Off the Shelf
John Curtis Free
Meet Tom MacDonald
On Wednesday September 28th at 7 pm join us for an author talk and book
signing with local author Tom MacDonald. He will be discussing his book
The Charlestown Connection.
Equal parts whodunit and conspiracy thriller this new crime fiction novel
has received rave reviews and Mr. MacDonald has been compared to the
likes of Dennis Lehane and Robert Parker.
The Charlestown Connection is Mr. MacDonald’s first novel. He paints a
vibrant picture of Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood and this work of fiction comes alive
with glimpses of the towns troubled history and a mix of interesting characters.
Tom MacDonald was born in Dorchester, and raised in Braintree, so his easy knowledge
of Boston comes naturally. After a career in business, he now runs St. Mary-St. Catherine
of Siena Parish as Director of Social Ministries. MacDonald graduated from Stonehill Col-
lege with a degree in sociology, and worked as a computer programmer before earning an
MBA at Boston College. He then chose to pursue a writing career by attending University of
Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program, where he added that degree as well. This
program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at
the end of the program.
Join us for an out of this world program!
The John Curtis Free Library will host a special program, “Go for the Stars” on Tuesday,
September 27th at 4:00 p.m. Aerospace educator Gary Pozzato will talk and give a video
presentation about spacecraft, space travel, and life in space, robotics, and more .
Volunteers from the audience will dress in astronaut flight suits and perform
demonstrations. The program also stars “Robo, The Friendly Robot” who moves, talks and
interacts with people. Pozzato has been involved in the aerospace industry for over twenty
years and has worked with NASA on educational projects.
Free tickets are available at the children’s room desk but are not
required. For more information, please call 781-826-2972, extension 4
or e-mail the children’s librarian at email@example.com.
The program is funded by the Friends of the John Curtis Library.
Coming in October...
From the Director…
Besides the numerous events that will Gene and Barbara
be taking place through the Children’s
Room, the Library is planning a num- Rodgers and Hart
ber of adult programs for the fall season. On Wednesday October 12th at 7 pm the
On September 28 at 7:00 PM, local author Tom library will host a musical evening with
MacDonald will talk about his new book “The Gene and Barbara. This piano and vocal
Charlestown Connection”. Mr. MacDonald is a program will feature a musical tribute to
former computer analyst who has made a signifi- Rodgers and Hart.
cant change in his life by becoming a writer.
“The Charlestown Connection” is a crime novel that Inna Muravnik
has drawn praise from bestselling authors, Library
Journal, and has critics comparing Mr. MacDonald Joseph Haydn
to Dennis Lehane and Robert Parker. Books will be
available for purchase and signing. On Saturday October 15th at 3 pm join
On Wednesday, October 12, the singing duo Gene us for a piano concert with Inna Muravnik.
and Barbara will appear at 7:00 PM in the library’s Ms. Muravnik has performed at the library
large meeting room. This talented twosome will many times in the past and this event will
perform numbers from the great American song- feature the musical compositions of the
book: show tunes, jazz, swing and current hits. renown composer Joseph Haydn. This
Just in time for Halloween, local historian performance is sponsored by the Hanover
Christopher Daly will present the History of Cultural Council and the Friends of the
Haunted New England on Tuesday, October 18 at Library.
7:00 PM. Topics include Burial Hill in Plymouth;
John Alden House in Duxbury; Lady in Black; “The Christopher Daley
Vampire” of Exeter Rhode Island; Haunted Hoosac
Tunnel; the Cursed Freetown State Forest; Mount Join us if you dare!
Washington Hotel; Giles Corey and the Curse of On October 18th at 7 pm local historian
Salem and other haunted places! Christopher Daley will discuss the History
On Saturday, October 15 classical pianist Inna of Haunted New England. Mr. Daley will
Muravnik will perform selections from Haydn at present a slide presentation that melds
3:00 PM in the large meeting room. Ms Muravnik historical fact together with legend and
is a popular pianist who has performed many times myth to produce an interesting and
in Hanover. fascinating new look at events that really
All of the above programs are free and open to happened.
the public. The Trustees and Library Staff thank
the Hanover Cultural Council and the Friends of
the Library for allowing us to continue this fine Fall Hours
As always, please stop by my office if you have any Mon. 10-8 p.m.
questions or concerns or to just say hello. Tues. 1-8 p.m.
