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November 2017

What’s Happening at the Larchmont Public Library

Dreaming of Flowers Exhibit on View

Beth Nadler’s latest exhibit titled DREAMING OF FLOWERS, opens in the Oresman Gallery at the Larchmont Public Library on October 3, and will continue to be on view through October 30. Additionally, there will be a reception honoring the artist on Saturday, October 7, from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Gallery.


Art has always been an essential element in Beth Nadler’s life. She has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember and always knew that she wanted to be an artist. To pursue her career in art, Beth attended and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in 1984 and continued her education at Parsons School of Design.


She went on to create her own home décor company and sold decorative storage containers featuring her unique designs to the wholesale trade. Nadler’s products have also been sold in a variety of shops including, Anthropologie, ABC Carper & Home, and Harrod’s of London. Her items have been featured in a variety of publications that include New York Magazine, Country Living, Vogue, and Hampton’s Magazine, to name but a few.


Since her career in the wholesale industry, Nadler  has licensed her artwork onto a variety of products such as greeting cards, decorative garden flags, notebooks, inspirational books, and other home-décor and stationary items.


“Art has always been a way for me to express myself and to create a world to get lost in”, said the artist. “Color is the driving force in all of my paintings and creates a mood in each of my pieces no matter what the subject might be. I’m greatly inspired by flowers and lush landscapes and lively colors. I feel that we live amongst much sadness and ugliness and being able to add some beauty to our world makes me very happy”.


Nadler is a local artist, residing in New Rochelle.  She works from her light-filled, personal studio in Mamaroneck.


Edgar Allan Poe to Visit Library

Frank Connelly, a Reference Librarian at the Larchmont Public Library, will again channel the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe through a very public performance of Poe’s works that is set to include The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven on Monday, October 30 at 7:00pm. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Connelly will once again don his frock coat and become the conduit for one of the most famous writers of the macabre the world has ever known. With just a bit of luck, and if Poe’s spirit is in a good mood, Connelly’s mind, body and perhaps even his soul, will be temporarily the playground for the long deceased author.


 There are many uncanny oddities between Edgar Allan Poe and Frank Connelly that defy logic and understanding yet conspire to create a spectacle quite unlike anything else you are likely to see on Halloween.


Consider that Poe was born in Boston. Connelly wears Bostonian footwear. Poe wrote what most consider mystery novels and many who know Connelly consider him something of a mystery. During his lifetime, Poe was primarily considered a literary critic. Connelly has frequently been critical. In 1841, Poe launched the new genre of detective fiction with “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Connelly has never needed the services of a detective. For a short while Poe attended West Point. Reportedly, Connelly lived West of West Point. Poe was born the same year as Abraham Lincoln. Connelly was not. {It should be noted that the real Edgar Allan Poe died in 1849.}


Dancer Saves Radio City Music Hall

Rosemary Novellino-Mearns, Dance Captain of the legendary Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company during the 1970s, tells the amazing story of how she motivated a small group of dedicated colleagues, friends, media, and political allies to join forces, challenge the Rockefeller establishment and, against all odds, save the Art Deco masterpiece—one of New York City’s iconic tourist attractions.


Meet Rosemary Novellino-Mearns on Sunday, October 8, at 4:00pm at the Larchmont Public Library and hear her read from her book SAVING RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL:  A Dancer’s True Story. Refreshements will be available at 3:30pm.


A modest but determined young dancer from Glen Rock, New Jersey, Rosemary Novellino joined the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company in 1966, remaining with the group for twelve years, eventually becoming its Dance Captain and Assistant to legendary choreographer Peter Gennaro. In the mid-1970s, questionable behind-the-scenes changes in management alarmed hundreds of employees, but no one was prepared for the official announcement in early 1978 that Radio City Music Hall was slated to close that April and be demolished.


Drawing upon formerly untapped inner strengths, Mearns refused to let this happen. She became President of “The Showpeople’s Committee to Save Radio City Music Hall” and motivated fellow workers, friends, and thousands of Radio City fans around the world, as well as New York and national media, cultural leaders and politicians to support the cause. As a result of these efforts, the Art Deco palace was declared a national historic landmark, saving not only the building but the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of Music Hall employees on stage and behind the scenes. Mearns  is now in demand nationwide for her authoritative, informative, and highly entertaining appearances in which she recounts the Radio City Music Hall story.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library.


44-Tons of Gold Salvaged from Ocean Floor

After explosions from German mines rattled the ship, its hull further battered by huge swells and driving rain, the HMS Laurentic and its haul—44 tons of gold meant to finance the Great War—sank to the ocean floor. Author Joseph Williams tells the absorbing tale of how the treasure was retrieved.


Meet Joseph A. Williams on Sunday, October 15, at 4:00pm at the Larchmont Public Library and hear him read from his book The Sunken Gold: A Story of WW1 Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History.  Refreshments will be available at 3:30pm.


On January 25, 1917, HMS Laurentic struck two German mines off the coast of Ireland and sank. The ship was carrying 44 tons of gold bullion to the still-neutral United States via Canada in order to finance the war effort for Britain and its allies. Britain desperately needed that sunken treasure, but any salvage had to be secret since the British government dared not alert the Germans to the presence of the gold.


Lieutenant Commander Guybon Damant was the most qualified officer to head the risky mission. Wild gales battered the wreck into the shape of an accordion, turning the operation into a multiyear struggle of man versus nature. As the war raged on, Damant was called off the salvage to lead a team of covert divers to investigate and search through the contents of recently sunk U-boats for ciphers, minefield schematics, and other secrets. The information they obtained, once in the hands of British intelligence, proved critical toward Allied efforts to defeat the U-boats and win the war.


But Damant had become obsessed with completing his long-deferred mission. His team struggled for five more years as it became apparent that the work could only be accomplished by muscle, grit, and persistence. Using newly discovered sources, author Joseph A. Williams provides the first full-length account of the quest for the Laurentic’s gold. More than an incredible story about undersea diving adventure, The Sunken Gold is a story of human persistence, bravery, and patriotism.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Larchmont Public Library.


Workshop on How to Write a Book

According to a recent New York Times survey, 81% of people indicated that they would love to write a book. Unfortunately most people never do so - some of them don’t know where to begin, while others find it a foreboding task. Join veteran author and ghostwriter Rich Mintzer, and learn how to get over the hurdles and actually complete a manuscript that can then be published. Writing a book is not easy, but it is also not the daunting task that intimidates so many would-be authors.


Join Rich Mintzer on Thursday, October 12 at 7pm, at the Larchmont Public Library.

Mintzer has been an author and ghostwriter for over 30 years and has written, ghostwritten, co-written or rewritten (for other writers/) more than 90 books. New American Library, Entrepreneur Press, Crown, St. Martin’s Press, Adams Media and various other publishing houses have published his work.


Mintzer’s workshop will include discussion on finding a topic near and dear to your heart, carving out time and space in which to write, how to research your topic, how to decide between first, second or third person, and creating a chapter outline. Mintzer will also discuss the chapter-by-chapter writing approach, the joy of rewriting, editing and the agony of proofreading, how to protect your work, traditional publishing and proposals, whether or not there are any advantages to self-publishing, marketing your work, and more.


Clients for Rich Mintzer’s ghostwritten books include; a major Broadway producer (4 books), a former Olympic athlete, an F. Scott Fitzgerald/Great Gatsby historian, a professional golfer and instructor, CEOs of several major companies, financial planners, and even a former mobster.


Visit larchmontlibrary.org for further details.