Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing topics of environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science. This month's book is All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson.

Named one of the best books of the year by Smithsonian Magazine! There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial table. More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone.

This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. Reservations are suggested for this in-person event.
Copies of the book are available at the patron service desk at the Westport Library.

All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race—and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis. These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly, radically reshape society.

Intermixing essays with poetry and art, this book is both a balm and a guide for knowing and holding what has been done to the world, while bolstering our resolve never to give up on one another or our collective future. Curated by two climate leaders, the book is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save.

Read the Rolling Stone Magazine article

With essays and poems by: Emily Atkin • Xiye Bastida • Ellen Bass • Colette Pichon Battle • Jainey K. Bavishi • Janine Benyus • adrienne maree brown • Régine Clément • Abigail Dillen • Camille T. Dungy • Rhiana Gunn-Wright • Joy Harjo • Katharine Hayhoe • Mary Annaïse Heglar • Jane Hirshfield • Mary Anne Hitt • Ailish Hopper • Tara Houska, Zhaabowekwe • Emily N. Johnston • Joan Naviyuk Kane • Naomi Klein • Kate Knuth • Ada Limón • Louise Maher-Johnson • Kate Marvel • Gina McCarthy • Anne Haven McDonnell • Sarah Miller • Sherri Mitchell, Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset • Susanne C. Moser • Lynna Odel • Sharon Olds • Mary Oliver • Kate Orff • Jacqui Patterson • Leah Penniman • Catherine Pierce • Marge Piercy • Kendra Pierre-Louis • Varshini • Prakash • Janisse Ray • Christine E. Nieves Rodriguez • Favianna Rodriguez • Cameron Russell • Ash Sanders • Judith D. Schwartz • Patricia Smith • Emily Stengel • Sarah Stillman • Leah Cardamore Stokes • Amanda Sturgeon • Maggie Thomas • Heather McTeer Toney • Alexandria Villaseñor • Alice Walker • Amy Westervelt • Jane Zelikova

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing topics of environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science. This month's book is Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person event. Copies of the book are available at the patron service desk at the Westport Library.

What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose? A bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? Three hundred years ago, animals that broke the law would be assigned legal representation and put on trial. These days, as  New York Times  best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology.

Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and trespassing squirrels, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. When it comes to “problem” wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem—and the solution. Fascinating, witty, and humane, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.

“Nobody does weird science quite like [Mary Roach].” —Lexi Pandell, Wired

Read the New York Times review. 

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing topics of environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science. This month's book is The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination With the Most Mysterious Creature In the World by Patrik Svensson. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. Please watch the website for changes.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person event. Copies of the book are available at the patron service desk at the Westport Library.

One of TIME Magazine's "100 Must-Read Books of 2020," The Book of Eels is a memoir and a portrait of the unusual, misunderstood and captivating animal.

Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla. So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have been obsessed with what has become known as the “eel question”: Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don’t understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives. Blending memoir and nature writing at its best, Svensson’s journey to understand the eel becomes an exploration of the human condition that delves into overarching issues about our roots and destiny, both as humans and as animals, and, ultimately, how to handle the biggest question of all: death. The result is a gripping and slippery narrative that will surprise and enchant.

View a review from The New York Times.

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Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss Bill Bryson's One Summer: America, 1927 with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was tightening his grip on bootlegging. The first true “talking picture,” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed, forever changing the motion picture industry. One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.   Read the New York Times Review. 

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

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Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight.

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing topics of environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science. This month's book is Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. Please watch the website for changes.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person event. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, she arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat, and she and the crew set sail, traveling ever further from shore and safety. But as Franny’s history begins to unspool—a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime—it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds. When Franny's dark secrets catch up with her, how much is she willing to risk for one more chance at redemption?

Epic and intimate, heartbreaking and galvanizing, Charlotte McConaghy's Migrations is an ode to a disappearing world and a breathtaking page-turner about the possibility of hope against all odds.

View a review from The New York Times

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Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

The Ottoman Empire’s history has for centuries been distorted, misrepresented, and even suppressed in the West. Now Alan Mikhail presents a vitally needed recasting of Ottoman history, retelling the story of the Ottoman conquest of the world through the dramatic biography of Sultan Selim I (1470–1520). Drawing on previously unexamined sources from multiple languages, and with original maps and stunning illustrations, Mikhail’s game-changing account “challenges readers to recalibrate their sense of history” (Leslie Peirce)

A leading historian of his generation, Alan Mikhail, professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Yale University, has reforged our understandings of the past through his prize-winning books on the history of the Middle East.

Read a review. 

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January 24, 5:30-6:15 PM

The Children's Library

Free, Registration Required

This program is offered in person at the library or remote on Zoom.

Matilda, The BFG, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory--we have read and know about so many of Roald Dahl's books, but what do we know about the author?

Read his memoir and let's see if his experiences helped shaped his imaginative writing.

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Everyone who attends must wear a mask, including vaccinated patrons.

January 24, 4:30-5:15 PM

The Children's Library

Free, Registration Required

This program is in person at the library or remote on Zoom.

Everyone is probably familiar with Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Bob, but did you know about this book? Give it a try, and we'll get together to talk about it.

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Everyone who attends must wear a mask, including vaccinated patrons.

Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing topics of environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science. This month's book is The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy by Michael Mann & Tom Toles. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane. Please watch the website for changes.

Please register for a Zoom link for this virtual event. Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Westport Library.

The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that human activity has changed Earth's climate. Toles's cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann's expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two climate science crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books—and may even convert die-hard doubters to the side of sound science.

View a review from Skeptical Science. or The Guardian.

Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University. He is the author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Columbia, 2012) and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Tom Toles is the Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist of the Washington Post. He has a particular interest in climate change science and has worked consistently to advance understanding of this subject, including its political context, since the 1980s.

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Interested in environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science? Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person event. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. LAB GIRL is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, LAB GIRL vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

Read the New York Times review of LAB GIRL.

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Monday November 15

Grades 3 and 4:

5:00-5:45PM

Grades 5 and 6:

 6:00-7:00PM

Children's Library

Free; Registration Required

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Register Grades 5-6:

Bring in your favorite supernatural or horror book--graphic or narrative--to share. We will plan what genre to explore for our January meetup as it is different each month! This is an in-person program in the Children's Library.

COVID PRECAUTIONS:

All attendees must wear a mask.

 

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