Here at the East Hampton Library we are celebrating Women’s History Month. March is the annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to history and modern culture. In addition to our book display, we have a pamphlet of “Famous Firsts” that pertain to women’s history. Our librarian highlighted some historical and culturally significant achievements that happened in US history.
We will also being hosting a few Zoom events in honor of Women’s History Month. This includes two different talks by journalist Evan Weiner. On Friday, March 5th at 6PM, Weiner will give a talk entitled Title IX: The 1972 Legislation That Gave Women Equal Educational Access. Until 1972, sexual discrimination against women in college and university studies was legal. Women could be denied educational opportunities until 1972. Patsy Mink, Edith Green, Birch Bayh, Ted Stevens and Richard Nixon changed that. Congresswomen Green and Mink pushed a bill through the House demanding equal educational access for women if a school took federal money. Senators Birch Bayh and especially Alaska Senator Ted Stevens pushed it over the finish and Nixon signed it. The new legislation changed women’s education options from just nurse, secretary, or teacher; to different fields such as medicine, law, and engineering. To learn more about this event or to sign up, visit the link here.
The second talk being given by Weiner is You’ve Come A Long Way: Women Overcome Sexism and Racism To Play Sports. This talk will take place on Friday, March 26th at 6PM. Women have had doors closed on them in pursuing sports as an occupation. Men didn’t want them playing sports because they claimed playing sports was unladylike, and women’s bodies were not equipped to handle athletic competition. Yet some women continued to pursue sports and struggled to succeed. Women’s sports have grown in popularity, and there are recognizable names but there is a long way to go in being totally accepted. To hear more on this topic, sign up at the link here.
Check out our displays around the circulation desk for Black History Month! Our circulation department has put together small biographies of famous actors, writers, politicians and more. Coupled with their works or books and movies about them, you can choose to browse some quick facts or take a deeper look into their lives. We also have brochures filled with suggestions for reading and viewing during Black History Month and beyond.
In our display by the front window, you can find a selection of fiction and nonfiction books by black authors. Come pick up books by Jacqueline Woodson, Tayari Jones, Colson Whitehead and Candice Carty- Williams. Not interested in a book? Browse our suggestions for black- run podcasts such as Code Switch and The Nod.
Don’t forget about our access to free movies through Kanopy! Using your library card, you can sign in and watch movies like Moonlight, Tijuana Jackson, and Night Catches Us. Documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro, Whose Streets?, and Nas: Time is Illmatic are also available to view on Kanopy.
Interested in a Zoom event that explores history through music? Then sign up here for The Blues and Beyond on Saturday, February 20th at 2PM. The Blues and Beyond tells the story of African Americans in the United States from slavery to the present day by exploring and documenting, with music, videos, narration and illustrations, the evolution of African American music alongside U.S. history. From field hollers and camp meetings to old spirituals to the Blues to the popular genres of today, music is the means by which African Americans have told their story.
Possibly nothing here sounds like something you would be into? Stop on by the reference desk, call, or email us and we would be happy to make suggestions tailored to your interests.
As of January 6th, East Hampton Town Hall has been offering drive-through testing for Covid. They offer PCR (RNA) nasal swab testing and rapid antigen testing for active viral infection diagnosis, and antibody blood testing to determine if someone has had a previous case of the virus. The location is 159 Pantigo Road and will be open from 7AM to 9PM. Testing costs $179 for the PCR nasal swab test; $99 for the rapid antigen test, and; $59 for the antibody test. Insurance is also accepted and a limited number of testing will be made available for free for those in need of financial assistance.
Some tests can be taken without an appointment, but the town strongly suggests making an appointment here.
Here at the East Hampton Library we love art in all forms. With Guild Hall right across the street, how could we not? Recently we’ve added some new visual art books to our collection for other art lovers to enjoy. Come on in and check out books from artists Roy Dowell, Daniel Rich, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Beverly Fishman, Phillip Allen, Warren Sensee, Steven Kinder, and more. While the books from the above artists are currently in our new section, we also have some great art books in our nonfiction section as well. Recently included in our collection are books from Nancy Blum, Rachel Eng, and Carla Gannis. If you aren’t familiar with contemporary art, all the more reason to stop in and look at our offerings! Ask a librarian for help and they can direct to the art book of your choosing.
