This year's Pembroke Reads will celebrate Women's History Month throughout March. Read below to find out more about our books & events!
They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference.
Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.
Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then — as the family’s standing reached an apex — the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedy's made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties.
Events for Pembroke Reads...
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I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone
Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a fascinating historical reenactment by Judith Kalaora of History at Play about a little-known figure in both local and women’s history. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy Stone was an ardent supporter of human rights. Her belief that women and men be equal was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands to join the suffrage movement; even Susan B. Anthony credited Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement. Lucy refused to take her husband’s name, becoming the first to do so in the nation, and leading to the moniker of “Lucy Stoner” to describe a woman who does just that. In this fiery presentation, Lucy describes the tension of Antebellum Boston. Her discussion touches on the gender caste system and also encompasses the fierce abolitionist movement. Women were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists. Their fight was ferocious, so come along for the ride
Author Talk: Kate Clifford Larson
Tuesday, March 26th at 7 p.m.
Kate Clifford Larson, author of three critically acclaimed biographies, will give a talk on our Pembroke Reads 2019 book Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, which reveals the central role the tragic life of the Kennedys’ eldest daughter played in the shaping of one of our nation’s most famous families, ultimately inspiring her siblings to direct attention to the plight of the disabled and transforming the lives of millions. Ms. Larson is passionate about researching and writing about American women's lives and enjoys the challenges of teasing out life stories from long silenced voices. "I feel strongly that we must reconnect with the women who helped build and shape this country," she says, "and by putting women at the center of the story, the world looks very different - more complex, interesting, and colorful.
Monday Movie Matinees
Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
As part of Pembroke Reads, our March matinees celebrate women in history.
Monday, March 4th
Featured movie: Mary Queen of Scots, which explores the life of Mary Stuart as she returns to Scotland to claim her rightful throne and attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
Monday, March 11th
Featured movie: Colette, about the early 20th century French author who challenged gender norms with her successful novels. Starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West.
Monday, March 18th
Featured movie: The Favourite, in which the relationship between a frail Queen Anne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, is threatened by a new servant scheming to return to her aristocratic roots. Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.
Monday, March 25th at 1:30 p.m.
Featured movie: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which tells the story of the infamous 20th century American author and literary forger Lee Israel. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant.
Everyone can celebrate and read for Women's History Month!
My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry
From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself.
The Underground Abductor: An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman by Nathan Hale
Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware in the early 19th century. Slavery meant that her family could be ripped apart at any time, and that she could be put to work in dangerous places and for abusive people. But north of the Mason-Dixon line, slavery was illegal. If she could run away and make it north without being caught or killed, she'd be free.
Facing enormous danger, Araminta made it, and once free, she changed her name to Harriet Tubman. Tubman spent the rest of her life helping slaves run away like she did, every time taking her life in her hands.
Events for Youth & Families
All Month Long in the Library
Binary Code Bracelets
All ages are welcome to visit the youth/children's library to create a bracelet of their initials in binary code using colorful pony beads. Visitors can also learn about Ada Lovelace, the first ever computer programmer!
Kids Explore: Dinosaur Dig
Tuesday, March 19 at 4:00-5:00pm
Grades 2-6 will be able to participate in prehistoric activities, including excavating their own dinosaur egg, all while learning about the famous paleontologist Mary Anning! Space is limited for this free workshop; please sign up by visiting or contacting the library.
Teen Volunteer Night: Kitty Sachets
Thursday, March 21 @ 6:00-7:30pm
Grades 6-12 can join in a volunteer event to create cat toys (kitty sachets) for local cats waiting for adoption. Crafted toys will be donated to the Standish Humane Society, a non-profit animal shelter in southeastern MA. Attendees may bring volunteer paperwork to be signed.
Space is limited for this free workshop; please sign up by visiting or contacting the library.
Thursday, March 28 at 6:00-6:45pm
Ages 3-7 can join Miss Melissa in an evening storytime with the book My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry followed by songs and a rocket ship pulley craft inspired by astronauts Mae Jemison and Sally Ride!
Registration is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.
Have you read our Pembroke Reads titles over the years?
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (2018)
Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau (2017)
The Martian by Andy Weir (2016)
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (2015)
A City So Grand by Stephen Puleo (2014)
Following Atticus by Tom Ryan (2013)
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick (2012)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (2011)
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (2010)
Interested in these titles? Click the link above to put a book on Hold today!