March Programs at Plumb Library

Brian J. Lowney, author of Unconditional Love: Pet Tales to Warm the Heart and the “Fin, Fur, and Feathers” column in New Bedford’s The Standard-Times and other regional newspapers, will be at the Plumb Library on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm to read from his book and discuss our favorite furry friends. Unconditional Love: Pet Tales to Warm the Heart was written for anyone who loves animals, especially those furry, finned, and feathered creatures that bring pure joy to their owners’ lives. Whether you share your heart and hearth with a friendly feline, a comical canine, a colorful tank of fish, or other creatures, this book will entertain, educate, and inspire you with stories that illustrate how animals transform lives and make the world a better place. Lowney has been writing about pets for two decades as a weekly newspaper columnist and freelance writer for numerous publications. He is the past president of the Wampanoag Kennel Club and an active AKC and 4-H judge. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of supplies for local animal shelters. Anyone bringing a donation for a shelter will be entered in a drawing for a door prize.

“Just the Facts,” the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, by Michael Patrick MacDonald. In All Souls, MacDonald takes us deep into the secret heart of Southie. We meet his mother, an accordion-playing, spiked-heel-wearing indomitable mother to all; Whitey Bulger, the lord of Southie; and Michael’s beloved siblings, nearly half of whom were lost to drugs, murder, or suicide. Reminiscent of Angela’s Ashes, but much closer to home, this book is in turn explosive and touching. We will discuss All Souls on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk or through Overdrive.

Café Parlez’ selection for March is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski. Born mute and speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle lives an idyllic life on a farm in Wisconsin raising dogs until his uncle Claude returns unexpectedly. When Edgar’s father dies suddenly, Edgar suspects Claude, but is forced to flee to the woods with three of the dogs. He comes of age in the wild, but is determined to face his father’s murderer and take care of the rest of the dogs. This modern version of Hamlet is a riveting family saga. We will discuss this book on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy. Café Parlez is sponsored by the Friends of Plumb Library.

The Plumb Library Knitters meet on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome, including beginners. Chocolate is always served.

The Plumb Library is located at 17 Constitution Way, Rochester. For more information, call 508-763-8600 or email

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