Patriot's Day
Monday, April 18
We will be closed Monday in celebration of the holiday.

Next week is school vacation week. Stop in to see if you can find Esmeralda, the flying pig.

Try a new museum adventure. They have so much to offer. Click here to check out all the museum passes available to you
Help shape the future of your library!

In order to best serve the needs of our community, the G.A.R. Memorial Library would like to know what services, materials, and programs you currently use and what additional things you would like to see us provide.
The survey has 16 questions and should not take more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Your information will remain confidential. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Corinn Flaherty, Library Director, at 978-363-1105 or by email at
Click here to take the survey
A Native Transformation with Katie Banks Hone
Thursday, April 14 @ 7:00 PM

This is the story of how simple steps can transform a typical suburban property with non-native foundation plants into a haven for wildlife with native plants and shrubs along with multiple rain gardens. With the dramatic decline in pollinators and birds, our gardens can be both pretty and provide food and shelter to so many species. In 2012, Katie was the recipient of a US Fish and Wildlife grant to remove the typical non-native shrubs and perennials around her Ipswich home, establish native gardens and enjoy the array of wildlife that came to visit. Since then, she has helped local landowners transform their properties and reap the benefits of native plantings.
Katie has established a native plant nursery in her backyard and grows and sells over 80 native plants and milkweed, all propagated from native seed or mature plants. Katie will provide first- hand knowledge of native plants for the home garden, recommended species, along with lots of inspiration to get started.
This is a virtual event. Please register for the Zoom link. You will receive the link the day before the program. If you do not receive the link, please check your junk mail.

Hosted by West Newbury Wild and Native and the G.A.R. Memorial Library.
The History of America's Kitchens
Tuesday, April 26 @ 2:00 PM

From the colonial period to the present, the kitchen has been a source of nourishment and comfort. The way Americans have lived with their kitchens has changed dramatically over the course of three centuries.
Historic New England curator Nancy Carlisle will discuss how the American kitchen has evolved from the seventeenth-century to the present. Drawing on her book "America’s Kitchens," co-authored with Melinda Narardinov, Ms. Carlisle will discuss the technological and social changes that have taken place in this room and suggest how these innovations have transformed kitchen work and changed women’s lives.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

This is a virtual program. Please click here to register for the Zoom link. If you do not receive the Zoom link, please check your junk mail.

Let's Talk Turtles
Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:00 PM

Join us in celebrating Earth Day with UNH Scientist Ben Phillips as he shares his research on freshwater turtles in New England and the challenges they face in today's changing environment. He will introduce the freshwater turtle species found in New England and discuss freshwater turtle biology and ecology, the environmental factors that place turtle populations at risk, and potential steps for the future of freshwater turtle conservation.
Ben Phillips is a graduate student at the University of New Hampshire in the Wildlife Biology and Conservation program. His research focuses on the ways that human activities influence wildlife populations.

This is a virtual program. Please register for the Zoom link. It will be emailed to you the day before the event. If you do not receive it, please check your junk mail.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in person or via Zoom
Please call the library 978-363-1105 with questions. Please wear your mask.

Reading with Lulu
Wednesday, April 27  4:00-5:00 PM
Sign up for a 15 minute session to read with Lulu our lovable therapy dog.
Lulu is certified through the Pets and People Foundation. She looks forward to seeing all of you and she is a wonderful listener. You can read to her in the Children's Room.
Call the Library 978-363-1105 or stop by to sign up.
Thursday, April 21 from 10:00-11:00 AM

Come join us for a hands on experience and explore some friendly critters with us. Curious Creatures brings an assortment of mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Families welcome.
Program will be held in the Town Hall across the street from the library. 

This is sponsored by the Friends of the West Newbury Library
Pentucket Regional Middle and High
School Visual Art Students present...
The Voice Within:
Connecting visual imagery and creative expression

This exhibit aims to implement the ancient practice of Ekphrasis, extending students' emotional and intellectual engagement to new dimensions and serving as a bridge to greater personal meaning. Students explore the visual and linguistic elements of subject matter using higher order thinking skills and deep thinking in the creation of a foundation for remembrance, deep learning and self-actualization.

Enjoy and exhibit of Pysanky right here at the library.

West Newbury resident, Stella Blunt learned the art of pysanka many years ago from a Russian friend. These eggs were all made by Stella over the years. We're grateful to her for sharing them with us.

The symbols included on the eggs have many meanings. They are crafted on real egg shells using beeswax and dyes.

Want to see more? Check out our pass to the Wenham Museum and visit their exhibit Pysanky for Peace, opening April 16.
What's Happening?

Friends of the West Newbury Library
Fantastic Book Sale, over $3,500 raised for programs and passes.
Thank you to all who contributed books, bought items, and volunteered and to the police dept. for assisting with safe passage. We couldn't do it without you!

Who Done It? Mystery Book Group
Thursday, April 21st - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Now meeting in the 1910 Building Annex, 381 Main St, West Newbury
Are you a Mystery fan? Ready to find out who done it?
Join this lively group and tackle a new kind of mystery each month. We begin at the beginning and read the first book in a series. For April we are reading and discussing Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala. Please contact the library by phone or email to sign up. All are welcome. Click here to request a copy.

We're hiring! Spread the word!
The Library is looking for our next Teen Librarian. Do you know someone who loves Young Adult literature and has an interest in working with teens and families? This is a 28-32 hour/week benefited position. For more information click here!

Going on around town
Town-wide Roadside Cleanup - Let’s Take Action Together!
Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th
Trash bags and gloves will be available at the Food Mart and in the front lobby of the Town Offices seven days prior to the event.
Please consider helping by cleaning the roadside area in front of your home as well as long stretches of roadway with no houses.
You can simply leave the bags roadside to be picked up by the DPW crew. Please email with location of trash bags.

Thank you for reading. We welcome your comments and suggestions!