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               April 2017
Friends of the Library Clothing Drive
Through Thursday, April 6

Clean out your closets and donate your used clothing to a great cause.

Support the Epilepsy Foundation New England and the Friends of the Library by dropping off clean clothing, shoes, and handbags in the Central Library during library hours.

Your gift will help individuals and families living with epilepsy and sponsor the library events you love.

Clothes Hanging in a Closet
Featured Event 
A Concert of Americana
by Singer-Songwriter Thea Hopkins
Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m.

Enjoy a concert of Americana and folk by singer-songwriter Thea Hopkins.

Applauded by Peter, Paul & Mary as “one of the most literate, poetic, and emotionally moving of the new songwriters" and praised as a “standout songwriter” by The Washington Post, Thea Hopkins writes concise and striking narratives about romance, tragedy, and triumph in modern times.

A regular performer in England, she’s appeared in the U.S. at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, and at the Sundance Film Festival.

Thea Hopkins
​For Children
The Pumpernickel Puppets present
Sir George and the Dragon
Wednesday, April 19 at 2:30 p.m. 

Enjoy a rumbustious performance of the classic tale Sir George and the Dragon by the enchanting Pumpernickel Puppets, and stay after the show to see how the puppeteers make their puppets come alive.

An adventurous princess on a journey to Mystery Mountain to see the Great Green Dragon bumps into Zelda the babysitter, a silly bat, and Sir George and his clumsy dog along the way.

Sir George and the Dragon is recommended for children ages 4 and up.
A Pumpernickel Puppet
​For Teens
An Astonishing Feature Film:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Monday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Dive deeper into mysteries and astonishing goings-on of J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World with a ripping, after-school showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Seventy years before Harry Potter was assigned Newt Scamander’s textbook at Hogwarts, the magizoologist was having extraordinary adventures in New York City with its secret community of witches and wizards.

Join teen librarian Jennifer Beiermann for snacks and an entertaining show.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Poster
​For Adults
Explore the World of Mechanical Clocks and Learn about Your Clock
Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

Discover the intricacy and charm of mechanical clocks and bring your clock for an assessment at a presentation by clockmaker Joe Pacino.

See six clocks from Joe’s collection of historic 1880s - 1990s timepieces. Learn about the care and maintenance of mechanical clocks and the importance of keeping clocks as family heirlooms.

Plus, Joe will examine your clock and tell you about your piece.
A Clock Face
Kicking at the Straights:
A Glam and Punk Film Series 
Thursdays, April 20 & 27 and May 4 & 11 at 7 p.m.

Forever reinventing itself, rock ‘n’ roll sometimes changes by rejecting what came before. Glam defied 1960s political rock by becoming decadent and self-indulgent. Punk kicked at 1970s synth rock by stripping down and going fast.

Join journalist and film buff Steve Starger for four pictures about the punk and glam rebellion against mainstream music and culture:

Click on a title to read more.
The Runaways Movie Poster
Meet the Writers of the Ocean State 
Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Discover the writers in your own backyard. Meet over 40 authors from the Association of Rhode Island Authors at a Saturday expo.

See books on all topics and genres. Buy a book and have it signed. Talk with the authors and ask questions.

Drop in to explore Ocean State lit.
An Author Signing a Book
The Origin and Legacy
of the Recorded Blues
Tuesdays, April 25 and May 2 at 7 p.m.

Join Warwick musicologist Lloyd Kaplan for a two-part presentation on the origin and legacy of the recorded blues.

On April 25, discover how the blues became popular, who made it popular, who were the major blues stars, and how blues recordings started the race records industry.

On May 2, explore the influence of the blues on other musical genres, including country, Broadway, and classical music.

B.B. King
Old Houses of Warwick
by Henry A.L. Brown 
Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

Join Warwick historian Henry A.L. Brown for a tribute to the Old Houses of Warwick.

Discover John Brown’s Spring Green country estate, including its residence, ice house, barns, and John Brown’s chariot.

Visit the birthplace of General Nathanael Greene. Learn about pre-revolutionary war smuggling at the Moses Green House. Hear how British General Richard Prescott was held captive at the David Arnold Tavern, and more.

Greene Memorial House
A Concert of Swing Jazz
by The Aristocats 
Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m. 

Spring is the season when birds, butterflies, flowers, and jazz musicians reappear for our pleasure and enjoyment.

Hear sunny and carefree renditions of your favorite jazz standards by Warwick’s premiere swing jazz band with Lloyd Kaplan on clarinet and vocals, Nat Piccirelli on guitar, Dennis Pratt on bass, and Joe Holtzman on drums.

The Aristocats
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Friday - Saturday   9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday   1 - 5 p.m.

Holiday Hours
Friday, April 14
Good Friday
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 16

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