January 2018

Monday, Jan. 1

New Year’s Eve Schedule

The library will be closed Sunday Dec. 31 and Monday Jan. 1 for New Year's Eve and Day.  The library will re-open Tues. Jan. 2. at 10am.

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Children's Department

Jan 4

Thu 6:30 pm

‘Press it’ or ‘Shred it’? (grades 45, registration required)

For kids in grades 4 – 5, registration required.

How many of you have ever wondered what it would be like to have the power to “reject” or “accept” and real manuscript and decide whether or not a story has the potential to be published?  Well, here’s your chance!  Over the duration of four meetings, participants will be given an authentic story written by an unnamed, local author to read, discuss and critique while also learning more about the process of book writing.  By the end of this program, not only will kids leave with further knowledge and tips for storytelling, writing and editing, they’ll be given the opportunity to cast their vote to either “Press!” or “Shred” the mystery title that awaits them.           

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Fri-YAY! (grades 6-12, no registration)

For tweens/teens in grades 6-12, no registration.

If you liked Casual Fridays, you will love Fri-YAYS! Come hang out with your friends in a relaxed, information setting. Eat, play video games, listen to music, and catch up on new movies and books. Each week you can get your craft on with new projects each week! We need you there to sure something interesting is always happening!

December 1: make your own buttons/pins

            December 8: Yarn pom-poms (great for holiday decorating!)

            December 15: Potato-stamp gift wrap

            January 5: New Year’s! – help us play for the programs in the new year!

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Jan 8

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Children's Department

Jan 9

Tue 6:30 pm

Mother-Daughter Book Club (Grades 3-5 & female adult)

For girls in grades 3-5 and a female adult. Share your enthusiasm for reading with other book lovers and join us for a lively discussion, a game of Pictionary, snacks, and fun! Books will be available at the Children’s Department one month prior to the book club! Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net for more information.

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Children's Department

Jan 10

Wed 6:00 pm

VolunTEENS (No new applications are being accepted at this time)

For grades 6 -8. Requires application and registration.              

Interested in volunteering at the library? Want to become a member of library Team Reads? Join us on the first Wednesday night of the month for pizza and a library volunteer project. Typical activities may include: Sorting and shelving library materials, adopt a shelf program, assisting with special projects and producing materials for library programs, miscellaneous work, and special event programs (i.e. Westwood Day and Harry Potter Night).

*No new applications are being accepted at this time.

 

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YAB (grades 6-12, registration required)

For tweens/teens in grades 6-12, registration required.

Join the new and improved YAB (Youth Advisory Board)! Yabbers will work with Lizzy and Molly to revamp the Teen Department at the library by planning events, picking out books, movies, and games for the YA (Young Adult) collection, and decorating the teen space. Email Lizzy at ehmcgovern@minlib.net or Molly at mriportella@minlib.net to register, or call (781) 320-1045. YAB will meet the second Wednesday of every month.

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Children's Department

Jan 11

Thu 6:30 pm

‘Press it’ or ‘Shred it’? (grades 45, registration required)

For kids in grades 4 – 5, registration required.

How many of you have ever wondered what it would be like to have the power to “reject” or “accept” and real manuscript and decide whether or not a story has the potential to be published?  Well, here’s your chance!  Over the duration of four meetings, participants will be given an authentic story written by an unnamed, local author to read, discuss and critique while also learning more about the process of book writing.  By the end of this program, not only will kids leave with further knowledge and tips for storytelling, writing and editing, they’ll be given the opportunity to cast their vote to either “Press!” or “Shred” the mystery title that awaits them.           

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Jan 15

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Seekers of the Supernatural- an Evening with PXP

Join Paranormal Xpeditions for an exciting lecture and exhibition of spectral oddities! Learn hands on how to use various ghost hunting equipment and review evidence, followed up by live readings of a portion of our haunted objects. This program is open to both teens and adults. Paranormal Xpeditions, established in 2010, has been featured on the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures- Paranormal Challenge", as well as featured on "My Ghost Story" on the Bio channel.

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Children's Department

Jan 18

Thu 6:30 pm

‘Press it’ or ‘Shred it’? (grades 45, registration required)

For kids in grades 4 – 5, registration required.

How many of you have ever wondered what it would be like to have the power to “reject” or “accept” and real manuscript and decide whether or not a story has the potential to be published?  Well, here’s your chance!  Over the duration of four meetings, participants will be given an authentic story written by an unnamed, local author to read, discuss and critique while also learning more about the process of book writing.  By the end of this program, not only will kids leave with further knowledge and tips for storytelling, writing and editing, they’ll be given the opportunity to cast their vote to either “Press!” or “Shred” the mystery title that awaits them.           

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Jan 22

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Children's Department

Jan 25

Thu 6:30 pm

‘Press it’ or ‘Shred it’? (grades 45, registration required)

For kids in grades 4 – 5, registration required.

How many of you have ever wondered what it would be like to have the power to “reject” or “accept” and real manuscript and decide whether or not a story has the potential to be published?  Well, here’s your chance!  Over the duration of four meetings, participants will be given an authentic story written by an unnamed, local author to read, discuss and critique while also learning more about the process of book writing.  By the end of this program, not only will kids leave with further knowledge and tips for storytelling, writing and editing, they’ll be given the opportunity to cast their vote to either “Press!” or “Shred” the mystery title that awaits them.           

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Jan 26

Fri 10:30 am

Friday Morning Book Club

Join us for a montly book discussion! No registration is required. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library and the Islington Branch Library. Call 781-320-1045 or email Molly at mriportella@minlib.net with questions.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Friday, Apr. 20, 2018: Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

Friday, May 18, 2018: Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Friday, June 22, 2018: Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Friday, July 27, 2018: Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018: Hillbilly Elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance.

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018: News of the World by Paulette Jules

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018: Yankee Book Swap

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Main Library, 2nd Floor Information Desk

Jan 29

Mon 6:00 pm

Technology Help Drop-in

Do you have a new laptop, tablet or e-reader, and are looking for a little help getting started?

Have you heard about getting free e-books, audio books, tv shows & movies from the library, and want to learn more?

Or do you want to learn a new language at home & at no cost?

Grab your device & come to our Technology Help Drop-in! No registration is required, but be sure to bring your device, your library card, and any passwords or other information that might help get you hooked up!

Call 781-320-1045, or email mriportella@minlib.net for more information.

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Avoiding Online Pitfalls: From Scams to Fake News

Join Librarian Allison Palmgren to learn about some of the perils of the internet and how to avoid online pitfalls. She will cover the basics of internet privacy, recognizing websites and services that might collect your private information, scams, malware, what steps you can take to protect yourself from data mining and even fake news!

Registration is required- please call 781-320-1045 to sign-up!

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