Woods Hole Library Hosting Series Of Events

Book talks and hands-on workshops are just some of the upcoming events at the Woods Hole Public Library.

As part of thelibrary’s celebration of the art of the recycled book  and companion exhibit, “Renewal,” individuals have been asked to contribute their own piece of artwork using old books as a medium.

For those who have not yet created a piece of old book art, there will be a workshop on making bowls out of strips of paper on Saturday, July 26, at 2 PM. This workshop, aimed mostly at adults and older children, will be led by the librarians. Old books will be provided as raw material for the projects.

All the works will be displayed in the library until Thursday, July 31, when they will be auctioned off. Proceeds will benefit the library.

On Monday, July 28, the public is invited to hear and meet award-winning Woods Hole School graduate-turned-Harvard professor Daniel Isenberg.


Mr. Isenberg’s talk, which begins at 7:30 PM, will focus on his recently published book, “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013).

Reviewed by all of the major media, including the Economist, Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, as well as Sir Richard Branson, “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid” is a unique global foray into the world of unusual entrepreneurs, from the chicken designer in Delhi to the billion dollar retailer in Slovenia, and from the video pill developer in Israel to the wind turbine blade maker in Brazil.

Raised in Woods Hole, Mr. Isenberg earned a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University and was a professor for 11 years at the Harvard Business School. He has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel, and is an active angel investor. Daniel is also a widely published author.

On July 30, the library will welcome Josh Olins.

For many years Mr. Olins has lived in Woods Hole for the summer. For the rest of the year he teaches 1st grade in Maine. He has been teaching lower elementary grades for 20 years and has recently designed and implemented a successful single stream recycling and composting program in his 900-student school in Maine.  

For the past five years he has helped the Woods Hole Public Library with the summer carnival for childeren by rehabilitating old bicycles given to the library to recycle into the community. He sets up his bike stand and fixes the bikes on site during the carnival, making them ready for sale.

He has a strong interest in the  education of sustainability and recently returned from a two-week exchange with like-minded teachers in Japan. The trip was part of the Fulbright Japan-US teacher exchange for the education ofsustainability development. He will speak about his work and recent trip to Japan at an illustrated talk beginning at 7:30 PM. He will also share his thoughts on the education of sustainability.

The Woods Hole Public Library is at 581 Woods Hole Road.


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