- Great Presenters: AI AND MACHINE LEARNING: THIS TIME IT’S FOR REAL… …and it will change everything, says John Landry. Artificial intelligence (AI) software concepts conceived in the ʼ80s and enhanced over the last five years are starting a revolution in machine learning (ML), enabling computers to perform human-like tasks. Long-time tech visionary and serial tech executive Landry will provide a lively discussion on what ML is, why it’s important, and what might happen when machines exceed humans in intelligence (aka “super-intelligence”). Hear him on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
- Author Talk: New England’s General Stores. In New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic, broadcast journalist Ted Reinstein explores the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how it figured in the rise of early American commerce, why it began to fade, and why it has begun to come back and even be re-invented and re-imagined for a new era. Ted’s presentation is accompanied by the award-winning photography of Art Donahue. Afterwards, Ted will take questions and sign copies of the book. He’ll be at the library on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.
- Nonfiction. We’ll discuss Nate Blakeslee’s American Wolf on Wednesday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m.
- Evening. The Dry, Jane Harper’s mystery, is the title in question on Monday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.
- Armchair Travel. Blue Highways, a travelogue classic by William Least Heat-Moon, is slated for discussion on Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m.
- Sci-Fi/Dystopian. The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist is considered on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m.
- Cookbook Club. Treats from Pati’s Mexican Kitchen by Pati Jinich will shared on Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m.
- Noon. We’ll discuss Jo Baker’s A Country Road, a Tree on Friday, May 11.
BABY AND PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
- Weekly Storytimes
- Mother Goose Time (Infants-2.5 years) Tuesdays, May 1, 8 and 15 at 10:30 a.m.
- StoryVine (2.5 -5 years) Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 10:30 a.m.
- Storytime with Corbyn the Dog. Thursday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. Children will listen to dog stories and have a chance to visit with Corbyn, a beautiful Samoyed. Corbyn (with her owner Helen) has been certified as a therapy dog by Pets and People Foundation. For ages 3 and up.
- Sing-along with Jeannie Mack Thursday, May 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jeannie Mack will perform all kinds of fun, bounce-around, sing-along songs for young children. Plenty of opportunity for audience participation! For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with caregiver.
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAMS
- Book Buddies. Wednesday, April 25, 3:00-3:45 p.m.In celebration of poetry month, we will read Red Sings from the Treetops by Joyce Sidman. We will read the book, enjoy a snack, and write some poems. This program is co-run with the WCPA! For children in grades K-2 with a parent/caregiver.
- Parent/Child Book Group, Wednesday, April 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.April’s books are Kathryn Erskine’s Badger Knight and The Incredible Magic of Being. Children should read either one or both books before this session. We will by skyping with the author! For 4th and 5th graders with a parent.
- Comic Book Kids, Thursday, April 26, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Comic Book Kids is a graphic novel book club for kids in grades 2-5. April’s book is The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey. For grades 2-5.
- Lego Club, Wednesday, May 2, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Children will make fabulous creations out of Legos. This month’s theme: Wacky Buildings. For ages 5 and up.
- Drop-in Crafternoon: Cardmaking, Wednesday, May 9, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Make a card for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a friend’s birthday, or just for fun! Create your own design or learn some new tricks to make your cards really POP! For ages 5 and up.
FOR TEENS: Random Fandom: Hamilton! Monday, April 30, 4:00-4:45 p.m. Teens! Don’t throw away your shot! Join us for an afternoon of trivia, music, lyric throw downs, snacks, and crafts about Hamilton: An American Musical. For teens.
FOR FAMILIES: E-book Workshop for Families. Wednesday, May 9, 7:00-8:00 p.m. In this hands-on workshop families will learn how to download e-books and e-audiobooks using the free and easy Libby app. Bring your own device: phone, tablet, chromebook, laptop.