Honey Bee Keeping In America with Al Avitabile


Mr. Avitabile will discuss the history of beekeeping from Jamestown, to the rise of the beekeeping industry.  Recent research in bee behavior will also be included in this presentation. Join us in the Diebold Room.


Art Opening – Colorful Memories


“Colorful Memories,” an exhibit and sale of  exquisite oil paintings by Rita Madura Frenkel will open in our community studio. This exhibit will be available for viewing, during regular library hours, when programs are not in progress, through Saturday May 30th. The library will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

Welcome Reception for New Library Director, Teresa Roxburgh


Please join the library staff and Board of Trustees at an open house to welcome our new Library Director, Teresa Roxburgh.

Teresa was raised in South California (Pasadena specifically) and received her BA in history at the University of California, Irvine and soon after, completed her Masters of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University.

She originally intended to be an archivist and was working at the Writer’s Guild Foundation Library and Archive when she got a job as a Teen Librarian with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. From there, she became a Library Manager for a medium-sized branch library.

Teresa will fit in perfectly in Roxbury, not only because of her last name, but because she loves meeting people of all backgrounds and working in a public library allows her to do just that. While Teresa believes emerging technologies are important for the future of libraries, she firmly believes nurturing relationships with people are equally as important.

This will also be a wonderful opportunity to talk to Teresa about your ideas or your vision for future of the Minor Memorial Library.

Modernist in the Nursery: The art of legendary illustrator Leonard Weisgard


Leonard Weisgard at work


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A Roxbury resident for more than 15 years, Leonard Weisgard was a Caldecott Award winning illustrator of more than 300 books.

An illustrated lecture on Weisgard’s life and work will be presented by renowned children’s book historian and biographer of Margaret Wise Brown, Leonard Marcus.

Book Group, May 2015

UnknownThe next book discussion group will meet May 11 at 5:30, and will be reading Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis. It is about Max Liebermann, psychoanalyst and protege of Sigmund Freud, and his friend, Inspector Oskar Reinhardt who use their talents to solve a police investigation in turn of the century Vienna.  Beautiful descriptions of the sights, sounds, food, and culture of 1903 Vienna are mixed with secret groups of anti-Semites, the lives of progressive and Hassidic Jews, and historical details of police work and forensic investigation.  And of course there is the issue of decapitated bodies with mud around them being found in front of statues throughout Vienna.

Meet the Author: Lizzie Skurnick

•• That Should Be A WordIf you’ve ever thought to yourself, “There should be a word for that,” Lizzie Skurnick has probably already thought of it.

THAT SHOULD BE A WORD, which originated as a New York Times Magazine column, is for word lovers and social analysts alike. With sections on relationships, eating, employment, parenting, technology, and work life, THAT SHOULD BE A WORD contains hundreds of words that are absolutely necessary for the modern world.

On the surface, THAT SHOULD BE A WORD is a humorous take on 21st century life; but at its heart lies an intelligent and expansive grasp of the English language. Some words will leave you wondering why they don’t already exist:

  • fidgital – excessively checking one’s electronic devices
  • dready – a state of being always ready for the worst-case scenario
  • stressipe – a recipe that’s more trouble than it’s worth to make

Then there are the words that provide a cutting observation on distinct pop culture trends:

  • sipster – one who expresses his or her hipsterness through drinks (think indie coffee, PBR, micro-brews)
  • bitemize – to obsessively count calories (Atkins, anyone?)
  • meateor – passing high-protein fad (Paleo, maybe?)

And words that are downright ridiculous—yet equally irresistible:

  • plasticate – to mistakenly bite fake fruit
  • wirgin – one who has yet to cuss
  • drafterbirth – children taken to bars

photo by Casey Greenfield

About Lizzie Skurnick 

Lizzie Skurnick is an author, a columnist, and the editor-in-chief of Lizzie Skurnick Books, an imprint that brings back YA classics for teen-lit fans. She has also written ten books for teens. A contributor to NPR, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications, she is the author of Shelf Discovery, a memoir of teen reading inspired by her “Fine Lines” column on Jezebel.com. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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