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July & August Newsletter

Armchair Travel: Visiting Through Fiction  

Join us to discuss a novel and then escape into the setting through a DVD.  Bring your lunch, tea & coffee plus dessert will be provided. Join us on July 8, 11:30-1:00 to discuss Sue Henry's Murder at Five Finger Light & take a look at a few DVD clips which highlight the region. Copies of the book are available for check out: take a quick vacation to Alaska to restore a lighthouse and solve a crime.

Next stop: Italy via Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. Discussion takes off at 11:30 sharp on July 22.

Final Destination: Celebrate our National Parks with Nevada Barr's The Rope and unlock the origins of the Anna Pigeon series on August 5 at 11:30. Don't forget to bring your in-flight lunch!

Monarch Butterflies Saturday, July 26 at 1:00
Learn about Monarch Butterflies from our resident expert and favorite Boston College Professor, Dr. Charlie Hoffman.  Learn how to identify, collect, and care for your own Monarch eggs and caterpillars and how you can raise them at home.
iRobot Tuesday, July 29 at 3:00  
Curious about robots? A representative from iRobot will bring their robots to the library. Enjoy a presentation and hands-on demonstration of robots used both in the home and by soldiers and emergency response teams. For ages 10+.
Historical Swords: Western European  Thursday, July 31, 7:00-8:30.  Learn about the history of sword use, and watch a live, choreographed demo using different types of swords. The presentation also includes: a chronology of several different eras of sword use, images from historical works, and a Q&A / "mythbusters" segment where common misconceptions about swords are discussed. For all ages, funded by the Friends.
In this issue
Historical Swords!
Edible Perennials
Creative Entrepreneurs
DW Counts Down to Kindergarten
Teen News
Children's Room
Chilton's Repair, Test Prep & Animals
ACORD, School & Books
September Highlights
Ongoing programs
Independence Day:
Fri. July 4 & Sat. July 5
Labor Day: 
Sat. Aug. 30
& Mon. Sept. 1

 Divergent [PG-13]

Fri. Aug. 8, 1:00 & 

Sat. Aug. 9, 10:30

Muppets: Most Wanted

Sat. Aug 16 & Tue. 19

1:00-2:50 [PG]

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Edible Perennial Gardening & Landscaping   Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30.  Naturalist and educator John Root presents the variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous perennials that can be grown in New England to produce fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Participants learn how to establish and care for these plants using organic methods of cultivation for bountiful, extended season harvests. Nutritional and medicinal benefits of the plants are discussed as well. Free and open to the public, funding provided by a Cultural Council Grant.
Creative Problem-Solving & the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7:00.  Travel way off the tourist map to Rwanda!  Carter Crockett, of Gordon College's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership leads the tour, he spent 4 years running a business there.  Currently, Carter travels to Rwanda with students to see how real-world issues are addressed with creative solutions and entrepreneurial spirit. Successes lead to 'creative disruption' which brings meaningful change.  Hear about these determined people and how they strive for change and be inspired yourself.  Free and open to the public.  This talk is the perfect companion piece to Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba. William developed a windmill out of junk and spare parts when he was only 14.  At the time in his village in Malawi, only 2% of people had running water and electricity.
DW Counts Down to Kindergarten Play & Activities
Monday, Aug. 18 at 6:30.  You've been counting down to the big day, now it's time to celebrate! DW will be here to perform DW Counts Down to Kindergarten; and there will be other activities to enjoy. Presented by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement of Hamilton-Wenham.
Teen Summer Events & News
Events that require registration that you should think about right now:
Blue Star Planetarium: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity Thursday, July 10 at 3:30. Sit inside a mini domed theater and see hi-res visualizations of cosmic phenomena!  Funded by the Friends.
Optical Illusions Photography Workshop Part 1: Thursday, July 17 at 2:30, Part 2: Thursday, July 31 at 2:30. Funded by the Friends.
Pastel Workshop: Sublime Sunflowers Thursday, July 24 at 6:00 (for teens & adults) Use van Gogh, O'Keeffe & Monet as references to create your own pastel painting with professional grade materials. Funded by the Cultural Council.
SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test Saturday, Aug. 2 from 10:15 to 2:15. Free!
CSI Forensics Lab Workshop Thursday, Aug. 14 at 3:00. Explore methods used by scientists and detectives in criminal investigations. Funded by the Friends.
Events open to the public, mark your calendars & bring your friends:
Historical Swords: Western European Thursday, July 31 at 7:00.  Combo lecture / demo covering the history of the sword in Western Europe and its use.
& don't forget:   The Library has a full array of the summer reading titles, both required and recommended. Click here to cruise the lists by grade on the  Informed Teens Blog.
Ongoing programs:  Minecraft Club every Tuesday from 5:00-7:00. BYO laptop, Minecraft membership & cooperative attitude.
Teen Think Tank Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6:30.  This group meets once a month to share great ideas with the Teen Librarian.

