Mechanics' Hall August Events

 August Events in the library

Mechanics’ Hall Library, First Tuesday Book Club
Tuesday’s Book Club meeting is Sponsored by MCMA members, Muriel and Bob McGuire
August 4 The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown – Non-FictionNine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics

“Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled  by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism..........”

Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(Tea or Lemonade) provided, 12 Noon
All are welcome. Pre-reading of the book not required
FMI call Pat at 773-8396 or e-mail

August 7, 2015 Mechanics’ Hall Library August Artist, MCMA member Jane Macomber, Photography-”Classic New England”
MCMA February Events
    February Artist in the library is Photographer Jane Macomber, her exhibit “CLASSIC NEW ENGLAND” will open on the February 1st Friday(5:00-8:00pm)Down Town Portland Art Walk in the Mechanics’Library. 
    519 Congress St. second floor, elevator accessible

"Classic New England".

           I am a native Mainer, having grown up in Castine. I went to school at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, but did not study photography. I am self taught, having gotten the love from my father who is also self taught, and from my love of life. I have lived in Portland for two years, after having spent fifteen years in Amherst. My photos are a mixture of digital and 35mm. A few were even taken with a phone camera! As long as I can capture things, I am happy!”..JANE MACOMBER

The Maine Skeins will meet Tues, Aug. 18 and every 3rd Tues at the MCMA library from 5-7 approximately. you may come earlier if you wish. bring a craft-in-progress to work on or just come to talk about a handiwork of any sort. we have started a give away or swap time if you have supplies or books you no longer want. be inspired to finish that old project hidden in the closet or start a new one.
FMI call us at 773-8396 or email

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