January 23 - Film Festival - The Secret of Roan Inish
January 23, 2019 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Escape the snow and cold and stay for refreshments themed to match the movie. Fiona (Jeni Courtney) is a young Irish girl with an unusual family history, including a long-missing baby brother. When she goes to live with her grandparents on the west coast of Ireland, Fiona hears stories about her ancestors, tales that involve mythical creatures called selkies who can shift from seal to human form. After Fiona ends up on the small island of Roan Inish, her family’s ancestral home, she believes she may have found her little brother living by the sea.
January 23 - Stewing Over Mysteries
January 23, 2019 at 6pm – Enjoy an evening at the Publick House with author William Martin – “King of the historical thriller…” (Providence Journal). Tickets are $15 and are available at the library and by clicking here. Three books by William Martin are also available for online purchase. Pick them up at the event.
$20 for Hardcover of Bound for Gold ($24 at event)
$20 for Hardcover of Bound for Gold ($24 at event)
$7 for Paperback of Back Bay ($9 at event)
$7 for Paperback of The Lincoln Letter ($9 at event)
January 30 - Film Festival - Little Women
In this 1994 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, the March sisters confront growing pains, financial shortages, family tragedies and romantic rivalries in mid-19th-century Massachusetts. Jo (Winona Ryder) struggles for independence and sometimes clashes with her beloved mother and her sisters Meg, Amy and Beth. She also contends with their cranky Aunt March, their impulsive neighbor Laurie (Christian Bale) and kindly linguistics professor Friedrich Bhaer (Gabriel Byrne).
February 2 - Charlie Zahn Concert
February 2 from 1 – 2pm at Federated Church of Sturbridge. Acclaimed vocal artist Charlie Zahm will perform Traditional American and Celtic songs and stories. Described as a baritone voice that “comes along once in a generation”, he is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals and American Traditional music events on the East Coast. Also a master of guitar, he sings and plays with passion and humor, drawing you into the stories of his songs. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Friends of The Joshua Hyde Library. Click here to pre-register.
February 5 - Recipe for Adventure Book Discussion - Pieces of Happiness
February 5 – Pieces of Happiness – 1:30 to 3:30 A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves. — Each meeting will feature a book with a food tie-in, and set in beautiful locations. This is a relaxed atmosphere of conversation about the book, its characters, food, and setting while we enjoy a dessert from the book’s recipes.
February 13 - Armchair Travelers Book Discussion - Love and Ruin
February 13 – Love and Ruin by Paula McLain – 6:30 pm – In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. There she also finds herself unexpectedly—and unwillingly—falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend. Dicussion led by Ellen Duzak.
March 5 - Recipes for Adventure Book Discussion - North of Ithaka
March 5 – North of Ithaka – 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Author, Eleni Gage, returns to the remote Greek village of Lia, where her father was born and her grandmother murdered, to rebuild the ruins of her namesake’s home and come to terms with her family’s tragic history. In doing so, she leaves behind a sparkling social life and successful career to continue the tale of a family and a place which her father, Nicholas Gage, made famous over twenty years ago with his bestseller, Eleni. — Each meeting will feature a book with a food tie-in, and set in beautiful locations. This is a relaxed atmosphere of conversation about the book, its characters, food, and setting while we enjoy a dessert from the book’s recipes.
March 10 - Origami is 'Popping-Up' at the Library!
Sunday, March 10 from 2 – 4pm This season we will be folding only very simple folds, but we’ll make them into pop‑ups! Swans will be swimming across the lake. Folding will take place only during the first 20 minutes, so please come early. A limited number of pre-folded models will be provided for those only want to learn how to make the different pop-ups. All ages are welcome, but children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This program and all materials are provided free, thanks to The Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library.
March 13 - Armchair Travelers Book Discussion- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
March 13 – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, led by Pat Barnicle- 6:30 pm Not much ever happens to Harold Fry, a former brewery manager who lives in comfortable retirement in a neat little suburb on the south coast. It takes an unexpected letter to spur him out of his chair.
April 2 - Recipes for Adventure Book Discussion - Enchanted April
April 2 – 1:30 – 3:30 pm- Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. This novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environs to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. — Each meeting will feature a book with a food tie-in, and set in beautiful locations. This is a relaxed atmosphere of conversation about the book, its characters, food, and setting while we enjoy a dessert from the book’s recipes.
April 10 - Armchair Travelers Book Conversations - Grandmas Walk
April 10 at 6:30pm – Grandma Gatewood’s Walk By Ben Montgomery. Led by Christie Higginbottom. Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. By September 1955 she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, sang “America, the Beautiful,” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.”
May 8 - Armchair Travelers Book Conversations - Nothing Daunted
May 8 at 6:30 pm – Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden – Led by Ellen Duzak. In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Bored by their society luncheons, charity work, and the effete young men who courted them, they learned that two teaching jobs were available in a remote mountaintop schoolhouse and applied-shocking their families and friends