July Programming at the Provincetown Library

A little something for everyone...

MARE’s Heart Gallery

Month of July

The Heart Gallery is a striking exhibit of portraits of children in need of adoption, taken by volunteer photographers. The exhibit moves between various venues across the Commonwealth and will be at the Provincetown Library through out July 2018.


Book Discussion Group at the Provincetown Public Library

Tuesday, July 3

6:00 pm 

Love books? Love talking about books? Check out the new Book Discussion Group at the Provincetown Library on Tuesday, July 3 at 6:00 pm. Read and discuss a different book every month! This month's book is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Copies are available on the hold shelf at the Library. Coffee and tea will be served. Brown bags welcome. RSVP to [email protected]


Storytime on the Lawn 

Wednesdays in July & August

10:30 am - 11:00 am 

The Provincetown Public Library will offer a new children’s Storytime on the Library’s front lawn during the summer months!  Each session will feature a great new theme for kids, accompanied by fun picture books, designed to stimulate young minds while enjoying the outdoors.


Bring your friends and spread the word…Storytime is back!


Storytime will not meet on rainy days or on Wednesday, August 15.


Free Movie Nights: Classic Cynicism

Wednesdays in July

5:30 pm

The Provincetown Public Library welcomes the community to participate in Julys free movie month comprised of three feature films that portray the cynicism of the media and its intersection with politics and fame in surprisingly contemporary ways. This line-up of films has been carefully selected by Deborah Karacozian, Library staple and film aficionado.  The films start at 5:30 pm and will be shown in the following order:


July 11: Ace in the Hole (1951; 1 hours, 51 minutes)

July 18:  A Face in the Crowd (1957; 2 hours, 6 minutes)

July 25: Sweet Smell of Success (1957; 1 hours, 36 minutes)


Liberals in the Old South: A Progressive Path Not Taken

Thursday, July 5

6:00 pm

Join author John Allen Macaulay for a book reading and lecture in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Thursday, July 5 at 6:00 pm.  


Macaulay, author of Unitarianism in the Antebellum South: The Other Invisible Invisible Institution, will present a lecture entitled “Liberals in the Old South: A Progressive Path Not Taken.”  Macaulay will explore Unitarianism in the post-Civil War South and the denomination’s positions as an influential religious movement in the early history of the region.  


Macaulay posits that just beneath the surface of organized religion in the South was an "invisible institution" not unlike Franklin Frazier's Black Church, a nebulous network of liberal faith that represented a sustained and continued strand of Enlightenment religious rationalism alongside and within an increasingly evangelical culture. He shows that there were in fact two invisible religious institutions in the antebellum South, one in the slave quarters and the other in the urban landscape of southern towns. Whereas slave preachers rediscovered in music and bodily movement and in themes of suffering a vibrant Christian community, Unitarians witnessed the simple spiritual truth that reason and belief are one unified whole.  In offering this fresh argument, Macaulay has chipped away at stereotypes of the mid-19th-century South as unreservedly "evangelical" and contributed greatly to historians' understanding of the diversity and complexity in southern religion.


John Allen Macaulay is an independent scholar educated at Erskine College, Duke University Divinity School, and the University of South Carolina.


Art on the Lawn

Fridays in July & August

10:00am – 12:00 pm

Art on the Lawn is back for the 2018 summer season! Join the Provincetown Public Library for a fun and interactive summer arts and crafts experience for children of all ages.  Each Friday in July and August, the front lawn of our historic building will be transformed into a creative space for kids to experiment with different materials, while exploring their own artistic imaginations. To showcase each child’s own artistic self-expression, kids will be encouraged to use different mediums, selected by the library, to decorate a large blank canvas with their own creations.  Potential mediums include paint, crayons, chalk, finger-paint, and markers.  The kids will love it!

Art on the Lawn will be held on the following days:


Friday, July 6

Friday, July 13

Friday, July 20

Friday, July 27


Writeous 10 Year Anniversary Reading

Saturday, July 7

3:00 pm

Join Writeous, a collective of writers devoting themselves to the exploration of artistic freedom, at the Provincetown Public Library on Saturday, July 7 at 3:00 pm for an anniversary reading event!  


