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April is National Poetry Month!

National Poetry Month was introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States, and, since 1998, it’s also been celebrated in Canada.  The idea for the celebration came when the Academy saw the success of Women’s History Month (in March) and Black History Month (in February), and wanted a way to celebrate and promote the work of poets, and the power of poetry.  So, as a Library who always enjoys a celebration, we are happy to oblige!

via the American Academy of Poets

Every year, the AAP put out a poster as part of the National Poetry Month campaign.  You can see this year’s poster right above this paragraph.  It was designed by AIGA Medal and National Design Award-winning designer Paula Scher, It’s unique typeface and coloring is a tribute to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a Peabody Library favorite, so we’re particularly pleased to see Whitman’s work honored in this way!

Because one of our goals here at the Free For All is to bring a little poetry into your life, we are looking forward to sharing some verses with you this National Poetry Month.  Keep an eye out for our “Raining Poetry” Event as well, which is taking place on Monday, April 9, beginning at 3:30pm.  Using stencils created with the library’s laser cutter, participants will transfer poems to Peabody sidewalks. We’ll treat the stencils with a solution, so that poems appear up and down Main Street when it rains. The spray used to write the poems is invisible; when the surrounding pavement is darkened by rain, the dry words emerge and treat pedestrians to the secret poems that quietly wait to be read.  This particular art-instillation is brought to you by Mass Poetry, the Peabody Cultural Council, Peabody Institute Library, the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries, and a mother-daughter team of locals: Jennifer and Chloe Jean.

We can’t wait to fill Peabody’s sidewalks with poetry–and to share some with you here on our blog, as well.  If you’re looking for even more poetry, check out the American Academy of Poet’s website, which features oodles of poem, from Shakespearean sonnets to the most recent slam poetry, from the tried and true to the experimental and unique.  To get things started here, today we are featuring Emily Dickinson’s “Dear March – Come in -“, a perfect poem for springtime, with all it’s vagaries, surprises, and unpredictability:

Dear March – Come in – (1320)

Emily Dickinson1830 – 1886
Dear March - Come in -	
How glad I am -
I hoped for you before -
Put down your Hat -	
You must have walked -
How out of Breath you are -	
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest -
Did you leave Nature well -	
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me -
I have so much to tell -

I got your Letter, and the Birds -	
The Maples never knew that you were coming -
I declare - how Red their Faces grew -	        
But March, forgive me -	
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue -	
There was no Purple suitable -	
You took it all with you -	        
  
Who knocks? That April -
Lock the Door -
I will not be pursued -
He stayed away a Year to call	
When I am occupied -	        
But trifles look so trivial	
As soon as you have come
	
That blame is just as dear as Praise	
And Praise as mere as Blame -
via the American Academy of Poets
This poem is in the public domain

April Events At The Library

March may have come in like a proverbial lion, beloved patrons, but it seems to be preparing to go out like a lamb.  The added sunshine to the day is making everything a little brighter, and we know many of you have begun to look forward to real, honest, Spring.  So, in the spirit of looking ahead, we wanted to highlight a few of the programs taking place at the Main Library and Branches in April to help you plan and prepare.   You can register for these events at our website, or by calling the hosting library directly.  And check out our full calendar to see all the great programs we have in store in the coming months!

And don’t forget–if there are any events, programs, or classes you would like to see at the Library, please let us know!  We always aim to bring you the best programming we can, and your feedback is critical to that goal.  And now, without further ado, here are some of the great events we have planned for April!

At the Main Library: 

Sean Gaskell: West African Kora Performance
Wednesday, April 4: 7:00 – 8:00pm

Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa.  He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.  The Kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires’ founding. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.

 This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries


At the Main Library: 

Raining Poetry Painting Day
Monday, April 9: 3:30 – 5:30pm

Cloudy with a chance of poetry? Yes! This spring it will be ‘Raining Poetry’ in Peabody! The Peabody Institute Library is pleased to invite people to participate in the creation of a temporary art installation called ‘Raining Poetry.” Participants will meet in the courtyard of the Main Library.  Using stencils created with the library’s laser cutter, participants will transfer poems to Peabody sidewalks. We’ll treat the stencils with a solution, so that poems appear up and down Main Street when it rains. The spray used to write the poems is invisible; when the surrounding pavement is darkened by rain, the dry words emerge and treat pedestrians to the secret poems that quietly wait to be read.

