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One-Day Book Sale, December 5, 2015

The Friends will hold a one-day book sale on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Library's Community Room. A variety of categories, including children's, will be offered in the Community Room. Prices there remain the same throughout the sale: trade paperbacks and hard covers at $1, and mass market paperbacks at 50¢. In addition, individually priced books and materials in the Friends' Book Shop area will be half-price during the book sale hours.

"This Business of Fighting." Presented by Arnie Pritchard, November 15, 2015

Early in 1942, a young man from Rhode Island, Tony Pritchard, who had rarely been outside New England, went into the U.S. Army. By the time he returned home more than five years later, he had been all over the United States and Western Europe, had led troops in combat, had nearly died, had worked with refugees, and in general had encountered a world far wider and far more brutal than anything he had known. In letters home, discovered after his father's death, his son Arnie Pritchard brings to life his father's experiences during this time in history.

Iran: Persian Glory and Islamic Revolution, October 25, 2015

With a history dating 2,500 years, the Persian Empire was the largest of ancient times, extending from Central Asia to north Africa. The legacy of this power and wealth is manifest in the stunning tiled architecture of mosques and secular mansions, the distinctively spiced cuisine, the arts and crafts including arguably the world's most beautiful rugs, and the diverse peopl who comprised the Empire as invaders or subjects. Iran's recent history is marked by religious rule following the 1979 Islamic revolution. Barry Pell traveled nearly 4,000 miles through the country's magnificent landscape, visiting historic cities and monuments, and meeting with Iranian people who openly shared opinions about their lives and relations with America.

Book Sale, October 3-4, 2015

On Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2015, we will hold our 43rd annual fall book sale. Thousands of books will be for sale in the Library's Community Room. On Saturday, hard-cover and trade paperbacks are priced at $1.00 and mass-market paperbacks are 50 cents each. Sunday is Bargain Day; all items are half-price and a brown bag is $8.00. In addition, individually priced books in the Friends' Book Shop will be half-price on both Saturday and Sunday.

Master Thieves: Author Stephen Kurkjian, September 20, 2015

In 1990, two thieves made their way into Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and fled with 13 art works, worth $500 million. Despite the FBI's ongoing investigation, the thieves were never caught, and the art remains missing. Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian worked on the story when it first broke, and in his fast-paced debut book, he recounts the heist, the official investigation and his own probing into the case.