We recognize it is a tad ironic to notify via the internet that our public computers will be closed Monday, December 9th but just in case you see this and are planning to come down here to avail yourself of our computers for printing or writing a paper, etc. this is to let you know our public computers will closed Monday, December 9th so we can make upgrades to our reservation system. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding while we make these necessary updates. Thank you.
It’s amazing and humbling to see that our Non-Fiction book club has meet now for three solid years. Now, I love talking books, but there is something even more enriching in the conversation that a group of people get together to talk about a book they all recently read. You do not have to synopsis a book for someone who hasn’t read it or hammer at your foggy memory for the facts and the shape of a book you read in the past. It is rare in today’s media saturated culture to have the opportunity for such a considered, congenial, and informed discussions. I am honored to be a part of it and thankful for it. The reading train moves on…
We will be discussing “The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East” by Sandy Tolan at our next meeting January 2, 2014 – 6:30PM.
Summary from Book Jacket:
In the summer of 1967, not long after the Six Day War, three young Arab men ventured into the town of Ramala, in what is now Jewish Israel. They were cousins, on a pilgrimage to see their childhood homes; their families had been driven out of Palestine nearly twenty years earlier. One cousin had a door slammed in his face, and another found his old house had been converted into a school. But the third, Bashir, was met at the door by a young woman named Dalia, who invited him in.
This poignant encounter is the starting point for a true story of two families, one Arab, one Jewish, amid the fraught modern history of the region. In Bashir’s childhood home, in the lemon tree his father planted in the backyard, he sees dispossession and occupation; Dalia, who arrived as an infant in 1948 with her family from Bulgaria, sees hope for a people devistated by the Holocaust. Both are swept up in the fates of their people, and their lives form a personal microcosm of more than half a century of Israeli-Palestinian history.
What began with a simple act of faith between two young people grew into a dialogue of four decades that represents the region’s hope for peace and self-determination. Written with grace and compassion, The Lemon Tree is a reminder of all that is at state, and all that is still possible.
About the Author:
Sandy Tolan is a teacher and radio documentary producer. He is the author of Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later (Free Press, 2000), about the intersection between race, sports, and American heroes.
Join us Thursday, December 12th for our monthly Independent Film Night featuring La Sirga – directed by William Vega. This film is set in Columbia and tells the story of Alicia a refugee as she flees her village for the dubious sanctuary of her uncles’ dilapidated hostel called La Sirga in the highlands of the Andes. This film has a slow build but is a quiet masterpiece. The cinematography alone is worth the price of admission. Strike that—our film nights are free—but you get what I’m saying.
The Pollard Library Independent film night occurs on the 2nd Thursday of every month. All events are free and open to the public. Please note however, that independent films are not rated by the MPAA and should be considered for a mature audience. For more information please visit our library calendar or contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at 978-674-1542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all Special Needs Families! Come join us for a holiday celebration! We’ll sing, we’ll dance, we’ll make a sticker craft. At the end of the program there will be time for families to take photos with our Sensory Santa so make sure to bring your camera to capture a memory. This drop-in program is for special needs families only. Thank you for understanding! Contact Molly Hancock, Coordinator of Youth Services with questions at 978-674-1527 or at email@example.com.
The library will have a delayed opening Thursday, December 5, 2013 to accommodate a staff meeting. Library hours for Thursday are 11AM-9PM. Apologies for any inconvenience.