Thank you, Belmont

Philbrick_close-up_at_Beech_St._smallOn May 6, historian Nathaniel Philbrick held spellbound an audience of more than 200 people at the Beech Street Center as he told a story familiar in its outline, but for many who listened, startlingly new in its detail – the story of the Battle of Bunker Hill. He also answered questions about his writing process and his plans for the future, which include the next two parts of a trilogy about the American Revolution.

The Belmont Public Library would like to thank the many individuals, organizations, and businesses throughout town who worked together to make possible not just Philbrick’s presentation, but also all the other programs of One Book One Belmont 2014.

First, the Library thanks the 20 members of the Planning Committee – representatives of Town commissions and departments, including the Library – who began meeting last June. They selected Philbrick’s Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution only a few months after its publication and appearance on the New York Times best-seller list, and also planned and helped execute lectures and other programs related to the book. Please click on the “About” link in the red menu bar above to see their names.

We are also grateful to our co-sponsors, who organized, supported, and publicized an philbrick_booksigning_smallexciting roster of events throughout April. Foremost is the Friends of the Library, who provided the lion’s share of the funding and support for One Book One Belmont (OBOB). Also important to note are the Belmont Historical Society, Belmont Against Racism, and the Belmont Human Rights Commission for co-hosting the program on Phillis Wheatley and slavery in Revolutionary New England; and the Belmont Citizen Herald for spreading the word about OBOB  through ads, news stories, and photos.

In addition, the Council on Aging hosted the final program, the talk by Nathaniel Philbrick, in the Beech Street Auditorium; Porter Square Books provided books for sale at the event; the Belmont Media Center videotaped the event for Cable TV and will broadcast it during the month of June; and the Friends of the Library organized the reception afterward, with desserts provided by Sophia’s Greek Pantry and the Belmont Star Market. Our other co-sponsors – Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont Library Foundation, Belmont Public Schools, and Belmont World Film – also provided invaluable support.

A final thanks to all of the individuals who provided support in so many different ways – the speakers who presented programs, participated on panels, and conducted tours; the Board of Library Trustees and the staff of the Belmont Public Library for their ongoing, daily efforts; the “celebrities” who agreed to be photographed by graphic designer Adine Storer for our READ posters; and everyone who joined in a panel discussion, attended a program, asked a question, read the book, and talked about it with friends and neighbors. We are very grateful for your participation.


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Coming up! The Final Programs for One Book 2014

This year has proved to be a rich exploration of the birth of our country! We’ve heard tales of the American Revolution from different points of view; visited the sites of the iconic Bunker Hill battle; read poems of the day; discussed the artworks born from this revolutionary period; and now we will draw it all to a close with two final programs that we help you will join us for:

Saturday, May 3 at 3:00PM: Spencer Aston of the Powers Music School faculty and The Fenway Brass Quintet will play William Billings, broadside ballads, and more music heard from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. The concert is free thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Belmont Public Library and the other One Book One Belmont co-sponsors.


Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 PM at the Beech Street Center, we are pleased to welcome author Nathaniel Philbrick for a talk on the award winning book and One Book One Belmont 2014 selection, Bunker Hill: A city, a Siege, a Revolution. 

Refreshments will be served, and a book signing will be hosted at the end.

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The Revolution in Boston – as Seen at the MFA

Paul_RevereMany of the portraits and paintings that illustrate Bunker Hill come from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, including the portrait Paul Revere© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston shown here. Explore what these masterpieces tell us about the artists of the Revolutionary period, their subjects,  and their society, in a discussion led by Nicole Claris, MFA Manager of School Programs. The program is free and will take place at 7:30 PM Wednesday, April 29, in the Belmont Public Library Assembly Room. Click here for more information.

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