For 10 years, Writeous has made the annual pilgrimage from the hustle of New York City to the quietude of Provincetown, MA, to fuel and ignite their passion for storytelling.  Come enjoy a performance to their literary journey!


C.K. Hugo Chung is Taiwanese by nature, New Yorker by nurture. 

Writing in both Chinese and English, his essays, poetry and short stories can be found in various bilingual publications. He has published five Writeous chapbooks, four anthology novellas, and one poetry collection: "Forms of Formosa: Poetry from Taiwan". His individual collection, Self Writeous, will be published this summer.  He is the proud founding member of Writeous, and the publisher of TWG Press, a Taipei based agency focusing on the development of local English literary content.  

Meverette Smith grew up in Takoma Park, MD and attended Fordham University in New York where she studied theater and creative writing.  Mev is a proud founding member of the writing group, Writeous, which formed in 2008.  Writeous published several chapbooks and with the group she participated in several reading engagements in and around New York City.  Mev was a featured poet in the Glitter Pomegranate Reading Series and performed her work with the Composers Concordance in their Poetry & Music – Unhinged festival.

Phillip J. Ammonds, who performs as Trinity Rayn, The Drag Poet, is a Brooklyn native, and a founding member of the writing collective, Writeous. They curate Rainbows Across the Diaspora, the queer text reading series at Dixon Place in New York City. Their work has appeared in the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call (Vintage Entity Press, 2013), HIV: Here and Now Project, Yellow Mama, The Operating System and Political Twist podcast. They have featured for the National Black Writer's Conference Poetry Cafe, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; The Anne Frank Center of New York, Glitter and Pomegranate and Soul Sister Revue reading series, and has appeared as a guest editor for the Operating System’s National Poetry Month 30/30.


Ranger Time! with the Cape Cod National Seashore

Monday, July 9 

Monday, July 23

11:00 am

Join a Cape Cod National Seashore ranger at the Provincetown Library on Monday, July 9 and Monday, July 23 at 11:00 am for activities that will feature the animals, plants, and history of the Cape!


Writer’s Voice Cafe

Wednesday, July 11

6:00 pm

This month, the Provincetown Public Library continues its collaborative effort with the renowned Writers Voice Café. Continuing to further its mission of becoming a center for cultural storytelling in our community, the Library is working with the founding members of the Writer’s Voice Café to produce a series of monthly Cafés, Writing Workshops and Annual Events in 2018. Founded by Dian Hamilton with Hilde Oleson and Lorraine Kujawa joining shortly thereafter, the Writer’s Voice Café provides writers of all media opportunities to share their work and to connect with others in the community for support and inspiration.


On Wednesday, July 11, the Writer’s Voice Café will feature The Boston Arts Consort, a performing arts troupe that presents the music, literature and culture of its subjects. The group will present a very special program that celebrates the art and courage of the poets in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, and the special part the people of Provincetown played in this history. Emphasis will be on Garcia Lorca, who was not only a poet but a musician and arranger of Spanish folk song. The group will also cover the beautiful poetry of Antonio Machado and Miguel Hernandez.   


Barcelona cultural lecturer Margarita Compos gives backdrop to the poets' lives and the historical times. Director and pianist Linda Papatopoli offers words regarding the people of Provincetown who were part of this extraordinary history. Mezzo-soprano Clara Sandler performs Lorca's beautiful music as well as songs based on the poetry of Machado and Hernandez and a special composition by Spanish composer Silvia San Miguel. Poetry will be read in both Spanish and English by Ms. Compos and Donal O'Sullivan, known to many as the concierge on the Provincetown fast-ferry.  The program culminates with everyone singing "Anda Jaleo", the song of the revolutionaries.

The July Writer’s Voice Café event at the Provincetown Public Library will be held in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Wednesday, July 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Open Mic begins the evening. Coffee, tea, and snacks will be served.  Everyone is welcome! Free will donation. Wheelchair accessible.


