“A library is a hospital for the mind.” – Anonymous

 

Browse the collection of books, large-print materials, magazines, newspapers, audio books, database resources, DVDs and music suitable for all ages and interests. All library programs are at Queset House, 51 Main St., Easton, unless listed otherwise. Free and open to all. For information: 508-238-2000, http://amesfreelibrary.org, info@amesfreelibrary.org.

 

Just Be – Mamas Unite: 2-3 p.m. Oct. 16. To all the mamas who are seeking a sacred space to connect, learn and build with one another. Come join us as we share, discuss and support breastfeeding, birth stories, baby wearing and the transition into motherhood. Feel free to bring your little ones! Register online at www.amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238- 2000, ext. 3.

 

Making Sterling Silver Jewelry – Concepts for Beginners: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 16 and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Have you always wanted to make sterling silver jewelry from scratch? Drop in and chat with Easton resident and long-time silver jewelry maker Burt Lewis! While there is no hands on training, Burt will gladly get you started with: information on tools and equipment needed; types of silver and other metals; soldering vs. wire wrapping; design, finish and polish; resources and suppliers. No appointment needed, drop by at any time.

 

Quilting Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 2-4 p.m. Oct. 17. The Ames Free Library Quilting Group meets on the second Monday of every month. The general format will allow for ideas, inspiration and quilt chatter.

 

AFL Book Club – “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City:” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Join us for a discussion of this month’s selected title, “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond. Synopsis: “Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as “wrenching and revelatory” (The Nation), “vivid and unsettling” (New York Review of Books), “Evicted” transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.”

 

Converting Slides & Negatives to Digital: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Pat will show you how to use the library’s simple scanner to help convert photo negatives to digital copies. By appointment only, please register online at http://amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238-2000, ext. 3.

 

The Queset Society – A Teen Writing Group: 3-4 p.m. Oct. 17. The Queset Writing Group is open to teenagers 13 and older who are interested in creative writing. Bring your work in progress and your imagination. No sign up required.

 

BC Crafting Group: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 17. We are a small crafting group that meets informally each week. We find things such as color and design are not craft specific, and most of us have interest in several areas. If you are looking for input, inspiration or just pleasant company, bring a project and join.

 

Zentangle Group: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Zentangle is a relaxing drawing method utilizing structured patterns to create beautiful images. Participants are encouraged to teach one pattern to the rest of the group, but if you don’t want to do this, and just want to learn new patterns or zentangle on your own in a group environment, that is fine. Please come join us anyway; no pressure, that’s the zentangle way! Debbie Adduci will teach one new pattern of this meditative and mindful drawing technique each meeting.

All materials will be provided by the library.

 

Demos with Dana: 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, at the Queset House. Register for a session with Dana to learn about: Facebook, selling on eBay, learning new skills through the videos on Lynda.com and using the library’s VHS to DVD converter. Each session is for one hour, registration is required. If you are interested in any of the topics, sign up for a session online at http://amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238-2000, ext. 3.

 

Women & Finance: 3-4 p.m. Oct. 18. Are you hesitant to jump into the world of online bill paying or banking?  Do you keep putting off setting up your 401k or IRA?  Does talk of risk tolerance or asset allocation make you uneasy?  Do you avoid financial planning because someone else in your household makes most of the financial decisions?  Sit down with Mary to talk about some basic financial concepts from a woman’s perspective. This is a discussion only and the goal is to make you more comfortable with finance and financial topics. Register at www.amesfreelibrary.org or call 508-238-2000, ext. 3

 

Web Coding for Teens: 6-7 p.m. Oct. 18, in the Teen Den. Ever wonder how a website works and want to learn how to build one yourself?  Come to the Teen Den for an introduction to coding and HTML.

 

Needleworker’s Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. On the first and third Wednesday of each month, come spend a couple of hours with like-minded stitchers and work on your current W.I.P (work in progress). Be inspired by others’ work and inspire others with yours. All skill levels encouraged to join!

 

TED Talk Thursdays: 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Expand your horizons with TED Talk Thursdays.  TED Talks are recorded presentations that last 20 minutes or less on a wide variety of topics, from science and technology to culture and arts. During each TED Talk Thursday, we will watch three TED talks on a common theme and discuss the talks. Books that expand on the TED Talk topics will be available for checkout.

 

Thursday Knitter’s Group: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. We are a group of fiber enthusiasts of all abilities who meet on the first and third Thursdays. If you can’t be there at 5:30, come when you can! Sit, stitch and enjoy great conversation! Hope you can join us!

 

AFL Book Club – “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City:” 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Join us for a discussion of this month’s selected title, “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond. Plot summary: In “Evicted,” Harvard sociologist and MacArthur ‘genius’ Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.”

 

Community Meditation: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 20. An open, peer-to-peer meditation sangha, where we will sit together for 30 minutes of meditation in a low key, supportive environment. Anyone with a meditation practice in any tradition is welcome. Facilitators are doubly welcome. Please bring a cushion for sitting.

 

LEGO Club: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Plenty of play space and Legos will be provided, just bring your imagination! For all ages, free and open to all. No unattended child drop-offs are allowed.

 

Easton Genealogy Club: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Stuck on a tough “puzzle” in your family tree? Join Ed Hands and the Easton Genealogy Club where you can use the Ames Free Library’s resources to solve the riddle. The Easton Genealogy Club meets the second Saturday of each month.

 

Teen Gaming: 1-4:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Play PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, board games or bring your own Magic: the Gathering cards! Open to all teens in grades six to 12. No registration required.

 

October Featured Artist at the AFL

On the Wall: Jane Ostlund

From Jane: “Having tried many art mediums, the one which caught my passion is watercolor with a secondary interest in pastels. I enjoy traveling the coast of New England searching for lighthouses. Watching kids at play also inspires me to pick up my brushes. How shadows play on buildings in the morning and evening light is fascinating. Looking at the world through a painter’s eye is a joy.”

Jane Ostlund, a resident of Easton for many years, recently relocated to Bridgewater.

 

In the Case: Mary Hunter, framed art made on Cape Cod with love.

From Mary: “Sea glass is one of Mother Nature’s simplest yet most alluring treasures. Wanting to showcase and share my collection of these gifts from the sea, I began Sea Glass Originals by Mary. These treasures inspired my heart to create art using hand-picked, unaltered sea glass. The shell placed in the corner of each frame is my signature. My hope is that my artwork brings you joy, the beauty and serenity of the ocean, and a taste of the beach I so love.”

Mary Hunter is a local artist and resident of Easton for 20 years.

 

Artists’ works are brought to you by the Artist on Display Program sponsored by the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.