March 2017
In This Issue
Girls Who Code

"Getting Into Genealogy"
March 9, 2017

SPEAKER: Denise Pickard Lindgren, MSOG state President
Recording our sources of genealogical information is not just an exercise for professionals. It's easy to lose sight of why it matters. Our speaker will share some strategies for effective source-citation gathered from her volunteer work for the National Genealogical Society and from her recent studies at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.
Ms Lindgren will be helping us to explore the why of our source citations and move beyond commas and capitalization.
Adult Book Club discusses s The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester on Wednesday, March 15.  Copies of the book are available at the Library circulation 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 for further information.
'Navigating Online Genealogy Research." March 16, 2017
SPEAKER: Claire Smith, certified in 'Genealogy & Family History" It's tempting to jump into research before learning about the records to be used. Our speaker turns the focus back on online resources and then gives an overview of different record types and where to find them.
'Legacy Preservation: How to Archive Personal History" March 23, 2017
SPEAKER: Rhonda J. Chadwick, LenaSalina Legacy
Ms. Chadwick is an experienced preservationist who has worked at several New England museums, libraries, and historical societies conserving historical materials. She applies her skills used at these institutions to the long term care of family documents in the home.

Community Read

Join us for a 

"Community Wide Read" 

this winter with the book Slow Democracy by Susan Clark and Woden Teachout.

Copies are available at the library.

We will have the author, Susan Clark, here to give a talk on the book and some of it's themes.
March 14th at 7pm in the Couper room.

Non-Fiction Spotlight
by Jeanne Sill


"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean."  John Muir

"The more I learned about the use of pesticides, the more appalled I became.  I realized that here was the material for a book.  What I discovered was that everything which meant most to me as a naturalist was being threatened, and that nothing I could do would be important."  Rachel Carson

We begin a new season in March.  We stretch, we breathe, we return to nature.  We are reminded of the beauty of Spring.  Come in and browse the "Naturalists" with this display.


"Tens of thousands of marchers wearing pink hats, waving homemade signs, and chanting "This is what democracy looks like" hit the streets of Boston Saturday afternoon to protests..."  Boston Globe
Women have been making history since the beginning of time.  Celebrate and share these stories:

Women have been making history since the beginning of time.  Celebrate and share these stories: 

Mystery Spotlight
by Margaret Geanisis

Do you just love those mysteries from the 20s and 30s?

If so we have a new series that you'll want to know about. The series is The British Library's Crime Classics which is published in this country by Poison Pen Press.  In 2014 the British Library reissued a 1937 crime classic,  Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story by Farjeon and it became one of the best selling Christmas books. As many authors of that period  have stayed popular (Christie, Sayers and Allingham for example) they thought they would publish some of the other well read authors during that period of time.

They are packaged with covers taken from railroad posters at the British National Railway Museum when possible, and when not, they are created in the same style.

 You can find them by searching under "keyword" by typing in British Library Crime Classics.  You may want to search all of MVLC as we don't have them all. You can also search by Author, here is a list of authors: Charles Adams (2), George Bellairs (4), John Brandon (2), John Brude (10), Miles Burton (4), Freeman Crofts (4), Martin Edwards (4), J. Jefferson Farjeon (4), Mavis Hay (2), Lois Leigh (2), Raymond Postgate (1), John Rowland (3), Anthony Wynne (2).

Hopefully these these titles will give many happy hours of mystery solving.

Friends' of RHL News

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

New England Aquarium

Coupon admits up to 4 people for $10 each. Children under 3 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.


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Littleton, MA 01460


Reuben Hoar Library 

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

The meeting takes place on Monday - March 6th 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

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.

New Services
We have 6 Kindle Fires available for check out.  
They come pre-loaded with eBooks and access to Amazon Music and TV! is now available with your library card! offers video tutorials on subjects like 3D animation, photography, marketing and much more.

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:   
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

In the Gallery at the Reuben Hoar Library from March 1st to March 23rd

Little Wonderings-Paintings 
by Kimberly Stoney

After a career of teaching, making sculpture, and creating crafts professionally Ms. Stoney began painting last year.  She states that "I have refined my focus to creating paintings that imply layers - like looking down into a frozen pond - while still maintaining a sense of joyful exploration."
These studies she claims "Are the "residue" of my experimentation. They're pieces that have come out of the process of looking and wondering "what would happen if: I put a line here? I make a shape just barely touch there? How can I connect the shapes? These are my "little wonderings."
Ms. Stoney holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Alfred University (NYSCC) and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has exhibited nationally at museums and galleries and has taught drawing, ceramics and sculpture to both adults and children. Currently, Kimberly works as a professional craft designer and stylist, working with publishers and magazines such as with Storey Publishing, FamilyFun Magazine, Parents and Better Homes and Gardens and the Girls Scouts of America creating, testing and styling crafts for children of all ages. 

Book Groups

The Reuben Hoar Library currently hosts two book groups: The Adult Book Group and The Mystery Reading Group.
This month the Adult Book Group discusses The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester. A limited number of copies of the book in print and audio are available at the Main Desk.

"In 1937, while working as a biochemist at Cambridge, he <Joseph Needham> fell in love with a visiting Chinese student, with whom he began a lifelong affair. His mistress persuaded him to travel to her home country, where he embarked on a series of expeditions to the frontiers of the ancient empire. He searched for evidence to bolster a conviction that the Chinese were responsible for hundreds of humankind's most familiar innovations-including printing, the compass, explosives, suspension bridges, even toilet paper-often centuries before others. His journeys took him across war-torn China, consolidating his admiration for the Chinese." (source:Goodreads)  

The Adult Book Group meets from 7:30-8:30 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, in March on the 15th.  New members are always welcome.
The Mystery Reading Group has been meeting at the RHL for over 11 years!

March will be the last Saturday meeting for the group, in April they will resume to their Tuesday night meetings.

The book choice for March is A Question of Honor by Todd Ellis. This selection is an Agatha Award winner for historical mystery.
"A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battle-fields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying man that the supposed murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive-and serving at the Front. According to reliable reports, he'd died years before, so how did Wade escape India? What drove a good man to murder in cold blood?" (Source:Barnes & Noble)

The March meeting will be held Saturday, March 25, from 2:00-4:00.

Movies at the Library

Kid's Movie Matinee

Wednesday - March 15th
Library Couper Room


Library Movie Night

Friday - March 10th
Library Couper Room
  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