Back in June, we highlighted the beautiful and storied Boston Harbor Islands in one of our UPP Pick of the Week posts. Now, the Newton Free Library is getting in on the love too!

On July 2nd, the library unveiled a display case featuring the Harbor Islands. It consists of a map of the 34 islands that make up the national park area, images and write-ups of Spectacle, Georges and Little Brewster islands, and books profiling the islands—including Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands by Union Park Press author Christopher Klein. Chris assembled the exhibit, which will be on display through the end of August, in conjunction with a talk he will be giving at the library on August 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

Many got a glimpse of the Boston Harbor Islands in the blockbuster movie “Shutter Island”, a fictitious island in Boston Harbor, but most don’t realize that the true stories of the islands are even stranger than fiction. Come hear Chris share the colorful history of the islands through tales of ghosts, shipwrecks, prisoners of war, and Revolutionary War battles that took place on the islands. This event is ideal for history buffs and Bostonians looking to learn more about their own backyard.

Following the event, Chris will be available to sign copies of Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands, so don’t forget to bring yours! If you don’t already own the book, don’t worry—New England Mobile Book Fair will have copies available for purchase the night of the event.

If you can’t catch Chris in Newton, don’t worry! He will be speaking at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy on Monday, August 20th at 7 p.m. and again at the Reading Public Library on Tuesday, August 21st at 7 p.m. See you there!

Christopher Klein is also author of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston, and has had articles featured in The Boston Globe, New England Travel, and on ESPN.com.