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5 Things You Need to Know Today: November 28

eReaders, midwifery and bridge – how's that for a diverse collection of events.

1. If you are thinking about giving or receiving an eReader for the holidays, then head over to the the Belmont Public Library's eReader Expo today and tomorrow. Today from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Assembly Room, Technology Librarian Emily Smith will give a short overview of several devices. She will explain what to look for when shopping for an eReader and will have Nooks, an iPad and Kindles on hand for you to test drive. No registration is required! If you can't make it today, the same expo will occur at 7:30 p.m.

2. With the hit PBS show, "Call the Midwife," heightening interest in the subject, the Belmont Historical Society presents Patti Violette who will speak about "Midwifery in the 18th Century" in the Assembly Room from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Belmont Public Library. Learn about the skills and abilities required to be a midwife who performed all aspects of medicine except surgery. The program will include hands-on activities to create soothing herbal remedies from common household ingredients. You don't have to be pregnant to attend!

3. The Belmont Book Discussion group will discuss "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" by Michael Chabon in the Flett Room of the Belmont Public Library from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Copies can be requested through the library catalog at www.belmont.lib.ma.us or call the library Reference staff for assistance at 617-993-2870.

4. It's an early release day for students in the Belmont Schools, as each Wednesday in November is a half day which allows teachers and staff to commit to training and education development.

5. Duplicate Bridge Club meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Beech Street Center at 266 Beech St. Every Wednesday the club holds American Contact Bridge League-sanctioned games. All are welcome to play. Cost is $5. Phone: 339-223-6484 for more information.

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