More about the Boston Arts Consort: Drawing from the many talented artists and scholars from Boston and abroad since 2008, the Boston Arts Consort presents programs that combine the aesthetic, cultural, and literary aspects of its themes for a multifaceted and enjoyable audience experience.


The Boston Arts Consort developed naturally out of director Linda Papatopoli's lifelong interest  in the arts and world culture, and her career as a classical pianist. 


At the heart of its programming is the music and culture of Spain. Varied and colorful, events throughout the year highlight classical music, Zarzuela, poetry and cuisine, and are often accompanied by lecture presentations by Spanish cultural lecturer Margarita Campos. Boston's popular Spanish cuisine expert and teacher, Chef Luis De Haro, provides delicious food for our events. 


 Whether presenting Goyescas: When Art Becomes Music,  or From Spain to Cuba and Back, the Boston Arts Consort offers programs that are thoughtfully designed and passionately executed.  Upcoming concerts include "Paris Under the Stars",  "Scenes of Spain", and "Music in the Books of Luisa May Alcott". Please visit us at bostonartsconsort.org for more information.


Andrew Lear: Gay History Sights of Europe

Thursday, July 12

6:00 pm

Gay history is all around us, often hiding in plain sight. But some of the world’s great cultural centers have more than their share. New York is among them—but so are several of the major cities of Europe, in particular London, Paris, Berlin, Florence, Rome, Naples, and Athens. Eminent gay historian and Classicist Andrew Lear is the founder of Oscar Wilde Tours and has organized gay history and art tours of Europe since 2013.  Let him tell you about some of his gay history favorites in Europe’s great cities and museums—from the joint statues of the gay couple that were ancient Athens’ Uncle Sam to gay icon Oscar Wilde’s favorite London café.
Join Professor Andrew Lear, American author, Classicist, historian of gender and sexuality, and public historian, in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Thursday, July 12 for this entertaining and informative discussion on the Gay History Sights of Europe!

About Andrew Lear: Professor Andrew Lear combines a love of travel with a passion for gay history, and he brings both of those attributes to Oscar Wilde Tours.
Professor Lear holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He has published a widely praised book on male-male love in ancient Greek art, as well as a number of important scholarly articles in this area. Indeed he is generally considered one of the foremost experts on same-sex love in the ancient world, but his interest in gay history extends to other key periods, such as fin-de-siècle England, Renaissance Italy, and medieval Japan—places and periods that we will explore at Oscar Wilde Tours.
A beloved teacher at Harvard, Columbia and NYU, Professor Lear won the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching four times. He has taught a wide variety of courses in Classics, history, art history, and gender studies—as well as Italian and French language classes.

A STORYTELLING OF RAVENS: Storytime event with Kyle Lukoff

Saturday, July 14

2:00 pm

Join visiting librarian Kyle Lukoff for a special children’s author and storytelling event on Saturday, July 14 at 2:00 pm in the Library’s Second Level Children’s Area.


Lukoff’s "A STORYTELLING OF RAVENS” takes the weird, fun words we have for groups of animals (called "collective nouns") and uses each one as the start of a miniature short story. 


Kyle Lukoff is an elementary school librarian in New York City, and is excited to join the Provincetown Library to share his picture book."


LGBT Activism Panel featuring CJ Janovy and Alley Stoughton

Tuesday, July 17 

6:00 pm

During a time of renewed interest in grassroots activism nationwide, citizens who hope to become more engaged can learn much from the recent history in Kansas, where a group of politically naïve LGBTQ folks, realizing they were unfairly under attack, rolled up their sleeves, went looking for fights and ended up making friends in one of the country’s most hostile states. 


Veteran journalist C.J. Janovy visits the Provincetown Public Library on July 17 to speak about her book No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas (University Press of Kansas, 2018). Currently a digital editor at Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, Janovy spent decades covering Kansas and Missouri politics as editor of Kansas City’s alt-weekly, The Pitch. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University, and, like LGBTQ people from all over America, makes frequent summertime pilgrimages to Provincetown.


