BYFIELD – The six New England states have nearly 400 national historic landmarks, but authors Patricia Harris and David Lyon contend that just because a place is important doesn’t necessarily mean it is interesting.
The two, who co-wrote “Historic New England: A Tour of the Region’s Top 100 National Historic Landmarks,” visit Newbury Town Library next month to lead an armchair tour of some of the more intriguing historic spots in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The book talk — one of several unique offerings at the library next month— takes place Feb. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. No registration is required.
In addition, a six-week intermediate watercolor class begins Feb. 6. The class is designed for those who have already taken beginner watercolor classes and are seeking a supportive, intermediate creative arts experience.
The group is led by artist Donna Callahan and meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through March 12. Email the instructor for information on the supplies needed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited. Visit the library’s website to register: www.newburylibrary.org.
Also on Feb. 6, the library offers its Book Club, Genealogy Club and yoga classes.
The Book Club meets to discuss “The Outer Banks House” by Diann Ducharme, the story of 17-year-old Abigail Sinclair, a young woman coming of age in North Carolina during the tumultuous years following the Civil War.
The club typically meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. New members are welcome. Pick up a copy of the latest book selection at the circulation desk or reserve a copy online.
The Genealogy Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It’s open to anyone seeking to discover who they are and where they are from.
Instructor Chris Howe offers two yoga classes. “Aging With Ease Yoga,” open to all, is held on the first and third Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. “Yoga for Mindful Movement,” which focuses more on body/mind awareness, is offered on the second and fourth Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. There is no class Feb. 11. Visit the library website to register.
On Feb. 18, Robin Putnam of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and Amy Schram of the Better Business Bureau offer a free presentation on how to avoid scams and prevent identity theft, as well as what to do if one’s identity is compromised. Visit the library website to register.
A drumming circle with Kristine Malpica now takes place at the library on the fourth Wednesday of each month. All ages and experience levels are invited to gather in a circle to share group rhythm making and song.
Participants can bring their own drums and percussion instruments, or play those provided. The next drumming circle is Feb. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit the library website to register.
There is still time to take in events at the library in January.
“Sailing Toward My Father,” a one-man play about the life of Herman Melville, author of “Moby-Dick,” will be performed Thursday by Stephen Collins from 7 to 8 p.m.
“The Town I Remember,” a moderated community conversation about what it was like growing up in town, returns for a second session Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
The goal is to capture a wide breadth of life experience, local history and perspective on video for inclusion in the library’s local history collection and online posting. Everyone who attends will have a chance to share if they wish.
On Jan. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., guide Leslie Gabriele and psychic Kim Anderson offer a program on evidential mediumship. Registration is required.