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 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.

Posted in Free Event, On Display

Be Kind, Please Rewind

Now on display at the library are hand-woven bags made by the Social Catalysts Charitable Foundation. What makes these bags unique? They are created with videotape “yarn” that is made from recycled videotapes.

Social Catalysts Bags
Social Catalysts Bags | Photos by Amy Lordan

Through Social Catalysts’ partnership with CLASS and other human service agencies, disabled individuals are employed to disassemble videocassettes and hand-weave recycled videotape into cotton and other types of yarn. Members of the Weavers’ Guild of Boston work with Social Catalysts to set up these weaving programs.

Social Catalysts
Photo courtesy of Social Catalysts

Social Catalysts brings the finished fabric to local fashion designers who then create these one of a kind accessories. A variety of these environmentally-friendly bags are available for purchase on Etsy.

On June 14 at 6:30 PM, Social Catalysts will present a program in our art gallery. Here’s a description of the program, courtesy of Christine Wyman of Social Catalysts:

Are you an avid recycler? Would you like to learn about weaving? Christine Wyman of Social Catalysts, a local non-profit that creates employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, will talk about their weaving program and how they collaborate with weavers from the Weavers’ Guild of Boston and local seamstresses to create unique products to help fund their program.

The talk will be followed by a demonstration of weaving by Barbara Provest and sewing by Susan Thompson, as well as an opportunity for hands-on learning.

We hope to see you there!

Posted in Free Event, Special Event

Barbara Cooney Literary Landmark Dedication

literary landmark plaque
Barbara Cooney Literary Landmark plaque | Photo by Amy Lordan

The Lawrence Library Board of Trustees & the Friends of the Lawrence Library invite you to attend the Barbara Cooney Literary Landmark Dedication being held on Saturday, May 5 at 2 PM. We are delighted to celebrate former Pepperell resident Barbara Cooney, the beloved children’s author and illustrator.

This Literary Landmark appellation was awarded by the Literary Landmarks Association. The Lawrence Library is featured in Ms. Cooney’s picture book Miss Rumphius, which won the National Book for Award for Children’s Books in 1983. Our Head of Youth Services, Shannon, applied for the designation.

Miss Rumphius

The ceremony will take place in the Mahony Garden behind the library. Browse our catalog for more books by Ms. Cooney.

 

Posted in Author Talk, Book Signing, Free Event

Special Author Event with Bruce Robert Coffin

We are excited to welcome Bruce Robert Coffin for a book discussion and signing on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 PM. Bruce is a former detective sergeant and author of the best-selling Detective Byron mystery series.
Bruce Robert Coffin
Author and former detective Bruce Robert Coffin | Photo by Kelly Watters
Bruce has used his extensive background to craft the Detective Byron series. He is also a regular contributor to both the Maine Crime Writers blog and Murder Books blog. Search our catalog for the first book of the Detective Byron series, Among the Shadows, or book two: Beneath the Depths. You can also look for his short story “Fool Proof,” in Hougton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

At the time of his retirement from the Portland Police Department, Bruce oversaw all violent crime and homicide investigations for Maine’s largest city. During his 27 years in law enforcement, he also spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI where he earned the Director’s Award, which is the highest honor a non-agent can receive.

Please REGISTER for this event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Posted in Adult, Free Event, LGBTQ+, Monthly Group, Young Adult

New at the Library: LGBTQ+ Groups

LGBTQ+ Groups

We are thrilled to announce two new groups, one for youth and one for adults, to discuss LGBTQ+ issues and topics in a safe, welcoming environment. Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez has volunteered as the facilitator. For over 20 years, J.D. has been working with LGBTQ+ people, with a focus on transgender and LGBTQ+ youth communities.
The first LGBTQ+ Youth Group meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 2 at 6:30 PM. The inaugural LGBTQ+ Adult Group meeting is being held on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 PM.
In other LGBTQ+ news, our newest staff member, Amy (That’s me!), is proud to identify an LGBTQ+ ally. I previously worked at the Bentley University Library where I was a member of the university’s LGBTQ Ally Network.
We hope that you will join us for conversation and snacks. And be on the lookout for more LGBTQ+ special events in the future.