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.

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Goats to Go Info Session ~ Wed., Nov. 15 at 6:30 PM

Come for an evening to learn about using goats for environmental and eco-friendly poison ivy and brush removal services with Michelle and Alan Aulson of Goats to Go at Great Rock Farm here in Georgetown. See pictures from local success stories and hear about this much desired method for controlling vegetation in heavily used recreational lands such as suburban backyard and gardens, local Parks & Recs, and conservation lands. 

Goats are very effective and efficient in areas that are not easily mowed neared rocks, stumps, and walls; near stream banks that are sensitive to slope erosion; and areas with near water, heavily used by human and pets, and bee populations that are impacted by the presence and use of chemicals. Areas around where the goats are browsing can continue to be used and enjoyed by the community and also draw people out to watch the goats work without the use of chemicals and machinery.

Registration is not required, but you can register here: http://www.goatstogo.farm/events/

Evening Book Group – November 13

Join us on Monday, November 13 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

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

Evening Book Group – October 16

Join us on Monday, October 16 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.

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DNA for Finding Family Members – Wed., Oct. 4 at 6:30PM

Did you know that DNA testing can reveal more than just your ethnicity? Local speaker, Peg Plummer, will present the basics of DNA, DNA testing, and how genealogists and other people interested in family history can use those test results to search for family.

Peg Plummer is a local genealogist and speaker who has an avid interest in DNA testing as an enhancement to traditional genealogical research. She has a BS in Nursing and a BA in the Humanities and was an instructor of Surgical Technology. She has attended the recent i4GG (Institute of Genetic Genealogy) and has a certificate in Advanced Genetic Genealogy from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Her brickwalls are her Irish ancestors and the folks who immigrated from England during the Industrial Revolution which is why she was prompted to try DNA testing to break those brickwalls. Her first DNA test was 16 Feb 2006 – Oxford Ancestors.

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Financial Aid Workshop – Wed., Sept. 20 at 7PM

Jim Femia, a Certified College Planning Specialist and a member of the National Institute of Certified College Planners (NICCP), will discuss financial aid solutions that will benefit both parents and students.

The following topics will be covered:

  • How families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid
  • Which colleges offer the best financial aid packages
  • How to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • How private universities can cost you less than a state school
  • How students can potentially receive more free money and less loans

Please leave your checkbooks at home. Nothing will be sold or even offered for sale at this seminar. Both parents and students will benefit from this discussion.

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Interview Prep Workshop – Mon., Sept. 18 at 6:30PM

Join Tom Falzareno on Monday, September 18 at 6:30 PM as you learn effective strategies so that you will be prepared to make a great first impression, answer the hard-hitting questions effectively, and always stay in the running through the application and interview process.

This workshop is beneficial for those applying for jobs or college.
There will also be a short discussion on resume writing.

Tom Falzareno is a business development director for Cytel, a Drug Development CRO.

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Evening Book Group – September 11

Join us on Monday, September 11 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

An ambitious and gripping exploration of the world’s most secretive state through the intertwined lives of two North Koreans, one infamous, one obscure: Kim Il Sung, the former North Korean leader and No Kum Sok, once the state’s youngest jet fighter pilot. Shortly before the Korean War ended, their paths crossed. Kim Il Sung congratulated No Kum Sok on his flying skill and courage, but just a few months later, No Kum Sok stole a Soviet-made MiG-15 and escaped to a US airfield in South Korea.This non-fiction thriller digs deeply into the character of the Kim family dictatorship.

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