10 Jun Legendary Times Summer Reading for Everyone
Legendary Times Summer Reading Program: make your summer legendary by participating in our Legendary Times summer reading program.
The program is extended until August 15th! Explore the complete schedule of clever events and activities for adults below. Use the Beanstack app to log your reading minutes, activities completed, and events attended for a chance to win a prize. Get a prize just for signing up! Sign up now HERE!
Lecture: The Black Death presented live via Zoom by popular lifelong learning instructor, Stephen J. Singer, Esq.
Wednesday, June 17 @ 2 pm
Description: Although most of us are aware that in the middle of the 14th Century the world experienced an horrific pandemic which we know as “The Black Death”. The Bubonic Plague killed between 25 and 200 million people in Africa, Asia and Europe. The results of this particular pandemic were quite dramatic, in terms of human behavior, the development of the concepts of quarantine, social distancing, wearing of masks, and things that we think we invented today to fight Covid 19. Stephen Singer will talk about the cultural and economic effects of this pandemic, just as we are seeing today. History appears to be repeating itself.
Free; no registration required. Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87370461312
Book discussion: Year of Wonders: a novel of the plague by Geraldine Brooks, hosted live via Zoom.
Wednesday, June 24 @ 2 pm
Description: Join us for a timely discussion of Geraldine Brooks’ first novel, “Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.”
Summary: When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”
This novel was a critically-acclaimed national bestseller when it was published in 2001, and author Geraldine Brooks would go on to write four more novels (plus works of nonfiction) and win the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
Free; registration not required. Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86395536468
Note: Some copies of the book are available from the Library in physical and digital formats.
Lecture: A History of Mead as Drink, Myth and Medicine presented live on Zoom by New England-based mead expert, historian and author, Laura Angotti.
Wednesday, July 1 @ 2 pm
Join us for a rousing program on this mythical, mysterious fermented beverage made from honey. Did you know Indian, Celtic, Greek, Roman, and Nordic texts mention mead as a drink of great religious and cultural significance? Come and learn more. Free; no registration required.
Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87409866554
Lecture: Henry of Lancaster’s Book of Holy Medicines presented live on Zoom by Clarissa Chenovick, PhD, Assistant Professor of English, Florida Atlantic University.
Wednesday, July 8 @ 2 pm
Description: A fascinating exploration of Henry, the Duke of Lancaster’s “Book of Holy Medicines”. Written in 1354, it a medieval devotional text meant to edify the reader and contribute to their salvation. He uses medical metaphor to examine the effect of “sin” on the body and what must be done to “heal” and attain salvation.
Professor Chenovick offers a way for non-academics to learn about medieval devotional reading, medical/surgical ideas (including some delightfully gruesome surgical cures Lancaster says he needs to heal the wounds of sin in his soul), and general medieval culture (including the languages spoken in medieval England).
Free; registration not required. Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82420721949
Lecture: Legendary Times: The Crusades through the eyes of the East and West presented live on Zoom by Mark David Luttio, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies, Lynn University.
Wednesday, July 15 @ 2 pm
Description: Napoleon once said, “History is [simply] a set of lies agreed upon.” Lies or no lies, history is always told through a particular lens, and to be sure, depending on the perspective a very different story emerges. This is especially true when those two perspectives are from completely different cultural, linguistic and religious points of view. The Crusades, that turbulent and often violent period of history surrounding the Holy Land during the middle ages, is a story that is told from both the Western and Eastern perspectives; the one Christian and the other Muslim. Professor Luttio will present a fresh perspective on the Crusades from both sides.
Free; registration not required. Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84083316577
Activities to Do All Summer
Chateau D’el Ray Castle Escape Adventure
Test your skills at solving riddles, rebus puzzles, and more as you explore Chateau D’el Ray!
Activity link: https://forms.gle/UyHL58e7gXcbaAhc7
The Knight with the Lion
Explore medieval life and customs with this interactive educational resource based on medieval French stories about King Arthur and his Knights from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
The Crusades from the Arab Perspective
Beef up on the other side of these historical events before you join Professor Luttio’s lecture.
This documentary series is presented by Al Jazeera. Watch it now or it’s free on YouTube.
Check back from periodically for more event and activities! Or download the full Adult Summer Reading Program Activities Guide below.