Library Author Talks in June: Hear about the Suffrage Movement and Visit Beijing

June 7, 2024

The Bedford Free Public Library continues to add a variety of free programming for adults, children, and teens, both in person and online. There are two-to-three virtual discussions with authors each week. Below are two of the upcoming programs. To see more offerings, check the library calendar.


The current Broadway musical “Suffs” is reviving American’s memories of the suffragettes and the history of voting rights for women. Author Caitlin Cass will discuss her book, “Suffrage Song: the Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S” in a virtual author talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Part graphic novel, part map of the suffrage moment, Cass’s book tells the story of the fight for the right to vote by women from the beginning. 

This virtual program is brought to you by the Bedford Free Public Library in partnership with the Ashland Public Library, with thanks to the Friends of the Library. 

Please register here for the Caitlin Cass’ discussion


World traveler Sheila Taub invites everyone to enjoy a virtual armchair visit to Beijing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11 via Zoom.

Beijing was the dynastic capital of China from the mid-13th century until the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912. It became the capital of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Explore the places that once belonged to the emperors of China. The traditional Beijing houses, called hutongs, are quickly disappearing to make room for modern high-rise buildings. Visit a hutong where people currently live. Explore the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. Explore the size of Tiananmen Square. Watch the balancing acts of Chinese acrobats.

Please register here for the armchair visit to Beijing.  

This program is presented in collaboration with the Tewksbury Public Library, with thanks to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library.

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