Upcoming Adult Programs

Minecraft for the Atari Generation

Thursday, September 28th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Do your kids play Minecraft... or watch others play on YouTube? Are you concerned with their sudden obsession? Does it feel like they're speaking a foreign language? Are you flummoxed by the cubist screen? If yes, this is the program for you!

Get a basic Minecraft primer at the Library! Experienced gamer Julian Butcher will walk us briefly through the games' origins, history and objectives. You'll gain an understanding of Minecraft terms like "bedrock," "java", "mods," and "skins," and become familiar with the creative and educational possibilities of the game. Learn how to safely shepherd your children's Minecraft adventures and discover useful resources for further family investigations and fun!

Presenter Julian Butcher (he/him) is part of the circulation staff at the Wayland Public Library. He has (too much) experience playing Minecraft and other video games, and has a M.S. in physics from Brandeis University.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Wayland Free Public Library. Please indicate My Home Library as 'Sharon Public Library'.

Presented in partnership with the Wayland Free Public Library.

Saving Money and Energy on Your Utility Bill

Thursday, October 12th | 6:30 PM (In-Person)

Join the Town of Sharon's Energy Advocate, Julie Barbour-Issa, to learn about home energy efficiency and the Mass Save rebate program. Julie will discuss getting a no-cost Home Energy Assessment, rebates available for insulation, weatherization, and heating & cooling systems, as well as federal tax credits and rebates. Additionally, you'll learn about the benefits of participating in Sharon Power Choice, the Town's electricity program, with Julie Harris of MassPowerChoice. She'll help you understand your electric bill, determine who your electricity supplier is, and see how much you're paying for your electricity. You'll be able to enroll in Sharon Power Choice and/or sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment on the spot. Bring both pages of a current electric bill and your questions. [Register here]

More Haunted Lighthouses of New England with Jeremy D'Entremont

Monday, October 16th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

An evening with Jeremy D'Entremont, president and historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation, historian for the U.S. Lighthouse Society, and the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history.  Jeremy will tell us about the mysterious Woman in White in the Isles of Shoals and the spirit of a drowned lighthouse keeper at Penfield Reef in Connecticut, as well as some of the paranormal investigations he's been part of -- and much more. 

Jeremy is also producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society's podcast, Light Hearted. He has appeared on the popular Ghost Hunters TV show, as well as Haunted Lighthouses of America on the Travel Channel, the History Channel, Public Television, and National Public Radio speaking about lighthouses.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library.

NOTE: This program will be recorded and available to view on the Ashland Library's YouTube Channel.

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

Paranormal 101: With Paranormal New England

Wednesday, October 25th | 6:00 PM (In-person)

Do you believe in ghosts? Are you curious about paranormal investigation? 

Join Joe Rainone of Paranormal New England as discusses his experiences as a paranormal researcher by sharing ghost stories and evidential clips - as well as talking about the ”tools of the trade.” Bring questions and your own stories/experiences to share!

Paranormal New England was formed in 2017 and has investigated over 100 haunted locations in New England alone. Joe's team all consider themselves open-minded skeptics. Their scientific approach goes much deeper than looking for unexplained creaks and shadows.

Registration opens October 1st.

Funded by the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.

Q&A With Mystery Writer and TV Producer Lee Goldberg

Tuesday, November 7th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

It's a book birthday for a favorite mystery author! Join us in conversation with Lee Goldberg and celebrate the release of "Calico" which comes out today! Lee not only writes wonderful mysteries, he's been the writer and producer of one of our favorite TV shows, "Monk", so you know that this will be a fascinating, quirky, and fun discussion. It's a BYOBC event (bring your own birthday cake :).

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nearly 40 novels, including Lost Hills, True Fiction, fifteen Monk mysteries, and the first five “Fox & O’Hare” books, co-written with Janet Evanovich. He’s also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and Monk, and co-created the Hallmark movie series Mystery 101. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, China, Sweden, and the Netherlands on the creation, writing, and production of episodic television series.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library.

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library

Q&A with Author Travis Baldree: Discussing His New Cozy Fantasy "Bookshops & Bonedust"

Thursday, November 30th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Who doesn't love a good slice-of-life cozy fantasy with a dollop of romantic froth - with ORCS!?! Join us for a fun conversation with Travis Baldree as he discusses his journey from audiobook narrator to low stakes fantasy writer. And, we'll be celebrating the book birthday of "Bookshops and Bonedust", the eagerly anticipated follow-up to "Legends & Lattes". Bring your questions, this will be a fascinating Q&A!

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library.

Presented in partnership with the Ashland Public Library. Program sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.