Wed. 10-8 p.m.
Lorraine Welsh Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. 10-5 p.m.
firstname.lastname@example.org Closed Monday October 10th
A Word From the Friends
By Tracy Marchetti
Happy Fall! We hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful summer and
many great books. As we head into another reading season, please remember that the
book sale room has hundred of books on sale at bargain basement prices during all
regular library hours. New donations come in literally every day. Any purchases made will
benefit the programs and acquisitions at our great library.
On July 5, the Friends put up our summer raffle baskets which were displayed at the
circulation desks at the library until Labor Day. This year we had three beautiful baskets:
an American Girl Basket (retail value of $200) with this year's new doll along with many
related items, a Hanover Basket (retail value of $415) with a $100 pizza-bowling party
donation and lots of other excellent gift certificates to Hanover businesses, and a Good
Life Basket (retail value $850) with 2 Red Sox tickets, thanks to Alvin Hollis, and a 3-month
family membership to the South Shore YMCA among other excellent offerings. Hundreds
of patrons participated in this annual fundraiser by purchasing tickets for $1 each (6 for
$5). We are very grateful to all those who purchased tickets and congratulate our winners
this year: Cathy Campo (American Girl Basket), Griffin Corrick (Hanover Basket), and Peter
Whitney (Good Life Basket).
All proceeds from our raffle event will benefit future library programs and acquisitions.
Please be sure to patronize the following businesses who donated generously to help us
raise money for our town: Alvin Hollis, the Toy Box, Storybook Cove, Starland Sports and
Fun Park, Rockland Athletic Supplies, JC’s Ice Cream, Crossroads Café & Deli, the South
Shore YMCA, Avitabile Fine Jewelers, Boston Bowl Hanover, the Hingham Institution for
Savings, Shaw’s, Mamma Mia’s, the Pottery Playce, Sommer’s Bounty, Nella Pasta,
Hilliards House of Candy, Curry ACE Hardware, Gunther Tooties, Wild Birds Unlimited, and
On October 22, the Friends are looking forward to an outdoor family photograph fund-
raiser. Maura Longueil of Abbey Knoll Photography (www.abbeyknollphotography.com),
well-known throughout Hanover and the South Shore, will be on hand all day to capture
the moment in the beautiful area between the library and the Stetson house. These
photographs make most excellent holiday gifts! A 20-minute session costs $65 for the
sitting fee with a complimentary 8”x10” photograph. The library will receive $25 for each
session. Contact Maura now at 508-212-4182 for the best available times.
Finally, the Friends will meet in October to identify programs and plan for the coming year.
If you are interested in being involved with this wonderful volunteer group who cares about
our library, please contact me at 781-826-7055 or email@example.com. We meet only
a couple of times a year and correspond mainly by email. Any level of contribution is
appreciated. Please consider joining!
From the Children’s Room
By Lynne Campbell
We had a very busy summer, with lots of participation in
the summer reading program, and some great activities and
performances. Children voted for an animal to donate through
Heifer International, and with the help of the Friends of the
Library we sponsored three flocks of chicks to be given to
families in need.
Fall story times are underway and run through November 18. Please check at the
children’s room desk for the schedule.
We have craft making on Saturday mornings once a month during the
school year. Check at the children’s desk or on the library’s web site for the
We are hoping to get our parent-child book club running again, in late fall or early
winter. This is a group for children aged 8 to 11, with a parent, to meet once a month
in the evening for book discussion over snacks. If you are interested, please see the
Read To A Dog
Lola the golden retriever therapy dog will visit on Saturday,
October 22 at 11:00 a.m. Children may read her a library book or a
favorite from home, or just visit with her. We plan to have a therapy
dog visit once a month during the school year, alternating visits by Lola
and the Newfoundlands, Tonka and Tyko.
As of this writing, we are in the process of planning our Halloween festivities. This
year there will be two parties: a fun-and-games time for little ones, and a “scarier” event
for kids 5 and older. Dates will be posted soon. We look forward to seeing everybody’s