Newburyport Public Library January in person and virtual programs

Wednesday December 22, 2021

Newburyport – Saturday, January 8th at 3 pm: Powow River Poets Reading. Join for an afternoon of poetry  with the Powow River Poet. Readings are free, accessible, and open to the public. The poets reading this month are Midge Goldberg, Kyle Potvin, and Deborah Warren. The Powwows welcome Zoom attendees as passive listeners. Email for the Zoom link.

Tuesday, January 11th at 7 pm: An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery (VIRTUAL). Author Rachel May will be giving a virtual talk about her book, “An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery”. Following the trail left by an unfinished quilt, this illuminating saga examines slavery from the cotton fields of the South to the textile mills of New England– and the humans behind it. This talk is a collaboration of nine area libraries. 

Tuesday, January 18th at 7 pm: Secure the Shadow: Victorian Spirit and Post-Mortem Photography. Join local historian and M.O.O.N Director Bethany Groff Dorau for illustrated exploration of Victorian photography from the moment of death and beyond. This presentation is made possible by a partnership with The Museum of Old Newbury and will take place in person at the Library.

Tuesday, January 25th at 7 pm: Foster Care Information Session (VIRTUAL). This is an information session run in conjunction with The Department of Children and Families for people wanting information about fostering through DCF.

Thursday, January 27th at 7 pm: A Forensic Approach to Holocaust Memory and Education (VIRTUAL). In our digital age, primary source material, including video testimony, letters, photographs, and institutional and government documents are at our fingertips. Attorney and Artist Ryan Lilienthal explains how he used forensic analysis techniques to uncover his family history, and he will teach you how to do the same. 

VIRTUAL programs require registration to get the Zoom link. You can register online via the library website events calendar or by calling 978-465-4428 x242. 

IN PERSON programs require masks. No registration is necessary for in person programs. 

Book Groups:

Wednesday, January 5th at 2:00 pm: Next Chapter Book Group (IN PERSON at the Senior Center). Next Chapter Book Group (formerly Retired Readers) meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Senior Center. This month’s title is “Simon the Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles. No registration necessary.

Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 pm: Fiction Book Group (VIRTUAL). This month we will be discussing “Whereabouts” by Jhumpa Lahiri. Register by calling 978-465-4428 x242.

Tuesday, January 25th at 5 pm: Just the Facts: Nonfiction Book Group (VIRTUAL). This month’s pick is “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World” by Simon Winchester. Register online via the library website events calendar or by calling 978-465-4428 x242.

Other ongoing programs:

Tuesdays 8:00 am: Yoga and Mindfulness (VIRTUAL). Improve your physical and mental well-being by joining Registered Yoga Teachers Jessalynn Hudgins and Ree Coleman for yoga and mindfulness practice. Classes will be held online for the rest of the winter. No registration is necessary. The Zoom link and meeting ID can be found on the library website 

Wednesdays at 2:30 pm: Movie Matinee (IN PERSON). Titles are posted on the library website. Masks are required.

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