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October 2017

Friday Parent Talk Series

October 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Weekly on the same day until October 27, 2017

Join us for a collaboration with Midcoast Maine Community Action’s Families CAN and G.E.A.R. Parent Network (Gaining Empowerment Allows Results). Educators will present the following Parent Talk Series, a parent support and quiet play group concept, to be held for parents with or without their children, Fridays, 10:30am-11:30am, in the Storytime Room. Attend all or one. Sign up kindly required: Communicating with Respect – September 29th Positive Discipline – October 6th Avoiding Power Struggles – October 13th Every Parent Has…

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The Maine Homefront in World War I, a lecture by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

October 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Bath Historical Society presents a lecture by the State Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., on Maine during World War I. One hundred years ago this last spring, on April 6, 1917, America entered World War I. With the same patriotic fervor that Maine had responded to a call for troops in the Civil War, 35,000 men and women across the state joined the military in 1917-18 to fight in a “war to end all wars” that promised to “make the…

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Haunted Patten 2017: Double Trouble: Laser Tag and the Horror Hotel

October 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Teen Library Council is back with another haunted tour of Patten Free Library’s darkest corners.  This year’s event is a double feature: come for a tour of the “Horror Hotel” AND play a round of laser tag.  Once you check in, you may never check out! An online reservation request for will be available here beginning at midnight on Tuesday, October 10 by clicking here.  Appropriate for grades six and up. All proceeds will benefit the Teen Space renovation…

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The Vietnam War in Film: Good Morning Vietnam(1987, 119 min)

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In 1965, an unorthodox and irreverent DJ named Adrian Cronauer begins to shake things up when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services radio station in Vietnam. Directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, and Bruno Kirby. Williams won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.

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Let’s Talk About It: “The Marrow of Tradition” by Charles Chesnutt

October 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Book three in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Discussion facilitated by USM scholar Reza Jalali. Penned in 1901, Chesnutt’s novel revisits the events of 1898, refuting the sensationalized and apolitical picture of what had been widely and inaccurately depicted as a “race riot” by offering a dramatic examination of the roots of the violent government takeover in Wilmington, NC, and its catalyzing events. The Marrow of Tradition also provides a trenchant critique of the…

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Drilled Pumpkins: Get the LED Out!

October 27 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This is a free “make-and-take” event for teens in grades seven to twelve.  Just bring your imagination and we’ll provide the free pumpkin (donated by Goranson Farms of Dresden), a string of 50 LED lights, electric drills, and various carving tools.  Participants will take home a Jack O’Lantern creation just in time for Halloween!   Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call 443-5141, extension 12, to sign up or email pflreference@patten.lib.me.us.  Wear your messy clothes.  We’ll serve light refreshments, too.

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The Vietnam War in Film: Born on the Fourth of July (1989, 140 min)

October 31 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Based on the biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam War, Kovic becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, winner for Oliver Stone, Best Director. Tom Cruise stars as Kovic, who wrote the book on which the screenplay is based.

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November 2017

The Vietnam War in Film: Coming Home (1978, 126 minutes)

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there. Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, and Bruce Dern star. Nominated for eight Oscars, Fonda and Voight won the award for best acting.

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Let’s Talk About It: “Once in a Promised Land” by Laila Halaby

November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Book four in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Discussion facilitated by Reza Jalali, a scholar from USM. Laila Halaby’s second novel concerns the relationship of Jassim and Salwa Haddad, a childless Jordanian couple in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Setting the novel in Tucson, Halaby, who is herself Jordanian and grew up in Arizona, examines the nation’s post-9/11 mood from the perspective of ordinary Arab-Americans living thousands of miles away from the…

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Let’s Talk About It: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich

November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The fifth and final book in the series “Violence and Belonging: The 14th Amendment and American Literature.” Reza Jalali, a scholar from USM, will facilitate the discussion. In The Round House, a loose sequel to 2008’s The Plague of Doves, Erdrich turns her attention to how federal law has directly shaped the physical and psychological landscape of reservation life. Unlike earlier novels, this book offers a single narrator, who recalls the darkest episode of his childhood, a tale of traumatic violence that…

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