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Bolton Landing, NY 12814-0389
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January 2020 Events at the Bolton Free Library
Twenty-twenty is just around the corner and the Bolton Free Library has lots planned for the New Year.
Let’s start with January and progress from there.
The library’s Annual Election of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, January 8 from 10am to 6pm, followed by the Annual Meeting. This year, due to some retirements, there are five positions available. If anyone, resident of Bolton Landing, is interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, give me a call and I will answer any questions you might have.
On Wednesday, January 15, our Community Health series kicks off with “Let’s Start with You” led by Nanette Blanchard – an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Nanette graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where she studied innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, hundreds of dietary theories and down to earth lifestyle coaching methods. Other health programs will follow in February, March, April, and May.
The Library Book Club will be meeting twice this month, because I was a chicken and postponed the December meeting due to weather. So, on January 7 we will be discussing Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira. A disastrous blizzard blasts the city of Albany, New York, in 1879, and in its chaotic wake, two newly orphaned girls, Emma and Claire O’Donnell, go missing. In the following days, Dr. Mary Stipp and her husband, William, physicians and friends of the O’Donnell family, try in vain to locate the children. Winter Sisters is a complex and suspenseful historical novel that is both a captivating story and a commentary on the laws that have, for far too long, oppressed and endangered women. On January 21, we will meet to discuss Educated by Tara Westover. Tara was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer, she stewed herbs for her mother and in the winter, she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. Lacking a formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she had traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
We are also planning another Valentine’s Day Readings, where community members are asked to read something- about ten minutes long – related to the holiday. If you are interested in participating, please let me know and I will add you to the list.
I think that is all for now, but if I think of anything else, I will certainly let you know.
Library Book Club
Here are the books we will be reading for the next few months:
- Educated by Tara Westover – Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
- America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray – From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.
It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love–with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.
Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.