Posted in Children's, Crafts, Free Event, Special Event, storytime, Summer Reading, Teen

Summer Programs Start June 28!

Celebrate our kickoff to summer in style with zillions of bubbles! Join us on Thursday, June 28 at 10:30 AM for our fun Annual Bubble Blast Summer Reading Kickoff Party!

The fun isn’t limited to kids! This summer, every time that you visit the Lawrence Library, you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize!

Visitors to the children’s room will get to make a necklace this summer, by choosing a new bead to add to their necklace each time they visit. The children’s department has planned activities for kids of all ages with something new each day!

On Wednesday, July 11 at 6 PM, we will be having a family book club for the elementary age group. Make sure you register online to pick up a free copy of Race the Wild by Kristin Earhart and illustrator Eda Kaban. Join us for pizza and a discussion in the library’s meeting room on the lower level.

We will also be offering evening family storytimes on Wednesday, July 25 and August 15 at 6 PM on both nights.

Don’t forget summer reading! This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! and we’ll be celebrating with:

Speaking of rocking, did you know that in addition to being able to borrow DVDs and CDs from the library, you can access many concerts online via Qello?  All you need is your library card!

The Lawrence Library has something for everyone this summer! The children’s room will offer engineering challenges (grades 2-8), sand art (for the whole family!), LEGO fun, various crafts, chess (grades K-8), and ICE CREAM.  Teens can join us for  pizza and movie nights as well as a Shibori dyeing workshop, which is being held on August 9. 

Check out our event calendar for details, dates and times. You can also subscribe to this blog for frequent updates on events. 

See you at the library this summer for a rocking good time!

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Posted in Friends of the Library

Smile for the Friends of the Library

Did you know that when you shop at Amazon, you can raise money for the Friends of the Lawrence Library? You’ll be supporting a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster closer relations between the Library and the community; to promote awareness of the Library’s services and programs; and to raise funds for Library purchases.

1. Go to Amazon Smile

2. Sign into your Amazon account.

3. If you’re already supporting an organization, you’ll see something like the following image. Note where it reads “Supporting” in gold. If you are already supporting an organization, you can change it from the drop down menu.

Amazon Smile

4. If you’re new to Amazon Smile, you’ll see something like this “Welcome to AmazonSmile” image. In the lower right corner, type in “Friends of the Lawrence Library” and we should pop up. Make sure you’re selecting the Friends of the Lawrence Library in Pepperell, MA.

Amazon Smile

And that’s all you have to do! Just make sure that you start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Posted in Video

Literary Landmark Dedication Video

Last month, we celebrated the Lawrence Library’s designation as a Literary Landmark. The library was awarded this status because of its depiction in Barbara Cooney’s award-winning children’s book Miss Rumphius.

If you weren’t able to attend the Barbara Cooney Literary Landmark dedication, you can watch the whole thing here, thanks to Pepperell Community Media, Inc.

Want to learn more about Literary Landmarks? Check out this Lawrence Library blog post for more details.
Posted in Concert, Video

David Polansky’s Music Through the Decades

Last month, multi-instrumentalist David Polansky performed “Music Through the Decades” at the Lawrence Library. Thanks to Pepperell Community Media, you can now watch this concert, which includes musical selections by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and others.

This program was supported in part by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional funding was provided by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Posted in Free Event, Friends of the Library, Special Event

Library Trail and Native Garden Grand Opening

We invite you to join us on Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 PM for the grand opening of our accessible trail and native garden! The library spur trail is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and located behind the Lawrence Library, at the head of the Greens Brook Trail.

Photo by Tina McEvoy

We are happy to share that this trail is accessible to people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments. It is the only accessible trail at a public library in Massachusetts! Additionally, the new garden features plants that are native to the area.

There will be a story to read while you enjoy the trail: Looking Out for Sarah by Glenna Lang. Plus, we will have live music and light refreshments, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Library Board of Trustees.