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August 2020

Maine at 200: What Should Life Be?

August 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join Pittsfield Public Library, along with writer and retired professor Elizabeth Cooke, for three rich discussions grounded in readings that foreground the opportunities and challenges of life in Maine. What better time than now – the summer of Maine’s bicentennial year – to grapple with big questions, like who are we? where are we? how did we get here? and where might we be going? Themes we’ll explore include Many Maines, Wabanaki Voices, and Race & Ethnicity. Readings will invite participants…

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October 2020

Boast, Roast & Toast!

October 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ready to talk about your latest favorite book and learn more about the foods and services in our local area? Come to Boast, Roast & Toast! (via Zoom) Our first event will feature Heather from The Little Cheese Shop and Balfour Farm. She'll talk a bit about the shop and their products. She has also been generous enough to donate a $25 gift card to The Little Cheese Shop for one of our participants! Email the library for the Zoom…

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November 2020

Make Funny Faces with Russ Cox!

November 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us via Zoom as illustrator Russ Cox reads "The Boy Whose Face Froze Like That" by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by himself. We're hoping to have a good crowd so we can have a screen full of funny faces! Here's the link to join the fun: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/82226261955

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African American Soldiers in World War II

November 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

As part of the Persis Smith Community Read's discussion of "Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from WWII to Peace" by Ashley Bryan, Dr. Leroy Rowe from the University of Southern Maine, will be discussing African Americans during WWII and the segregated army.

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Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in early Colonial Maine

November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Not all of Maine's earliest Europeans came voluntarily. Carol Gardner will deliver a talk (via Zoom) entitled "Involuntary Americans: Scottish Prisoners in Early Colonial Maine" discussing the more than 400 prisoners of war who were brought here to New England against their wills in 1650-51. Dr. Gardner is the author a recently published narrative history, "The Involuntary American: A Scottish Prisoner's Journey to the New World." Click here for the program: https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/86578764603

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January 2021

Conversing about Community through Literature

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our January book discussion will be "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This is a "thought-proving East-meets-West story about community, friendship and women's lives at all ages." To order your copy for our Zoom discussion, call the library at 487-5880 or email at bat@pittsfield.lib.me.us.

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Mysteries in the Morning

January 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

An online mystery book discussion through Zoom. This month we're exploring "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" by Stuart Turton.    

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February 2021

You’re Not Listening–Conversing About Community through Literature

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our year-long book group continues with "You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why it Matters" by Kate Murphy. Join us for a lively discussion on how to make our community a better place. To register, click here.

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Imagine a Wolf!

February 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Not only do we have local author and illustrator, Lucky Platt, chatting with us, but we'll also be joined by visitors from a wolf refuge in Fryeburg! Nine-year-old Calden will take us through the refuge and explain the lives of these animals that don't seem to belong anywhere. Please join us for this very exciting event where you'll be able to ask questions about the book or about these amazing wolves.

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Mysteries in the Morning

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

An online mystery book discussion through Zoom. We have a wonderful time discussing the whys and wheres and whodunnits of novels each month. If you'd like the library to order a copy for you, please let us know. In February we'll be exploring “Confessions on the 7:45" by Lisa Unger.  "Everyone has a secret… Now she knows yours." 

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