Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 2:00pm
Join our fiction coordinator, Maggie, for an hour of free reading of your choice. Then stay for discussion (optional), snacks and tea. Cozy chairs provided! Please register.
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 6:00pm
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
2014, PG-13, 114 min. Please register.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 6:30pm
In a nod to National Poetry Month, Ken and Roberta MacDonald will share their sculpture and poetry. Roberta will read from her recently self-published volume of poems. Together they will discuss how some of Ken’s sculptures were created and read the poems related to those sculptures. A number of interesting “found objects” will be passed around and we can have some fun guessing how they could be used. The history of these items often dictates the part they play in a sculpture. In this photo Ken is “at play” welding the land buoy that is installed at Allen’s Harbor Marina. Registration is requested.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 2:00pm
Tim Cranston’s latest book on North Kingstown focuses on black history in our community and is an attempt to tell a more complete story of how our fair town came to be. Join Tim for a lively discussion centering on his personal motivations behind the project, the challenges of researching this topic, and some of his favorite stories from the book. Please register to let us know you are coming.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 2:00pm
Dennis will perform on various period instruments including a parlor guitar from the 1890's, a 1925 Martin ukulele, a 1936 flamenco guitar from Madrid, a 1937 Gibson archtop guitar, a 1970 Rodriguez guitar, and others. The music will reflect the era when the instruments were made and cover a wide variety of styles including ragtime, classical, tangos, jazz, tin pan alley, bossa nova, pop and more. Composers highlighted include Scott Joplin, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Carlos Gardel, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Antonio Carlos Jobim, William Walton, The Beatles and more. Please register. Library open for this event only. Sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council and the Friends of the Library.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 6:30pm
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? 11/22/63 is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination. Books are available; please register. On May 12th we’ll discuss Little, Big by John Crowley.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 6:30pm
Americans are just beginning to discover the many travel opportunities offered by Namibia on the southwest coast of Africa. Once a German colony, then ruled as a possession of South Africa, Namibia gained independence in the 1990s. It boasts a gorgeous coast on the Pacific Ocean, vast desert scenery and abundant wildlife. A number of tribal groups still live in their traditional ways in Namibia, one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Join Marcia Blair and Judith Anderson as they share photos and stories of their safari adventures in Namibia last summer. Please register to let us know you are coming.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:00pm
The League of Legends Club meets to play, discuss strategies and take part in other League-related activities. All Summoner levels are welcome, though participants must be ages 13 and up. Please register. Next meeting: Saturday, May 9th at 1:00 P.M. The May meeting is the first in a 2-part tourney, and the winning team will receive Riot Point gift cards!
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 2:00pm
Join us for a showing of the Penguins of Madagascar. Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it. This movie is for the whole family. Please register. 2014, PG, 92 min.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
This month we are reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This is a casual discussion where all opinions are welcome! Copies of the book are held at the circulation desk. Please register. After this meeting, Teen Book Club will be on hiatus for the summer.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 2:30pm
Storyteller Joe Theroux will be reaching deep into the library shelves and dusting off a variety of strange and forgotten tales. Join us for the Story Laboratory where we cook up new classics out of the old! Great for ages 4 and up. Please register.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 1:00pm
We provide pads and pencils, though you may also bring your own gear. Come to share your creativity, get drawing prompts, resources for artists, or just hang out and have fun! No experience necessary. After this meeting, Teen Drawing Club will be on hiatus for the summer.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 3:00pm
Up, Up and Away! — This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air. This program is for ages 5 and up. Please register.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 2:30pm
Come and learn about the chickens that are raised on Casey Farm. Participants will get to touch and hold a variety of eggs and some chicks too! Please register.
Casey Farm will be leaving us with some eggs to hatch. The eggs will begin to hatch after 21 days of being slowly rotated in an incubator. We will keep the chicks for about a week before they must be returned to Casey Farm. Please stop by the Young Readers’ Desk to check the eggs and chicks out.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 5:30pm
Eva never really wanted to be a mother— and certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him. Books are available; please register. On May 28th we’ll discuss Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
This Minecraft session will focus on creative multiplayer mode! We have room for a limited number of kids, so please sign up in advance.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 6:30pm
The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to support and promote the library. Members of the Friends and the public are invited to join us for coffee, dessert, a brief business meeting and an engaging presentation by author Maria Mutch.
Guest Speaker--Rhode Island Voices: Maria Mutch
Night Stories: Antarctica and Autism
Learn about Admiral Richard Byrd’s second expedition to the Ice (1933-35), which he barely survived, and how his incredible adventure gave strength to a writer decades later when her son with autism, who had stopped speaking, also stopped sleeping. This combined story is the heart of Maria Mutch’s memoir Know the Night, published by Simon & Schuster. Know the Night is a nonfiction finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards 2014, and was chosen by Oprah.com as a “Memoir Too Powerful to Put Down.” Mutch is a resident of North Kingstown. Registration requested.
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 6:00pm
WWII drama that follows the incredible life of Louis "Louie" Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash—only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. 2014, PG-13, 138 min. Please register.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:30pm
Herbalist Brett Mayette will discuss the health benefits of eating wild plants and seaweeds. Learn about the abundance of edible weeds growing locally. Sample some of the delicious recipes he has put together incorporating these healthful foraged ingredients. Please register for this program.