Monday, January 29, 2018
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4:00pm [4:00pm] Book Discussion: The Handmaid's Tale
Book Discussion: The Handmaid's Tale Join the book discussion of "The Handmaid's Tale"by Margaret Atwood. Copies of this title are now available at the Library's front desk. Respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"), a Handmaid who recalls the past and tells how the chilling society came to be. Carly Fox, a teacher from Vermont Academy with a background in Women's History, will facilitate the discussion.

6:00pm [6:30pm] POSTPONED TO JAN 29 Pushing the Limits: Motion
Join the discussion of Pushing the Limits of Motion. Pushing the Limits is a four part program, which includes reading, viewing and discussion. It is funded by the National Science Foundation. This program brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring science in everyday life. January's topic of discussion, Pushing the Limits of Motion, is well developed in "Coming of Age in the Milky Way" by Timothy Ferris. It is also explored in video clips with the author and everyday people. Community discussion around science themes is the goal of this program. Retired marine biologist Peter Bergstrom will facilitate the discussion. A light meal will be provided. As of 12/5/2017, registration for this program is FULL. This event is free and open to the public. This national program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Oregon State University-- with generous funding from the National Science Foundation.