The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

May 2017
The Rowley Public Library's Annual Book & Bake Sale will be happening May 5-7 2017
Rowley Library Book Sale Bakers WANTED :) !
We need your baking talents and donations for May 6th and 7th. Becky Ewell, one of the local Girl Scout troup leaders is organizing the girls to sell your donations. All money raised goes to pay for library programs to benefit everyone. Drop your donations at the Library Friday evening May 5th (during the preview and Friends member book sale 5:30pm to 7:00pm) or Saturday and Sunday morning (May 6th and 7th). Please let me know what you can bake for your Library. No nuts preferred. Happy baking! Please contact Sieglinde at 978 412620 or Thank you!
Please  click here to volunteer at the Book Sale. 
Candidate's Meet and Greet May 4 at 7 pm
The Rowley Public Library will host a Meet and Greet for candidates for local government on Thursday, May 4, at 7 pm. This is a chance for voters to learn about the candidates for local office, both in town government and the Triton Regional School District. The Town Election will be Tuesday, May 9, from noon to 8 pm at St. Mary's Church, 202 Main St. The event will be recorded by Rowley Community Media for later viewing by those unable to attend. The Library is located at 141 Main St. and is fully accessible. For more information please call Library Director Pamela Jacobson at 978-948-2850 or
Annual Friends Membership Appeal
Friends Logo Members Needed! What better way to offer your hand in support of your library than to join the Friends of the Rowley Public Library, or renew your membership? Through your generosity, the Friends are able to provide great programs that benefit the library community. Won't you help us continue our mission to support one of Rowley's best resources... your public library? Look in your mailbox this week for our annual membership appeal, or click here to donate online safely and securely through PayPal. Membership dues are $25 individual/$50 family/$10 seniors and students, although we accept donations in an amount. And remember, Friends get first dibs at the Annual Book Sale this Friday, May 5th, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Thank you!
Merrimack Valley Library Consortium - Symphony Press Announcement
Turn up the volume-Symphony ® delivers a great performance for the Rowley Public Library!
Whether you like to browse our on-site collection or download the newest bestseller, the Rowley Public Library and the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium are proud to announce Symphony®, our expanded online software that will be music to your ears! Starting May 18th, Symphony lets you start exploring and find what you love without missing a beat.
Symphony brings harmony to your library experience: improved search functions, personalized lists and suggestions, multiple language capabilities, 24/7 mobile-friendly accessibility, and online payments for fees, fines, and lost materials are now all at your fingertips.
It's easy to get started. Beginning May 18th, anyone with a current library card will be able to check out all that Symphony has to offer, simply by logging in to our online catalog via the library's home page. Don't have a library card? Anyone in our community can visit us during regular business hours with a current photo ID and proof of residency to register for a library card-your ticket to the library's ever-expanding collection of books, ebooks, audio books, music, videos, magazines, and more.
Library staff will be available to assist anyone needing help with the new catalog, just stop in or give us a call!
Because of the migration, the Library catalog will have limited functionality from May 15 to May 17. There will be no new library cards issued and no holds placed on library materials (not including museum passes or hotspots).
Works of artist Lorrie Berry on display  
Local artist Lorrie Berry is an imaginative painter who is driven by a passion for self-expression through abstract art. Her works are often noted for their unique style and technique and a keen sense of color. Lorrie is an artist member of NAWA (National Association of Women Artists), Rockport Art Association / Experimental Group, Abstract Artists Group of New England, and Rocky Neck Art Colony
On Display at Rowley Public Library
This month in our display case, the Rowley Senior Center is celebrating Older Americans Month. In the next 25 years, 1 in 5 Americans will be an older adult. Check out all that your senior center has going on! Their newsletter is also online at If you have a hobby or interest you'd like to share with the community, please give us a call at 978-948-2850.
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 978-948-2850 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 May 8, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on May 8 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 June 1, 6:30 pm
June is classics month. In crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's iconic first novel, The Big Sleep, a dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.  Pick up a copy at the Rowley Library today, or reserve one by clicking here, then join us for a discussion on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Our book group meets the first Thursday of each month, so check our web site for future titles. After June's discussion the Book Club will go on hiatus for the summer and resume in September.     
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.