MILFORD — The Milford Town Library, 80 Spruce St., announced its upcoming programs.

Paul Speidel, Jazzin’ the Blues

Join the Friends of the Milford Town Library at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 as they present Paul Speidel Jazzin’ the Blues. Paul Speidel is a recognized name in the Boston area both as a professional musician and respected guitar instructor. Paul will be appearing as a solo jazz guitarist performing both a concert and historical experience taking listeners through several representative pieces of music from the 20th century, bringing them right up to the present with examples of the Blues origins in — not just Jazz, but also Latin, soul, and a little rock ‘n’ roll. Paul has performed in major clubs in the Greater Boston area, such as Scullers, Ryles, Johnny D’s, Acton Jazz Café and many others. This special evening of music will be brought to Milford area residents free and open to the public by the Friends of the Milford Town Library.

Books with Beane

The Milford Town Library will offer a program to all children who read on their own. Come read to Beane, a gentle Golden Retriever who visits the library a few times a month with his wonderful handler, Darlene. Dogs make excellent reading companions for children working on their reading aloud skills. Studies show that students can improve their skills through the non-judgmental and relaxing time spent reading to gentle and furry friends. Beane will be here from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5. Reading sessions are 15 minutes each and registration is required. Contact the Youth Services Department at 508-473-2145, ext 216, or email milchil@cwmars.org.

Jennifer D’Orsay, Photographs

Delightful nature, still life and landscape photographs by Jennifer D’Orsay will be on exhibit behind the Information Desk for the month of September.

Jennifer is a 24-year-old veterinary technician student who has a passion for photography. She started taking photos on her own in high school and pursued coursework in college to learn more photography techniques. Several members of Jennifer’s family are artistically talented in photography, sketching and painting. Her favorite types of photos to capture are nature and animals. She is honored to be able to share what she enjoys doing so much. Do come in and take a look at these lovely photographs.

Cookbook Club

On Sept. 11, the Cookbook Club enjoyed dishes from Everyday Dorie, by Dorie Greenspan of New York Times Magazine fame. The selection was varied. In October, the club will meet on Oct. 9in the Children’s Program Room and enjoy food from “The Pollan Family Table Cookbook” written by three women members of Michael Pollan’s family. Michael, as many know is the author of bestselling books that have changed the culture and the way all think about food. Copies for club members may be picked up and checked out at the Circulation Desk. The library requests Cookbook Club members to select a recipe from the chosen cookbook and email their choice to mfbest@cwmars.org. The library wants to avoid duplication of food. New members are joining monthly, and the club looks forward to seeing a few more. Water, plates and flatware will be provided. Interested? Call or email Mary Frances at the library at 508-473-2145, ext., 219 or mfbest@cwmars.org.

Oil Painting Exhibit 2019

The Milford Town Library Atelier Artists invite the public to view their 2019 Oil Painting Exhibit showing at the Milford Town Library throughout October. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Children’s Program Room. This free reception includes refreshments and door prizes donated by local businesses and eateries.

Under the direction of Sal Ferreira, the Atelier Artists are a community of artists who paint together and offer support, encouragement and inspiration to each other. Exhibiting artists include Angelo Falcone, Anne Berard, Arlene Person, Carolyn Waters, Charles Abrahamson, Claudia Iaocobbo, Don Rose, Glen Peterson, Irene Pagnini, Janice Rodriguez, Karen Leblanc, Kathleen Aghajanian, Lori Lamont, Maggie Budd, Patricia Peterson, Sal Ferreira, Sara Wheeler, Vas Ferreira, Verne Thayer, and Walda Vasile. This exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Milford Town Library and includes individual artistic interpretations of the moon, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Moon paintings will be shown behind the reference desk.

