Today's Events

Title:A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time:All Day Event

A Panel Exhibition from the Library of American Landscape History

Beginning in the late nineteenth century, new fortunes in the United States made it possible for many city dwellers to commission country estates. Rising cultural aspirations, a widespread belief in the salutary benefits of country life, the availability of beautiful land, and growing numbers of landscape practitioners set the stage for thousands of such places.
From the 1890s to the waning years of the Great Depression, legions of American estates were constructed on the outskirts of cities, in resorts, and in scenic locales throughout the nation. Taken together, they comprise an important movement in the history of North American landscape design. Seven examples, are the subject of this photographic exhibition: Gwinn, Cleveland, Ohio; Stan Hywet, Akron, Ohio; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.; Winterthur, Winterthur, Del.; Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.; Val Verde, Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Naumkeag, Stockbridge, Mass.

About the Exhibition
A Genius for Place is based on a book by Robin Karson that traces the development of American landscape design by analyzing a group of landscapes that were chosen for their significance, state of preservation, and chronological and geographical distribution. Most are open to the public today. Karson argues that the spirit of the place--the genius loci--continued to guide these twentieth-century practitioners, even as they began experimenting with other influences, from the Beaux Arts to modernism. The award-winning book has drawn wide praise. The London Telegraph identified it as the "most important book on American gardens for at least a decade." An exhibition of original photographs specially commissioned for the book toured nationally from 2000 to 2012.

Title:Photographs by Fred Ranaudo, Len Seeve, Bill Rowley
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time:All Day Event
Location:Hosmer Gallery

Fred Ranaudo: photographs of China

Len Seeve: photographs of Vietnam and Laos

Bill Rowley: abstract macro photography

For more information see the Hosmer Gallery website.

Title:CANCELED FOR TODAY: The Writing Room
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time:9:30am - 12:30pm
Presenter:Susan Stinson
Location:Watson Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Writing


Every Wednesday (and Saturday morning except in July and August) from 9:30-12:30 in the Watson Room, join Forbes Writer In Residence Susan Stinson for some companionable writing time. The Writing Room is ongoing throughout the year.

How the Writing Room Works: Each session opens at 9:30 sharp with brief hellos, followed by the pleasure of getting work done in the company of others. Some writers work in other parts of the library, then join us at 11:45 to check in about how the work went and make announcements. At (roughly) 12, anyone who wishes to read for the group does briefly, without critique or spoken response. We're done by 12:30. There are writing prompts on the table for those who like to use them. There are four hour parking meters in the back of the lot. Consider bringing a sweater. Writers are welcome to come for all or part of the session.

Title:Dharma Gentle Yoga
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time:10:00am - 11:15am
Presenter:Vickie Healy
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Yoga

Dharma Gentle is a weekly yoga class.  Pre-registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.  Register at  Contact Vickie Healy with any questions at   Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and blocks, if you have them.  Limited supplies are available.  Please come at least 15 minutes early if you are dropping in, to complete registration forms.

This gentle, healing yoga class is appropriate for all who wish to add the healing qualities of yoga to their lives. We move the body through the classical poses very slowly, gently and conscientiously. Rests are taken between poses as the body moves towards inner introspection on a physical and meditative level. This class is highly beneficial for those who are ready to return to physical activity after an illness or injury, or for those who have not moved much in a long time. Everyone will leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Your teacher, Vickie Healy is a registered Dharma Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Certification.  She is happy to support you in your introduction to Dharma Yoga.  Vickie is a Registered Nurse with 33 years of nursing experience, helping people make positive changes in their lives by assisting them in removing health barriers that are keeping them from realizing healthier lives.  Nurturing mind, body and Spirit is the foundation of her nursing practice. Vickie believes that practicing yoga is a powerful way to increase health and longevity.  She believes that yoga is available to all who are willing to embark in the practice, regardless of previous injury, illness or health conditions. For more information about Vickie, please see New Karma Yoga.

The Dharma Gentle Class was designed by Sri Dharma Mittra who founded one of the early independent schools of Yoga in New York City in 1975.  He is the author of the world-renowned masterpiece, The Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures. Now 73 years old, Sri Dharma Mittra’s life represents intense service to mankind through the ethical, spiritual, and practical physical philosophy of Yoga in action. He has influenced hundreds of thousands of aspirants in his nearly half century of teaching. He continues to teach daily at the Dharma West Temple at 61 West 23rd St. in New York City, leads “Life of a Yogi” 200, 500, and 800 hour Teacher Trainings, and workshops worldwide. He is the author of Maha Sadhana DVDs I & II, Sun Salutation Yoga Course Chart, and Asanas 608 Yoga Poses book.

This course is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $5 accepted.

Contact: Vickie Healy, RN, BSN, RYT

Title:Toddler Time!
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time:11:00am - 11:30am
Presenter:Ellen Sulzycki
Location:Children's Department
Categories:Children's Events, Recurring Events

Enjoy songs and stories with friends! No registration required.

Title:Tong Ren Energy Healing
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time:12:00pm - 12:45pm
Presenter:Ken Alan Hadden
Location:Community Room
Categories:Recurring Events, Tong Ren

Tong Ren combines western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the ancient principle of "Chi" or life force energy, to create what many consider to be a powerful new healing modality The basis of Tong Ren Energy Healing is to access Universal Chi and sending this  healing energy to specific targeted points, depending on the persons condition to break up blockages in the body that cause dis-ease. Removal of these blockages restores the natural flow of nurturing Chi energy which allows the body to return to homeostasis and naturally corrects itself to function properly and heal. Tong Ren calms the mind and is very relaxing.

The facilitator, Ken Alan Hadden has been practicing Tong Ren in the Boston area for over five years, including the Boston Living Center, AIDS Action Committee and  the Carson Center in Ware, MA.

He is also a Board Member of theOriental Culture Institute Healing Research Foundation (OCIHRF) in Quincy, MA, a non-profit organization established for education, research and the advancement of Tong Ren Healing worldwide with the intention of developing safe and more cost effective health care.

This class is free of charge.  Nominal donations of up to $10 accepted.

For more information please

Contact: Ken

Title:Day Before Thanksgiving: Library closes at 1:00
Date:Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Time:1:00pm - 11:59pm
Location:Library Grounds
Categories:One-Time Events

The Library will close early today, at 1:00.