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Reading Glasses

2024-07-02 18:00:00 2024-07-02 19:00:00 America/New_York Reading Glasses Reading Glasses meets the first Tuesday of each month. Join us for good books and good brews! (CDL does not provide beverages). -

Tuesday, July 02
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-07-02 18:00:00 2024-07-02 19:00:00 America/New_York Reading Glasses Reading Glasses meets the first Tuesday of each month. Join us for good books and good brews! (CDL does not provide beverages). -

Reading Glasses meets the first Tuesday of each month. Join us for good books and good brews! (CDL does not provide beverages).

Fintan O’Toole was born in the year the revolution began. It was 1958, and the Irish government―in despair, because all the young people were leaving―opened the country to foreign investment and popular culture. So began a decades-long, ongoing experiment with Irish national identity. In We Don’t Know Ourselves, O’Toole, one of the Anglophone world’s most consummate stylists, weaves his own experiences into Irish social, cultural, and economic change, showing how Ireland, in just one lifetime, has gone from a reactionary “backwater” to an almost totally open society―perhaps the most astonishing national transformation in modern history.

Born to a working-class family in the Dublin suburbs, O’Toole served as an altar boy and attended a Christian Brothers school, much as his forebears did. He was enthralled by American Westerns suddenly appearing on Irish television, which were not that far from his own experience, given that Ireland’s main export was beef and it was still not unknown for herds of cattle to clatter down Dublin’s streets. Yet the Westerns were a sign of what was to come. O’Toole narrates the once unthinkable collapse of the all-powerful Catholic Church, brought down by scandal and by the activism of ordinary Irish, women in particular. He relates the horrific violence of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, which led most Irish to reject violent nationalism. In O’Toole’s telling, America became a lodestar, from John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit, when the soon-to-be martyred American president was welcomed as a native son, to the emergence of the Irish technology sector in the late 1990s, driven by American corporations, which set Ireland on the path toward particular disaster during the 2008 financial crisis.

A remarkably compassionate yet exacting observer, O’Toole in coruscating prose captures the peculiar Irish habit of “deliberate unknowing,” which allowed myths of national greatness to persist even as the foundations were crumbling. Forty years in the making, We Don’t Know Ourselves is a landmark work, a memoir and a national history that ultimately reveals how the two modes are entwined for all of us.

AGE GROUP: | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Bookclubs & Author Talks |

TAGS: | Reading Glasses | bookclub |

Chelsea District Library

Phone: 734-475-8732

Hours
Mon, Jun 10 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jun 11 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jun 12 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jun 13 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jun 14 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jun 15 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Sun, Jun 16 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

The Chelsea District Library is a single branch library serving the City of Chelsea and surrounding townships. The library has 4 small study rooms, one medium meeting room, and the McKune room, our main programming room.

Upcoming events

Mon, Jun 17, 10:00am - 11:00am
Mobile CDL
Follow the clues to discover Mobee's secret locations this summer and win sweet prizes!

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
A circle time lap-sit for babies ages 0-24mos and their caregivers! Thirty minute program followed by fifteen minutes of open play.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Join us for an intro to D&D 5e.
Registration is now closed

Canceled
Tue, Jun 18, 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Dexter Township Hall
Mobee will stop at the Dexter Twonship Hall

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mobile CDL - Bookmobile
Mobee will be at each Rec It Tuesday this summer! This series is put on by Chelsea Area Friends for Recreation.

Canceled
Tue, Jun 18, 6:15pm - 6:45pm
New Harvest Church
Mobee is coming to a stop near you! 

Tue, Jun 18, 6:45pm - 8:30pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Official Library Board Meeting

Wed, Jun 19, All day
Chelsea District Library
The Library is Closed

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - Reading Garden
Super special storytimes, guests, and activities just right for little ones ages 2-6!

