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Maynard Reads Together Events

March 8 through April 21
Photography Exhibit: Joe Wallace, Roosevelt Room, open during regular library hours
Carlisle artist Joe Wallace's photographs of abandoned mills are haunting and starkly beautiful. He creates a powerful visual narrative about the remnants of human industry.
 
Tuesday, March 13
Documentary Series: Surfwise, 7 p.m.
The first in our series of documentary films, Surfwise tells the story of Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz who turns away from his conventional life as a doctor and takes his large family on the road in a small camper to find the perfect wave. This provocative and fascinating story of a family was considered one of the top ten films of 2008. 

Saturday, March 17
Books & Bagels Discussion: Empire Falls and Townie, 11:00 a.m.
Drop in for a bagel and an informal book chat as you do your Saturday chores. We'll focus on our two Maynard Reads selections, but the conversation may cover other books by Russo and Dubus and maybe even their movies.  No homework required--come and listen or ask questions if you haven't finished the books.  Coffee and bagels will be served.
 
Wednesday, March 21
The Maynard Reads Together Radio Hour, 5:00 p.m., WAVM, 97.1
DJs Dottie and Betsy will spin some songs that tell stories!

Thursday, March 22
Documentary Series: When We Were Kings, 7 p.m.
The second in our series of documentary films, When We Were Kings takes us to Zaire to tell the story of the 1974 heavyweight championship known as the Rumble in the Jungle. Organized by Don King and financed by a dictator, this bout had Muhammad Ali challenging the much younger George Foreman. When We Were Kings won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1997.

Friday, March 23
Maynard Reads Together Concert: Barbara Kessler, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a special evening of storytelling through song with songwriter Barbara Kessler. Kessler has released a number of critically acclaimed albums, including the recent What You Keep. She blends autobiographical lyrics, a soulful voice and acoustic guitar into an intimate concert experience. Sample Barbara's songs at www.barbarakessler.com

Saturday, March 24
Royal Tea Party, 1:00 p.m.
King Mark and his court will be hosting a dress-up tea party. Along with an elegant repast, there will be a special story, a craft activity and a coronation!  For ages 5 to 8. Please see King Mark to sign up and receive an invitation.
Sponsored by the Library's Teen Advisory Board.

Tuesday, March 27
Maynard Reads Together Discussion, Senior Drop-In Center, Union Congregational Church, 10:00 a.m.
A discussion about memoirs and telling our stories. Copies of Chapter 13 of Andre Dubus III’s Townie will be available along with suggested reading lists and refreshments will be served. Open to all area seniors.

Saturday, March 31
Maynard Book Festival, All Day
The First Annual Maynard Book Festival, featuring a discussion with Richard Russo and Andre Dubus III, and an author panel with Margot Livesey, Jane Brox and Roland Merullo. The Festival also includes a storywriting workshop for kids and a memoir writing workshop for adults. See the Maynard Book Festival page for more details.

Tuesday, April 3
Documentary Series: My Architect, 6:30 p.m.
The third in our series of documentary films, My Architect tells the story of a son's journey to understand his famous father, the celebrated architect Louis Kahn. Interspersed with interviews of personal and professional connections of the elder Kahn are studies of the buildings he created. This film was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 2004.

Friday, April 6
Maynard Reads Together Discussion, Senior Center, Clock Tower Place, 10:00 a.m.
A discussion about memoirs and telling our stories. Copies of Chapter 13 of Andre Dubus III’s Townie will be available along with suggested reading lists, and refreshments will be served. Open to all area seniors.

Thursday, April 12
Poetry Workshop, Roosevelt Room, 7:00 p.m.
Poet and former teacher Linda Watskin will lead an exercise to create an autobiographical poem. No writing experience required.
 
Saturday, April 14
Artist Reception and Gallery Talk, Roosevelt Room, 3:30 p.m.
Photographer Joe Wallace will give a short talk about his current exhibit of mill photographs, followed by a question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 27
Maynard Reads Together Night at Acme Theater*, ArtSpace, 61 Summer Street, 8:00 p.m.
The opening night performance of Acme's play [title of show] will be followed by discussion with the cast and crew. [title of show] is a very funny musical about "two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical". Please note that the play contains some potentially offensive language and may not be appropriate for all.

Saturday, April 28
Books & Bagels Discussion: Books by Margot Livesey, Jane Brox and Roland Merullo, 11:00 a.m.
Drop in for a bagel and an informal book chat as you do your Saturday chores. We'll focus on titles by our Maynard Book Festival authors. No homework required--come and listen or ask questions if you haven't read the books. If you attended the discussion and want some recommendations, this is the place to be!  Coffee and bagels will be served.

Saturday, April 28
Maynard Walks Together: Guided Tours of Maynard, 3:00 p.m.
Join in one of several guided walking tours based on the Maynard Historical Commission's new walking guides. Learn about the history of the mill, of downtown Maynard, of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Details on meeting places available soon.
 
Thursday, May 10
Open Mike Songwriting Challenge, 6:30 p.m.
This is a special meeting of the monthly Open Mike group with a Story Song Challenge. In the spirit of Maynard Reads Together's theme of The Stories We Tell, we welcome all songwriters to craft a tune inspired by the titles (or books) Empire Falls or Townie. Come and perform, or just listen in.

Sunday, May 20
Townwide Family Picnic with MaynardCAN, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
To explore theme of The Stories We Tell through food, and in keeping with MaynardCAN’s May focus on food, we invite all Maynard residents to a family picnic on Sunday, May 20. The event will be held at Green Meadow Elementary School playground from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring a dish for your family, reusable plates and utensils, and a picnic blanket or folding chairs. At the picnic, Maynard author Justine St John will lead a story hour featuring her recent book Wilbur, the Zucchini-Eating Dragon and a related activity. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. The Friends are beginning a collection of family stories related to food.  We invite everyone at the picnic to submit a recipe and a brief family story related to it.
MaynardCAN suggests dishes made from local sources, and encourage a zero-waste approach.

Thursday, June 7
Skit Slam, 6:30 p.m.
A competition for short improvisational skits. Kids, come to perform!  Adults, help determine the winner!
Sponsored by the library's Teen Advisory Board.