The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

April 2017
The Rowley Public Library's Annual Book & Bake Sale will be happening May 5-7 2017
Each year this event generates a lot of money for the Rowley Public Library - but only with help from the community. Please consider donating books, CDs, or DVDs, or volunteering to help sort and organize the books on our donation and sale dates. 
2017 Book Donation Day: 
Saturday April 29th  2017 - 9am-12  
We'll take books (all ages), CDs and DVDs that are in good condition. Please no magazines, no textbooks, and no books that smell musty or are damaged.
Please click here  to volunteer for one of these events.  

Come help the Friends of the Rowley Library make the 2017 Rowley Library Book and Bake Sale the best yet! The final sorting day is April 29 2017 (9am-12 noon) Before the sale, we'll need help sorting and organizing the many books that are dropped off for donation. You'll have fun learning which books go where! Booksale Days - May 5-7 2017 (Friday night Members Only 5:30-7pm, Saturday 9am-3pm, Sunday 11am-2pm) During the sale, we'll need help setting up the tables, putting the books out, helping our customers count and pay for their books, selling raffle tickets, answering questions, and helping to cleanup afterwards. We need a range of skills - anyone can help - come for a hour, or all day. You'll have fun and help the Rowley Library! Please pass this info to any friends and neighbors that may want to help out with this important community event! Questions? You can contact us via email: or by calling Katerina Simonoff @ 978 432 1230 or Sieglinde Aigner-Crooks @ 978 412 6202

Rowley Reels : Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them Saturday, April 1, 1 pm 
Weather permitting! If the predicted April 1 storm is severe - call 978-948-2850 or visit to make sure the Library is open and movie is not canceled. Snow date would be Saturday, April 15.

This spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York, which is being threatened by both mystical acts of destruction and a group of extremist No-Majs (the American term for Muggles, i.e. those unable to use magic). Author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastic beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released. Screenplay by J. K. Rowling. Rated PG-13. Run time 133 minutes.  Movie snacks and beverages provided. 
Boston Bruins 2017 PJ drive a success
To honor the 10th anniversary of the Boston Bruins PJ Drive, the lofty goal of collecting 10,000 pajamas for children in need was set. With help from Massachusetts libraries, this goal was surpassed, and a total of 12,150 PJs and $5,304 were collected, a new record for the drive. 117 libraries from across Massachusetts signed up to participate in the drive, collecting 9,182 pajamas and $1,854.

The Rowley Public Library set a goal to collect 100 PJs in its first year of participation, and 114 PJs were donated for DCF Kids and Crayons to Cradles that will benefit  local children living in low income and homeless situations.
Thanks go out to the Rowley Veteran's Association and the Ipswich Bay Cornhole League for having a collection box and donating about 50 PJs! We would not have met our goal without their generosity!
Knitting with Angie Alves, Tuesday April 25, 6 pm
Attention all knitters or want-to-be knitters! Are you thinking about trying knitting? Already knit and have questions? Angie Alves can help!  She will demonstrate knitting from beginning to end: how to spin your own yarn, design your own patterns, and choose from different types of fibers. She will also demo how to cast on and bind off and answer any other questions you might have. Free and open to the public.    
Works of artist Michael Guarino on display  
Born in Lawrence, Michael Guarino currently lives in New Hampshire, where he gets his inspiration for his portraits, landscapes, and seascapes. He enjoys working with oils, pastels, and graphite. Beyond conveying only beauty, he strives to convey achievements, mystique, hardship, sometimes even sadness. His work will be on display at the Library through April.
Museum Passes for discounted admission
Two new passes just added to the collection!
Library patrons will now be able to enjoy discounted admission when they visit The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA, and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, MA. Thanks to the generous support of the Members of the Friends of the Rowley Library we are able to expand this popular offering. Consider joining today if you are not a member yet. Other passes providing discounted admission are available for the Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, Children's Museum Boston, Wenham Museum, Zoo New England, plus the Lowell Spinners and the State Parks Parking Pass. Passes are sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Public Library with support from the Rowley Cultural Council and one anonymous donor. Call 978-248-2850 to check availability or make a reservation before planning your next excursion.
Ongoing programs for adults:
Weekly Hatha Yoga, Wednesdays 5:30 - 7 pm
Students will be guided through stretches, twists, balancing and strengthening postures and breathing and meditation techniques. All fitness levels are welcome, no registration required, just drop in to one or all. Bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothes. Each class is $12 or $10 for Friends of the Rowley Library members.
Knitting Group, Tuesdays, 6:30- 8 pm
Bring your latest project and join us. This is not a class but we will all help each other. If you're a beginner be sure to join us for Angie Alves' demonstration at 6 pm on April 25.
Genealogy Club, Monday April 10, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on April 10 in the Local History Room for Genealogy Club, where like-minded researchers can make use of the Library's resources, share ideas, and make progress on family stories. No experience necessary. No expert on hand, but those who have been working on this for a while will help you get started. Databases (in library only) and Heritage Quest are available for use. 
Rowley Library Book Club, Thursday May 4, 6:30 pm
This month we're reading The Wright Brothers, the dramatic behind-the-scenes story of how two brothers with a high school education and little money risked their lives and changed history, from Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough.  Pick up a copy at the Rowley Library today, or reserve one by clicking here, then join us for a discussion on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Our book group meets the first Thursday of each month, so check our web site for future titles. For June the members will vote on a classic.  
Wi-Fi hotspots available for check out
The Rowley Public Library has two Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspots available to loan, which will give up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneous access to your own secure, private Internet signal. Borrow them like you would any library materials for one week, and take a signal with you almost anywhere. Call 978-948-2850 for more information or to make a reservation.