, Salem, MA

May 7, 2013

Best Bets For Tuesday, May 7

The Salem News

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Teen and adult writers are invited to share a sample of their poetry or creative writing tonight at 6 at Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. For more information, call 978-774-8132.

Come hear Anna Baltzer, the Jewish-American granddaughter of Holocaust refugees and a volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service, as she gives an account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a presentation titled "“Life in Occupied Palestine." Baltzer will also chronicle the almost unbearable conditions of Palestinians under the occupation. The free lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. at Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly, and is sponsored by Salem Peace Committee. For more information, call 978-740-9917.

Many different things wind up in libraries, but all of them are made up of materials that deteriorate. The librarian’s job is to make these things last as long as they can, despite the forces of nature and time, man and industry. Sidney Berger, the Ann C. Pingree director of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Phillips Library, will introduce you to the nature of the library’s physical world and the preservation and conservation tactics employed to extend the useful life of objects in "Nature vs. the Book: Preserving Library Collections." The presentation starts at 7 p.m. at the Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Cost is $10 for Athenaeum members, $15 for nonmembers, free for students with ID. In addition, the opening reception of the Athenaeum's new exhibit, "All About Books," starts at 6 p.m. with Win Wilkens. Reserve a spot at 978-744-2540 or