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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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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.

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Food for Fines

During the first week of November, the library will be taking donations for PACH Outreach in lieu of overdue fines! You can donate personal care products and non-perishable food items at the library and we will waive overdue fines on your library account. Please note that this offer does not apply to replacement charges for lost items.

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The Food for Fines event will run from November 6, 2018 – November 10, 2018. Contributions must be made at the library in order for fines to be waived.

Suggested food donations include:

  • Canned meats, including tuna, salmon, ham, and chicken
  • Healthy cereals
  • Peanut butter and/or jelly
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Pasta, pasta sauce, and macaroni & cheese
  • Baked beans, soups, chili, and canned stews
  • Canned ravioli, canned soups
  • Juice and juice boxes (preferably 100% fruit juice)
  • Milk (shelf-ready, non-perishable)
  • Children’s snacks
  • Cake and brownie mixes
  • Gluten-free, sugar-free, low-sodium, and vegetarian items for clients with special dietary needs

Personal care items:

  • Diapers (especially larger sizes)
  • Depends & adult diapers or protective panties (especially larger sizes)
  • Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and toiletries
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, tissues

Please check expiration dates! We cannot accept any items that are past their expiration dates. Items for holiday dinners would be appreciated.

PACH (Pepperell Aid from Church to Home) is a volunteer-staffed, community-based non-profit organization that provides short-term assistance to Pepperell residents during difficult times. The library accepts donations year-round at our monthly music series as well as in a bin that’s located near the circulation desk.

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You can drop off donations year-round in our PACH bin
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Discounted UMass Lowell River Hawks Tickets Now Available

We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our discounted museum/event ticket program: UMass Lowell River Hawks sporting events! You can reserve these tickets in person at the library, by calling the library at 978-433-0330, or on our website.

To reserve tickets online, visit our website and click on the Museum Passes tab. Once you’re on the museum passes page, you can find these tickets listed under UMass Lowell.

Currently, we offer discounted tickets to Men’s Basketball, Men’s Hockey, and Women’s Basketball games at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. You can learn more about the River Hawks on their website.

Our museum pass program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lawrence Library.

Posted in Pepperell Library

Pepperell Green-Up

The Green-Up is a town-wide volunteer clean-up of litter and trash on roadsides and public lands in Pepperell. Anyone can participate, and everyone’s efforts make a difference!

A map of Pepperell and a sign-up list will be posted in Lawrence Library. Stop by to sign up and pick up some garbage bags. Filled bags can be left curbside. The Pepperell Highway Department will pick them up.

Thank you for participating and for taking pride in Pepperell!

The Pepperell Green-Up takes place Saturday, April 14th  through Sunday, April 29, 2018

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Introduction!

Hello avid library fans!

The blog officially has a new caretaker! My name is Miss Meredith; if you or your family have visited the Children’s Room recently, you might recognize me as Miss Shannon’s smiling and bubbly assistant. Or, as one of our younger patrons noted, “the girl with the thing in her nose”. Referring, of course, to my septum piercing, which is a constant source of joy and curiosity to kids the world over.

I originally started working at the Lawrence Library back in the winter of 2015, primarily on Saturday mornings with a night shift here or there. However, in the last few months I’ve taken on more hours! I now get to come in and enjoy the mornings here in the library, whether they’re quiet or hectic or somewhere in between, as well as my typical evening and Saturday shifts. I’ve never been happier!

The summer months mean hot days, lazy thunderstorms, vacations, and of course, lots of reading time. Miss Shannon and I have been busy with book recommendations for our younger library-goers, helping them pick out the new series or old familiar favorite to keep them busy during their school break. Upstairs, my colleagues have been just as busy keeping us up to date with the newest novels, non-fiction selections, movies, graphic novels, and of course, a shiny new encyclopedia set! (It really is a beauty; be sure to check it out!)

We’re also smack-dab in the middle of our Summer Reading Program. This summer our goal is get Pepperell to read 1000 BOOKS!!! Joining us in our pursuit of 1k literary conquests is easy: simply sign up on Wandoo Reader’s website and log the books you read to yourself or others. Then, at the end of the summer, join us for a celebratory ice cream party on Wednesday, August 23rd at 11:00AM. Who doesn’t love ice cream?!

I’ll be posting and updating here frequently, now that I’ve been given The Power. I hope to make this a space where you, our loyal patrons, can come to get updates, craft ideas, book recommendations, literary news, and all sorts of jazz! Please feel free to leave comments here, or pop on in to say hello and let us know what you think. We value and appreciate your feedback; this library is yours as much as it is ours, and our goal has always been to work with our public to create a space for all.

Thanks for taking the time to check this all out. Stay tuned for all the fun and excitement to come, and please, have a safe and wonderful summer!