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The Corpse That Drove a Hearse, and Other True Tales of the Macabre.

Monday, October, 27th at 6:30 p.m.

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Truth can be stranger than fiction, and New England is not lacking for bizarre mortuary tales of the dead, the undead, and those caught somewhere in between.  Take for instance the departed man who ended up in control of the hearse at his own funeral, or the man who walked in on his own wake and saw himself lying in the casket!

Some have learned that death involves certain legalities, such as the grieving husband who was charged with trespassing – on his wife’s grave!  Or the medical student who accidentally re-animated the ill-gotten corpse of a beautiful woman – and later married her!

The Victorian fear of a premature burial was very real, and in some documented cases, valid, but how many know that there were those who actually made their living by being buried alive?

On Monday, author and historian Jim Ignasher of Smithfield will present these and other strange tales which he has resurrected from his files just in time for Halloween.  These are not ghost stories, or “warmed over” previously told tales, but historically documented cases that have been virtually forgotten since they happened.

Please Note:  These stories are true, and will be presented in a tasteful way, however, due to subject matter, the presentation is not recommended for younger children.

—Classic Movie Afternoons—

Wednesdays in October at 2pm

Come enjoy a theater quality movie with some classics that you may not have seen in a while. Its October — be prepared to enjoy some chills as you watch these movies! All ages are welcome.

October 29— Arsenic and Old Lace (NR)

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Artist at the library—October/November

Jeff Laurie with his exhibit titled “Scituate at Morning Light”

reservoir morning (2)Stop in at the library to view his photography

Library Craft – ages 16 and up—October 22 at 6pm

Make realistic finger pens that are a perfect way to creep someone out during the Halloween season. Sign up at the library.

 Look below for more upcoming events!

 

Archive Open House– Civil War Letters

Tuesday, October 28,–Starts: 6:30 pm Come into the library this month to see the Harrington Collection of diaries and letters. These letters were sent to loved ones by Dr. Josiah V. Harrington and William O. Harrington. Also included are transcribed diaries of William’s Civil War experience.  Come and read about hardships of the war, see […]

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Classic Movie Afternoons—Wednesdays in October at 2pm

Come enjoy a theater quality movie with some classics that you may not have seen in a while. Its October — be prepared to enjoy some chills as you watch these movies! All ages are welcome. October 1 — Ghostbusters (PG) October 8— Rear Window (PG) October 15— Frankenweenie (PG) October 22 — The Bride […]

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Book Clubs

Afternoon Book Club- October 6 at 1:30pm Discussing The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley Evening Book Club- October 20 at 6:30pm Discussing So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell Classics Book Club – October 20 at 1:30pm Discussing Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

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