Weekly Update: November 20th - 26th

The Library will be CLOSED on Thursday

Art Show News

50th Anniversary of the Art Show: GOLDEN JUBILEE!

The countdown is on for Redding’s Celebration of the Year! Don’t miss the 50th Anniversary of the Art Show – a glittering celebration of 5 decades of fine art and festivity to support the library.

Art Show Dates: Saturday, December 3 - Sunday, December 11th.

Find Out More About Art Show HERE

The Season of Thanks

Tuesday, November 29th | All Day


For the last ten years, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been a day dedicated to encouraging people to do good. Now a full-blown generosity movement, people across the globe join in on the effort of #GivingTuesday. The MTL is no exception, so stay tuned for our idea of giving to the kids right here in our community.

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Gratitude Bulletin Board

Who doesn't get a pick me up from an entire message board filled with things for which we are thankful? Think about what makes you grateful. Even better, come in to the MTL, write it down and share it with us on our Gratitude Bulletin Board. You'd be amazed at how cathartic...and how infectious it can be! You can't miss it right inside our front doors.

Current Exhibit

November through January*

The Art of the Cigar

Currently on exhibit in the MTL rotunda is a collection of works of art created from cigar boxes and cigar bands. Walk through the displays and you'll not only view the beautiful designs of the packages and the art created from them, but also get a glimpse into history.

*Display will be taken down to accommodate the 50th Anniversary MTL Art Show from Nov. 28-Dec. 11 and be reinstalled after that

Upcoming Programs

Monday, November 21st | 7:30PM

World Affairs Forum: The Role of Sanctions as a Tool in Foreign Policy (In-Person)

This is the third of our popular six-session international relations discussion group modeled on the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions. We cover an array of foreign affairs topics, including authoritarian democracy, income inequality, environmental leadership and more. Meetings take place the first and third Monday of the month at the library. 

Register for World Affairs Forum Here

Weekly Drop-In Knitting Circle | Tuesday @ 1:30PM

Join us each Tuesday IN PERSON - novice or experienced - to learn, share or just knit together.

Weekly Children's Programs

INDOOR Fall Family Story Time (birth-5) | Wednesday @ 10:30AM

We’ll sing, dance, and read together. This event is designed for children birth – 5 but interested older siblings are welcome to attend. 

Service Update

Book Fair Donations

Our Book Fair donation sheds are now closed. We will reopen January 9th.

Coming Soon...

Monday, November 28th | 7:30PM

Redding Reelers Fall Series: Marvelous Mavericks (Virtual)

This is the final discussion in our three-part fall documentary series "Marvelous Mavericks: Pluck, Persistence and Privies" where we delve into some amazing (and somewhat quirky) individuals who push envelopes, reach for the stars, and in this case: flush away some preconceived notions about how societies should deal with waste. This week, we meet Jack Sim, aka “Mr. Toilet,” a crusader for global sanitation. Members are invited to watch the documentaries at home, before the group meets, and then join a virtual discussion on the selected film of the month.

Register for Redding Reelers Here

Films are free on Hoopla and may be available for free or for a small fee on other platforms.

Tuesday, November 29th | 7:30PM

Conversations Discussion: Voting Rights (Virtual)

In this conversation we will discuss the right to vote and current attempts to suppress voting. Led by Series Moderator Tom Kilbourn, we will focus on the book One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy by Carol Anderson. The series Conversations: Truth, Myth & Democracy is designed to prompt thought-provoking questions and meaningful community discussions.

Register for Conversations Discussion Here

Staff Picks

Janet Recommends: The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

Summary: In her latest captivating novel, nationally bestselling author Fiona Davis takes readers into the glamorous lost art school within Grand Central Terminal, where two very different women, fifty years apart, strive to make their mark on a world set against them.

Find this book HERE

Watch What You Missed

A Walk through Dutch 17th Century Art

We are all about art as we head into the holiday season and our upcoming celebration of the 50th Anniversary Mark Twain Library Art Show! So, if you want to join in the cultural exploration and missed our recent program about Dutch 17th Century Art, watch it on our YouTube Channel - or just click on the image here.

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