Welcome Back! - Note Our Summer Hours
Come in and visit. Curbside still available. No appointments necessary.

Monday & Tuesday 10 - 8
Wednesday - Friday 10 - 5
Saturday 9 - 1 thru June.
Closed Saturdays July thru Labor Day
Sign up the whole family for our Summer Reading Challenge.
Go to the Google form found here on our Summer Reading page.
Get some books and start reading and join us for our many activities.
Thanks to the Friends of the West Newbury Library for making Summer Reading programs, prizes and crafts available to all.

The Call of Kilimanjaro
Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:00 via Zoom

We are kicking off our "Tails and Tales" Summer Reading Program with Jeff Belanger's incredible story of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro!

Get ready to climb 19,341 feet to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro – one of the famed Seven Summits – the roof of Africa. Based on his memoir, The Call of Kilimanjaro, author, adventurer, and TV host Jeff Belanger takes you on a breathtaking multimedia journey of Tanzania that’s spiritual, motivational, and uplifting.

After his brother-in-law Chris passed away, Jeff made the decision to take the trip of a lifetime, both in honor of Chris and in pursuit of clarity about his own life and goals. The Call of Kilimanjaro is a day-by-day record of Belanger’s ascent to the peak of Africa’s highest mountain. What he learned along the way transformed his life.

This is a virtual event.
Registration is required. You will receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior to the event.

VIRTUAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SERIES: An Evening With Tess Gerritsen & Gary Braver
Tuesday, July 6 at 6:00 via Zoom

Join bestselling authors Tess Gerritsen and Gary Braver for a discussion of their new suspenseful thriller, Choose Me, in conversation with bestselling author B.A. Shapiro.

A psychological thriller, a whodunit, and a police procedural, complicated with multiple points of view, Choose Me will delight both longtime fans of these celebrated authors and brand-new readers. It's the story of an affair that leads to murder -- but from both the male and female perspectives. Read more about the authors and this event on our Calendar of Events
Register directly on Zoom HERE. This event is organized by the Tewksbury Public Library, in collaboration with the libraries of Andover, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dracut, Georgetown, Groveland, Littleton, Lowell, Middleton, Newbury, North Andover, Rockport, Rowley, Salisbury, Tyngsborough, West Newbury and Wilmington.
Children's Room Activities

Wally the Green Monster
Tuesday, June 22nd at 2:00 via Zoom
Come along with the Boston Red Sox's biggest fan, Wally, on an interactive reading adventure!
He will be showing us how to use sounds, actions, and imagination to make our books come alive! Families welcome. This is a virtual event.
Registration is required. You will receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior to the event. Please register here.

Family Story Time -
Tuesdays, June 29 - Aug. 3
9:30 AM
Come join Miss Kate on the Library lawn. Let's have fun listening to stories, singing songs, doing fingerplays and playing games.
You can pick up a craft kit and have fun making something at home. Ages infant and up. Please sign up here. Families welcome.

Virtual Visit with Author & Illustrator Bob Shea
Tuesday, June 29th 4:00 PM
Bob Shea will give us a sneak peek at his soon-to-be-published book, Chez Bob, and teach us simple, easy to follow drawing techniques. We’ll also play “Story Safari,” where everyday objects find their story! Recommended for Ages 4 and up. This program is brought to you by Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury. Sign up here.
Reading with Lulu
Wednesdays in July 10:00-11:00 AM
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 has been waiting to see all of you again and she is a wonderful listener. Let's have fun reading outside on the Library lawn
Call the Library 978-363-1105 or come in to sign up.
Teen Advisory Group Events
Teen & Tween Craft Kits
Once every other week, pick up a craft from the library. These include glow jars, bookmarks, and more!
We're kicking off summer reading with glow jars! Stop by the library to get your supplies and directions. Crafts are limited so make sure to swing by the library to get your kit. The first one will be available from June 21 - July 2.

Teen Creative Writing Club
Wednesday, June 23rd @ 3:00 pm
Let's make a short story! Every other week, via zoom, we’ll be discussing techniques on how to write a short story, from the characters to the plot to the dialogue. The goal is to write one short story by the end of the summer.
Drop-ins are welcome, please register to join! For ages 12-18.

Bring Your Own Book Club Thursday, June 24 @ 3:00 pm
Join us for this new teen book club!
Every month we'll be discussing books we've read or are currently reading.
For the June meeting, Kristen will be reading Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly. You can grab your own copy here or check out a digital copy on Hoopla if you'd like to read along.
For ages 12 - 16. Meeting the last Thursday of each month via zoom.

Email Kristen at ​kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org​ if you have any questions.
Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library have given funds to make available the following added museum passes:

Boston Children's Museum
Children's Museum of NH
Seacoast Science Center
Strawbery Banke Museum

Mixed Media Madness Sale!
Saturday, June 26th from 9:00 - 1:00
on the Library front lawn
The Friends of the West Newbury Library will be hosting a “Mixed Media Madness” sale on Saturday, June 26th from 9:00 - 1:00 outside on the library grounds. CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles and paperback books will be available for purchase. The sale will provide a perfect opportunity to stock up on materials for the summer. Donate your used puzzles and pick up some new ones.

Don’t miss the “Madness”! Grab a bag and head to the West Newbury Library’s “Mixed Media Madness” sale. In case of rain, sale will be held inside Town Hall bldg. across from library.

Questions? Contact the library at 978-363-1105 or email us at friendsofthegar@gmail.com
What's Happening?

Guided Riverbend Birdwalk - Saturday, July 10th at 10:00 am
Join Dr. Steve Hale from Open World Explorers for a Summer Bird Walk at West Newbury's Riverbend Conservation Area. We will slow walk the River Road and Tupelo Trails in search of the spectacular breeding birds that nest along the mighty Merrimack, including warblers, vireos, thrushes and more. We will also be on the lookout for eagles and Osprey cruising the Merrimack River corridor. What to bring? binoculars, field guide, tick prevention and water. Masks and social distancing are highly recommended. Space is limited, check our event calendar for parking information. Please register here.

Who Done It? Mystery Book Group
Thursday, July 8th - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Are you a Mystery fan? Ready to figure out who done it? Join this lively group and tackle a new kind of mystery each month. July’s read is Special Circumstances by Sheldon Siegel. Please contact the library by phone or email to sign up and join this group. All are welcome.

What's going on elsewhere in West Newbury?
Wild and Native Group's Pollinator Habitat talk
Click here to see a recording of Hannah Mullally's presentation that was held on June 10th.

West Newbury Community Bandstand Summer Concert Series 2021
Thursday Evenings 6:30 – 8PM (Rain or Shine)

Please contact the library at ask@westnewburylibrary.org. We welcome your comments and suggestions!