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.
Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 pm
You’ve seen the musical now hear the real story behind the rivalry. It is the most famous duel in American history, but what prompted the sitting Vice President and the former Treasury Secretary to settle their differences with guns blazing?
Rick Beyer, author of Rivals Unto Death, explores their intricate thirty-year rivalry that led to their deadly encounter, following them through battlefields, courtrooms, bedrooms, and arguably the wildest presidential election in history – all the way to their day of destiny in Weehawken, New Jersey. Rick Beyer is a New York Times bestselling author and an award winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast. His independent documentary, The Ghost Army, premiered on PBS in 2013 and won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. He has also made numerous media appearances, and frequently speaks to audiences on subjects that include innovation, filmmaking, and the quirky tales that make history come alive. He is an adjunct faculty member in the communications department of Lasell College.
Space is limited, sign up required.
Poetry Open Mic
Tuesday, November 27, 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. Stephen R. Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.
The featured poet for November is Lowell poet Michael Casey. He attended University of Massachusetts-Lowell, then the Lowell Technological Institute. Drafted the year of graduation, he became a military policeman in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and later in Landing Zone Bayonet, Vietnam with the Americal Division. A journal of his military experience became his book Obscenities, published in 1972. This first collection was chosen by Stanley Kunitz for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. These days he writes about Lowell and its suburbs. His book Millrat on blue collar work in a textile mill has been published by Adastra Press. The Loom Press of Lowell, Massachusetts published his new and selected poetry collection, There It Is in 2017.
No registration is required, however, space may be limited.
The Wednesday Book Group meets the second Wednesday night of the month from 7:00-8:00. All titles are available for check out at the Circulation Desk.
Wednesday, November 14 – Nightwoods by Charles Frazier
Wednesday, December 12 – A Room With a View by E.M. Forster
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-7:45 pm
The Library will be hosting a new Writers’ Group on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:45 pm. It will be an open group of writers who are currently working on writing projects. The purpose of the group is to meet to read and critique the writings of each group member. Each member is to be actively and regularly engaged in submitting their own work in progress for review, regularly reading the submissions of other members of the group, and regularly meeting in person to discuss their writings and the writings of the other group members. Writers in all genres are welcome to attend. This group is open to anyone who would like to participate and an individual must attend two consecutive meetings of the group to have their work critiqued. This group will be run and facilitated by volunteers.