Adult Programs


Paul Speidel Blues & Jazz Trio, Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.paul speidel

The Paul Speidel Blues & Jazz Trio will be performing at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. For over twenty years, Paul Speidel has been performing at major clubs and festivals in the Greater Boston area, such as Scullers, Ryles, Johnny D's, Acton Jazz Cafe, and many others.  He taught Jazz and Blues in the Newton Public Schools during this time, and has presented music programs at public and private venues for just as long.  Last year, he had the privilege of performing live on WBUR’s “Radio Boston” program to nearly 500,000 listeners, and has appeared on countless other area radio shows over the years.  With nine CDs to his credit, Paul’s recordings have been critically recognized nationally, including a 3½ star review in Downbeat in 2011.  His credits also include performances with Patti Page, Howard Alden, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery and Shirley Lewis, to name just a few…

“Speidel shines with calibrated, elevated playing that draws on his muse and on a congenital sense of what makes sense musically…Three and a half stars!” – Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine (July 2011)

“Love it!  One of the finest guitarists out there…So great having you on the show.  You’re terrific!”  (Jordan Rich, WBZ-1030, Boston)

"Paul Speidel's guitar playing is impressive.  He manages to mix blues and jazz and funk naturally and effortlessly. The band is tight and the songs are strong.  If you haven't seen Paul, you're missing out on something special right here in Boston!”  --Dana Marshall (DJ, Program Manager,WXRV 92.5-FM The River)




Book Club, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.all the light we cannot see

Copies are now available to the first ten who register. Please email Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at for more information.

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.



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