Launched in honor of National Poetry Month, ‘Raining Poetry’ was begun by Seattle resident Peregrine Church and this particular art-instillation is brought to you by Mass Poetry, the Peabody Cultural Council, Peabody Institute Library, the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries, and a mother-daughter team of locals: Jennifer and Chloe Jean.

This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries


At the West Branch

Basic Gardening with Dan Tremblay
Saturday, April 14: 10:00 – 11:00am

Dan, who is also the filmmaker from Heritage Films, who many of you may remember, is bringing an informational gardening program to the West Branch! Dan will cover soil prep, planting, maintenance, fertilizing, and harvest. This session and the one in April will cover the same topics.
Note: This is the same presentation that is being offered in March.


At the Creativity Lab

Coding for the Web
Tuesday, April 10: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Eight Part Class

If you want to build your own website or web app, this course is the place to start. This eight-session course will teach attendees how to use the essential coding languages of the Web, from laying out web pages using HTML and CSS to programming your site’s behavior with JavaScript.  For ages 13+. Space is limited; sign up is required. Signing up for the first class session automatically registers you for the full eight-session class.

 

Happy Spring, dear readers!

Looking Forward to March…

It’s not really February’s fault that it became the month where everything is kind of dark and murky and generally not conducive to optimism.  However, dear readers, it’s also the shortest month.  And with the turning of the calendar page, we get that much closer to Spring, and the potential for sunshine, longer days, and new adventures.  So, in the spirit of looking ahead, we wanted to highlight a few of the programs taking place at the Main Library and Branches in March to give you something to look forward to on this last Monday of February.   You can register for these events at our website, or by calling the hosting library directly.  And check out our full calendar to see all the great programs we have in store in the coming months!

And, as always, if there are classes or programs that you would like to see offered at the Library, please let us know!  We are here for you, and are always striving to provide the best classes, programs, and events possible for you!


At the Main Library:

Pleasure Grounds: Public Gardens Close to Home
Monday, March 5: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Flowers and foliage in the dull days of March! This armchair tour showcases six public gardens within just 40 miles north of Boston—gardens with important history and significant horticultural elements. The audience will ‘meet” the ladies and gentlemen who created these gardens including the Editor of The Atlantic Monthly magazine, a nephew of Isabella Stuart Gardener, and an heiress who gave away her entire fortune to historical and charitable endeavors. Antique photos are mixed with colorful images of perennial borders, rose gardens, allées and drives, woodland paths, tropical annuals, water features, statuary, and more. b North Shore native Gail Anderson is a trained horticulturist and has been researching and photographing these gardens for nearly 10 years. Gardens covered in the lecture include: Ropes Mansion, Salem; The House of the Seven Gables, Salem; Glen Magna Farms, Danvers; Sedgwick Gardens at Long Hill, Beverly; the Crane Estate at Castle Hill, Ipswich; and the Stevens Coolidge Place, North Andover.  To register, please call (978) 531-0100.
This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.


At the Creativity Lab:

Making Decals With Vinyl Cutting
Wednesday, March 21: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

For ages 13 to adult. A vinyl cutter can be used to make all sorts of professional-quality decals, from small bumper stickers to giant wall decorations. Learn the basic operation of a vinyl cutter here, and leave with a decal of your own!  To register, please call (978) 531-0100.


At the South Branch:

Adult Game Night
Thursday, March 15: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Adults 18+ are invited to the library for a night of board games and card games! Bring your friends or other family members who are 18 years or older for light snacks, laughs, and fun! Enjoy more classic games like Chess, Scrabble, and Backgammon, or indulge in newer games such as Cards Against Humanity, What Do You Meme?, and Codenames. All snacks and games will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own along as well! Come for all three hours or any time in between. Space is limited and registration is required; please call (978) 531-3380, ext. 11
Please note: Some of our games contain crude humor, strong language, or suggestive themes.

