Watercolor Class

Watercolor Class
December 9th at 10 AM
$20
Spots are limited. Sign up at the library or call us.

Suzanne Boeck is back by popular demand! Create your own slice of a Michigan winter with this snow covered work of art.  No experience necessary. All supplies will be provided.

Essential Oils Class

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Essential Oil: Fall Make & Take
Monday November 20 @ 5:30
Cost is $10
Sign up here or at Aitkin LIbrary.

Make:
Oatmeal Shower Sac
Natural Dryer Sheets
Dishwasher Soap
Foot Creme/Salve

MORE Fun with Ukes!

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Hosted at the Library
Tuesday, November 21st AND December 19th, 6pm – 7pm

Did you attend our Fun with Ukes class? Do you want to learn to play the ukulele and sing? Do you want to go beyond 1 finger and 2 chords? If so, than this class is for you! Please bring your own ukulele if you have one, but if you don’t we have ones you can borrow.

Fun with Ukes!

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Fun with Ukes!
Hosted at the Library
Tuesday, November 14th AND December 12th,6pm – 7 pm

If you’ve never played a ukulele before (or anything before) but want to learn, Fun with Ukes is for you! With 1 finger and 2 chords you’ll be able to play many, many songs! If you have your own ukulele be sure to bring it, if not we have ones you can borrow!

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger
Published by Hatchett Book Group (134 pages)
Available at Aitkin Library in hardcover and  downloadable audiobook
Book Review by Marty Rheaume

In Tribe, Junger explores the social phenomenon of tribal membership. By diving into our psychological need for belonging, Junger discovers our most horrific experiences have a mysterious allure. In the aftermath of adversity, war, and national disaster, people look back nostalgically at the bonds they built and the intensity of being alive in the midst of threatening environments. This observation provides the canvas to trace these paradoxical feelings back to our tribal roots and show how our lack of connection and purpose manifest themselves in neurotic and pathological behavior.

Many of us suffer the ennui of modern life. Our basic needs are met with little direct connection to our daily tasks, so it can be hard to find meaning in our work. Families are spread out across the state, country, and globe disrupting familial bonds. Our human interactions are often reduced to social media and work, leaving people dissatisfied, lonely, and empty.  Ironically, when fate interrupts and we’re put in a position of survival where we work with a small group of people, we find these experiences enrich our lives with meaning, despite the trauma we also experience.

Viewed through the perspective Junger provides, so many of our curious modern conditions make sense. The partisan bickering, racist resentment, addiction, depression, mass shootings, suicide and everything else can be viewed as failures in man’s search for meaning. People are looking for their tribe and looking for meaning.  Even though societal affluence grows, we’re afflicted with alienation and angst, because our instincts and muscle memory are telling us to search for something that’s rapidly disappearing.

The allure for connection and meaning still has immense pull on our psyches. It helps explain human fascination with war. War acts as a pressure cooker for creating meaning and intimate bonds. As horrific as it can be, those who go through war can develop an attachment or even addiction to the intimacy, adrenaline, and sense of purpose war offers.  Returning veterans are challenged with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a struggle to assimilate back into civilian life.  As horrible as war is, at least they had a purpose and each other.

Junger uses his own experience, studies, anecdotes and statistics to support his observations. His narrative makes intuitive sense to the reader. Most of us can remember the camaraderie of a sports team, along with the feelings of pride we held after our collective suffering or the impromptu barbeques after a big storm when the power goes out. We’ve witnessed this in our own lives, and he makes it easy for us to extrapolate these observations onto society. He doesn’t provide us with any answers, but he holds up a mirror, so we can observe our intense search for meaning and connection. Maybe it’ll help us form our own tribes.

Essential Oils Class

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Essential Oils Class
Hosted in the Library Basement
Monday, October 16th at 5:30

A recipes Q&A, you’ll be able to get information about products you’ll be able to make yourself at home. You may bring your own oils or you may purchase them during the class to take home.

Watercolor Class

Watercolor Class
October 28th at 10 AM
$20
Spots are limited. Sign up at the library or call us.

Suzanne Boeck is back by popular demand! Create your own slice of the Michigan coast with dazzling watercolors. No experience necessary. All supplies will be provided.

 

Halloween Costume Party

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Thursday, October 19th @ 6 pm

Join us for our annual Halloween Costume Contest!!! Mini-pumpkins and mess-free paint markers will be provided for decorating, and we’ll also play Haunted Hide & Seek, where all manner of tricks and treats will be found! The night will wrap up with Costume Contest awards. First, Second, and Third place winners will be awarded spooky classics on DVD.

Book Club

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Aitkin Library Book Club
November 1, 6:30 pm
Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
Copies available at Aitkin Library

Join us November 1st to discuss ‘Mornings on Horseback,’ the National Book Award Winning biography of our most interesting president. Theodore Roosevelt is loved and hated on both the Right and the Left for his Progressive policies and larger than life personality.

‘Mornings…’ explores his formative years as he metamorphosized from a sickly boy to a hardened Rough-Rider. TR embodies the glory and contradiction that are America. To understand him is to understand America and understand ourselves.