Above is the attachment for the March Newsletter for Seniors.
Our Library Book Club’s next is meeting Thursday, December 14 from 4:00-5:00.
Library Book Club selection for the month of December
The Innocents Abroad (1869), based largely on letters written for New York and San Francisco papers, narrates the progress of the first American organized tour of Europe—to Naples, Smyrna, Constantinople, and Palestine. In his account Mark Twain assumes two alternate roles: at times the no-nonsense American who refuses to automatically venerate the famous sights of the Old World (preferring Lake Tahoe to Lake Como), or at times the put-upon simpleton, a gullible victim of flatterers and “frauds,” and an awestruck admirer of Russian royalty.
The result is a hilarious blend of vaudevillian comedy, actual travel guide, and stinging satire, directed at both the complacency of his fellow American travelers and their reverence for European relics. Out of the book emerges the first full-dress portrait of Mark Twain himself, the breezy, shrewd, and comical manipulator of English idioms and America’s mythologies about itself and its relation to the past.
Roughing It (1872) is the lighthearted account of Mark Twain’s actual and imagined adventures when he escaped the Civil War and joined his brother, the recently appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory. His accounts of stagecoach travel, Native Americans, frontier society, the Mormons, the Chinese, and the codes, dress, food, and customs of the West are interspersed with his own experiences as a prospector, miner, journalist, boon companion, and lecturer as he traveled through Nevada, Utah, California, and even to the Hawaiian Islands.
Mark Twain’s passage from tenderfoot to old-timer is accomplished through a long series of increasingly comical episodes. The plot is relaxed enough to accommodate some immensely funny and random character sketches, animal fables, tall tales, and dramatic monologues. The result is an enduring picture of the old Western frontier in all its original vigor and variety.
The Library has an opening on the Board of Directors for a Hadley Resident. Our charter states that board members will come from both towns. A person who loves libraries and has a desire to serve will be a perfect fit. Call John Plantier at 696-4285 for additional information
1 to 1 computer help is available!
Topics that can be covered in a 1-to-1 session include:
Basic PC use & terminology • Using a mouse and keyboard • Internet searching and using popular websites • Filling out online forms • Creating and managing an email account • Creating and formatting Microsoft Word documents • Basic Microsoft Excel • Free library books on your device • Other topics may be available on request.
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