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Library Corner, Feb. 7 edition

by | Feb 4, 2024 | Featured

For more information on any of the following programs or other activities at the library, visit hopkintonlibrary.org. Visit the library’s website calendar for event registration information. The library also can be found on Facebook, @hopkintonlibrary, and on Twitter, @HopkintonPLMA.

Schedule Update
On Friday, Feb. 9, there will be a delayed library opening due a staff meeting from 9-10 a.m. Also, the library will be closed for Presidents Day weekend from Saturday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 19.

50-Plus Job Seekers Networking Group
Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
This virtual program is targeted at those who are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for an “encore career.” Visit the library website for class and joining information.

The Politics of a Divided America
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1-2:30 p.m.
American society has faced many moments of political and social division, and our present politics seems especially divided — so much so that some even use the phrase “a second civil war” to characterize the depth of our disagreements. Dr. David Smailes of Framingham State University will examine how one American political thinker, Abraham Lincoln, wrestled with the political divisions of his time, and what we can learn from his experience about resolving these divisions in our time. Registration is required for this virtual four-part lecture and discussion series. Each week will focus on a new and timely topic. This series is presented by the Friends of the Hopkinton Public Library.

Read to a Therapy Dog
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 7-7:45 p.m.
Individuals are invited to drop by to practice reading aloud to one of the library’s therapy dogs, Gracie and Hula.

‘Duped’: The Gardner Museum Heist
Thursday, Feb. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
Bob Ainsworth, the author of “Duped,” a fictional account of the Gardner Museum heist, will review the actual details of the theft, the suspects and the motives behind the world’s most valued art theft. He also will tell of his own brush with the infamous crime.

Romcom Author Tessa Bailey
Thursday, Feb. 8, 8-9 p.m.
In this virtual program, New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey will talk about the launch of her new, super-hot sports romance duology that starts with a romcom about a bad boy professional athlete who falls for his biggest fan in her new book, “Fangirl Down.”

SAT Study, Practice, Strategy Session
Friday, Feb. 9 and 16, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
For those preparing for the SAT, these peer-led, drop-in study sessions in the Teen Room will help students achieve their best scores. Registration is not mandatory, but doing so will prompt a calendar reminder.

Spanish Language Group
Monday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Spanish Language Group meets for the first time. Come learn Spanish from two professional teachers and Spanish nationals. Practice your Spanish skills with other students and have fun doing it!

Narcan Training and Community Harm Reduction
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Narcan, the brand name of the generic drug naloxone, is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids. This free training from the Hopkinton Health Department will provide participants with brief instruction on how to recognize an opioid overdose, when and how to use Narcan, and a free kit to take home.

Women’s Financial Round Table
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1-2 p.m.
This virtual program is for anyone confused about financial markets, wondering what Bitcoin is all about or staring blankly at retirement statements. Julia Strayer and Liz Maccarone present Women and Money Roundtable: How to Make Sense of Today’s Financial Markets. Each session focuses on a different topic.

Frayed Knot Fiber Arts Circle
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Participants are invited to bring their current project or pattern. This group is open to teens and adults of all skill levels. All fiber arts crafts (knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, needle felting, etc.) are more than welcome. This group meets on the second and last Wednesdays of each month.

Beginner Ink and Watercolor Painting
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
Suggested audience for this program is adults, teens and tweens, who will learn how to use ink and watercolor to make beautiful pieces of art easily. Participants will use inspiration photos with acetate to create a watercolor painting using simple watercolor techniques.

Artist Studio: Learning to Draw Outer Space
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Learn to draw outer space with artist Rick Stromoski is recommended for ages 6-18. The artist will guide participants through several drawings during this session. Participants may attend in person at the library (Teen and Children’s Department) or via Zoom. Registration is only required if attending over Zoom so that the link can be provided.

Exploring Identity, Love and Being Black in America in Fiction Writing
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4-5 p.m.
This virtual program features a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott about his recent novel, “Hell of a Book.” This magnificent work of fiction is deeply honest and at times electrically funny, and is a book that goes to the heart of racism, police violence and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans and America as a whole.

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