Pember Library

Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 1-8, Thursday 1-8, Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-3

Book Club

Posted by Ardyce on April 24th, 2015

May 19, 2015
1:00 pm

The book club will be reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

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From Goodreads :
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting“ in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter — Annawadi’s “most-everything girl” — will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

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Genealogy 101

Posted by Ardyce on April 23rd, 2015

April 29, 2015
6:00 pm
May 13, 2015
6:00 pm
May 27, 2015
6:00 pm

Please join us for a series of workshops:

April 29, 6-8 PM. Join us at the Pember Library, 33 West Main St in Granville, for a free series of genealogy programs by Kathleen Moore. The first course, Genealogy 101, explains how to begin a genealogy search — without spending money. It highlights the excellent free sites available, and the subscription sites available at many libraries. Kathleen will also go over the basics for starting searches in different countries. Pre-registration is not required. Call the library for more information 518 642-2525.

Other workshops in the series:

May 13, 6-8 PM. Intermediate Genealogy ~ Family Stories.

May 27 (tentative date), 6-8 PM. Intermediate Genealogy ~ Problem Solving / Immigration.

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Pennies for Pember

Posted by Ardyce on April 17th, 2015

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Your pennies are still adding up nicely to help support the Pember.

Thanks to all who donate!

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First Friday

Posted by Ardyce on April 15th, 2015

May 1, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm
June 5, 2015
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

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Computer Classes

Posted by Ardyce on March 31st, 2015

April 15, 2015
10:30 amto12:00 pm
April 17, 2015
10:30 amto12:00 pm
April 22, 2015
10:30 amto12:00 pm
April 24, 2015
10:30 amto12:00 pm
April 29, 2015
10:30 amto12:00 pm
May 1, 2015
10:30 amto12:00 pm

Beginning computer classes for senior citizens (over age 55) will once again be offered. Barbara Young will teach six 1 1/2 hour sessions (Wednesdays and Fridays for three weeks) beginning April 15. Pre-registration is required. Sign up now to get a place in the class. The class size is limited to six people (or 8 if some people bring in their own laptops). Classes will cover internet and email, word processing, and using the library card catalog.

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

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