The Truro Public Library welcomes geneticist David Reich on Tuesday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m., to talk about his new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past. The earth is inhabited by about 7.6 billion people today, but at one time we were a newly evolving species living in small regions of the planet, learning how to communicate, use tools, grow enough plants to support larger communities, and establish new places to live. Curiosity about this evolution has spawned multiple academic fields devoted to solving the mysteries of our origins. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and genomics is emerging as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. In his new book Who We Are and How We Got Here (Pantheon), David Reich describes how the human genome provides not only all the information that a fertilized human egg needs to develop but also contains within it the history of our species. Join Reich as he discusses how the genomic revolution and ancient DNA are transforming our understanding of our lineage as modern humans, and also how DNA studies reveal a deep history of inequality—among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals within a population. He examines how research contradicts the orthodoxy that there are no meaningful biological differences among human populations, at the same time using evidence provided by genomics and ancient DNA to show that the differences that do exist do not conform to familiar and often pernicious stereotypes. Reich, a pioneer in analyzing ancient human DNA, is a professor in the department of genetics at Harvard Medical School and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Friends of the Truro Library Gigantic Book Sale!
Proceeds benefit the Truro Library
Wednesday, August 8, 9:00 a.m.-2:oo p.m.
Rain Date: Thursday, August 9
Join us for our annual Gigantic Book Sale at the Truro Public Library. There will be thousands of books to choose from, all at bargain prices, and as always, every penny you spend goes to support programs at the Truro Library. Rain date: Thursday, August 9. Please call 508-487-1125 for more information.
AUTHOR TALK: David Reich ***SEE ABOVE***
Who We Are And How We got Here
Tuesday, August 14, 6:30 p.m.
Harvard geneticist David Reich discusses his groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history, as well as common conceptions about biological differences among human populations.
Catherine Wooley Day!
Saturday, August 11, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Truro children’s author Catherine Woolley—the Truro Library’s children’s room is named after her! Ms. Woolley wrote many picture books, including The Popcorn Dragon, The Blueberry Pie Elf, The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy, and the Gus the Ghost series. We will have games, treats, and live music by Sasha Papernik. Fun for the whole family!
Thursday, August 9, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts for ages birth to five year olds. Drop-ins welcome.
Free Lunch for Kids
Thursday, August 9 & Friday, August 10, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Truro Public Library is pleased to join other local community institutions this summer who provide free lunches for all children 18 years and under through Food For Kids through Friday, August 24. This open, drop-in program offers a nutritious meal, fresh-packed in the morning by the primary sponsor in our area, The Church of the Holy Spirit, and distributed to sites from Chatham to Provincetown. The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded child nutrition program whose goal is to feed children and teens ages 1-18 during the summer months when they do not have access to school meals.
Children Community Garden Group with Sustainable CAPE
Thursday August 9, 2:00 p.m. **New day and time for July and August**
Join us for outside adventure, learning and art in our edible garden behind the library. Learn all about seasonal, local food we can grow ourselves and how our harvest helps the health of our bodies, community and environment. All welcome!
Edible Insects at the Library!
Friday, August 10, 10:30 a.m.
Larry Dapsis, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Entomologist, will educate us about Entomophagy and then we can sample some bugs! But don't fill up too much to eat your "Free Lunch for Kids" at 11:30 a.m.
Felting with Janice Redman
Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.
Create a garden inspired panel using raw dyed wool and needle felting. We’ll then try the traditional Mongolian method of wet felting to finish our pieces to take home. For ages 6 and up. Please sign up.
Outdoor Water Games (weather permitting)
Wednesday, August 15, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
If the weather cooperates, we'll have goofy, wet fun outside behind the Library.