Plumb Library August Events

Enjoy a day of ballet fun for the dancers and story lovers in your family on Monday, August 13 at 6:30 pm in the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library when ballerinas from Erica’s Dance Academy take center stage with David Ira Rottenberg. Mr. Rottenberg will read his picture book, Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig, while members of the company perform a dance/mime of the story and afterward present a mini-movement lesson for the children in the audience. Mr. Rottenberg will also autograph books. Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig tells the tale of two friends, Gwendolyn and Omar, who have big dreams. Gwendolyn longs to dance ballet, and Omar wants to join the football team. There is just one problem — they’re both pigs! The event is free and open to the public. Bring your cameras! The library is located at 17 Constitution Way, Rochester.  Call us at 508-763-8600 or email for more information.

Due to low turnout, we have rescheduled Greg McAdams’ Team Magic to Wednesday, August 1 at 4:00 pm. Greg combines magic tricks, audience participation and fun to make a great team. This program will be held at the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church. Pre-registration is requested. All ages can attend. Call, email or drop by to register.

After you drop the kids off at their first day of school, come by the library for coffee and pastries, courtesy of the Friends of Plumb Library. It’s Open House on Tuesday, August 28 from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Younger siblings are more than welcome. Share a cup of coffee or tea and relax as we welcome the start of school. Join us!

Café Parlez’s selection for August is A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker, and Sasha, the troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, we do in intimate detail, along with the lives of a host of other characters whose pasts intersect with theirs over many years. This book won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle award. We will be discussing it on Thursday, August 30 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.

Just the Facts, the nonfiction book discussion group, will start on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. The first book will be Walter Lord’s classic A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic, which will be available at the desk after August 15. The schedule for the

2012 – 2013 sessions are:

October 18 – Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis

November 15 – Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

December 20 – Little Princes by Connor Grennan

January 17 – The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok

February 21 – Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Woman of Little Rock by David Margolick

March 21 – Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada

April 18 – The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins

May 16 – Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

Wondering how to operate your new iPad? Want to learn about Word 2010? Try our new online classes, Atomic Learning. In the comfort of your own home you can learn about gmail, Firefox, Excel, Windows Media Player, Skype, Publisher and more. If you don’t see a class you need, just ask. We can add more classes at a later date. These classes may also be completed on library computers. Ask for a demonstration.

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