Somers Library Adult Programs for December

Virtual:  Alan Sklar Reads Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales." Monday, December 7,  7:00 - 8:00 pm.  This funny and touching short story is an anecdotal remembrance of a Christmas from the viewpoint of a young boy, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. Join us as Alan Sklar, professional narrator, corporate spokesman and actor with years of experience, reads this classic tale. 

Virtual Program:  Jazz, an American Art. Thursday, December 10, 6:30-8:30 pm. 

Jazz was born in America, evolved along with the young country in which it took its first breath, and became our gift to the world. This lecture covers the history, styles and some major contributors to jazz. We'll talk about the components which are common to all eras, as well as those which are unique to a particular style. We'll compare the elements found in both jazz and classical music (where the two worlds overlap!), gain a deeper understanding of what makes jazz tick, and listen to many examples. Toe-tapping will be unavoidable. Join us! 

Virtual Presentation: Christmas Traditions. Saturday, December 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. In this new hour-long presentation, presenter Kevin Woyce will use original photographs, vintage images, and live music to explore favorite Christmas traditions, from the first Christmas to "A Christmas Carol," "White Christmas," and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. He will also explain how historical figures ranging from Saint Nicholas, Martin Luther and Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens and Thomas Nast helped shape the way we celebrate the Christmas season. 

Adult Ongoing Programs

Virtual Meeting of the Somers Library Book Group. Fridays, 12/11, 1/8, 2/12, 2:30 - 4:00 pm. 

Somers Library Book Group meets on the second Friday of the month via Zoom to discuss selected titles. Our December title is "White Dog Fell From the Sky," by Eleanor Morse, an extraordinary novel of love, friendship, and betrayal. It is a rich and intimate portrait of Botswana, and of three people whose intertwined lives are at once tragic and remarkable. The next two months titles are yet to be determined. New members are very welcome!

 Virtual Program: Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam. Sunday.  December 13, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please join us for our monthly discussion as we work to advance cross-racial and cross-cultural amity to impact the public discourse on race.  Our monthly meetings feature speakers, screenings, and presentations where discussions are aimed at educating one another on who we really are. We are all One Human Family! Please visit the Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam on their Facebook page for more information about upcoming events:(https://www.facebook.com/RaceAmityofNorthernWestchesterandPutnam/)

 Virtual Poetry Workshop. New members welcome. Thursdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Beginner and experienced poets "will hold these truths to be self-evident" that all poems can be created using trial and error, and serendipity along with learning the processes of craft in this poetry workshop. Discover your muse as Thea Schiller introduces an established poem, leads discussions and creates in-class writing exercises, leaving time to write and share each week. Participating members will be encouraged to expand their repertoire of poems. Please register.

 Somers Library programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. Thanks for your support!


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