The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

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

Chili Cookoff 2017 
Thanks to all chefs, volunteers, judges, musicians and guests who participated in the 13th "Some like it hot!" Chili Cook Off. Thanks especially to St. Mary's Parish in Rowley for hosting us when the weather proved cold and rainy! Winners will be announced shortly.  
All are welcome to attend the next regular meeting of the Friends of the Rowley Library, Wednesday, October 11, 7 pm at the Library. It's a great way to give back to your community and have fun planning future fundraisers and events.  
 
Art of Hilary Baldwin on display
Hilary Baldwin paints in the Boston School tradition; a blend of realism and impressionism, trying to impart a feeling about each piece, rather than describing it in detail. Most of her work is painted "en plein air" in Boston, the North Shore and in Southern France. She worked as a freelance commercial artist for a number of years before deciding that fine art was where her heart was. Hilary is an artist member of the Copley Society of Art in Boston, awarded CA status, an artist member of the Concord Art Association, an artist member of the North Shore Art Association, an associate member of the Guild of Boston Artists, an artist member of the Rockport Art Association and the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vt. A sample of her work will be on display through September.
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, November 2, 6:30 p.m.
The Rowley Book Club will be reading Ghostland: an American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey, one of NPR's Great Reads of 2016. Following ghost stories through old houses and hotels, prisons and hospitals, Dickey is on a journey across America to discover the hidden history left out of textbooks. Pick up a copy in the library or reserve one by clicking here, then join us for a discussion on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm. Check our web site for future titles.
 
Enjoy e-books and audiobooks on your tablet or smartphone with Libby from OverDrive 
OverDrive, the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium e-book 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 e-books. For more information and to view a video demonstration Click Here
 
Museum Passes available for discounted admissions
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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 House of the Seven Gables *, 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.
*Note: The House of the Seven Gables pass is not valid during the month of October 
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 - Special Date - Monday October 2, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on October 2 (usually the 2nd Monday of the month, moved up one week because the Library will be closed for Columbus Day) 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 Ancestry.com (in library only) and Heritage Quest are available for use. 
 
Wi-Fi hotspots available for check out
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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. 
Save the date : Volunteer Fair November 4