Tuesday 11/30/20 at 6:00pm
Classics Book Club
Join our monthly Classics Book Club virtual session. You will be emailed the link to connect once you register.
Ponzi’s Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff
November 30, 1920: Charles Ponzi, known for defrauding investors in a practice which would thereafter bear his name as a “Ponzi scheme”, pleaded guilty to one of two federal indictments for using the U.S. mail for the purpose of fraud. Ponzi was sentenced to five years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed, at Plymouth, Massachusetts. A fine, also part of the maximum sentence, was waived because Ponzi had gone bankrupt and had no resources to repay the money lost by his investors. Under federal law, Ponzi would be eligible for parole after 20 months, one-third of his sentence.
Before Charles Ponzi (1882-1949) sailed from Italy to the shores of America in 1903, his father assured him that the streets were really paved with gold-and that Ponzi would be able to get a piece. As journalist Zuckoff observes in this engaging and fast-paced biography, Ponzi learned as soon as he disembarked that though the streets were often cobblestone, he could still make a fortune in a culture caught in the throes of the Gilded Age. Zuckoff deftly chronicles Ponzi’s mercurial rise and fall as he conjured up one get-rich-quick scheme after another. Charming, gregarious and popular, Ponzi devised and carried out the scheme that carries his name in 1920 in the open (and with a brief period of approval from Boston’s newspapers and financial sector). Many investors did indeed double their investments, as Ponzi would use money of new investors to pay old investors, and Ponzi himself became a millionaire. Eventually, Zuckoff shows, the Boston Post uncovered this “robbing Peter to pay Paul” system (as it was then known), and Ponzi’s life unraveled. Zuckoff provides not only a definitive portrait of Ponzi’s life but also insights into immigrant life and the social world of early 20th-century Boston.
Programs for Adults
Create your own no-sew ornament ball using fabric squares, folding and pinning, and finish with a beautiful ribbon.
All materials provided except scissors and glue.
Register to receive the link to join by phone or computer. First 10 only, waiting list candidates can attend and purchase their own supplies if they wish.
Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and prominent Chute family. As friends begin to gather mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion.
Make a 15 minute appointment with Dawn over the phone or by computer virtual meeting to have her assist you with book recommendations and place holds based on your reading needs or likes. (Click any of the dates above to sign up for that particular date)
Consult in a 15 minute appointment with Dawn about library technology or database usage. Other tech questions welcomed but may take multiple days/research to answer. (Click any of the dates above to sign up for that particular date)
Thursday 12/10 at 6pm
“Adult Craft Night: DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater”
First 12 only, as we provide shirt and materials.
When Jake Marlowe, a co-owner of Downeast Mortgage in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is murdered, and his partner, Ben Scriber, begins receiving death threats after claiming to be visited by Marlowe’s ghost, Lucy Stone is on the case.
It’s December 23, Elliott Banner and his wife, Laura, are celebrating their wedding anniversary with a romantic dinner and a show. On the way home, their car breaks down in a tunnel, and Laura is stricken with a crippling headache that sends them to a nearby hospital. On Christmas Eve the clan gathers with a loving recap of Laura’s life adventures in this humorous and loving story.
Persuasion is the last novel fully completed by Jane Austen. The story concerns Anne Elliot, a young Englishwoman of 27 years, whose family is moving to lower their expenses and get out of debt, at the same time as the wars come to an end, putting sailors on shore. They rent their home to an Admiral and his wife. This sets the scene for many humorous encounters as well as a second, chance at love and marriage for Anne Elliot in her second “bloom”.
Programs for Kids and Teens
Ms. Robyn will read a new story each Wednesday. These story time videos will be on the library’s YouTube site (youtube.com/oxfordlibct) and will be posted each Wednesday at 10am.
Please note—no baby time 12/25
What you’ll need:
A phone, laptop, tablet, or any other device you can set up in front of you without having to hold.
A scarf, small towel, T-Shirt, or any other item we can use for our scarf songs
A comfy spot (chair or floor) for lap-bounce activities
The Google Meets link! Which will be emailed to you the Thursday before the program.
Every Tuesday “Kids Take n’ Make Craft”
Need some new crafts? Each week we will have 10-15 crafts ready to go in brown paper bags. Each bag will have everything you need to complete that craft! Most crafts are geared for Kindergarten and younger, though they’re cool enough that anyone would enjoy them! Please be sure to sign up ASAP at oxfordlib.org/OxfordCTLibrary to reserve your craft!
Saturday 12/5 at 12pm “Elementary Nutmeg Book Club”
We will be reading and discussing Rescue and Jessica by Jessica Kensky
“Service dogs have important jobs and when Rescue gets an unexpected assignment, he’s worried he isn’t ready. Together, Rescue and Jessica learn to believe in each other and move forward into the future as a team.”
Saturday 12/5 at 2pm and 2:30pm “Gingerbread Houses”
We brainstormed long and hard about how to make our gingerbread craft day happen this year! The houses (cardboard), decor(mostly candy), and adhesive (white frosting) will all be separated into one bag per participant. We will have tables and chairs set up outside for those who wish to complete the activity at the library. If you would rather participate at home (or if it turns out to be a yucky day) you can pick up your bag any time before 2pm to bring home 🙂
Saturday 12/19 at 12pm “Intermediate Nutmeg Book Club”
Attend virtually or in person! For in-person attendees, it will be COLD and we will be outside, so bundle up 🙂 Masks and understanding of safe distancing required. We will be discussing Framed! By James Ponti.
Saturday 12/19 at 2pm “Teen Nutmeg Book Club”
Attend virtually or in person! For in-person attendees, it will be COLD and we will be outside, so bundle up 🙂 Masks and understanding of safe distancing required. We will be discussing The New Kid by Jerry Craft.