Evening Book Group – May 8

Join us on Monday, May 8 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss Massacre on the Merrimack by Jay Atkinson. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

A riveting true story of murder, captivity, revenge, and escape, set against the fiery backdrop of the French and Indian war. Told with narrative skill and exquisite historical detail, this nearly incredible tale examines the period in American history when French Catholicism vied for control of the frontier with English Protestantism, and the bloody deeds of Hannah Duston–who escaped her Native American captors and returned to her settlement of Haverhill, Massachusetts, with a collection of scalps–passed into legend. 

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

Let’s Talk Houseplants! – Wed., May 3 at 6:30 pm

If you want to learn about the health and care for your houseplants-this is the discussion for you. Join plant enthusiast, Patti Prior, as she talks about the benefits of houseplants and how to care for them.

A group discussion is also planned so bring your own tips and tricks for healthy/happy houseplants to share with the group. A plant will also be raffled off.

Patti Prior is a 23 year resident of Georgetown who earned her degree in Economics at Salem State College. She also studied Floral Design at North Shore Community College and worked at Nunan’s in Georgetown for five years where she became a professional  floral designer. Patti has written a column titled At Home and In the Garden for the Georgetown Record and she loves to share her knowledge and passion for flowers and plants.

To register for this program, please sign up below or call the library at 978-352-5728.

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Retirement Planning Workshop – Tues., April 25 at 7 PM

Even though you’ve spent most of your life saving for retirement, you may need some help making your retirement savings last. James Femia, a financial advisor at Apella Capital, LLC, will help you learn about the major withdrawal pitfalls investors are prone to and how your financial advisor can help you avoid them.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of having a financial plan
  • Types of investment plans and strategies
  • How much is enough saved, and how to catch up when it isn’t
  • Controlling risks, expenses, taxes, and emotions
  • Social Security claiming strategies
  • How to plan for a lifetime

To register for this program, please sign up below or call the library at 978-352-5728.

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Evening Book Group – April 10

Join us on Monday, April 10 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon.” This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets.

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

Books in Bloom – Saturday, April 29

The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library are hosting a “Books in Bloom” fundraising event on Saturday, April 29, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Enjoy a spectacular display of floral arrangements by local floral designers inspired by favorite literary works. Many displays will be available for raffle. Proceeds benefit library programming and museum passes.

Interested in submitting a floral arrangement? Contact Gloria Swanbon at grammyglorias@aol.com

Tickets are $20 which includes complimentary refreshments.

To purchase tickets, contact Betty Hastings at betty.hastings@verizon.net, or use this link to pay by PayPal: https://goo.gl/4L2juA

Tickets will also be available at the library’s Main Desk and at the door.

Local businesses – interested in advertising your business in our program booklet? Contact Gloria Swanbon at grammyglorias@aol.com or Amy Smith at helade@gmail.com.

Intro to Acupuncture – Wed., April 5 at 6:30 PM

What is acupuncture? What can it do? How can it help you?
In this informal and informational talk by licensed acupuncturist Dave Eyerman, come learn about how acupuncture works, how it is whole-person health, and how it can help relieve symptoms of body and mind. Following the talk, you will have an opportunity to experience acupuncture for yourself!
To register for this program, please sign up below or call the library at 978-352-5728.

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Jazzin’ the Blues – Monday, April 3 at 7 PM

A lively excursion through the history of American Jazz & Blues music with commentary and performance. Free concert!

Paul Speidel has performed at major clubs and festivals in the Greater Boston area, such as Scullers, Ryles, Johnny D’s, Acton Jazz Cafe, and many others.  He’s taught Jazz and Blues in the Newton Public Schools for many years, and has presented programs at public and private venues in the area, as well.  Last year, he had the privilege of performing live on WBUR’s “Radio Boston” program to nearly 500,000 listeners, and has appeared on countless other area radio shows over the years.  He has nine CDs to his credit, and has been critically received nationally, including a 3½ star review in Downbeat in 2011.  Artists performed with include Patti Page, Howard Alden, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery and Shirley Lewis, to name just a few…

Evening Book Group – March 13

Join us on Monday, March 13 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. 

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

Prune-A-Palooza! Pruning and Woody Vines Workshop – March 11

Back by popular demand! MA Certified Horticulturist Jen Kettell returns to present two programs back to back: Introduction to Pruning: Trees and Shrubs and Woody Vines.

Saturday, March 11
10am-11am   Intro to Pruning slide presentation
11am-noonish   Interactive Demo (+ short break)
12pm-1pm   Woody Vines slide presentation

Introduction to Pruning: Trees and Shrubs includes a 60 minute indoor slide presentation followed by an interactive outdoor demonstration. In this pruning primer attendees will learn about pruning objectives, appropriate tools and personal protective gear, pruning techniques, timing, and where to seek additional resources.

After a quick break Jen will follow up with the 60 minute indoor slide presentation Woody Vines. This presentation will introduce woody vines for the garden – the twining, winding plants that send cascades of blossoms over stone walls, trellises, and fences.

This 3-hour event will take place on Saturday, March 11 from 10 am – 1pm. PLEASE NOTE: you are welcome to come to any one, two or all three hours of this program. You may attend just the slide presentations, just the outdoor pruning demonstration, or any combination. Attendance for all three hours is not required!

Jen Kettell is a certified arborist and horticulturist serving the New England area. For more than a decade, she worked as a staff horticulturist at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. Now she shares her passion for teaching horticulture through the training she provides to both homeowners and green industry professionals. She is a guest lecturer and trainer at the University of Massachusetts, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, New England Wildflower Society, and the Arnold Arboretum.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Georgetown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Free presentation! Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please call the library (978-352-5728) or come in to sign up.

Gentle Yoga Class (4 Week Session)

Pauline Fabiano, 200-hour RYT, is back to do a 4 week session of  a 60 minute gentle evening wind-down yoga class. This will take place on Tuesday nights starting on February 21 to March 14 from 6:45 to 7:45 pm. 

This calming, stress-relieving session is good for all levels, and all are welcome and encouraged to come.  We will spend time warming up, stretching, and slowly moving into yoga poses.  We will move at a slow and relaxing pace focusing on alignment, restoration, and relaxation.  Please bring a yoga mat and water (if you don’t have a yoga mat a large towel can also be used).

Registration is required as space is limited for this class. Participants MUST be able to attend all 4 sessions in order to sign up.

Please register by calling the Library (978-352-5728).