The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

February 2017
Bruins PJ drive February 1 - March 15
The Rowley Public Library has 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 10,000 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. We're happy to be part of an effort to change that" said Library Director Pamela Jacobson.
The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2017. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens.
Rowley Reels and more, Saturday, Feb. 4 & 18 
Get out of the house! Join us for some indoor fun. Grab some hot chocolate at our hot chocolate bar, work on a puzzle, do some coloring (both kids and adults!), play a board game, then join us for a movie starting at 1pm.
 
Saturday, February 4, 1 pm
Tom Hanks stars in this portrait of airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, which depicts his successful emergency landing of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River in January 2009. In the aftermath of this unprecedented and heroic feat, the traumatized pilot must endure second-guessing by investigators, the weight of sudden fame, and his own doubts about his actions that fateful day. Anna Gunn, Laura Linney, and Aaron Eckhart co-star. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Rated PG-13.
Saturday, February 18, 1 pm
This biopic of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) traces her journey from the Kampala slum of Katwe, where she is forced to abandon her formal schooling at the age of nine, to the upper echelons of the chess world after she develops an interest in the game at a youth-outreach program run by Robert Katende (David Oyelowo). Lupita Nyong'o co-stars as Mutesi's mother, who worries that her daughter's dreams of becoming a chess champion are a frivolous distraction from real life. Rated PG.

Free and open to the public - movie snacks provided
Three ways to get free e-books and audiobooks for your devices 
 
The MVLC OverDrive collection of e-books and downloadable audiobooks has grown by over 60% and is rolling out a new interface in February. Search for OverDrive in your app store then search for the Rowley Public Library to get started viewing and listening. If you don't find what you're looking for head on over to the Boston Public Library and register for an eCard. The BPL eCard allows you to download and stream books, movies, music and magazines using OverDrive, Hoopla, Zinio, and other vendors. Again, apps may be required for optimal playback. Finally, the Rowley Library participates in the Commonwealth Ebook Collection which includes both popular and scholarly items. You will need your library card and PIN to get started. If you have never changed it, your PIN should be the last 4 digits of your home or main telephone number. Call us or drop by if you need assistance!

Works of artist Douglas W. Johnson on display 
From a distance, Douglas W. Johnson's works, ranging from still lifes to famous landmarks to landscapes, appear to be painted with dots of color, reminiscent of pointillism. But step closer to see they aren't painting at all. Mr. Johnson weaves his masterpieces on unique handmade looms using hundreds of thousands of tiny glass beads, creating truly unique works of art.
Museum Passes for discounted admission
Two new passes just added to the collection!
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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.
Genealogy Club, Monday February 13, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on February 13 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 Ancestry.com (in library only) and Heritage Quest are available for use. 
 
Rowley Library Book Club, Thursday March 2, 6:30 pm
This month we're reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Written as a series of essays to his son reflecting on his life, Coates confronts the history of race in America and how it has shaped our history, often at the cost of black lives. Pick up a copy at the Rowley Library today, or reserve one by clicking here, then join us for a discussion of this National Book Award winner on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Our book group meets the first Thursday of each month, so check our web site for future titles.
  
Wi-Fi hotspots available for check out
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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.