Library Book Discussion @the COA

Leadership in Turbulent Times

by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In our own turbulent times, presidential leadership its qualities, requirements, and outcomes has become an important concern. While presidential historian Goodwin (The Bully Pulpit, 2013) does not address the present situation in this beautifully written meditation on the topic, her assessment of four respected presidents’ abilities as leaders cannot help but contribute to current debates. Goodwin considers Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and Lyndon Johnson, all subjects of her previous work, in a three-part inquiry that begins with discussion of each president’s formative experiences and early public life, moves to a life-altering crisis for each man and its impact on his trajectory, and, finally, focuses on an episode during that man’s time in office that illustrates his particular approach to leadership under difficult conditions. Goodwin offers no single template for presidential leadership, concluding that the successes of these men reflected unique convergences of the individual, his context, and the crisis at hand.

On Growing Up ~ In the Library Gallery through March 11

On Growing Up, a new show with work by Tira Khan and Suzanne Revy will be on display in the gallery at the Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way, through March 11, 2019.

Please join an artist-led Gallery Walk and reception from 4 to 5 pm on Sunday, February 9.

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, December 7:  1 – 4 pm
Sunday, December 8:  1 – 4 pm
Choose from fiction and non-fiction books in great condition across all genres.  The sale also includes many holiday themed books.  These make great gifts at especially great prices.  Prices range from $.50 to $2.00 unless otherwise marked.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library to support children, teen and adult programming as well as acquisitions for the Library.  We hope to see you there.  No scanners are permitted during the Holiday Book Sale.

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

Saturday, December 7:  1 – 4 pm
Sunday, December 8:  1 – 4 pm
Choose from fiction and non-fiction books in great condition across all genres.  The sale also includes many holiday themed books.  These make great gifts at especially great prices.  Prices range from $.50 to $2.00 unless otherwise marked.  All proceeds go to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library to support children, teen and adult programming as well as acquisitions for the Library.  We hope to see you there.  No scanners are permitted during the Holiday Book Sale.

Three Printmakers, Three Friends: A Journey in Art and Friendship

Anita Feld, Maria Green, and Doris Smith have made art prints together for several years. They have studied printmaking at the DeCordova Museum, Middlesex Community College, and at the Maud Morgan Center for the Arts as well as taking other printmaking workshops in the area.

Call For Artists’ Entries: Bedford Free Public Library’s 2019–2020 Biennial Community Art Show

The Library’s Biennial is a juried exhibit of art by people who live or work in the Bedford area. Art and craft in all media are eligible. The show will be on display from Monday, November 18, 2019, to Wednesday, January 8, 2020. A reception honoring the artists will take place from 5 to 6 pm on Saturday, November 23.