Special events this week

Want to put your One Book, One Valley reading into context? Two events this week reflect the logging themes in this year’s book, Go With Me.

On Tuesday, October 5 at 7 pm at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, Dick Fortin will present a hands-on and slide program “Yankee Lumberjack,” about life in a woods camp in the 1800s, showing tools of trade and telling how they were used. Then, on Thursday, October 7 at 7 pm at the Bartlett Public Library, Rebecca Rule will discuss the logging industry in New Hampshire’s north country using oral history and photographs in her NH Humanities Council program “Crosscut: A Spoken Documentary.” If you have a story to share about working in the logging or paper industries in NH’s north country, please come and share.

For a relaxing evening out, stop in at the Met in North Conway on Wednesday, October 6 starting at 7pm for a Go With Me read-aloud. Treat yourself to a coffee and cookie, come sit and listen to the first few chapters. The read alouds will continue every other Wednesday, on October 20 for the middle of the story, then on November 3 for the exciting ending.

Covering many themes this week

Many of you may have finished or are finishing up reading The Double Bind. This week, there are several chances to explore the themes in the book beyond the book:

  • On Tuesday at 7 pm at the Bartlett Public Library, Janine Lapete, a peer support advisor at Conway’s Alternative Life Center, will talk about her experience with mental illness and her work at ALC helping others through recovery and maintaining wellness. Janine’s talk in Conway earlier this month answered a lot of questions and provided a human perspective to counter the stigmas attached to this frequently misunderstood illness.
  • On Thursday at 7 pm, Starting Point will present a “Clothesline Project” exhibit and discussion at the Madison Library. The “Clothesline Project” is a display of T-shirts decorated to commemorate victims of sexual and domestic violence. Attendees can choose to create a T-shirt to commemorate a victim.
  • See two different film versions of “The Great Gatsby.” On Wednesday at 7 pm, the 1974 version with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow will be shown at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, and on Thursday at 6:30 pm, you can see the 2000 A&E network version with Mira Sorvino, Toby Stevens, and Paul Rudd at the Conway Public Library.

This week: lots of discussion and a movie

North (Bartlett) to south (Effingham), east (Fryeburg) to west (Tamworth), there is a discussion of The Double Bind happening somewhere near you this week (if you’re in Carroll County, NH, that is.) And, if reading the book has renewed your interest in The Great Gatsby, the film will be shown in Fryeburg at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts center. There is a $3 for adults, $2 for students admission charge (the only One Book, One Valley event that has one), but the comfy seats and awesome sound system are definitely worth it.