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New Literacy Workshops- October & November {various times}

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News Literacy Workshops

Central Library in Copley Square

Tuesdays & Thursdays

through December 19

BPL Computer Classroom

How well do you really know your news? Learn how to analyze news and fact-check for fairness, bias, and reliability. Examine how how our current ‘information revolution’ has shaped history. Join the staff of the Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center for this series of workshops developed by Stony Brook University. Drop-ins welcome - no registration necessary.

Register for Map Making

Map Making 101

Central Library in Copley Square

October 7 & 21, November 4 & 25

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Community Learning Center - Mezzanine

Make cool maps! Work on your cartographic skills, guided by staff from the Leventhal Map and Education Center. Participants should be comfortable with internet browsers and spreadsheets. No mapmaking experience is necessary.

Living Room Talks: Climate Change

Central Library in Copley Square

October 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Engage in friendly, meaningful conversation with fellow citizens at this lightly-facilitated BPL discussion group. Conversation is geared to increase understanding, reveal common ground, and even discuss possible solutions.

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Staff Picks: October

Book Recommendations

from the BPL's

Reader Services and Collection Development Department

This month's topics include a book about a girl who is saved by bees, plus the history of she-punks, ebola outbreaks, and the rainbow flag. Some fresh-but-still-haunted tomes are included as well to keep you in the Halloween spirit!

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Want more recommendations?

Have a Librarian help you find your next great read, and/or use Shelf-Service!

Author Talks

Writing in Another Language

Wiebke von Carolsfeld, author of Claremont & Jean Kwok, author of Searching for Sylvie Lee

Central Library in Copley Square - Rabb Hall

October 10, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

New York Times best-selling author Jean Kwok, and debut novelist, and award-winning screenwriter/director Wiebke von Carolsfeld both write in a language other than their native tongue. The two writers will discuss their latest works, the challenges of writing in their non-native language, and their thoughts on writing in today's world.

Farah Pandith in conversation with WGBH's Phillip Martin

Central Library in Copley Square - Commonwealth Salon

October 28, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Author, foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat. Farah Pandith brings bold insights and hope explaining how America and its allies can defeat Musilm extremism and help Muslim youth to build a safer, more stable world.

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Six Locked Doors: The Legacy of Cocoanut Grove

Q&A w/ Director Zachary Graves-Miller

Central Library in Copley Square - Rabb Hall

October 21, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The story behind the deadliest nightclub fire in American history - which occurred in 1942 in Boston’s Bay Village - is explored in this documentary. Director Zachary Graves-Miller joins us for a Q&A after the film.

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Marathon 2020: Join Team BPL

Help Raise Funds for the BPL's

After School Education Programs

Team BPL needs you!

Whether you have a bib or need a bib, the BPL wants you to cross the finish line with us in the 2020 Boston Marathon!

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Around the BPL

Faroles Lantern Making Workshop

Connolly Branch Library, Jamaica Plain

October 29, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join La Piñata in learning the history behind these lanterns often used during Día de los Muertos. Participants will create their own lantern out of recycled materials and will learn about Latin American history through storytelling and folk music.

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Grove Hall Film Festival

Grove Hall Branch Library, Dorchester

"Dawnland" + Q&A with filmmaker Adam Mazo and Massachusetts Tribal Member Dr. Elizabeth Solomon

October 19th, 2019 at 1 p.m.

The untold narrative of Native American families destroyed through State-assisted Indigenous-child removal. The film bears witness to intimate moments of truth-telling amongst the tribal communities of Maine, charting Native peoples' search for justice and renewal.

"In Their Shoes" + Q&A with filmmakers Stephen Kennedy Smith & James Wahlberg, the film's subjects, and City Councilor Andrea Campbell

October 24th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Meet the men whose lives intersect in a prison reentry and addiction recovery creative writing program. Learn, from their own words, what lead them to commit their crimes, and witness the complexity of their ongoing stories on the outside.

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