Amherst Lyceum: Is it Ever Right to Take a Life?
AMHERST – The first “Amherst Lyceum” was opened by a lecture from Dr. Amory Gale on December 29, 1834 in Amherst, NH. And, we are bringing this “educational” institution back to Amherst in 2018 with the Amherst Town Library program “Amherst Lyceum: Is it ever right to take a life?” scheduled for Monday, January 8 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Main Reading Room of the Library. The topic of the evening was inspired from a handwritten book in the Amherst Town Library’s Local History Collection that recorded the “questions” discussed at bi-monthly meetings by the Franklin Society (a literary society that met from 1807 to 1818 in Amherst). This presentation will focus on the essential question: “Is it ever right to take a life?”
We will begin the evening by tracing philosophical notions of the value of life and existence. The second portion of the Lyceum will allow us to unpack the western constitution of a “right.” The final component of the evening will be a discussion with the audience led by our student panel who will offer their insights on this important question and reflect on the two portions presented earlier. Students Kendyl Drum, Daria Dzen, Kate Eastland, Julia Kalinowski and Jeanmarie Leighton will present this work with Christopher Brooks, Souhegan High School teacher, as well as lead the student panel discussion at the end of the evening. As with last year’s Amherst Lyceum in January 2017, we hope to uniquely bring together generations of Amherst citizens in philosophical conversation of this very important and relevant topic in current times. This program is free, open to the public, and we welcome adults and teens to this event.
Registration for the Lyceum is REQUIRED due to space limitations. You can register for this event by calling 673-2288, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.”
“Fall Foliage” by Doug Philipon, Oil on Board
AMHERST – December 2 - January 15, The Friends of the Amherst Town Library will be exhibiting the diverse artwork of painter and photographer, Doug Philipon December 2 - January 15. The Public is invited to an Artist Reception on Sunday, December 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Amherst Town Library where you will have the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
Doug is a local artist who resides in Hollis, NH. He has had a passion for photography for the past 30 years and painting for the last 7 years under the direction of painter, Steve Previte. Doug considers himself primarily a landscape artist. He is also an avid photographer and often paints images that he has photographed.
Upon exploring his paintings you discover he is drawn to composition and color. Influenced by well known artist such as Edward Hopper, Aldro Hibbard, and Donald Mosher to name a few.
For more information or any questions about up coming exhibits or the artist please contact Christine Farris at FOLArts@icloud.com.
Laszlo Gardony Jazz Trio In Concert
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library begins the 13th year of its very popular Sundays at 4 Music Series on Sunday, January 14th with The Laszlo Gardony Jazz Trio performing “Cool as Nordic Ice, hot as the Mississippi sun: The melting pot of jazz” from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room of the Library. In this concert, acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony and his trio—John Lockwood (bass), Yoron Israel (drums)—celebrate the many musical sources that created and enriched jazz over its history, with the bandleader’s unique, heartfelt and joyful compositions, including music from Gardony’s critically acclaimed new solo piano CD, “Serious Play” (Sunnyside Records).
Laszlo Gardony has performed in 27 countries and released a dozen albums during his distinguished decades long career. Gardony has been featured with the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, and The Smithsonian Institute’s “Beyond Category” Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit. Laszlo lives in Boston where he is a professor of piano at Berklee College of Music. .
This event is free and open to the public. However, registration is REQUIRED due to space limitations. To register, please call 673-2288, email email@example.com or visit our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and select the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.” The Amherst Town Library is appreciative for the funding provided by the Friends of the Amherst Town Library for the 2018 music series, offering one Sunday concert in January, February, March and April. Come early and enjoy mingling with friends over a delightful spread of goodies and refreshments also provided by the Friends of the Amherst Town Library at all the Sundays at 4 concerts.
Device Advice: Bring Your New ‘Stuff’ or Try to Get Your Old ‘Stuff’ Working
AMHERST – The Amherst Town Library’s third program in its new series, Tech Tuesdays, is “Device Advice: Bring Your New ‘Stuff’ or Try to Get Your Old ‘Stuff’ Working,” on Tuesday, January 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Meeting Room. Presenter Jennifer Koerber, freelance writer, consultant, and trainer on technology in everyday life, brings her specialized expertise to create informative learning environments on all things tech. As Jennifer says, “I don’t just train people; I help them find the confidence to learn.”
Whether you have a new tablet or you are wondering if your old Wi-Fi picture frame is still good, tech trainer Jennifer Koerber can help answer your questions. Bring your fully charged device—and, if possible, the box it came in and any manuals—to this class and Jennifer will try to get you going. If you have an Apple or Google/Android gadget, make sure you know your Apple ID or Google account user name and password. [While Jennifer will do the best she can to answer your questions, some devices require being connected to a personal computer to be made fully operational, or may not be able to be “brought back.”]
Presenter Jennifer Koerber worked for 17 years at the Boston Public Library, and has written extensively for Library Journal on technology and public service in libraries. Delivering many trainings on technology and online life to the public and for staff development, she is also the co-author of Emerging Technologies: a Primer for Librarians (2015) and is author of a forthcoming book on library services to immigrants and new Americans. She earned her MSLIS from Simmons College. Jennifer is the Training Manager of the Alma Implementation Project at the Harvard University Libraries.
Following her Tech Tuesdays presentations, where registration is required, Jennifer is additionally offering a Drop-in help session for anyone having any tech related questions. The Drop-in sessions are scheduled from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., require no registration and can be viewed on our online calendar as “The Tech Consultant is IN!” The Drop-in session is located in the Johnson Meeting Room on the lower level of the Library.
Library programs are free and open to the public. Registration is REQUIRED for each Tech Tuesday presentation scheduled from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. You can register for these events by calling 673-2288, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our website at www.amherstlibrary.org and selecting the “Community Services” tab, then click on drop down “Sign-Up for Programs.” There is no registration needed for the 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Tech Consultant Drop-in sessions.
Everest the Hard Way/My Storm Years on Everest
AMHERST – Ed Webster, member of 7 Himalayan expeditions and author of the classic, Snow in the Kingdom, describes his early years of rock and ice climbing, leading to his first two expeditions to Mt. Everest in 1985 and 1986. The lecture culminates with his 1988 team's 'pure ascent' of a brand new route up Mt. Everest's Kangshung Face in Tibet. His small team made history on Mt. Everest--a first ascent climbed with no oxygen bottles, no Sherpa assistance, or radios...by an international team of 4 climbers.
Thursday January 18, 2018
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Adult Reading Room