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September 2023

Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

~50+ Job Seekers Networking Group - Create A LinkedIn Profile & Personal Branding

The Massachusetts Library Collaborative's 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, from 6pm to 8pm, via Zoom. If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you! Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking! 

October 2023

Monday, October 2, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Psychology Of America’s Culture War

Learn how you can bring your family and friends back to the dinner table for meaningful, civil discussions. Author Gail Sahar has been researching the effects of causal perceptions on political attitudes for over 30 years. Her research focuses on the links between political ideology, perceptions of the causes of social problems, blame, emotions, and attitudes toward controversial social issues, such as poverty, abortion, and terrorism. 

Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

 Gardens Of Scotland

Scotland is home to amazing public and private gardens. Enjoy an armchair tour of 15 very different gardens in Scotland -- from castles and historic estate properties in the Highlands to botanic gardens and intimate private edens.

Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Armchair Travel To Portugal

Visit Portugal. This road trip includes stops in the fantastical town of Sintra; to Coimbra, the oldest university town in Europe; to heady Porto quiet Evora, and luminous Lisbon. Discover why Portugal has become a favorite spot for many Americans to visit. 

 Friday, October 6, 2023, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

 Living Room Conversations: Peace Building in the United States

The US has in many ways always been a divided society, but what is causing fierce political, social and ethnic divides in the United States today? Hate crimes and hate groups are increasingly visible, and political leaders are using ethnic identity, socio-economic identity — and an “us v. them” mentality — to create fear and increase polarization. This increase in tribalism and ethnic protection (including Republican vs. Democrat as core identities), reflect core grievances at the heart of what drives violent conflict in many countries all over the world. How did we get here and what are the peacebuilding solutions for a country that has long been considered the world’s most stable democracy? 

 Thursday, October 5, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

 The Salem Witch Trials - Restoring Justice

Take a virtual tour of the Peabody Essex Museum's brand new exhibition -- "The Salem Witch Trials: Restoring Justice." Examine the extraordinary series of events in 1692-1693 that led to the deaths of 25 innocent women, men and children who were wrongfully convicted of crimes. More than 300 years later, the personal tragedies and grievous wrongs that occurred still provoke us to reflect and reckon with the experiences of those involved.

Friday, October 6, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Applicant Advocate: Interviewing Skills with Joyce Mandel

In this interactive role-playing workshop, you will learn how to prepare for an in-person interview and also a telephone interview. You will be asked the 15 most important interview questions and be advised on how to answer them. 

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 -7:00 pm

The Burning of the World: The Great Chicago Fire and the War for the City’s Soul

This enthralling account of one of the most infamous calamities in history tracks the path of the Great Chicago Fire and offers an eye-opening look at its aftermath, the people and forces behind the city’s reconstruction. 

Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Imaginary Worlds Of Jules Verne 

Celebrate Jules Verne, the French author who pioneered the science fiction genre. Best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travels long before air travel and submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been devised. He remains the second most translated author in the world (after Agatha Christie), and a writer whose remarkable imagination still sparks ours today.

Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

The Waiting List: All About Affordable Rental Housing (Hybrid & at the Center) 

Donna Cabana, of Valley Community Development, presents how to apply for affordable rental housing and how to maintain your spot on housing waitlists. She will discuss difficult housing applications and how to keep track of your applications. Call 413-587-1228 for link

Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 - 8:15 pm

 How To Find Elusive Ancestors

Learn how to use vital records, censuses, deeds, probate, poor house records, newspapers, cemetery records, and online resources -- and overcome false assumptions -- to discover an ancestor's parentage. 

Thursday, October 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Less Is More: The Inclusion of Small Game in Ancient Human Diets 

In modern complex societies, small animals are often considered too difficult for people to hunt without utilizing techniques involving traps. But what do we know about the role of smaller animals in the diets of ancient humans? Grace Veatch is a zooarchaeologist at the Smithsonian Institution and an expert in uncovering ancient human diets involving smaller animals.

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Boston's Statues - How & What A City Chooses To Remember

Boston's many statues provide insight into the city’s history and identity. These monuments are a part of the city’s cultural heritage and together form a rich tapestry of Boston’s past. Explore some of Boston’s most famous (and not so famous) statues to see what they tell us.

