The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

June 2017

Friends seek three officers/board members to keep organization viable

If you've ever wondered what you could do to make a difference in your community, now's the time! The Friends of the Rowley Public Library need three officers to fill open board seats for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, beginning July 1. Tim Young and Karen Herrick will be stepping down as President and Treasurer, respectively. Sieglinde Aigner-Crooks, Secretary, has announced her candidacy to run for President, thereby leaving the Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President (currently unfilled) seats open. The board operates as the administrative arm of the Friends, overseeing the group's fundraising and volunteer activities, and maintaining the organization's 501(c)3 charitable status.  
Without a fully functioning board, that tax status as a charity - and the future viability of the Friends itself  - could be in jeopardy.
Many of the library's most valued programs are made possible with the support of the Friends, including the Summer Reading Program, discounted Museum passes, weekly yoga classes, a Book Club, lawn care, and much, much more. Meetings currently are held six times a year. If you are interested in running for any of the open positions, please attend the Annual Meeting of the Friends on Wednesday, June 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Local History Room at the library. Email for more information.
2017 Annual Book & Bake Sale a success 
A total of 358 volunteer hours yielded nearly $4,000 again.
Please come support us again next year. Mark your calendar now to check the Library website in March and April for donation/sort and sale dates in 2018 AND, please renew or start your membership for the Friends of the Rowley Library. You received the mailer last month. You can mail in your donation, bring your check to the Library next time you come visit or donate via Paypal. For the full text of the letter from the book sale co-chairs Sieglinde Aigner-Crooks & Katerina Simonoff click here.
New Symphony catalog rolls out 
Things to know about our new catalog:
  • Your PIN reverted to the last four digits of your main phone number during the software migration. If you have trouble logging in give us a call at 978-948-2850.
  • Ebooks and downloadable audio books are now searchable in the main catalog. You don't need to log into OverDrive or the Commonwealth Ebook Collection separately.
  • It's mobile-friendly. Download the BookMyne app and take our catalog on the go.
  • New items are now listed on the first page. You can see the latest fiction, nonfiction, DVDs and more that the Rowley Library has recently added.
  • If you see something you like, put a hold on it. This is the best way to get an item quickly, especially if it's new. All libraries now share items as quickly as they get them, so there will be less waiting for popular titles.
We are happy to help! Anytime you need assistance accessing any library resource give us a call or stop by. Or call ahead and make an appointment for some one-on-one tutorials.
Build a Better World! Adult Summer Reading begins June 5
This year we're making it simple! 1. Sign up for our Adult Summer Reading program. 2. Fill out a slip for each book you read or listen to. 3. Turn in the slips to be entered into our Prize Drawing. That's it! All books must be completed by August 31, but we will accept slips through Sept. 2. Prize Winners will be chosen by drawing after Sept. 2. The winner will choose: a Kindle Fire or a gift certificate to a local book store. Build a Better World is sponsored by the Rowley Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Works of artist Alan Bull on display  
Alan Bull is an artist, teacher and illustrator based in Newburyport. Originally from Old Town, Maine, Alan received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art and his work is in numerous public and private collections. His paintings have appeared in the Martha Blog, Houzz, Architectural Digest, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, House Beautiful and many other publications. His work will be on display through June.  
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. The display case is available for a month at a time, and we still have slots open for 2017. For more information, call Amy Roderick at 978-948-2850
Museum Passes for discounted admission
Call ahead during the busy summer vacation
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 978-948-2850 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 June 12, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on June 12 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.