The Amesbury Public Library supports its mission of fulfilling the cultural, social, and recreational needs of the community by developing and presenting programs that provide additional opportunities for information, learning, and entertainment. Programming is an integral component of library services that expands the library’s role as a community resource and introduces patrons and non-users to library resources.
Tuesday, November 14 – Two Session – 5:30-6:30 OR 7:00-8:00
Delight in the ancient art of stained glass mosaics and learn how to make a stained glass mosaic sun catcher! Leslie Doherty, Ways of Color artist/owner, has over 25 years of experience designing, creating and teaching stained glass art. Combining her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy with her expertise in the art of stained glass, Leslie has welcomed opportunities to work in a myriad of settings with diverse populations. Ways of Color has been featured in The Boston Globe Magazine, “A Touch of Glass” and Merrimack Valley Home Magazine. Leslie has also been a featured artist at the Newburyport Art Association and The Saltbox Gallery in Topsfield. She currently exhibits and creates at Potlatch Studio and Gallery in Amesbury.
No experience is necessary and each student leaves with a feeling of success and empowerment through the creation of a unique piece of art!
Space is limited, sign up required. Please sign up just one session!
This program is funded by the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library
Victorian Christmas Traditions
Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 pm
“Victoria Yule” (aka Anne Barrett) welcomes you into her parlor as she shares her plans for the 1895 Christmas season. Learn the history of many Christmas traditions, passed down to her from “Grandmama and Grandpapa.” She’ll read Dickens, display toys and handmade gifts that her family will be exchanging around the Christmas tree, and in her clear soprano, sing songs of the season. Travel back in time to Christmas 1895 with this fun, creative and engaging performance! Anne Barrett has been presenting to audiences large and small for over 10 years, researching and developing all of her own material with a focus on creating presentations that are interesting, educating and entertaining. She writes a newspaper history column, serves as Vice President of her local historical society, as well as writing and publishing the society’s newsletter, Local Lore. She was also named Storyteller of the Year by the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau for her work in creating and presenting historical context presentations for North Shore Music Theater audiences.
Space is limited, sign up required.
This program is funded by the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.
Poetry Open Mic Night
Tuesday, November 28, 6:00-7:30 pm
The library hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic. Each month there will be a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Lainie Senechal, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.
Priscilla Turner Spada will be the featured poet this month. She is a poet and artist from Newburyport, MA. Her chapbook, Light in Unopened Windows, was published in 2016, by Finishing Line Press. It deals with subjects about family and an aging mother who died in her 100th year. Priscilla has also been published in Ibbetson St. Press literary magazines, #’s 40, 41, and upcoming, #42; the Merrimac Mic anthologies, one forthcoming; and What is Home?, a Portsmouth Poet Laureate publication. She is a regular reader at the Powow River, Merrimac Mic, and Portsmouth poetry hoots. She was a featured reader there; at RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth; and Gibson’s in Concord, NH in 2017. She has had a glass bead/jewelry making business for 20 years. She went to art school after high school and has taken many art classes over the years, the happiest and most productive at the Museum School in Boston. She has been in many art exhibits, including one-woman shows in the past.
No sign up is required, however, space may be limited.
The Wednesday Book Group meets the second Wednesday night of the month from 7:00-8:00. Come at 6:30 for meet and great! All titles are available for check out at the Circulation Desk.
Wednesday, November 8 – Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Wednesday, December 13 – Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan