Poetry Night with Kiki Petrosino

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

7:00 pm

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In her fourth full-length book White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, Rilke-Prize-winning poet Kiki Petrosino turns her gaze to Virginia, where she digs into her genealogical and intellectual roots, while contemplating the knotty legacies of slavery and discrimination in the Upper South. The poems in this collection touch upon such subjects as DNA test results and the complex history of Monticello. Join us as Kiki Petrosino reads from and discusses her work.

White Blood is available for purchase from Porter Square Books.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Maynard Public Library and

the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.


Decoding the News

presented by

David Wallace

Thursday, Sept 23, 2021  @ 7:00 pm

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Build your critical analysis skills and share the latest toolkit. Now, more than ever, it's important to get details and relevant facts you need and recognize bias, hype and misinformation. Stay informed about daily events, politics and the pandemic as situations change.

Join a conversation with David Wallace, former business/tech reporter for The New York Times and Reuters, and journalism adjunct lecturer at Boston University.

This program is for all ages, to sharpen news literacy whether your information comes from print, broadcast, online, social media or direct message.


Genealogy: Discovering Cousins using DNA

Monday, June 21, 2021

7:00 pm via Zoom

Presented by Pamela Guye Holland

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This talk will show you how to explore your matches and use the tools available at the major DNA testing companies: AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage and 23andMe. It will focus on practical ways to discover how you are related to your autosomal DNA cousins. Case studies using matches at each testing company will illustrate methods you can use to connect with new cousins who can help you grow your family tree. This talk assumes you are considering testing or have tested at one of the major DNA testing companies. 

Pamela Guye Holland is a professional genealogist located in Swampscott. Her research specialties are Irish and genetic genealogy. She works with private clients, as a Research Services genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and as a Green Room genealogist for Your Irish Heritage.

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Elizabeth Bishop

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

7:00 pm via Zoom

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We are pleased to present of “A Celebration of the Life and Work of Elizabeth Bishop." Authors Lloyd Schwartz and Megan Marshall will discuss Bishop’s life and poetry. Worcester poet Elizabeth Bishop was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other awards. She has been called “the most famous poet you never heard of.”

Lloyd Schwartz is a poet, a professor at University of Massachusetts Boston, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of Elizabeth Bishop: Prose, Poems, and Letters. He is currently the Poet Laureate of Somerville and a frequent contributor to NPR’s Fresh Air. Megan Marshall is a Professor of English at Emerson College, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of the biography Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast.

Mystery Author Night with

Archer Mayor, Julia Spencer-Fleming,

Paula Munier and Sarah Stewart Taylor

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

7 pm Via Zoom

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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, 2020

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.

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Joe Bagley:

Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them

Thursday, May 27, 2021

7:00 pm via Zoom

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City Archaeologist Joe Bagley talks about his new book Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them. The fifty buildings featured in this book all pre-date 1800 and illustrate Boston’s early history.

Joseph M. Bagley is the city archaeologist of Boston, a historic preservationist and a staff member of the Boston Landmarks Commission. He is also the author of the award-winning A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts.

Robert Reich

The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

Thursday, February 11, 2021

7:00 pm via Zoom

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Brought to you in partnership with the Newton Free Library.

In The System, Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class and undermine democracy. Join us for this engaging webinar!

Tiziana Dearing, host of Radio Boston, heard on WBUR, will moderate.


Robert Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Common Good and Saving Capitalism. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Berkeley and blogs at robertreich.org.

David Mark presents All Things DEC

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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, 2020

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.


2020 Summer Concert with Jorma Kaukonen

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