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October 2017

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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Chess Club

October 26 @ 3:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until November 30, 2017

Join us Thursdays for Chess Club, elementary school ages, 3:30-4:30pm. High school student and chess enthusiast, Lucas Blaiklock, is our awesome Chess Leader. We supply the chess sets and the instruction! (starting Oct 5th)

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2’s & 3’s Storytimes

October 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until November 30, 2017

Two and Three Year Old Storytimes  ~ Thursdays, 10:30am-11:00am. Join the circle of little friends & enjoy short stories, songs, puppets & little craft.

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Dori’s Daring Girls Group

October 26 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Weekly on the same day until November 16, 2017

Dori’s Daring Girls Group Dori Brillard, Children’s Room staff member, is starting a weekly gathering for girls ages 9 to 11. The goal is to provide a safe and welcoming space for girls to connect with each other, get in touch with their dreams and creativity, and explore common themes that come up during those formative years. As leader, Dori will be using tools such as arts and crafts, journal writing, open discussion, and light exploration of poetry and language.…

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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

Honoring Veterans

November 7
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Daily until November 11, 2017

Veterans Day honors the men and women who serve and have served in the United States Armed Services. It is celebrated on November 11th, the same day the Armistice was signed in 1918, commemorating the end of the fighting in World War I. As a way to honor our veterans, we’ll have the annual interactive Veterans Day display in the Children’s Room, during the week of Nov 6. Please come by to write the name of a veteran on our…

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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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Children’s Violin Concert

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Violin concert, Play What You Want, concert in the Children’s Room, Saturday, Nov 11, 2-3:00pm. Students of violin teacher, Susan Krongold will pick their own pieces to perform, always a great learning experience, and after the concert, the audience will have the opportunity to give the violin a try. Cookies will be provided.

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