Thursday, August 22nd at 6:30
Debbie Levison's multi award-winning debut book, THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, launched last summer. Both the Connecticut and New Jersey Departments of Education will use it as a Holocaust resource, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC now features it as well. Since its release Debbie has been speaking here, there, and everywhere, from bookstores to colleges and scores of other venues from Canada to Florida.
THE CRATE has been called “heart wrenching,” “brilliant,” and “a necessary read.” It’s the true story of a gruesome crime that involved my family of Holocaust survivors. In 2010, we discovered a wooden crate, nailed tightly shut and hidden underneath our lakeside cottage. We were not prepared for the horrific contents of the crate; it turned out to contain the remains of a young mother, brutally murdered. The discovery traumatized my family, especially my fragile parents: it dredged up their memories of the Holocaust – of surviving concentration camps, cattle cars, death marches – and forced them to confront violence and evil yet again, right on their doorstep. The themes are relevant and timely, of refugees and the need for sanctuary; violence and racial intolerance; and the seemingly limitless human capacity for evil. It is a speculation on hate in our society. Join Debbie for a book discussion and signing!
Thursday, August 29th at 6:00pm
Registration begins August 1st
In "The Public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. 122 Minutes/PG 13
We will have tables and chairs set-up just like an old fashioned dinner theater! We will also have popcorn and beverages available! You can bring anything from a sandwich, to sushi, to a take-out meal from your favorite restaurant!
Thursday, August 1st at 6:30
Registration begins July 15th
Rebecca Podos will speak about the publishing industry, both from her perspective as a Literary Agent representing bestselling and award-winning Young Adult and Middle Grade authors like Mackenzi Lee, Ashley Herring Blake, Rin Chupeco and more, and as a published YA author herself. Rebecca is a graduate of the MFA Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College. Her third novel, THE WISE AND THE WICKED, came out this May with Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. Her debut novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, was a Junior Library Guild Seletion and a B&N Best Book of 2016. Her second book, LIKE WATER, won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children's and Young Adult.
Thursday, August 15th at 6:30
Registration begins August 1st
Clothing speaks volumes in Jane Austen's Regency Novels A delightful show-and-tell on the clothing of Regency England as reflected in Jane Austen's fiction. Includes dressing "Elizabeth Bennet' & 'Mr. Darcy,' and readings from Miss Austen's letters and novels. While dressed in authentic Regency attire, Ms. Carle gives a detailed overview of the clothing of the Regency Era, (early 1800s) for both gentlemen and ladies. Then Ms Carle shares excerpts from Austen's personal letters as well as passages from some of the novels, highlighting Miss Austen's use of clothing and fashion to define character & class, enhance story line, and develop plot points. Teens through adults will enjoy discovering just how important fashion was 200 years ago! Ms. Carle has been presenting historical programs since 1992, from Regency to Edwardian (1800-1915), and draws on her extensive background in theatre, dance and historical fashion to engage and enthrall the audience!
Mask Update: Masks are required for all program attendees despite vaccination status.
Attendance at juvenile programs is limited to children of the age group for which the program is intended and their caregivers.