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Discover America’s First Drinking Town

Local author and journalist Stephanie Schorow knows that the history of Boston is best viewed through the bottom of a beer mug or cocktail glass!  In her new book, Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, Schorow takes readers on a historical pub crawl through Boston as she examines the city’s colorful past – from its Colonial-era taverns to today’s hip cocktail lounges.  With an eye for detail and a thirst for facts, she opens the doors to the country’s first and possibly greatest sports bar, old time saloons, and secretive Prohibition speakeasies with their gut busting gin and homebrew.  Illustrated with evocative and historical photos and garnished with classic cocktail recipes, Drinking Boston will quench the thirst of history lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike!  Schorow is visiting the Tewksbury Public Library on Tuesday, March 5 at 7pm to discuss her new book.  A book signing will follow the talk for anyone interested.  Please register for this event by visiting the library’s online calendar of events (www.tewksburypl.org) or calling the library at 978-640-4490 x 205.   

Event Registration

Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.tewksburypl.org or by calling (978) 640-4490 (for Adult) or (978) 640-4496 (for Children).  Events that require registration are marked (RR).  Events that require tickets are marked (TK).  Drop-in programs are marked (DI).  All events are free.  

Adult & Teen Events

Friday, March 1, 10:30am -- Friday Morning Lecture: The Master Class with Peter Spiers (RR)

Meet author Peter Spiers as he discusses his new book: Master Class – Living Longer, Stronger and Happier, a how-to on building an enriching lifestyle on the foundation of your favorite activities.  Peter is the Senior Vice President of Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel).  Doors open at 10am for coffee and socializing.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Saturday, March 2, 10am -- Author Visit: The Rising At Roxbury Crossing with James Redfearn (RR)

Meet author James Redfearn as he discusses his latest book: The Rising At Roxbury Crossing, a historical novel focusing on the Irish Rebellion, America’s Red Scare, and the Boston Police Strike.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Monday, March 4, 10:30am -- Monday Morning Matinee: The Birds (RR)

Enjoy a screening of a classic film that was released 50 years ago this month – “The Birds,” a PG-13-rated suspenseful horror movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.  Limited to 100 seats.

Tuesday, March 5, 7pm -- Author Visit: Drinking Boston: A History of The City & Its Spirits with Stephanie Schorow (RR)

Meet author Stephanie Schorow as she discusses her latest book: Drinking Boston: A History of The City & Its Spirits, a tribute to the fascinating role alcohol has played throughout Boston’s history.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Wednesday, March 6, 2pm -- Job Seekers Seminar: LinkedIn Basics with Arnie Fertig (RR)

Unemployed or underemployed?  Join Arnie Fertig, head coach at jobhuntercoach.com, as he returns to run his popular LinkedIn workshop for beginners.  Limited to 25 seats.

Thursday, March 7, 10am-5pm -- Device Advice: 1-on-1 Help With Your eReader (RR)

Book a 30-minute, one-on-one session with a library staff member to learn how to download free eBooks to your eReader (e.g., Kindle, nook) from the library’s Overdrive digital collection.  Participants should bring their own e-readers.  Limited to 1 seat per 30-minute session.

Saturday, March 9, 7pm -- Dinner & A Movie: The Master (RR)

Enjoy a free dinner and a movie this SATURDAY night at the Tewksbury Public Library!  This week’s movie is “The Master,” an R-rated drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams.  Limited to 75 seats.

Monday, March 11, 7pm -- Author Visit: The Lawyer Within with Jeremy Robin (RR)

Meet author and lawyer Jeremy Robin as he discusses his latest book: The Lawyer Within: Successful Self-Advocacy Techniques, a holistic and spiritual approach to negotiating solutions.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Tuesday, March 12, 7pm -- Author Visit: When Doctors Don’t Listen with Dr. Leana Wen (RR)

Meet author Dr. Leana Wen as she discusses her new book: When Doctors Don’t Listen: How To Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Wednesday, March 13, 12:30pm -- Reader’s Choice Book Discussion Group (RR)

Come prepared to briefly discuss a book you’ve recently enjoyed reading.  After all members have shared their recommended titles, library staff will highlight some of its newest books, plus discuss useful readers’ advisory tools.  The library will provide beverages; members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.  Limited to 25 seats.

Thursday, March 14, 10:30am -- Basic Computer Class (RR)

The library now offers free computer classes that provide hands-on training to adults.  This class, which will introduce the basics of personal computing, will make you more confident when using computers in the library, at work or at home.

Friday, March 15, 10:30am -- Boston Radio: 1920-2010 with Donna Halper (RR)

Meet Donna Halper as she discusses her new book: Boston Radio: 1920 to 2010, with a focus on both Boston and Lowell-based (local) radio personalities and stations.  Doors open at 10am for coffee and socializing.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Saturday, March 16, 2pm -- Whitey Bulger with Shelley Murphy & Kevin Cullen (RR)

Meet Boston Globe journalists and authors Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen as they discuss their new book: Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him To Justice. Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Sunday, March 17, 2pm -- St. Patrick’s Day Concert with Ruth Harcovitz (RR)

On St. Patrick’s Day, join soprano Ruth Harcovitz for her popular concert – “A Great Day For The Irish.”  Limited to 100 seats.  Co-sponsored by the Tewksbury Cultural Council.

