The Epic of Gilgamesh with Sebastian Lockwood

Wed. Nov. 12, 7pm

The Finest Hours with Michael J. Tougias

Wed. Oct. 29, 7pm
On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor’easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued and 14 would lose their lives. Michael Tougias, co-author of the book and soon-to-be Disney movie The Finest Hours, uses slides to illustrate the harrowing tale of the rescue efforts amidst towering waves and blinding snow in one of the most dangerous shoals in the world.

Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award winning author of eighteen books: Fatal Forecast: An Incredible Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, and on a lighter note, There's A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be. Tougias explains his interest in survival stories, ″Researching history and true stories is similar to being a detective who must solve a mystery.... I'm particularly interested in how an individual manages to keep going in face of overwhelming odds. I think all readers want to know mindsets and techniques that survivors used, and in many instances those techniques can be used by any individual when they are faced with a difficult challenge.″
Made possible by a generous grant from the NH Humanities Council.

Book Sale!

The Friends' Annual Book Sale will take place on Sat. September 20, from 9-2. We are now happy to accept your donations of gently used books and media. It's all for a good cause- the Friends pay for much of our programming and special items like the new movie screen. Please, no text books, magazines or condensed books. Thank you!

NH Bugs: The Big Three; Emerald ash borer, Hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle

Wed. Sept. 10, 7pm

NH Bugs: The Big Three informs New Hampshire citizens and visitors about three invasive insects of greatest concern to our trees and forests: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. This presentation includes information about the life cycles, identifying signs and symptoms of infestations, and management techniques for each pest. This program is brought to us by volunteers Valerie Piedmont and Kathy Shillemat of the NH Extension Service.

Mission Statement

The Fitzwilliam Town Library supports the needs and interests of our community by offering information, experiences and ideas in creative ways.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 3, 2014

Weather advisory- If the schools are closed, it is the Library's policy to close as well.

Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest

Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:00, The Lunchbox (India, 2014)

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Indian Refreshments!

Book Party: "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki

For Adults (Book Party on Mon. Nov. 10, 7pm)
Books available at the Library. Ruth—the character Ruth—is a writer living in a remote corner of the Pacific coast of British Columbia who is currently thwarted by writer’s block as she attempts to compose a memoir. One day she finds a collection of materials contained in a lunchbox that has washed up on the beach. As if she has unleashed a magical mist, the items she finds inside, namely a journal and a collection of letters, envelop her in the details—the dramas—of someone else’s life. The life she has stumbled into is that of a Japanese teenager, who, believing suicide is the only relief for her teenage angst, nevertheless is determined, before she commits that final act, to write down the story of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. We go from one story line to the other, back and forth across the Pacific, but the reader never loses place or interest. Read the New York Times' review of this book here. Refreshments!

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