South Hadley Public Library

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Adult Programs

October 2020

Adult Programs

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September Adult Programming & Crafts

Wed. Sept. 30 at 6:30 PM - Zoom Program: Book Tasting! Find out about Some New Books

Come try out some new books at our book tasting. New Authors - new genres - give them a try!

October Adult Programming & Craft

Sat. Oct. 3 at 11 AM - Zoom Program: The Ultimate Red Sox Presentation:

Take a fun and enlightening journey through Boston Red Sox history with the author of the Ultimate Boston Red Sox Tme Machine Book. This presentation features videos and photographs of the greatest and most fascinating players, teams, events and moments in franchise history. The program also includes trivia questions for patrons to ponder and covers Sox history from the Royal Rooters, who launched Red Sox Nation, all the way to the four World Series championships and beyond. It will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Author Martin Gitlin will have autographed and personalized copies of his book available online following the program.

Wed. Oct. 7 at 6:30 PM - Zoom Program: Creating a More Diverse Community Presentation

How does fair housing laws and reduced housing discrimination create a community that represents and reflects everyone?  This lecture will help you find out how.  Presented by Nathalie Vicencio, Fair Housing Specialist from Way Finders Housing.


Sat., Oct. 10 at 11 AM - Zoom Program: New Book on Belchertown State School by Kate Benson

This is a new book from Images of America on 'The Belchertown State School." She will give a talk on her new book and the history of the School.In the first decade of the 20th century, the state of Massachusetts established itself as a leader in the education of individuals with disabilities. The third state school for the feebleminded was built in rural Belchertown, in the western part of the state. Opened in 1915, Belchertown State School would eventually encompass almost 900 acres of land and would become the largest employer in town. For nearly 60 years, the state school educated individuals with disabilities who were otherwise excluded from public education, training the “residents” to become independent members of their families and of society. The model was a success until reports of abuse and neglect began to surface, culminating in the landmark 1972 Ricci v. Greenblatt case, which ultimately led to the state school’s closure in 1992. The state school’s rich history, maintained and curated by the late Donald LaBrecque, chronicles the rise of special education and developmental services and the ultimate collapse of the state school system.

Katherine Anderson is a veteran special education teacher and has been researching and writing about state schools and other institutions for more than a decade. She is the president of the Belchertown State School Friends Association and is working to preserve the substantial archive of state school history

Wed. Oct. 14 at 6:30 PM - Zoom Program: Author Talk! Romance Writers! J. Lynn Bailey, Kirsten Osborne, and Jennae Vale

JL Bailey- Contemporary Romance- Amazon Authors Page

'The Light We See"  **** J. Lynn Bailey is a bestselling author who has loved to write since she learned to read, around the second grade. When she isn't running after her children, watching COPS, or on the hunt for her next Laffy Taffy joke, you can probably find her holed up in her writing room feverishly working on her next book. She lives in Northern California with her family. 

Kristen Osbourne - Historical and Contempoary Westerns -  -

Kristen Osbourne hails from the state of Wisconsin, but has lived in Texas for almost thirty years. She is a mother, a writer, and a wife. Married to the love of her life for over fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and wants to share her vision of love with the world.

Jennae Vale- Time-Travel Romance  -

"Watched" **** Jennae Vale is a best selling author of romance with a touch of magic.  As a history buff from an early age, Jennae often found herself day-dreaming in history class - wondering what it would be like to live in the places and time periods she was learning about.  Writing time travel romance has given her an opportunity to take those daydreams and turn them into stories to share with readers everywhere.

Sat. Oct. 24 at 11 AM- Zoom Program: Author Talk! Memoir Author Jack Saffell will discuss "My Splendor" Book about his Deaf/Blind Wife"

My Splendor is the heartwarming story of Danielle, a deaf girl making her way in a hearing world. After struggling with communication--and an abusive teacher--in public school, Danielle finally finds her place at the California School for the Deaf at Berkeley. There she makes lifelong friends and gets her first taste of romance. After graduation she meets and eventually marries Jack, a hearing man who falls in love with Danielle at first sight. Together, they raise four children while conquering many of life's difficult challenges. Twenty-five years into their marriage, Danielle becomes blind and must relearn how to communicate. Despite the many obstacles she faces, Danielle's soundless life is filled with an overflowing of great love, happiness, loss, and tragedy.

JC Saffell is a daily communicant, consulting rosarian, and master gardener. He lives in beautiful northern California among the giant redwoods. He was married for 40 years to a beautiful deaf woman.

Sat. Oct. 31 at 11 AM- Zoom Program: A Celebration of Animation Presentation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All-Time

Award-winning author and pop culture historian Martin Gitlin hosts this fun, nostalgic and enlightening presentation based on his  book, A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History. He is the only author to actually rank the greatest cartoon characters ever, such as Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Scooby Doo, Snoopy and SpongeBob SquarePants. He will show funny cartoon snippets of characters from the past century, play trivia with patrons, discuss the criteria he used to rank the best of the best and speak about their impact on American pop culture.

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