Monday, March 18, 10:30am -- Monday Morning Matinee: Lawrence of Arabia (RR)

Enjoy a screening of a classic film that was released 50 years ago – “Lawrence of Arabia,” a PG-rated epic adventure starring Peter O’Toole.  Popcorn and lemonade will be provided.  Limited to 100 seats.

Tuesday, March 19, 7pm -- Author Visit: Boston Bronze & Stone Speak To Us with Joseph Gallo (RR)

Meet author Joseph Gallo as he discusses his new book: Boston Bronze & Stone Speak To Us, a beautiful book that combines art, history and walking guides for the public sculptures found throughout the city.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Wednesday, March 20, 2pm -- Job Seekers Seminar: Online Identity Optimization for Job Seekers with Greg Page & Todd Kobus (RR)

Unemployed or underemployed?  Join Greg Page and Todd Kobus, co-founders of the Merrimack Analysis Group, for their popular seminar on online identity optimization.  When a perspective employer researches you online, what are they going to find and what can you do about it?  Limited to 25 seats.

Thursday, March 21, 2pm -- Technology Training: Computer How-To For Normal People with Miklos Jako (RR)

Meet author Miklos Jako as he discusses his new book: Computer How-To For Normal People.  Miklos will focus on 20 of the most common computer aggravations folks experience.  Book and DVD signing held after talk.  Limited to 25 seats.

Saturday, March 23, 7pm -- Dinner & A Movie: Zero Dark Thirty (RR)

Enjoy a free dinner and a movie this SATURDAY night at the Tewksbury Public Library!  This week’s movie is “Zero Dark Thirty,” an Academy Award-nominated film dramatizing the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.  Limited to 75 seats.

Monday, March 25, 7pm -- Author Visit: Legendary Locals of Lowell with Richard Howe & Chaim Rosenberg (RR)

Meet authors Richard Howe and Chaim Rosenberg as they discuss their latest book: Legendary Locals of Lowell, which tells the city’s story through pictures and descriptions of its most memorable and influential residents.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Tuesday, March 26, 7pm -- Author Visit: Heroin’s Puppet with Melissa Weiksnar (RR)

Meet author Melissa Weiksnar as she discusses her new book: Heroin’s Puppet: Amy (and her disease).  Melissa will discuss her daughter’s six-year battle with substance abuse, which ended tragically from an overdose in rehab, just weeks before her 21st birthday.  Parents are encouraged to bring their middle school and high school students to this powerful drug awareness talk.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30pm -- Evening Book Discussion Group: Inca Gold (RR)

Take part in a book discussion about Inca Gold by Kristin Hannah.  Pick up your copy and register at the Circulation Desk beginning February 27.  Limited to 25 seats.

Thursday, March 28, 10:30am -- Basic Internet Class (RR)

The library now offers free computer classes that provide hands-on training to adults.  This class, which will introduce the basics of the internet, will make you more confident when using computers in the library, at work or at home.

Friday, March 29, 10:30am -- Bicycling Across The World with Denis Beaudry (RR)

Meet local cyclist Denis Beaudry as he shares his astounding adventure in his slideshow presentation – “Bicycling Across The World.”  Last summer, Denis traveled 10,000 miles in four months.  He flew to Spain, biked east all the way to China, then flew to San Francisco and biked home across the United States.  Doors open at 10am for coffee and socializing.  Limited to 100 seats.

Saturday, March 30, 2pm -- King of the Lobby with Kathryn Jacob (RR)

Meet author and professor Kathryn Jacob as she discusses her new book: King of the Lobby: The Life and Times of Sam Ward, Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age, a biography of the man credited for creating modern-day political lobbying.  Book signing held after talk.  Limited to 100 seats.

Children’s Events

Friday, March 1, 3:30pm -- Dr. Seuss Birthday Craft Day (DI)

Drop in for games, crafts and fun to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  For ages 3 to 12.

Monday, March 4, 10:15am AND 11am -- Tiny Tykes (DI)

Come get your early literacy skills on!  Stories, songs, finger plays, and simple movement makes this the perfect class for fostering an early love for learning and reading, as well as early socialization.  For children ages 0 to 18 months.  Older siblings are always welcome!

Tuesday, March 5, 11am -- Preschool Story Time (DI)

Join us for stories, songs, music making and movement!  Have fun while learning early literacy skills!  No registration is required and younger or older siblings are always welcome.  Come on down!

Thursday, March 7, 10:15am AND 11am -- Wiggle Time (DI)

Come on down to our 30 minutes session of songs, stories, instruments, dancing and more.  Get those early literacy skills working now!  For 2 years olds.  Children ages 18 to 23 months are also welcome to join us.  Older and younger siblings are also always welcome.

Saturday, March 9, 10:30am -- Dads & Donuts Story Time (DI)

Children age 3 to 6, accompanied by their favorite guy, are welcome to join us for Dads & Donuts Story Time!  Munch on some donuts, listen to stories and sing songs.  There will be juice for the kids and coffee for the grown-ups.  Moms are also welcome!

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