The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

January 2017
Movie Madness : Rowley Reels
Saturday, January 7, 1 pm
Florence Foster Jenkins, rated PG-13. The heiress, played by Meryl Streep, longs to become an opera star in 1940s New York, despite possessing a horrible singing voice. With the help and encouragement of her husband (Hugh Grant) and a talented musician (Simon Helberg), she finds a very strange kind of success as a performer and recording artist.
Saturday, January 21, 1 pm
Kubo and the two strings, rated PG. After accidentally summoning an ancient spirit, a young Japanese boy named Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) is separated from his mother and embarks on a journey to discover the truth about his missing father.

Free and open to the public - movie snacks provided
Holiday Basket Raffle fundraiser a success 
  The Friends of the Rowley Library would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their contributions to the 2016 Holiday Basket Raffle Fundraiser: Rowley House of Pizza, American BBQ, Flagship Harbor Advisors, Farmers to You, Body Basics Pilates, Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio, EBSCO Young Adult Book Club, Institution for Savings-Rowley Branch, Country Gardens, Leo's Superbowl, Graf Rink, LaserQuest, Cedarland's aMAZEment Play Center. Thanks also to all the individuals and families who made donations, and to all who purchased tickets! Over $1300 was raised to benefit library programs including the Summer Reading Program, Rowley Reads, kids' yoga, author readings, the monthly book club and more!
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.
Student Art in Display Case for January
This month the Rowley Public Library is featuring works created by the budding artists from Pine Grove School. The display case will display pinch pots crafted by local kindergarteners. They first 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. Please enjoy the hard work of these emerging artists, which will be on exhibit through the month of January
Museum Passes for discounted admission
Two new passes just added to the collection!
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 January 9, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on January 9 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. 
Rowley Library Book Club, Thursday February 2, 6:30 pm
This month we're reading The short and tragic life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. Growing up an African-American male in the slums of Newark was hard, but when Robert Peace got a scholarship to Yale, he thought he'd made it. But the past is hard to leave behind, and he succumbed to the dangers of the street. Pick up a copy at the Rowley Library today, or reserve one by clicking here , then join us for a discussion on Thursday, February 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
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.