Saturday, February 2, 2013

One Book One Community




Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee will sponsor a kick-off program at the Bridgewater Public Library on Saturday, February 9th. “Sailors’ Arts and Hearts” will take place from 11a.m. to 1p.m. as a prelude to the introduction of the current OBOC choice: In the Heart of the Sea, by Nathanial Philbrick.

Pat Donovan, a retired high school teacher and Bridgewater resident, will demonstrate Nantucket basket-making. He learned to make Nantucket baskets as a hobby.

Mary Rezendes will speak about the history and art of Sailor’s Valentines. Mary has been an admirer and collector of Sailor’s Valentines for fifteen years. She will bring a display of valentines and books on the subject, plus a variety of types of shells which are used in the craft.

In the Heart of the Sea is a true survival story focused on the ordeal of the Whaleship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale in 1819. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.

The kick-off event will be held in the public library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room on the lower level. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about In the Heart of the Sea and One Book One Community, visit http://bridgew.edu/UCP/onebook.cfm. For information about the author, visit http://nathanielphilbrick.com/

In conjunction with the current OBOC choice, the Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library have purchased a family pass to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The pass admits two adults and two children at half-price. For information about borrowing the pass, call the library’s circulation desk at 508-697-3331.

This semester’s One Book One Community program is a partnership of Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Mitchell Elementary School, Williams Intermediate School, Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater Senior Center, Raynham Senior Center, Bridgewater State University Bookstore, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

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