Barrington Reads is a community initiative that encourages everyone to read the same book at the same time. Read, then join us for programs and discussions on this year’s selected title.
Our 2015 title is 11/22/63, by one of the best-selling authors in history, Stephen King. Jake Epping is an English teacher with an uneventful life in Lisbon Falls, Maine. But little towns often hold big secrets, and soon Epping is pushed through a portal in time, and given the ability to change the events leading to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. One of King’s very best, most literary works, this is a thoughtful meditation on a painful chapter in history, as well as a sympathetic character study of a man simply trying to do the right thing.
Join librarians Liz and Sam and talk about this powerful story with your Barrington area neighbors and friends. Register for the date of your choice.
Saturday, Feb 7, 2 PM
(with guest discussion leader Edith Maynard)
Monday, Feb 9, 7 PM
The Annex in downtown Barrington - held with our LIT social book club for adults
Thursday, Feb 26, 10 AM
(with guest discussion leader Edith Maynard)
Delve deeper into the life, death, and times of President John F. Kennedy with these thought-provoking programs. From popular media to civil rights, from music to fashion, the Kennedy “Camelot” years changed America forever. Except where noted, the following programs take place in the library’s Meeting Room. Register using the links below.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Sunday, Feb 8, 2 PM
On October 22, 1962, President Kennedy addressed the nation, stating "...missiles in Cuba [are a]...clear and present danger..." and demanding that the Soviet Union remove them. American citizens, with clear memories of WWII and the Korean War, rallied behind this young and charismatic president. Professor Gary Midkiff examines this important historical confrontation.
Pierre Salinger and the 1,000 Days of Kennedy’s Camelot
Wednesday, Feb 11, 7 PM
Told from the point of view of White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger, this program covers not only the Kennedy assassination, but the 1,000 days that made up the 35th President’s administration. Learn of the close relationship Salinger had with the President, and Salinger’s unique perspective on some of the most dangerous times in our country’s recent history.
Beatlemania and the Music of the ‘50s and ‘60s
Sunday, Feb 15, 2 PM
Join musicologist and professor Michael Weis as he explores the cultural impact of music in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Weis discusses The British Invasion, as well as the Ed Sullivan Show musical appearance that helped a grieving nation begin to recover.
The Space Race
Wednesday, Feb 18, 7 PM
In the 1960s, the U.S. and the Soviet Union became locked in a race to send men to the Moon. How did the Soviets try to beat the Americans? What happened to the Soviet effort after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon in 1969? Michelle Nichols from the Adler Planetarium relives the Space Race and provides an in-depth look at images and information that, in many cases, have only come to light in the last twenty years.
Vintage Makeup Studio
Thursday, Feb 19, 7 PM
Off-site program Join us at Bomber Betty Custom Cosmetics at 400 East Main Street, Suite 200, for this workshop on vintage makeup. We'll focus on recreating and updating eye and lip styles from the ‘50s and ‘60s.
The Assassination of President John F Kennedy
Saturday, Feb 21, 2 PM
The assassination of JFK shocked and transformed a nation. Historian Jim Gibbons explores the death of the president and the ways that it changed everything that came after.
Kennedy and the Civil Rights Movement
Sunday, Feb 22, 2 PM
President Kennedy walked a very thin line between what was morally right and what was morally wrong but politically expedient. He supported the Civil Rights Movement but he also needed the support of Southern politicians - for whom segregation was as American as apple pie. Lyndon Johnson signed the momentous Civil Rights Act of 1965, but professor Gary Midkiff will focus on the groundwork and efforts Kennedy made in this area before his assassination.
Jackie Kennedy: Aesthetics of Style
Saturday, Feb 28, 2 PM
Dr. Michelle Mishur examines Jacqueline Kennedy's impact on culture, style, and fashion in America during her tenure as first lady. Images and discussion will illuminate how Kennedy's style, grace, and poise were interrelated to her interests in fashion, art, and other subjects. Register.