Newburyport Public Library September Programs

Wednesday September 07, 2022

NEWBURYPORT — Saturday, September 10 at 3:00 pm: Powow River Poets Reading (IN PERSON). Join for an afternoon of poetry with the Powow River Poets! Readings are free and open to the public. This month we feature José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes and Zara Raab. Come early to sign up for open mic! No registration required.

Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm: Bacchanalia, Murder, and Newburyport: The Great Watt (IN PERSON). What is “Watt’s Cellar”? Why? Who was “Watt”? What’s a “cellar”? And, most importantly, where is it? Come to hear a story predating colonization by the Newbury first settlers, where native peoples play a large role. It’s a downtown Newburyport history mystery, with sex, drunkenness, political power struggles, and little-known aspects of our colonial history that no one wants to talk about. 

Monday, September 19 at 7:00 pm: The Family Roe: An American Story, with Joshua Prager (VIRTUAL). Join Investigative Journalist Joshua Prager for a talk on his deeply researched book, The Family Roe: An American Story. The Family Roe, which was named a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize, offers extraordinary insight into the Supreme Court’s most divisive case and its plaintiff, Norma McCorvey. This program is a collaboration with the Newton Free Library.

Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 pm: Wingmasters: North American Birds of Prey (IN PERSON). This presentation incorporates five live birds of prey, all native to New England. The program is designed to explain predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more of the endangered raptors that Wingmasters cares for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future. Space is limited.

Thursdays September 22, September 29, October 6, and October 13 at 7:00 pm: Knitting for Beginners (IN PERSON). Come pick up a new skill or brush up on your knitting during this four-week crafting series with knitter and former NPL librarian Abby. Learn the basics of knitting including casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off, and take home a handy dishcloth when you’re done! This program is free: materials will be provided. Registration opens September 1st and is for all four classes. Class is limited to 15 participants, so if you register and cannot come, please cancel with the reference desk or online.

Registration is required for all programs except the Powow River Poets Reading. People can register online via the library website events calendar or by calling 978-465-4428 x242. 

Ongoing Discussion Groups:

Wednesday, September 7 at 2:00 pm: Next Chapter Book Group (VIRTUAL). (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 “Matrix” by Lauren Groff.. No registration necessary.

Tuesday, September 13 at 3:00 pm: Art History Group (IN PERSON). Welcome to our Art History Group! This group meets in-person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We will review the life and works of a different artist each month, and discuss the movements that they contributed to. This month we will be reviewing the works of Swiss artist Cuno Amiet (1868 – 1961). No prior knowledge of art history or the artist is necessary. No registration necessary.

Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 pm: Fiction Book Group (VIRTUAL). This month’s selection is “Violeta” by Isabel Allende. Register by calling 978-465-4428 x242.

Tuesday, September 20 at 3:00 pm: Círculo de Lectores (VIRTUAL). Le gusta leer libros en español? ¡La biblioteca lo invita a participar en nuestro nuevo grupo de lectura para adultos! El grupo será más adecuado para aquellos con un nivel avanzado de lectura en español. El primer libro que estaremos leyendo es “El viento que arrasa” por Selva Almada. Las discusiones se llevarán a cabo en Zoom. Regístrese a través del sitio web de la biblioteca o llamando al 978-465-4428 x242. Un enlace será enviado por correo electrónico a los participantes automáticamente. 

Do you enjoy reading in Spanish? We invite you to join our new adult Spanish language book group! This is best suited for those with an advanced understanding of Spanish who are comfortable reading and discussing long texts in Spanish. This month we will be discussing “El viento que arrasa” by Selva Almada. Register through the library website or by calling 978-465-4428 x242. A link will be emailed to participants automatically.

Tuesday, September 27 at 5:00 pm: Just the Facts: Nonfiction Book Group (VIRTUAL).This month’s pick is The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War” by Malcolm Gladwell. 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 Teacher 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. Newburyport Public Library 94 State St Newburyport (978) 465-4428.

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