The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

January 2018
6th Annual Holiday Basket Raffle 
Congratulations to the winners of the 6th Annual Friends of the Rowley Public Library Basket Raffle. Many of them attended the raffle on December 16 and were able to carry their prize away immediately. For the second year in a row, the raffle raised more money than ever before. The $1,458 raised will fund programs at the Rowley Public Library including the Summer Reading Program, Rowley Reads and children's story hour.
As always, the Basket Raffle is created by the families a nd local businesses who donate the wonderful baskets and gift cards for the gift card tree. This year, the diversity of the basket themes was exciting. Along with perennial favorites like Honey Bees, American Barbeque, The Institution for Savings, and Legos, we welcomed a giant bucket of tools, Harbor Sweets, and a cooking class at EuroStoves in No. Beverly. The prizes were worth almost $2,300. We are thankful to everyone who donated one.
Thank you also to everyone who bought raffle tickets during the season. Please join us at the Library during the year at some of the programs that you made possible.
Michelle Ford
Friends of the Rowley Public Library
Join us for our NEW adult yoga class 

Starting January 17 and continuing on Wednesday evenings, 5:30 to 7 pm in the Community Room, the adult yoga class will be taught by Elissa Shoreman, founder and owner of Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio. This class is appropriate for all fitness levels, modifications are made for beginners and challenges introduced for more advanced practitioners. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. If better fitness, wellness, or mindfulness are among your goals for 2018, yoga is a great practice to try. Poses increase flexibility, strength and balance, and help to focus the mind while expanding the spirit. Classes are $12 each or $10 for members of the Friends of the Rowley Library. No registration required. Questions call 978-948-2850.
Did you know?

The weekly adult yoga class is actually a fundraiser for the Friends of the Rowley Library. Because the students pay a nominal fee to attend the class, and the Friends of the Library pay the instructor, depending on how many students attend each week the Friends keep any extra fees as profit (and agree to subsidize any losses if attendance is low). Since 2007 over $10,000 has been raised. So grab a friend or come make a new one, join us as we increase wellness and decrease stress, and support your library as a bonus! Maura Mastrogiovanni taught this Wednesday evening class for 10 years and is moving on. We wish Maura all the best in her new endeavors!  


Art of Peter McKee at Rowley Public Library
Peter McKee, a long-time resident of Ipswich, graduated from Northeastern, has served in the Army and has worked in sales and marketing. He has been painting since he met his wife, Eileen, 50 years ago. Peter loves color and paints in bright acrylic contemporary designs when he is not reading, his first love. He is represented by the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH. A sample of his work will be on display through January.

Student Art in our Display Case for January
The Pine Grove School Kindergarten students have been designing pinch pots! Students practiced making slab and coils with modeling clay before creating these pieces out of Crayola Model Magic Air Dry Clay. Each is unique in shape and painting style - they are so proud of them! Please enjoy the hard work of these emerging artists! 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, February 1, 6:30 p.m.
 The Rowley Book Club will be reading The queen of the night by Alexander Chee, a New York Times Editor's Choice. Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer's chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. As she mines her memories for clues as to who could have betrayed her, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris. From hippodrome rider to courtesan, from empress's maid to debut singer, she transforms herself amid a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue. Pick up a copy in the library, or click here to reserve one. Join us for a discussion on Thursday, February 1 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.

Did you receive a new device this Holiday season and need help learning how to access free library e-resources? Drop in to the library with the tablet or smartphone and all your passwords and we can help. Or call ahead to make an appointment with a staff member for a tutorial.
Museum Passes offered for discounted admission
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. The knitters took a Holiday Hiatus and will be back starting on Tuesday, January 9.
Genealogy Club - Monday January 8, 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
Click here  for the calendar on Rowley Public Library website. 
Weekly Programs Resume January 8th thru May 14th week.
Checkout our Discovery Kits.  Look for the display in the Children's Room.
* Cooking Club is coming for winter break 2/20-22 (1-3pm) for grades 3 & up.
   Please call the library to sign up, space is limited to 10 participants