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Virtual Art History Webinars

Virtual Art History Webinars

Join us virtually for a variety of art history webinars! Sign up for some or for all!

Sponsored by the Tewksbury Friends of the Library, Corning Community Impact & Investment and a collaboration of libraries.

NOTE: These programs will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of each program.

Paris 1874 — Inventing Impressionism

Thursday, July 18, 2024 – 10:30-11:30 AM

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The Rehearsal of the Ballet Onstage
Edgar Degas

On 15 April 1874, in Paris, an exhibition opened that would launch one of the most famous artistic movements in the world: impressionism. For the first time, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro, Cezanne and Sisley came together independently to exhibit their work: light-filled, colorful paintings, convoying fleeting impressions with a brisk and lively touch. In doing so, these artists distanced themselves from the official Salon, the major official exhibition that dominated the Paris artistic life, and the guardian of academic tradition. What happened over the course of those few week? Through a selection of works shown at the exhibition of these independent artists and at the official salon, Musée d’Orsay proposed a revival of it for its 150th anniversary. Examine the exhibitions of both 1874 and 2024 with Patrick Herpe, a French tour guide ZOOMing live from Europe.

The Quiet & Colorful World Of Vermeer

Thursday, August 1, 2024 – 10:30-11:30 AM

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Young Woman with a Water Pitcher
Johannes Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer, who created the iconic painting “The Girl with the Pearl Earring,” is considered a world renowned Dutch Master of the 17th century. That painting is one of only 37 works of his that scholars believe survive today. For the first time ever, 28 of those 37 were exhibited in 2023 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In this lecture, study his quiet, luminous interiors that seem to capture the daily life of ordinary people in his hometown of Delft. Learn the latest insights into this beloved but enigmatic artist. Led by art historian Mary Woodward, a guide at several Historic New England properties. She previously served as Public Programs Coordinator and Educator at the Concord Museum.

Summer Adventures — Art Colonies In New England

Thursday, August 15, 2024 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Monhegan Houses, Maine Edward Hopper

Explore eight late-19th and early-20th century summer art colonies across New England: Provincetown and Cape Ann in Massachusetts; North Conway and Cornish in New Hampshire; Old Lyme and Cos Cob in Connecticut; and Ogunquit and Monhegan Island in Maine. During the summer and fall months, you’ll be able to visit these sites and their museums. Discover the incredible, creative energy that still exists in these art colonies in New England. Led by Martha Chiarchiaro, owner of Seeing History, who has brought history to life through the art of the times for more than 30 years. She received her Masters’ degree in the History of Art from Williams College and provides a variety of art history presentations at the Worcester Art Museum, the Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE), libraries, senior centers, and garden clubs.

Henri Matisse — Master of Color, Magician of Modernism

Thursday, August 29, 2024 – 10:30-11:30 AM

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Blue Nude II Henri Matisse

The remarkable career of Henri Matisse, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, fundamentally altered the course of modern art. Spanning six and a half decades, his vast creative output encompassed painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic arts, and paper cutouts. Examine his extraordinary life and many of his important works. His friend and sometime rival Pablo Picasso once said, “All things considered, there is only Matisse.” Led by Janet Mandel, a retired 32-year art history teacher, who now presents illustrated talks on a variety of art history topics at colleges & universities, libraries, museums, senior centers, and community centers.

Virtual Summertime Yoga with Michelle

Summertime Yoga with Michelle

Tuesdays on July 16, 23, 30, and August 6, 2024

11:00 – 12:00 PM – via Zoom

Please join us as Michelle Heron leads a 4-week online yoga series, where participants will explore the practice of yoga from the comfort of one’s own home. Renew your spirit with a gentle yoga flow combined with restorative poses, focused breathing, and mindful meditation to soften into summer.

A yoga mat/towel or blanket, blocks, extra pad for knee cushioning, bolster(s) and/or pillow(s) are great support props to have nearby. Cameras can be on or off, options are given using invitational language, and props are encouraged.

Classes are free and open to all to join, however, separate registration is required for each session:

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 – 11:00 – 12:00 PM – Register Online starting Tuesday, July 9, at 9:00 AM.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 – 11:00 – 12:00 PM – Register Online starting Tuesday, July 16, at 9:00 AM.

