Film on civil rights activist to be discussed Tuesday at Milford Town Library – Milford Daily News

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a virtual program with documentary filmmaker Craig Dudnick, as he discusses his film about Alice Tregay, a voting and civil rights activist from Chicago.
Tregay’s efforts to educate and urge ordinary people to participate in the election process spanned more than six decades.
Tregay met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he came to Chicago in 1966 to join and amplify black community efforts to end overcrowding and substandard portable classrooms in black neighborhoods. She was also pivotal in the campaigns of local aldermen, as well as the first female African American senator — Carol Moseley Braun.
Tregay worked closely with the Rev. Jesse Jackson to call out and end discriminatory housing and employment practices and campaigned for him during his presidential bid. Her belief in voter registration and engagement was inspiring.
Tregay died in 2015.
To register and receive a Zoom link for the presentation, email your contact information to [email protected] or call 508-473-2145, Ext. 2.
The Friends of the Milford Town Library will continue their series of fall book sales from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Sales are held in the downstairs Granite and Quarry rooms.
Congratulations to our Pumpkin Decorating Contest winners, Steve Menz and Nuke Wardani. 
The round table near the circulation desk is featuring a selection of materials to help with making smart financial decisions and managing your money,
The round table near the reference desk will feature books and DVDs focusing on the vegan lifestyle throughout the first half of November.
Some great cookbooks will be on display, a few by famous chefs and cookbook authors. You’re apt to find something of interest to inspire you to try the health benefits of going vegan.
The Center Book Group meets next on Tuesday, Nov. 16, to discuss “In Five Years,” by Rebecca Serle.
The publisher describes the book as “the next great love story. It’s just not the one you’re expecting.” The heroine, Dannie Cohan, is a young and driven lawyer who maps out her life in meticulous detail — in contrast to her free-spirited best friend, Bella.
When Dannie has a vivid dream one night about her possible future with a man who isn’t her current serious boyfriend, she finds she can’t shake the unsettling feeling that remain, long after she awakens. Her “dream man” then enters her life, but as Bella’s new boyfriend.
This page-turner will go down easy and leave readers feeling wistful about their own choices and expectations. A book group favorite since 2020, it’s been picked as a selection for the Good Morning America and Marie Claire book groups.
The Center Book Group welcomes newcomers to its meetings. To reserve a copy of “In Five Years,” email [email protected] or call the information desk at 508-473-2145, Ext. 2.
The next Cookbook Club meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the children’s program room.
Participants are asked to bring their favorite Thanksgiving sides, desserts and appetizers to share.
Paper plates and napkins will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own reusable water bottles and cutlery. Paper cups will be available, as well as a pitcher of filtered water. Members should also bring containers to take home leftovers.
Please notify Mary Frances a few days before the meeting if you plan to attend, so we can provide enough seating, etc.
For those who are unable to attend the in-house meeting, there will be a Zoom option. Email Mary Frances at [email protected] if you would like to receive the Zoom link.
The Contemporary Book Group next meets in the library’s ESL classroom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, for a discussion of the book, “Conversations with Friends,” by Sally Rooney.
This sharply intelligent debut novel is about two college students and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple.
Written with gem-like precision and probing intelligence, “Conversations with Friends” is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth.
To reserve a copy of the book, or for more information about the group, email Shelley at [email protected]
The group exhibit by the Atelier Artists continues through this month. The Atelier Artists, under the direction of Sal Ferreira, present their interpretations on the theme of renewal.
Artwork in various media — mostly oil, though some acrylic, pastel and photography — will be displayed near the information desk. Each fall, a group challenge on a particular theme results in an exhibit that feels simultaneously cohesive and individual.
These artists have been painting and exhibiting together since 2008. When you view the exhibit, be sure to take a look at the display case, which brings together some programs and flyers from earlier shows and group challenges.
While COVID-19 prevented a larger group exhibit, and limited the times when the group could safely be together in the last year and a half, it didn’t dampen the impulse and need to express oneself. Stop by to see exhibit and feel free to leave comments for the artists.
For now, we have canceled the drop-in reading group for ESL students. We may add another group or extend one of the other drop-in groups.  
Drop-in conversation classes are held from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesdays. Regular drop-in ESL classes meet from 7-8 p.m. on Thursdays.
Citizenship preparation classes are held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturdays (this program is not a drop-in, as students must be nearing minimum residency requirements — five years in nearly all cases). The instructor or ESL coordinator needs to approve you for the course. The instructor, Atef Sorial, worked as a guidance counselor in his native Egypt, then went through the naturalization process himself and now works with the Milford Public Schools and Milford Hospital on Project Search.
The AARP Tax-Aide Program is looking for volunteers to help low- and moderate-income people prepare their federal and Massachusetts income taxes.
As a Tax-Aide volunteer, you will receive training over three Saturdays in December. Tax-Aide volunteers work six to eight hours per week between Feb. 1 and early April.
The AARP Tax-Aide Program is offered at 41 senior centers and libraries in Central Massachusetts. Last year, our volunteers helped complete more than 4,700 tax returns.
Training begins in December. Internet access and computer skills are a must.
Those who are interested are asked to visit https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/get-involved/ and select “Volunteer With AARP Tax-Aide Program” from the options.
Many people did a lot of sorting and organizing in their home spaces during the earliest days of the pandemic. Perhaps you were one of those people who found a collection that you hadn’t seen in a while or even forgotten you had.
Please think about sharing your collection with the Milford Town Library. Both the adult and children’s departments have display cases that can securely showcase your treasures.
Before the pandemic, we usually had rotating monthly displays including dolls, badges, photographs, travel souvenirs, tea cups, snowmen, penguins, key fobs.
Contact the information desk at 508-473-2145, Ext. 2, to schedule your month.
The library accepts donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry. With the pandemic ongoing, food insecurity has become more severe for many, and donations of food for the pantry are especially welcome.
Donations may be placed in the blue bucket under the Friends of the Library book table.
Mary Frances Best is reference librarian at the Milford Town Library.

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