At the West Branch:

DIY Aromatherapy Crafts and Beauty Recipes
Monday, March 19: 4pm – 5pm
Have you ever wanted to try making your own natural beauty products? Join us once a month through the spring and summer as we try a different recipe each month. We’ll make things like sugar scrubs, facial mists made with tea and essential oils, and aromatherapy eye pillows. All supplies will be provided.
Sign up for one session or multiples.  Please contact Linda if you have any questions or concerns about potential allergens at (978) 535-3354 , ext. 11
We look forward to seeing you at one of our programs soon!

What are you doing (at the Library)?

It may still be winter, beloved patrons, but apparently we’ve gained over a half-hour of daylight a day since the Winter Solstice!  Meanwhile, we here at the Library have been busy putting together programs, events, and classes to help you learn, savor, and grow.  Here are just a few of the programs on offer in the month of March.  Be sure to check out our full Events Calendar for all the programs that are on offer.  And, as ever, don’t hesitate to tell us what kind of programs would be helpful to you–we are always open to new ideas and new programs!

To sign up for any of the events listed below (or any events listed in the full Events Calendar), you can go to www.peabodylibrary.org, or call us at (978) 531-0100.  Registration for these events begins tomorrow, February first.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Library soon!


At the Main Library:

Pleasure Grounds: Public Gardens Close to Home
Monday, March 5: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Flowers and foliage in the dull days of March! This armchair tour showcases six public gardens within just 40 miles north of Boston—gardens with important history and significant horticultural elements. The audience will ‘meet” the ladies and gentlemen who created these gardens, including the Editor of The Atlantic Monthly magazine, a nephew of Isabella Stuart Gardener, and an heiress who gave away her entire fortune to historical and charitable endeavors. Antique photos are mixed with colorful images of perennial borders, rose gardens, allées and drives, woodland paths, tropical annuals, water features, statuary, and more.  North Shore native Gail Anderson is a trained horticulturist and has been researching and photographing these gardens for nearly 10 years. Gardens covered in the lecture include: Ropes Mansion, Salem; The House of the Seven Gables, Salem; Glen Magna Farms, Danvers; Sedgwick Gardens at Long Hill, Beverly; the Crane Estate at Castle Hill, Ipswich; and the Stevens Coolidge Place, North Andover.
This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.

Digital Library Freebies – E-Books, Magazines, Music, Movies and More!
Saturday, March 24: 10:00am – 12:00pm

In this workshop, we’ll show you some of the awesome FREE digital entertainment content you can get with your library card! We’ll give you the highlights of various services the library offers to help you enjoy e-books, e-audio books, music, TV shows, digital magazines, movies, comics, and more!  Feel free to bring your own device. The library does have (5) laptops and a couple of tablets available if you need one! Some of these services will require an e-mail and most will require your library card to use and/or register. Bring your logins and library card to class.
This class will take place in a new location at the Main Library – Program Room – in the basement of the building. Please contact staff if you have any questions or need directions: (978) 531-0100
Please note: Registration for this class begins on March 1.

At the West Branch: 

DIY Aromatherapy Crafts and Beauty Recipes
Monday, March 19: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Have you ever wanted to try making your own natural beauty products? Join us once a month through the spring and summer as we try a different recipe each month. We’ll make things like sugar scrubs, facial mists made with tea and essential oils, and aromatherapy eye pillows. All supplies will be provided.  Sign up for one session or multiples.  Please contact Linda if you have any questions or concerns about potential allergens (978-535-3354 x11).


At the South Branch: 

Adult Game Night at the South Branch
Thursday, March 15: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Adults 18+ are invited to the library for a night of board games and card games! Bring your friends or other family members who are 18 years or older for light snacks, laughs, and fun! Enjoy more classic games like Chess, Scrabble, and Backgammon, or indulge in newer games such as Cards Against Humanity, What Do You Meme?, and Codenames. All snacks and games will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own along as well! Come for all three hours or any time in between. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign-ups will open one month prior to the event.

 Please note: Some of our games contain crude humor, strong language, or suggestive themes. For more information about this event, please call 978-531-3380 x11.

What Are You Doing (at the Library)?

As many of you know, dear readers, we strive to provide plenty of quality classes, events, and activities here at the Library, and though Winter keeps trying to thwart our plans, we have yet to be deterred from our goal!  Here’s a look at some of the events we have coming up in February for your delectation.  You can see the full list of events by checking out our Adult Events Calendar, our Children’s Room Calendar, and our Creativity Lab Calendar.