New in genre titles

First up, the library has a weird one. Helen Phillips’ “The Need” joins the ranks of novels containing possibly fantastical elements, but which could also be on the shortlists for literary prizes. Phillips’ writing is lovely, but disturbing, and her work has appeared on the New York Times Notable Books list. This time around, Phillips explores the ramifications of motherhood, in a speculative thriller about Molly, a mother at home with her two children, and the intruder who knows too much; who knows, as Molly thinks, “the infinite blackmail material we all have on ourselves.”

Second, another not-a-genre title that will appeal to genre readers and mainstream fiction readers alike. Containing some dystopian elements — but very much a plausible narrative — Joanne Ramos’ “The Farm” is what Gary Shteyngart has called “the page-turner about immigrants chasing what’s left of the American dream.” This is the story of Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, and her search for a better life. She’s chosen to go to Golden Oaks, a luxury retreat for surrogate mothers. While there, Jane will be cut off from the outside world for nine months. She’ll devote herself to producing an ideal child. Upon delivery, she’ll be handsomely compensated—leave, and she’ll forfeit the staggering amount of money that could make all the difference for her own family.

Next, “The Last” by Hanna Jameson is a straight-up what-if thriller about a businessman staying at an isolated hotel with only a few other guests when he receives the push notification: There’s been a nuclear attack on Washington. Now he wishes he’d answered that last text from his wife. Two months later, the hotel houses only 20 survivors, including the businessman, and among them may be a murderer.

The library has a more straightforward futuristic thriller in “Sweet Dreams” by Tricia Sullivan. Dreamhacker Charlie can enter other people’s dreams and change them (remember Dreamscape? Like that!), but her new celebrity client delivers a whole host of problems. This is fast-paced, action-packed, and fun.

Those who prefer a read that’s near-future high-adrenaline — look, it has all the great hyphenated descriptors, it’s a Daniel Suarez thriller. “Delta-V” is about a bunch of recruits from varied backgrounds (the protagonist is a cave diver) hired by an eccentric billionaire to form a crack team of deep space miners on a nearby asteroid. Instead of the asteroid signaling the end of humanity, as in the movie Armageddon, this asteroid promises to be the next frontier of human expansion. High-risk, high-reward hijinks ensue.

Center Book Group

The Center Book Group will discuss “The Mother-in-Law” by Sally Hepworth at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Milford Senior Center.

Hepworth’s emotionally astute novel will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty, Ruth Ware and A.J. Finn. The titular mother-in-law Diana is dead, ostensibly by suicide to save her family from cancer that isn’t found in the autopsy. Poison is, however.

Diana’s son Ollie and her daughter Nettie and their respective spouses Lucy and Patrick, her widower Tom, and many in the community come under scrutiny. Hepworth, author of The Family Next Door and The Things We Keep, keeps the pages turning and the suspense mounting in The Mother-in-Law.

Newcomers are always welcome to join The Center Book Group. To reserve a copy, call the information desk at 508-473-2145, ext 2.

Contemporary Book Group

Join the Contemporary Book Group at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 when they meet in the Curran Historical Room to discuss “Virgil Wander” by Leif Enger.

The first novel in 10 years from award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger, “Virgil Wander” follows the inhabitants of a Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. This enchanting and timeless American story is fast-paced, humorous and mystical, it’s so easy and so powerful all at once and the characters are instantly real.

For more information about the Contemporary Book Group or to reserve a copy of Virgil Wander, please call Shelley at 508-473-2145, ext. 247, or email ssgammat@cwmars.org.

Historical Milford: Which Congregational Church?

The First Congregational Church currently located on Congress Street (next to the Post Office) is Milford’s oldest church, pre-dating the town’s incorporation in 1780. It’s a gorgeous example of New England church architecture and impossible to miss. Its services continue to this day.

Not so for the Swedish Congregational Church which had a shorter lifespan. The earliest meetings to meet the spiritual needs of Swedish immigrants who came to Milford to work as stonecutters in the granite quarries began about 1907 on Main St in Grace Church Hall. Later, a small but cozy church on Grant Street was built in 1912 and continued services until the early 1970s with the sale of the building. The faithful moved on to Hopkinton and became the Community Covenant Church.

