Newton Free Library

A Summer of Volunteering with a Side of Adventure

IMG_1436While I hadn’t planned on doing anything particularly adventurous this summer (I really never do plan for adventures as I really do prefer to grab a good book and read), it turns out that I will be white water rafting, zip-lining and running (or maybe just observing), a fun obstacle course run in July – Mudderella. I’m most nervous about the zip-lining and will let you know if it actually happens. Maybe that’s enough. Maybe it’s too much.

I am also going to continue to work, and to volunteer for some great local organizations which is more my usual speed, and if you or your teens need volunteer ideas, here are a few – (italics indicate text from website of the organization featured).

NNHS Center for Civic Engagement and Service at Newton North High School – ask to join the Facebook Group here. We connect you with volunteer and intern opportunities!

Cradles to Crayons  provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.

Every year, thousands of volunteers pass through the doors of the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory warehouse to roll up their sleeves and help disadvantaged children around the Greater Philadelphia region. Together, youth and adults inspect, sort, and package all new and like-new donations into customized “KidPacks”.

Anyone age six and above can volunteer at the Giving Factory. Activities are appropriate and engaging for individuals, families, student and community groups and corporate groups. Our warehouse space allows us to accomodate large numbers of volunteers, so it provides an exceptional team-building experience for companies. Sign up for a 2-hour shift on our website. You will work at a volunteer station such as Clothing Sort, Outfits, School Supplies, Shoes, Toys, or Shopping.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
People volunteer for many different reasons. They may wish to become actively involved in the community, meet new people, explore career possibilities, develop skills and experience or share their special touch when people are sick. Whatever the reason, volunteers do make a difference. Volunteers make it happen.

Newton Free Library

Grad Bag 

A green initiative to reuse college dorm supplies. We collect and redistribute lightly-used dorm room items that too often end up in landfills and give them to incoming college freshmen from low-income households.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Donation Drives – Small Gestures, Enormous Impact

Our patients face the unimaginable challenges of life in shelters, on the streets and in temporary housing, while struggling to maintain their health. Acquiring basic necessities can be difficult, and we welcome the help of corporations, faith-based groups, schools, colleges and individuals to organize donation drives to meet these needs.

The seemingly small, practical items gathered in these drives can have a tremendous impact. Distributed by our doctors, nurses and case managers, they not only improve the quality of care we deliver, these items help us develop and maintain the trusting relationships that are such an essential part of our work.

Futures without Violence

(through a partnership with Mudderella) is a national nonprofit that is working to prevent and end domestic violence by developing innovative programs and policies that:

  • support victims, survivors, and their families and help them get to safety
  • educate individuals about the critical roles that we all have to play in promoting healthy relationships
  • promote mutual respect as the foundation of healthy relationships
  • support children who are exposed to violence at home and in school
  • enlist health care providers and health systems to improve domestic violence responses
  • and much more

And don’t forget to register to vote –

 

 

Newton Happenings – Music and Art and Literature

Newton Happenings – Music and Art and Literature

Without going out on a limb here, I think it’s safe to say we are all looking for signs of Spring. Haven’t seen crocuses in your garden yet? That’s okay – here are some events to bring on the Spring.

Spring into Swing

Spring into Swing

What: A community Jazz Concert and Reception to benefit Newton Public Schools Creative Arts & Sciences Programming – featuring Semenya McCord and her 6-piece jazz ensemble.

When: Friday, April 10, 7 -10 PM

Where: Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Rd., Newton Centre, 02459.

Tickets: $35/person at http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/CASC

Ticket price includes light fare and open bar.  No one under 21 will be admitted. Proceeds from the event will benefit enrichment programming during the 2015-16 school year.

Creative Arts & Sciences began bringing enrichment program into the classroom in 1960. Fifty-five years later it continues to be is a part of every grade and middle school PTO and a vital part of Newton students’ education experience. Please attend! Please support Creative Arts & Sciences!

 

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Newton Open Studios

2015 Spring Open Studios
Coming THIS WEEKEND: April 11-12,

Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm

Join the fun! Browse, explore, and buy art and beautifully crafted objects directly from over 150 local artists.

You’ll see painting, jewelry, photography, ceramics, sculpture, prints, wearable fabrics and much more.

NOS is one of the largest and longest running open studios events in the region! 50 pop-up exhibit/sales locations all across Newton have plenty of free parking, and many have handicap access. Red balloons mark the locations.

 One of my favorite places to get great food is L’Aroma Cafe and they are also one of the locations for Newton Open Studios. Bonus! I’ll take a soy latte and a spin around the upstairs where the following artists will have tables set up.
Upstairs at L’Aroma
15 Spencer St
West Newton
617-630-0006


Inge Downing
Handmade Cosmetic
Bags and Pillows
781-545-4780
etsy.inges.com


Larry Grob
Pastel Landscapes/
Studio & Plein Air
617-817-3123
larrygrob.com


Hog Wild Pottery
“Farm to Table” Pottery
Collection
508-740-7767
hogwildpottery.com


Rebekah Lord
Gardiner
Painting, Books and
Works on Paper
rebekahlordgardiner.com


Andrea Newman
Handmade Upcycled
Jewelry and Collage
etsy.com/shop/
riverviewgems


Sharon Schindler
Photography
Fine Art Photography
617-564-1764
sharonschindlerphotography.com


Spring Fling

The always wonderful Newton Free Library Spring Fling on Saturday, April 11th featuring Barney Frank and Atul Gawande. A sure sign that Spring is around the corner.

