Aspects of the Short Story with Bill Ziegler *POSTPONED – DATE TBD*
Thursday, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:30 – noon.
Bill Ziegler will again lead his popular four-part series of short stories on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Participants read and discuss a variety of short stories that illustrate the characteristics of the genre and provide a basis for critical evaluation. The stories will be available at the circulation desk before the seminar begins. Advance registration is required.
Children’s Beginner Chess
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get beginner chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, new players will learn: the history and rules of the game; basic checkmate themes and patterns; basic strategy and tactics. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. Registration filled.
The Hobbit: The Game
Thursday, March 28, 4 – 5 p.m.
Saddle your pony and sharpen your battleaxe — it’s time for tabletop adventure! Armed with imaginations as large as Middle Earth, participants will play the parts of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield or one of the dozen dwarves in pencil-and-paper role play action. Reenact the journeys of Bilbo and company, or go ‘off-map’ entirely and blaze your own trail. Add in Bombur-sized snacks and you have all the ingredients for a tale that the bards will tell for an Age. Just remember to steer clear of cobwebs, and if a troll asks you to stay for lunch, say “no!” Grades 4-6 with a caregiver in the building. Registration required. Sponsored by the Coyle Family Young Readers Fund.
Children’s Advanced Chess
Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, March 28, 5 – 6 p.m.
Children in grades 1-7 will get advanced chess instruction from Christopher Potts, an instructor, tournament player and US Chess Federation certified tournament director. In this program, advanced players will: review the basics; learn more advanced strategy and tactics; learn optimal opening and endgame play; gain an appreciation for the vital importance of making and carrying out sound plans. Time will be provided for students to play games and put the classroom lessons into practice. Program fee is $80 per student for all eight meetings. Registration filled.
Author Talk: Margot Berwin – The Scent of Darkness: POSTPONED (NEW DATE TBA)
Thursday, March 28 , 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Bestselling author Margot Berwin discusses her latest novel, The Scent of Darkness – a magical, seductive novel about the power of scent and what happens when a perfume renders a young woman irresistible to everyone around her. “A bewitching, wildly imaginative novel steeped in the mythology of perfume, Scent of Darkness seduces the reader’s every sense.” Margot Berwin is the author of the best-selling novel, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. She earned her MFA from the New School in 2005 and lives in New York City. Books will be available for purchase and signing.