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Hamilton-Wenham Public Library November &  
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7th Annual Community Read
The Hammer and the Anvil is a graphic novel, which contains a vast amount of visual material which highlights the parallels between Douglass & Lincoln. 
Word Bubbles and Thought Balloons: The Graphic Novel as an Art Form Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 is presented by Montserrat College of Art professors Adam Miller and Blyth Hazen. Funded by the Friends of the HWPL.
Our keynote speaker: Dwight Jon Zimmerman, military historian, radio show host and author of The Hammer and the Anvil will present at Gordon College's Ken Olsen Science Center on Thursday, Nov. 7: reception at 6:30, lecture at 7:30 (please note: the Library will close at 5:00 to convene at Gordon College.) Funded primarily by a grant from the Gilder Lerhman Institute of American History in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Megan Marshall's Latest Work: Margaret Fuller
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7:00 pm.  Noted biographer Megan Marshall comes to share her newest work with us: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. "The award-winning author of The Peabody Sisters looks at the trailblazing life of Margaret Fuller, Thoreau's editor, Emerson's friend, daring war correspondent and tragic heroine."  Join us as the author talks about how she brought her subject to full psychological life amidst meticulous research. Sponsored by Jolie Tea.
In This Issue
First Fridays series
November highlights
Children's Room
Book Clubs
Ongoing programs


 Monsters University [G]

Monday, Nov. 4


Turbo [PG]

Tuesday, Nov. 19


Planes [PG]

Tuesday, Nov. 26


Despicable Me 2 [PG] 

Tuesday, Dec. 17


Library Closings:

Early close for community read event

Thur. Nov. 7 at 5:00.

Closed Veterans Day

Monday, Nov. 11

Early close for Thanksgiving  on Wed. Nov. 27 at 5:00,

regular hours resume for Fri. 29 & Sat. 30th. 

Christmas early close Tue., Dec. 24, regular hours resume Dec. 26 

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'First Fridays' series Bonnie
Meet Julia Child! Friday, Nov. 1 at 10:30. Delvena Theater Company's Lynne Moulton performs as Julia Child doing what she did best. Learn more about her life - from her privileged childhood in California, eating what the family's private chef prepared - to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. The audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of The French Chef television show, an amusing and fun experience! After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child. Thanks to the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council for funding this performance.
Keep Sharp, Brain Fitness for Seniors
 Friday Dec.6 at 10:30.
Rebecca Shafir, neurotherapist an author of Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction teaches brain fitness techniques and practical ways to limit 'senior moments', distractibility and foggy thinking. 
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National Novel Writing Month, Our 5th Year
This November, over 300,000 people all over the world will attempt to write a 50,000-word novel by midnight, November 30. Local writers will meet at the library every Saturday in November for write-ins from 10:00-3:45. Come when you can! Leave when you like! Brainstorm, socialize, and boost your word count in the company of others who are doing the same. Last year, some authors produced upwards of 3,000 words in a single session. (That's 12 pages in the average printed book!) Call 978-468-5577 or email Sarah at to find out more, or visit our Library's NaNoWriMo page.

Live a Clutter Free Life Sat. Nov. 2, 10:30 Professional organizer Tatjana Nugteren presents ways of taming the stuff that creeps into our lives and homes. She'll also cover tips on how to stay organized during the hectic holidays. "Clutter doesn't just occupy space in your house, it occupies space in your head. And while creating space in your home is useful, it's really the psychological effect of getting rid of clutter that is most important. Take back the control over your time and space and enjoy the sense of relief and relaxation that a clutter-free environment can bring."

Living in the Heart Place with Your Angels: 5 Keys to Angelic Empowerment Wed. Nov. 13, 7:00. Peg Jones guides us in learning how to open and foster relationships with your angels, allowing you to connect with messages of love, healing and well-being.

Holiday Arrangements from the Yard (note date correction)
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:00-8:30 pm. Back by popular demand, Master Gardener Betty Sanders show us how to decorate naturally for the holidays, and bring a little of the garden inside. Beautiful, long-lasting arrangements don't have to be expensive. Betty creates 5 arrangements, primarily using materials that grow in your (or a friends') yard. Each arrangement is done for one holiday and then with just a few changes made suitable for the next and beyond. All of the arrangements will be given away as door prizes. Thank you to the Friends for funding this program. 
Children's Room
The following storytimes are perfect for ages 2 and up.  No registration required, feel free to bring a friend!
Dads and Donuts storytime Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:00
Thanksgiving storytime and craft, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11:00
Dads and Donuts storytime, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11:00
Holiday storytime and craft, Sat. Dec. 14 at 11:00
Storywriting Contest begins Nov.1!   There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for students in 1st-3rd grade and 4th-6th grade.  Click on the link or stop by for full details.  Deadline for submissions is 4:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 30th.

Kindermusic Demonstration Monday, Nov. 18 with Susan Carter-Krugman.  Imagine That! session for 3-5 year olds at 12:30, Kindermusic Village for 0-18 months at 1:00.  Explore music, movement, singing, and instruments with your children.  Space is limited, registration is required, open to the public at no charge.

Reluctant readers can come meet Tessie the Therapy Dog.  Tessie is a certified canine good citizen and therapy dog who has been coming here for the past year and a half to encourage confidence in reading skills.  She doesn't correct, judge, or critique but you will have her complete attention.  Stop by the Children's room to reserve your one-on-one time with Tessie on Thursday, Nov. 21. December dates forthcoming. 

Toto the Tornado Kitten Thursday, Dec. 12 at 3:30 Meet Toto the Tornado Kitten and owner Jonathan Hall. On June 2, 2011 an F3 tornado swept through western and central Massachusetts. 24 hours into the recovery efforts, a telephone line worker brought a cold, hungry, teeny 2 1/2 week old kitten into the Brimfield ambulance station. The heroic efforts of the Boston Animal Rescue League nursed this critically ill kitten back to life. Join us as we learn about Toto's story of survival. 
Teen News
Teen Think Tank meetings Thursday, Nov. 14 (not Nov. 7!) and Dec. 5 at 6:30. Stop in to be a part of the future events and happenings for teens.

The Minecraft Club is run by teens, for all ages who play well with others. The club meets every Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:30 in the Library.  Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft membership. Beginners and advanced players welcome. 

Classroom and field trip visits occupied much of the Young Adult Librarian's time this October.  During the first week of October the YA Librarian visited all of the 6th grade English classes at Miles River Middle School.  She spoke for about 45 minutes to each class about using the Library's online catalog, and about books, particularly narrative nonfiction books that they might like for their independent reading assignment. 


The second week of October saw visits from all seven of the 5th grade classes from the district's three elementary schools.  Each school walked to the Library for a presentation about: how the Library is organized; how to sign into their Library account, renew borrowed items; tips on how to use advanced search in the Library's catalog; how to place a hold; how to find book recommendations using the Library's Informed Teens blog; and how to use one of the databases in our Electronic Resources.  This was followed by a 40 minute Library-wide scavenger hunt based on the presentation they just heard and the subjects they are studying, such as Geography and Astronomy, and Explorers.

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Book Clubs  
Mystery Mayhem meets on the 2nd Tuesday at 10:30. Join us to discuss mystery & suspense books & see if you can solve the mystery of the day. The theme for Nov. 12 is "Deadly hobbies: or, The Dangers of Quilting, Genealogy, and Gardening". December's  theme is "Death by Chocolate (or Other Culinary Delights)". Swing by for a list of suggested titles.
Literary Luncheon meets on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11:30 to discuss Day After Night by Anita Diamant. December 17 title is Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler.  Bring your brown-bag lunch, beverages and dessert will be provided.
The Monday Night Book Club meets on Nov. 19 at 7:15 pm. November's book is Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune.  December's book is Barbara Shapiro's The Art Forger,  up for discussion on the 16th.
Ongoing Programs
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Toddlers Group-  Mondays 11-1
Knitting- Mondays 12-2.
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Infants Group- Wednesdays 10-12
Cribbage- Thursdays 10-12
Bridge- Wednesdays 10-12, and Fridays 1:30-4 (some exp. required)