The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

August 2017
It's on!
Start dusting off your best chili recipes. The 13th "Some Like it Hot!" Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday September 30 from 2 - 6 pm on the historic Rowley Town Common. If you'd like to help with the planning or volunteer at this wonderful family friendly event drop us a line at Sponsorship opportunities are available. Check our website for more information. 
All are welcome to attend the next Friends meeting, August 16, 7 pm at the Library

Art of Buddy Pritchett on display
Artist Buddy Pritchett, a native Texan, now lives in Newburyport. Early in his career, Pritchett did contract graphic design and illustration work for NASA. His love of space exploration and the galaxies beyond, spark his imagination, and it shines in many of his abstract paintings and digital art works now on display at the Rowley Public Library. His works have been shown in Houston, New Orleans and Newburyport, where he has received multiple awards for work in Digital Art, at the Newburyport Art Association's Annual Regional Juried Show. You can find another exhibit of Mr. Pritchett's paintings at the Newburyport Art Association, August 15 - 20. His work will be on display through August.
This month in the display case
Rowley resident Susan Elwell will be bringing us memories of growing up in Rowley through pictures and memorabilia. Susan remembers being a fifth grader and attending the then brand new Pine Grove School. Find out what's changed and what's stayed the same! If you have a hobby or interest you'd like to share with the community call Amy Roderick at 978-948-2850.
Rowley Library Book Club resumes September 7
The Rowley Book Club is starting its fall season!  We are currently reading The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1962. Father Hugh Kennedy, Catholic priest and recovering alcoholic, returns to Boston to regain his vocation, where he encounters the boisterous Carmody family. This sensitive novel shattered cultural stereotypes of priests and parish life at the time. Join us for a discussion on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. New members please email moderator Carla Panciera, to get a copy of the book. 
Build a Better World! Adult Summer Reading  
This year we're making it simple! 1. Sign up for our Adult Summer Reading program. 2. Fill out a slip for each book you read or listen to. 3. Turn in the slips to be entered into our Prize Drawing. That's it! All books must be completed by August 31, but we will accept slips through Sept. 2. Prize Winners will be chosen by drawing after Sept. 2. The winner will choose: a Kindle Fire or a gift certificate to a local book store. Build a Better World is sponsored by the Rowley Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Lowell Spinners Passes renewed again this summer!
And many other passes available for discounted admissions
Thanks to the Friends of the Rowley Library, patrons can take themselves out to the ball park at a discounted rate. By checking out the library pass, up to six tickets can be purchased at half price. Pass is available for every home game. Check out the schedule by clicking here then give the library a call at 978-948-2850 to make your reservation.

Other passes providing discounted admission year-round are available for the Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, Children's Museum Boston, Wenham Museum, Zoo New England The House of the Seven Gables , the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum 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 978-948-2850 to check availability or make a reservation before planning your next excursion.
Ongoing Programs for adults:
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.
Genealogy Club, Monday August 14, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on August 14 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. 
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.