February 5, 2016

The Big Community Read

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The Hancock Town Library, Jaffrey Public Library and Peterborough Town Library announce the BIG COMMUNITY READ!

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Join us to read The Soul of an Octopus by local author and National Book Award Finalist Sy Montgomery.

The program runs March 1st – April 22nd. Here’s how you can participate! 

Read the Book

  • Pick up a copy of The Soul of an Octopus at your participating library beginning March 1st

Meet Sy Montgomery

  • Join us for our culminating event on Earth Day April 22nd at 7:00pm at the Peterborough Town House to hear a keynote address from author Sy Montgomery. Bring your books for a chance to meet Sy and have your book signed!

Attend a Program

Attend one of the many events that will expound on the themes of animal consciousness, conservation, animal/human relationships, and the beauty of our ocean animals and habitats.

Hancock Town Library Programs:

  • Art Afternoon with artist Melody Russell—Wednesday, March 30, 3:30–5:00 pm (grades 1–4)
  • The Web of Marine Life in the Gulf of Maine with researcher Barbara Beblowski—Thursday, March 31, 7:00 pm
  • The Rocky Shore with NH Sea Grant—Thursday, April 14, 3:30 pm (grades 1–4)
  • Recent Discoveries in the Deep Ocean with UNH Marine Docent Jon Manley—Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm
  • Meadows Under the Sea with Keene State’s Cynthia Hays, PhD—Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 pm

Jaffrey Public Library Programs:

  • Shiny, Shimmery Seas: Bioluminescence with UNH Marine Docent Skip Small—Thursday, March 31, 6:00 pm—Civic Center
  • Marine Animal Adaptations: Live! with the Seacoast Science Center—Tuesday, April 5, 3:30 pm (toddlers through elementary school). Preregistration required; limit of 30 children.
  • A Conversation about Soul of an Octopus and Its Themes with Rae Barnhisel, PhD— Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 pm (older teens, adults)

Peterborough Town Library Programs:

  • Reptiles on the Move–on March 9th at 6:30pm and 7:30pmPeterborough Town Library–Do reptiles have souls too? Sessions will have registration–60 people per session. Registration will open March 1st.
  • Climate Change Lecture–with Mary Catherine Bateson on Thursday, April 7th at 3:00pm- Peterborough Town Library
  • Becoming Animal – a discussion on our connection to the animals in our world and how that inspires us to stewardship and conservation. Presented by the Harris Center for Conservation Education. Thursday, April 14th at 6:30pm- Peterborough Town Library
  • New England Aquarium Tidepool Alive Program–Children will meet live animals such as seastars, hermit crabs, snails, clams, mussels, and a live horseshoe crab. Each session will guide the students through an imaginary tidepool trip. Wednesday, April 20th at  10am, 11am, 12:30, and  1:30 at Peterborough Town Library. Sessions will have registration –30 people per session. Registration will open April 1st.

Attend a Book Discussion

Book discussions are being scheduled for each library.

Hancock Town Library Book Discussions

  • Wednesday March 30th at 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday April 19th at 2:00 pm

Jaffrey Public Library Book Discussions

  • Wednesday, March 30, 3:30 pm (Junior Book Club; grades 2 and up)
  • Monday, April 11, 2:00 pm (Adult Book Club)

Peterborough Town Library Book Discussions

  • Wednesday, April 27th at 7pm
  • Friday, April 29th at 11am

Meet Sy Montgomery

  • Join us for our culminating event on Earth Day April 22nd at 7:00pm at the Peterborough Town House to hear a keynote address from author Sy Montgomery. Bring your books for a chance to meet Sy and have your book signed!

This program is possible due to the generous support provided by the NH Charitable Foundation.

For more information on these events, please contact one of the participating libraries:

  • Jaffrey Public Library, (603) 532-7301, facebook.com/JaffreyLibrary
  • Hancock Town Library, (603) 525-4411, http://hancocktownlibrary.blogspot.com/
  • Peterborough Town Library, (603) 924-8040, PeterboroughTownLibrary.org/BigRead

 

 

 

 

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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