To register, to inquire, or to get a personalized book recommendation, ask the Young Adult Librarian!   Kim Claire:   978-468-5577.
Children's Room Summer News
Detecting Deweybot!  If you spot our summer reading robot mascot, Deweybot, in offices and businesses of Hamilton and Wenham, stop by the Library to fill out a raffle ticket.  She changes location every week, so keep a sharp lookout. Contest begins July 7 and ends Aug. 15.
Weekly programs begin the week of July 7 and are open for registration now: we have programs tailored for birth to 5th grade. Click here for the complete calendar.
Amazing events every Wednesday, free & open to the public:
July 2 at 6:30 Science Magic, presented by Museum of Science.
July 9 at 6:30 Dinoman, experience the Mesozoic with 10' inflatables!
July 16 at 6:30 Toe Jam Puppet Band, songs, storytelling & shadow puppets.
July 23 at 6:00 Animal World Experience, live animals both unique and familiar.
July 30 at 5:30 Vehicle Night! DPW Trucks, Fire & Police, & more!
Aug. 6 at 6:30 Mousetrap Science, with Jungle Jim - can we catch the mouse?
Saturday Adventures
July 12 at 11:00, 'Swimming' craft and storytime, for ages two and up. 
July 19 at 10:30 Fairy House Building with found items, complete with parade. 
July 26 at 1:00 Monarch Butterflies with Dr. Hoffman.
Photography Contest closes on Thursday, July 31 at 8:00. There are theme details and formatting requirements, click here for all the info.
Registration Required:
Blue Star Planetarium Thursday, July 10, time slot determined by age.
Summer Reader Ice Cream Party Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:00. Pre-registration is Required, Bring your Reading Log as your Admission Ticket.  Thanks to Cherry Farm Creamery for sponsoring!

Many of the performers and presenters have been funded by the Friends.
For questions, to register, and get the scoop on what's new, contact Lorraine Der, Children's Librarian:   978-468-5577
New Online Databases: Chilton's, Test Prep, & Grzimek's Animal Life
Using our subscription to Chilton Library, choose year, make, and model to get the specific information you need for auto maintenance and repair.  Prepare for high school, college, and graduate school exams with the Testing & Education Reference Center. Additional career tools include Firefighter, Nursing, Military and Accountant test preps. You will need to register with the site to see your test scores and progress. Finally, find detailed information about families and species across the animal kingdom with Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. For additional topics in Business and Finance, Genealogy, Medical Information, and more, visit our complete list of Hamilton-Wenham Electronic Resources. You will need your H-W Library card to log in remotely.
Donation Stations: ACORD & Back-to-School & Books!
Through the year the Library is a collection point for ACORD food pantry, accepting (non-perishable, unopened, unexpired) foodstuffs and toiletries. 

The Library is also collecting for Community Giving Tree's Backpack Drive.  The collection box will be out from Aug. 1 to the 22nd. Children from families that are struggling lack the basic supplies to help them succeed in school. You can help by dropping off any sort of basic school supplies. Community Giving Tree will distribute filled backpacks to Essex County school children during the first week of school. Help a child start off the academic year with a confidence boost!
We also take donations of gently used books.  Please no textbooks, VHS, old encyclopedias or reference materials. We have no use for dirty, moldy, or musty items: throw them away.  We love hardcovers, paperbacks, board books, cookbooks and gardening, historical or fiction, it all finds a home in our booksale.
September Highlights:
Mystery Mayhem Group: Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 10:30: 'Amateur Sleuths' theme
Fall Book Sale: Saturday, Sept.13 from 9-3.
Literary Luncheon: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11:30 The Art Forger by Shapiro
PSAT Practice Test Saturday Sept. 20, 10:15-1:15.  Free!
Ongoing Programs
Knitting- Mondays 12-2:30    *    Cribbage- Thursdays 10-12
Bridge- Wednesdays 10-12, and Fridays 1:00-4:30 (some exp. required)