Monday, May 9, 2016 - 6:30pm
Monday May 9 6:30-7:30 P.M.
This month we read a historical fantasy set in the time of California’s gold-rush, and starring a girl with a particularly useful magical talent. Lee Westfall can sense gold. This is particularly useful when she’s digging for it, and dangerous when the cutthroats around her learn of it. Join us for snacks and a discussion of this new epic by acclaimed fantasy author Rae Carson.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6:30pm
Slaughterhouse-Five is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk. Please register.
June: Children of Men by P.D. James
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:30pm
Railroads played a vital role in the economic and social history of Rhode Island. They provided a link between the numerous mill villages and the seaports and a means to reach the resort communities along the shore. Author Joseph Coduri will take us on a rail journey down memory lane via the picture post card. Using images chosen from the more than 300 post cards that illustrate his book, Rhode Island Railroad Stations: -A Post Card View at the Turn of the 20th Century, he’ll tell us about the different railroad lines and the stations that served them. Please register.
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 6:30pm
My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Read, cook, eat, discuss!
Choose a recipe from My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life (cookbooks available at the circulation desk).
Send your recipe choice to Maggie to avoid duplications. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 294-3306, x6128)
Make your dish and bring it on May 16th.
We’ll meet, eat & discuss the recipes we made!
Come hungry! Registration is required & attendees MUST bring a dish if they choose to attend.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 6:00pm
**Final Atwood Meeting**
Parables, monologues, prose poems, condensed science fiction, reconfigured fairy tales and other miniature masterpieces—written in exquisite prose and punctuated with charming illustrations by the author. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk. Please register.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 6:30pm
In 1903 the sailing yacht Reliance, designed by Nathanael Herreshoff, won the America’s Cup match races, besting her challenger, Shamrock III, in all three races. Today the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI is in the process of constructing a one-sixth scale museum-quality model of Reliance, 37’ tall and 33’ in length. Project Manager and member of the HMM Board, Sandy Lee, will tell us how a "simple" construction project by a crew of volunteers quickly morphed into a complex research project. He’ll discuss the construction of these giant metal-hulled boats and the evolution of Herreshoff’s 90' America's Cup designs, as well as give us insight into a high-tech company that was on the leading edge in early1900's and is still relevant today—Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. This program is sponsored jointly by the Friends of the Library and the Wickford Yacht Club. Please register.
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 2:30pm
Read Across Rhode Island’s 2016 Selection: In "The Wright Brothers," Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. This will be an intergenerational meeting—students from the local high school will be attending. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk. Please register.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 9:30am
Tim Cranston will lead us on this tour of the numerous buildings that made up the mill complex and its associated village, all owned by the Rodman family. We will meet behind the main mill building on Ten Rod Road. Registration, beginning May 4th, is required.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 6:30pm
Giulia Righi, PH.D. will present an overview of the most current understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), one of the most common disorders of childhood. She will discuss the challenges of diagnosis and the possible treatments for patients from childhood to early adulthood. Dr. Righi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Division of Biology and Medicine of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is involved in both national and state-wide autism research projects. Registration requested but not required.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 6:30pm
In conjunction with Reading Across Rhode Island, the RI Council for the Humanities presents Commander Timothy Urban in a discussion of the history of naval aviation and its historical links to The Wright Brothers, the 2016 RARI title. CDR Urban will detail how the US government capitalized on the power of flight from the early 1900’s through WWII and the 21st Century. Connecting the narrative to Rhode Island, Urban will also touch on naval aviation at Quonset Point and the U.S. Navy’s history in Narragansett Bay. Please register.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 6:00pm
Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind on Mars. The film depicts his struggle to survive and others' efforts to rescue him. PG-13, 144 min., 2015. Please register.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 6:30pm
It is a tremendous help to our loved ones if we consider issues surrounding the ending of our lives ahead of time. What things should we consider in deciding what our wishes are and whom we want to carry them out? Robert Morton-Ranney, Ph.D. will lead this discussion exploring these questions. He will also touch briefly on Advance Directives and documentation in use in Rhode Island, palliative and hospice care (and the distinctions between them), and ethical concerns about end-of-life. Please register.