The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

November 2017
The Rowley Public Library is participating in
The Walden Woods Project

Chili Cookoff 2017 
The net proceeds from the 13th bi-annual chili cookoff were about $4,000 (a few bills are still outstanding). Thanks again to all our awesome volunteers, supporters, sponsors, donors, chefs and committee for an amazing community event. We will use the winter months to write up a manual for future events of this kind. An additional idea that has been mentioned is a Caribbean Festival. Please share your ideas for a fall outdoor event! Click here to read a thank you from the event co-chairs, see the full list of sponsors, and read about the winners!  
The Friends bi-monthly meeting has been moved to the first Tuesday of every other month at 7:00pm at our Rowley Library. The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 5th, 2017
Notan Art on Display in November
This month the Rowley Public Library is hosting art created by local students from Pine Grove. Notan is a design element used for creating composition in art. The Japanese use the term 'Notan' to describe an important element of design involving the play of light versus dark. Students first learned about positive space and negative space and saw examples of artwork displaying both elements. They then created their own to share. See what it's all about!
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. 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, December 7, 6:30 p.m.
The Rowley Book Club will be reading In the Darkroom by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Susan Faludi, a memoir tracing the author's attempt to reconcile the silent, estranged father she remembers with the person she discovers living in Hungary who has undergone sex reassignment surgery. So begins her search for the meaning of identity in our modern world as she tries to answer the question: do you choose your identity, or is it something you can't escape? Click here to reserve your copy or pick one up in the library and join us for a discussion on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. Check our web site for future titles.  
New Friends of the Rowley Library Mug available 
We have beautiful mugs for sale at the Library for $10.
Come get yours in time for enjoying a big mug of your favorite hot beverage. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Rowley Public Library 

Museum Passes available for discounted admissions
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.
Adult Yoga Class Wednesdays 5:30 - 7 pm
Students are led through a series of stretches, strengthening and balancing postures, twists and inversions by certified yoga instructor Maura Mastrogiovanni. No registration is required, and all fitness levels are welcome. Bring a mat if you have one and wear comfortable clothes. Class meets every Wednesday evening from 5:30-7 pm at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St. Sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Library, cost for students is $12 or $10 for Friends members. Call 978-948-2850 for more information.
Genealogy Club - Monday November 13, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on November 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 (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.