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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!

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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.

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Bubble Blast Postponed!

Our annual Bubble Blast event has been postponed to Friday, June 29 because of rain and thunderstorms that have been forecast for June 28. Bubble Blast will take place at 10:30 AM. We hope to see you there for our kickoff to Summer Reading!

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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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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.

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Barbara Cooney Literary Landmark Dedication

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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.

 

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Holiday Happenings!

Thanksgiving is over and, with only one full day left in November, it’s safe to say we have officially entered the Holiday Season! As the weather gets colder and forecasts of snow begin to loom on the horizon, we here at the Lawrence Library have been busy cooking up a fun and festive month of holiday programs for patrons of all ages.

It all kicks off on Friday, December 1st with our annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Visit From Santa! The outdoor celebrations begin at 6:45 PM on the front steps of the library; be sure to bundle up it’s sure to be chilly. This event is free and open to the public. All we ask is that guests bring a non-perishable food item to donate to PACH to help spread the joy this season!

Then, on Sunday, December 3rd, we have Holiday Music with Wendee Glick and Pamela Hines at 2:00 PM. This musical duo will perform many classic holiday favorites as well as newer festive tunes. Light refreshments will be provided, as well as Starbucks coffee.

If you’re itching to get crafty, we have a Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House night on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 PM. Materials and refreshments–including hot cocoa!– will be provided for all adult participants. Teens 13 and older are welcome to join in as well, so long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Speaking of gingerbread houses, the library is hosting our very first Gingerbread House Contest this year! We invite patrons to decorate and bring in their own gingerbread houses anytime before December 9th. Houses can be entered into one of three categories: Children, for ages 12 and under; Teen/Adult, for ages 13 and up; and Families, for anyone who wants to make it into a family endeavor. Each category will have a winner, and all winners will be announced on December 16th.

On Thursday December 14th we’re bringing another musical group to the library: A Goodlie Companye. This well-known and well-loved traveling group brings the historic sounds of madrigal music to Massachusetts while also speaking to the history and customs behind the songs. This concert is free and open to the public, and is slated to begin at 7:30 PM.

The following week we’re celebrating the winter solstice with a Solstice Henna and Tarot Reading program. At 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 20th, both activities will be available for any and all patrons to partake in.

Down in the Children’s Room, there’s even more fun to be found for the month of December! Here’s a list of our Saturday morning programs:

December 2nd: Holiday Card Crafts for Kids
December 9th: Kid Crafting (Ornaments)
December 16th: Cookie Decorating!
December 23rd: Holiday Happenings
December 30th: Welcome, New Year!

Each program is free and open to the public, and will begin at 10:30 AM down in the Children’s Activity Center. More information about these programs–and any other programs at the Lawrence Library– can be found online at our website.

Each and every one of us here at the library looks forward to a cozy, safe, and happy holiday season, and we extend those same wishes to all our patrons and their families. Thank you for helping us make our library such a great place for the community; happy holidays, and here’s to the upcoming year!