Irish Classics with Naomi Zeitlin
Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. In honor of St Patrick’s Day, come share Irish songs, songs with an Irish flavor, and songs popularized by Irish-Americans. Songs will include “Danny Boy,” “A Little Bit of Heaven,” “The Unicorn Song” and “Look to the Rainbow.” Irish Americans include Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Gene Kelly.
Game Time: Mahjong, Scrabble & Cribbage
Mondays, March 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by this informal gathering to play classic games. Please bring your own sets. Tea and coffee will be provided.
The Little Rascals: Mischief Makers — Lecture by Keith Crocker
Tuesday, March 26 at 1 p.m. The Little Rascals are perhaps the most beloved comedy team of the 1930s. Consisting of all child actors, producer Hal Roach created one of the most enduring series of comedy shorts loved not just by the adults who saw them theatrically, but by children who later embraced the Rascals once their shorts were presented nationwide on television. This fantastic, 60-minute program focuses on the life and times of the Little Rascals, complete with a 16mm film presentation of their classic short “Divot Diggers” (1937). Online registration required.
Film: “A Star is Born” (Rated R, 2018, 2h 16m)
Wednesday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. Join this special viewing of “A Star Is Born.” Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. This is the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.
Meet Leslie Jamison — 2019 Harvard Club of Long Island Distinguished Author
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. Join the Harvard Club of Long Island as they bestow their annual Distinguished Author Award on Harvard graduate and best-selling author Leslie Jamison. Jamison will speak about “The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath,” a memoir that was called an “astounding triumph” by Entertainment Weekly, “riveting” by the Boston Globe and “required reading” by Stephen King. “The Recovering” is described as “a seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and reportage, demonstrating that the story of recovery can be every bit as electrifying as the train wreck itself.” Jamison’s narrative also delves into the experiences of geniuses like Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver and David Foster Wallace, whose lives and works were shaped by alcoholism and substance dependence. Jamison has also written an essay collection, “The Empathy Exams,” and the novel “The Gin Closet,” a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and her work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Harper’s, the New York Times Book Review, the Oxford American, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the novelist Charles Bock, and their two daughters. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The Bryant Library Scribes: Workshop Led by Roseanne Frank
Thursdays, March 28 and April 11 and 25, 7 p.m.
Join The Scribes and bring your ideas, rough drafts, and polished revisions to this writer’s workshop. Picture book manuscripts, short stories, memoirs, novels-in-progress are welcome. Bring five copies no longer than 1,500 words (1 ½ spaced) to workshop together and take your writing to the next level. Discussion leader Roseanne Frank has published articles and numerous contest winning short stories online, in literary magazines and anthologies. Her book “Bite Size Reads” is available at the library. Frank is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and currently works at crafting picture books.