Main Library, 2nd Floor

Apr 23

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

Apr 25

Wed 7:00 pm

Michele R. McPhee & Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI…

In Maximum Harm, veteran investigative journalist Michele R. McPhee unravels the complex story behind the public facts of the Boston Marathon bombing. She examines the bombers’ roots in Dagestan and Chechnya, their struggle to assimilate in America, and their growing hatred of the United States—a deepening antagonism that would prompt federal prosecutors to dub Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “America's worst nightmare.” The difficulties faced by the Tsarnaev family of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are part of the public record. Circumstances less widely known are the FBI’s recruitment of the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as a “mosque crawler” to inform on radical separatists here and in Chechnya and the disenchantment, rage, and growing radicalization of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, along with their mother, sisters, and Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine.

 

Maximum Harm is an compelling examination of the Tsarnaev brothers’ movements in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, the subsequent investigation, the Tsarnaevs’ murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier, the high-speed chase and shootout that killed Tamerlan, and the manhunt in which the authorities finally captured Dzhokhar, hiding in a Watertown backyard. McPhee untangles the many threads of circumstance, coincidence, collusion, motive, and opportunity that resulted in the deadliest attack on the city of Boston to date. Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase. No registration is required and all are welcome.

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Main Library, 2nd Floor

Apr 30

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

Apr 30

Mon 7:00 pm

Dr. Gary Hylander & America 1968

The Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. &  Robert F. Kennedy- Wednesday, April 4 @ 7:00 PM
The Presidential Election of 1968- RESCHEDULED for Monday, April 30 @ 7:00 PM

The upcoming year marks the 50th Anniversary of 1968, a turbulent year in American History. One of Westwood's favorite orators, Dr. Gary Hylander, will discuss the Tet Offensive (4/2), the Assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy (4/4) and the Presidential Election of 1968 (4/30).

Hylander earned his PhD at Boston College, and is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, pedagogical specialist for the NEH, and has been professor of history at Framingham State University and at Stonehill College.  He is a frequent presenter at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations, as well as a public affairs commentator on local cable news and radio.  No registration is required and all are welcome!

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Main Library, 2nd Floor

May 7

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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Children's Department

May 8

Tue 6:30 pm

Mother-Daughter Book Club (Grades 3-5 & female adult)

For girls in grades 3-5 and a female adult.  Share your enthusiasm for reading with other book lovers and join us for a lively discussion, a game of Pictionary, snacks, and fun! Books will be available at the Children’s Department one month prior to the book club! Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net for more information.

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Main Library

May 9

Wed 7:00 pm

Dan Kennedy & The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking News

The Return of the Moguls chronicles an important story in the making, one that will affect more than just the newspaper business—it has the power to change democracy as we know it.

Over the course of a generation, the story of the daily newspaper has been an unchecked slide from record profitability and readership to plummeting profits, increasing irrelevance, and inevitable obsolescence. The forces killing major dailies, alternative weeklies, and small-town shoppers are well understood—or seem obvious in hindsight, at least—and the catalog of publications that have gone under reads like a who’s who of American journalism. During the past half-century, old-style press barons gave way to a cabal of corporate interests unable or unwilling to invest in the future even as technological change was destroying their core business. The Taylor family sold the Boston Globe to the New York Times Company in 1993 for a cool $1.1 billion. Twenty years later, the Times Company resold it for just $70 million. The unexpected twist to the story, however, is not what they sold it for but who they sold it to: John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox.

In just a few days, the sale of the Globe was overtaken by much bigger news: Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and one of the world’s richest people, had reached a deal to buy the Washington Post for $250 million.

The newspaper business is at a perilous crossroads. This essential book explains why, and how today’s new crop of media moguls might help it to survive.

Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase. No registration is required and all are welcome.


Dan Kennedy is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a panelist on WGBH-TV's Beat the Press. He was a reporter and media analyst at the Boston Phoenix for eleven years and a featured media columnist for the Guardian for five years. He writes on the news media for WGBHNews.org, the Nieman Journalism Lab, and other publications, as well as the blog Media Nation. He is the author of The Wired City.
 

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Main Library

May 10

Thu 6:00 pm

Zentangle Pendants

Adults will create 2-3 Zentangle pendants in this 2.5 hour workshop. Instructor Pam Lisak has a BS degree in Education from Framingham State University and is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). She has taught Zentangle in area libraries, shops and for various groups. Pam’s artwork appears in two publications; ‘The Beauty of Zentangle’ by Suzanne McNeill and Cindy Shepard, and ‘500 Tangled Artworks’ by Beckah Krahula. Registration is required- please call 781-320-1045 to sign-up. 

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Main Library, 2nd Floor

May 14

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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May 17

Thu 7:00 pm

Great Decisions with Tina McCusker

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading an article about a particular global issue, watching the DVD & meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Copies of articles are available at both the Main Library & the Islington Branch. Please call 781-320-1045 or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

Thursday, February 15- The Waning of Pax Americana

Thursday, March 22-  Russia’s Foreign Policy

Thursday, April 19- China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

Thursday, May 17- Media and foreign policy

Thursday, June 7- Turkey: a partner in crisis

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Main Library

May 18

Fri 10:30 am

Friday Morning Book Club

Join us for a monthly book discussion! No registration is required. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library and the Islington Branch Library. Call 781-320-1045 or email Molly at mriportella@minlib.net with questions.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Friday, Apr. 20, 2018: Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

Friday, May 18, 2018: Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Friday, June 22, 2018: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Friday, July 27, 2018: Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018: Hillbilly Elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018: News of the World by Paulette Jules

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018: Yankee Book Swap

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Main Library, 2nd Floor

May 21

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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Sunday, May. 27

Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday for the holiday.

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Main Library, 2nd Floor

May 28

Mon 6:00 pm

Drop-in Tech Help

Come to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor between 6:00-8:00 PM for help with downloading eBooks, using your smart phone/tablet, or anything else tech related. No appointment is necessary.

Technology help is also available throughout the week by appointment. Please call 781-320-1045, or email wwdmail1@minlib.net for more information.

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Monday, May. 28

Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday for the holiday.

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