And, as always, our events are free for all.


At the Main Library:

iPad & iPhone Basics
Tuesday, February 13: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Second Floor Tech Lab

In this 2-hour class, we’ll cover some of the basic functions of the Apple iPad & iPhone, including current operating system features and those on previous versions. We will explore basic set up of the device, touch screen gestures, your home screen, managing settings, privacy, and notifications, along with taking and storing/sharing photos, messaging, e-mail, apps, and additional functions as time allows.

Note: Please bring your iPhone or iPad if you want to follow along in class, as the library cannot provide devices to attendees.


At the Creativity Lab:

Digital Embroidery
Wednesday, February 24: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Learn how to create your own custom embroidery with the Creativity Lab’s digital embroidery machine. This machine can take any digital image and stitch it into fabric. You can embroider a design of your own during the class, and afterward, you will be able to use the machine during any Open Lab session.

For ages 13-adult. Space is limited; please sign up in advance.


At the West Branch:

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life of Art, Lecture and Slide Presentation with Meg Dall
Tuesday, February 6: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

For seven decades Georgia O’Keeffe was a major figure in American art. Remarkably she remained independent in her vision and finding the essentials in form, color, shape and light that illuminated her canvases. The images were drawn from her life experiences to places where she lived. The very landscape outside her window was the inspiration she drew from.  Come and see slides of O’Keeffe’s work as well as photographs of the artist and learn more about her life and work with Meg Dall.  Meg Dall is a teaching artist, who studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is
Director of Young @Art, an art appreciation program, and a former docent at the Guggenheim Museum’s LEARNING THROUGH ART program, the Boston Public Library and at Boston College’s McMullen Museum (Klee exhibit). In the past she has taught an Enrichment program at the Marblehead Community Public School.
This program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. Please register in advance to reserve a space.

Heritage Films presents Revere Beach Story and Pleasure Island Park History
Wednesday, February 14: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Come join us for a 40 minute film presentation by local historian and film maker Dan Tremblay of Heritage Films! This particular film will focus on the history of Revere Beach and Pleasure Island Park.

 

As always, if there is a program, event, or class you’d like to see at the Library, let us know!  We are, after all, here because of and for you!

Planning for Next Year…

Here at the Library, we’re already writing “2018”, as well plan our upcoming programs, classes, and workshops, and please believe me when I tell you it’s really super-duper confusing.  We shall persevere, however, because we have a terrific line-up of events at the Main Library, as well as the Branches, to help you start 2018 in the best way possible.  In fact, just check out a few of the programs on offer from our Events Calendar–are you looking to learn a new skill for the New Year?  Eager to learn how to use the new devices you got for a gift or on sale?  Looking to be carried away by a performance?  Look no further than your Library.

And, as always, if there is a program you would like to see, a class you would like to attend, or a new skill you’d like to learn, please let us know.  We are super excited about the programs we’re offering, but we’re even more excited to learn how we can best serve you, our beloved patrons!

Upcoming Events for January 2018:

At the Main Library:

Creating a Resume
Friday, January 12 & 19, 2018

In this 2-week workshop, we will talk about the basics of constructing a resume, common resume types and their differences, and how to get started with a document in Microsoft Word 2013. In week two of this workshop, we will continue working on creating Word resumes and provide formatting and content feedback, as well as additional helpful resources.  If you encouraged to bring your own laptop to this event.  The library has just (5) laptops available for use during class. Sign up soon, as space is limited!

At the Main Library:

Close Encounters With Music
Monday, January 22, 2018

Chamber ensemble Music at Eden’s Edge opens this four-part lecture/performance series, Close Encounters with Music, with ‘The View is Longer than the Sum of the Parts.’ Violinist Daniel Stepner joins Maria Benotti, violin and viola, and Lynn Nowels, cello, to offer an eclectic mix of string trios by the Mozarts (father and son), John Harbison, Beethoven and Zoltán Kodály. Sometimes a trio is much more than just three -in-one. Ramble with us and enjoy the view. The Close Encounters with Musicseries aims to deepen the music listening experience for audience members, from new listeners to committed music lovers, by offering context for and exploration of the music performed live.
Close Encounters with Music is generously supported by the Peabody Institute Library Foundation.

