Community Events

NEA Big Read Announcement Event
Saturday September 9th,  1:00-3:00pm
Balfour Riverwalk Park (74 North Main St., Attleboro)
In celebration of International Literacy Day, join the events as we celebrate the announcement of Big Read 2017. Stop by from 1:00pm-3:00pm and pick up your copy of Station Eleven and the calendar of events. Join in the family friendly afternoon with storytelling, crafts, martial arts, music, and theatrics. Add your thoughts to our “I couldn’t live without…” banner. In case of rain we will move inside the Attleboro Library.

Storytelling and Craft: No Gadgets or TV, Wow!
Saturday September 9th,  1:00-3:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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Meet two kids experiencing technical difficulties in two separate stories, read by storyteller Bernadine Veiga. See how both characters learn to have fun without gadgets or TV in the stories Penny Lee and Her TV and TEK the Modern Cave Boy. Then, have fun completing a craft to bring home. This event is most suitable for children grades 2 and under. Registration is encouraged to assist with set up for the event. To register, click here or call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Traveling Classical Music
Saturday September 9th,  3:00pm-4:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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Mychal Gendron, Classical Guitarist, has performed as a soloist, in symphony, and in chamber recitals in Europe, South America, and the US. He will travel to the Attleboro Public Library to perform “Airs and Dances-Renaissance and Baroque Music for Guitar” at 3:00pm. The music in “Airs and Dances…” comes from popular 16th-18th century songs and of France, Spain, and Germany. Registration is encouraged to assist with set up for the event. To register, click here or call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Senior Perspectives of Station Eleven
Tuesday September 12th,  9:30am-10:30am
Council on Aging (25 South Main St., Attleboro)
The Council on Aging Writers Group will consider the themes from Station Eleven as they write about and discuss what is important in life. Join us at 9:30am and hear what the seniors have to say.

Sock Monkey Book Discussion for Tweens/Teens
Wednesday September 13th, 6:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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The Tween/Teen book group “Sock Monkeys” will discuss the title Outbreak: Plagues That Changed the World and how it compares to Station Eleven. Registration is required, snacks will be provided! To register, click here or call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Be Proactive: Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Thursday September 14th,  7:00pm-8:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Local members of the group (BNMRC) assist with preparations for a range of possible emergencies, from hurricanes and blizzards to a flu pandemic and acts of terrorism. Join us at 7:00pm for this free training which emphasizes the importance of planning ahead for an emergency and will help give you peace of mind as you plan for how to keep your family and friends safe. Guidelines are also provided for developing a personal preparedness plan and address the type of supplies and information that should be considered for a “Go-kit”. Registration is encouraged to assist with set up for the event. To register, click here or call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

NEA Big Read Announcement in South Attleboro
Saturday September 16th,  11:00am-2:00pm
Lee’s Pond, 787 Washington Street, South Attleboro
Join the South Attleboro Lions and Village Lions Club festival as they celebrate all things South Attleboro. Stop by our table between 11:00am-2:00pm, Attleboro’s 1ABC members will be there to distribute books, event calendars, and discuss The Big Read reading of Station Eleven.

Big Read Kick-off Event- Art Exhibit: Calm Before the Storm
Saturday September 16th,  2:00-4:00pm
The Attleboro Arts Museum (86 Park Street, Attleboro)
The Attleboro Arts Museum will respond to Station Eleven with the mounting of an exhibit called “The Calm Before the Storm – A Collection of Handcrafted Snow Globes Inspired by Station Eleven“. A team of invited artists will create snow globe sculptures and renderings, honoring items and routine pleasures that they hold dear. Following the storyline of Station Eleven, the artists will capture the calm of a pre-apocalyptic world by spotlighting simple but cherished items and scenes – and place them in the eye of an unpredictable storm. A reservation is requested, but not required. To register call the Attleboro Arts Museum at 508-222-2644 x10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org

