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Tewksbury Library To Host Talks On Peace Medals, Paul Revere, World War II

Tewksbury Public Library

Event Registration
Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling 978- 640-4490.  We strongly recommend registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for generously sponsoring our programs.

TEWKSBURY JOB SEEKERS NETWORK – Learning Opportunities For Job Seekers At Middlesex ON ZOOM (*RR)
Monday, June 29, 2pm
From 2pm to 2:30pm, learn about opportunities available at Middlesex Community College for job seekers and career changers, such as certificate programs and online degree programs. Led by Jennifer Migliozzi, Assistant Director of Admissions at Middlesex Community College. From 2:30pm-3:30pm, learn how best to manage your next career transition with certified career coach Leanne Rodd. Career transitions can be challenging in the best of times. Add a layer of economic uncertainty, and they can feel overwhelming. If you find yourself considering a career transition - whether chosen or by circumstance - there are steps you can take to help you decide whether now is the right time, plan your path forward, set attainable goals, and keep your momentum. This webinar will help you develop a plan for exploring options and moving forward. Led by Leanne Rodd, Director of Talent for FlexProfessionals Boston and Certified Career Coach (BCC). FlexProfessionals delivers the power of an untapped, highly-qualified talent pool to growing businesses while providing meaningful opportunities for professionals seeking part-time and flexible work options. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Silver Promises -- Peace Medals In North America ON ZOOM (*RR)
Monday, June 29, 7pm
When Lewis and Clark began their famed journey in 1804, they brought with them 89 medals to give as gifts to Native American leaders. The medals were peace medals, offered by the new United States in the tradition of earlier British, French, and Spanish colonial governments. This presentation, led by author and professor Sam Redman, explores the history of peace medals from the point of view of both the Euro-Americans who used them as diplomatic tools and the Native Americans who valued them as important adornments and status symbols. Sam Redman, a professor of history at UMass Amherst, studies 19th and 20th century U.S. cultural, social, and intellectual history. He received his B.A. in anthropology and history from the University of Minnesota Morris and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history since 1607 at the University of California, Berkeley. Sam is the author of "Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums" and "Historical Research in Archives: A Practical Guide," published the American Historical Association. He is currently writing books on the history and legacy of salvage anthropology and on peace medals. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Court-Martial Of Paul Revere ON ZOOM (*RR)
Tuesday, June 30, 7pm
Explore Paul Revere's military service during the Revolution -- a major but disastrous episode in his life -- with Michael Greenburg, author of "The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty & America's Forgotten Military Disaster. At the height of the American Revolution, Massachusetts launched the Penobscot Expedition, a massive military and naval undertaking designed to keep the British out of the strategically important coast of Maine. What should have been an easy victory for the larger American force quickly disintegrated into a quagmire of arguing, disobedience, and failed strategy. In the end, not only did the British retain their position, but the entire flotilla of American vessels was lost in what became the worst American naval disaster prior to Pearl Harbor. In the inevitable finger-pointing that followed the debacle, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Revere, commissioned as the expedition’s artillery commander, was shockingly charged by fellow officers with neglect of duty, disobeying orders, and cowardice. Though not formally condemned by the court of inquiry, rumors still swirled around Boston as to his role in the disaster, and so the fiery Revere spent the next several years of his life pursuing a court-martial to resuscitate the one thing he valued above all—his reputation. Michael Greenburg, a practicing attorney and former editor of the Pepperdine Law Review, is the author of four books, including "Peaches and Daddy," "The Mad Bomber of New York," and "This Noble Woman: Myrtilla Miner and Her Fight to Establish a School for African American Girls in the Slaveholding South.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Laughter Circle ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Wednesday, July 1, noon
This program is for all ages. This program combines voluntary laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor. This is a participatory program where we will create moments to laugh in through guided actions. No need to bring a yoga mat--most of the program is seated, with options for standing or gentle movement. What are the benefits of laughter? Mood elevates. Stress, depression and tension decrease. Immunity improves. Lung capacity increases through deep breathing, enhancing oxygen delivery to all parts of the body. Endorphin and serotonin levels rise. Laughter provides an excellent internal massage to digestive tract as well as improving blood supply to the internal organs. People who laugh don’t worry as much as people who don’t laugh.

