“Birds of a Feather”
Paintings by Kay Cassill
Opening Reception Thursday, September 7, 4-6 pm
“‘Birds of a Feather’ is a series started when I found I was drawing the gulls and various birds that appeared at the beaches and piers while I was attempting some plein air sketches. They wouldn’t stay out of my mind and they led me to notice how people and even inanimate objects gathered around an idea or an activity. Therefore this series stretches beyond birds and beaches. I keep wondering where it will lead next,” says Cassill. Artist and writer Kay Cassill studied in New York, Paris and Iowa over her long career. A consistent prize winner, her works are in the permanent collections of Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Waterloo Municipal Art Museum (IA), Springfield Museum of Art (MO), Mott Women and Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan (MI) as well as corporate and private collections around the country. She is a member of PAAM and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, among other professional art organizations. She is a Signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. Cassill winters in Michigan but has had a home and studio in Truro for many years. According to one critic “Cassill draws with a bold and probing assurance. Her conceptions have a certain dreamy savagery that goes quite beyond any daydream prettiness.”
Artist Statement: “My inspiration often comes from those around me as well as from mythology. I am strongly influenced by the works of Picasso, Rembrandt, and Lasansky. I love haunting old photographs with mysterious histories. Most of all I love a mystery. I am not interested in a photographic rendering. Rather, I want to make viewers wonder and respond emotionally, even if only subconsciously. When I paint I am letting my Mind’s Eye lead me to something meaningful and new. The variety of my work attests to that.”
The Truro Public Library is proud to host a Next Chapter Book Club for intellectually or developmentally disabled adolescents and adults on the Outer Cape. The fall session begins on September 26. We are offering volunteer facilitator training sessions at the Truro Library with local Program Coordinator Barbara Klipper on Tuesday, September 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Next Chapter Book Club is a nationwide program that provides the fun and focus of a book club to members of our communities who often lack opportunities to explore written works in a relaxed, engaging, and constructive setting. Please consider joining us! Contact Tricia or Maggie at the Truro Library for more details.
The Truro Public Library is proud to host a Next Chapter Book Club for intellectually or developmentally disabled adolescents and adults on the Outer Cape. The fall session begins on September 26 and continues through December 19. We are offering volunteer facilitator training sessions at the Truro Library with local Program Coordinator Barbara Klipper on Tuesday, September 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The Next Chapter Book Club is a nationwide program that provides the fun and focus of a book club to members of our communities who often lack opportunities to explore written works in a relaxed, engaging, and constructive setting. Please consider joining us! Contact Tricia or Maggie at the Truro Library for more details.
Children Community Garden Group with Sustainable CAPE
Every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. through June 30
Every Wednesday at 3:00 pm. in 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!
Truro Library Book Club
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 p.m.
This month’s selection is a New York Times Bestseller, Thank You for Being Late, by Thomas L. Friedman. Copies are available at the circulation desk for check out.
A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers
We all sense it―something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once―and it is dizzying.
In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.
Friedman begins by taking us into his own way of looking at the world―how he writes a column. After a quick tutorial, he proceeds to write what could only be called a giant column about the twenty-first century. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces―Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)―are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.
Why is this happening? As Friedman shows, the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore’s law has a lot to do with it. The year 2007 was a major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform. Friedman calls this platform “the supernova”―for it is an extraordinary release of energy that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world―or to destroy it.
Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It’s also an argument for “being late”―for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we’re passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a “topsoil of trust” to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations.
With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations―if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is Friedman’s most ambitious book―and an essential guide to the present and the future.