Upcoming events: Newton Free Library

Genealogy: Open Research, Monday, July 10, 7:00-8:30 pm, second floor Computer Center: Come prepared with questions about specific ancestors and what you hope to discover about them. We will begin with a brief explanation of at least one of the library’s genealogy databases and then attendees will work on their research. Ginny Audet, our resident genealogist, will be available for questions. Register online.

 Family Singalong, Tuesday, July 11, 10:00 am, Druker Auditorium: Join some of our children’s librarians for songs and movement. Open to all ages.

 Let’s Talk! Tuesday, July 11, 12:30 pm & 7:00 pm, third floor Rear Arc. Free conversation groups for all levels of adult English Language Learners. No registration is necessary. Come when you can!

 Device Advice for iPhone, Tuesdays, July 11 & 25, 2:00-4:00 pm, Study Room 2H behind the second floor Computer Center: Are you having trouble with your mobile devices? Want to know more about downloading eBooks from the library? Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one session where we will give advice about your device! Bring your iPad or iPhone. Patrons are welcome to sign up for one session every other week. Register online.

Best App Class: Gaming, Tuesday, July 11, 3:00-4:00 pm, second floor Computer Center: Join us for a Best App class on games for iPhone and Android where we will explore a variety of games for different types of gamers and smart phone users. Register online.

Newton in the American Revolution, Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 pm: In September 1774 the farmers of Middlesex County rose up and ended royal government in most of Massachusetts. For the next seven months, Patriot activists and the British governor raced to seize artillery. Cannon disappeared from ships, shore batteries and even armories under redcoat guard. In Newton, citizens voted to form their own artillery company. Join John Bell, author of The Road to Concord, as he uncovers the hidden history that led to the Revolutionary War. The program is cosponsored by Historic Newton. A book signing will follow.

Design Squad, Tuesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 15, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Each week the design squad will take on a new engineering challenge, some of which will involve designing solutions to global problems. We are partnered with clubs in South Africa and Swaziland. During the course we’ll be sending videos back and forth to share design ideas and get to know each other. Grades 5-7. Online registration (required) begins on Tuesday, June 20. When you register, you register for all 6 sessions.

Monthly Make: Marbling with Terra Cotta Pots, Tuesday, July 11, 7:00-8:30 pm, third floor Language Center Desk area. Do you wonder how they create those swirly designs on marbled paper? We’ll bring a new twist to the craft as we learn the art of marbling on terra cotta pots rather than paper. No registration necessary

Let’s Talk! Wednesday, July 12, 10:00 am, third floor Rear Arc. Free conversation group for all levels of adult English Language Learners. No registration is necessary. Come when you can!

Build a Better World Games, Wednesday, July 12, 4:00 pm, outside by the Winnie-the-Pooh Statue: Get your body moving while cooperating with others as we lead you through a series of games and challenges including Rock/Tree/Bridge, Cat and Mouse and others. Children will be working in teams. Ages 5 to 8.

Tween Crafternight, Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: This summer the Teen Crafternoons will be meeting at night! Check the library’s website to see what we’ll be making. Grades 5-7.

Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Easy Steps, Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium: Join us for a discussion with Alan Gelb, author of the bestselling book, Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps. Alan coaches students worldwide on their personal statements. Learn how to approach this daunting assignment, get your questions answered and start writing your essay this summer. For teens and parents.

 STEAM Expo, Saturday, July 15, 12-3:00 pm: Join us for the fourth annual STEAM Expo as part of our ongoing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) programs for all ages. Meet tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers and students. Learn about the constellations in the giant inflatable planetarium, make an LED light-up necklace, play in the augmented reality sandbox and much more!

Game Night, Monday, July 17, 6:00-8:30 pm, third floor Language Center desk area: Drop in and play board games! Bring your own or use ours! We’ll have lots of games available like Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo and more. Ages 16+ please. No registration required.

Pajama Storytime, Monday, July 17, 7:00 pm: Come in your PJs for stories and songs. For ages 4 and up.

Typewriter Poetry, Monday, July 17, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Get creative with the monthly Typewriter Poetry group. We’ll be getting together to use old-school typewriters and write poems for library patrons on the spot! Grades 7-12.

Sophisticated Stories, Monday, July 17, 7:30 pm: Storytime for older kids!  Enjoy cool, strange, weird and wacky picture books. For kids in grades 3 and up – you’re never too old for picture books!

