Posted in Adult, Children's, Pepperell Library, storytime, Summer Reading

Lawrence Loves – Issue 9

Want to check out these new books? A reminder that curbside pickup is available! Only Pepperell items are available to request at this time. There are three ways to place a hold:

Now to our roundup of links we’ve shared on our Facebook page and our website. The source of the link is in parentheses. Please note that links were current and functional as of June 26, 2020.

Anti-Racism

Editorial: Make Juneteenth a national holiday as a symbol of racial reckoning (Houston Chronicle)

A History of Juneteenth (Lawrence Library/Facebook)

Art

Virtual Art Show by Artist Jacqui Hawk (Jacqui Hawk)

Books and Education

Global Road Warrior (Global Road Warrior via Lawrence Library) You’ll need your library card to access this database that allows you to virtually visit destinations around the world.

PBS KIDS Summer Reading Chart (PBS)

Summer Reading (Lawrence Library) This year we have partnered with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, First Lady of the Commonwealth Lauren Baker, and Blades’ from the Boston Bruins for the Summer Reading Challenge! Sign up here. The challenge is easy, just read every day! Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be eligible to win prizes from the Boston Bruins including signed pucks, signed sticks, and signed jerseys. Check out our Facebook page for games, craft ideas, and story times each week. We will also be offering stories on our “Trail Tales” walk behind the library as well as scavenger hunts throughout the summer. A reminder that our Trails Tales path is ADA-accessible!

Wowbrary (Wowbrary) Visit Wowbrary and sign up for a weekly email update about new items added to our catalog.

LGBTQ+

Learn How to Be a #ProudParent (PFLAG)

LGBTQ+ Youth Group (Lawrence Library/Facebook) Our LGBTQ+ Youth Group meets on Zoom on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

NYC Pride Special Broadcast Event (NYC Pride/Facebook)

Pride Guide (GLAAD)

Local Interest

Here are 60+ Black-owned restaurants to support in the Greater Boston area (Boston.com)

2020 Census (U.S. Census) Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? Pepperell is at 74.1% on self-response rate – let’s get that number higher! Your response matters. Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.

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Ronin and Lucky trying to pick a book to read. Photo by Sherrill Burgess

Story Time

Juneteenth For Mazie (Sankofa Read Aloud/YouTube)

Miss Jennifer Reads Emergency Kittens by Jody Jensen Shaffer (Lawrence Library/Facebook)

Miss Jennifer reads Fancy Nancy: Bubbles, Bubbles, and more Bubbles! by Jane O’Connor (Lawrence Library/Facebook)

Posted in Adult, Children's, Crafts, Free Event, Library Hours, Pepperell Library, Special Event, Teen

Holiday Happenings at the Library

The Lawrence Library has an abundance of programs scheduled in December! Celebrate the holidays with your friends, family, and neighbors at our annual holiday tree lighting on Friday, December 7 at 6:45 PM. There’ll be music, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa!

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The annual Holiday Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, December 7 at 6:45 PM

We have a bunch of other events sleigh-ted for December. On Wednesday, December 5, Jennifer will lead an adult craft night at 6:30 PM. Adults and kids ages 10+ (accompanied by an adult) can learn how to make small gift boxes out of festive winter and holiday scrapbook paper.

On Sunday, December 9 at 2 PM, “Holiday Music with touch of Jazz” will be performed by the Nick Goumas Quartet, featuring Geraldine Bergonzi on piano and vocals on Sunday. They will be performing Christmas classics and holiday gems.

Get in the holiday spirit by crafting your very own ugly – or cute! – Christmas sweater at our Ugly Christmas Sweater Workshop. You bring in a sweater or shirt that you would like to decorate, we will provide all the crafting materials. Drop in between 6:30 and 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 13. This program is for adults and older kids/teens (with an adult).

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a free henna tattoo from Mandy of Wicked Good Henna on Thursday, December 20 from 6:30 to 8 PM. Winter Solstice Henna is open to all ages.