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Build and decorate your ideal reading nook!
Registration is now closed

Thu, Jun 20, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Reading Garden
Friends of CDL Jewelry Sale. This is a jewelry sale that starts before and goes until the end of Sounds and Sights. For further information contact Marilyn at mmkuehl@sbcglobal.net

Fri, Jun 21, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Chelsea District Library - Kidspot,McKune Room
Children read books to our friendly therapy dogs who listen carefully to every single word! Please register for a 15-minute time slot in advance by calling 734-475-8732, ext. 209.

Sat, Jun 22, 10:00am - 11:00am
Chelsea District Library - Library Lawn
Hour-long yoga class on the library lawn (weather permitted). For questions, contact Mara Greatorex, email: mcookgreatorex@powerwellness.com, 734-214-0212.

Sat, Jun 22, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom webinar - Zoom webinar
Murder On The Links by: Steven Dietz

Mon, Jun 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Kids ages 3-11 can play and build with our giant collection of bricks!

Mon, Jun 24, 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Silver Maples - 2:15pm Silver Meadows Entrance & 3pm Silver Maples Entrance
Mobee is coming to Silver Maples, and Silver Meadows! 

Mon, Jun 24, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
North Lake United Methodist Church
Mobee will be at the North Lake United Methodist Church every Fourth Monday!

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
A circle time lap-sit for babies ages 0-24mos and their caregivers! Thirty minute program followed by fifteen minutes of open play.

Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Join us for an intro to D&D 5e.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jun 25, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Chelsea District Library - Reading Garden
Lori's rotary meeting.

Tue, Jun 25, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Lori's Rotary Meeting.

Tue, Jun 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mobile CDL - Bookmobile
Mobee will be at each Rec It Tuesday this summer! This series is put on by Chelsea Area Friends for Recreation.

Wed, Jun 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Join Mark Crilley for a fun workshop and learn from a published author how to draw in comic and manga style! This program is for kids ages 8-12.

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Super special storytimes, guests, and activities just right for little ones ages 2-6!

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Use tiny diamonds to make bookmarks and bigger artworks!

Sat, Jun 29, 10:00am - 11:00am
Chelsea District Library - Library Lawn
Hour-long yoga class on the library lawn (weather permitted). For questions, contact Mara Greatorex, email: mcookgreatorex@powerwellness.com, 734-214-0212.

Sat, Jun 29, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Chelsea District Library
Learn what the Ingenuity Engine has to offer!

Mon, Jul 01, 10:00am - 11:00am
Mobile CDL
Follow the clues to discover Mobee's secret locations this summer and win sweet prizes!

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
A circle time lap-sit for babies ages 0-24mos and their caregivers! Thirty minute program followed by fifteen minutes of open play.

Tue, Jul 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Join us for an intro to D&D 5e.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 02, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Kidspot,Reading Garden
Work with nationally-ranked chess player Chase for tips and tricks.

Tue, Jul 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Reading Glasses meets the first Tuesday of each month. Join us for good books and good brews! (CDL does not provide beverages).

Canceled
Tue, Jul 02, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Sylvan Township Hall
Mobee will be at Sylvan Township Hall every First Tuesday of the month!

Wed, Jul 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Brio Living United Methodist Center, The Pines - Main Entrance Parking Lot
Mobeee is coming to The Pines!

Wed, Jul 03, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Chelsea Hospital - Main Entrance Parking Lot
Mobee is pleased to add the Chelsea Hospital to our spring schedule.

Wed, Jul 03, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Join the Sloan Museum of Discovery as we blast off on a fun and educational adventure. This program is for children ages 6-11.

Wed, Jul 03, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Chelsea District Library
Join the Sloan Museum of Discovery as we blast off on a fun and educational adventure. This program is for children ages 6-11.

Thu, Jul 04, All day
Chelsea District Library
The Library is Closed

Fri, Jul 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lakehouse Bakery
Join us at the Lakehouse Bakery for tasty treats and good books, as well as a storytime!

