Welcome Back!
After a trial run last week, we are ready to welcome you back inside with guidelines.

Monday 10 - 7
Tuesday - Friday 10 - 4
Saturday remains curbside only 9 - 1
Children's Room is by appointment, please call or email us.

Watch for further opening announcements.

Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the universe
Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30 via Zoom

Explore the universe from the very small to the very large!

Astronomer, Kevin Manning will take you on a virtual journey throughout the cosmos describing celestial objects and how they were formed, from subatomic particles to superclusters of galaxies, to the entire universe.

Kevin has worked as a consultant with NASA, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory launched on the space shuttle with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other ground-based observatories.

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

Thanks to the Friends of the West Newbury Library for making this talk possible.

VIRTUAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SERIES: Mike Lupica In Conversation With James Patterson
Wednesday, May 26th at 7:00 via Zoom

Bestselling author Mike Lupica will discuss his latest book, Robert B. Parker's Payback, in conversation with bestselling author James Patterson, in this Zoom webinar.

Mike Lupica is a prominent sports journalist and the New York Times-bestselling author of more than forty works of fiction and non-fiction. A longtime friend to Robert B. Parker, he was selected by the Parker estate to continue the Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone series.

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and I Funny. Patterson’s writing career is characterized by a single mission: to prove that there is no such thing as a person who “doesn’t like to read,” only people who haven’t found the right book.

About The Series: A collection of North of Boston libraries have joined forces to host a series of virtual discussions with bestselling authors this spring and summer. This event is a partnership between the libraries of Andover, Billerica, Boxford, Dracut, Georgetown, Haverhill, Ipswich, Merrimac, Middleton, Newburyport, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, West Newbury, and Wilmington.
Children's Room Activities

Family Story Time -
Tuesday, May 18th - Last one
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Join Miss Kate on Zoom for a fun story time! Miss Kate has some great books, songs and fingerplays you can enjoy together and a craft for later. Email Miss Kate at to be put on her list. Ages infant and up.

Come join our group!!
Early Readers' Book Club
Monday, May 24th at 4:00 PM 
Kindergarten - Grade 2
Let's have some fun reading a book together. Sign up to get a copy of the book of the month and craft supplies. Then on the 24th, we'll read and have fun together.
Registration required.
Call Library or email Miss Kate at
Teen Advisory Group
Grades 7 - 12
TAG Takeout

TAG Takeout is a monthly takeout service for teens in grades 7-12 that includes books and goodies. The best part - it's totally free!

If you ordered a bag, please pick up your takeout bags

Teen Creative Writing Club
Wed., May 19th @ 3:30 pm
If your a teen and like to write, join the Creative Writing Club and meet fellow writers! We will be discussing what we like to write, the craft itself, and have tips and tricks. We will be meeting via Zoom. Please register here.

Email Kristen at ​​ if you have any questions.
Friends of the Library

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

Historic New England
Isabella Stewart Gardner
Mass. Parks Pass
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Science
Peabody Essex
Trustees GO Pass
Wenham Museum
Zoo New England

and more to come.

Book Donation Drop Off
Saturday, May 22nd from 9:00 - 1:00
Too many books, puzzles, dvds, cds or books on cd? Donate newer, gently used items in good condition to the Friends of the Library for their ongoing book sale both inside and outside the library. 

Drop off your items on Saturday, May 22nd, at the Town Hall building across from the library between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Because of COVID restrictions, this will be a drive up event. Donations should be in boxes that can be retrieved from your vehicle and placed onto a table.
Sorry, we cannot accept encyclopedias, reference books, textbooks, magazines, VHS videos or any moldy or musty items.

29 new bricks have been ordered
Thank you for your orders. The bricks will be installed in June.

Questions? Contact the library at 978-363-1105 or email us at
What's Happening?
Our bonus borrow collection returned on May 1st! Our bonus borrow program includes hundreds of titles and do not count against your monthly borrows! Patrons can borrow as many bonus borrow titles that they would like!

All about Libby! Your app for digital eBooks and eAudiobooks.
G.A.R. Memorial Library is hosting live, virtual demonstrations of how to get started with borrowing ebooks and audiobooks through the Libby app. This free online event features sessions for both new and experienced users and takes place on Monday, June 14th at 10:00 am. More information and registration can be found here. Can't attend at that time? Register anyway and the recording will be made available to you to watch when convenient.

Who Done It? Mystery Book Group
Thursday, June 10th - 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. June’s read is Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey. 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?
Annual Town Meeting
Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 10:00am
The latest information, updated May 7, 2021!
Please see the event link from the online Town calendar. The page also includes the posted Town Meeting warrants, and other information relative to proposed warrant articles.
All registered voters are encouraged to attend Town Meeting!
Location: Bandstand / Cammett Park, 379 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985

Please contact the library at We welcome your comments and suggestions!