The Sawyer
The monthly newsletter of Sawyer Free Library April 2021
April is National Poetry Month
In celebration of
National Poetry Month
SFL Children's Services presents our annual poetry contest for children and teens who live in Gloucester or attend
Gloucester schools
Submission dates March 1 - April 30
In memoriam
Dick Sloane
Dick (second from left) has been the head judge for Poetry without Paper since it began in 2003. We are so grateful to him for sharing his time and expertise all these years.
This year's contest is
dedicated in his honor.
Thank you, Dick

The poem is not the world
It isn't even the first page of the world.

But the poem wants to flower,
like a flower.
It knows that much.

It wants to open itself,
Like the door of a little temple,
so that you might step inside and be cooled and refreshed,

and less yourself than part of everything.
Mary Oliver
An Introduction to the Life and Poetry of Mary Oliver
Thursday, April 8 7-8:30pm
Three ways to Celebrate Earth Day:
  1. Attend a panel discussion on...
Finding Practical Solutions to Ending Food Waste
Wednesday, April 29 6 -7PM
Backyard Growers and Sawyer Free Library are
co-hosting a VIRTUAL panel discussion around the topic of food waste to drive awareness and to provide participants with practical ideas that they can implement.

Moderated by Lara Lepionka, Founder & Executive Director, Backyard Growers
Panelists (so far, see website for future additions):
Andrew Brousseau, Partner, Compost Manager - Black Earth Compost
Brittany Peats - Program Manager, MA Food System Collaborative

Format: Each panelist will have 8-10 minutes to talk about their organization and the ways they are addressing food waste. Following these remarks, Lara will moderate a 15-20 minute Q&A and will direct questions received through the chat and in advance to specific panelists.
2.Participate in a nature-focused scavenger hunt! Register to receive the scavenger hunt list and then post photos of your finds to social media using
3. Cultivate a sense of wonder. "Those who contemplate the
beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure
as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Online Programming
Digital Photography Basics
with Skip Montello
Saturday, April 17 2-4pm
Join award-winning photographer,
Skip Montello for an overview of digital photography basics including composition, lighting, equipment and more.
Flat Ledge Quarry by Skip Montello
Dianne Finch
April 29 7-9pm
Technology on the Horizon
This new series highlights current trends in technology. Join us for this presentation by Dianne Finch, an expert in Data Visualization (the graphical representation of information and data)

Children's Services
Let's Grow!
Spring Curbside Craft
Pick up April 26 1-5pm

Welcome Spring and learn about things that grow. Register here to reserve your grab and go craft pack. Please register each child individually.
Anime Curbside Craft
Pick up April 22 &23 1-5pm

Suitable for children ages 4 and up. Please register each child individually.
New Services

When you check out ONE of our Kobo ereaders, you get TEN for ONE
Sawyer Free Library and Wellspring House are pleased to announce the launch of GLOUCESTER CONNECTION. This innovative multi-lingual website ( connects the greater community to Gloucester's vast social services for education, health care, housing, and much more. The new free-to-use web platform is an easy-to-navigate centralized online directory and calendar that consolidates information from local organizations services, and events for residents, visitors, and service providers, prioritizing accessibility by making it available in over 100 world languages.
April's Matz Gallery

Through the Looking Glass
April 1 - April 30 

April's exhibit is a mixed medium brain child of North Shore mother writers: Kristin Proctor, Lyn Towne-Smith, Meg Grant, and Nancy Carolyn Kwant. Together they form a group called the Writing Mothers’ Workshop
Miss one of our programs?
If you missed one of our programs, check out our YouTube channel! Many of our programs are recorded and posted afterwards.

Join the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library

What do the Friends do?
-The Friends support programming
-Purchase Museum Passes for free
or reduced admission to local museums
-Support a wide range of purchases
to make your library experience better
-Provide Free copies of the BOOK PAGE
-Contribute to Services for the elderly and homebound
The Library will be closed April 19 for Patriots Day. See you on the 20th.