April programs at the Westborough Library feature poetry, jazz and self-improvement

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Westborough – The Westborough Public Library, 55 W. Main St., will hold a number of exciting programs in April.

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, the library will host two events facilitated by local community poets and poetry aficionados, Marsha Nourse and Leigh Emery.

“Common Threads,” a poetry outreach program, will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program facilitates poetry reading and discussion groups throughout Massachusetts, centered on a publication of seven to 10 poems by Massachusetts poets, videos, and a guide to the poems. Copies of the poems are available at the library reference desk.

“Westborough’s Favorite Poems,” a community poetry reading event, will be held Wednesday, April 18, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Participants should bring a favorite poem to read at the event and explain its personal meaningfulness or connection. Original poems are also welcome.

On April 4, the library and the Westborough Animal Control Officer will present “Living with Coyotes” Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. This educational seminar intends to help residents better understand the Eastern Coyote. John Maguranis, Massachusetts Representative for Project Coyote & Animal Control Officer of Belmont, will be speaking about the eastern coyote, covering its natural behavior, its habits, identification, pet and human safety, myths and facts, diets, and community hazing (a tool for keeping coyotes at a distance).

Women in World Jazz will present an educational concert Sunday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m. The educational concert, which is a tribute to female composers, celebrates the diversity and power of creativity by presenting vocal and instrumental music from different eras, cultures and styles. The program is designed for all ages and offers audience participation.

Women in World Jazz is an international ensemble, bringing together some of the finest world and jazz musicians, each with an extensive performing and teaching background in the New England area.

Neil Kutzen, memory trainer from MemorizeBest, will be presenting “The Art of Remembering Names” Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required online at www.westboroughlib.org. The method used in this training has been taught for over 100 years to hundreds of thousands of people. Specifically designed learning exercises are practiced in this workshop and then at home.

On Thursday, April 12, the movie “Wonder” will be shown at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. as the monthly movie for adults. Based on the best-selling novel, “Wonder” follows the inspiring story of the Pullman family, whose youngest child, Auggie, is a boy born with facial differences. Bring a snack and a friend.

Beginning April 17, the library will host a six-week Mindfulness Drop-In Course Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The course will offer opportunities for beginners and experienced meditators to learn about mindfulness and deepen their practice. Each class will include instruction, extended practice, and time for discussion. Topics will include: foundational practices such as breath meditation, body scan, and standing meditation; kindness, compassion, and forgiveness practices; contemplations for working with physical and emotional pain; and mindful eating exercises. The class is open to those new to mindfulness meditation and also to those with experience. Participants will gain the experience and confidence to cultivate their own personal at-home practice.

Attendance at all sessions is not required, but momentum will build from week to week. There is no registration; each session will be limited to the first 30 participants.

For more information about any of these programs, call the library at 508-366-3050.