Zoom Family Storytime
Tuesday July 21, 2020 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Ages 3 and up, younger siblings welcome.
Our family storytimes are for the entire family to enjoy. We begin every session with a welcoming routine. We follow that with a simple story targeted primarily to the younger siblings in the group (but still plenty of fun for the older ones!).
After that, we'll move on to stories that require a little more focus. If your youngest children are getting 'antsy' at that point, you are welcome to bring them out to play in the main room, making sure to come back to join us for the concluding routines and craft at the end of each program.
Engineer a Fairytale -- Virtual S.T.E.A.M. Program
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM For kids ages 5-11, registration required.
This program consists of 5 separate videos, each highlighting a particular 'problem' which you can solve using the ideas and materials provided. The videos can be watched separately, or you can 'binge-watch' them all at once---it's up to you!
Simply register for the program, and on Tuesday, July 21, we will email you the link to the private YouTube videos the museum has produced. Also, beginning Tuesday, July 21, a bag of materials for each registrant will be available for pick up here at the library (Look for the one with your name on it!). Once you have your materials and your video links, you'll be ready to go---you can view the videos any time that is convenient for you. We hope you have fun with this great hands-on program!
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive storms in American History, causing more than 600 deaths and $400 million in property damages. Join us for this illustrated talk to discover why this storm was so unique, how the element of surprise played to its advantage, and how it earned it the nickname 'The Long Island Express.'
Presenter Michael Maler is the Metro-Boston Regional Site Administrator for Historic New England, overseeing the daily operations of eight of the organization's thirty eight historic sites. He holds a degree in art history from Duke University and a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University, where he currently assists with graduate level teaching. He is an active member of the New England Museum Association, The American Association for State and Local History, and the Downtown Boston House Museum Alliance.
Quack or Fact? (virtual program)
Thursday August 6, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Was there scientific basis behind 'quacky' colonial cures?
The history of medicine is filled with stories of strange tonics, outlandish remedies, and curious 'cures.' Toads, snails, mashed potatoes, mandrake, and bear grease were commonly prescribed. While some of these ingredients sound crazy, there's logic behind many of them! For instance, snake oil hasn't always been just a euphemism for quack medical treatments. For centuries, oil from the Chinese water snake was an actual treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine to relieve joint pain. Today, we know that snakes are a rich source of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid containing anti-inflammatory properties.
Join Ehris and Velya for a funny and factual exploration of colonial 'quackery.'
History should never be boring!