For kids, we have Candy Cane Science and Crafts on Saturday, December 15 at 11:30 AM. On December 29, children can Countdown to Noon with New Year’s Eve-themed crafts in the Children’s Activity Center at 11:30 AM.

Many of our regularly scheduled programs will also be happening in December. On Thursday, December 6 at 7 PM, our Nonfiction Book Club will be discussing The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Meditation will be held on Tuesdays at 7 PM. Make sure you register in advance for Yoga with Meagan, being held Wednesday, December 19 at 7 PM.

Our LGBTQ+ Youth group will meet on both December 5 and December 19 at 6:30 PM. The LGBTQ+ Adult group will have its first LGBTQ+ Holiday Potluck meeting on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 PM. Bring something savory or sweet to share with the group!

Teens (ages 12+) are invited to our SWITCH Super Smash Bros. Tournament! Have fun competing, enjoy some snacks, and maybe win a prize. Please register online.

Please note that the library will be closed on:

  • Tuesday, December 25
  • Wednesday, December 26
  • Tuesday, January 1

All library events are funded by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and are free and open to the public. We welcome donations for PACH, our local food pantry, at all of our music programs.

Posted in Adult, Free Event, Pepperell Library

Chill Out In the Library

Feeling stressed out? The library offers two programs that can help you relax: a weekly meditation group and a monthly yoga class. Both are free, thanks to the funding of the Friends of the Library!

The meditation group is led by Pepperell resident Brian Findlay and is held on Tuesday nights from 7 PM – 8:45 PM. This group is open to everyone from beginners to experienced meditators.

Brian says, “Meditation covers a variety of practices that are designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy, and develop compassion. Benefits of meditation include calming and clarity of the mind and decreased anxiety, stress, anger, fear, jealousy, and destructive thoughts. Over time, meditation can help us to better relate with others and become more empathetic in all situations.”

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Photo by Prasanth Inturi | Courtesy of Pexels.com

Yoga classes will be held on Wednesday, November 14 and Wednesday, December 19 at 7 PM. Join instructor Meagan for Hatha Vinyasa Flow-a balanced combination of sustained poses and poses flowing in a mindful progression. This class is suitable for all levels.

To register for a yoga class, please click on the date(s) that you would like to attend: November 14 and/or December 19. Please arrive a few minutes early, wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat, water, and if you have them-yoga blocks and straps. Registration is only required for yoga; it is not necessary for meditation.

Questions about meditation can be directed to Brian at brfindla@yahoo.com. For details about the yoga class, please email Library Director Deb Spratt at dspratt@cwmars.org.

Posted in Adult

The Walking Dead Turns 15

Join us on Saturday, October 13 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of the first issue of The Walking Dead comic book! While supplies last, we’ll be giving away The Walking Dead buttons, bookmarks, comics, and bandana masks all courtesy of Image Comics!

To get some free swag, here’s what to do:

  1. Stop by the library desk on Saturday, October 13
  2. Present your library card (from any CW/MARS library)
  3. Tell us the secret word “KIRKMAN”

If you don’t already have a library card from the CW/MARS network, you can sign up for a card at our circulation desk. Anyone who lives, works, goes to school, or owns property in Massachusetts is eligible to get a free library card at our library. For details on what you need to apply for a library card, please visit How to Get a Library Card on our website.

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Posted in Adult, Teen

Additional LGBTQ+ Group Meetings

We are happy to announce that we are increasing the amount of our LGBTQ+ meetings! We’ll now have biweekly meetings for each group. The goal of these meetings is for folks to be able to discuss LGBTQ+ issues and topics in a safe, welcoming environment.

The groups are run by a volunteer: Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez who has been working with LGBTQ+ folks for over 20 years, with a focus on the Transgender and LGBTQ+ Youth communities. Library staff member Amy Lordan, who is a trained ally, co-facilitates.

Also of note: On August 1 at the youth group meeting, we’ll be showing a recently released movie that stars Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford! We’ll have pizza and popcorn!

Here are details on the new schedules:

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