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Upcoming Library Events
Bus and Wink
Adventures of Youth
Thursday, October 17 at 6:30pm
Some would say Wink and Ruth Tapply shaped the moral fiber of Bristol youth from 1948 to 1958. Their influence can still be felt today through the stories told by families, and the many recreational activities offered by the Tapply Thompson Community Center and the Slim Baker Foundation.
Dick Tapply, Wink’s son, will share memories of Wink and Ruth at the library in an evening that will highlight:
Finding Your Roots
Tuesdays from Sept. 17-Oct. 22 at 3pm
Have you ever wondered who your ancestors are? Now is your chance to explore your family tree and learn about your forebearers. In this course participants will discover how family names were created and how the names and existence of counties, states, and countries have changed over time. The group will then delve into a vast and rich array of sources to uncover the basic facts about our ancestors. Participants will learn how to avoid missteps in their research and what can be done with an apparent dead-end. Finally, the instructor will share suggestions on the best way to preserve and display the fruits of our genealogical research to leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren.
This course will consist of six weekly sessions, each lasting one-and-a-half hours. All experience levels are welcome and there is no cost.
Course instructor is Bruce Nilsson, who is a graduate of Bowdoin College (B.A.) and University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D).
Sign-up for this course by calling the library at 603-744-3352.
Thursday, November 7 at 6:30pm
Join us for poetry night! Bring your original work, a piece or two by another poet, or just come to listen! All ages are welcome. Refreshments are generously provided by the Friends of the Minot-Sleeper Library.
Steamboat A'Coming: Mark Twain's Mississippi River Stories with Mike McKinley
Thursday, November 14 at 6:30pm
Historian and Mark Twain impersonator, Mike McKinley will bring together dramatic readings from several of Mark Twain's classic works with a Mississippi River theme. The selections, gleaned from Twain's "Life on the Mississippi," "Tom Sawyer," and "Huckleberry Finn" are arranged in and adapted to a Mark Twain lecture format such as one may have heard when the famous author and humorist was on the lecture circuit.
With the dramatic use of voice characterization and gestures, McKinley will bring a 70-year-old Twain to life as he showcases Twain's boyhood adventures while growing up in Hannibal, Missouri on the west bank of the Mississippi River; his days as a steamboat pilot; and the culture spawned by the Mississippi River in the 19th Century America.
McKinley has performed as Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) both in-costume/makeup and out for nearly 50 years at various venues throughout the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Family Programs and Events
Every Wednesday at 10:30am
Every Friday at 10:45am
Stories, Snacks, and more!
Library Book Groups
Nonfiction Book Group
Thursday, November 14 at 3pm
"The Cruelest Miles" by Gay Salisbury and Laney Salisbury
All are welcome to join the group! Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book, or call us with questions at 603-744-3352.
Third Monday Book Group