The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

September 2017
Chili Cookoff on the Common 
The 13th bi-annual Friends of the Rowley Library Chili Cookoff on the Common is set for Saturday, September 30 from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00pm. This popular community event will feature a judged chili competition, live music from multiple bands, a beer garden, raffles, and kids activities. Sponsorships are available at the Habanero ($2,000), Serrano ($500) and JalapeƱo ($250) levels. All amateur and professional chili cooks are invited to participate. Categories include Red Chili, Green Chili, Vegetarian and People's Choice. There's no cost to enter, but registration is required.
For more information or to get involved with planning or volunteering at this wonderful family friendly event, drop us a line at or call Sieglinde (aka Siegi) Aigner-Crooks at 978-412-6202. Our next planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7 pm at the Rowley Library, 141 Main St. 
Live music provided by the youth performers of the Be Imagine Music Studio of Haverhill from 2-3:30 pm

Headliner The Orville Giddings Band will provide Rock & Roll/ R&B, Soul, Country Funk and Boogie that will make you shake your booty and grin like a monkey.
Thank you to current sponsors and supporters: Institution for Savings,  FirstIpswich, Iron Tree Service, Rowley Realty, MountainOne Bank, Flagship Harbor, Choice Graphics, Rowley Family Dental, and Village Pancake House

Art of Jan Roy on display
Jan V. Roy began her artistic career as a silk-screen artist in 1979, when she received her first commission from the Portland Symphony Orchestra. For 25 years she designed and printed over 40 posters for various cultural organizations including The Nature Conservancy, The New England Conservatory and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, for whom she designed an annual poster from 1982 to 2000. Jan's highly successful Brooklyn Bridge Centennial poster crystallized attention on her talent, resulting in one-man shows in Rome, Italy and Paris, France. She also maintained a notecard company, Salt Marsh Graphics. In 1999 Jan turned her attention to painting. She quickly moved on from pastels to acrylics and oil, and now works almost exclusively in oil. 

This month in the display case
Rowley resident Susan Elwell will be bringing us memories of growing up in Rowley through pictures and memorabilia. Susan remembers being a fifth grader and attending the then brand new Pine Grove School. Find out what's changed and what's stayed the same! 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, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The Rowley Book Club will be reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award. Lotto and Mathilde are young, glamorous, and in love. Decades later, they are still a couple envied by their friends, but as their story unfolds through multiple perspectives, as their secrets they keep from others and each other are revealed, their marriage emerges in all its beauty and flaws. Pick up a copy in the library or reserve one by clicking here, then join us for a discussion on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. Check our web site for future titles.
Take a statewide library survey - you could win an ipad 

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners would like to know: what do you need from your library and how can we make your library experience better? Act quickly - survey closes September 8.
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 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.
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.
Genealogy Club, Monday September 11, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on September 11 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.