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Earth Day Documentary – A Plastic Ocean

Earth Day Documentary – A Plastic Ocean
Monday, April 22, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Meeting Room


The Melrose Public Library and the Melrose Recycling Committee will present a free screening of the documentary film, A Plastic Ocean (2016, Not Rated).  The film is directed by Craig Leeson, Australian journalist, filmmaker, activist and adventurer.  What began as a project about finding the elusive blue whale, delves into an examination of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Craig and an international team of scientists and researchers travel to multiple locations and shed light on the levels of plastic pollution and the impacts felt worldwide.

The film will start promptly at 6:30 PM and be followed by a brief question and answer portion lead by the Melrose Recycling Committee.

Starting Saturday, April 6 at 10 AM sign up online or with a Library Staff Member to ensure a seat (781-665-2313).

This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Melrose Public Library.




The Author’s Corner with Juliette Fay

Melrose Public Library Presents:
The Author’s Corner with Juliette Fay
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM*
*Children’s Room closes early at 7PM!

Courtesy of Juliette Fay

Juliette Fay, author of The Tumbling Turner Sisters, returns to Melrose to talk about her latest book, City of Flickering Light. Juliette, described by Library Journal as “one of the best authors of women’s fiction” transports us back to the early days of Hollywood as three friends struggle to earn their places among the stars of the silent screen. It’s July 1921, “flickers” are all the rage, and Irene Van Beck has just jumped off a moving train to escape her brutal fate in a traveling burlesque show. When fellow dancer Millie Martin and comedian Henry Weiss leap after her, the three find their way to the bright lights of Hollywood with hopes of making it big in the burgeoning silent film industry.

Seating is limited; please sign up online or with a library staff member, 781-665-2313.

Dick Haley of Haley Booksellers will have books available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by The Friends of Melrose Public Library.

Call for Artists – Universe of Stories

Universe of Stories

The library is seeking Space (as defined by you – outer, inner, living, breathing, parking…you decide) related 2D artwork for display in our upcoming summer reading themed show, Universe of Stories. The exhibit will run from the middle of June to the middle of September.  Open to artists 18 years and older.  Preference will be given first to Melrose residents and then to artists with a Melrose connection.

Stop by the library for an application or download and print one here: Universe of Stories Artist Application

Any questions, please contact the Reference department at 781-665-2313. Applications are due May 24th.

MORE Community Read

MORE Community Read: Indigenous Peoples
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 PM – Meeting Room

The library is partnering with Melrose Organizes For Real Equality (MORE) for a community read!
There There by Tommy Orange is a work of fiction but rings heartbreakingly true as it
Cover of the book There There by Tommy Orangefollows twelve characters through their lives in the Oakland, CA area.  The author provides the reader with a clear window into the challenges of Native Americans in
today’s society.  Copies of the book are currently available at the Library.
Speakers Heather Leavell and Faries Gray will begin the evening with a presentation and Q&A period.  A resident of Melrose, Heather is a Native rights advocate and collaborator and a co-founder of Indigenous Peoples Day Melrose.  Faries Gray is Sagamore of the Massachusett tribe and serves as adviser to Indigenous Peoples Day Melrose.  A book discussion of There There will follow the speakers.
Seating is limited; sign up online or call the library to reserve your seat (781-665-2313).



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