The James Library’s Monday Education Series

Dexter Robinson, hiker, presents Maine Appalachian Trail 100-Mile Wilderness
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McGRATHPR.com – The James Library & Center for the Arts, Norwell’s historic community arts center and lending library presents its Mondays at the James educational series this spring.  These informational, educational, and interactive events led by local experts and leaders begin in March. All programs are held at The James Library & Center for the Arts at 24 West Street in Norwell, are low or no cost, open to everyone, and speak to the James’ mission of inspiring creativity, learning, and an appreciation of the arts through music, visual, and literary programs.

Mondays at The James Schedule of Events

Starting Your Genealogy Journey

Presented by Kristen Cabral

Monday, March 4, 7 pm

Reservations recommended at (781) 659-7100 or jameslibrary@verizon.net

Admission is free, donations appreciated

Join professional genealogist Kristen Cabral of Trading Stories as she guides you through what you’ll need to know to get started on your genealogy journey. During this presentation, you’ll learn tips on organizing and preparing for research, common pedigree/family chart structure, how to get started on Ancestry.com, and research dos and don’ts.

Kristen Cabral was raised in Canton and became interested in her own genealogy 15 years ago. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Sandwich Historical Society in New Hampshire. Mondays at the James is sponsored by the Cordelia Family Foundation and South Shore Music Circus.

Favorites from the Great American Songbook, 1920’s – 1970’s

Presented by Jack Craig

Monday, March 11, 2 pm

Reservations recommended at (781) 659-7100 or jameslibrary@verizon.net

Admission is free, donations appreciated

Celebrate a kind of ‘best of’ songwriting by singing along with two dozen cherished songs from the American Songbook. From a few Roaring 20’s hits on to some classic Broadway and movie musical tunes . . . and even a few more modern classics, Jack Craig explores the songs that remind us of all the wonderful years of music in our lives. Mondays at the James is sponsored by the Cordelia Family Foundation and the South Shore Music Circus.

Collage by Karen Baker
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Collage and Mixed Media Workshop

Presented by Karen Baker

Monday, April 1, 7 pm

Space is limited. Reservations required at (781) 659-7100 or jameslibrary@verizon.net

Admission is free, donations appreciated

Join us for a one-night class at the James where you will create your own unique piece of collage art. If you can cut, tear and glue you can enjoy this fun and exciting way to make art. Using colorful found papers, painted papers textures and images, we will arrange and glue them onto heavy paper. All materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own copies of photos, letters or poetry to personalize your collage. No previous art experience necessary.

Karen Baker is a mixed media artist whose work has been shown in art galleries and in juried shows on the North Shore and South Shore, including the Duxbury Art Association’s Winter Juried show where three of her collages have won awards. Mondays at the James is sponsored by the Cordelia Family Foundation and the South Shore Music Circus.

Maine Appalachian Trail 100-Mile Wilderness

Presented by Dexter Robinson

Monday, April 8, 7 pm

Reservations recommended at (781) 659-7100 or jameslibrary@verizon.net

Admission is free, donations appreciated

In August of 2017, Dexter Robinson and three others backpacked the Maine Appalachian Trail 100-mile wilderness. The 100-mile wilderness is generally considered the wildest section of the entire 2,187-mile Appalachian Trail that runs from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. In this presentation, Dexter shares his preparation and experience backpacking this section of the Appalachian Trail using photos and a gear display.

Dexter Robinson is an avid four-season hiker. He is a longtime Appalachian Mountain Club member and for many years led AMC hikes and backpacks to various locations both local and throughout New England. He has climbed all 67 of New England’s 4,000-foot mountains as well as the New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot mountains in winter. He recently completed hiking Mt. Washington in every month. He has also hiked several mountains out west over 10,000 feet. Dexter is retired from the IT world and lives with his wife and daughter in Hanson. Mondays at the James is sponsored by the Cordelia Family Foundation and the South Shore Music Circus.

Tenor David Won
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Tenor David Won and Pianist Timothy Steele

Monday, May 13, 7 pm

Reservations recommended at (781) 659-7100 or jameslibrary@verizon.net

Admission is free, donations appreciated

Tenor David Won is a popular recitalist and concert singer in the Greater Boston area. In April of 2018 he made his debuts to South Korea and Taiwan, in May of 2016 his European debut in recitals in Padova and Venzia Mestre, as well as a Cremona TV1 interview in Italy. He was a featured soloist at the 9/11 memorial service in 2015 at the Massachusetts Statehouse. In 2013 he was a featured soloist in the Great Mass in C Minor by Mozart with Chorus pro Musica and the New England Philharmonic, under the direction of Dr. Betsy Burleigh. Since December of 2014 he has coached regularly with Timothy Steele and has performed more than 50 full recitals.

Timothy Steele is an active vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his twenty-seventh year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with the Boston Lyric Opera (more than 200 performances for school children) and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as conductor/pianist for over 180 operatic productions with 33 companies, including Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Opera Maine. In workshops and rehearsals, he assisted the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake’s productions in Boston and Taiwan. 

He currently serves as producer of Milton Community Concerts and is the music director/organist at historic First Parish Church in Milton. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Timothy received his Bachelor of Music from Drake University and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where he studied collaborative piano with Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Mondays at the James is sponsored by the Cordelia Family Foundation and the South Shore Music Circus.

For more information about The James Library’s programs and events, please call 781-659-7100, visit jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the James Library & Center for the Arts

Since 1874, The James Library has served the South Shore community as a warm gathering place. Housed in a landmark Victorian in historical Norwell Center, The James is dedicated to serving the community by providing high-quality programs, resources and materials through a concert hall, art gallery and the operation of a free lending library. As an independent, non-profit arts center we foster a mission for the creation, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts for residents of all ages on the South Shore, while preserving the historic character of our home. The James Library is located at 24 West Street, Norwell and is open to the public Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm, Thursday and Friday from 12 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 to 2 pm. For more information, please call 781-659-7100, visit www.jameslibrary.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.