There were a lot of great titles out this year! "Check out" the most popular picks of our patrons after the cut!
Jean V. Kennedy
I was born and raised in England and came to the U.S. as a young woman in the mid 1960s. I worked for Colombia University in New York as a research administrator for many years before moving to southeast Louisiana with my husband. I now live in Gilford, NH.
As a beginning artist I was told to "paint what you love" as your work reflects your passion. I love flowers and birds and many of my paintings are of nature.
Watercolor was the first medium I learned. Some of my work reflects the use of a negative painting technique called "painting outside the lines." Painting using this technique means one has no preconceived notion of the end result; no photograph or scene to copy, only what is visualized and constructed after applying paint to the paper. I find watercolor a fascinating medium to work with because of its fluidity and transparency. I also enjoy using oils and acrylic.
I have taken many workshops from professional artists. I was greatly influenced by a Louisiana art teacher, Myrna Waters, who taught me to push values and how to better use color and shape in a painting.
As an artist I have earned many ribbons and awards for my watercolors by entering competitions both in NH and Louisiana including Best in Show.
I am currently President of the Lakes Region Art Association and a member of the Artists Loft, both local organizations. More of my work can be viewed at www.jeankennedyart.com and at the website hosted by the Lakes Region Art Association under my name for Showcase pages. More pieces of my original artwork are currently on display at VynnArt Gallery in Meredith Falls, Meredith.
I can be reached at jvk2347 [at] gmail.com
This year, we will no longer carry the Nook periodicals format. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For a list of some of the titles we will no longer carry in the upcoming months, please refer to the list below the cut:
Our artist of the month is Phyllis Minor Meinke. Phyllis has won a number of competitions and ribbons for her work, including First Place in Mike Moats Macro Flower Competition, Second Place and People's Choice in the 2016 Boston Flower Show Photo Competition, several ribbons in the N.E. Camera Club Council competitions and First Place in the Lakes Region Art Association Summer Show, Photography.
Her work is on display at the LRAA Gallery in the Tanger Mall in Tilton, and at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography Transformations exhibit in Doylestown, PA.
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Just bring in the unwrapped gift to us before December 6th and we will take care of the rest!
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[CREDIT: Gibson's Bookstore, 16 October 2016]
Overview: Ben H. Winters and Colson Whitehead Speak with NHPR’s “Word of Mouth”
On Sunday, authors Colson Whitehead and Ben H. Winters sat down with Virginia Prescott of NHPR to discuss their latest literary offerings. Here is a brief takeaway of the public discussion and a list of related readings that were mentioned during the interview by the writers.
The Legacy of Slavery hangs heavy over the history of the United States. In many ways, its reach extends into the present – an idea that authors Whitehead and Winters express through their novels The Underground Railroad and Underground Airlines. Their novels tap into the national discussion about race that have been increasingly urgent the past few years, but a discussion our history forces us to grapple with on a daily basis. Railroad and Airlines present the issues through a lens of fantasy and make the abstract issues tangible through literal representations.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead makes the railroad into its namesake – a railroad with tracks that literally transports its refugees to freedom. Whitehead evokes an image he’s carried around with him as a child when he first heard about the history of the Underground Railroad. The children’s fantasy stands stark against the harsh reality of slavery in the United States. Underground Airlines stresses the fact that the effects of slavery are still very present in the culture and society of the United States today. It presents a world in which America did not fight the Civil War. Winters states that he wanted to “make literal” the fact that slavery is still very much with us. It’s an attempt of “spreading consciousness of systemic racism” in which racism is not just the sin of the individual, but something baked into the fabric of our society. As Colson had said earlier in the discussion, “slavery doesn’t have to exist to feel enslaved in everyday life.” His statement echoes the issue both novels attempt to convey in a way everyone can grasp. By making the issue literal, the complexities become more concrete.
In addition to contributing to important national discussions, both novels tell great stories. Railroad tells the story of the slave Cora and her search for a better life. Airlines is a mystery with a rich backdrop of alternative history. Both of these fantastic novels are in the Meredith Public Library’s catalog!
- Linda Hough, Library Aide.
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Darktown by Thomas Mullen.
Grappling with race issues, Atlanta hires its first black officers. They are then faced with a crime where a black woman goes missing and was last seen in a car with a white man. The description compares the tone of the novel to Dennis Lehane. It is "a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice" .
For the month of October, the resident artists at Midnight Moon Tattoo are our Artists of the Month. Check out their amazing work here at the Meredith Public Library for all of this month.
The display includes work by artists: Audi, Mathew Clarke, and Timm Myers.
More information about Midnight Moon can be seen on their website: http://midnightmoontattoo.com/
Our author of the month is Dennis Lehane! Writer of many gritty and compelling mysteries, he often incorporates the city of Boston into his stories.
Check out some of his great titles that are in our catalog!
Darkness, Take My Hand
Gone, Baby Gone
The author of many great and well-lauded titles, Kate Atkinson is our author of the month for September. All this month, check out our display of her available titles in the fiction room!
Some of her titles available in our catalog:
Life After Life
A God in Ruins
Started Early, Took My Dog
One Good Turn
The Librarians and Library Aides of the Meredith Public library: Erin, Chris, Matthew, Karen, John, Cherie, Joyce, Jessica, and Linda. Please check out our Staff page for more information.