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 – 11:00 – 12:00 PM – Register Online starting Tuesday, July 23, at 9:00 AM.

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Register Online starting Tuesday, July 30, at 9:00 AM.

Please sign up online or contact the library for assistance, 781-665-2313.

Mass Center for the Book 2024 Reading Challenge

How the challenge works:

  • Choose a book that fits the monthly challenge.
  • After you read, fill out this form to tell Mass Center for the Book about the book you choose.
    • Using the Mass Center for the Book submission manager, you will be able to log in and access the entries you’ve logged throughout the year.
    • Dedicated readers will be invited to a year-end celebration hosted by Mass Center for the Book.
    • If you read a book in each of the 12 months, you will be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 2 totes filled with books.
    • Mass Center for the Book will be drawing two names on the last day of each month to win a free book! Make sure you get those entries in before the end of the month.

July Challenge:

Mass Audubon Virtual Series

Mass Audubon Virtual Series

Join us virtually for a variety of Mass Audubon programs!

Sponsored by the Tewksbury Friends of the Library and a collaboration of libraries.

NOTE: These programs will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of each program.

Whippoorwills & Nighthawks

Wednesday, July 10 – 10:30-11:30 AM

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© Dominick Fenech -Macaulay Library

The unmistakable call of the Eastern Whippoorwill is a classic sound on moonlit summer nights. A favorite late summer ritual for many nature-lovers is watching for Common Nighthawks in the late afternoon and evening skies. Both birds are aerial insectivores – birds that catch insects on the fly. They are in a family called ‘goatsuckers,’ due to the erroneous belief that these large-mouthed birds would suck milk from goats. Learn about these birds’ life histories, behavior, ecological niche, and population status, in addition to the best places and times to see them in the coming weeks. Led by Patti Steinman, the Education Coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries, based out of Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. She has worked at Mass Audubon for 30 years, developing and overseeing programs for adults, families, and children.

Finding Atlantic Puffins

Wednesday, July 24 – 10:30-11:30 AM

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© Fyn Kynd -Macaulay Library

Few birds are as recognizable as the Atlantic Puffin. A black and white seabird with a colorful bill, puffins are exciting animals to learn about and, if you’re lucky enough, see along the north Atlantic coastline. Most New Englanders can enjoy seeing puffins in person by taking a day trip if you know where to go and when. Learn about their interesting lives from ‘puffling’ to adult, where they breed, what they eat, climate impacts, look-alike birds, and where to go to see them. Led by Scott Santino, the Education Manager and Teacher Naturalist at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield where he has been leading nature education programs for Mass Audubon since 1999.

Bald Eagles On The Rise

Wednesday, August 14 – 10:30-11:30 AM

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© Mason Maron -Macaulay Library

The Bald Eagle, formerly endangered, now has a thriving population over much of the country including the northeast. Learn the natural history and life cycle of bald eagle as well as the historic restoration project in Massachusetts resulting in a healthy population and removal of endangered species status. Eagles are seen in the northeast throughout the year, and during fall migration you might be fortunate to see a non-nesting golden eagle. Led by Patti Steinman, the Education Coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries, based out of Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. She has worked at Mass Audubon for 30 years, developing and overseeing programs for adults, families, and children.

Wildflowers & Insects

Wednesday, August 28 – 10:30-11:30 AM

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©Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

The end of summer is very active with lots of wildflowers and insects. From fields and field edges filled with milkweed, asters, and goldenrods to wetlands with carnivorous pitcher plants and cardinal flowers, each habitat has its own community of perennials and insects. Learn how these organisms interact and their importance in the ecosystems we live in. Led by Tia Pinney, a Biologist, Lead Naturalist, and educator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. Since 1994, when she first started working at the farm, Tia has overseen efforts to maintain New England’s wildlife on our 206-acre property, managing staff and volunteers in planting projects and citizen science.

Disability Pride Month – Nonfiction for Adults

July is Disability Pride Month, an annual celebration of differing abilities that connects back to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a ruling prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. The month aims to promote visibility and mainstream awareness of the positive pride felt by people with disabilities.

Check out a sampling of books available through the Melrose Public Library! Click on a title to learn more about the book or to place a hold.

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