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Since 1926, a version of Black History Month has existed in the United States.  It started as a week, and over time became a month dedicated to making sure that African American/Black history was not overlooked.   Canada and the U.K. also celebrate Black History Month, although the U.K.’s is in October.  It is important to learn and remember all parts of history, since by paying attention to history we can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes as our ancestors. In the spirit of Black History Month, here are some links to great resources on this branch of history.

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Here are some highlights from this week’s events.  Don’t forget to check out the details for each event by clicking the links below, and see what else is going on anytime by checking out our calendars.  We suggest you register so that if the event is cancelled you’ll receive an email – with the winter weather we’ve been having this is a good idea!

Computer Class: Intro to MS Word 2007 on Feb. 9, 10:30 am

Jewelry: Everything Old is New Again on Feb. 9, 6:45 pm

The Reading Connection for Kids & Parents on Feb. 10, 7 pm.  Children must be at least 4 years old to attend. Please make arrangements for younger siblings.

Classical Piano Duo Concert on Feb. 11, 7 pm

Tuckers’ Tales presents ‘Sock Monkey Mysteries’ – a preschool puppet show on February 13, 11 am

Second Saturday Bookclub on February 14, 11 am.  This month’s book is Consequences by Penelope Lively.

 

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This month’s free movies are Gone Girl (February 6) and Boyhood (February 20).

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Gone Girl, based on the popular novel by Gillian Flynn stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.  It will be shown starting at  2:00 PM in the Community Room and runs until 4:30 PM.   The film has been nominated for several awards, and won many.

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn
Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language; 2 hours and 25 minutes.

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Nominee and winner of several awards, including winning 3 Golden Globes this year, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast.  This movie will be shown on February 20 starting promptly at 1:30 PM in the Community Room.  Due to the length of this film —2 hours and 45 minutes—the start time is earlier than usual to accommodate building schedules.

A groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes.

Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

Rated R (for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use); 2 hrs. 45 mins. Registration is requested; sign up today.

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The Franklin Township Public Library is happy to welcome back Ameer Sohrawardy, an assistant professor of English Literature at Rutgers University – Newark, with more than 10 years of experience as an SAT instructor.  Professor Sohrawardy will be presenting successful strategies that students can use to confidently handle both the written and essay portions of the SAT exam.  There will be time for Q & A about the entire SAT examination process.  Parents who are interested in improving their children’s ability to write clear, grammatically correct prose are also invited to attend.  Registration is required for both events!

SAT Review Part I: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Essay”
Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ 7 – 8 pm (Main Library – Community Room)

SAT Review Part II: “How to Earn a Perfect Score on the SAT Writing Section (Exclusive of the Essay)”
Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 2:30 – 3:30 pm (Main Library – Community Room)