“The Gardner Heist” is the book to be discussed during Milton Public Library Director Will Adamczyk’s Local History Book Group on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 7 p.m. at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Published in 2008, author Ulrich Boser recounts the true story of the March 18, 1990, theft of artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston’s Fenway section. To date, not one painting has been recovered. Also on May 1 at 7 p.m., Massachusetts storyteller Anne Barrett will speak about “Hollywood: Wild West to Movie Mecca.” Barrett will show clips of early films that launched the movie industry and discuss the technology revolution that made it all possible.

Milton writer and columnist Suzette Standring will host a writing workshop Thursday, May 2 from 1:30 - 3 p.m., “A Mother’s Day Gift: Writing A Memory Workshop.” This class is designed to be an easy and memorable experience for all writers, whether novice or seasoned. No registration required.

The Library Knitting Group will meet on Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m. Stop by; no signup is required. Meet other knitters and get tips for your handmade projects.

On Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. author Alison O’Leary will speak about about her World War II non-fiction book, “So Close to Home,” co-authored with Michael Tougias. Published in 2017, this story is about a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico, on May 19, 1942, which stalked its prey 50 miles from New Orleans. The U-boat set its sights on the freighter Heredia with 62 souls on board. Copies of the book will be for sale.

Instructor Betty Siegel will again offer her Drop-in Writing Workshop in six Wednesday sessions this season, starting on May 8 and May 22 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Reference/Technology Librarian Chris Callaghan will lead a “Computer Test Drive with Chris” on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. If you are new to computers and want to brush up your skills, sign up for this program. Learn the basics of Windows-based PCs, try some mouse exercises and learn to access the MPL’s resources. Laptops are provided, but registration is required at www.miltonlibrary.org as space is limited.

Callaghan also will hold his Drop-in Device Help on Tuesday, May 14 at 10 a.m. and on Wednesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. Learn how to to download books, movies and more on your electronic device.

Learn about the best day hiking opportunities in New England with author Jeff Romano on Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Romano’s books include

“100 Classic Hikes in New England,” published in 2010. Books will be available for sale.

The Cookbook Club with Connie Spiros and Sara Truog meets again Monday, May 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is required at miltonpubliclibrary.org. It’s “Tuesday Night at the Movies,” May 21 at 6:30 p.m. featuring “Adrift,” starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. The film is rated PG-13 for “injury images, peril, language, brief drug use, partial nudity, and thematic elements” and is not suitable for children.

Lastly, on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m., Milton author Cully Lundgren will speak about his family’s year living in rural Nicaragua. The book, published in 2018, is called “Mom, There’s A Scorpion in my Pants.” Lundgren and his wife Miriam and their two sons will be at this event. In 2016, the family picked up from their comfortable life in Massachusetts and landed in a small village in Nicaragua. Learn why the family took on this challenge.

All programs will be held in the Keys Community Room, unless otherwise specified and are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. For more information, contact Jean Hlady, head of reference, at 617-698-5757, ext. 3 or go to www.miltonlibrary.org.

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