By Dot Bergin
May will be another month filled with programs and events for all ages at the Library.
It’s Personal History Awareness Month and on Monday, May 5 at 7 pm, historians Leslie Wittman and Nancy Shohet West, along with photo organizer Philip Griffith, will tell you how best to capture your family’s history through a written memoir, personalized video documentary or a beautifully compiled photo book. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for doing this!
Taste buds at the ready! The Cookbook Club, meeting on Tuesday, May 6, will discuss Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi and sample a few dishes. The authors are chefs who grew up on opposite sides of the divided city, Tamimi in the Arab East, Ottolenghi in the Jewish West. The book’s recipes are traditional in Jerusalem, with influences from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish cooks of the city.
Not-your-mother’s-book club! Creative Connections: A Mixed Media Art & Discussion Group designed for patrons aged 18 and older, will meet on Monday, May 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to discuss The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger. Pick up a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk. The group will create cut piece collages.
TAG and Summer Reading Programs
For teens, the Wednesday afternoon calendar is packed throughout the month with a Harry Potter party on May 7, Origami Craft on the May 14 and a grand finale on May 21, the last day of TAG, with an outdoor “Hello Summer Party” with ice cream, games and more.
Megan Statza, Young Adult Librarian, has dreamed up a great summer reading program, “10 in 10, “ for middle and high school students, starting on June 18 and ending on August 20. A student who reads 10 books in 10 weeks will be eligible to win in a grand prize drawing for an iPad mini. There will also be a drawing every other week, for an ice cream coupon. Best part of this is, you do NOT need to be in Bedford for the summer in order to participate. If you go to summer camp or on vacation with family, you can do almost the entire program online.
Here’s how it works: write a short review for each book you read and submit the review either online or at the reference desk. You may sign up beginning June 1 at the Library Reference Desk or online. Questions? Contact Megan here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids’ Summer Reading Program and Special Events
Storytimes for younger children end the week of May 5-8 BUT an exciting, science-themed summer reading program has been developed by Bethany Klem, Children’s Librarian, and assistant Nancy Tegeler, starting at the end of June.
Summer fun kicks off on Monday, June 23 with Magic by Scott Jameson. There will be two shows, one at 4 pm for younger children and a second at 7 pm for older kids. A highlight of the summer will be a visit from Sciencetellers on Monday, July 28. Sciencetellers combines storytelling, comedy, and exciting science experiments into a dynamic and interactive learning experience. Watch The Citizen for more on the summer programs.
Movies in May
Moviegoers take note: thanks to the Friends of the Library, who provide funds for so many of the Library’s special programs, the Thursday night films in May are outstanding: On May 8, Inside Lllewyn Davis; on May 15, Philomena, on May 22, Frozen and on May 29, Nebraska. That’s a lineup of top drawer films, screened at 6:30 and yours for free.