Join us online as we chat with Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott, the originators of the “Two Nerdy History Girls” blog, on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7pm. They will be answering all of our burning questions, such as how do they find interesting tidbits of historical lore? How do they avoid going down the rabbit hole? We are looking forward to a fascinating conversation between these two friends and researchers. Please register using our Calendar of Events so that you will receive the link for the online event. If you have any questions or issues registering, please call (978) 686-4080.

Book donations

  The Friends of the Library are happy to accept donations at this time for the Spring Book Sale. In addition to any books you have to donate, the Friends will also accept jigsaw puzzles, games, DVDs and CDs. All donated items should be in good condition. We appreciate your generosity!

Special Jan. hours

  The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day and Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thank you!  

Calling all teens! 

  Immerse yourself in a land of magic and beauty. Dark secrets prevail in the world of “The Belles.” Come discuss this book at Book Babble on Thursday, Jan. 4, 7-8:30pm. No worries if you haven’t read the book yet. Come anyway to hang out and talk about your favorite books. 

  Movie lovers rejoice and come to Movie Club. You get to choose the movie we watch. Our next club meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 16, 4-6pm.

  LGBTQIAP+ teens and allies, come to Rainbow Club. Come share art, talk about popular culture and hang out. This inclusive club meets Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-3pm

  Don’t forget to check the Calendar of Events for all after-school clubs and programs. New members are always welcome! 

From the Children’s Room

  First, a huge thank-you to all the wonderful patrons and staff who donated to our Giving Tree! You have made Christmas so much merrier for homeless children served by Emmaus Inc., and we are deeply moved by your outpouring of support and your amazing generosity.

  Now that the holidays are over, the Youth Services Department is starting the new year with some brand-new programs! Because we learned from our recent patron survey that you’re looking for more programming for ages 6-12, we have three new monthly offerings for that age range: “Boredom Busters” for ages 6-9, “Crafty Kids” for ages 6-12 and “Create, Explore & More” for ages 6-12. Other new programs include “Imagine That!” for ages 3-5 and “First Chapters Book Club” for ages 7-9 – be sure to visit the library’s website to find details about all of these fun additions to our calendar.

  We also have some new-ish programs, slightly reconfigured to serve our patrons’ needs and schedules: “Sensory Baby” and “Sensory Playtime” have morphed into a monthly “Sensory Saturday” program, and “Donuts with Dad” and “Muffins with Mom” have been combined into one “Donuts with Grown-ups” monthly program. Last but not least, we’re bringing back our popular “Sprouting Scientists” for ages 3-5!

  As ever, we’ll also have our usual variety of preschool programs, storytimes (including a bilingual program), book groups, teen programs and more – keep an eye on the Youth Services Department calendar and Facebook page to keep track of what’s in store!

  Happy New Year, and Happy Reading!

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