Adult Summer Reading 2019
“A Universe of Stories” is the theme of Melrose Public Library’s 2019 Adult Summer Reading Program. Explore the wonders of our universe by visiting the library this summer! Patrons are invited to try something new: learn new facts about space, read a new book, meet new people, explore art work made by local residents, and much more!
Please see a listing of our upcoming adult events below. All programs are free of charge. Due to limited seating, registration is required for all events.
Be sure to stop in at the library and enter our weekly, free raffles starting June 17, 2019. One winner will be drawn on each Friday through the end of the Summer Reading Program on Friday, August 9, 2019.
The Sputnik Years with Kelly Beatty
Monday, June 24, 2019 – 7:00 – 8:00 PM
When a Russian rocket lofted Sputnik 1 into orbit on October 4, 1957, the worldwide reaction was a mixture of awe and apprehension. The Space Age — and the Space Race — had begun. To an American public that had grown accustomed to our country’s growing global primacy, Sputnik’s launch was a traumatic wake-up call. This retrospective will explore the events leading up to Sputnik’s launch, the political fallout that led to America’s response (Explorer 1), the formation of NASA, and the crucial role that amateur astronomers played in tracking the first satellites.
Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you’ll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel.
Please note, seating is limited; sign up is required. Starting Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 AM, please sign up online to reserve a seat or call the Library and speak with a library staff member, 781-665-2313. This program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Melrose Public Library.
Reel Rockets: Blasting Off with the Movies
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 – 7:00 -8:00 PM
Join us for a fun, trivia-filled evening with Frank Mandosa, covering the galaxies of here and beyond as they have been showcased at the movies! We’ll learn about some of the earliest depictions of space in film, real-life events turned cinematic and those stories that take us to galaxies far, far away! Attendees can enter a free raffle for movie-themed door prizes!
A lifelong lover of film, Frank Mandosa teaches high school English and Film courses and he co-hosts the Stoughton Media Access Center (SMAC) cable show Reel Life. Interested in film? Follow Frank’s public film blog on Facebook at “Silver Screeners,” follow him on Twitter at @filmbuff1974, or visit his web site at www.frankmandosa.weebly.com.
Please note, seating is limited; sign up is required. Starting Wednesday, June 26 at 10:00 AM, please sign up online to reserve a seat or call the Library and speak with a library staff member, 781-665-2313.
Galaxy Rock Painting Workshop
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Learn how to create your own space-themed galaxy rock with the talented Melrosian, Amy Novit. Amy will walk participants step-by-step through the process of creating a galaxy-themed rock. All materials will be supplied, just bring your imagination!
Please note, seating is limited; sign up is required. Starting Wednesday, July 24 at 10:00 AM, please sign up online to reserve a seat or call the Library and speak with a library staff member, 781-665-2313.