Posted in LGBTQ+, Pepperell Library, Summer Reading

Lawrence Loves – Issue 10

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Happy Fourth of July!

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 July 3, 2020.

 

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Week 1 of our Summer Brick Builders Challenge: Build a vehicle!

Books and Education

#BlackVoicesMatter: Books for All Ages by Black Creators (Harper Collins Publishers)

summer reading

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 storytimes 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!

23 Phenomenal Young Adult Books By Black Authors From The First Half Of 2020 (Buzzfeed)

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

 

LGBTQ+

The Advocate’s 2020 Champions of Pride Come to Life in AR Experience (The Advocate) Palana Belken, who spoke to our LGBTQ+ Youth Group last year about transgender rights, has been named one of The Advocate‘s 2020 Champions of Pride. A reminder that the LGBTQ+ Youth Group meets via Zoom at 6 PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month. For the link, sign up here.

4 Ways To Make Your Workplace Equitable For Trans People (NPR)

Storytime

Miss Jennifer reads Tow Truck Joe by June Sobel (Lawrence Library/Facebook)

 

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 lawrence.library.pepperell@gmail.com
  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 LGBTQ+, Pepperell Library, storytime

Lawrence Loves – Issue 6

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Sign up at www.bit.ly/LGBTQPep for our LGBTQ+ Youth group

Our LGBTQ+ Youth group is going digital! We welcome teens and young adults to chat with us in a safe and welcoming environment. To sign up, register online. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

In other exciting news, we’ll soon be offering Curbside Pickup again! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and this space for details! A reminder that due dates, hold pickup dates, and library card expiration dates have all been changed to July 1, 2020. And don’t forget about our Park and Connect WiFi! Free WiFi is available in our parking lot. If you need help accessing our digital titles, please email Deb Spratt at dspratt@cwmars.org or Tina McEvoy at tmcevoy@cwmars.org.

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 May 29, 2020

Animals and Nature

5 Benefits of Nature Journaling (Tower Hill Botanic Garden)

5 ½ Reasons to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden (Tower Hill Botanic Garden)

Books and Education

LBYR Activities for Kids (Little, Brown and Company)

Wowbrary Sign up at Wowbrary to get a weekly email about the newest books, magazines, and more at our library.

Health

Feeling overwhelmed, lonely, depressed, anxious, or just plain upset? You’re not alone! Be kind to yourself. Our program coordinator, Devon, shares some helpful words in her weekly video post.

Librarians Recruited as COVID-19 Hunters (American Libraries)

Story Time

Story Time with Ms. Jennifer (Lawrence Library/Facebook)

 

Posted in LGBTQ+, Pepperell Library

LGBTQ eBooks and Online Resources

LGBTQ+ Youth Group facilitator Amy (that’s me!) has curated lists of eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be borrowed from our catalog. These books have been recommended by members of the LGBTQ+ community. To start, there is a general LGBTQ+ list, but then there are more specific lists.

LGBTQ+

Aromantic

Asexual

Bisexual

Gay (Men)

Lesbian

Pansexual

Transgender

These lists are works in progress, so some might only have one or two books on them right now. If you have a book to recommend, just email alordan@cwmars.org! Amy is also working on putting together a biweekly LGBTQ+ online chat group for teens and young adults. If you are interested in the chat group, please email Amy.

Circulation desk staffer Troy created this list of handy online resources for the LGBTQ+ community:

National Council for Behavioral Health created Staying Connected: LGBTQ+ Resources During COVID-19

Troy wanted to highlight some individual ones from that list as well:

Trans People and COVID-19

What LGBTQ+ People Need to Know

How LGBTQ+ People Can Get Help

Parentage and COVID-19

National Council for Behavioral Health Interest Groups

Don’t forget about our Park and Connect WiFi! Free WiFi is available in our parking lot. If you need help accessing our digital titles, please email Deb Spratt at dspratt@cwmars.org or Tina McEvoy at tmcevoy@cwmars.org.

 

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Posted in Free Event, LGBTQ+, Pepperell Library

Pride Month at the Library

Join the LGBTQ+ Group in welcoming transgender advocate Gerri Cannon to the library on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 PM. We invite all to join us for conversation and pizza with Gerri. Please register for this free event on our website.

For over 15 years, Gerri has been discussing transgender topics for Speak Out Boston and PFLAG NH. Last year, she ran and won a seat as a New Hampshire State Representative in District 18 of Strafford County (Somersworth and Rollinsford).

Gerri was a member of the Freedom NH Steering Committee and a spokesperson for the transgender equality legislation that was passed last year. For over 30 years, she worked for the combined companies of Digital, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard in a wide variety of engineering and marketing roles. She ran her own carpentry business in Merrimack, NH and later she drove tractor trailers cross-country.

Gerri is also a member of the New Hampshire Conference of UCC Open and Affirming Concerns Committee. She has been a member of the United Church of Christ for the past 12 years.

Gerri Cannon
NH State Representative Gerri Cannon

The library staff is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising by featuring our LBGTQ+ collection throughout the library. Our LGBTQ+ Group, run by Pepperell resident J.D. Melendez, will be meeting on June 26 from 7 PM – 8:30 PM. The adult group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. We also offer an LGBTQ+ Youth Group, which meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

The library remains a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. We are located at 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA and can be reached at 781-433-0330