Let's Talk: A Civic Hub Grant

 

The Abington Public Library is pleased to have been awarded an LSTA Civic Hub Grant called "Let's Talk" which will allow us to provide programming to promote civil discourse around social and civic issues. These programs and events are supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

    

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Banned Book Book Club

Tuesday, February 27th @ 7:00

Join us Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00 PM in the Copeland Room for the Banned Book Book Club. We will be reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Books are available in print here at APL, and may be available electronically on Libby or hoopla. Please let us know if you would like a copy and you can pick it up during our open hours. Email ablib@ocln.org if you are new to the group. Tonight's discussion will be facilitated by Patricia Pflaumer.

This program is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abington Reads 2024

"Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Catalyst for Civil War" with Jan Turnquist
Thursday, March 7th @ 7 PM

As a prelude to this years Abington Reads title, The Caning: The Assault that Drove America to Civil War by Stephen Puleo, APL is hosting a InterAct performance by Jan Turnquist.

Jan Turnquist is the founder and director of InterAct Performances, an organization devoted to the wonderful impact that living history presentations and meaningful seminars can have in the worlds of education, business, and personal enrichment. Through InterAct Performances, Turnquist currently leads programs across the country. Her living history portrayals are popular with schools, universities, libraries, museums, civic groups, conventions, senior groups and the like. She has also developed a successful offering of seminars and workshops in order to share more of her natural talents, developed skills, and researched material with teachers, business people, students, elderhostel attenders and others. Lets Talk!

Turnquist's living history characterizations are like one-woman plays, using actual words and facts of the historic woman's life to make the figure come to life again. However, her living history portrayals are not usually scripted, but allow for spontaneity and conversation with willing audience members. Questions and comments are always welcome. Audience members do not need to be versed in the character's life, but Turnquist will always remain in character and know only of her time period. (After performances, if desired, she is willing to "be herself" and answer questions about her research and character development.)

This program was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Puleo: Keynote Author
Thursday March 14th at 7:00 PM in the Copeland Room

The 2024 Abington Reads title is The Caning:  The Assault that Drove America to Civil War by Stephen Puleo.   Stephen Puleo was our very first Abington Reads author in 2013 and we are thrilled that he is returning for the 2024 program.  During Abington Reads members of the community all read the same book and then discuss it.  We will learn new things about the past, each other and we will grow as a community.  Be sure to borrow your copy of The Caning, and then plan on attending a book discussion and Stephen Puleo's Keynote address.  Let's Talk!

​​​​Stephen Puleo: Keynote Author  March 14th 	Stephen Puleo is an author, historian, teacher, public speaker, and communications professional.  He has published seven narrative history books, including his most recent: Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America’s First Humanitarian Mission, published in March 2020. His eighth book, The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in April, 2024. In this program he will be discussing his book The Caning The Assault That Drove America to Civil War.Stephen Puleo is an author, historian, teacher, public speaker, and communications professional.  He has published seven narrative history books, including his most recent: Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America’s First Humanitarian Mission, published in March 2020. His eighth book, The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in April, 2024. In this program he will be discussing his book The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War.

    “Stephen Puleo’s beautifully written, compelling account of the caning and its aftermath presents the often-overlooked drama of the late 1850’s, illuminating a cast of fascinating characters — not only Brooks and Sumner, but Stephen Douglas, John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln — just as they step from the wings onto the great stage of history.” - Russell S. Bonds, author of War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta

Books are available in print here at APL, and may be available electronically on Libby. Please let us know if you would like a copy and you can pick it up during our open hours.

This program is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

 

Tales From African Traditions
with Valerie Tutson

Saturday, April 20th

Drawing from her own travels, internationally known storyteller Valerie Tutson brings to life an assortment of myths, folktales and historical accounts from the African continent and the African Diaspora. Tailoring the material to the grade level of her audience, she shows students the beauty, humor and wisdom of tales which help to illuminate parts of the diverse and ancient cultures of Africa.