The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

December 2017
The Friends of the Rowley Library are holding their next meeting on Dec. 5th at 7:00pm at the Rowley Library. Please come join us or, if you are too busy and would like to be added to our volunteer list for 2018 events, do send an e-mail to We look forward to support the library staff with their planning of events and activities and always need help. Thank you! The Friends Board.  
6th Annual Holiday Basket Raffle 

The Birds and the Bees.Cats and Dogs.Who knows what you'll find at the 6th ANNUAL HOLIDAY BASKET RAFFLE? Baskets have been arriving for weeks. We already have over $2,000 in prizes and more are expected. The baskets will be displayed at the Rowley Public Library until December 16. American BBQ, Local Honey, Tools, Harbor Sweets, Gardening, Yoga, Books, Art Supplies, and everything the Boston Sports Fan needs to show your loyalty. This year, the Gift Card Tree is more valuable than ever! Enter to win a basket for yourself or a friend. The drawing will be December 16th @ 1pm in the Library Meeting Room. You don't need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are available at the Rowley Public Library at 141 Main Street, Rowley. The Friends thank everyone who donated a basket to the event. Stop in to check out all the baskets. For more information, call the library at 978-948-2850.

Student Art on Display in December
This month the Rowley Public Library is hosting art created by local students from Parker River School. The preschool is a messy, hands-on, unique place where children and their interests are the focus of the curriculum. The kindergarten classroom will share work examples from their study of mud. They searched for different kinds of mud in the forest, experimented with mud and even created mud recipes! The preschool classroom is sharing some of their collaborative artwork, exploring with different art materials: paint, collage, clay, pieces of nature, glue, etc. The 2 year olds are also artists! This group explores with all of their senses, and they often end up with paint on their nose, toes, and even in their hair. Enjoy a peek into a day with creative, curious little learners!  Their artwork will be on exhibit through the month of December.
Display your collection at the library!
The Rowley Public Library is looking for collectors and enthusiasts who want to share what they love with the community. Do you collect salt shakers, Christmas angels, greeting cards? We have a display case for that! Are you part of a club, like the local genealogy club or a cribbage group? Help us educate the community by doing an informational display in our display case. If you have a hobby or interest you'd like to share with the community call Amy Roderick at 978-948-2850.
Rowley Book Club to meet Thursday, January 4, 6:30 p.m.
The Rowley Book Club will be reading The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder, winner of the Paris Review's Terry Southern Prize for Humor. We join twenty-two men who gather every fall to reenact what ESPN called "the most shocking play in NFL history": the November 1985 play in which the Redskins' Joe Theismann had his leg horribly broken by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants live on Monday Night Football. Over the course of a weekend, through mishaps, misunderstandings, and grievances, the men choose roles and finally enact their bizarre ritual for what may be the last time in this moving and comic tale about manhood, marriage, and middle age. Pick up a copy in the library or click here to reserve a copy, then join us for a discussion on Thursday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. Check our web site for future titles.
Enjoy ebooks and audiobooks on your tablet or smartphone
OverDrive, the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium ebook and downloadable audiobook vendor, has introduced a new app called Libby. Download Libby by OverDrive from your app store, select your library, and start reading and listening right away. It takes just a few taps to discover and instantly enjoy audiobooks and ebooks. For more information and to view a video demonstration Click Here
Go to and sign up for a Boston Public Library ecard. The ecard allows you to stream and download ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies through vendors such as Zinio, Hoopla and OverDrive. Apps in your app store may be the best way to access these resources once you have the ecard set up.

The Rowley Library is also participating in the Commonwealth ebook Collection. Click here to search for both popular and scholarly titles in this state wide collection.  
Another option for free ebooks and audiobooks is the Gutenberg Project for works in the public domain.

Call early to reserve Museum Passes for school vacation
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 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.
Adult Yoga Class Wednesdays 5:30 - 7 pm
Students are led through a series of stretches, strengthening and balancing postures, twists and inversions by certified yoga instructor Maura Mastrogiovanni. No registration is required, and all fitness levels are welcome. Bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothes. Class meets every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7 pm at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Library, cost for students is $12 or $10 for Friends members. Call 978-948-2850 for more information.
Genealogy Club - Monday December 11, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on the second Monday of each month 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. 
From Youth Services
Click here  for the calendar on Rowley Public Library website. 
Please Join Us!
Mark your Calendar:  
sign up is recommended  for these events                          
12/14- Polar Express Party @ 4:30pm        
12/28- Dolly & Me Tea Party @ 10:30am (ages 5 & up) 
           Holiday Matinee @1:30pm
For Great Educational Fun 
Checkout Our Discovery Kits during Christmas Break!
No regular weekly programs after December 14
Weekly Programs Resume January 8th thru May 14th week.
* Cooking Club is coming for winter break 2/20-22 (1-3pm) for grades 3 & up.
     Please sign up space is limited to 10