The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

September 2016
Human Libraries honored at Library Birthday Party and Anniversary Celebration
Twelve Human Libraries were honored for their stories, knowledge, and experience at the Rowley Public Library on Saturday, August 20, as part of the 125th Anniversary Celebration. The Library was founded in 1891. Back row L-R: Jack Grundstrom, Henry Wilson, George Pacenka, Ellen Peabody, Anna Todd, G. Robert Merry. Seated L-R: Bryce Porter, John D. "Jack" Winninghoff, Doris Bradstreet, Joan Lyons, Hermayne Gordon. Not pictured: Aleta Budd. Citations were presented from the State House of Representatives, State Senate, and Governor Baker to Library Trustee Chair Margaret Lemelin, with Rep. Brad Hill and Library Director Pamela Jacobson, with Dick Curran from Sen. Bruce Tarr's office.
Hundreds show their support by giving the Library a 'hug.'


125 years of Rowley Library history are on display in the lobby display case  
Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks
Saturday September 24, 1 PM 
We continue to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Rowley Free Public Library with an event that mesmerized the populace at that time - the horrific axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. The Delvena Theatre Company will be presenting Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main Street, Rowley, on Saturday, September 24, at 1:00 PM. On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious ax murders of her father and stepmother. This true unsolved mystery has fascinated people for over 100 years. The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie and deciding her guilt or innocence. Did she or didn't she? You be the judge! The Delvena Theatre Company has performed at various venues, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts, and has been nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards.  Come early- seating is limited!  
Historical Labor Posters on exhibit 
Through September, the Rowley Public Library will be hosting "Workers' Struggles: An International Poster Exhibit," Coming on the heels of the Verizon strike, one of the largest strikes in the US in recent years, this exhibit gives a visual display of many of the struggles workers have encountered in trying to secure decent wages and working conditions. The posters are from a collection of more than 6300 owned by Stephen Lewis, himself a retired union leader and continuing activist. Collected from a number of countries, the posters display a range of graphic art styles and address many different issues. The posters are accompanied by placards that give the background on the poster and translate into English where necessary. This project is supported in part by IBEW Local 103, Roofers Local 33, and Asbestos Workers Local 6
Adult Summer Reading
Exercise Your Mind - Read! Turn in by Sept. 10
Are you playing Bingo?  All reading or activities must be completed by August 31 in order to qualify.  Don't like a square? Get a new one! If you have 1 square left to complete a row and earn Bingo, and you HATE that square, pick a new square from the jar at the front desk.  
Get Bingo and you will be entered into our grand prize drawing: a Fitbit Flex or a Kindle Fire.  You have until Saturday, September 10 to get your Bingo cards stamped and entered in the Grand Prize drawing.
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.
Genealogy Club, Monday September 12, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Feel free to join us from 6-8 PM on September 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. 
Rowley Library Book Club, Thursday September 1, 6:30 pm
The Rowley Book Club is starting its fall season! We are currently reading Euphoria by Lily King, w inner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize and the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction. Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King. We have copies available at the library, or you may reserve one here, then join us for a discussion on Thursday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m.  Pick up next month's title, Empress Dowager Cixi : the concubine who launched modern China by Jung Chang.
Museum passes for discounted admissions
movie-tickets-red.jpg Passes offered include: Museum of Science, the Peabody-Essex Museum, Zoo New England, Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Children's Museum, the Wenham Museum and the Massachusetts State Park parking pass. Call 978-948-2850 to make your reservations today! Sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Library, the Rowley Cultural Council, and an anonymous donor.
Wi-Fi hotspots available for check out
The Rowley Public Library will 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. 
Celebrate Banned Books Week September 25 - October 1
Learn more at the  American Library Association Banned & Challenged Books site