April 2017
In This Issue
Library Closings
Monday - April 17th

Visiting Author
Tuesday - April 25th
Library Couper Room

From sports to politics, food to finance, aviation to engineering, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries themselves, New England's feuds have peppered the region's life for centuries. They've been raw and rowdy, sometimes high minded and humorous, and in a place renowned for its deep sense of history, often long-running and legendary. There are even some that will undoubtedly outlast the region's ancient low stonewalls. 

Ted Reinstein, a native New Englander and local writer, offers us fascinating stories, some known, others not so much, from the history of New England in this fun, accessible book. Bringing to life many of the fights, spats, and arguments that have, in many ways, shaped the area itself, Reinstein demonstrates what it really means to be Wicked Pissed.
Library Project Info

The Reuben Hoar Library Project

At the May 1st Town Meeting the Library will ask the Town to make a single vote on the following 3 items (2/3 vote required).  Below is a summary, for the full warrant please go here:

1. To allow the library to accept the schematic design for the new library (a design which can be altered later in the process).

2. to authorize the Library Trustees to apply for any state funds which might be available to defray all or part of the cost of the design.

3. to agree to transfer the "slope site" to the authority of the library for the purpose of building a new library on the site.

We are not seeking any funding at this meeting and voting yes on May 1st does not commit the Town to building a new library later.

For more information on the library project please visit our website here

Should you have any questions about the project please contact the 
Library Director Sam Alvarez at salvarez@littletonlibrary.org or call him at 978-540-2601 
Non-Fiction Spotlight
by Jeanne Sill


The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970.  In 2009, the United Nations renamed Earth Day as International Mother Earth Day.  Earth day is important to help make aware the impact we have on the environment and what can be done about it.  Come in and learn how we can cherish and keep this planet we call home.


The world's oldest marathon began April 19, 1897. In 1924 the course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to Olympic standards, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. By signing her entry form "K.V. Switzer", Katherine Switzer became the first woman to receive a number in the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1967. (Boston Marathon Web-Site)
This display will feature historical information as well as human stories that are forever linked to this beloved local event:

Friends of the RHL

If you're already a Friend, watch your mailbox for the Friends' Annual Membership Drive Newsletter

The Friends will be sorting cans and bottles at the transfer station for the month of April. Sign up here to help!

The May Book Sale will be Thursday - Saturday, May 4 - 6.    Sign for for Book Sale help here!

On March 23, the Friends treated the library staff to the annual Appreciation Luncheon (and chocolates)! Thank you to all those that contributed their time and food, and a huge Thank You to our Library Staff for all they do!
Beach Reads
by Margaret Geanisis

You may be planning a tropical vacation or booking your summer cottage right about now, so I thought it may be a good time to talk about a genre called "Beach Reads".  The MacMillian on-line dictionary defines a beach read as "a book which you can take on holiday which is good enough to keep you engaged but not so serious it will spoil your holiday".

The definition leaves room for all different tastes in writing subjects and styles.  You may want to experiment with a type of book which you rarely read such as Science Fiction or history - that can't be too stressful, you'll already know how it turns out!  For others it's a fun romance novel or an action packed thriller or suspense.  Please feel free to ask our staff for suggestions, reader's advisory is one of our favorite things to do.

If you want to explore titles on your own and are computer savvy, there's two ways our website can help you. The first thing you can do is go to our website, click on "search catalog", and type in a favorite book title. Once the title comes up, click on the book so that the detailed description of the book is showing (you may not have to do this extra step for some titles), then scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll see suggested books that are similar. When you find the one that sounds interesting, just click on "place hold" and we'll let you know when the book is in.

The second way for you to search for titles yourself on our website is to go to to the elibrary section and click on more.  Scroll down until you see Novelist and click to enter their site.  Explore it a bit. They have a browsing section called "In the mood for..." which is great; you can also browse for titles by genre; or enter the title of a book you liked last summer and check out their read-a-like section.

When I travel, I only download books onto my iPad or cell phone. However if I'm at the cottage, I always bring a bunch of books with me. Do what works best for you. Happy summer/travel planning!

- Margaret Geanisis

P.S. - We love when books don't play in the sand. :)

Friends' of RHL Book Sorting

Please help the Friends of the Library to Sort books the 3rd Sunday of every month from 1pm-3pm in the Library Couper Room.

This is a great opportunity for those looking for community service credit!

Museum Pass Spotlight

Boston Children's Museum

Coupon admits up to 4 people at half price. Children under 1 are admitted free.

Library-Sponsored Programs
Our Book-A-Librarian service allows you to spend up to 30 minutes with one of our friendly knowledgeable librarians who can offer assistance tailored to your needs.


We can help in many ways; typical requests may include:

  • Learn to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, or music to your digital device
  • Introduction to the library catalog - how to find a book, a CD or a DVD, place holds, manage your account
  • Researching a topic beyond Google
  • Setting up and using an email account
  • Plus much more...just ask!

Some things we are unable to help with:

  • We do not provide medical, legal or business advice or opinions.
  • We cannot write, type or proofread your documents.
  • We do not offer technical support or troubleshooting except when it relates to library resources.
  • We cannot assist with credit card transactions.

We encourage you to bring your laptop or digital device with you to the library so that we may better help you.


Please call the library at 978.540.2600 to set up an appointment, preferably one week in advance, with a librarian or fill out our online  Book-A-Librarian form.


