The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. Watch the film and join in a discussion. For more information about the film, go HERE to learn more about the film and to see a trailer. This discussion is being co-sponsored by the Bowdoinham Community School’s Parent Group.
Wednesday, February 22, 6:30 pm
or Saturday, February 25 at 1:00pm.
Kendall Meeting Room, Coombs Municipal Building
Thursday, January 19th at 7pm
Kendall Room, Coombs Municipal Building
The Bowdoinham Public Library welcomes Naomi Schalit, a senior reporter from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Naomi has just published a five part series entitled “Single Parents in Poverty: The crisis no one will name”. In this powerful series of articles, Naomi calls attention to a dramatic change in the Maine family — a 500 percent increase in the proportion of children born to single parents in the last 43 years. Nearly half of all births in the state are now to mothers who are not married.
At a time when poverty and welfare have become polarizing political issues in Maine, the very people who know the most about this problem don’t want to talk frankly about it for fear of backlash against the parents and children they are trying to help. It took nine months of digging into the problem — interviews with national experts, days spent with single mothers, time in the state prison with single fathers and repeated visits with teachers, social workers and public officials — for Schalit to bring forward this essential story.
Naomi will share with us the information she found while investigating this series, and lead us in an informal discussion about the role of investigative reporting in Maine and in our current democracy.
If you would like to read the series click this link.
It’s a busy Holiday Festival Weekend, but don’t forget to pick up the WREATHS and POINSETTIAS you ordered!
Friday, December 2, 2-6
Saturday, December 3, 10-2
In the Graduate’s Room (2nd Floor) of the Coombs Municipal Building. Cash and checks encouraged. Need the ramp? park behind the building and buzz the doorbell! Thank you for supporting the library and its fundraisers.