An Evening with the Author, Emily St. John Mandel
Tuesday September 19th,  7:00pm
Peter Thacher Elementary School (160 James Street, Attleboro)
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Join us at 7:00 pm for an evening with Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven. Emily is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven– which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 27 languages. Emily will be interviewed by journalist Ethan Gilsdorf on topics such as her inspiration for Station Eleven and her writing career. Ethan Gilsdorf is a journalist, memoirist, essayist, critic, poet, teacher, and performer. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Gilsdorf covers the arts (with a focus on books and film); pop, gaming and geek culture; and media and technology, for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Magazine, Wired, Salon, Psychology Today, and WBUR’s The Artery. He has interviewed notable cultural figures such as Sir Ben Kingsley, John Cleese, Cheryl Strayed, Junot Diaz, Amy Poehler, Viggo Mortensen, William Shatner, Sister Helen Prejean, Jason Segel, Stan Lee, Guillermo del Toro, George Romero, Jon Favreau, Steve Carell, Wil Wheaton, Nick Hornby, Andy Serkis, and Seth Rogen, among others. This event is sponsored by Bristol County Savings Bank. Registration is encouraged to assist with set up for the event. To register, click here or call Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Teen Book Discussion
Friday September 22nd,  3:30pm-4:30pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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Join the Teen Book Group as they discuss Station Eleven, its themes, and what life might be like if they were affected by the events in the book. Young people ages 14-18 are welcome to join.  To register: www.attleboros1abc.org; click on the Events Tab; scroll through All Events for this particular listing, OR call 508-222-0157. Registration is encouraged. To register, click here or call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

NEA Big Read Goes to the Market
Saturday September 23rd,  9:00am-1:00pm
Attleboro Farmers Market at Capron Park (201 County St., Attleboro)
Stop by the NEA Big Read table at the Attleboro Farmers Market. Attleboro’s 1 ABC members will distribute copies of Station Eleven.

Survival in the Woods: Survival Hike at Oak Knoll
Saturday September 23rd,  10:00am-11:30am
Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary (1417 Park Street, Attleboro)
You’re lost in the woods. Do you know how to find the necessities to endure on your own? Join us at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary for a 90-minute, family friendly hike. Hikers will learn all about how to survive in the woods with nature education specialist Chris Hitchener. To register:  visit http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors; click on Program Catalog; select Oak Knoll from the list of sanctuaries and scroll through for this particular listing, OR call Oak Knoll at 508-223-3060.

You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without: Parent/Child Book Discussion
Monday September 25th,  7:00pm-8:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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The Parent Child Book Group, for students in grades 3-4, will read books from the series, “You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without.” Their discussion will focus on the aspects of Station Eleven that show what people can learn to live without and what they try to re-create. Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the library at 508-222-0157.

Be Proactive: Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Tuesday September 26th,  7:00pm-8:00pm
South Attleboro Fire Station (1746 West Street, Attleboro)
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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Local members of the group (BNMRC) assist with preparations for a range of possible emergencies, from hurricanes and blizzards to a flu pandemic and acts of terrorism. Join us at 7:00pm for this free training which emphasizes the importance of planning ahead for an emergency and will help give you peace of mind as you plan for how to keep your family and friends safe. Guidelines are also provided for developing a personal preparedness plan and address the type of supplies and information that should be considered for a “Go-kit”. Registration is encouraged to assist with set up for the event. To register, click here or call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Parents Are Survivalists: Book Discussion
Wednesday September 27th,  7:00pm-8:00pm
Wetherlaine’s (266 County Street, Attleboro)
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Join the Parents Book Group as they discuss Station Eleven and other post-apocalyptic fiction. How realistic are post-apocalyptic themes? As a parent, how would you react to the events in the book? Join the Parents group at Weatherlaine’s to discuss these tough questions.  Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the  Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

