Posted in Free Event, LGBTQ+

LGBTQ 101 Training

Learn how to be an effective ally to the LGBTQ+ people in your life! On Wednesday, September 12, the Lawrence Library will be hosting an LGBTQ+ 101 training. This program will serve as a basic introduction to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community.  It will also cover terminology, statistics, and some of the issues that LGBTQ+ people face.

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Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez will be our educator for the evening. For over 15 years, J.D. has facilitated training for law enforcement, schools, and private corporations on LGBTQ+ cultural competency. He hails from the Bronx, NY, and has been a part of Triangle Community Center, Public Allies-Americorps, New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, and was a founding member of FIERCE!

J.D. also facilitates our two LGBTQ+ groups. Our youth group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The adult group meets on the second and third Wednesday of each month. The start time for the meetings is 6:30 PM. Please note that allies are welcome to attend the adult LGBTQ+ group!

The LGBTQ+ 101 training will start at 6:30 PM and will be held in the Library’s meeting room on the lower level. Please register online. We hope to see you there!

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Posted in Free Event, Teen

Teen Marvel Movie Nights

Teens assemble! Come to the Lawrence Library for pizza and a movie. This summer, we’re screening three recent Marvel movies.

To register, click on the link for the movie that you want to see:

The showtime for all three flicks will be 6 PM. All movies are rated PG-13. Teens (ages 12+) are welcome to attend.

Chadwick Boseman on San Diego Comic Con 2016 | Photo by Amy Lordan
Chadwick Boseman at San Diego Comic Con 2016 | Photo by Amy Lordan
Posted in Book Club, Children's, Free Event, Summer Reading

Travel Without Your Passport

This summer, you can travel around the world without your passport, by diving into a good book! Families with school-aged children are welcome to join us on an adventure through the Amazon Rain Forest on Wednesday, July 11 at 6 PM for our Family Book Club.

We’ll be discussing the first book in the Race the Wild series entitled Rain Forest Relay, which was written by Kristin Earhart and illustrated by Eda Kaban. There will be pizza, dessert, and fun activities.

Make sure you register online so that you can pick up your FREE COPY of Rain Forest Relay! You can also register by phone (978-433-0330) or in person at the Library’s circulation desk.

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This event is part of our Libraries Rock! 2018 Summer Reading Program. Thanks to the Friends of the Lawrence Library for funding this event.

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!

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.

Posted in Children's, Concert, Free Event

Free Children’s Concert with Marcie

KidsMusicByMarcieJoin us this Saturday, May 12 at 10:30 AM for a free performance by Boston area children’s musician Marcie. This program is 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.

This concert kicks off our summer reading program. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock!. Check back with us during the first week in June for more details on how you can rock your summer reading.