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Sep
20
Thu
Genealogy Group
Sep 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots.  If you own a laptop, please bring it along.  With the many free databases available at the library, it’s hard to tell what you might find.  Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. 

Sep
22
Sat
Elayne Clift’s Writing Workshop
Sep 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

From: Rockingham Free Public Library  

Contact: Anne Dempsey 

Email: [email protected]  

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ELAYNE CLIFT’S WRITING WORKSHOP – SEPT. 22 

 

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Join Elayne Clift’s writing workshop “Making Meaning of Memory –Without Falling Down the Rabbit Hole!”  Memories provide insight into our lives and help us to understand who we are (and how we got that way).  They can offer meaningful triggers for writers in all genre, not just memoirists.  Often, however, writing from memory can lead us down a dark rabbit hole of introspection.  Take heart! As George Gershwin knew, “It ain’t necessarily so!” This workshop will focus on our life experiences with rigor and honesty, but without falling down the dark hole of humorless self-absorption.  We will emphasize the funny side of things as we remember and reflect upon the loony world in which we live.  What could be better in this time of angst?  Come with ideas, memories, laptop or paper/pen, and a sense of the funny and absurd! Be sure to bring your favorite writing tools, whether that be paper and a pen, a laptop or anything in between. Feel free to bring a bag lunch and a beverage.  

Elayne Clift, a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work appears in numerous publications internationally. A regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books, and a regular contributor to Vermont Woman and Artscope Magazine, her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. Clift, who formerly worked internationally on public health, communications, and gender issues, published her novel, Hester’s Daughters, based on The Scarlet Letter, in 2012. Her third book of short stories, Children of the Chalet, won First Prize/Fiction 2014 from Greyden Press and was published in 2015. TAKE CARE: Tales, Tips and Love from Women Caregivers, her 4th anthology, was published in 2017. Her latest book, Around the World in Fifty Years: Travel Tales from a Not So Innocent Abroad, will appear in 2019. For more information, please visit www.elayne-clift.com. 

Sep
24
Mon
VERMONT HUMANITIES COUNCIL DISCUSSION OF ROZ CHAST’S GRAPHIC MEMOIR
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the book discussion of Roz Chasts graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” led by Vermont Council Humanities scholar and VPR commentator Deborah Lee Luskin. Copies of Roz Chast’s graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” are available to borrow up until September 23 at the Library’s front desk.  

 
The genre of graphic narratives has flourished in recent years. Encyclopedia Britannica describes a graphic novel as a” long comic narrative for a mature audience, published in hardback or paperback and sold in bookstores, with serious literary themes and sophisticated artwork.” Roz Chast’s graphic memoir features her parents in their final years and highlights the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. This Vermont Humanities Council Reading and Discussion event is hosted by the Brattleboro Area Hospice and the Rockingham Library. It is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. It is not necessary to have read this book to enjoy the program.

 
In addition, a related exhibit of Roz Chast’s original illustrations from “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” is on display until September 24 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center at 10 Vernon St. in Brattleboro. Rockingham Library card holders can reserve/borrow a free family admission pass to the BMAC by calling the Library (802) 463-4270.  

 

 

Sep
25
Tue
Rockingham Library Board Meeting
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sep
26
Wed
Philosophy Group
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sep
27
Thu
Genealogy Group
Sep 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots.  If you own a laptop, please bring it along.  With the many free databases available at the library, it’s hard to tell what you might find.  Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. 

Sep
29
Sat
From Afar: Local Immigrant Stories
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Through family photos, keepsakes and stories, experience what life was like for some Greek and Polish immigrants who settled in the local area between the two world wars. This program features the Polish ancestors of local resident Mary Narkiwiez and the Greek ancestors of local resident Catherine Bergmann.

Oct
3
Wed
Municipal Planning Committee
Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
4
Thu
Genealogy Group
Oct 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots.  If you own a laptop, please bring it along.  With the many free databases available at the library, it’s hard to tell what you might find.  Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. 

Oct
8
Mon
Closed for Columbus Day
Oct 8 all-day