Call for Artists: Belmont Gallery of Art looks for works on “Family Ties”

The Belmont Gallery of Art, a municipal gallery located in Belmont, MA, invites artists to submit work for its upcoming juried “Family Ties” exhibit, inspired by author Anita Diamant’s “The Boston Girl,” the title selected for the Belmont Public Library’s 2016 One Book, One Belmont Town-wide read event.

Deadline to submit is March 20th, find out more at the Belmont Gallery of Art website.

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Belmont Goes for Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl Selected for the Library’s 6th One Book One Belmont Belmont Public Library is pleased to announce that Anita Diamant’s best-selling novel The Boston Girl has been selected as the featured title for One Book One Belmont 2016, the library’s sixth town-wide reading program.

The library and eleven co-sponsoring community groups invite town residents to read the book and participate in book discussions and other related activities throughout the month of April. Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, will speak in Belmont on Tuesday evening, April 26.

The Boston Girl, writes Dora Levy Mossanen in the Huffington Post, is “the story of every immigrant and the difficulties of adapting to and accepting an unfamiliar culture.”

The novel unfolds as 85-year-old Addie Baum attempts to answer her granddaughters’ question, “How did you get to be the woman you are today?” Addie begins by describing the one-room tenement apartment in the North End where she grew up with her Russian immigrant parents, two sisters, and sometimes a boarder during the early years of the 20th century.

Through a book club for young women at the Salem Street Settlement House and several life-changing summers in Rockport, Addie is introduced to a new world where women can go to high school and college, have a career, and live on their own. Against the opposition of her parents, Addie attempts to chart her own course during a time of upheaval– World War I, Prohibition, the great flu epidemic, the Depression, and passage of women’s right to vote.

The One Book One Belmont (OBOB) Planning Committee, made up of representatives of the library and various town departments and commissions, selected the book after reviewing suggestions from library patrons and staff.

The Boston Girl was the third most checked out book at the Belmont Public Library in 2015,” said Library Director Peter Struzziero. “So you can see it strikes a chord with our readers. I think it reminds them of their grandmother’s story, or their mother’s story, or even their own story – the immigrant experience of being torn between two cultures.”

One Book One Belmont co-chair Emily Reardon hopes the book will inspire readers to share their own stories with other family members. This spring, the Library is collaborating with the Council on Aging, the Belmont Media Center, and the Belmont Citizen-Herald on an oral history project along the lines of StoryCorps, recording interviews of Belmont citizens conducted by their grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

 One Book One Belmont 2016 is supported by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library and the cosponsors: Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Citizen-Herald and WickedLocal Belmont, Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont Historical Society, Belmont Library Foundation, Belmont Media Center, Belmont Public Schools, Belmont World Film, the Council on Aging, Porter Square Books, and the Recreation Department.

You can borrow The Boston Girl from the library in many different formats: hardcover, paperback, large print, book on CD, ebook or audiobook from the Overdrive catalog, and on some of the Library’s circulating Kindles. To place a request, visit the library website at or call the reference desk, 617-993-2870.

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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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