Let’s Talk! Tuesday, July 18, 12:30 pm & 7:00 pm, third floor Rear Arc. Free conversation groups for all levels of adult English Language Learners. No registration is necessary. Come when you can!

Device Advice for Android, Tuesday, July 18, 2:00-4:00 pm, Study Room 2H behind the second floor Computer Center: Are you having trouble with your mobile devices? Want to know more about downloading eBooks from the library? Sign up for a 30-minute one-on-one session where we will give advice about your device! Bring your Android tablet or smartphone. Patrons are welcome to sign up for one session every other week. Register online.

 

NEW! Deathstars and Dragons Sci-fi Fantasy Book Club, Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 pm, Room B: In July they will discuss The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. In August they will discuss The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. Info contact: aferrante@minlib.net.

Star Wars Manga Cartoon Workshop, Tuesday, July 18, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium: Manga is a Japanese cartooning style combined with American cartooning that results in big-eyed, larger-than-life characters. In this workshop we will transform some of our favorite Star Wars characters into pint-sized manga people using colored pencils. For kids entering grade 5-7. Registration (required) begins on Tuesday, June 27.

Let’s Talk! Wednesday, July 19, 10:00 am, third floor Rear Arc. Free conversation group for all levels of adult English Language Learners. No registration is necessary. Come when you can!

Blood Drive, Wednesday, July 19, 2:00 pm-7:00 pm.

 

Books & Brownies, Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 pm, second floor Teen Area: Join us for the parent/guardian and teen book club and enjoy brownies! In July we will discuss The Leaving by Tara Altebrando. In August we will discuss Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager. Grades 9-12 and their adult.

KIBO Robots, Thursday, July 20, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm, Druker Auditorium: Children make their ideas physical and tangible by building their own robot with KIBO, programming it to do what they want and decorating it. For kids entering K-1 with an adult. Space is limited to 8 spots. Tickets will be available 15 minutes before the program.

Intro to Cybercrime, Thursday, July 20, 7:00 pm: Banks and financial institutions have always been a major target for criminals, a fact that has not changed with the advent of online banking services. Phishing, Trojan horses, social engineering and other technologies have been used by cybercriminals for over a decade. In this session Etay Maor, an executive security advisor at IBM Security, will show how these threats operate and how cybercrime has turned into a $500B industry. The session will include live demos of hacking techniques and a tour of the dark web where these tools and services are bought and sold.

3D Printing Workshop, Thursday, July 20, 7:00 pm, second floor Computer Center: Learn how 3D printing works by designing your own three-dimensional creation! We’ll be designing our own fidget spinners. Grades 5-7. Online registration (required) starts three weeks prior to each workshop.

Learn to Practice Meditation and Yoga, Thursday, July 20, 7:00 pm, third floor Rear Arc: We will be offering sitting meditation and yoga sessions every other week. Breathing and meditation practice helps cleanse the body mind complex, enhancing the feeling of well-being, bringing clarity and calmness within. Participate in gentle yoga poses, breathing practices and guided meditation. Use a chair or sit on the floor. No previous experience required.

Newton Free Library Magic Show July 26

 

 

Magic by Scott Jameson, Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 pm, Druker Auditorium: Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. For all ages.

 

New exhibitions at Harvard Art Museums

New exhibitions:

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820 (Through December 31, 2017)

A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti (Through August 13, 2017)

Adorning the Inner Court: Jun Ware for the Chinese Palace (Through August 13, 2017)

Reverie: Christopher Wilmarth, Before and After Mallarmé (Through August 13, 2017)

Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran (August 26, 2017–January 7, 2018)

Premier Image Gallery of Ashland hosts Photography Exhibit

Premier Image Gallery, 290 Eliot St. & Rt. 126, Ledgemere Plaza in Ashland, is celebrating it’s 28th year! Gallery owners Don and Janet Gordon are pleased to announce a special photography exhibit to be held May 18-July 21, 2107. Over 80 pieces of photography including digital manipulations are expected to be on display by local artists. Thursday, May 18, Friday, May 19 from 10-4 pm and Saturday, May 20, 10-1 pm are the drop off dates. An Open House will be held Thursday June 1 from 5:30-7:30 pm, with free admission and refreshments. For more information call Premier Image Gallery at (508) 881-4730.