Wish You Were Here ~ Murphy’s Excellent Adventure

Friends and families who visit the Bedford Free Public Library may have been wondering what Murphy the Turtle has been up to since the library closed on March 13th.

Murphy has definitely been wondering where all of his friends and admirers have gone since then!

Gallery Walk & Talk ~ ‘On Growing Up’ ~ At the Bedford Free Public Library on Sunday, February 9, from 4 to 5 pm

On Growing Up, the Art Steering Committee’s current show at the Bedford Free Public Library was curated by Bedford photographer Astrid Reischwitz. The exhibit features photographs by a pair of accomplished artists. Suzanne Révy and Tira Khan each photographed her children – Révy’s sons and Khan’s daughters.

Révy and Khan will lead visitors through the show and talk about their work during an artists’ reception in the library from 4 to 5 pm on Sunday afternoon, February 9.

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.

Friends of the Library Fall Booksale

Friday, September 20: 1-5 pm

Saturday, September 21:  10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, September 22:  1 – 4 pm

The Friends of the Bedford Library are holding a three day Fall Book Sale. The Book Sale is held rain or shine at the library located at 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, MA. Thanks to the huge quantity of quality book donations, there will be thousands of books offered in three different rooms, all well organized. Books include fiction such as romance, thrillers, science fiction, poetry, plays and classics plus DVDs and music CDs; children’s books; books for young adults; non-fiction books including art, cookbooks, foreign languages, business, history, science, textbooks, and much more. Proceeds from book sales help underwrite library programs and services, including lecture and film series, additions to the library collection, and museum passes.

Friends of the Library Fall Booksale

Friday, September 20: 1-5 pm

Saturday, September 21:  10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, September 22:  1 – 4 pm

The Friends of the Bedford Library are holding a three day Fall Book Sale. The Book Sale is held rain or shine at the library located at 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, MA. Thanks to the huge quantity of quality book donations, there will be thousands of books offered in three different rooms, all well organized. Books include fiction such as romance, thrillers, science fiction, poetry, plays and classics plus DVDs and music CDs; children’s books; books for young adults; non-fiction books including art, cookbooks, foreign languages, business, history, science, textbooks, and much more. Proceeds from book sales help underwrite library programs and services, including lecture and film series, additions to the library collection, and museum passes.

Friends of the Library Fall Booksale

Friday, September 20: 1-5 pm

Saturday, September 21:  10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, September 22:  1 – 4 pm

The Friends of the Bedford Library are holding a three day Fall Book Sale. The Book Sale is held rain or shine at the library located at 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, MA. Thanks to the huge quantity of quality book donations, there will be thousands of books offered in three different rooms, all well organized. Books include fiction such as romance, thrillers, science fiction, poetry, plays and classics plus DVDs and music CDs; children’s books; books for young adults; non-fiction books including art, cookbooks, foreign languages, business, history, science, textbooks, and much more. Proceeds from book sales help underwrite library programs and services, including lecture and film series, additions to the library collection, and museum passes.

Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library Spring Book Sale!

The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library will be holding their spring book sale from Friday, April 5 through Sunday April 7.  The hours for the sale are Friday, 1-5 pm, Saturday 10-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm. This year’s sale includes beautiful art books, cookbooks, vintage, and collectable books. The children’s section is filled with picture books, kids’ chapter books, early readers, and movie DVDs. A tremendous variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books will be offered, along with CDs, audio books, and movie DVDs. With thousands of items to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library Spring Book Sale!

The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library will be holding their spring book sale from Friday, April 5 through Sunday April 7.  The hours for the sale are Friday, 1-5 pm, Saturday 10-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm. This year’s sale includes beautiful art books, cookbooks, vintage, and collectable books. The children’s section is filled with picture books, kids’ chapter books, early readers, and movie DVDs. A tremendous variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books will be offered, along with CDs, audio books, and movie DVDs. With thousands of items to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library Spring Book Sale!

The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library will be holding their spring book sale from Friday, April 5 through Sunday April 7.  The hours for the sale are Friday, 1-5 pm, Saturday 10-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm. This year’s sale includes beautiful art books, cookbooks, vintage, and collectable books. The children’s section is filled with picture books, kids’ chapter books, early readers, and movie DVDs. A tremendous variety of adult fiction and non-fiction books will be offered, along with CDs, audio books, and movie DVDs. With thousands of items to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Cookbook Club with Liz Barbour of ‘The Creative Feast’

Liz will be demonstrating recipes from Joshua McFadden’s Six Seasons. In Six Seasons, McFadden channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons. Each chapter begins with recipes featuring raw vegetables at the start of their season. As weeks progress, McFadden turns up the heat—grilling and steaming, then moving on to sautés, pan roasts, braises, and stews. His ingenuity is on display in 225 revelatory recipes that celebrate flavor at its peak.

Winter Lecture Series with Professor Dan Breen

The Hundred Years War: A Century of Native American Resistance 1790-1890

Professor Dan Breen will present a lecture series on the American Indian wars of the 19th century.  Most Americans have some awareness of the disastrous effects of advancing white settlement on the indigenous peoples of the Americas, but the persistence and determination of native American attempts to slow or halt that advance are less well known.  We will try to tell the story of some examples of that resistance, beginning with the Ohio campaigns of the 1790s and ending with the Apache War of the 1880s. The six session series begins on Sunday January 27th at 2 pm in the library meeting room.  The lectures continue on Sundays into March.  (February 3rd, 10th, 24th, March 3rd, 10th) . DETAIL ADDED ON JANUARY 28:

FEB. 3  Part II: The Second Seminole War (1835-1842)
Rather than agree to removal to Oklahoma, Florida’s Seminoles wage a seven year war with the United States. Using brilliant guerrilla tactics, and led by the great Osceola, who was defeated only by treachery, they managed to hold their own against an army that outnumbered them by a factor of 10:1.

Exhibition “Impressions of Nature”

“Impressions of Nature”, a two person show with monoprints by Lonnie Harvey and photographs by Amy Rindskopf, is on display at the Bedford Free Public Library from January 10 to March 13, 2019. A reception for the artists will be on Sunday, January, 13, 5-6 PM. Free and open to the public.

Visit the Bedford Flag!

May is “Hidden Treasures” month in Massachusetts, sponsored by “Freedom’s Way” and the National Park Service. Bedford is joining the celebration by featuring its iconic Bedford Flag. Town Historian Sharon McDonald will tell its story. Drop by the Flag Mezzanine in the Bedford Free Public Library any time between 10 and 12, and bring your questions. It’s FREE!