The Traveling Writers: A Literary Experience
Thursday September 28th,  6:30pm-7:30pm
Christopher Heights Assisted Living (45 South Main St., Attleboro)
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Join the traveling troupe of writers also known as the Attleboro Public Library Writers as they take their remarkable stories, memoirs, and poetry on the road to Christopher Heights Assisted Living.  A dedicated song will be performed by the talented Myra Kinds.  A reception, complete with refreshments, will be hosted by Christopher Heights Activity Director Nancy MacKinnon. The mission of APL Writers is bringing the Literary Arts to the community and inspiring others to imagine, create, and celebrate.  Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the  Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Geocaching and Survival in the Woods
Saturday September 30th,  10:00am-11:00am
Nickerson Walking Woods (Richardson Ave., Attleboro)

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Have fun learning what items are essential in order to survive in the woods and learning how to geocache! Join us for an excellent adventure! Following a GPS geocache locator on phones or a GPS device, participants will be guided by Land Trust members on trails through forests, over swamps, and into meadows and woodlands to locate 5 hidden treasure chests containing cards describing items essential to a hiking in the woods survival kit as well as other little surprises for participants! Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the  Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Wednesday Morning Book Group Discussion
Wednesday October 4th,  10:00am-11:00am
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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The Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group will center their monthly discussion on Station Eleven. Join the lively group at 10:00am at the Attleboro Public Library.  Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the library at 508-222-0157.

Gratitude, Awareness & Resilience: Practices for Mindful Living in an Age of Anxiety
Wednesday October 4th,  7:00pm-8:00pm
Community Visiting Nurses Association (10 Emory St., Attleboro)
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Dostoevsky has written, “Beauty will save the world.”  Inspired by Station Eleven and its embrace of beauty amidst post-apocalyptic ruins, this one-hour workshop will focus on techniques to reduce stress and create a sense of well-being in worrisome times. Join Kathryn Henderson, MDiv, ThM, Spiritual and Bereavement Care Coordinator with Community VNA,  at 7:00pm. Kathryn has conducted numerous meditation and centering workshops and has a passion for helping people discover the spiritual practices that work for them.  Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the library at 508-222-0157.

Saving Seeds and Saving the World
Thursday October 5th,  7:00pm-8:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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People have been saving seeds for thousands of years. They save seeds to save money, hold on to family traditions, maintain a supply if flowers and vegetables are no longer available commercially, and to encourage the bees and the butterflies. Older varieties of flowering plants are gaining in popularity, and heirloom tomatoes are all the rage thanks to people who save seeds. Had not a few astute people saved the seeds from these wonderful varieties, they would be gone forever. Learn the few simple steps involved in saving your own seeds, and save your world with Master Horticulturist and Columnist, Kathi Gariepy. There will be a demonstration on how to save a variety of different seeds, and some seeds will be distributed.  Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the library at 508-222-0157.

Manhattan Short Film Festival
Friday October 6th,  6:00pm-8:00pm OR
Saturday October 7th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Bristol Community College (11 Field Rd., Attleboro)
One week, one world, one festival – the Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to Attleboro. Every festival includes films about love, loss, the need for others in our lives – often with a dystopian theme in at least one of the films. For film festival details visit manhattanshort.com. Please RSVP by September 29th by calling 774-357-2007 or email Dawn.Banville@BristolCC.edu.

Tween/Teen Book Discussions
Wednesday October 11th, 4:00pm
Bartek Recreation Center (81 Park Street, Attleboro)
Tween/Teen librarian Meghan Witherell will take discussion of the series “You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without” to the Bartek Rec Center, and compare the themes of the series with the themes of Station Eleven.

Teen Found Art Project
Wednesday October 11th,  6:00pm-7:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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Just as in the NEA Big Read title Station Eleven, found articles are given a new purpose. Youth in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us for Found Art. Participants will get creative, using recycled materials to create their artwork. All levels of artistic talent are welcome!  Registration is required for this hour-long program. To register, click here OR call the library at 508-222-0157.

Conviction and Destiny: Attleboro’s Great Fire
Saturday October 14th,  1:00pm-2:00pm
Attleboro Area Industrial Museum (42 Union St., Attleboro)
Join us for a presentation about Attleboro’s Great Fire of 1898 and see how it connects to themes in Station Eleven.  Light refreshments will be served.  Call the Industrial Museum at 508-222-3918 or email info@industrialmuseum.com to register.