The Legend Of Medusa And Perseus ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, July 1, 7pm
Medusa, the Gorgon, who turns those who gaze upon her to stone, is one of the most popular and enduring figures of Greek mythology. Long after many other figures from Greek myth have been forgotten, she continues to live in popular culture.  Learn about the legend of Medusa and her untimely end at the hands of Perseus from Stephen Wilk, author of "Medusa: Solving The Mystery Of The Gorgon." Wilk will explore the different interpretations that have been given to the Medusa mythology, as well as his own original interpretation. He will also examine the history of the Gorgon, from classical times to the modern use of Medusa as a symbol of female rage and female creativity. Stephen Wilk, a contributing editor for the Optical Society of America, is the author of two books, including "How The Ray Gun Got Its Zap." He holds a Ph.D. in Physics and has worked on Laser Propulsion and High Energy Lasers at Textron and MIT's Lincoln Labs, and has designed and built optical apparatus at Optikos Corporation, Cognex, and AOtec. Stephen was previously a visiting professor at Tufts and a visiting scientist at MIT. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Ghost Army Of World War II ON ZOOM (*RR)
Thursday, July 2, 7pm
Learn about the secret missions of the U.S. Army's tactical deception unit during World War II with Rick Beyer, author of "The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived The Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery." The unit's little-known, highly imaginative, daring maneuvers helped distract the Germans in France and disguised the true location of the Allied forces. Rick Beyer is a best-selling author, an award winning documentary producer, and a long-time history enthusiast. With a take on history that is both humorous and illuminating, he has appeared on CBS News, MSNBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, NPR and Fox News. Rick wrote and produced the PBS documentary "The Ghost Army," which premiered on PBS in 2013.  He has also produced films for The History Channel, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, Historic Mount Vernon and others. His documentary credits include Expedition Apocalypse, The Wright Challenge, Secrets of Jamestown, The Patent Files and Timelab 2000. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Jackbox Gaming For Teens (*RR)
Wednesday, July 1, 6pm
Join us to play virtual games from Jackbox Games!  All you need is a computer or phone with internet access.  Games we may play include: Guesspionage, Fibbage, Trivia Murder Party and more!  All family friendly filters will be turned on.  This event is open to teens in grades 6-12. 

Summer Sprouts Story Time ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Monday, June 29, 10:30am
Story time for infants and toddlers with Miss Heather! Join her for stories, songs, movement and more! This program will run live on the library’s Facebook page (

Yoga Story Time on FACEBOOK LIVE
Monday June 29, 7pm
Join us live on our Facebook page ( for Yoga Storytime! Hear a story and do some relaxing stretches with Miss Kat.

Tuesday, June 30, 11am
Join Miss Kat for songs, movement, and a story or two! This program will run live on the library's Facebook page (

Little Einsteins: The Science Of Water ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Wednesday, July 1, 2pm
Every other week, Miss Heather will be posting a science video aimed at ages 3-6! This week, join us to learn about and explore water! View the video on the library’s Facebook page ( and YouTube page (

MUSH! Stories from the Iditarod! ON ZOOM (*RR)
Thursday, July 2, 2pm
Karen Land, who has raced dog sleds in the Iditarod dog sled race in Alaska, is going to join us on Zoom to talk about her life, raising and racing dogs (they love it!), and how dog sledding works. Visit to learn more about her and see photos of her dogs. Registration is required, Please sign up as one participant for the household that will be viewing; you can have as many people watching per screen as you like.

Virtual Maker Craft: Rainbow In A Jar ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Friday, July 3, noon
Watch a video to show you how to make some really cool crafts! Every week we will post a new fun tutorial.  Visit the library’s Facebook page ( or YouTube channel ( to view the video. This week, we will be learning how to make a Marshmallow Launcher!

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