Upcoming Adult Programs


Books in Bloom - Floral Interpretations of Books

February 14th - 17th

Books in Bloom is an annual Library program in partnership with the Sharon Garden Club.

Come browse these beautiful floral displays throughout the building during regular Library hours! 


Bending Towards Justice: African Americans As Subjects and Creator in American Art

Wednesday, February 21st | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” This program examines that arc as it relates to African American history enshrined in American Art. From colonial era portraits to 19th-century and Jim Crow-era prints to 1960s Civil Rights photography, this program will provide a visual overview of African American oppression, struggle and progress towards equality.

Jane Oneail (pronounced OH-neel) is the founder of Culturally Curious, an arts education consulting firm specializing in art appreciation programs. She curates and delivers programs throughout New England and beyond. Oneail holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. Born and raised in NH, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. 

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library (webinar host for Boxborough)

NOTE: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within a week of the program.

Presented in partnership with the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough and a collaboration between multiple MA libraries. Additional funding from the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.

 


Romance Authors Talk: Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne, and Denise Williams

Monday, February 26th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Authors Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne, and Denise Williams will discuss their latest romance novels in this exciting panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Ali Hazelwood is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis, as well as a writer of peer-reviewed articles about brain science, in which no one makes out and the ever after is not always happy. Originally from Italy, she lived in Germany and Japan before moving to the US to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. When Ali is not at work, she can be found running, eating cake pops, or watching sci-fi movies with her three feline overlords (and her slightly-less-feline husband). Her latest is Bride, a paranormal romance published on February 6.

By day, Nikki Payne is a curious tech anthropologist asking the right questions to deliver better digital services. By night, she dreams of ways to subvert canon literature. Nikki is a member of Smut U, a premium feminist writing collective, and a cat lady with no cats. Her latest is Sex, Lies and Sensibility, a contemporary diverse retelling of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility published on February 13.

Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD. Denise lives in Iowa and can usually be found reading, writing, or thinking about love stories. Her books have been listed as an Indie Next pick, Library Reads pick, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Her latest is Technically Yours, a contemporary workplace romance published in December.

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

Presented in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.


Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Beekeeper's Apprentice with author Laurie R. King

Tuesday, February 27th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

It's hard to believe it's been 30 years since the amazing Sherlock Holmes retelling, The Beekeeper's Apprentice was pubilshed! And that the newest in the series,The Lantern's Dance (Book #18) just came out! Join us with author Laurie R. King as we discuss the origin story to this series, the taking on of an icon, the twists and turns of storytelling, and the impact (cultural, social, political, etc) of Holmes and Russell on our collective consciousnesses! Bring your own tea and cake so we can all enjoy a bit of repast during the conversation (honey cake anyone? :).

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (The Beekeeper’s Apprentice was chosen as one of the “20th Century’s Best Crime Novels” by the IMBA.) She has won the Agatha, Anthony, Creasey, Edgar, Lambda, Macavity, Wolfe, and Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, has an honorary doctorate in theology, and is a Baker Street Irregular. In 2022, she was named Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America. She co-edited (with Lee Child) the new handbook from Mystery Writers of America, How to Write a Mystery, and has a new contemporary series with SFPD Inspector Raquel Laing, beginning with Back to the Garden.

Register HERE to receive the Zoom webinar link from Ashland Public Library.  This program will be recorded and made available to registered participants.

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


The Economic Response to Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Wednesday, February 28th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Author and professor Christine Abely will discuss her brand new book, The Russia Sanctions: The Economic Response to Russia's Invasion of Ukraine. Learn about the international trade measures and sanctions deployed against Russia in response to its 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Explore how sanctions have affected, and will continue to affect, global trading patterns, financial integration, and foreign policy in novel ways. In particular, examine the effects of sanctions on energy, food, fertilizer, the financial system, and the global use of the US dollar, including trends of de-dollarization. Understand the steps that must be taken to make sanctions more effective by promoting financial transparency worldwide. Christine Abely is an assistant professor at New England Law in Boston. She previously practiced international trade and sanctions law and is a licensed customs broker. Her work has appeared in The HillJust Security, and numerous academic journals.

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

Presented in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library.


Tea Time with Therapy Gardens

Wednesday, March 6th | 6:00 PM (In-Person)

Do you love to drink tea? Then this presentation is for you! Learn about the history and the different types of tea, how they are made, and their caffeine content. We will also show you how to use ordinary garden herbs to make herbal teas, water infusions, and infused oils that are soothing, beneficial, and delicious! Recipes and information on where to find great tea and tea-related products will be provided. Great for tea lovers, home gardeners, and anyone who enjoys a hot beverage!

[Register here]

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.


Author Christopher Morash on "Dublin" - The Place and the Literati

Saturday, March 9th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

If you are a fan of classic literature and love a pint o' Guinness while you're reading, join us for this conversation with author and Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College, Christopher Morash, as he  discusses his book "Dublin: A Writer's City" which unfolds a book-lover's map of this unique city, inviting us to experience what it means to live in a great city of literature.

The words of its writers are part of the texture of Dublin, an invisible counterpart to the bricks and pavement we see around us. Beyond the ever-present footsteps of James Joyce's characters, Leopold Bloom or Stephen Dedalus, around the city centre, an ordinary-looking residential street overlooking Dublin Bay, for instance, presents the house where Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney lived for many years; a few blocks away is the house where another Nobel Laureate, W. B. Yeats, was born. Just down the coast is the pier linked to yet another, Samuel Beckett, from which we can see the Martello Tower that is the setting for the opening chapter of Ulysses. But these are only a few. 

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

*Recording Note: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

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


Q&A with Stan Zimmerman on "The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore"

Wednesday, March 13th | 7:00 PM (Virtual)

Author, producer, director, screenwriter, and playwright Stan Zimmerman will discuss his brand new book, The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore. The book tells the story of Stan Zimmerman, a gawky Jewish boy who dreamed of becoming a wildly successful actor, rich enough to build his own mansion in the Hollywood Hills. While the actor part didn't quite pan out, Stan found success as a writer, producer, director, and playwright, working on such shows as The Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Gilmore Girls, as well as the Brady Bunch movies. He'll discuss his relationships with some of entertainment's most notable women, including Lily Tomlin, Sandra Bernhard, Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Roseanne Barr, and, of course, all four Golden Girls.

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

Presented in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, with additional funding from the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.


Film: Borderland - The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames

Thursday, March 14th | 6:15 PM (In-Person)

The Library is thrilled to welcome back Sharon native, Kevin Friend, to present his documentary film Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames during Women's History Month

Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) was a prominent local leader of the Massachusetts women's suffrage movement. A daughter and granddaughter of Civil War generals and state governors, Blanche was one of the few women of her time to attend college (Smith College, BA  in art); she used her art and writing in political cartoons to promote women's suffrage. She was president of the Easton Women's Suffrage League and co-founder of the Birth Control League of Massachusetts. The film is named after her estate, Borderland, which borders Sharon and Easton and is now open to the public as Borderland State Park.

NOTE: The film has been updated to include new footage. Q&A with Kevin will follow the film presentation.  [Register here]

This program is funded by a grant from the Sharon Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.