Author and DJ Carter Alan

On Thursday, July 12 at 7:00pm the Library is proud to welcome Carter Alan. Carter is a longtime DJ and music director at WZLX in Boston. He will be discussing his latest book, “The Decibel Diaries: a Journey Through Rock in 50 Concerts.” Carter will share stories of his lifetime in rock with a tour through fifty concerts; from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young playing in the rain when Nixon resigned, to Talking Heads and the first stirrings of punk in the basement bars of New York and Boston to the bluegrass angel, Alison Krauss.  He will tell us what it was like to be at these concerts and how each show related to the artist’s career, his or her place in music, and the music’s place in the wider world.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Space is limited, sign up required.


Adult Summer Reading Program

The Amesbury Public Library Adult Summer Reading program runs from Monday, June 11 through Friday, August 10.

  • Pick up your Summer Reading Game Board at the Library or print one from home here.
  • Fill out the registration form either online or at the Library. Once you register you will be eligible for our weekly prize drawings.
  • Complete 10 activities on your game board and bring it back into the Library to be entered into our grand prize drawing. Complete Bonus Game Boards for more chances to win!
  • There will be two grand prize drawings; one will take place on July 13 and the other on August 10. All completed Game Board entries will be pooled for the grand prize drawings of a $50 Amazon gift card.

Spirituals to Hip Hop: the Social and Political Evolution of American Music

Join us on Monday, June 18 at 6:00 pm when Kevin Comtois will use recorded music, film clips and still images in this presentation that will trace the evolution of American music from the early slave spirituals, through the hugely popular minstrelsy in the late 19th century, to the blues and jazz that developed at the opening of the 20th Century, to the Rock n’ Roll that was created in the late 40’s and early 50’s, and ending with the various strains of American popular and topical music of the last thirty years that resulted from the evolution of rock and roll.

Space is limited, sign up required.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.