Introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright and NH’s Zimmerman House
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 PM

This is the sixth and last in a series of art talks by Culturally Curious.

America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, created iconic modern buildings like Falling Water and the Guggenheim Museum. This interactive presentation will offer an introduction to Wright’s career and explore his final house type, the Usonian, in depth, with special emphasis on the Zimmerman House in Manchester, NH.

This is a virtual event. Please register for the Zoom link. You will receive the link the day before the event. If you do not receive the link, please check your junk mail.

Breeding Season Backyard Birds
Friday, May 6 at 6:30 PM

This is an engaging and interactive virtual presentation featuring common and likely breeding season birds to any backyard in New England. This presentation offers ID tips, including learning a few birds by their song. Tips on feeding birds to attract the most diversity are also provided. Presented by Dr. Steve Hale of Open World Explorers.

Hosted by the Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson, NH

This is a virtual event. Please register for the Zoom link.
The Basics of Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency
Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM

You can’t read the news without seeing hype about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Is this the first wave of a cashless future or just an over-hyped technology? One thing is for sure: there’s a lot of money riding on its success. Learn the basics of Bitcoin from Mike Gershbein, founder of "Very Smart People." While employed as a public librarian for 10 years, Gershbein provided one-on-one and group instruction in all types of technology.

Organized by the Rockport Library, in collaboration with the libraries in North Reading, Pepperell, Clinton, West Newbury, Haverhill, Saugus, Danvers, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Wilmington and Atkinson, NH.

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.

A Conversation with Author and Poet Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous
Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM

Join us for a very special event with prize-winning poet, novelist and educator Ocean Vuong, author of, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, in conversation with Professor Sandra Lim, Ph.D., prize-winning poet, and professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

A brief reading will be followed by a conversation between our esteemed guests. Questions for the author can be submitted in advance to to be forwarded to Professor Lim.

Hosted by the Chelmsford Library

Celebrate our new StoryWalk and help us honor long-time director, Kay Gove!
Sunday, May 15 at 1:00 PM
Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the brand new StoryWalk. We'll be showcasing Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson and have fun activities, refreshments, prizes and more. Thank you for helping raise the funds for the Friends of the Library to purchase this permanent display for the library.

Also at this time, we will dedicate a new sweet gum tree planted in honor of former director Kay Gove and donated by the Trustees of the Library.

Please join us to celebrate these momentous events. All are welcome.

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 Thor and Lulu
Thor - Thursday 5/12 from 4 -5 PM LuLu - Saturdays, May 14 or 21 from  10:00-11:00 AM
Sign up for a 15 minute session to read with Thor or Lulu our lovable therapy dogs.
They look forward to seeing all of you and are wonderful listeners. You can read to them in the Children's Room.
Call the Library 978-363-1105 or stop by to sign up.

Monday, May 23 4:00-5:00 pm

Let's have fun with Legos. Join Miss Kate and create a wonderful Lego scene.
We provide the Legos and you bring your imagination. We display it in the Library for the next month. Families welcome. Please drop in.
What's Happening?

Who Done It? Mystery Book Group
Thursday, May 19th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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 May we are reading and discussing The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Please contact the library by phone or email to sign up. All are welcome. Click here to request a copy.

Going On Around Town

West Newbury Water Department
2022 Mandatory Water Restriction
The West Newbury Water Departments 2022 Mandatory Water Restriction will go into effect May 1st and runs through September 30th. For more information visit the website at

Senior Center Lunch & Learn Speaker Series
Topic: Town Meeting Discussion on May 5 at 11:30 am
The Town extends an invitation to residents to attend a new program: The Lunch & Learn Speaker Series. Town Manager, Angus Jennings and Town Clerk, Jim Blatchford will discuss and answer your questions about Town Meeting. Lunch is a turkey club wrap. Suggested donation $5. Please call the Senior Center at 978-363-1104 or email to register!

Annual and Special Town Meetings
Saturday, May 14th at 9am.
Outside at the Bandstand/Cammett Park.

Garden Club Plant Sale
Saturday, May 21 from 8:30 - 11:30am
490 Main Street, on the Training Field
This is the Garden Club's major fundraiser for the year, this sale is also a considerable outreach to the gardeners of West Newbury and beyond. The plant inventory from local gardens includes standard, exotic cultivars and native plants. During the sale Club representatives will be on hand to share a wealth of advice. The majority of the Plant Sale proceeds support scholarships.

If you would like to donate some of your plants to the Plant Sale, but need help digging, please call, text or email the contact information below. 

Contact Gail DiNaro at:, Home: 978-363-5435, Cell: 508-633-7609

Historical Commission’s Monthly Tales of Our Town
Charles Lewis Carr: Local Businessman, Newlywed, and West Newbury’s Fallen WWI Soldier
May’s story concerns Charles Lewis Carr, most remembered as West Newbury’s contribution to the 53,402 American combat deaths in the first World War. He was born here on January 7, 1888, the oldest son of Ann Spalding and George Gardner Carr. A lifelong resident, Carr married Sunday school teacher/hometown girl Madeline Archer Trow in 1913. The couple’s lives changed forever on October 5, 1917, when he left for Army training at Camp Devens in Ayer, MA, to serve in the Great War. In May of 1918, he arrived “somewhere in France.” After time in trench warfare, he became part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the largest and most costly military operation in American history. In Cornay, France on October 8, 1918, Carr became one of the 26,277 Americans killed in action in that campaign. In 1919, the Town’s newly-formed American Legion Post was named after him, and that organization arranged his full military funeral upon the return of his remains in August, 1921. Click here to read all about it.

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