The Milton Public Library is organizing some programs for adults and families in September. On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., Patricia White of twhitecreations.com will present a program called “Social Media: Marketing Essentials for Creatives.” If you work in the fields of photography, art, food, writing, design, music, or any other creative pursuit and are passionate about your talent, you want people to find you and buy your products and services.
White will discuss brands, websites, strategies that drive customers to you, marketing tips and tricks, and much more. There is no signup required, and Tech Specialist Chris Callaghan will be the host.
On Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., there will be a talk by Hallie Ephron about her new book called “Careful What You Wish For,” which will be preceded by a meeting of the Friends of the Milton Public Library in the Conference Room.
Ephron’s new novel is about Emily Harlow, a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives and is married to a man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. Emily would love to toss out her husband’s stuff, and although he says he’s a collector, she knows he’s a hoarder. Luckily. she has two new clients to distract her from the distance growing between her and her husband. and after fantasizing with one client about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses, Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up. A reserve can be placed on the book by calling the reference desk.
The first concert for adults and families is happening on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. as part of “Milton Porchfest,” to be held on the “old front porch” of the Library. The group will be The Ezekiel Wheels Klezmer Band, and this internationally acclaimed, great for all ages quintet brings passion, virtuosity, and energy to every performance.
The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. Their music is irresistible to audiences ranging from elementary school students to the judges at the International Jewish Music Festival. Having honed their style in the subway stations and farmers’ markets of Boston, the Wheels include Abigale Reisman on violin and vocals, Jonathan Cannon on violin, Kirsten Lamb on double bass and vocals, Nat Seelen on clarinet, and Pete Fanelli on trombone.
Participants are asked to bring an umbrella for sun and a chair or blanket to sit on the front lawn. In case of rain, this event will be held in the Keys Community Room. Refreshments will be available.
There will be another meeting of The Cookbook Club with Sara Truog and Connie Spiros on Monday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Each club meeting will feature a selected cookbook, and members will prepare a tasty treat from the book to bring to the library and share. The book chosen for September is “Plenty More” (2014) by Yotam Ottolenghi. Copies are available at the Borrower Services desk and you will need to register at the library events calendar if you would like to attend.and learn more details about the club.
On Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a free screening of “The Upside” as part of “Tuesday Night at the Movies.” This film stars Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, and Julianna Maguiles. When Park Avenue billionaire Phillip Lacasse is paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident, he hires ex-con Dell Scott as his caretaker. Phil has recently lost his wife to cancer and also lost the will to live, and Dell is the best candidate to carry out his Do Not Resuscitate edict should his health deteriorate. Phil and Dell end up forming an unlikely friendship. Coming from such completely different worlds, they end up experiencing a meeting of the minds. Phil learns to love Aretha Franklin and Dell learns to love opera, and the situation gives Dell a stable financial footing so badly needed. This is a story which will warm your heart, based on the French film “The Untouchables” which tells the true tale of Philippe Pozo di Borgo. The film is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use, and the running time is 126 minutes.
For the library’s ongoing programs, there will be two sessions of Betty Siegel’s “Drop-in Writing Workshop” on Sept. 4 and Sept. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. If you love to write and would like to connect with other budding authors, come get some advice and perhaps share your drafts with the group. No signup is required.
Tech Specialist Chris Callaghan will hold “Drop-in Device Help” on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. Just stop by (since no signup is required) with your electronic device to learn about how to reserve and download library materials from the website.
In addition, he will hold a class called “Overdrive & Hoopla” on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m., also in the Conference Room. This will be an overview of two popular services you can access using your Milton library card, and laptops will be available to a limited number of attendees. This program requires signing up in advance at the library website so click on “events” from the main page to register.
The Library Knitting Group will start again on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., with only one meeting this month. Come bring your knitting project, chat with other like-minded people, make new friends, and learn more about this craft. No sign-up is required.
There will be a two-part presentation and discussion by Dutch artist and historian Dirkje Legerstee in September in conjunction with her Wotiz Gallery exhibit called “Angels in Human Skin.” This exhibit will show images and stories about her family’s survival through World War II as Nazi war victims. Her father was a Dutch Christian and was taken by the Nazis as a labor slave, and her mother was a Polish Jew who was a survivor of the Shoah.
Her installation depicts a process of externalizing a story that has shaped her and haunted her imagination for decades as a second generation Holocaust survivor sponsored to come to America. The gallery’s contents will include a multi-media collage and a memory map that spans 60 years, plus much more.
This tribute to her parents will be described further in a talk given by Dr. Legerstee on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., following her Wotiz gallery reception also on Sept. 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., she will hold a follow-up inter-faith discussion to include local clergy about the Holocaust and her family history.
Both programs will be held in the lower level Keys Community Room, and those attending the Saturday program are asked to meet first at 9 a.m. in the Wotiz Gallery upstairs before the discussion.
All of these events are sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library and will be held in the Keys Community Room unless otherwise specified. They are free and open to the public. For further information, call Jean Hlady, head of adult services/reference, at 617-698-5757, ext. 3.