Adult Events

 

Winter Reading Challenge 

January 1, 2024 - February 29, 2024

winter reading program  Yes indeed- we believe that Reading Takes You Everywhere. And we were so successful as a community logging our reading this summer that we thought we would toss out a winter challenge for all those looking to start the new year Reading. Once again we will be using Readsquared to log our minutes and the site will go live for January 1. If you have registered before you should be able to easily access your account and get to logging. This Winter Reading Challenge is for all ages. And if you are not able to log online we will gladly take your time here in the library.


Tuesday, February 27th @ 7 PM

Banned Book Book Club

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 7th @ 7 PM

Popular Fiction Book - Virtual on Zoom

Popular Fiction Book Club will be reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and discussing it virtually from Deb's Den. Copies are available in print here at the library, and may be available as well on Libby. Give us a call a 781-982-2139 or visit us inside during our open hours. If you are new to the group and would like to get a Zoom invitation email ablib@ocln.org and we will get you on the list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 14th @ 7 PM

Stephen Puleo: Keynote Author

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.

 

Saturday, March 23rd @ 3 PM

Johnny Cash: Songs and Stories with Matt York

Longtime New England musician/author Matt York will perform the songs of Johnny Cash and tell stories about Cash's career spanning from the 1950's to his passing in 2003. He'll discuss Cash's emergence as a groundbreaking artist in the 1950's, his marriage to June Carter and many of his other career highlights. In both 2022 and 2023, York was nominated for the Boston Music Award for Best Country Artist and his album Gently Used was named one of the Patriot Ledger's best albums of 2022. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Abington Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Abington Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 26th @ 7 PM

Banned Book Book Club

Join us Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 PM in the Copeland Room for the Banned Book Book Club. We will be reading Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 27th @ 7 PM

Non Fiction Book Club

When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father's small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires - one in shipping and another in railroads - that would make him the richest man in America. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers - the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island - the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all. Now, the Commodore's great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence.