“It’s all interrelated,” DiTullio said. “The goal is to have a topic every year that the community is kind of talking about and thinking about. The books are starting to go out, all the related bibliography books will go out on a display with all of this probably at the end of the week.”
The program is primarily set to run from April to the end of May, and the highlights are expected to be a special concert by Roger Tinknell at the Senior Center, who will perform sea shanties and whaling era songs on May 2, along with a presentation by Matthew Stackpole on May 16.
Stackpole is the lead historian for the Charles W. Morgan Restoration Project in Mystic, Conn., where the ship being built by Lowell’s will go upon its completion this spring.
DiTullio said she is particularly excited that he is coming, because he’s one of the world’s leading experts on shipbuilding history and knows a lot about Amesbury’s history as well.
“He’s very knowledgeable about the Essex itself and about that story that’s in the book, but he also has worked with Lowell’s, so he knows a little bit about them,” DiTullio said. “He’s just fascinating, he’s one of those people who is just so excited about his field that it’s really infectious, like every time I call him to confirm a date we’re on the phone for half an hour.”
Other scheduled events are an open house at Lowell’s Boat Shop on April 6, a Float and Sink Science class for teenagers at the library on April 27 and a children’s sailing storytime at the library on May 16.
For a full schedule, contact the Amesbury Public Library at 978-388-8148.