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WinterFest Social

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Main Library
Entire Library

Once again, the library will host this popular community social and feature 3 different mini escape room challenges. This fun after-hours party is also tied into the One Book Chelmsford town-wide reading program. Enjoy delicious foods from local restaurants, music, and the company of your friends and neighbors. Our featured musical guest will be the Paul Speidel Band with jazz inspired by 1940s Wartime France - the setting of our One Book Chelmsford selection, The Nightingale.

Tickets are limited and will be available for purchase via our website or at the Main Library and the MacKay Branch beginning January 2nd. $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets will be limited to 400. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at the will-call table.

See the full Winterfest Chelmsford events list at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/winterfest.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Amici's biancos britishbeer brothers burtons carven chowderfactory evvivacucina Glenview javaroom Life Alive Madras Grill 110grill princetonstation radisson Rufina's Vinal Square Craft Beer House
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Friday Lecture - Historical Context of "The Nightingale"

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
French Resistance Meeting
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
Patrick Young presents: Gender Roles and Relationships During the Annees Noires ("The Dark Years").

This special Friday Lecture will consider the role of gender in determining French experiences and memories of World War II, as a way of providing context for Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.  It will, more specifically, address French women’s adaptations to conditions of foreign occupation, their involvement in Resistance activities, and their often-conflicted experiences of “Liberation” at the war’s end.  The talk will include photographs, film clips and novel/memoir excerpts representing women’s complex experiences of, and reflections upon, their wartime lives.  

Patrick Young is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, with specialization in Modern French and European History.  His main areas of research and teaching interest include the History of French Ruralism, French Colonial and Environmental History, the History of Tourism and Consumer Cultures, and War and Memory in Twentieth Century France.  His first book, Enacting Brittany: Tourism and Culture in Provincial France, was published in 2012 by Ashgate.  His second book was an edited collection entitled Place and Locality in Modern France, which was published in 2014 by Bloomsbury.  Patrick’s current research examines the colonial dynamics of mobility, nature and culture in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains during the period of the French Protectorate.  He also serves currently as North American Editor of Modern and Contemporary France, a UK-based journal of French Studies.  
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A Visit from author Kristin Hannah @ CHS PAC

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offsite
Chelmsford HS - Performing Arts Center
Join us at the Chelmsford High School Performing Arts Center for a visit from Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale, our OneBook Chelmsford selection. Ms. Hannah will be interviewed on stage by award winning journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan. The Andover Bookstore will be on-site selling books by both authors. Registration is recommended, but admission is FREE. You won't want to miss this extraordinary event!

The Performing Arts Center is located behind the High School at 200 Richardson Rd in North Chelmsford.  Parking can also be accessed by entering at Harrington Elementary at 120 Richardson Rd.
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A Survivor's Story with Dr. Anna Ornstein

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
At age 17, Ornstein and her mother were deported to Auschwitz from Hungary. Her father and two brothers died in the Holocaust. Her childhood sweetheart, Paul, survived a Hungarian forced labor camp. They found each other after the war, married and eventually had three children. After attending medical school in Heidelberg, Germany from 1946-1951 and completing their training at the University of Cincinnati, both Ornstein and her recently-deceased husband became giants in the field of psychoanalytic self-psychology. Self psychology, an offshoot of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, was the first large psychoanalytic movement recognizing empathy as an essential aspect of the therapeutic process of addressing human development and growth.

Dr. Anna Ornstein is an Auschwitz survivor, professor of child psychiatry at Harvard University, and professor emeritus of child psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Dr. Ornstein will have copies of her book "My Mother's Eyes: Holocaust Memories of a Young Girl" for sale after the program.
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Dinner with Eleanor Roosevelt

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
Join us for a special evening with Eleanor Roosevelt, Human Rights activist. Carol Cohen, educator and historian, will portray Roosevelt and then present an informative talk about Roosevelt's work as an activist and as one of the primary designers behind the United Nations. Don't miss this special evening with an inspirational woman as part of our One Book Chelmsford series. The audience will enjoy Ms. Roosevelt's favorite dessert, Pink Clouds on Angels!
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A Journey Through the Loire Valley and Normandy with the Travelling Librarian

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)

This program will focus on the lush valley of the Loire River in northern France, known for its many Renaissance era châteaux, gentle landscapes, and delicious white wines. We'll also stop at the dramatic medieval island abbey of Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most visited sites, as well as the coast of Normandy, with WWII era beaches and memorials, along with historic cities and English Channel seaside resorts where you can indulge your inner Marcel Proust and enjoy your fill of apples, cream, and Calvados.

About the Speaker:

Jeff Klapes has been Head of Reference Services at Wakefield’s Beebe Library for over 20 years, where he is also known as the “Traveling Librarian”. Having visited more than 50 countries and five continents over the years, he does frequent armchair travel presentations showcasing the history and culture of various places, using photography to capture people, scenery, and local details. From Iceland to Namibia, Laos to Oman, Jeff has visited many off-the-beaten path places, as well as more popular ports of call. And of course, as a librarian, he also reads voraciously about his destinations to learn about their culture, history, politics, literature, nature, and cuisine.

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How to make Homemade Cold Pressed Soap w/ Jennifer Hofmann

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
Come and to learn how to make cold-pressed soap from scratch for yourself or to give as gifts! Jennifer Hofmann of Jennifer's Handmade soap will demonstrate and describe the process equipment and ingredients needed, and attendees will walk away with a full packet of instructions and soap recipes to create from home. In the spirit of The Nightingale, let's learn some valuable crafting skills for homemade creations.
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Science Cafe: Navigating a Career as a Woman in a Male Dominated Science Field

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
McCarthy Meeting Room (whole room)
In this talk, I will speak about my experiences over the course of my life from a budding female undergraduate trainee researcher at the National University of Singapore, through my graduate career as a doctoral student at Rutgers University, followed by my experience as a post doctoral researcher at the Smithsonian and finally my experiences as a full time faculty in small colleges and large research universities. I will recount the challenges I faced throughout my career and what my experiences have taught me regarding the best way to deal with overt and covert sex discrimination at the work place. I will also speak about how my work life has influenced my social and family life and the challenges facing mothers in juggling work and family obligations. As a mother of 2 young daughters, I will finish by discussing some parenting ideas I have regarding how I can facilitate the intellectual and emotional development of my daughters into women who will have the confidence to navigate any male dominated career path they might choose.

Johanna Choo who is currently a Lecturer in the Biological Science Department of the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) since 2012 came to the United States in 1997 for her Doctoral studies at Rutgers University, NJ. Her research interests is in the biology of tropical fruits and the animals that feed on them. Her research interests has allowed her to conduct work in different tropical locales like Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Borneo, Gabon, Malaysia and Singapore. After completing her doctoral work, she worked for a year as a visiting professor at William Paterson University, NJ. She then joined the Smithsonian Natural History Museum for 2 years as a post doctoral researcher. Thereafter, she worked for 1 year as a visiting professor at King’s College, PA, 2 years as a lecturer at Penn State Harrisburg, PA and 1 year as a visiting professor at South Georgia College, GA before joining UML. At UML, Johanna taught introductory biology to Physical Therapy students and Biological lab techniques to Biology majors and she currently teaches introductory biology to Engineering students at UML.
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