December Events at Mechanics' hall

Mechanics’ Hall Library December Events
First Tuesday Book Club
1776 by David McCullough
"David McCullough tells the story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence - when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on paper." "Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the King's men, the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known." "Here also is the Revolution as experienced by American Loyalists, Hessian mercenaries, politicians, preachers, traitors, spies, men and women of all kinds caught in the paths of war." "At the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young American patriots, who, at first, knew no more of war than what they had read in books - Nathanael Greene, a Quaker who was made a general at thirty-three, and Henry Knox, a twenty-five-year-old bookseller” ............
Meeting held in the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association        Library at 12:00 noon
  519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible
 Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(tea or lemonade) provided
 All are welcome.                Pre-reading of the book is not required.
  FMI call pat at 773-8396 or e-mail at

Kristine Biegel will be continuing her exhibit of “Whimsical Maine
“Maine is definitely the way life should be and this group of paintings takes inspiration from the beautiful Maine landscape as well as the people and lifestyles that make us a unique 
and inspirational community.” 
The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program 
December 5th, First Friday Artwalk in the library, 5:00-8:00 pm
Congress St. will be closed off between Monument Square and Congress Square.-6:00-8:00 pm
“Artist and Authors”
Kristine Biegel exhibiting her colorful and whimsical artwork and local authors;
Edward & Morgan Rielly and David Morse
Edward Rielly, a Westbrook resident, is a professor of English and director of the Writing and Publishing program at Saint Joseph’s College.  He has published about two dozen books, including biographies, studies of baseball and football in relation to American society, and volumes of his own poetry. His most recent book is a memoir of his childhood, Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm.  
  Morgan Rielly is a 2014 graduate of Westbrook High School, where he was salutatorian, served four years as class president, and was a student representative on the Westbrook City Council.  Now a student at Bowdoin College, he wrote Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation based on interviews that he conducted with World War II veterans.
  They will bring copies of Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm, Sitting Bull: A Biography, and three collections of my poetry: A Fine, Safe Journey; To Sadie at 18 Months and Other Poems; and Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems.
  Morgan, of course, will have copies of his Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation.
Author; David Morse
David Morse, a retired radiologist, is a published poet and short story writer. He has led writers groups in Northampton, Massachusetts, Boothbay Harbor and Wells, Maine. His experiences climbing with his wife and three children, hiking and exploring new places were the inspiration for writing “Julie’s Climb”.
Always an observer of life around him, he enjoys writing about the challenges that daily life presents. In Harry and Maude he has found the perfect couple who try to cope with their missteps along the way while finding humor in their resolution.
He lives in Wells with his wife, Joan.

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