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MOBA 101: An Introduction to the Museum of Bad Art

Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art collects, exhibits, and celebrates art that will be seen in no other venue. Since 1993, they have collected art from thrift stores, yard sales, sidewalk trash, and even the artists who create it. They analyze, compare to classic art, and share with thousands of fans around the world. They will be doing a Zoom presentation, March 23rd at at 7:00 PM. Visit their website at https://museumofbadart.org/ to learn more about what it does or go to the Greensboro Free Library calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/r/month/2021/3/1 to join the Zoom meeting.

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Become a Magician

The library is pleased to offer a new video series designed to educate and entertain called “Becoming a Magician”. This successful, self-guided course is free. It teaches students ages 8-80 enough magic to do a 30-minute performance and includes, along with teaching the magic tricks, acting and storytelling skills so the performance is fun and entertaining. Props needed for the course are ones most people already have at home or can be purchased at the local dollar store.

The course was tested in ten Vermont communities and was well received by both libraries and students. “The course is wonderfully designed and not only teaches the magic in a marvelous way, but the performance and storytelling skills make the tricks come alive” states a librarian from Vermont. “There are so many things a librarian can do with this course.” A mother of two who accessed the course through their local library said “My son and daughter performed a magic show for their grandfather whom they had not seen in person for months because of the pandemic.
They have missed each other terribly. He kept shouting, ‘I can’t believe it, this is wonderful, how are you doing this?’ He was astonished. What you taught them has already brightened one person’s life.”


Teachers, Tom Verner and Janet Fredericks are founders of Magicians Without Borders (www.magicianswithoutborders.com) and have traveled to over 45 countries bringing love, laughter, magic and hope to hundreds of thousands of refugee and orphan children in many of the most war-torn parts of the world.

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Chili Dinner Fundraiser

Our annual Chili Dinner fundraiser is still on, scheduled for Friday, March 5. It will look a little different this year. We will be doing a chili-dinner-to-go, with an online show of local youth talent you can enjoy at home.

First, YES, we do need your donations of chili, cornbread, and dessert, and encourage you to call, e-mail or come in to sign up as a food donor. We need to keep things simple to streamline the process this year. Please keep these guidelines in mind:

–Drop-off time for food donations: 3:00-4:00p.m., Friday, March 5.

–Sign up to bring chili, cornbread, or cookies.

–Please bring cold or room-temperature food; we will repack it into take-out containers for folks to reheat at home.

–Chili: Please bring only beef or vegetarian chili. Your pan/pot/crockpot/Tupperware dish will be washed and left on a table at the church for you to pick up Saturday, so please be sure to label the variety of chili and put your name on your container.

–Cornbread: Please label your pan, and pre-cut into even-sized pieces if possible.

–Dessert: We are asking only for chocolate chip cookies this year in order to avoid choices, and please do not use nuts or peanut butter.

–Pick-up Time: Dinner Pick-up will be 4:30-6:00 p.m, Friday, March 5, and our online show will premiere at 7:00 on Youtube so you can watch and comment with friends. We will ask for $8 donations per adult, $4 for children.

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Zentangle®

Learn the Meditative Art of Tangling in Upcoming Virtual Workshop

Greensboro Free Library, Jeudevine Memorial Library and Cabot Public Library are co-hosting a virtual Zentangle workshop with Ohio artist and Certified Zentangle Teacher Katy Abbot on Sunday, March 7, from 2:00-4:00.  The workshop is free, but we are asking everyone to register early so we can order supply kits, and we ask those who can to contribute $5 towards the cost of a kit.  The libraries will provide the kits for pickup and the Zoom link in early March.

Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from structured repetitive patterns, called tangles.  The method, or art form, is used to increase focus and creativity, and for mindfulness practice and stress reduction.  It has been called a form of artistic meditation, as the creator becomes engrossed in drawing each pattern.  More information can be found at the website www.Zentangle.com.  Tangling can be enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages, and non-artists are welcome and encouraged to participate.  This workshop, with its 2-hour time-frame, is best for ages 12 and up.   During this Zoom class, participants will learn what the Zentangle method is all about and how to tangle, acquiring skills for future creations.  Instructor Katy Abbott  is a long-time crafter and has exhibited and sold numerous glass bead ornaments and jewelry items.   She has been a Certified Zentangle Teacher since 2012, and has taught several Zentangle workshops in the past year for libraries in her home state of Ohio.

To register for the workshop, please e-mail or call one of the libraries by Tuesday, March 2: GFL at 533-2531 or [email protected], Jeudevine at 472-5948 or [email protected],  or CPL at 563-2721 or [email protected].

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Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in A Tibetan Town by Barbara Demick

“Outstanding . . . A book not only about modern Tibet but one that helps explain the current, poisonous moment in China.”Financial Times

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Dog Man: Grime and Punishment

“Dog Man: Grime and Punishment” by Dav Pilkey — “High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

“Soontornvat’s narrative nonfiction account shares these events and those that led to the rescue along with intricate details about caverns, sump diving, and other scientific details that emphasize the harrowing conditions of the rescue. She also touches on Thai culture, immigration issues, Buddhism, and religion…This stellar nonfiction work reads like a heart-pounding adventure story. Every library should have a copy.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

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The Evening and Morning by Ken Follett

“[An] absorbing and lengthy saga of life in a chaotic and unstable England on the cusp of the Middle Ages . . . Fans of Follett’s ever-popular Kingsbridge series . . . will flock to this . . . while intrigued newcomers can start here.” Booklist

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Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Llamas and the Andes by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope

“Llamas and the Andes: A nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House #34: Late Lunch with Llama” –– by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce — “When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #34: Late Lunch with Llamas, they had lots of questions. Why do people raise llamas? What are llamas’ closest relatives? How tall are the Andes mountains? What other animals live there? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about llamas and the Andes.” — Amazon.com

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The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser

“The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden” by Karina Yan Glaser — “Set in contemporary Harlem, this sequel to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (2017) includes a large cast of memorable characters, old and new, each with a different role to play. Glaser is at her best in the interplay of well-developed personalities and the entertaining dialogue among the children, their friends, and their elders…An amusing, heartening chapter book.”–Booklist