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Granite Kiss: Stone Walls in New England Thurs. Nov. 13 7pm

Join us as the Rye Public Library welcomes author, teacher, NHPR commentator and stone mason Kevin Gardner. Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.  Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

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Granite Kiss: Stone Walls in New England Thurs. Nov. 13 7pm

Join us as the Rye Public Library welcomes author, teacher, NHPR commentator and stone mason Kevin Gardner. Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.  Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

kevin

Granite Kiss: Stone Walls in New England Thurs. Nov. 13 7pm

Join us as the Rye Public Library welcomes author, teacher, NHPR commentator and stone mason Kevin Gardner. Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.  Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

kevin

Granite Kiss: Stone Walls in New England Thurs. Nov. 13 7pm

Join us as the Rye Public Library welcomes author, teacher, NHPR commentator and stone mason Kevin Gardner. Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.  Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

kevin

Spooky Halloween Event Wednesday Oct. 29 at 7:00pm

Need to spiwitches of fishkill pondce up your Halloween? Come to our spooky double program Wednesday October 29th  7:00 PM!

First, Valerie Lofaso, local teen author of The Tangled Web of friends series will read from her latest book, The Witches of Fishkill Pond.

Second, she’ll spend some time discussing her paranormal investigations. You won’t want to miss this!! Be prepared for goose bumps and sleepless nights…

*Parents, please remember, only children aged 8+ may be left in the library without supervision.

Conversations: Poems of the Earth with facilitating poet Mimi White Thursday Feb. 20 6:30pm

2-20 Mimi WhiteSign up now, or join us at the first of three sessions with poet Mimi White on Thursdays Feb 20, March 20, and April 24. Facilitating poet Mimi White has selected a variety of poems with influences from the natural world.  At each session members will look at 2-3 poems closely and discuss interpretation.   Each session will last for one hour 6:30-7:30,  ending on time, but leaving time for members to peruse the library’s poetry shelves.

From Mimi:

Poems often reveal truths, that once revealed, tell us what we have always known, but had forgotten.  Together, through conversations and close readings of several poems, we will examine and come to know truths about the earth.  By doing so, we may draw closer to the world we live in and become better stewards of the earth, our home.

Conversations: Poems of the Earth with facilitating poet Mimi White Thursday Feb. 20 6:30pm

2-20 Mimi WhiteSign up now, or join us at the first of three sessions with poet Mimi White on Thursdays Feb 20, March 20, and April 24. Facilitating poet Mimi White has selected a variety of poems with influences from the natural world.  At each session members will look at 2-3 poems closely and discuss interpretation.   Each session will last for one hour 6:30-7:30,  ending on time, but leaving time for members to peruse the library’s poetry shelves.

From Mimi:

Poems often reveal truths, that once revealed, tell us what we have always known, but had forgotten.  Together, through conversations and close readings of several poems, we will examine and come to know truths about the earth.  By doing so, we may draw closer to the world we live in and become better stewards of the earth, our home.

Local Writers Night at RPL Tuesday Feb. 4, 7pm

 

Join local authors K.D. Mason (Killer Run), Darcy Scott (Reese’s Leap)and Bob Wiley (Collected Short Stories) as they read from and discuss their latest works here at Rye Public Library.

Robert Wiley spent many years as a Chief Accountant and Management Consultant. Bob left the world of business to create his dream job: Restorations by Lord Robert, an antique preservation studio.  A debilitating stroke in 2009 forced him into retirement.  However, Bob recovered from this life altering experience to re-marry, and to begin writing.

Darcy Scott is a former symphony orchestra marketing director who works as a freelance writer and marine industry publicist when she’s not off adventuring as an experienced ocean cruiser. Despite far-flung travels, her favorite cruising ground remains the coast of Maine, and her appreciation of the history and rugged beauty of its sparsely populated out-islands serves as the inspiration for her award-winning Maine Island Mysteries.

Doug Zechel, former owner of Saunders at Rye Harbor, is a lifelong runner and sailor.  With a new endeavor, writing under the pseudonym K.D. Mason, Zechel lives on the New Hampshire seacoast with his wife of over 40 years and two cats. They have two grown children. Doug recently retired from a lifetime of working in the restaurant business and now weaves compelling tales of mystery, romance and suspense set on the NH Seacoast.

 

 

 

2014 Local Authors Night

Local Writers Night at RPL Tuesday Feb. 4, 7pm

 

Join local authors K.D. Mason (Killer Run), Darcy Scott (Reese’s Leap)and Bob Wiley (Collected Short Stories) as they read from and discuss their latest works here at Rye Public Library.

Robert Wiley spent many years as a Chief Accountant and Management Consultant. Bob left the world of business to create his dream job: Restorations by Lord Robert, an antique preservation studio.  A debilitating stroke in 2009 forced him into retirement.  However, Bob recovered from this life altering experience to re-marry, and to begin writing.

Darcy Scott is a former symphony orchestra marketing director who works as a freelance writer and marine industry publicist when she’s not off adventuring as an experienced ocean cruiser. Despite far-flung travels, her favorite cruising ground remains the coast of Maine, and her appreciation of the history and rugged beauty of its sparsely populated out-islands serves as the inspiration for her award-winning Maine Island Mysteries.

Doug Zechel, former owner of Saunders at Rye Harbor, is a lifelong runner and sailor.  With a new endeavor, writing under the pseudonym K.D. Mason, Zechel lives on the New Hampshire seacoast with his wife of over 40 years and two cats. They have two grown children. Doug recently retired from a lifetime of working in the restaurant business and now weaves compelling tales of mystery, romance and suspense set on the NH Seacoast.

 

 

 

2014 Local Authors Night

A Picnic For Twelve with Author Jack Driscoll Thursday 4/18/13 at 7pm

 

Rye Public Library welcomes local author Jack Driscoll to read and discuss his recent book Picnic for Twelve: A Memoir of the Driscoll Family designed and produced locally by Piscataqua Press in Portsmouth.  Mr. Driscoll, former editor of the Boston Globe, is an 18 year resident of Rye, founder of the much loved Rye Reflections newsletter, and author of two books.  Driscoll used Rye Public Library genealogy resources along with courtship letters, diary notes by his mother, and other writings in the research conducted during compilation of his family memoir. The book traces his father’s early years in the religious life, his mother’s move from Ireland to Westfield, Mass., USA, at age 5 and the impact of two World Wars and the Depression. But mostly the book is about their day-to-day living, taking the reader into his family’s home with all the bedlam, troubles and joys–mostly joys—therein.  The family lived in Western Mass. in the 1920s and moved almost on an impulse to California in 1929 and through the height of the Depression. Certainly the roller-coaster life in California, surrounded by movie stars, adds spice to the family story, but so too do the trips to and from the West Coast: By cruise ship SS California to get there and in a 1927 Packard with seven children to return to the East. Driscoll’s father Frank provided a motto that set the tone for those trips and beyond: “Let’s just consider each day as a picnic.”  Join us to learn more about the research process and hear excerpts from this enjoyable book.

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