Theatre Performance - Emerging New England poet and actress GennaRose Nethercott will be returning to the library on Saturday, July 28 from 12 to 1:30 pm in a one-woman performance entitled “The Loose-Leaf Revival.” Comprised of a series of original works, the piece explores the themes of myth, love, and the challenges of being human. The performance features theatrical monologues, readings, humor, and even a ukulele ballad or two.
Following the show, a writing workshop will be offered in which participants will have the chance to explore their own voices and stories. Members of the workshop will have the opportunity to develop their own creations and play around with translating written word into performance pieces.
The free workshop and performance is recommended for ages 14 and up. To sign up or to ask for more information, please call 508-758-4171. The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library.
Extreme Engineers Demonstrate Skills - Everyone is welcome to enjoy the grand finale of a series of “Extreme Engineering” workshops at the Mattapoisett Library on Tuesday, July 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Under the direction of Dr. Martin Hudis, a dozen boys and girls have learned what it takes to solve problems through engineering skills and concepts each week. Using remote control helicopters donated to the library by Dr. Hudis, who holds a Ph.D. in Physics and is a former University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth instructor, the students will demonstrate their skills controlling the helicopters through a series of exercises.
“The workshops have been exciting and great fun for all,” said library director Susan Pizzolato. “The parents and staff have learned a great deal watching Dr. Hudis guide the children through some interesting challenges. There is much laughter as well as learning, the best combination for everyone.” One of the goals of the series was to encourage children to explore engineering concepts and perhaps consider a career in engineering.
Come out and support the participants for their final evening of show-stopping remote control fun. Refreshments will be available for everyone. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett.
Let’s Get Moving, Kids! Life-long dancer, teacher, and choreographer Kay Hanley Alden is offering a free creative movement workshop at the Mattapoisett Library on Thursday, July 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Intended for children in kindergarten through grade 3, the hour will be filled with fun, colorful ribbons, lively music, and a creative approach to dance and movement.
Kay Hanley Alden has travelled and studied throughout Europe and Asia, taking part in dance exchange programs. She has taught preschool and elementary students how to feature their creative and artistic talents through dance and movement.
To register your child for the workshop, please call the Children’s Department at 508-758-4171.
Bat Boxing at the Library: Learn about bats and why we should care that they are in danger at the Mattapoisett Library on Wednesday, August 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Bats have been feared and misunderstood for ages and are associated with spreading disease, cavorting with vampires and other dark deeds. In fact, these creatures of the night are actually some of New England’s best friends. Come and learn about the bats of Massachusetts, how they help keep our communities safe, and why they are in danger. Discover strategies for responsible wildlife interactions and safe methods to keep them out of your space. Then find out how you can construct your own bat box to help our local bats survive and thrive!
Teen Tiki Party! Join the Fun! Teens are welcome to stop in at the library’s tiki party on the lawn on Friday, August 3 at 1:00 pm. Try our exotic summer drinks, eats and fun! Sample the tropical juice bar and treat yourself to delicious snacks, courtesy of some of our finest local eateries. Come and celebrate another amazing Mattapoisett summer! This one’s just for you!