January, 2016, Mechanics' Hall Events

January 2016 MCMA library events

Russian North” curated by Dennis Marrotte.
Exhibit opens-Jan.1st, 2016, First Friday Artwalk and on display in the Mechanics’ Hall Library for the month ofJanuary, Photographs by 10 members of the Photo Club " SPOLOKHI ", from Archangel, Russia, sister city of greater Portland Me.The majority of the Photographs were made in 2014 - while some of Nikolai Chesnokov's works are from the 1990's, to see the collection of pictures check out the web site below.
5:00 to 8:00 pm, Jan.1st and the exhibit can be seen during library hours, 10:00am-3:00pm, Tues., Wed. and Thurs.

First Tuesday Book Club, Jan.5th 2016 
The Road to Character 
by David Brooks 
“I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it.”—David Brooks 
“With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those 
that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.”
From Goodreads 
Bring a lunch; dessert and drinks(Tea or Lemonade) provided, 12 Noon at the Mechanics’ Hall Library-519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible 
All are welcome. Pre-reading of the book not required 
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PubHub #45 – Nicole Bradick of CuroLegal on Selling Your Startup

Wednesday, January 6 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mechanics' Hall • 519 Congress St. • Portland
• About PubHub: PubHub is the first Wednesday of each month at our new home at Mechanics' Hall. Please join us - it's free for everyone to attend (just register first!) Help us spread the word and share this invitation with your network! 

• About the Speaker: In 2011, Nicole Bradick launched Custom Counsel, a company that matched robust idle legal talent with law firms that needed high-end help 

Noon Book Talk.

 Tuesday,January 19th, 2016, noon. Mr. Pierson, local author and poet will discuss his latest historical novel
Annie and the Prince of Wales, by Duane Robert Pierson
“The future king of England comes to Portland Maine, as does the British fleet. There is a magnificent ball for the officers. A thousand militiamen escort the Prince down Congress Street to the harbor. Thousands of visitors come to the peninsula to see it all. Annie Murphy and Addie Harman fall in love and meet their future husbands.
This novel is about something that actually happened, now completely erased from the collective memory. Not many are aware that the biggest event in the history of Portland, Maine took place over a period of days in October 1860. At that time the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), concluding a 90-day tour of North America, came to Portland Harbor to embark for home in England. All this occurred just two weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States. At that time the country was also in the midst of what is known as the Second Great Religious Awakening”…… 
The author will have this book and his other historical novel-“Katie, Maggie and the Marquis de Lafayette”, Portland 1825 available for sale also or bring one in to sign
  12:00 Noon in the Mechanics’ Hall Library, 519 Congress St, second floor, elevator accessible, bring your lunch, refreshments and dessert provided

The Maine Skeins will meet Tues, Jan.19th and every 3rd Tues at the MCMA library from 4:00 to 6:00 pm 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.

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