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Tuesdays, at 3:30; ages 4 to 8 at 3:30. $70 for 8 weeks. Ages 8 to 11 at 4:45. $70 for 8 weeks.
Wednesdays ages 2 to 4 at 10:30. Free (library sponsored)
Saturdays begin Oct 22 for girls ages 13 to 18. $48 for 4 weeks.
At 16,067′ Vinson Massif is the highest mountain on the frozen continent of Antarctica. It was the last of the famous Seven Summits (highest point on each continent) to be climbed in 1966. Located approximately 600 miles from the South Pole, Vinson Massif is one of the most pristine and remote places on Earth. Antarctica is the coldest and driest of all the continents and also has the highest average elevation (8,200′). The logistics to reach Antarctica are a journey in themselves. Our team was part of aviation history, being the first Boeing 757 to land at Union Glacier. This expedition had all of the characteristics that make a mountain memorable-awe inspiring views, team camaraderie, extreme weather, and a challenging climb. The team experienced -70 degree temperatures for 4 days while they were pinned down at high camp after a successful summit day. Please join Mystic, CT native Todd Bausch as he shares his 2015 experience to the bottom of the Earth to climb Vinson Massif and his ambition to complete the Seven Summits.
Free and open to all.
Bring a comfy chair and join us on Friday, October 21 at 6:30 pm to watch Song of the Sea on the big screen. Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of 2015.
Popcorn and water will be available. Free and open to all. Please call the library (860 535 0383) with any questions.
The Historic Use of Pitch Pine
in New England – with Daniel Evans and Emery Gluck.
Monday, October 24th at 7 pm
To the early colonists, pitch pine was too important a resource to be without: it was used for most illumination and it appropriately earned the name Candlewood and Torchwood. The pitch and tar produced from the pine in earthen kilns in the 1600s and early 1700s was vital for getting early New England’s ship building industry established and helping
desperate England build its naval superiority. It was called New England’s first industry and was crucial for the cash strapped economy. The industry left very little evidence of its existence except in the names of places (e.g., Tar Barrel Hill in North Stonington). Though hardwoods were usually clearcut for charcoal production, both pitch pine and oak forests were sustained after clearcutting by Native American and European settlers’ practices of burning the woods. Natives also cleared land for agriculture and sustained grasslands with more frequent repeated burning.
With the drastic reduction in burning, New England is slowly losing these disturbance dependent ecosystems as they are being invaded and outcompeted by other trees that were historically knocked back by fire. The Connecticut Division of Forestry utilizes prescribed burns and judicious harvests of trees to restore these historic ecosystems. Sponsored by the Friends of Wheeler Library and The North Stonington Historical Society. Free and open to all. Refreshments served.
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