The newsletter of the Friends of the Rowley Public Library

Summer 2017
Sea level rise: the Plum Island story Thursday, Aug. 24 @ 7pm
During the winter of 2012-2013 close to a third of the houses on Plum Island's southern primary dune were lost or damaged and the island sustained the most concentrated area of damage in all of New England. Responses to the destruction set a precedent in the ongoing debate about homeowners' rights and environmental policy in the new era of sea level rise and more frequent and powerful storms. Bill Sargent is a consultant for the NOVA science series on PBS and the author of 20 books about science and the environment. His most recent books have dealt with the effects of sea level rise in places like New Orleans, Florida and on Cape Cod. He will present stunning drone footage of the human tragedy on Plum Island at the Rowley Public Library on August 24 at 7pm. 
"In the end, Plum Island: 4000 years on a Barrier Beach puts a human face on the larger story of how coastal communities must inevitably come to grips with the impact of Sea level rise on our ever-warming planet."  

13th Chili Cook Off September 30, 2017
on Rowley's Historic Town Common, 2 - 6 pm
Start dusting off your best chili recipes. The 13th "Some Like it Hot!" Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday September 30 from 2 - 6 pm on the historic Rowley Town Common. If you'd like to help with the planning or volunteer at this wonderful family friendly event drop us a line at Sponsorship opportunities are available. Check our website for more information. 
All are welcome to attend the next planning meeting, August 29, 7 pm at the Library
Build a Better World! Adult Summer Reading ends 8/31 
This year we're making it simple! 1. Sign up for our Adult Summer Reading program. 2. Fill out a slip for each book you read or listen to. 3. Turn in the slips to be entered into our Prize Drawing. That's it! All books must be completed by August 31, but we will accept slips through Sept. 2. Prize Winners will be chosen by drawing after Sept. 2. The winner will choose: a Kindle Fire or a gift certificate to a local book store. Build a Better World is sponsored by the Rowley Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Just a few more weeks of summer vacation
Take advantage of a museum pass for discounts
Passes 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, 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.


Rowley Library Book Club resumes September 7
The Rowley Book Club is starting its fall season!  We are currently reading The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1962. Father Hugh Kennedy, Catholic priest and recovering alcoholic, returns to Boston to regain his vocation, where he encounters the boisterous Carmody family. This sensitive novel shattered cultural stereotypes of priests and parish life at the time. Join us for a discussion on Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. New members please email moderator Carla Panciera, to get a copy of the book.