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Lexington Reads 2016: Art of the Heist

Lexington Reads 2016: Art of the Heist

Art of the Heist

Lexington Reads is made possible by donors to the Cary Memorial Library Foundation.

Events for Children | Events for TeensEvents for AdultsBook Lovers' Brunch

Introducing the 2016 Lexington Reads Book Selections!

Book selections cover images

Hot Art book coverHot Art by Joshua Knelman

Hot Art traces Joshua Knelman's five-year immersion in the shadowy world of art theft, which takes him from Egypt to Los Angeles, New York to London, and back again, through a web of deceit, violence, and corruption.
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Tokyo Heist book coverTokyo Heist by Diana Renn 

After a high-profile art heist of three van Gogh drawings in her home town of Seattle, sixteen-year-old Violet Rossi finds herself in Japan with her artist father, searching for the related van Gogh painting.
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Chasing Vermeer book coverChasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet

When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

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William and the Missing Masterpiece book coverWilliam and the Missing Masterpiece by Helen Hancocks

Who could have stolen the Mona Cheesa? William, the international cat of mystery, is on the case.
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Children’s Programs for Lexington Reads

Pinots Palette gr1-3 paintingPaint with Pinot’s Palette, Grades 1 - 3

Wednesday, March 2nd 
4 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon of painting at Pinot’s Palette (7A Meriam St).  Space is limited, sign up online beginning Monday, February 22nd at 7 pm (phone reservations accepted at 7:30 pm).

Pinots Palette gr4-8 paintingPaint with Pinot’s Palette, Grades 4 – 8

Monday, March 7th, Monday, March 14 (RESCHEDULED)
4 – 6 pm
Join us for an afternoon of painting at Pinot’s Palette (7A Meriam St). Space is limited, sign up online beginning Monday, February 22nd at 7 pm (phone reservations accepted at 7:30 pm).

Afternoon Movie: The Great Mouse Detective (rated:G)

Wednesday, March 23rd
4 pm
Bring a snack and join us for an afternoon showing of The Great Mouse Detective.

Solving Crime with Lexington Police Department (Grades 4 – 5)

Thursday, March 31st
2 pm
What do the police do when they are investigating a burglary?  How do they find evidence?  Detectives from the Lexington Police Department will be here to teach us about fingerprinting, crime scene photos, and other things they do to investigate a crime!  Space is limited, sign up online beginning Monday, March 21st at 7 pm (phone reservations accepted at 7:30 pm).

Annual Book Lovers’ Brunch

Saturday, March 12, (SOLD OUT)
10 am to noon, Large Meeting Room
Brunch speaker: Anthony Amore, Gardner Museum Director of Security and head of 1990 museum theft investigation; author of “The Art of the Con” and “Stealing Rembrandts.”

Registration is required and will open on March 1.You can sign up yourself and one (1) guest by calling (781) 862-6288 (ext 250) or in-person at the reference desk. Provide your name, phone number and email address, when you sign up.

Adult Events for Lexington Reads

Appy Hour: Art

Thursday, March 3
10-11 a.m. Learning Center
Appy Hour: Art, an exploration of apps that allow anyone to be an artist. This session will focus primarily on visual art, including drawing, painting, and photography. Stop by the Learning Center and bring your device. Wi-fi is provided.

Create a Masterpiece: Pinot's Palette for Adults

Tuesday, March 8  (SOLD OUT)
7-9 p.m. Pinot's Palette (7A Meriam Street) 
Registration open 2.16.16. Have you ever longed to be the next Monet? Well, Cary Memorial Library is pairing with Pinot’s Palette to give you an opportunity to mime the great painter! On Tuesday, March 8, a Pinot’s Palette instructor will guide you through Monet’s style and how to replicate it. All supplies are provided and all levels, from beginner to expert, are invited. This event begins at 7 p.m. and takes place at Pinot’s Palette’s studio, located at 7A Meriam Street.  Registration is required. Registration begins on Tuesday, February 16th at 9am. Register on our website ( or by phone (781-862-6288 x250).

Art & Craft Film Screening

Sunday, March 20
1:30 p.m., Large Meeting Room
Join us for a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Art and Craft.” For thirty years, Mark Landis fooled museums all around the United States, acting in charity by donating his masterful and convincing forgeries. Interestingly, Landis never committed a crime by doing this. The film follows a registrar fixated on revealing Landis’ web of crimeless forged donations. Join us for a humorous and exciting glimpse into the hunt for Landis and the frustrated efforts of the art world to stop him.  This event takes place in the Large Meeting Room. No registration is required; however seating is limited and not guaranteed. Please arrive early for easy seating. An overflow viewing area will be available as well.

Science & Art

Tuesday, March 29
7:00 p.m., Large Meeting Room
The worlds of science and art come together in an exciting talk from a guardian of one of Boston’s most important cultural institutions. Matthew Siegal, the Chair of Conservation and Collection Management at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, will shine light on the myriad ways in which the two worlds align. He will explain climate’s effect on art, properties of paint, and more. Join us in the Large Meeting Room of Cary Library on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. for a look at how science supports and preserves art for future generations. No registration is required. 

Teen Events for Lexington Reads

Demystifying Mysteries with Diana Renn

Wednesday, March 16
7:00 p.m. Large Meeting Room
Join us for a talk about the craft of mystery writing with Young Adult author Diana Renn. Aspiring writers, as well as fans of mysteries and young adult literature will not want to miss this event. Recommended for grades 6 – adult. No registration required.

Mystery Dinner Party

Friday March 18
5:00 p.m., Large Meeting Room
The Cary Memorial Library Teen Advisory Board presents a Murder Mystery Dinner Party for grades 6-12. You are invited to be a guest at our fancy dinner party. The only catch? A crime has been committed and you and the other guests must solve the mystery. Dinner will be served. Dress is semi-formal. Advanced registration is required. Registration will open March 1st. You must register by Friday, March 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Mystery game "What Happened to Sam Disney?" copyright Haley Productions, all rights reserved.