Thanks to the generosity of our patrons, we have a plethora of gently used coats to share with our residents of the Hamptons. Coats in all adult sizes are available as well as hats, gloves, scarves and other cold weather items. We also have a limited number of children’s items available for the taking. Just stop on in and ask a staff member to bring you to our free coats area and you can browse for yourself! Feel free to come in through January to search for your new winter wardrobe. Masks are required in the library.
The Holidays are here but that doesn’t mean you have to throw your diet out the window! Join Registered Dietitian, Dana Dragone for a 3-part LIVE cooking series. She will be demoing 3 healthy holiday recipes- an appetizer, a side dish and a dessert. Impress your friends and families this holiday season and bring these diet friendly options to your next holiday gathering.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November National American Indian Heritage Month (now commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month). Decades earlier, the first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York through the effort of Red Fox James. He had ridden his horse throughout the country to appeal to 24 state governments to honor this day. We now have 6.9 million American Indian or Alaskan Natives amongst the U.S. population and there are 574 federally recognized Native tribes.
All November long is Native American Heritage Month! Come in and check out our selection of fiction and nonfiction titles by authors from Native backgrounds, novels championing Native American stories, and historical accounts. Check out books by Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich and Tommy Orange.
Looking for other ways to celebrate? Make a Native American recipe, like fry bread or three sisters soup. Visit a Native American heritage site such as the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Garvies Point Museum & Preserve or the Southold Indian Museum. Let us know how you plan to celebrate!
Ever wondered about crystals? What are they? How to use them? If they even work? In this class we will discuss the answers to all these questions and more. Learn how to bring the Earth’s healing energy into your own home and use crystals to manifest your dreams, improve your health and relieve stress. This talk will take place on November 5th at 12 PM.
This Zoom event will be hosted by Dana Dragone. For the past 8 years, Dana has been dedicating her life to educating herself in how to heal others through food and holistic methods. After completing her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Vermont she moved on to West Virginia University to complete a masters in clinical nutrition, and has since enrolled to be a Doctoral candidate at the Maryland University of Integrated Health where she will soon graduate as a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition with a concentration in Functional Medicine. Dana has been practicing as a nutritional consult for the past 3 years at Southampton Hospital before opening her own practice in Jan 2020.
Are you missing our fitness classes as much as we are? The good news is that we are coming back with some new fitness offerings on Zoom! Our online classes will now include chair yoga and a general fitness class for older adults.
Starting tomorrow, October 22, we will have our first Chair Yoga class with Kate Alesio. This will run each Thursday at 11 AM through December 17th. In these classes, participants will learn and practice simple yoga exercises and breathing techniques in a way that is safe, easy and gentle for all bodies. The yoga exercises will be done sitting in chairs and/or using chairs as support for balancing. Our instructor, Kate Alesio, is a certified yoga instructor and has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1997.
Our Fitness for Older Adults class will begin on October 27th at 11 AM and will run on each Tuesday through December 29th. This is a basic exercise class geared towards seniors and older adults. Join instructor Renae Puco, a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer with over 14 years of experience, as she leads you on you fitness education journey.
We here at the East Hampton Library love a spooky story. Would you like to participate in creating your own spooky story just in time for Halloween? It’s simple! Only two sentences are needed to send a shiver down your spine. Submit a story for a chance to win a prize! Horror story submissions may be about any terrifying or gruesome subject, but must be two sentences (400 characters or less) in length.
Submissions must be put in by October 28th. Your submitted stories will be voted upon as a blind review by library staff. Three lucky wordsmiths will be chosen to receive gift cards! Our gift cards will be handed out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners from Book Hampton, Scoops and Starbucks respectively. The winner will be announced Friday, October 30th!
Need some inspiration? Here are some examples to help you get your creative juices flowing:
I decided to kill off a few characters in the book I’m writing. It would definitely spice up my autobiography a little.
I found a dead body in my trunk today. Which is strange because I remember putting two in there yesterday.
Official entry forms are available at the Reference Desk. Happy writing!