At the Creativity Lab:

3D Printer Training
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A 3D printer is a device that can make nearly any plastic object imaginable using only a digital model. This course will teach you how to use the Creativity Lab’s 3D printers to print models downloaded from the Internet. You will have the opportunity to print a model of your choosing during the course.  If you are interested in learning how to design your own models to be printed, also check out Basic Design for 3D Printing, which is held on the following week.  For ages 9-adult. Space is limited; please sign up. This course counts as training for use of the 3D printer during Open Lab (for ages 13+; ages 9+ allowed with adult supervision) and Teen Makers (for ages 11-18).


At the West Branch:

Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store, a lecture with author Anthony Sammarco
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Massachusetts-based author Anthony Sammarco will be giving a lecture on his latest book, Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store. Come learn more about this fascinating piece of local history!   Mr. Sammarco will have books for sale (he can accept cash or check). Purchasing a book is not required to attend the lecture.  Please be sure to register in advance to reserve your space at this lecture!

This program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. 


 

Why Yes, You Can Do That At The Library…

Via Wibki

The days are definitely getting shorter, dear patrons, but there are plenty of ways to counter the darkness and the gloom of late autumn.  Here at the Library, we are keeping our schedule full of classes, workshops, and performances to help you think, learn, and explore.  Why not check out a few of the programs we have on offer in the coming weeks?  You can learn how to make some potential holiday gifts (or keep them for yourself.  We won’t judge at all.), try a new skill, or simply escape the hubbub out there for a little while and enjoy.  You can register for these events on our website, or call the Library offering the program to register in person.

And please note: these are only a few of the programs on offer at the Main Library and Branches.  You can check out the Events section of our website too see everything we offer.  And, as always, please  let us know if there is a program that you would like to see offered.  We are, after all, here for you!

West Branch Historical Adult Book Group
Thursday, November 9: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Meetings are held at the West Branch Community Room the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7 pm.  New members welcome!  For additional information call (978) 535-3354.


Lyle Brewer Guitar Concert
Tuesday, November 14: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Lyle Brewer has been an integral part of the Boston music scene for over a decade. He has released six albums and has toured and recorded with dozens of artists. His guitar playing weaves effortlessly throughout a variety of musical styles, and his album, ‘Juno,”  made the Boston Globe’s list of Best Local Albums of 2015.
 
Lyle Brewer is on faculty in The Guitar Department at The Berklee College of Music. Currently he is working on a transcription book of his own music and a recording of two suites by Johann Sebastian Bach. He will perform original songs and classical music.  To register, please call (978) 531-0100
 
The Fall Concert Series is generously sponsored by the McCarthy Family Foundation and the Peabody Institute Library Foundation.

South Branch Super Sleuths Adult Book Group
Monday, December 4: 1:00pm-2:00pm

The South Branch welcomes adult members to the Super Sleuths Book Group the first Monday of every month from 1-2 p.m. New members are welcome!  For more information or to find out this month’s title, please call (978) 531-3380.


Introduction to Cold Process Soap Making
Tuesday, December 5: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Creating soap from scratch allows you the freedom to formulate bars specifically to meet your wants and needs. This presentation will go over a brief history and basic chemistry of soap making; necessary materials; supplies and equipment; safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide; taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures; coloring and scenting your soap; preparing your molds and molding options; and insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap.
Presenter Jennifer Hofmann has been making soap for over eight years. She fell into it by accident, but once she made her first batch of soap she found she couldn’t stop…Jennifer makes and sells her own soaps and body products which have been featured on Etsy and can be found at many local farmers markets. Information can be found on her website: www.jennifersoap.com.  Jennifer has passed her Basic and Advance CP/HP Soapmaking Certification test. To register, please call (978) 531-0100

Managing Your Digital Mailbox
Saturday, December 9: 10:00am – 11:30am
In this class, we’ll talk about taming your e-mail.  We’ll cover managing, sorting, and organizing messages, searching your e-mail, sending messages and attachments, filtering, setting up contacts, folders, and more. To register, please call (978) 531-0100
 
Please Note:
  • The library has (5) laptops available for users, but you are welcome to bring your own device.  
  • This class is for active e-mail users. Please bring a valid e-mail address and password to class