Posted in Library Hours, Pepperell Library

Library Reopening July 6

we are open

Effective July 6, 2020

The library will be opening to the public by appointment only, starting on Monday, July 6th. Curbside pickup will continue, and patrons are encouraged to place holds online and take advantage of this service.

You can book an appointment to browse the collection, use a computer, fax, or copier through our online Event Calendar or by calling 978-433-0330. No one will be admitted to the library without an appointment.

Everyone entering the library will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entrance. Staff will gladly pull items to be picked up curbside for anyone who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.

Browsing appointments will be 20 minutes long. Staff will be able to assist patrons in finding books and other materials, but reference questions will continue to be handled via email ( or phone. The public bathrooms will not be available during appointments.

We encourage you to continue using our curbside pick-up service for books, magazines, and multimedia.

Pickup requests may be done by:

Hours for curbside service

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday: 1:30 – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

During our new service hours, you can reach us by phone at 978-433-0330. When we are not here, you can call us and leave a message in the general voice mailbox (zero), or email us at or

Library materials may now be returned. Please put them in the book drop by the main entrance. Items that were due had been renewed, and fines accrued during this closure will be waived.

Please note: the library services and hours of operation are subject to change based on current state of Massachusetts Covid-19 regulations. Thank you for your continued support of the library.

Stay safe, be well
Deb Spratt, Library Director

Posted in Book Club, LGBTQ+, Library Hours, Online Resources, Pepperell Library, storytime

Lawrence Loves – Issue 8

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Lucky is playing it safe by donning one of the library’s new face shields

A reminder that curbside service is back! Only Pepperell items are available to request at this time. There are three ways to place a hold:

  1. You may place a hold through your library account.
  2. You may send an email to
  3. You may call us at 978-433-0330

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 12, 2020.

Books and Education

Anti-Racism Reading Lists and Resources (Adrienne Butler/Oklahoma Dept. of Libraries) This list is divided by age group (children, middle school, teen, and librarian/teacher/adult). You will find several resources listed multiple times under different age groups.

Disrupting Whiteness in Libraries and Librarianship: A Reading List (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  This bibliography “contains citations and links (when available) to resources focused on race, racism, and disrupting whiteness and white supremacy in libraries.”

Global Road Warrior (Global Road Warrior) Plan your next trip with Global Road Warrior! This database provides a wealth of information on 175 countries. You may view maps, read about the history and culture of a country, research the local cuisine (recipes included), and much more. You will need your library card to access this database.

A Guide to Being an Ally to Transgender and Nonbinary Youth (The Trevor Project)

Wowbrary (Wowbrary) Sign up for a weekly email update on materials added to the library’s catalog.

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Library Programs

LGBTQ+ Youth Group Online We welcome teens and young adults to chat in a safe and welcoming environment. Please register in advance for this online meeting, which is held at 6 PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Online Family Book Club On June 24 at 11 AM, we’ll be discussing Pipi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

Local Interest

2020 Census (2020 Census) A friendly reminder that it’s not too late to complete the 2020 Census!

Story Time

Miss Jennifer reads What the Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson (Lawrence Library/Facebook)


Posted in Library Hours, Pepperell Library

Curbside Pickup Is Back

lucky curbside

Effective June 1, 2020, the library resumed offering curbside pickup. Here are all of the details in a letter from Library Director Debra Spratt:

The Lawrence Library, as well as other town of Pepperell public buildings, has
been closed to the public since March 17th and will remain closed until further
notice. This is in response to Governor Baker’s State of Emergency declaration,
and to encourage social distancing due to the rapidly changing situation related to
the Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”).

Beginning on Monday, June 1st, 2020, the library will resume offering
prearranged curbside pick up for borrowing books, magazines, and multimedia
items. Kits will not be available. We are launching new hours to accommodate our
patrons 6 days a week during these challenging times.

Our new hours for curbside service:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday and Thursday: 1:30 – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 10AM – 2 PM

Staff will be on-site and will continue to assist you only by phone or email.
During our new service hours, you can reach us by phone at 978-433-0330.
When we are not here, you can call us and leave a message in the general voice
mailbox (zero), or email us at or

Curbside pickup requests may be done by placing a hold in our online library
catalog (be sure to select Pepperell, NOT the whole CWMARS network. There is
no inter-library delivery service at this time), by phone at 978-433-0330, or by

The library staff and Board of Trustees are continuing to work to find additional
ways to serve the community remotely during this time.

We encourage our patrons and residents to explore the eBook and digital
audiobook collections, and the rest of our virtual collection, including streaming
movies, TV, and music. The library WiFi is available 24/7 outside the building
within a limited perimeter (no password needed). The Lawrence Library is part of
a network of libraries called CW MARS (Central and Western Massachusetts
Resource Sharing). Thanks to our network, people without library cards may sign
up for a temporary library card for access to our electronic resources. Simply use
your mobile phone number as a temporary library card for access to our electronic
resources. It takes just 30 seconds!

Library materials may now be returned. Please put them in the book drop by
the main entrance. Any items that were due have automatically been renewed and
any fines during this closure will be waived. Again, if you need assistance, just call
us at 978-433-0330 or email us at, or
and we will work with you.

We will use the library newsletter, website, Facebook page, and Instagram to
communicate any additional changes in services.

Debra Spratt, Library Director

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!

Tree lighting library
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.