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Monday Mornings is a free program series for adults that runs weekly in the spring and fall months at the main library. Programs take place from 9:30-10:30 AM. Contact Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org with questions.

April 3: A Pictorial History of Lynch Park with Abby Battis
The David S. Lynch Memorial Park was transformed from estate to park in 1943 making the park what we know today. But there is so much more history rooted in the park that dates back to the time of Woodbury’s Point and the Revolutionary War. This pictorial lecture of Lynch Park will look to the past to uncover the history, the landscape, and ownership, and its total evolution during the last 250 years. 

Battis is the Associate Director for Collections at Historic Beverly. She has more than a decade of experience in the museum field in curatorial practice and collections management. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School where she has been an adjunct instructor for over six years. Battis is also an adjunct faculty member at Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College where she is a professor in the Art History Departments.

April 10: Identity Theft & Fraud Prevention with Robin Putnam
Robin Putnam, Events and Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present on identity theft and fraud prevention. It will cover how to spot and avoid scams, highlight recent and popular scams, how to prevent identity theft and steps to take if you have fallen victim. The presentation will also include information about the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

April 17: Holiday—NO PROGRAM

April 24: The Life and Art of John James Audubon with Martha Chiarchiaro
Discover Audubon’s extensive studies documenting American birds and his detailed illustrations that depict the birds in their natural habitats of flora and fauna. For half a century, Audubon was early America’s dominant wildlife artist. The Birds of America, a collection of 435 life-size prints, is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon was a person of legendary strength and endurance, as well as a keen observer of birds and nature. Like his peers, he was an avid hunter, but he also had a deep appreciation and concern for conservation; in his later writings he warned against the destruction of birds and habitats. 

Martha Chiarchiaro has brought history to life through art for more than 30 years. She received her Masters’ degree in the History of Art from Williams College and provides a variety of art history presentations at the Worcester Art Museum, for WISE (the Worcester Institute for Senior Education), libraries, garden clubs, and other organizations.

May 1: 100 Years of Boston Comedy with Nick A. Zaino III
Veteran arts journalist Nick Zaino explores Boston’s long history of comedy, from vaudeville to YouTube, highlighting some of the personalities that have defined laughter in America for 100 years. Fred Allen found inspiration at the Boston Public Library to start his vaudeville career. Bob and Ray started their radio run in Gloucester at WHDH. Rusty Warren and Tom Lehrer shocked crowds in song. Norm Crosby and Bill Dana played the swinging supper clubs. Jay Leno, Denis Leary, Paula Poundstone, Steven Wright, Janeane Garofalo, Conan O’Brien, Eugene Mirman, Mike Birbiglia, Bo Burnham, Ziwe – all are part of the fabric of Boston comedy lore. Their history is a mirror of the history of American entertainment. 

Nick A. Zaino III has covered comedy as a freelance writer for twenty-five years, twenty-one of those as a correspondent on the comedy beat for the Boston Globe. His bylines have appeared in the Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Boston Magazine, and various other publications. He is currently writing a book about his experiences and interviews with local and national comedians.

May 8: Online Safety with Robin Putnam
Robin Putnam, Events and Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present on online safety. It will cover how to be safe online, whether it be on your smart device, social media or online banking, phishing emails, and general protection from scams and identity theft. The presentation will also include information about the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

May 15: Anything Goes” America During the Jazz Age with Christopher Daley
This presentation is an entertaining overview of the 1920s, showcasing world events, political events, prohibition, organized crime as well as the style, fashion and trends of the Jazz Age.

Christopher Daley has been speaking all over New England for the last 30 years on historical topics of interest. Daley is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History. 

May 22: TBA

May 29: Holiday—NO PROGRAM

June 5: Meet Julia Child! with the Delvena Theatre Company
A live performance featuring Lynne Moulton as Julia Child doing what she did best. Learn more about her life – from her privileged childhood in California when she had no interest in food, except for eating what the family’s private chef prepared – to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. This performance is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a State Agency.

Did you miss a program? Many past events have been posted to our YouTube channel.

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