Friday, October 13, 11:00 am -12:30 pm

 Applicant Advocate: Cover Letters with Joyce Mandel

In this workshop, you learn how to write a professional cover letter and why cover letters are so important for your job search. 

 Tuesday, October 17, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

 Deprescribing: When Fewer Meds May Be Good For Your Health

Every medication comes with benefits and risks. Aging can increase those risks as we take more meds and our bodies change how we metabolize them. Join Dr. Vincent Vuong – clinical pharmacist and researcher – for a discussion about medication overload, prescribing cascades and how deprescribing might change your life for the better. He will also discuss how to talk with your providers about deprescribing and about deprescribing resources available to you. 

Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 - 8:15 pm

 The Musical Legacy Of Queen

Queen, inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, was formed in 1970 and became hugely successful incorporating various genres into their work, including progressive art rock, hard rock, heavy metal, vaudevillian music hall and pop rock. Journey with Freddie Mercury and the band through their early days in London to international stardom, from their anthem “We Are the Champions” to the complex harmonies of “Somebody to Love” to the pseudo-classical arrangement of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 

 Thursday, October 19, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

 Injury Prevention Series: Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Join us online to get a better understanding of hypertension. Learn the risks, symptoms, and strategies on how to prevent hypertension. 

 Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

 The Hidden History Of First Ladies

Discover the often unexamined but pivotal contributions of our first ladies -- from Dolley Madison and her vital role in preserving America’s early history to Eleanor Roosevelt's fight for civil rights to Jackie Kennedy and her preservation of the nation's capital. Led by A Tour of Her Own Mission, the first tourism company in Washington, D.C. to focus exclusively on women’s history, with a mission to elevate women’s stories into a more prominent place in American history and culture. )

 Wednesday, October 25, 7:00 - 8:15 pm

 First Ladies Fashions - Reflecting & Shaping National Politics & Culture, Then and Now

The wardrobes in the White House send a message. First Ladies have used fashion in a plethora of ways -- employing “sartorial diplomacy,” making political statements, helping define their time in the White House, championing American products and makers, or crafting a specific image -- and these clothing choices were not made on a whim. Explore some of America's both best known and often overlooked First Ladies and their important contributions to fashion and politics in the United States. 

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Shaken - Art That Rocked Audiences From The Renaissance To Today

The history of art is filled with stories of paintings and sculptures that ruffled feathers and riled audiences. Sometimes artists intended to make a splash and sometimes they unintentionally fell into controversy. Examine some of the biggest scandals in the art world in terms of audience reception, including works such as Donatello’s David, Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass, and Sargent’s famous Madame X. 

Thursday, October 26, 8:00 - 9:00 pm

The Pan Am Stewardess at War and Peace

Flying into active war zones in Vietnam, working in Cold War Moscow, and shepherding foreign dignitaries, American servicemen, and refugees around the world: few of the young women who became stewardesses on Pan American World Airways in the 1960s and 70s envisioned the true rigors of their glamorous job. Air and Space Museum.

Friday, October 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Trivia Night - Trick-or-Trivia: Cryptids, Creatures and Creepy-Crawlies 

Join us on Zoom to test your knowledge! This month's trivia night is Halloween-themed. Play solo or organize a team! For security purposes, participants' videos will be disabled, so no need to worry about having a working webcam to play. The ability to view slides on a screen is all you need for this fantastic trivia fun! )

Monday, October 30, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

A Look Back At King Kong - The 90th Anniversary

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, King Kong first roared its way into movie houses in 1933. Both technical achievement for its time and thought-provoking fable, it went on to become an iconic part of horror cinema that spawned a legacy and, to date, two remakes. Learn fun facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and cast and crew information about this classic and its remakes! )

Monday, October 30, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

The Race To Save Our Vanishing Birds

Author Anders Gyllenhaal will discuss his new book, A Wing and a Prayer: The Race to Save Our Vanishing Birds. Learn what’s being done to save birds in the midst of dramatic downturns in North American populations. Also examine the spiritual side of birds and how birding can strengthen your faith.