There are plenty of activities and events going on in February for adults at the Memorial Hall Library.
Tales from the home of the worldâ€™s worst weather
Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the â€śHome of the Worldâ€™s Worst Weatherâ€ť? On Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., join Mount Washington Observatory’s Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. Explore how the mountain’s weather works and what it can tell us about New Englandâ€™s own weather patterns. The program will include interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography, and video footage from the summit. For adults and children aged 6 and up. Sign up at: https://mhl.org/calendar.
Will Broussard is the Observatoryâ€™s Education Coordinator, where he coordinates and leads programs on Mt. Washingtonâ€™s natural, cultural, and scientific history. He has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Maine and a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Originally from midcoast Maine, his passions include hiking and bird watching.Â
American history with Don Robb: The five frontiers of the American West
Local historian, Don Robb, will explore the history (and the myths) of the American West from the perspective of five different intersectional frontiers: the Mining Frontier, the Railroad Frontier, the Ranching Frontier, the Farming Frontier, and the Indian Frontier. Each frontier affected the others and the exploration and settlement of the vast area of plains and mountains from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. The classes run on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. through March 7 in Memorial Hall. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and The Center at Punchard.
Fish On! Andover 2019:
Tuesday nights in February mean fishing at Memorial Hall Library. Watch fishing videos from 6-7 p.m. and pick up free fishing publications. Seminars start at 7 p.m. and are sponsored by the Friends of MHL. The series features weekly door prizes. This yearâ€™s lineup includes:
Fishing at Night for LargemouthÂ and Smallmouth Bass on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Guide and outdoor writer, Allan Butler, will share proven techniques for getting big bass at night here in the Northeast, in your waters. He’ll cover the best types of water to fish, time of year, weather and the tackle you need to land your personal best. From shore or boat, donâ€™t miss out. Sleep is for the weak!Â
A Modern Fly Fishing Experience on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Geoff Klane had fished a few times before he moved to Lowell and saw the canal system there. He picked up a fly rod to see what the city and the rest of New England had to offer. Now, whether it’s freshwater for carp, bass, or trout, or going to the ocean for striper, false albacore, or anything else that swims, Geoff loves to chase it with a fly rod in hand. He will discuss tackle requirements, fly selection, what sorts of fish you will find, and must-visit spots in the city. View Geoff’s work atÂ brackishflies.com.
Freshwater Surfcasting on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Julio Silva covers the fresh water species that you can target from terra firma using surfcasting knowledge and techniques. When you are waiting for the tide to turn, why not fish the nearby pond, lake, or river? The strikes by freshwater fish can be explosive! You will learn species-specific techniques and spots that will catch you more fish.
Other February events at MHL:
Conversational English on Mondays, Feb. 11 and 25 from 10 a.m. to noon, for non-native speakers of English who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members welcome.Â To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.
Maker Morning on Tuesdays, Feb. 12, 19 and 26 from 10-11 a.m. Come and learn to use our 3D printer, vinyl cutters, poster printer and more. Meet at the Reference Desk. Register at https://mhl.org/calendar.
Device Advice on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7-8 p.m. Bring your technology questions to the Reference Desk. Get help with the basics for iPads, cellphones, laptops, Kindles and other e-readers. Bring your chargers, usernames and passwords. If you’re unable to attend, stop by the Reference Desk anytime for device assistance.
Pub Trivia on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Come to Andoliniâ€™s and test your knowledge. Hosted by MHL librarians. $50 cash prize to the winning team.
Death CafĂ© on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join other adults for Andover’s 13th Death Cafe – an evening of open, lively, and insightful discussion about death. While not a support group nor a venue for bereavement, a Death Cafe seeks to provide an unscripted, non-judgmental platform for those wishing to explore the many facets of this often taboo subject. Come with an open mind, a healthy curiosity, and a willingness to share your thoughts, feelings, and questions with other like-minded individuals.Â Hosted by Andover resident, Richard Davis. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.; program starts at 7 p.m. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.
Discover Your Past Genealogy Club on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10 -11 a.m. in Memorial Hall.
Computer Users Group on Monday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Activity Room â€“ facilitated by MHL librarians. A collaboration of MHL and the Center at Punchard.
Career Networking Group on Thursdays, Feb. 14 and 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. in Friends Alcove 1, Ground Level. Expand your network of business contacts, share ideas, and learn about effective job search strategies. Facilitated by certified career coach Arleen Bradley.Â
All events are sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Visit www.mhl.org, or call 978-623-8430. Unless specified, programs are held at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover, MA.