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Monday Scholars:

The Agency: A History of the CIA

Mondays 12:30 - 2:00 PM
September 9 through December 16th *
*No Meeting  Sept. 30, Oct. 14 or Dec. 2

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Monday Scholars is a weekly series that combines the best of online learning with classroom discussion. Each week a new lecture topic is watched together and then discussed by the group. All you need to do is come ready to engage your mind and participate. Join Adult Services Librarian Patricia Moore as she facilitates this discussion.

About the course:
The video lecture series of The Agency: A History of the CIA will be taught by Professor Hugh Wilford. Since the eve of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency has been tasked by the U.S. government with keeping watch on an increasingly dangerous and unstable world. 
We’ll examine the origins of the CIA and America’s complicated relationship with foreign intelligence and study what went right - and wrong - with some of the CIA’s most important covert missions. We’ll also explore the relationship between the CIA and popular movies, literature, and television and discover how Congress and the American people have worked to check the CIA’s expansive powers. Few organizations are as fascinating, as mysterious and as controversial.

Hugh Wilford is a Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Born in the United Kingdom, he earned his PhD in American Studies from the University of Exeter and received scholarships from the Fulbright Commission and the British government to teach and research in the United States, first at CSULB, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he remains a Faculty Affiliate. 


Registration is Required - *No Meeting September 30, Oct. 14 or Dec. 2 



Carving Out a Living on the Land
with Author Emmet Van Driesche

Thursday, December 5
7:00 - 8:o0 PM

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When he first envisioned becoming a farmer, author Emmet Van Driesche never imagined his main crop would be Christmas trees. Carving Out a Living on the Land tells the story of how Van Driesche navigated changing life circumstances, took advantage of unexpected opportunities, and leveraged new and old skills to piece together an economically viable living, while at the same time respecting the land’s complex ecological relationships.

From spoon carving to scything, coppicing to wreath-making, his book proves that you don’t need acres of expensive bottomland to start your land-based venture, but rather the creativity and vision to see what might be done with that rocky section or ditch or patch of trees too small to log.

Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Emmet Van Driesche worked a number of years on sailing ships; an experience that continues to shape him. In 2009 he chose to return to the Pioneer Valley to take over the management of a 60-year-old coppiced Christmas tree farm. When he’s not working on the tree farm or editing scientific manuscripts, he spends his time carving spoons and teaching both spoon carving and scything. His work is deeply embedded in the importance of physical work, an ability to use his hands and a Yankee sense of practicality.

Registration is Required    
A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.





Christmas Poem Workshop
with Jim Kelleher

Sunday, December 8
1:00 - 2:30 PM

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I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Has Amazon bankrupted your Spirit of Christmas? Join Jim Kelleher as he leads OWL’s Christmas Poem Workshop to rekindle your sense of yuletide joy.

Read and respond to Christmas poems by Anne Sexton, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Maxine Kumin, Walter De La Mare, e.e. cummings, and others not so rich or famous. Bring your own Christmas poem to the discussion. You will leave richer for the reading and you can take your reading packet with you.

Packets will be available at OWL two weeks before the program.

Jim Kelleher has published three books of poetry: Quarry, Mick: A Celestial Drama, and Selected Poems. Individual poems have been published in Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, Fine Homebuilding, The Country and Abroad, and more. Jim is an adjunct professor at Northwestern CT Community College, where he teaches literature and composition.

Registration is Required     




The Cookbook Club
Holiday Cookie Swap

Wednesday, December 11
7:00 - 8:00 PM

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The OWL Cookbook Club wants to simplify your holiday baking! Join Librarian Patricia Moore as she hosts the Cookbook Club’s Holiday Cookie Swap Party. Be inspired by one of our recommended holiday cookie cookbooks or bring a batch of your family favorite cookies or bars. Come prepared to tell us what inspired you or share why your cookie is a family favorite.

We will sample our delicious treats, then swap and package some to take home. Patricia will provide festive take-home boxes to package our treats. Everyone leaves with a wonderful assortment of holiday cookies -- and plenty of new recipes for the holidays!

Each baker, please bring the recipe you used and we will make copies to share. Check out our display of recommended holiday cookbooks beginning a month before the event.

Join us and make your holiday season sweet!

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