“Janovy’s book is invaluable for insisting we understand that the battle for LGBT rights is vibrantly enacted and fought at the state and local levels, as well as nationally,” writes Harvard professor Michael Bronski, author of A Queer History of the United States. “It is a compelling, meticulously researched and sweeping tapestry of heroic moments – small and large – as women and men stand up to their municipalities, friends, colleagues, and neighbors to do the right thing.” 


Joining Janovy will be one of the activists featured in the book, who now lives in Boston. Alley Stoughton, who became an LGBTQ activist in Kansas before moving with her wife to Boston in 2010, is a board member of, and speaker for, SpeakOUT Boston, the nation's oldest LGBTQ speakers bureau. She’s also a member of WMBR, MIT’s student/community radio station, where she produces and hosts a weekly modern classical music program.


Seashore Point Book Club

Friday, July 20

10:30 am 

This month's book selection is The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. Copies are available at the Seashore Point reception desk.  The Book Group meets in the Private Dining Room on Seashore Point’s Second Level.


Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures

Tuesday, July 24

6:00 pm

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research, advocacy, and changes to public policy. 


This talk, given by Betty Ann Bevis, MBCC Statewide Chairwoman and longtime supporter, will cover: 

  • Environmental exposures, chemicals of concern and their potential health impact.
  • The importance of reducing toxic exposure which has implications for reducing the burden and cost of all environmentally-linked diseases, including breast cancer.
  • Time for sharing by participants on how breast cancer and other cancers has affected them or someone they know and how it has impacted their lives.


COLAGE Family Week Staff Training

Saturday, July 28

10:00 am - 3:00 pm 

COLAGE staff will be in an intensive all-day staff training in the Library’s Marc Jacobs Reading Room to prepare them for Family Week 2018.


Mark Loewen: What Does a Princess Really Look Like

Sunday, July 29

2:00 pm

Join the Provincetown Public Library for a fun, Family Week storytime event!  Author Mark Loewen will read from his children’s book What Does a Princess Really Look Like, a story focused on helping young girls embrace the value of their own characteristics and quirks.  


What Does a Princess Really Look Like? helps children expand their image of a princess, to include character traits such as being strong, courageous, determined, assertive, and kind, while also sharing the story of young Chloe and her two dads.


Princesses that were represented (by the children) in past events: Ninjas, athletes, and a picture of “all of us.”  After reading the book, the children can draw their own princess and show us what THEY think a princess looks like. 


Books will be available for purchase and for signing by the author!


About the Author: Mark Loewen is a psychotherapist and a dad.  He was born in Asuncion, Paraguay and moved to the United States to pursue his counseling career.  He met the love of his life in Richmond, Virginia.  A few years later, they became dads through open adoption.  Becoming a father to a girl opened Mark’s eyes to the challenges many girls and women face in today’s world.


Adoptive Families Gathering

Monday, July 30th 

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Start off Family Week with a fun and informal gathering for families formed through foster care and adoption. Make new friends, explore the Library, and enjoy some treats! Sponsored by Spence-Chapin.  Gathering will meet on the Library’s Second Level in the Children’s Area.


Provincetown Public Library Coffee Hour

Fridays in July

10:00 am

Swing by the Marc Jacobs Reading Room on Friday mornings for a great start to the weekend with the Provincetown Public Library Coffee Hour.  Grab a quick “pick me up” or stay to visit with a cup of free coffee provided by the Wired Puppy.  Have a meeting, catch up with friends, or get started on work!  The Library staff looks forward to seeing YOU there and fostering a sense of community at this fun, free initiative.  


Provincetown Photo of the Week

Fridays in July

Share your great summer shots of Commercial Street, Race Point, Herring Cove, or any of the other countless gorgeous locations here in Provincetown with the Library at  www.ProvincetownLibrary.org!  Each week, the Library will post our favorite submission as part of the Provincetown Photo of the Week page on Friday mornings.  Submit pictures and locations to Assistant Director Brittany Taylor at [email protected].


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