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Current & Virtual Events: January 15, 2021

Fivesparks events

Go to fivesparks.org for more information or to sign up or get a Zoom link for these programs: 

  • Zoom Felting with Rachel Benson. Polar Bear 1/20, Taco Face 1/27, Painting with Wool Winter Scene 1/27, Painting with Wool, Wet & Needle Skills 1/22 and 1/29. Times and additional details at fivesparks.org.
  • Midwinter Music Evenings. 2/19 and 2/21. Virtual strings concerts by Boston Conservatory students.

Library hosts virtual storytimes and book groups

All storytimes, book groups, and events are virtual via Zoom. To learn more, or to be added to a storytime or book group, send an email to childrensroom@harvardpubliclibrary.org and indicate your child’s age. A unique Zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before each meeting.

Please note: Groups are limited to Harvard residents or HES/Bromfield students. Others may register one week in advance provided there is space available.

The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day.

  • Infant Storytime for infants to 2-year-olds; Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. No storytime Feb. 18.
  • Storytime for 2s and 3s; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
  • Stories for 4s and 5s; Mondays, 1:30 p.m. No storytime Jan. 18.
  • Book Group for Third-Graders; Monday, Feb. 1, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fourth-Graders; Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Fifth-Graders; Tuesday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group for Sixth-Graders; Tuesday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m.
  • Write Stuff; for grades 4 to 6, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m.
  • Teen Advisory Board; Tuesday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m.
  • Virtual Brown Bag Book Club; for adults, Wednesday, Jan. 20, noon
  • Virtual Lego Club; for ages 5 and up; Wednesday Jan. 20, 3 p.m.
  • Teen Connections Book Club; Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
  • Children’s Literature Book Group for Grownups; Thursday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
  • Virtual Book Gobblers; for grades 1-2; Monday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m.
  • Wingmasters Virtual Events; Wednesday, Jan. 27; see description below.
  • Virtual Saturday Storytime: for ages 3 to 7: Saturday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.

Journey into Nipmuc land 

On Friday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. the Warner Free Lecture Trust and Arm in Arm will cohost “We are the Story, We are the Land,” a Zoom presentation. Guest speaker will be award-winning writer, poet, and educator Larry Spotted Crow Mann, a citizen of the Nipmuc tribe. He will speak about the spiritual, cultural, and social significance of place and the art of story, and their effect on the Indigenous peoples of New England. The talk will also center on the personal journey of the survival and perseverance of the Nipmuc people and their continued efforts to share their story and shape new ones for coming generations.

Go to tinyurl.com/WFLeventbrite to register and get the Zoom link for this free event.


Online group art exhibit, ‘What is old is new again’

“What is old is new again” is the theme of an online art exhibit that includes paintings, pastels, watercolors, and photographs. The show will be on view from Jan. 15 through Feb. 26, originating from Gallery Sitka in Shirley. Participating artists include C.M. Judge, Ruth Nelson, Sue Norton, Helen Obermeyer Simmons, Joanne Stowell, Carolyn Todd, Susan Wadsworth and Elsa Voelcker. Go to gallerysitka.com/underthebed to view the show.


Harvard Community Conference (HC2)

This year’s Harvard Community Conference (HC2) will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom and is sponsored by Arm in Arm. The theme is “Belonging: Personal, Local, Global.” Featuring local speakers with diverse personal experiences, the goal of the conference is to spark discussion about diversity by highlighting personal stories. Registration is required and will be open through Jan. 15 at https://hc2-belonging.eventbrite.com. This year’s speakers will be Shey Bala, Shann Castle, Marisa Khurana, Timur Sahin, Christiane Turnheim, and Christine Zacharer. For more information, contact Brooke Caroom at 21bcaroom@psharvard.org.


Virtual concert to benefit Healing Garden

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden will present a virtual concert by the folk duo The Promise Is Hope Sunday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Singers/songwriters Ash and Eric L’Esperance draw from the roots music tradition. The two artists complement each other, with tightly woven harmonies and acoustic guitars. 

 Visit https://healinggardensupport.org/concert-at-the-garden for more information. The musicians will donate 25% of the concert proceeds to the Healing Garden.


Arm in Arm hosts book read

Following the Warner Free Lecture event on Indigenous peoples, Arm in Arm will host a book read on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The book is “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The Harvard Public Library will provide copies, and the book is available in hardcover, paperback, and audio from booksellers. 

Go to tinyurl.com/y23jzrn8 to register for this event. See story on page 9.


Wingmasters presents birds of prey and owls programs

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, learn about birds of prey and owls in two YouTube videos, then login to live Q&A Zoom sessions to see two live raptors and ask questions of Wingmasters expert Jim Parks.

  • 3:30 p.m. - Birds of Prey video 
  • 4 p.m. - Live Q&A session 
  • 4:30 p.m. - World of Owls video
  • 5 p.m. - Live Q&A session 

Each video and Q&A session has its own unique registration. The videos will be shown on YouTube via unlisted video links emailed to registrants the morning of the presentation. There are no limits to the number of registrants for the video sessions.

Each live Q&A Zoom session, however, is limited to a maximum of 25 attendees. The Zoom link will be emailed the day before the program. Priority registration is given to Harvard residents and HES students.

Send an email to childrensroom@harvardpubliclibrary.org to register for these programs, and indicate which of the sessions you are interested in. If you are registering for the Zoom sessions, please confirm that you are a Harvard resident or HES student.


‘Deeper Than the Skin,’ a musical experience

On Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., musicians and storytellers Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway will offer a musical experience focused on race in America titled “Deeper Than the Skin.” 

Racial divisions started Greenway and Harris in two different worlds, but bonds of music and a shared vision brought them together. “Deeper Than the Skin” is an experience of singing and listening, a story of shared humanity. 

The event will be streamed at no charge. Go to https://bit.ly/3i5HzI3 for the Zoom link. It is sponsored by the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, First Church Unitarian in Littleton, First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, First Parish in Concord, Greater Littleton Interfaith Council, and Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance.

For more information about Greenway and Harris, go to deeperthantheskin.com.

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