Author Talk with the Legendary Judy Collins

We regret that we were not able to record the event with Judy Collins.

Summer Concert with Jorma Kaukonen

You can watch a recording of the summer concert here on YouTube.

Mystery Author Night with

Archer Mayor, Julia Spencer-Fleming,

Paula Munier and Sarah Stewart Taylor

Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm

Via Zoom

This event is now past. You can watch the event video here.

The Friends of the Library were delighted to bring Archer Mayor and Julia Spencer-Fleming back to Maynard (virtually) along with two friends who may be new to you. This is a great opportunity to discover two new authors and visit with two long-time favorites.

​Archer Mayor is the author of the long-running and acclaimed Joe Gunther series, with the 31st book (The Orphan's Guilt) being released later this month. The Chicago Tribune describes his novels as “the best police procedurals being written in America,” and The New York Times calls Mayor “one of the most sophisticated stylists in the genre”.

​Paula Munier is the author of the Mercy Carr series (The Borrowing of Bones, Blind Search) featuring an Afghan war veteran and her search dog Elvis, both of whom have returned home to Vermont to heal. Hallie Ephron says of the first in the series--"A nuanced nail-biter with a compelling quartet of crime fighters: two extraordinary rescue and rescued dogs and their human handlers."

​Sarah Stewart Taylor is the author of the Sweeney St. George mystery series and a new series featuring Long Island detective Maggie D'Arcy in The Mountains Wild. Julia Spencer Fleming says of the new novel--"Lyrical, moody, The Mountains Wild unfolds like an Irish ballad, at turns stirring, tender and tragic. Sarah Stewart Taylor has written a book as much about the mysteries of the human heart as the questions surrounding the long-missing woman at the silent center of the tale. A triumphant return to the genre."

​Julia Spencer-Fleming is the author of the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series that pairs an Episcopalian priest and police chief in upstate New York. She recently released Hid From Our Eyes, the 9th and long-anticipated volume. Rhys Bowen says “Not only is this a tense mystery unfolding simultaneously in three time periods but it is also a poignant drama touching the flawed and very real main characters."

Maynard Sesquicentennial Book Launch

Presented by David Mark

Thursday, November 19

7:00 pm via Zoom

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The Sesquicentennial Committee has had published a new history of Maynard at part of the celebration of the town's 150th anniversary. Committee member David Mark spoke about creation of the book and reflected on Maynard history.

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the creation of
Maynard, it’s worth asking: How much history can be written about one small town? This book does not replace the fifty-year history book by W.H. Gutteridge nor the centennial history History of Maynard, Massachusetts, 1871–1971. Rather, it sets the table with chapters summarizing the history of the first one hundred years and then plunges
into in-depth content about what has happened in the following fifty years, plus a crystal ball peek at what might happen in the next fifty. Together, the text and images provide a frame of reference for the people of Maynard to understand where we are now and how we got there.

David Mark presents All Things DEC

Wednesday, June 17

7:00 pm via Zoom

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Maynard's own author and local historian David Mark will give a presentation on the history of the Digital Equipment Corporation. 


Digital Equipment Corporation (digital, DEC) had a glorious arc that started with some rented space in the mill complex in 1957, furnished with office furniture bought on credit from Gruber Bros. Furniture, then rising to make Maynard the "Minicomputer capital of the world," as a multi-billion dollar company second only to IBM. Mark's talk, with many images from the archives of the Maynard Historical Society, will span the origin, rise, peak and decline of DEC. He will touch on the work experience of women at DEC, and the company's commitment to diversity training. 

A Virtual Visit with Author

Marjan Kamali

Thursday, May 21, 7 pm

Via Zoom

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The Friends of the Library were delighted to welcome Marjan Kamali! She read from her latest book, talked about her writing and answered questions from the audience. Kamali’s novel The Stationery Shop, part historical novel and part romance, tells the story of two young lovers torn apart by the political upheaval of the 1950s in Iran. It was a Boston Globe best-seller, an Indie Next Pick, one of Newsweek’s 30 Best Summer Books, and was named to numerous “Best Books of 2019” lists.


Kamali’s previous novel, Together Tea, was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, among other awards. It is a story of mothers and daughters, arranged marriages and culture clashes.


Visit the author’s website to learn more about the books and read excerpts from both.

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