Evening Book Group – February 12

Join us on Monday, February 12 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly – thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. 

New members are always welcome! For more information about the Evening Book Group, click here.

Language Learning Databases

Interested in learning a new language? The Georgetown Peabody Library has two databases you can try out! You will need to input your library card number to access these databases at home.

Mango Languages is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you’re learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in a wide variety of foreign languages. It also features ESL instruction in English, tailored for speakers of more than a dozen languages.

Transparent Language Online is available for learning 100+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for everyone. Worried that you won’t be able to learn on your own? A customizable Learning Path allows you to choose what you want to learn, while an integrated analytics system tracks your progress, periodically prompting you to review material that you haven’t seen in a while. It’s like having a built-in teacher there to keep you on track toward your language-learning goals.

Find these databases and more at our Online Resources section! You can always find this section when you click the Services menu on our home page. 

Evening Book Group – January 8

Join us on Monday, January 8 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.

New members are always welcome! For more information about the Evening Book Group, click here.

Evening Book Group – December 11

Join us on Monday, December 11 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

New members are always welcome! For more information about the Evening Book Group, click here.

How-to Make Soap – Mon., Nov. 27 at 6:15PM

Learn to make unique specialty soaps with Jennifer Hofmann! Participants will receive an instruction booklet to follow up the class with some home soap making of their own. Cold process soap is created by blending oils or fat with a lye mixture; over 24 hours, this blend turns into a solid bar of soap!

You’ll see soap made during the presentation as well as learn: – the history and chemistry of soap-making – basic materials, supplies, and equipment – safety considerations and accuracy – how to color & scent soap; prepare molds; and insulate, cut, cure, & store soap. All attendees will receive a soap sample!

Registration is required.

Please sign up below or call the library (978-352-5728).

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