We have two summer reading programs this summer! One for children and one for adults. Here are all of the details!
For children, we are happy to announce the return of Bead & Read! Each time you visit the library this summer, collect a bead for your Reading Necklace. The goal: try to fill it up by the end of the summer.
We also have various programs for children coming up, including the following:
For children in grades 5-8, we have our new Aspiring Authors Club, which will meet on the first and third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. The first meeting is being held on July 18. Please register in advance.
For teens, we have our ongoing LGBTQ+ Youth Group, which meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month. We’re also hosting Teen Movie nights (visiting a “Marvel”ous cinematic universe) on July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22. Tweens and teens are invited to our annual Super Smash Bros. Tournament being held from 2 PM-5 PM on July 21 and August 16.
Stop by the library to pick up your “Summer Reading Bingo for Adults” card. Once you have Bingo, return your card to the library and you’ll be entered to win a $150 gift card to Mariano’s, Bailey’s, or The Alamo! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Mariano Restaurant Group.
All programs are made possible by funds from the Friends of the Library. For a full listing of programs, please visit our Event Calendar!
Starting May 2, we’ll be expanding our evening hours and ending our Monday hours. There will be an article regarding library funding and Monday hours on the Town Meeting warrant being held on May 9 at 7:00 PM.
The Lawrence Library recently installed a Little Free Library to the exterior of our local food pantry, PACH Outreach. Thanks to the Friends of the Lawrence Library, the library staff is able to supply new or gently used books from the numerous donations they receive for their annual book sale. The Little Free Library is the latest addition to the library’s Books to Keep program at PACH.
In 2015, the Lawrence Library launched Books to Keep, along with the Friends of the Lawrence Library, to become the first public library in the United States to launch a Chapter of the Books to Keep Program. Books to Keep was founded in The Villages, Florida by a neighborhood book club in 2013. The goal of the organization is to provide new and gently used books to children and teens in need through local food pantries and/or soup kitchens so they can create their own personal libraries.
In June 2016, the library added adult books to the baby, children’s, and young adult selection of books. Similar to the Little Free Library, these books are sourced from donations for the library’s annual book sale. With a growing number of lower-income families becoming disenfranchised within their own communities, the library staff felt it was important to have a presence at the food pantry to serve as a reminder that our doors are open to all.
PACH has very limited hours, especially given the fluctuating Covid restrictions, and this new Little Free Library allows for easy access 24/7. This opportunity has allowed our library to help foster the love of reading to all while promoting the many free services the library offers.
The Lawrence Library, located at 15 Main Street in Pepperell, MA is part of the CWMARS consortium. PACH is located at 66 Hollis Street in Pepperell, MA. For more information on the library and our services, please visit http://www.lawrencelibrary.org or contact Deb Spratt at 978-433-0330.