Multicultural Book Discussion
Monday October 16th,  7:00pm-8:00pm
The Literacy Center (80 North Main St., Attleboro)
Teachers, volunteers, tutors, and students of The Literacy Center will discuss Station Eleven. This book discussion is open to the public.

Shakespearean Twist to the Discussion
Tuesday October 17th,  6:00pm-8:00pm
Colonel Blackinton Inn – Carriage House (203 North Main St., Attleboro)
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To celebrate the Shakespearean elements of Station Eleven, why not sip a Puck’s Fizz, or quaff a Drowning Ophelia? You can taste these special drinks and more at a NEA Big Read Book Discussion cocktail party in the Carriage House at The Colonel Blackinton Inn. Join us from 6:00pm-8:00pm, cash bar. Co-sponsored by Footworks. Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Survival is Insufficient – Interactive Panel Discussion
Thursday October 19th,  7:00pm-8:30pm
Bristol Community College (11 Field Rd., Attleboro)

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Inspired by Station Eleven, we will consider the power of the arts to sustain, transform and inspire us, especially in the anxiety ridden times in which we are living. Panelists include Boston Globe, NY Times and Art New England writer/author Ethan Gilsdorf; Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Mim Fawcett; Executive Director of Shakespeare in the City & faculty of Lincoln School, Providence, Martha Douglas-Osmundson; and Music Dept. Chair – Wheaton College, Ann Sears. Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Indie Author Day – Speaking About the Craft
Saturday October 21st,  1:00pm-3:00pm
Attleboro Public Library (74 North Main Street, Attleboro)
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Where do those great story ideas come from and how do you put it all together? Area authors coming together to discuss their craft, ideas, writing habits, what influences them to write, and how to get published. Join us and share in this writer’s conference. Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

Tour of The Sun Chronicle
Tuesday October 24th,  6:00pm-8:00pm
The Sun Chronicle Offices & Plant (34 South Main St., Attleboro)
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Glimpse the newspaper operation in the modern age on a guided tour of The Sun Chronicle newspaper offices and plant. See the presses roll and the daily creation of the oldest continuous form of mass communication since European town criers and news bulletins on parchment nailed to tavern doors in ancient Rome. Registration is encouraged. To register, click here OR call the Attleboro Library at 508-222-0157.

NEA Big Read Finale: Dystopian World Dinner
Thursday October 26th,  6:00pm-8:00pm
Attleboro High School (100 Rathbun Willard Dr., Attleboro)
Join us for the NEA Big Read finale – a dinner prepared by the students of Attleboro High School’s Culinary Arts Department! The focus, as it would be in any dystopian world, is on locally grown food that could be gathered and prepared in a dystopian society. The students will study recipes and food options based on our community. Tickets are available at the Attleboro Public Library for a $10 each – price has been subsidized by a donation from the Rotary Club of Attleboro. Tickets must be purchased at the Attleboro Public Library by October 19th. Seating is limited.

Attleboro Public Schools Participation
Middle School: Students in grade 8 will connect to the NEA Big Read and to each other through an exploration of what it means to be an ideal society by analyzing themes in the “sister read,” The Giver. This fictional story by Lois Lowry is about 12-year-old Jonas and the highly regulated and structured world in which he comes of age. In the novel, Jonas experiences a gradual and alarming awakening, discovering that the perfectly calm and reasoned world around him leaves him longing for more than an undisturbed existence.
Students will choose from a menu of classroom activities to express their vision of an ideal society. Classes will also have the option of exploring project-based learning opportunities with other content areas in their schools or within the greater Attleboro community.
High School: During the fall, several classes at Attleboro High School will read Station Eleven, exploring both the dystopian genre and the themes that surface through the novel. Also, the Career and Technical Education Department’s culinary  program will participate in the NEA Big Read by hosting an AHS Culinary Arts Dinner on October 26th. See “Official Finale” listing above.