Sat, Jul 06, 10:00am - 11:00am
Chelsea District Library - Library Lawn
Hour-long yoga class on the library lawn (weather permitted). For questions, contact Mara Greatorex, email: mcookgreatorex@powerwellness.com, 734-214-0212.

Mon, Jul 08, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Brio Living United Methodist Center, Dancey House
Mobee is coming to Dancey House!

Mon, Jul 08, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Mobee is excited to add a stop at St. Barnabas this spring!

Mon, Jul 08, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Chelsea District Library - Large Study Room
Meets 2nd Mondays. Extension of makerChelsea embroidery with Ann Arbor Embroidery Club. Contact Bonnie Rahn for more information: brahn1229@att.net

Mon, Jul 08, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Lima Township Hall
Mobee is coming to Lima Township!

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
A circle time lap-sit for babies ages 0-24mos and their caregivers! Thirty minute program followed by fifteen minutes of open play.

Tue, Jul 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Join us for an intro to D&D 5e.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jul 09, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Kidspot,Reading Garden
Work with nationally-ranked chess player Chase for tips and tricks.

Tue, Jul 09, 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Large Study Room
The Friends of the Chelsea District Library meet every second Tuesday of the month.

Tue, Jul 09, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Library Lawn
As part of the Chelsea Area Friends for Recreation’s Rec It Tuesday series, join Youth and Teen Librarians Stacey and Amelia to make your own reusable water balloons!

Canceled
Tue, Jul 09, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Lyndon Township Hall
Join Mobee, CDL's bookmobile, at Lyndon Township Hall.

Wed, Jul 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room,Library Lawn,Reading Garden
Visit Camp Half-Blood at the Chelsea District Library! This Wild Wednesday is for kids ages 8-12.

Wed, Jul 10, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Large Study Room
Join us for great books and casual banter! Held every 2nd Wednesday, books are avaialble to borrow from the Checkout Desk. No registration required.

Thu, Jul 11, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - Reading Garden,Kidspot
Super special storytimes, guests, and activities just right for little ones ages 2-6!

Thu, Jul 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Inigo Montoya: Because I know something you do not know. Man in Black: And what is that? Inigo Montoya: I... am not left-handed!

Thu, Jul 11, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Sylvan Crossing subdivision
Mobee is coming to Sylvan Crossing!

Thu, Jul 11, 4:15pm - 4:45pm
Sharon Ann Apartments - Parking Lot behind building
Mobee is coming to Sharon Ann Apartments!

Thu, Jul 11, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Robin HIlls Farm - Parking Lot by The Nest
Mobee will be at Robin Hills Farm every second Thursday of the month!

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Library Basement
Stop by the Library for a used book sale provided by the Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 11:00am
Chelsea District Library - Library Lawn
Hour-long yoga class on the library lawn (weather permitted). For questions, contact Mara Greatorex, email: mcookgreatorex@powerwellness.com, 734-214-0212.

Sat, Jul 13, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom webinar - Zoom webinar
Surrogate by Lauren Knox Mounsey

Mon, Jul 15, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Kids ages 3-11 can play and build with our giant collection of bricks!

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:15am
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
A circle time lap-sit for babies ages 0-24mos and their caregivers! Thirty minute program followed by fifteen minutes of open play.

Tue, Jul 16, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Chelsea District Library - Kidspot,Reading Garden
Work with nationally-ranked chess player Chase for tips and tricks.

Canceled
Tue, Jul 16, 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Dexter Township Hall
Mobee will stop at the Dexter Twonship Hall

Tue, Jul 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mobile CDL - Bookmobile
Mobee will be at each Rec It Tuesday this summer! This series is put on by Chelsea Area Friends for Recreation.

Canceled
Tue, Jul 16, 6:15pm - 6:45pm
New Harvest Church
Mobee is coming to a stop near you! 

Tue, Jul 16, 6:45pm - 8:30pm
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Official Library Board Meeting