The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

February 2018
February is Love your Library month
Visit our Facebook page and tell us why you love your library! Bonus points if you upload a selfie reading, listening or viewing your favorite book or media. All month we'll be collecting valentines to the library and will award special prizes to some participants.  
Upcoming Friends of the Rowley Library news and events 
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The Friends are gearing up for our Membership Mailing to go out in early April. We hope to reach many new Friends members. The money raised pays for lots of programming at the library to benefit our entire community. We need your help stuffing envelopes the first week of April. Come when you have time while the library is open. More detail to come in the next DoDates Rowley Library newsletter. 
We are also getting very excited about the annual Book Sale. We always have so much fun and many joyous moments sorting/selling/organizing with fellow volunteers. We will be sorting on 03/24/2018 and 04/28/2018 from 9:00am - 12:00pm and then running the book sale which is scheduled for the first weekend in May (Fri. - Sun. 05/04/2018 - 05/06/2018). 
Please contact Siegi at 978 4126202 or at if you have time to volunteer to stuff envelopes and to help with the booksale. Thank you so much! 
All are welcome at the next meeting of the Friends of the Rowley Library, Tuesday, February 6, 7 pm at the Library, 141 Main St.
Works of contemporary landscape artist Annalee Johnson 
A resident of Newburyport for more than fifty years, Annalee Johnson's eyes are attuned to the beauty of sea, salt marsh, and woodlands across the seasons and from those images, she paints what she sees in her head. "There is not a lot of right and wrong in what I paint," she says, relying on intuition and soul to pull and resonate. It is a form of play, a puzzle to be solved, the joyful challenge of discovering the difference between what works and does not. "I stop if it isn't fun." Annalee Johnson is a member of Newburyport Art Association, and an artist member of the Rockport Art Association and the North Shore Art Association. She has shown her work in numerous juried shows earning several honorable mentions and awards for innovation.  
Jenny's tin toy collection will be in the display case for February
Zeppelins and Robots and Elephants Juggling on Bikes - Oh my!! My name is Jenny Patterson and I have collected tin-plated toys for over 20 years. As an affordable alternative to wood toys, thin sheets of steel plated with tin started being manufactured in the mid-19th century. The whirl and pop of a wind-up tin toy delights me every time I hear it. Whether reproductions from the past or rare originals, I collect them all. With over 300 pieces in my collection, I'm delighted to share with you this intricate mechanism in a delightful, if not sometimes, wacky package.

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, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.
The Rowley Book Club will be reading Blood in the water: the Attica Prison uprising of 1971 and its legacy, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History, by Heather Ann Thompson. On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions for four days until the state abruptly decided to retake the prison by force. Thirty-nine men died, and over 100 were severely wounded. Over the next few months, brutal retaliations ensued. No one except prisoners was ever charged. Join us for a discussion of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Pick up a copy in the library, or click here to reserve one. Join us for a discussion on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. Check our web site for future titles
*February's book club meeting was pushed back one week to Thursday, 2/8/18
Tour China (without leaving your chair!) on Saturday, February 17, 10:30 am
Join us for a quick trip to China- just in time for Chinese New Year! Ron Falong is a former tour guide who has been around the world. He will be sharing his photos and travel expertise on a whirlwind tour of this ancient land, the fourth largest country in the world. This program is free and open to the public. Best for ages 10 and up. Bring your questions!
Bruins PJ Drive Feb. 1- March 15
The Rowley Public Library has again teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive's goal is to collect 15,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need. It's hard to imagine that so many kids and teens don't know the comforting feeling of putting on PJs before settling down to sleep, but you can be part of an effort to change that! The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2018 and will accept new pajamas for babies, children and teens. Drop them off at the Rowley Public Library at 141 Main Street
Museum Passes offered for discounted admission
Call early to make a reservation for school vacation week

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.
Genealogy Club - Monday February 12, 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 available are (in library only) and Heritage Quest (access remotely with your Rowley Library bar code).   
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
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                              Duri ng winter  br e a 2/20-22 (1-3pm)  
                                              For grades 3 & up.
                       Please call the library to sign up. 
Space is limited to 10 participants.  

February is African American History Month.   

"The Time is Always Right When You Do What's Right"   MLK

           Come Check out the display in the Children's Room.