I’m in Prague this week, traveling with my adventurous adult daughter, K.J. Gormley. She’s an intrepid explorer, taking her job on the road across oceans and continents. (Did you catch her Chats with Champions from August about working remotely? If not, you can hear the entire chat available on Skidompha Library’s YouTube channel.) I have the privilege of tagging along on some of her adventures.
As I stood next to an enormous statue of Franz Kafka in Prague’s Jewish Quarter yesterday, I was reminded of one of his pearls of wisdom: “Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”
I hope you find your own inspiration and adventure this week.
Upcoming special events
Novel Jazz — Friday, Nov. 9, 7-9:30 p.m.:
The Novel Jazz Septet finishes its 14th season of straight-ahead jazz at Skidompha on Friday, Nov. 9. Novel Jazz performs hot swinging jazz out of the Great American Songbook with a unique focus on jazz icons Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, visit Skidompha’s website.
Resilient Girls Book Clubs:
Girls face many challenges that can thwart their ability to develop a strong, honest voice to express who they are. This “girl-and-grown-up” book group will read books together and use them as a starting point for open and honest dialogue. There are three groups this fall: second and third grade, fourth and fifth grade (full), and sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
Sign-up is required as space is limited. Please contact Skidompha if you’d like to sign up at 563-5513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
150 Years of Little Women celebration:
Join us for two days of celebrating all things Louisa May Alcott! We’ll have lots of fun events for the whole family on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10. All events are free, open to the public, and intended for all ages; no signing up is necessary. Check Skidompha’s website for a full description of events.
Friday, Nov. 9
• 1:30-2:30 p.m.: “The Alcotts and the Marches: Fact and Fiction”
• 6:30-8:45 p.m.: Episodes 1 and 2 of the 2018 PBS Miniseries “Little Women”
Saturday, Nov. 10
• 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-1 p.m.: “Little Women” crafts and activities
• 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: “Drink Tea with Louisa May Alcott”
• 6:30-8:45 p.m.: Episode 3 of PBS’ “Little Women” and Louisa May Alcott Quiz Night
Skidompha Genealogy presents:
The “A Tale of Two Artifacts” writing workshop will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 12:30-2 p.m.
Charles Dickens wrote “A Tale of Two Cities.” But who will write “A Tale of Two Artifacts”? You will! In this genealogy workshop, participants will be guided through the process of writing the stories of a pair of their own family heirlooms in order to preserve the information for future generations. If you would like to know more about this unique opportunity or reserve your spot, please visit skidompha.org/genealogy.
(Skidompha Library has been supporting our community since 1885 in downtown Damariscotta. You can find us online and view our full calendar at skidompha.org.)