Bemis Public Library – Jan. 2021


Senior Social Club—Thursdays in January 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Our weekly chats have moved to conference calls. You’ll have to provide your own coffee and pastries now, but we’re still going to connect with each other. You can join the call from a computer, smartphone, regular cell phone, or landline:

Computers & smartphones:

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1 (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID 987 926 117 when prompted.

Who Was the Sculptor in Buckskin – Tuesday, January 5, 2 p.m.

Join Dave Lively for an introduction to a man who was so much more than a sculptor and artist. After spending much of his youth hunting and sketching in the Colorado mountain wilderness of the 1870s, Alexander Phimister Proctor’s talents took him throughout the U.S. and on to Paris and Rome. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, incurable wanderer, and confidant to many prominent figures of his day. Proctor was deeply revered as both America’s premier animal sculptor and an unfailingly warm and enthusiastic human being.

Computers & smartphones:

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1 (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID 968 6486 0787 when prompted.

Aging Well & Finishing Strong – Tuesday, January 12, 2 p.m.

Getting older was hard enough without a global pandemic! But there are strategies that you can use to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit even in the midst of the current crisis. Join us for a discussion of how to age with dignity, and how to ensure that your wishes for healthcare and end of life planning are known and respected.

Computers & smartphones:

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1 (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID 941 1447 4458 when prompted.

Cravings, Weight Gain & the Blood Sugar Rollercoaster – Tuesday, January 19, 2 p.m.

Eating a well-balanced diet of nutrient-dense foods is the best way to keep your metabolism active, your weight manageable, and your blood sugar under control. Learn about how to plan your meals to support your weight loss goals, and about nutritional supplements that help! Computers & smartphones:

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1 (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID 980 9642 6148 when prompted.

The History of Tea with Active Minds – Monday, January 25, 2 p.m.

January is National Tea Month! Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest, tracing its roots (so to speak) to at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea, how it is grown and processed, which country grows the most, and which drinks the most, and much more.

Computers and smartphones: Join us for this webinar by going to

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1-253-215-8782. Enter Meeting ID 817 2989 2099 # when prompted. Enter Password 538120 # when prompted.

Bemis Virtual Book Clubs

Take your pick of a fantastic fiction title or a thought-provoking nonfiction book (or both), and then log in to join the discussion.

Fiction Book Club: Friday, January 8, 1 p.m.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children – four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness – sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades, as one sibling flees to the West Coast in search of love and fame, another dives into the world of stage magic, the third seeks security and tries to forget what he heard,

while the fourth devotes herself to the science of longevity, scoffing at the fatalism of prophecy.

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Nonfiction Book Club: Wednesday, January 20, 1 p.m.

In the Country of Women by Susan Straight

Susan Straight, a petite white woman, and Dwayne Sims, a tall black man, started dating in high school, and married after college. Living in Riverside, CA, and raising their three daughters, Susan heard the stories of Dwayne’s female ancestors – women who escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, abusive men, and poverty. Throughout the years, and through the stories, her definition of family grows, changes, and evolves. Family is a choice we make, not just the blood we inherit.

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