Monday, November 9, 2015

Upcoming Events at HPL

ax and Ruth Bloomquist

6:00 pm, Monday, November 9

Join Max and Ruth, Muskegon's own folk singers, for an evening of wonderful music. Ruth and Max Bloomquist have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart. Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own. Learn more at by the Friends of Hackley Public Library.

MichiganMichigan A to Z

6:00 pm, Tuesday, November 10

No matter where you go in Michigan, each of the 83 counties has a story to tell through its facts, history, land and water, people and things to do. Barb Vandermolen's talk on Michigan A to Z is entertaining and enlightening. She tells stories about the different counties in the state and encourages audience interaction. Barb will have copies of her book for sale. See more about her book at by the Friends of Hackley Public Library.

digital picturesTech Wednesday-Digital Pictures

3:00 PM, Wednesday, November 11

Bring your laptop or tablet and follow along while we explain tech topics in an informal setting. This week we'll look at digital pictures.

calculatorInvestor Ed-Social Security: Your Questions Answered

1:00 pm, Friday, November 13

Social Security will likely be the foundation of your retirement income. Before you retire, it's important to understand your options regarding Social Security and the impact your decisions
have on your retirement. Social Security: Your Questions Answered is a 15-minute presentation that discusses how Social Security fits into your retirement income plan, when you should
start taking benefits, and tax considerations. An Edward Jones representative will be on hand to answer your questions. Please call Jennifer at 231-777-3102 or email by Friday, Nov 6 to reserve a seat.



Experience surviving and building your own virtual world with Minecraft players of different skill levels. Maybe you'll learn something. Maybe you'll teach someone something. Why not do both!



Make a crafty holiday turkey and more to decorate your home just in time to celebrate with family and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving!

If this is a manBook Discussion

1:00 pm, Monday, November 16

The Silversides Museum is sponsoring a film and book discussion group on the topic of the Holocaust. The film will be shown at the Museum, the book discussion will take place at HPL. This month the Book is by Primo Levi, If This is a Man and the movie is “The Truce,” which will be shown at 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm at the Silversides Museum on November 18.

Synopsis of the Film, “The Truce”
Italian chemist turned author Primo Levi was interred at Auschwitz during WW II until 1945. Following his release, he returned to his native Turin and penned the wrenching autobiographical account of life in the concentration camp If This Is a Man. In 1962, he wrote a companion book, The Truce, a chronicle of his hellish nine-month journey from the camp to Turin. Both books are crucial entries in the history of the Holocaust. This careful adaptation of the second book took filmmaker Francesco Rosi 10 years to make. Levi's trek begins when shortly after the Germans leave, four Russian horsemen ride up and tear down the gates of Auschwitz. Levi is quickly aboard one of the first outbound trucks. Over the next few months, he goes to many different countries, and along the way he meets and is befriended by assorted fellow travelers. Through them, his appreciation of life and freedom slowly returns, but with it also comes a deep rage and an abiding guilt at having survived, a guilt that may have led Levi to suicide in 1987. Author: Sandra Brennan

Red Tail RingRed Tail Ring

6:00 pm, Monday, November 16

Red Tail Ring performs this week in our Listening Room series.
RED TAIL RING is the musical brainchild of two old-time-minded Michiganders - Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. The collaboration blends the loving attention of revivalist fervor with the playful creativity of starting from scratch. Whether rendering a traditional tune or one of their many original compositions, the duo infuses each song with musical imagination, haunting harmonies and instrumental artistry on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping. “We love pushing the boundaries of what a traditional song can be,” says Beauchamp. “It informs how we write our original songs. There's a real energy exchange between the old and the new.”
“Red Tail Ring brings to the stage a lively and commanding fusion of string and vocal harmonies. The pair deliver both established ballads and original compositions with a clear, authentic ease that manages to transcend traditional form while honoring its legacy.”
- Rob Cole, Grand Rapids Press
“Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp share a reverence for vivid, authentic American art forms. They are both rustic and elegant, and they lift us into their sound.”
- Seth Bernard, Earthwork Music
Visit their website at for more information
Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library.



Congradulations to the winning authors in our "Write for Fright" Scary Story Contest. This program will honor their achievements. Authors will read their winning entries. Family and friends are invited to meet the winners, and enjoy hearing the scary stories.

calculatorFinances for Lunch sponsored by PNC Bank

12:00 pm, Wednesday, November 18

Bring your lunch and learn about finances with employees from PNC Bank. This month's topic is “Your own home.”

publisher logoComputer Class-Intro to Publisher

10:30 am, Saturday, November 21

De'ondra Pentecost will teach computer classes this fall on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Registration is required. Call HPL at 231-722-7276 to register. This weeks' topic--Publisher. Learn how to make posters and signs. Brought to you through the generosity of the Friends of Hackley Library



What can you build? Create it using our LEGOs!
Have a great family afternoon building with our LEGOs, enjoying a little friendly competition.