Ironically, the Swedish Congregational Church members were of the Lutheran faith. The Congregational association came from a grant of $500 given by the Rev. Dr. Warfield.

The 1619 Story

In mid-August, the New York Times published a special addition to its Sunday, Aug. 18 edition of the paper. Titled “The 1619 Project,” this special section has the goal of reframing American history, making explicit how slavery is the foundation on which this country is built.

Four hundred years after enslaved Africans were first brought to Virginia, most Americans still don’t know the full story. The Times states their hope is to paint a fuller picture of the institution that shaped our nation.

A copy of this special section of the Sunday, Aug. 18 issue of the New York Times is available at the reference desk of the Milford Town Library for anyone who would like to read it.

It cannot be checked out, but read in the library. If interested in looking at this historical document, just ask a Reference Librarian.

Hopkinton Arts Center, free passes

Beginning in September, the Hopkinton Center for the Arts is offering Milford Town Library patrons free passes to its Children’s Entertainment Series, Classical Music Series, monthly Open Mic Series and monthly Jazz Jam.

The center’s mission is to cultivate an inclusive and vibrant community committed to the exploration and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts. They created their new Art Pass Program.

Library patrons can pick up free passes at the reference desk and bring them to Hopkinton Center for the Arts for the Open Mic and Jazz Jam or use the code provided online for the classical or Children’s series. For more information, call 508-473-2145, ext 2.

Halloween is approaching

October is Halloween month. Forget about leaf-peeping, or raking, and just get ready for the most exciting holiday of the year. To celebrate this exciting time, the Round Table near the circulation desk will display a selection of Halloween themed books, DVDs and other items. Stop by and pick up something to make Halloween even more fun.

ESL Classes

The fall semester of free drop-in classes for adults who want to improve their English listening and speaking skills continue to be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the ESL Room. A new addition to the schedule is the 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday Grammar Group.

Calendars are available at the circulation and information desks at the library as well as online at the library’s website, www.milfordtownlibrary.org.

Child care is not provided and children may not be left unattended at the library, so make arrangements for child care.

Citizenship Classes

Citizenship Classes, offered by Catholic Charities, will continue from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. Enrollment is open and rolling. Classes are free, but the text costs $30.

Volunteers needed for tax preparation

Tax-Aide, a partnership between the IRS and the AARP Foundation, needs volunteer counselors to help low- and moderate-income persons in our community prepare their federal and Massachusetts income taxes. Additional positions for site greeters are also available.

Last year over 4,700 returns were prepared at 41 sites around Worcester County. Nationally almost 3 million taxpayers avail themselves of Tax-Aide services. At the Milford Town Library, AARP Tax Assistants helped 177 senior citizens and low- to moderate-income persons with their state and federal tax returns. This is a very important service provided to communities.

Volunteers work four to six hours per week for the eleven weeks during tax preparation season — Fe.b 1 to April 15. Training for volunteer preparers will be on three Saturdays in December. Internet access and basic computer skills are necessary. For an application and/or further information, go to https://aarp.org/taxaide.

Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting

The Drop-In Knitting and Crocheting Classes continue at 6 p.m. Mondays in the Children’s Program Room. Informal instruction is provided as needed by a variety of well-seasoned needle and hook experts.

This group is for novice knitter or one who just prefers to knit in the company of others and pick up a tip or two. Drop in and see.

Ongoing programs

Food Pantry donations from the library have been greatly appreciated. Donations are delivered weekly by a staff member.

Museum passes are available to many area museums, zoos and attractions thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Membership to the Friends of the MTL continues to be only $10 a year.

Book Sale Table has items for all ages replenished weekly.

For information, visit www.milfordtownlibrary.org

Library News is compiled weekly by Reference Librarian Mary Frances Best.