One Book One Belmont Activities

Upcoming Activities

Belmont Book Discussion

frankenstein book coverWednesday, October 17th, 3-4pm, Flett Room

Belmont Book Discussion has added an October meeting for One Book One Belmont.  We’ll be discussing Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein.  Copies available online or at the library.

Belmont Book Discussion Club meets the third Wednesday of every other month. For a list of this year’s selections, view our flyer. Attendees at November’s Belmont Book Discussion on Wednesday, November 21st will have an opportunity to give input on next year’s selections.

Parent-Child Book Club

young readers edition of FrankensteinWednesday, October 17th, 6:30-7:30pm, Assembly Room

This book club is for children in grades 3-6 and their parent or other special adult.

This month, in accordance with One Book One Belmont activities, we will be reading the young reader’s edition of Frankenstein. All registered families can pick up a copy of the book to borrow at the Children’s Room desk.  Pizza will be served thanks to the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Registration Required.

The Monster Within: The Experience of the Outsider

frankenstein and his shadowThursday, October 18th, 7-9pm, Library Assembly Room

One of the most poignant and disturbing aspects of Frankenstein is the monster’s experience of rejection and isolation due to his physical appearance. While Victor Frankenstein chooses self-imposed solitude in pursuit of his scientific ambitions, the monster’s suffering is imposed upon him by those he so desperately wishes to befriend. He is treated as the outsider, a reception that leads to devastating consequences. Who is the monster here?
Join a conversation about the monster within and the experience of the outsider. How does someone come to identify as an outsider? How do we contribute to this outsider status? What are the consequences? How do bring others in?
Join us as we take perspective on this experience in our lives and society.

Free Guided Tour of the MGH Museum of Medical History and Innovation

picture of old medical instrumentsFriday, October 19th, 10-11am, Registration Required, 2 North Grove Street, Boston 2 blocks from MGH T Stop

The Belmont Historical Society is happy to sponsor a free field trip to the MGH Museum of Medical History and Innovation located at the intersection of Cambridge St. and North Grove St. in Boston, MA. It is just two blocks from the MBTA Red Line MGH/Charles stop. The visit will include a guided and self-guided tour of the museum which contains interactive media displays, old and new medical instruments, and research stories. This will be followed by a tour of the famous Bulfinch Building (1821) and its Ether Dome.

Continuing: Monster Misunderstood, Belmont Gallery of Art Exhibit

Frankenstein with superimposed letteringNow through Saturday, November 17th, on display at the Belmont Public Library

The BGA’s ‘Monster Misunderstood’ exhibit is in collaboration with the Belmont Public Library’s One Book One Belmont town-wide read of Frankenstein. ‘Monster Misunderstood’ is the featured inaugural show of the BGA’s new gallery partnership with the library. With themes that include nature, science, identity, prejudice, isolation, alienation and family, Shelley’s Frankenstein–though originally published 200 years ago–still has a resonance to the many difficult issues that face our world today. Both 2 and 3D media will be on display including: textiles, ceramics, assemblage, painting, collage,/mixed media, drawings, prints and photography.

2018 One Book One Belmont Planning Committee

The library would like to thank the 2018 Planning Committee members for the time, energy, and creativity they have devoted to this project! The members are:

Peter Struzziero, Belmont Public Library, Director,
Emily Reardon, Belmont Public Library, Head of Public Services
Mary Carter, Belmont Public Library, Community Services Librarian
Kathleen A Crowley, Belmont Books
Diane Coulopoulos, Friends of the Library
Nancy Dignan, Friends of the Library
Phil Hughes, Belmont Historical Society
Miriam MacNair, Belmont Public Library
Jason Marcotte, Director of Public Works
Niv Vogel Nava, Director of Belmont Council on Aging
Vicky Slavin, Belmont Farmers’ Market
Mary Stearns, Belmont Public Library Board of Trustees
Dorothy Tolls, Belmont Garden Club
Fran Yuan, Human Rights Commission
May Ye, Belmont Chinese American Association