The Fishers Island Library has a fascinating lineup of events scheduled for July and August. Come and get a front row seat in our (air conditioned!) intimate venue and learn and laugh while listening to our three talented speakers.
5 – 4:15: Regular Story Hour 7&8 – LIVE-BRARY INTRODUCTION On Thursday, July 7 at 5:30 and Friday, July 8 at 10:00, the library will offer workshops led by experts from the Suffolk County Library. They will be on hand to teach people how to use Live-brary. Live-brary is the free interactive, online resource offered by the Fishers Island Library. The free-of-charge capabilities are extensive, fabulous, and easy to use. Everyone is invited to the workshops to learn how to access eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, and databases. We will also be issuing library cards and helping people to set up their accounts. It truly is an invaluable resource.
9 – ANNUAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE AND LIVE-BRARY INFORMATION 9:00- 12:00 on the Village Green Come to the IPP Arts and Crafts Fair and look for our table as we sell some of our gently used books. Also, learn about our partnership with Live-Brary, an exciting service that offers patrons access to thousands of e-books, magazines, newspapers and much more!
12 – 4:15: Regular Story Hour 12 – 5:30: MAH JONGG; THE ART OF THE GAME WITH AUTHOR ANN ISRAEL Join us when Ann Israel talks about her gorgeous new book “Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game.” Ann and co-author Gregg Swain have written the first book to fully capture the story of the exotic and exciting game of Mah Jongg, offering an intimate look at the history of the game as well as the visual beauty of the tiles. With hundreds of stunning new images by renowned photographer Michel Arnaud, and including historical documentation and ephemera, Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game fills the void between the past and today’s game, providing vision, inspiration, and resources. In addition, Ann will be teaching Mah Jongg at the Community Center July 11-13. Mah Jongg Class Link
19 – 4:30: STORY HOUR WITH GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING BILL HARLEY
Join us for Grammy Award-winning storyteller Bill Harley’s appearance at a very special story hour. Harley is a children’s entertainer and storyteller who has been called “the Mark Twain of contemporary children’s music” by Entertainment Weekly. He uses a range of musical styles and appeals to children and adults with quirky, heart-filled lyrics. He received the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album For Children for his albums “Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs” and “Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live” in 2007 and 2009, respectively. In addition to children’s music, he performs at storytelling festivals around the country including appearances at the National Storytelling Festival.
(No regular story hour July 19)
26 – 4:15: Regular Story Hour
26 – 5:30: HAMMER HEAD: THE MAKING OF A CARPENTER WITH AUTHOR NINA MACLAUGHLIN
Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties at a desk job writing for a Boston newspaper. Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job she found listed on Craigslist—Carpenter’s Assistant: Women strongly encouraged to apply. A classics major with no skills, naturally she got the job. Her book, Hammer Head chronicles the sweat, swearing, bashed thumbs and deep sense of meaning she found on her journey to becoming a carpenter.
Hammer Head has been critically well received from a wide range of reviewers. The Boston Globe calls MacLaughlin “a master writer, with the rare combination of acute observation and astute word choice that characterizes writers like Annie Dillard or Joan Didion.” Liberal arts majors (and their parents!) will find this an especially heartening tale.
2 – 4:15: Regular Story Hour with our friend Julie Ferguson Hulslander! We love her animated songs and storytelling!
2 – 5:30: Patricia Beard has been visiting Fishers Island for forty years. She has graciously agreed to speak with us about her new book Newsmaker. The book is based on 50 years of Roy Howard’s diary and strictly confidential memoranda. Howard was the president of the United Press and Chairman of Scripps Howard and is considered one of the two most important newspaper publishers of the first half of the 20th century.
9 – 4:15: Regular Story Hour with community readers.
9 – 5:30: The Peter Brinckerhoff Nautical Lecture Series with Charlie Enright. Join us to hear Charlie speak about his experience in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race and what he’s been up to lately.
13 – 9:00-12:00: Come see us at the IPP Craft Fair on the green from 9-12. We will have books for sale and “adoption!”
16 – 4:30: Whales, Whaling and Whalers program presented by our friends at Mystic Seaport. Join us as we hear stories of life at sea aboard a whaling ship and see examples of tools and documents from the dangerous and exciting work of 19th-century whalers!
23 – 4:00-5:00: Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Story Hour at the Library. Join us for stories and fun. Then tuck your stuffed animal or doll in for the night at the Library. Your stuffed animal can be picked up on Wednesday morning along with photos of the mischief they got into overnight.
23 – 5:30: Author Roger Pasquier Painting Central Park. Roger Pasquier was born in New York City and grew up playing in Central Park. He studied art history at Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. We are excited to have him join us in a joint program with the F.I. Museum to talk about his book Painting Central Park. The program will be held in the Museum’s new second-floor space.
Thank you to all for a wonderful summer at the Fishers Island Library. The variety of programs and the support of the community members made it a great summer for all.
*Note* Live-Brary is up and running! We have help available for anyone that has questions or needs help setting up an account. Please call or see Ann at the Library for details!
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