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Book Club

Posted by Ardyce on 4th December 2012

November 13, 2012
1:00 pm
January 15, 2013
1:00 pm

The Pember Book Club will continue their discussion of  1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.’s summary says:

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus’s landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last thirty years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

In a book that startles and persuades, Mann reveals how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques came to previously unheard-of conclusions. Among them:

  • In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe.
  • Certain cities–such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital–were far greater in population than any contemporary European city. Furthermore, Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets.
  • The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
  • Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process so sophisticated that the journal Science recently described it as “man’s first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering.”
  • Amazonian Indians learned how to farm the rain forest without destroying it–a process scientists are studying today in the hope of regaining this lost knowledge.
  • Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively “landscaped” by human beings.

Mann sheds clarifying light on the methods used to arrive at these new visions of the pre-Columbian Americas and how they have affected our understanding of our history and our thinking about the environment. His book is an exciting and learned account of scientific inquiry and revelation.

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Holiday Auction

Posted by Ardyce on 21st November 2012

November 30, 2012
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

This is a silent auction of gift-able items which may include Christmas decorations, store-bought or handmade items, artist pieces and who knows what else. Bidding on the items will run from 6:00-7:00pm. However, they will be displayed at the library in the previous week(s) and you will be able to bid on them then.

One of the items up for auction


This auction will be different from our summer auction. Usually we have a bid sheet where you can see the current bid amount but this will be a mystery auction. Each item will have a decorated bag where you will fill out a bid slip including your name, phone number, item # and the amount you wish to bid. You’ll drop the slip into the bag and no one will know who the highest bidder is until we begin processing the items from 7:00-8:00pm. You don’t need to be present to win your item; we can call you. When you enter your highest bid, you are making in good faith a commitment to purchase that item at the price you write on the slip. This is a fundraising event to help out the Pember. As we process the bids, there will be refreshments and music for your entertainment. We’ll pass out the highest bidder slips and there will be several stations where you can pay and take home your treasures. We would like to wrap up the event by 8:00pm.

see for photos of items we have so far.


Besides having silent auction items, we have lots of items for sale. Many are made by local artists. The Museum gift shop also has toys, plush animals, books and handmade jewelry items. You don’t have to wait for our Holiday Auction on November 30th. Come in now to make your gift purchase. You can also view and bid on the auction items. A portion of the proceeds, and in some instances, all of the proceeds, go to benefit the Library and Museum. Click here to see a selection of what we are offering for sale.

Handmade Christmas cards. Blank on the inside for you to add your holiday sentiments. Cards will be sold for $3 each.


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Pember Board Meeting

Posted by Ardyce on 7th November 2012

November 21, 2012
6:00 pm

A meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Pember Library and Museum will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Pember. This is a regular meeting and open to the public.

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Quilling class

Posted by Ardyce on 30th October 2012

November 15, 2012
6:00 pm
November 29, 2012
6:00 pm

Pat O will teach us more quilling or feel free to join us if you have a project you are working on and just like to chat while you are crafting.

Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Pre-registration is not required, materials provided. Beginners welcome. For information, call 518-642-2525.

Here are some samples of cards it’s possible to make using quilling.

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Computer classes offered for beginners

Posted by Ardyce on 24th October 2012

November 28, 2012
10:30 am
November 30, 2012
10:30 am
December 5, 2012
10:30 am
December 7, 2012
10:30 am
December 12, 2012
10:30 am
December 14, 2012
10:30 am

Beginning computer classes for senior citizens (over age 55) will once again be offered thanks to a grant from The Washington County Home for Aged Women. Barbara Young will teach six 1 1/2 hour sessions (Wednesdays and Fridays for three weeks) beginning November 28. Pre-registration is required. Sign up now to get a place in the class. The class size is limited to six people.

More classes will be offered in the spring.

For further information or to register call the library at 518 642-2525.

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