Join us for a talk by #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Jacquelyn Mitchard. Mitchard’s new book “Two if By Sea” is described by the publisher as “an epic story of courage and devotion that spans three continents and the entire map of the human heart. It tells the story of former police officer Frank Mercy, who loses his wife and her entire family in a Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane. He immediately goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit and pulls a little boy from a submerged car, saving the child’s life with only seconds to spare. In that moment, Frank’s own life is transformed. Not quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes the boy home to the Midwestern farm where he grew up.”
Mitchard’s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was published in June of 1996, and was chosen as the first selection for Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. The editor of a realistic Young Adult imprint, Merit Press, Mitchard is the author of seven novels for Young Adults. Her work has won the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, as well as the UK’s Walkabout Prize and was short-listed for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and a contributing editor for More magazine. Mitchard grew up in Chicago, and now lives on Cape Cod with her family.
This program is free and reservations are not required. Audience members will be seated upon arrival until all available seats are full. Please arrive early to ensure your seat!
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Mashpee Library’s 6th birthday party was tons of fun with cake, games, prizes and, of course, MINI GOLF! Check out the pictures below of the Selander Open! A special thanks to all of our Friends, Library Staff, volunteers and sponsors … Continue reading
MASHPEE, Dec. 16—The Friends of the Mashpee Library has set up an endowment for the library. “We expect the endowment to grow and attract major donations that will ensure our library has the extra funding it needs to serve the community well for years to come,” said Ann Macdonald, President of the Friends’ Board.
Contributions to the Friends are tax-deductible. The endowment funds are invested to earn interest, under the management of an Investment Committee. The endowment was initiated by Ceil Sneider, outgoing president of the Friends and endorsed by the Library Trustees.
The Friends’ fundraising had a big boost this year thanks to a successfully completed challenge grant of $50,000 from Robert Selander in memory of his parents, Gloria and Herb Selander. The Selanders were enthusiastic Mashpee Library supporters and Mrs. Selander was a former Mashpee Library Director.
“We raised $50,000 towards the Selander matching challenge with the help of a special bequest from the estate of Mashpee resident Dottie Bottos, plus a very successful Gala and Auction to celebrate the library’s fifth year,” Ms. Macdonald said.
The Friends help the library by supplying needed materials (books, subscriptions, films, etc.) and equipment beyond the state and local budget allocations. This year, for example, the Friends bought 10 iPads for patrons to use at the library, and supplied museum passes and other materials.
“We have a very beautiful and busy library,” Ms. Macdonald said, “and we want it to be assured of future support. Older towns on the Cape have large endowments for their libraries, and Mashpee needs to have a similar advantage.”