Virtual program

Milford Library to host virtual program on civil rights activist Alice Tregay


Join us Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a virtual show with documentary filmmaker Craig Dudnick, as he discusses his film about Alice Tregay, a voting and civil rights activist from Chicago.

Tregay’s efforts to educate and inspire ordinary people to participate in the electoral process spanned more than six decades.

Tregay met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he came to Chicago in 1966 to join and amplify the black community’s efforts to end overcrowding and substandard portable classrooms in black neighborhoods. She also played a central role in the campaigns of local aldermen, as well as in the first African-American senator, Carol Moseley Braun.

Tregay worked closely with Reverend Jesse Jackson to speak out and end discriminatory housing and employment practices and campaigned for him during his run for president. His belief in voter registration and engagement was inspirational.

Tregay died in 2015.

To register and receive a Zoom link for the presentation, email your details to [email protected] or call 508-473-2145, Ext. 2.

Sale of books

The Friends of the City of Milford Library will continue their series of fall book sales from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sales take place in the Granite and Quarry rooms on the ground floor.

Pumpkin Contest Winners

Congratulations to our pumpkin decorating contest winners, Steve Menz and Nuke Wardani.

Meaning of money

The roundtable near the loan desk presents a selection of materials to help you make sound financial decisions and manage your money,

Vegan cuisine, alive

The roundtable near the reference desk will feature books and DVDs focused on the vegan lifestyle throughout the first half of November.

Great cookbooks will be on display, some from famous chefs and cookbook authors. You are likely to find something interesting to inspire you to try out the health benefits of going vegan.

Center book group

The Center Book Group will meet on Tuesday, November 16 to discuss “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle.

The publisher describes the book as “the next great love story. It’s just not what you expect. The heroine, Dannie Cohan, is a motivated young lawyer who traces her life in great detail, unlike her free-spirited best friend, Bella.

When Dannie has a dream one night about her possible future with a man who isn’t her current serious boyfriend, she discovers that she can’t shake the unsettling feeling that lingers long after waking up. Her “dream man” then comes into her life, but as Bella’s new boyfriend.

This page turner will run smoothly and leave readers nostalgic for their own choices and expectations. A favorite of book groups since 2020, it was chosen as a selection for the Good Morning America and Marie Claire book groups.

The Center Book Group welcomes newcomers to its meetings. To reserve a copy of “In Five Years”, email [email protected] or call the information desk at 508-473-2145, Ext. 2.

Cookbook Club

The next Cookbook Club meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17 in the Children’s Program Room.

Participants are kindly requested to bring their favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, desserts and appetizers.

Cardboard plates and napkins will be provided. Participants are kindly requested to bring their own reusable water bottles and cutlery. Paper cups will be available, as well as a pitcher of filtered water. Members should also bring containers to take leftovers home.

Please let Mary Frances know a few days before the meeting if you plan to attend, so that we can provide sufficient seating etc.

For those who cannot attend the internal meeting, there will be a Zoom option. Email Mary Frances at [email protected] if you would like to receive the Zoom link.

Group of contemporary books

The contemporary book group then meets in the library’s ESL class at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 17, for a discussion on Sally Rooney’s “Conversations with Friends” book.

This very clever debut novel is about two students and the strange and unexpected bond they forge with a married couple.

Written with gemstone precision and convincing intelligence, “Conversations with Friends” is wonderfully alive with the pleasures and dangers of youth.

To reserve a copy of the book or for more information about the group, email Shelley at [email protected]

Artist exhibition workshop

The collective exhibition of the artists of the Atelier continues throughout this month. The Artists of the Workshop, under the direction of Sal Ferreira, present their interpretations on the theme of renewal.

Works of art in a variety of media – mostly oil, although acrylic, pastel and photography – will be on display near the information desk. Each fall, a group challenge on a particular theme gives rise to an exhibition that is both cohesive and individual.

These artists have been painting and exhibiting together since 2008. When you visit the exhibit, be sure to take a look at the showcase, which brings together some programs and flyers from past exhibitions and group challenges.

While COVID-19 has prevented greater group exposure and limited the times the group could be together safely over the past year and a half, it has not dampened the impetus and need to Express. Stop by to see the exhibition and feel free to leave comments to the artists.

ESL and citizenship courses

For now, we have canceled the walk-in reading group for ESL students. We can add another group or expand one of the other host groups.

Walk-in conversation classes are held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Regular walk-in ESL classes take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Citizenship preparation classes are from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays (this program is not a walk-in program, as students must approach the minimum residency requirements – five years in almost all cases ). The ESL instructor or coordinator must approve you for the course. The instructor, Atef Sorial, worked as a guidance counselor in his native Egypt, then went through the naturalization process himself and is now working with Milford Public Schools and Milford Hospital on Project Search.

Tax assistance

The AARP Tax Assistance Program is looking for volunteers to help low- and moderate-income people prepare for their Federal and Massachusetts income taxes.

As a Tax-Aide volunteer, you will receive training over three Saturdays in December. Tax-Aide volunteers work six to eight hours a week between February 1 and early April.

The AARP tax assistance program is offered at 41 seniors’ centers and libraries in central Massachusetts. Last year, our volunteers helped complete over 4,700 tax returns.

Training begins in December. Internet access and computer skills are essential.

Those interested are encouraged to visit and select “Volunteer With AARP Tax-Aide Program” from the options.

Share your collection

Many people did a lot of sorting and organizing in their home spaces during the first days of the pandemic. Maybe you were one of those people who found a collection that you haven’t seen in a while or even forgot you have.

Consider sharing your collection with the Milford Town Library. The adult and children’s departments have showcases that can safely showcase your treasures.

Before the pandemic, we usually had monthly rotating exhibits that included dolls, badges, photographs, travel memorabilia, tea cups, snowmen, penguins, key chains.

Contact the information desk at 508-473-2145, ext. 2, to program your month.

Pantry donations

The library accepts donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry. With the ongoing pandemic, food insecurity has become more serious for many, and donations of food for the pantry are particularly welcome.

Donations can be placed in the blue bucket under the Friends of the Library book table.

Mary Frances Best is Reference Librarian at the Milford Town Library.


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