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Chapters: Truro Libraries Through the Years
Through September 

The Truro Library has enjoyed twenty years in its current building, and the Highland House Museum is hosting an exhibit looking back at the history of the library. See floor plans, photos, and other objects that reflect back on the library’s growth and evolution. The exhibit will be on display through September.

September Art Exhibit
John Ferguson: Paintings
September 3-27

Artist's Statement: 

I first came to Truro in 1956 with my family on vacation. I remember running down the dune between Highland Light and Coast Guard Beach (back when it was okay), as fast as I could. We were staying in a cottage nearby and I was trying to impress a young girl I admired who was walking down the stairs. Just as I was about to run by her and say hello, my body got ahead of my legs and I wiped out in a spectacular fashion. I ended up in a jumbled pile of arms and legs with a mouthful of sand as she gracefully walked by. My family returned in 1957 for another two weeks in Truro.

In 1976, drawn by deeply embedded memories of this area, I returned and I have been here for every year or part of the year ever since.

This exhibit is a collection of old and new paintings focusing on the constant ebb and flow of the water, wind, and clouds in relation to the land...trying to capture the translucent colors and fluctuations in value that I witness every day. Using acrylic paint and wax, I paint and scrape and sand, adding and taking away, texturizing, looking for serendipitous effects and unique outcomes. You will also find watercolors and an occasional oil painting in the mix.

I hope you enjoy the show!

A Battle At Kruger Lake
A Family Storytime Event with Author Jere Miller

Saturday, September 21, 10:30 a.m.
Accompanied by live music and original art, author Jere Miller will present his children's book about family and survival that takes place in South Africa's Kruger National Park.
Sandy MacFarlane
Swirling Currents:
Controversy, Compromise, and Dynamic Coastal Change
Tuesday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.

During one remarkable day early in 2017, more than two hundred of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whales, nearly half of the entire world’s population, entered Cape Cod Bay to feed on the annual bloom of copepods, tiny shrimp-like animals. News spread fast, detailed in national stories and news programs. Throngs of people traveled to beaches for a glimpse of the elusive giants or their distinctive, V-shaped spouts. The presence of those whales and their habitat represent one animal whose protection leads to biological, social, political, and economic ramifications that impact shipping and fishing industries and, in turn, consumers.

The event highlighted how an event, perceived as local, is often part of a much larger picture. Whales closer to demise; sharks chasing seals chasing fish; turtles stranding; functionally extinct oysters and aquaculture filling the gap; the Gulf of Maine heating swiftly and the Gulf Stream slowing down — all happening in the global context of dynamic coastal change. An engaging mix of personal stories and scientific investigation, Swirling Currents tells the stories behind the headlines.

Cape Cod has a front-row seat to observe several global marine conflicts swirling around its waters. Its unique geography, an arm of sand and glacial till sticking more than forty miles into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts, make it a physical boundary between cold water species to the north and warm water ones to the south. Called a biogeographic boundary, it joins the Bay of Fundy to the north and Cape Hatteras to the south as similar dividing lines. Cape Cod’s position between the other two is an important location to observe many of the rapid changes in species distribution and seaside landscapes occurring all along the coast. Examining what is transpiring is instructive for areas both north and south of the Cape to give a broader perspective about what is happening elsewhere.

The Local Journalism Project
Open Newsroom Truro 
Thursday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.
The Provincetown Independent’s nonprofit Local Journalism Project invites community members to join in making local news more collaborative. The editor (and from time to time reporters and newsmakers) will be on hand to hear about issues that are important to you, and to answer your questions about the role of journalism in sharing news for and about the community.

The Project’s Open Newsroom sessions are being held in each of the Outer Cape’s libraries, with Truro gatherings set for the first Thursday of each month, beginning soon! Special themes will surely emerge but this first session is open-ended. Come with your thoughts and questions. Meetings are free and open to all.

An Introduction to Mushrooming
With Forager and Educator Rachel Goclowski
Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.

Mushrooming can be a fun and safe hobby if you know the guidelines. Learn about some beginner-level mushrooms, their health benefits, and how to stick to “safer” classes of edible mushrooms with an interactive visual presentation. Presented by the Friends of the Truro Library.

Upcoming Events
Sat 21
Sat 21

A Battle At Kruger Lake with Jere Miller

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am