Spring Fling 2015

 

 

 

Dennis Lehane, Mitchell Zuckoff and a room of 250 women…

Mostly women, anyway. It’s true…there were a few men but mostly women as usual. A room full of book loving, library supporting women. Everyone was in spring finery but with a touch of wool – it is New England, after all.


It was the 28th annual Book and Author luncheon – yesterday. It was, as always, one of my favorite events. Both Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff were personable, engaging and funny. Mitchell Zuckoff gave a slide presentation (he even brought his own A/V equipment – got to love that) which had us on the edge of our seats which was a precarious place to be because we were also laughing so hard – Caution!  Falling library ladies!

Not to be outdone, Dennis Lehane took the stage and charmed the room as well. He is a consummate storyteller and shared how he became one (with a special shout out to libraries) as well as some great stories. What a treat! With books for sale from New England Mobile Book Fair, a nicely presented lunch, (the chicken was good, the salmon looked okay but I heard the veggie plate needs work) and the authors generously staying to sign every last copy, it was a lovely day. The staff of The Newton Marriott is always wonderful and it has been newly renovated and looks fresh and bright.

Put it on your calendar for next year – This is a not to be missed event!mitchell zuckoff, dennis leahane and a room full of 250 women

It’s the 28th Annual Friends of the Newton Free Library Book and Author Luncheon at the newly renovated Boston-Newton Marriott Hotel. Both Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff will speak (a definite treat) and sign books after lunch (which is always delicious), really. So don’t say you weren’t invited. It evens ends at 2:45 so Moms can make pick up at school. Grab your book group and join us – it is a really nice event.

The Friends of the Newton Free Library invite you to attend

The 28th Annual

Book and Author Luncheon

 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Cash Bar 11:00 am

Luncheon 12:00 pm

Speakers and Book Signing will follow the luncheon

Newton Marriott Hotel Ballroom

2345 Commonwealth Avenue

Newton, MA

 

The Friends of the Library are proud to present Dennis Lehane and Mitchell Zuckoff at the 28th Book and Author Luncheon.

Dennis Lehane grew up in Boston. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won the Shamus Award, he has published eight more novels with William Morrow & Co. that have been translated into more than 30 languages and become international bestsellers: Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; Gone, Baby, Gone; Prayers for Rain; Mystic River; Shutter Island; The Given Day; and Moonlight Mile. Morrow also published Coronado, a collection of five stories and the play, “Coronado” which has received stage productions in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Genoa, Italy. Three of his novels – Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone and Shutter Island – have been adapted into award-winning films.

Mr. Lehane and his wife, Angie, divide their time between the West Coast of Florida and Boston.


Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University. He is the author of Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II. Published in April 2011, the book spent more than two months on The New York Times’ bestseller list and was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by Amazon.com, Salon.com, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, Entertainment Weekly, Apple’s iBookstore, Kirkus Reviews and others.

His previous books are: Robert Altman: The Oral Biography; Ponzi’s Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, and Choosing Naia: A Family’s Journey. He is co-author of Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders. His magazine work has appeared in The New Yorker, Fortune, and other national and regional publications.

Zuckoff is a former special projects reporter for The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award, among other national honors. He has won the 2012 Winship/PEN New England Award for Nonfiction

He received a master’s degree from the University of Missouri, where he was an O.O. McIntyre Fellow, and was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. A native of New York, he lives in Newton, Mass., with his wife, Boston Globe photographer Suzanne Kreiter, and their two daughters.

Contact Us: bookandauthor@newtonfreelibrary.net | (617) 213 – 0428

 

iUpdated Post – 5/12/12

Book and Author Lunch


If you haven’t been to a Book and Author lunch, more specifically, the Newton Free Library‘s Book and Author Luncheon, hosted by the Friends of the Newton Free Library, then you are really missing out. The Boston-Newton Marriott was, as usual, the host site of choice for this lovely event, now in its 27th year. Honored authors for this year’s event were Julia Glass, author of The Widower’s Tale, and Marianne Leone, author of Jesse: A Mother’s Story. Both women are incredible speakers and it was a joy to hear them both. Great company – thanks to everyone who went! You are too late for this year (it was last Friday) but you can order the books (just click on the links above) and be sure to put it on your calendar for next year! Here is a link for the event with some more information about Book and Author.

Julia Glass Julia Glass is the author of the novels Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award in Fiction; The Whole World Over; and The Widower’s Tale. Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella. Her essays have been widely anthologized, most recently in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, edited by Sean Manning.

Julia lives with her two sons and their father in Marblehead.

Marianne LeoneMarianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. She had a recurring role on HBO’s “Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s (Michael Imperioli’s) mother. She has also appeared in films by John Sayles, Nancy Savoca, and Martin Scorsese. Her essays and op-ed pieces on a variety of topics have appeared in the Boston Globe. She is married to Chris Cooper, an academy-award winning actor, and was Jesse Cooper’s mother for seventeen years. After his death in 2005, her essay on grief was published in the Boston Globe (“He Was Our Touchstone”). Her memoir grew out of that essay. Marianne lives on a tidal river in the South Shore of Massachusetts with her husband and two rescue dogs, Lucky and Frenchy.

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