Film: Batkid Begins, December 10

On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5-year-old cancer patient his wish. The documentary “Batkid Begins” looks at the “why” of this flash phenomenon. Why did the intense outpouring of spontaneous support for a child reverberate around the world and become one of the biggest “good news stories” ever? The film explores what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral, and reveals surprising truths about what happens when a nerve is touched in our digital society. Will Make-A-Wish fulfill its mission to help Miles reclaim his childhood after battling disease for more than half his short life? In the end, the film leaves audiences to decide; did Miles need the world for inspiration? Or did the world need Miles?

Monday December 10 at 1PM.

Final Saturday Book Sale December 15

Books make great gifts! Stock up for yourself or for giving.

Saturday Book Sales run every Saturday until December 15. The Book Sale room will be open from 10AM-1PM on the lower level of the library.

We have thousands of gently used books on all subjects. Prices range from $.25-$2.00.

We are adding new items every week, you never know what you’ll find!

Bunch of Crocks Book Group meets December 17

“That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist.”

And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life’s journey in Richard Morais’s charming novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.

Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais—that of the famous chef Madame Mallory—and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures.

Date:
Monday Dec 17, 2018
Time:
12:30 PM  –  1:30 PM
Location:
Androscoggin Community Room

Pickwick Club meets December 15

Join the Pickwick Club, Maine’s only group for Dickens and his contemporaries, for a discussion of the second volume of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. This novel was in the year 1854 at a time when social novels were at the forefront. Charles Dickens had just completed Hard Times, his serialised account of life in a northern mill-town. The very next story published in his Household Words magazine was also set in the “smoky, dirty” north – except, this time, the injustices of working life weren’t chronicled by an appalled visitor but by someone who lived in Manchester, Elizabeth Gaskell.

Whether this made for a more authentic novel is moot. Undeniably, Gaskell’s sympathies were with the poor: North and South‘s central concept is the gradual realisation of haughty, scornful southerner Margaret Hale that there is a beauty to the “vulgarity of shop people”. There’s also a clever balance to North and South, a certain acknowledgment of the middle-class manufacturers who raise themselves “into the power and position of a master by [their] own exertions”.

Date:
Saturday Dec 15, 2018
Time:
12:30 PM  –  2:30 PM

Movie: Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Dec. 3

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

Date:

Monday Dec 3, 2018
Time:
1:00 PM  –  2:30 PM
Location:
Androscoggin Community Room

Fall Reading Challenge entries due Nov. 19

Due to the snow storm, the deadline for entries in the Fall Reading Challenge has been extended to Nov. 19. You can also drop off entries in the book drop when we are closed!

It’s time to turn in your entries for the Fall Reading Challenge! Remember, you do not need to read in all the categories to enter. There will be a drawing for all entries with all categories completed, and another for all entries with at least four categories completed.

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