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

Register Grades 3-4:

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.

 

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

Register Grades 3-4:

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.

 

Discuss Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs at Pages Through the Ages. Read the classic native American history by Dee Brown or watch the film version.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won.

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library. This meeting will be virtual, so please register.

Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 

 

 

 

Wounded Knee Massacre

Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Native American Culture

 

Interested in environmental issues or nature or science? Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Richard  Powers' 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning THE OVERSTORY. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

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

OVERSTORY is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Read Barbara Kingsolver's review.

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Wednesday, October 20 at 7PM

Komansky Room

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One of the biggest parenting dilemmas of all time is how to motivate kids to succeed and find happiness in a challenging world without pushing them too hard. Library Journal says, "Parents who are interested in the intersection of academic success and emotional wellness will find this book compelling."

Hendrie Davis Weisinger, Ph.D.is a licensed psychologist, a Marriage, Family, and Child counselor, blogger, and author of books on performing under pressure, motivation, emotional intelligence, giving and taking criticism,  and anger management.

Join Dr. Weisinger as he discusses his newly released  book, which will be available for purchase.

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM SEPTEMBER 10. IT IS NOW REMOTE ONLY.

Family Book Discussion with author Nora Baskin

Children in Grades 4-8 and their adult

In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks, author Nora Baskin will host a discussion that includes her book, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, and a note of hope.

This will be a remote-only discussion.  Nora will also incorporate a hands-on writing activity that may help family members process historic and disruptive events. Each registered family can come to the Library's Children's Desk and pick up a copy of the book.

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Nora Raleigh Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book-award winning author of Anything but Typical. She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her novel What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows. She has since written a number of novels for middle graders and teens, including The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah, The Summer Before Boys, and Ruby on the Outside. Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. Visit NoraBaskin.com.

Please visit our Understanding September 11, 2001 guide to find books and resources on helping children understand this event.

 

Discuss I, Claudius with Bruce McGuirk when Pages Through the Ages returns. Read the classic historical novel by Robert Graves or watch the series to learn more about ancient Rome. Scandals, family friction and a look at ancient historians writing history are all in this one!

For more about the book, read this review; you'll want to grab the book. Copies are available at the Westport Library.

This discussion will be virtual, please register to attend. 

Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 

 

 

History of the World

Ancient Mythology

Archaeology 101

Interested in environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science? Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Merlin Sheldrake's ENTANGLED LIFE: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person program.

When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave.
In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. Sheldrake’s vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to the fungi that range for miles underground and are the largest organisms on the planet, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the “Wood Wide Web,”  to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision.
Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and even help us remediate environmental disaster. By examining fungi on their own terms, Sheldrake reveals how these extraordinary organisms—and our relationships with them—are changing our understanding of how life works.

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Delia Owens' WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING. If the weather is nice, we will meet at Earthplace!

Delia Owens is the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. 

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. If the weather is accommodating, you will receive an email with details to meet at Earthplace. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Read a review from The New York Times or The Guardian 

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Grab some dinner and meet remotely to share books about cyborgs, robots, and robotics in general. Read any or all of the following: Science Comic's Robots & Drones, Mega Robo Bros by Neill Cameron, and One Trick Pony  by Nathan Hale. Books suggestions always welcome! Free. Registration required.

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Sy Montgomery's THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS. If the weather is nice, we will meet at Earthplace!

Another New York Times bestseller from the author of THE GOOD GOOD PIG, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. If the weather is accommodating, you will receive an email with details to meet at Earthplace. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Read a review from NPR or The Guardian 

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