.  No prior art experience  
needed & no registration.  Children preschool ages and up are invited to drop in for some free form art fun and explore a new theme each week: Zentangle doodling & Jackson Pollock's style.  
Saturday, April 6 from 2-3 pm, Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig reading and dance performance. Author David Ira Rottenberg joins with ballerinas from the Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance. Gwendolyn longs to dance ballet and Omar wants to join the football team.  There's just one problem, they're pigs!  With a little help, they make their dreams come true. Children are encouraged to dress up in tutus, leotards, football jerseys or all three. Be sure to bring your camera.  This program is great for all ages, free and open to the public, no registration.
Registration for Spring storytimes and programs begins on Wed. April 10 at 10 AM.  For a full lineup of programs, times and age suitability see the Children's Room blog.
with the Museum of Science Wed. April 17, 3-4 pm.  Are snakes actually slimy? Why do snapping turtles snap? What makes a reptile a reptile? Together we will answer these questions and many more while we become acquainted with some incredible animals from the Museum's Live Animal Center.  For children 5 and up, no registration required, open to the public at no charge. This program has been cooperatively sponsored by the Museum of Science and the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library.Lorraine and Daisy
Pig Out on Reading! Thur. April 18,11-Noon Join Farmer Minor and Daisy the Pig for a special storytime. Daisy's a real pig who travels with her real farmer owner. She visits annually and is always great fun. Pictured is Children's Librarian Lorraine Der accepting a "kiss" from Daisy.
Celebrate Tessie the Therapy Dog Fri. April 19, 1-2 pm. Children have been reading with Tessie in the Children's room for over one year. Tessie is a certified canine good citizen and certified therapy dog. She has helped nervous or hesitant readers gain confidence by reading aloud to an accepting, friendly audience who will not judge their abilities. Reading improves as children overcome an 'I can't do it, I'm not good at it' attitude. Join us as we celebrate Tessie and her handler, Pat Fleming; there will be treats, crafts and games. All ages are welcome, free and open to the public.
Cooper the Rabbit Storytime Sat. May 4, 2-3 pm. Cooper the Rabbit joins us for a special storytime featuring tales of naughty bunnies and trickster hares. There will be time to meet Cooper after the stories. 

Questions?  Stop by, or call 468-5577 x13, or email Lorraine Der, Children's Librarian at lder@mvlc.org.

Teen Poetry Contest: Submissions due on the 30th!
The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library's 3rd annual themed Teen Poetry Contest submissions are due by midnight on April 30th. The 2013 theme is: Nature and/or Animals. This contest is open to teens in grades 6 to 12,who are residents of Essex County in Massachusetts.   Prize winning categories: Best Entry Grades 6-8; Best Entry Grades 9-12; Director's Choice Award; Second Place Grades 6-8; Second Place Grades 9-12; Honorable Mentions.  Finalists will be notified by phone or email on or about May 10th. The Poetry Contest Reception will be held on Thursday, May, 16, 2013, 7pm to 8:30pm.  For more information about the contest, and to find the poetry contest online entry form link go to the Library's Informed Teens Poetry page or contact Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian at kclaire@mvlc.org or call 978-468-5577 X14.
Dugies Garden
My Garden: From Dream to Reality
Friday, May 3, 10:15-Noon
Norman 'Dugie' Russell talks of the variety of areas within his yard & gardens. His garden and surrounding grounds were once a pitiful sight with hardly a blade of grass and no flowers.  After years of back breaking work, Marie and Dugie converted their dismal plot into an award winning dreamscape.
Mystery Mayhem
meets Tuesday, April 9 at 10:30.
The topic is "Serf and Turf: Medieval Mysteries".  A full list of suggested titles and authors may be picked up at the library.  Try to solve the mini mystery of the day at the meeting. Questions? Contact Nancy: 978-468-5577 x16 or by email at:  nday@mvlc.org.
Literary Luncheon meets Tuesday, April 16 from 11:30-12:30. Join us to discuss The Second Empress by Michelle Moran. "After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon's power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war." -Catalog.  Bring your brown-bag lunch, beverages and dessert will be provided.
Monday Night Book Group meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 7:15.  April 22 features bestselling Defending Jacob by William Landay. "When his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his own son." -Catalog.  The optional title for spring is: Are You My Mother: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel. 
Ongoing Programs
Chess- Mondays 10-12
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Toddlers Group-  Mondays 11-1
Knitting- Mondays 12-2
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Infants Group- Tuesdays 10-12
Bridge- Wednesday 10-12 (some exp. required)
Cribbage- Thursday 10-12
...Yet More Bridge- Fridays 1:30-4 (some exp. required)