The Packet Post August Programs at the Newburyport Public Library

August Programs at the Newburyport Public Library

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Please join us at the Newburyport Public Library during the month of August for the following programs!

Thursday, August 4 at 5:30 pm: Powow River Poets Reading (IN PERSON). The Powows are collaborating with the Newburyport Library and the Worcester Poet Laureate Program, Miercoletras to present an evening of Spanish poetry and translation. Featured poets are Maria Ines Iacometti, an Argentinian Spanish-speaking poet, singer, and songwriter and Belén Atienza, a Spanish language poet. Rhina P. Espaillat will host and translate.

Wednesday, August 10 at 7 pm: Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs (VIRTUAL). Author Kenneth R. Rosen will discuss his recent critically acclaimed book, Troubled: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs. Each year thousands of young adults deemed out of control―suffering from depression, addiction, anxiety, and rage―are sent to remote wilderness programs and treatment facilities across the country. Desperate parents of these “troubled teens” fear it’s their only option. Rosen will discuss some of the problems in this private, largely unregulated industry.

Thursday, August 11 at 7 pm: Naturescaping Your Yard (VIRTUAL). Gardener Karen Bussolini will discuss landscaping with nature – attracting and sustaining wildlife, using native and well-adapted plants, using resources wisely, avoiding environmental pollution. Naturescaping means landscaping like nature. Nobody plants, waters or fertilizes the forest or the prairie, yet they survive – beautifully – on their own.

Saturday, August 13 at 3 pm: Powow River Poets Reading (IN PERSON). The poets reading this month are Jean L. Kreiling and Don Kimball. This reading will be held in the Library Program Room, and masks are optional. Come early to sign up for open mic!

Tuesday, August 16 at 2 pm: A Trip To Norway with the Traveling Librarian (VIRTUAL). Join Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, for another of his popular armchair travel presentations. This month, journey to Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun.

Wednesday, August 24 at 11 am: Living with Wildlife in Massachusetts (VIRTUAL). Learn about commonly encountered wildlife such as deer, coyote, and raccoons, and their intersection with the wild and developed spaces we inhabit. Find out best practices for maintaining bird feeders and attracting visitors. Led by Tia Pinney, a Biologist, Lead Naturalist, and educator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln.

Thursday, August 25 at 11 am: The Gilded World of Isabella Stewart Gardner (VIRTUAL). We will explore the details of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s life, friends, travels and collections. Led by art historian Mary Woodward.

Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm: Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth (VIRTUAL). Bestselling author and Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb lays out his controversial theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star. In late 2017, scientists at a Hawaiian observatory glimpsed an object soaring through our inner solar system, moving so quickly that it could only have come from another star. Loeb showed it was not an asteroid; it was moving too fast along a strange orbit, and left no trail of gas or debris in its wake. There was only one conceivable explanation: the object was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization. In Extraterrestrial, Loeb takes readers inside the thrilling story of the first interstellar visitor to be spotted in our solar system.

Yankee Homecoming:

Monday, August 1 at 7 pm: Bacchanalia, Murder, and Newburyport: The Great Watt (IN PERSON). Jack Santos will tell a story predating colonization by the Newbury first settlers, where native peoples play a large role. It’s a downtown Newburyport history mystery, with sex, drunkenness, political power struggles, and little-known aspects of our colonial history that no one wants to talk about.

Tuesday, August 2 at 2 pm: Newburyport Miniatures (IN PERSON). Join miniaturist David Vine for a presentation on his hand-crafted scale models of historic Newburyport buildings and popular landmarks. David will discuss how he became inspired to build scale models and all of the trials, tribulations and fun that went into constructing them. An exhibit of his miniatures will be on display. Q&A to follow.

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 pm: Plum Island: A Vulnerable Gem (IN PERSON). Local author-journalist Dyke Hendrickson will talk about his book, Plum Island: A Vulnerable Gem and show slides, including numerous aerial photos that have not been displayed in the past.

All Yankee Homecoming programs are DROP IN.

Business Series:

Monday, August 1 at 2 pm: How To Start & Grow Your Own Business with the Small Business Administration (VIRTUAL). Learn how the Small Business Administration can assist your dream of starting your own business. General information will be provided on several SBA programs and services.

Monday, August 8 at 2 pm: Refresh Your Interview Skills (VIRTUAL). Receive a refresher on the key skills that are required when interviewing for any job. The session will include an interactive segment in which members respond to mock interview questions and receive feedback on their answers.

Monday, August 22 at 2 pm: How To Use Social Media In Your Job Search (VIRTUAL). Learn how to use social media and the web for job hunting and for building a personal brand. In the online job market of today, knowing the ins and outs of social media and keeping your personal brand sharp is essential.

VIRTUAL programs require registration to get the Zoom link. People can register online via the library website events calendar or by calling 978-465-4428 x242. All in person programs in August are drop-in.

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