It’s finally here and ready to go! Be sure to check out Mason Street our new online magazine that features work from people in our community. If after viewing all the amazing work you feel inspired, then be sure to submit something for the next edition!
Libraries across New York will be participating in The Great Give Back (GGB) on October 19th. The mission of The GGB is to provide patrons of public libraries a chance to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.
How can you help? The library will be collecting donations of menstrual supplies for “period packs” to be distributed to those in need. Your donation would be greatly appreciated and volunteers are needed to put the packs together on Saturday, October 19.
According to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, “The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.“ The same can certainly be said about great documentary films.
This fall, expand your horizons by exploring a series of enlightening and thought-provoking documentary films.
All film screenings are free, and popcorn and beverages will be served. Please register through the library’s online calendar or by stopping into the library or calling to sign up.
October 3:Faces Places“89-year old Agnés Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year old French photographer & muralist, JR, teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda &JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together they travel around villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters, as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.” (Amazon.com)
October 19: I Am Not Your Negro“Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives & assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin & Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.” (Amazon.com)
October 29:NOVA: Kilauea: Hawaii on Fire“Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted in 2018, sending rivers of lava through communities and into the sea. Join scientists and local residents as they investigate this frightening spike in volcanic activity that turned an island paradise into an inferno.” (Amazon.com)
November 7:Last Men in Aleppo“Academy Awards nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work, a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country?” (Amazon.com)
Unlike a traditional book club with assigned books, then the scramble to read them and the pressure to have something smart to say, the Silent Book Club is all about adults enjoying books, friends, and a beverage of your choice–without any homework. There will be a 1/2 hour to chat (or not), then a quiet hour to read, followed by a 1/2 hour to chat (or not). BYO Book & a Beverage of your choice. Meet in the front upstairs of the library.
Did you know that the library offers individual computer instruction? Monday mornings and by appointment, you can sit down with our instructor and get help with your online job application, setting up and using an email account, signing up for Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, or anything else you might need help with. Call the library to sign up.
At times, the library has to close due to weather and unsafe travel conditions. We would much rather know people are safe at home instead of trying to get to the library to return their books or movies that are due that day.
Closure of Newark Central School District schools does not automatically mean that the library will also be closed.
When the library closes for any emergency reason, including weather, the closing will be listed on FOX Rochester, 13 WHAM ABC, as well as on the library’s Facebook and website pages, when possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to access the phone system from home and therefore cannot have a “closed for weather” message as a greeting when you call the library. Instead, the phone will ring and ring without being answered.
Join us on the first Monday of each month at 1:00pm as we explore a new category of food and try new recipes.
Borrow a cookbook (optional) and try a new recipe at home. Then bring the food you made and the recipe to the library to share and talk about your experience cooking the recipe. If possible, please bring your recipe in ahead of time so we can make copies for everyone. We will make and share a different kind of food each month. Check the library’s online calendar for more information and to sign up.
If you’re looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you’ve come to the right place. From Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, Mango Languages has got you covered. All you need is a library card and you can jump right in!