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Nahant’s townwide read of ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ right in time for Banned Books Week

NAHANT — The Nahant Public Library will have its sixth townwide read since 2016, with the children’s book, “A Wrinkle in Time.”

All ages are invited to consider the lives of children and this novel of a past generation, written by Madeleine L’Engle in 1962.

“The ability to play, form relationships, and try new things begins in childhood,” said library director Sharon Hawkes. “But all is not innocence and light. Nor was this book, which was often challenged or banned for the way it portrayed religion and witches in the same breath.”

Multiple copies of the book are available from the library or online through OverDrive. Activities will begin the week of Sept. 23, which is Banned Books Week, and will begin with a display on banned books at the library.

The library will host three films about children becoming adults: the recent movie version of “A Wrinkle in Time” on Sept. 30; the 2014 live action version of Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” on Oct. 21; and Robin Williams playing Peter Pan as an adult in the 1991 classic, “Hook,” on Oct. 28. All films are rated PG. Each movie will begin at 4 p.m., with a brief discussion following.

A featured activity will be the library’s third Indie Author Day, to be held this year on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.

Highlighted authors this year will include two Nahant writers. David Liscio recently published his second crime novel, “Blood Sons. Terrence Murphy will offer his newly-published collection of fictional stories based on North Shore locales, “Forty Steps and Other Stories.”

Authors are welcome to read a five-minute excerpt and sell their works at this event. Call the library if you would like to participate as an author.

Book discussions will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, following the community breakfast at Nahant Village Church. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the book discussion around 9:30 a.m. The location has not yet been determined.

A second book discussion, the final event of the project, will be Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. at the library.

All activities are free and registration is not required. For further information, contact Sharon Hawkes at 781-591-0306.


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