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September 2019

The Epic Conversation: Melville and the Universal Song of the Ages with David Peloquin

September 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The Epic Conversation is a one-hour talk discussing the perennial relevance of Herman Melville. Moby-Dick, Melville’s greatest work, has earned its place in the Canon of world literature. The talk will include a short biography of Melville, a brief overview of Melville’s major works, and a focus on how Moby-Dick has influenced art, poetry, film, and world literature. The presentation will include a chantey and a whaling song from Moby-Dick, performed by Mr. Peloquin. There will be a Q&A discussion…

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John Huston’s “Moby Dick” (1956)

September 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Our commemoration of Herman Melville’s 200th birthday ends with a screening of the restored edition of this classic film. John Huston and Ray Bradbury wrote the screenplay. The film starred Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, and Leo Genn. Independent Melville scholar David Peloquin will host the movie and provide context. The Melville Society has described his work on mysticism in Moby-Dick as “entirely fresh and compelling analysis.”

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Monday Teen Programs: Fabrications!

September 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We’re celebrating the Library’s expanded hours with a month of Monday programs for Teens!  “Fabrications!” is a workshop offered by fabric artist Elizabeth Walker.  She will provide the materials, the know-how, and the inspiration you need to create your own textile-based art.  Join us to relax, unwind, and express yourself at the end of the school day. Snacks, too.  We’ll meet in the Teen Space.  Open to all in grades six through twelve. Space is limited, so please sign up! …

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Friends of Patten Free Library Meeting

September 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The meeting is open to all.  Join us in the upstairs Board Room.        

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Book Discussion: “The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston

September 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This memoir, which blends autobiography and folktale, dips back and forth in time between the past of Kingston’s ancestors in pre-Mao China, to her growing up Chinese-American in modern-day California, to the fantasy of an imagined life as a female avenger. As cultural critic John Leonard wrote in the New York Times’ 1976 review, the result is a book that is “fierce intelligence, all sinew, prowling among the emotions.” The New York Times recently named “The Woman Warrior” as one…

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3rd Friday Art Walk – Melanie Willey

September 20 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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New Shades of Blue in Concert

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Juliane Gardner & Christopher Poulin began playing together in college when they met as students in a Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. They continued to perform together in various groups until the band was formed in its present configuration. Since then New Shades of Blue has enjoyed a playing schedule up and down the coast of Maine and New England. They please audiences with an eclectic mix, from old time jazz favorites to originals, some blues and sometimes even reggae…

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Monday Teen Programs: Make a Zine!

September 23 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

We’re celebrating the Library’s expanded hours with a month of Monday programs for Teens!  On September 23, you can work with Mandy Russell of Painted Dog Studio to design and create your own zine (magazine).  You will leave the workshop with your first publication in hand, and will help the Library start its own YA zine collection.  Snacks, too. We’ll meet in the Teen Space.  Open to all in grades six through twelve.  Space is limited, so please sign up. …

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Thinking about Climate Change in Bath

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

John Zittel, a Bath resident, has prepared a talk on Thinking About Climate Change in Bath.  Climate change is real and it’s here now.  Dealing with it will take a mix of actions; no single thing that we can do will solve the problem.  This talk illustrates the issues and reviews possible strategies for global and national action.  It then focuses on Bath to consider how to plan, prepare and act for both the near and the long term.

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Jayne Boisvert: “Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There”.

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

Jayne R. Boisvert will introduce her easy-to-use travel guide, Pilgrimage to Paris: The Cheapo Snob’s Guide to the City and the Americans Who Lived There. An ardent traveler, Dr. Boisvert has visited many different areas of France and the Francophone world over the years. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

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