Due to staff expertise and availability, your request might be declined. We appreciate your understanding.

Reuben Hoar Library 

Library Hours

10:00 - 4:00
1:00 - 9:00
10:00 - 9:00
1:00 - 9:00
10:00 - 4:00
10:00 - 4:00



  Genealogy Club
meets the 2nd Monday from
10:00AM - 12:00PM

Littleton Origami Group
meets the last Thursday of the month from
7:00PM - 9:00PM  
Mystery Book Discussion  
meets the 4th Tuesday from
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Yarn Overs
meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Please join us for a Public Information Session on the new Library project.

The meeting takes place on Monday - April 10th at 7:00pm in the Littleton Police Dept. Meeting Room. 

The architect will present information on the project followed by a question/answer session from the public.   The meeting will be recorded by LCTV.

We hope to see you there!


Sam Alvarez

Children's Room Newsletter
Meditation and Relaxation
Learn to reduce stress and anxiety through
breathing and meditation 

Saturday April 8th at
2:30 - 3:30 in the Couper Room

Pre-registration is suggested.
What's all the buzz about?

The Friends of RHL and the Sustainability Committee are celebrating Earth Day by hosting a program on April  20th at 7 pm in the Couper Room.
"Bees in our Environment"
Come meet Ken Warchol.  He is the Worcester County Apiary Inspector and has been keeping bees for over 50 years. No one knows more about bees than Ken. Beekeeping is in Warhol's blood, as he is a 6th-generation caretaker of the bees. His family's bee practice originated in 1840s Poland, and was brought to the US by his father after World War II. He operates his own beehive, helps other bee enthusiasts around Worcester. Ken examines apiaries as the state inspector. He is a terrific lecturer and teacher. You will not only learn about the plight of bees you will go home understanding how the habitat surrounding the bees affects the honey color and taste!  He will bring 12 different kinds of honey for people to try!  Come spend an evening and learn about these fascinating creatures. You will find out what you can do to create a sustainable garden to help the bee population in our area.

Teen Programs

Teen Gaming League

Wednesday April 12th 6:30-8:30pm

Teen Dungeons and Dragons Club

Wednesday April 5th and 19th from 3-5pm

Level 1: 

Thursday - April 6th at 3pm
Thursday - April 13th at 3pm
Thursday - April 27th at 3pm

Level 2: 

Wednesday - April 5th at 3:15pm
Wednesday - April 12th at 3:15pm
Wednesday - April 26th at 3:15pm
What's New at the Library?
Feeling nostalgic?  The Library will soon have the Nintendo NES Classic available for check-out.  The NES is the classic Nintendo video game console from the 80's which comes with 30 games pre-installed.  Look for it soon from the library!

Niche Academy is a video tutorial service that teaches patrons how to access library databases.  Learn how to download an eBook from Overdrive, watch a video on Hoopla or research your family history with ancestry.com and much more!  You can find Niche Academy on the library homepage or our eLibrary page.

Race Matters Discussion


Matters of Race were a major factor before the United States
became a Republic in 1776.
  • Why are we still talking about Race in 2017?
  • Is there a relationship between 1776 and 2017?
  • Will we still be talking about race in 2025?
  • What questions do you have about this complex topic?
Join a discussion about Race, in the US of A, and explore fresh
views about this perplexing topic, during a five-week conversation
Matters of Race in the United States

Where:    Reuben Hoar Library

  Dates Wednesday's: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19

Time:    7:00 - 9:00 pm

Facilitators :

Edythe Saltzman of Groton: Life Long Learning Teacher, in prisons and

Roland Gibson of Littleton: Life Long Educator, in schools and beyond.
RSVP no later than March 1: ezsalzman@gmail.com   
or 978-952-0131
Thank you.

"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage, need not be lived again." - Maya Angelou

In the Gallery

The Gallery Committee of Reuben Hoar Library invites artists to submit their work for the 2017/2018 season in the Gallery. 

The gallery space is available for
artist's shows nine months of the year. Various media is welcome, but due to the gallery's location only framed & wired work can be considered.
Submissions deadline is June 5, 2017
Artists need to submit a minimum of five samples of their work, an exhibit application and a waiver.  
These two forms are available at littletonlibrary.org under the Gallery heading or at the RHL circulation desk. Please submit to: chardy-faraci@littletonlibrary.org
or mail the forms along with CD/photos of your work to: The Gallery Committee, c/o Reuben Hoar Library,
41 Shattuck St., Littleton, MA 01460
For more information check the library's website at
littletonlibrary.org  or inquire at the circulation desk.

Book Groups

We're reading "Bunker Hill" by Nathaniel Philbrick as a salute to our country's historic April events. The book recounts events of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, tracing the experiences of Patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren, a newly recruited George Washington, and British General William Howe. Copied of the book and audio book are available at the Main Desk.

Meetings are open to all. An email is sent when copies of the next title are available and other information. Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month, October 2016 through June 2017, from 7:30-8:30 PM in the Library's Small Meeting Room. 

Contact Linda Schreiber at lschreiber@littletonlibrary.org 
or call 978-540-2600 for further information.

Movies at the Library

Kid's Movie Matinee

Wednesday - April 19th
Library Couper Room


Library Movie Night

Thursday - April 13th
Library Couper Room


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