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.
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm
Join us for a concert with folk duo Hungrytown. Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson met in New York City, where they had already been performing regularly. Their introduction to folk music came when a close friend entrusted to them her collection of 1960’s folk albums and her guitar. Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.
Spirituals to Hip Hop: the Social and Political Evolution of American Music
Monday, June 18, 6:00-8:00 pm
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.
Poetry Open Mic Night
Tuesday, May 29, 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. Wager, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.
David Surette will be the featured poet for May. He is the author of five collections: Wicked Hard, The Immaculate Conception Mothers’ Club, Young Gentlemen’s School, Easy to Keep, Hard to Keep In and Stable which was named an Honor Book at the 2005 Massachusetts Book Awards. Surette will be reading from his new book, Malden, selected and new poems about growing in his Malden, Massachusetts neighborhood of the 60’s and 70’s. He has been an instructor at the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference, a keynote speaker at New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, and a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writing Conference. He has featured at poetry venues across New England such as the Boston Poetry Slam, Tapestry of Voices, and The Poetry Hoot. He teaches and coaches varsity hockey at East Bridgewater Junior High School. He lives on Cape Cod.
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, June 13 – Talk Funny Girl by Roland Merullo
Wednesday, July 11 – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie