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February Newsletter
Willow's Walkabout
author visit and reading, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11:00, suitable for all ages.  Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day with a special author reading: hear the incredible story of Willow the wallaby who escaped from the Stone Zoo in 1990. Meet author Shelia Cunningham and Willow the wallaby character (no live wallaby will be present). National Take Your Child to the Library Day is designed to open the door to a life time of literacy and learning possibilities.  


'First Fridays' Series  
Downton Abbey, the Local Edition: Domestic Servants in New England.   *Rescheduled to March* (Thank you for your inquiries!) See below for details.

40 Shades of Green: Travels in Ireland. Friday, Feb. 7 at 10:30. Joe Carlin returns with another colorful travelogue recording some highlights of his trip with special emphasis on Joe's favorite subjects: pubs, food, markets, gardens, and street life in Galway, Cork and Dublin. Perfect for armchair travelers, planning or remembering a trip, or just escaping from February.

Rounders to Baseball: A History Friday, March 7 at 10:30.  From opening day to last 'out' at the World Series, baseball has excited and exasperated generations of its fans. Trace the game's evolution from 19th century townball to the formation of professional leagues and the emergence of baseball's greats, with a focus on New England.

All lectures are free and open to the public, generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
In this issue
WIllow's Walkabout
Children's Room
New Periodicals
Mindful Living
Peter Stewart
Book Clubs
Downton Abbey
Behind Every One: Special Needs
Ongoing programs
Save the Date

 Library Closings:

Closed in observance of Presidents' Day,

Monday, February 17.  



 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs II [PG]

 Thursday, Feb. 6  


Ender's Game [PG-13]

Saturday, March 1


Book Thief [PG-13]

Thursday, March 13

10:15-12:45 & again


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Whalemobile! Thursday, Feb. 20, 3:00.  Join us to hear Cynde McInnis & experience her life-size 43-foot inflatable Humpback whale named Nile. Children in K-6th grade are invited to listen to a presentation then tour the inside of a whale's belly to explore the vertebrae, heart, lungs, stomach, esophagus, and ribs from inside.  There is also opportunity for hands-on examination of bones, baleen, and other artifacts. Space is limited, registration is required.
Teen Think Tank meetings Thursday, Feb. 6 & March 6 at 6:30. Stop in to be a part of the future events and happenings for teens.

Poetry Contest Announced
Put on your poet's hat and gear up for the Library's 4th annual Themed Teen Poetry Contest which begins February 1.  The Library's teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, chose "Technology" as the theme for 2014, from a list of themes submitted at the 2013 poetry reception.  Two cash prize winning categories: grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.  Honorable mentions will be awarded.
Contest ends on April 30, 2014. Finalists will be notified by phone or email on or about May 8th. Please review the rules carefully before submitting, pop by or view them online.

The Minecraft Club is run by teens, for all ages who play well with others. The club meets every Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:30 in the Library.  Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft membership, beginners and advanced players are welcome.

Valentine's 'Meet and Greet', Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 2:00-4:00 Stop by to meet your elected officials. Come meet the Trustees, have a cookie and punch, talk about your favorite books and let us know your thoughts. All are welcome.  
New, Improved Periodicals Subscriptions 
The Library is pleased to announce we have10 new subscriptions which brings our total subscriptions up to 142. A pdf document is attached so you can browse the collection for the general public, young adult and children's magazines.  The most recent issue stays in the Library for everyone to enjoy, the older issues can be checked out for one week and renewed for an additional week. New subscriptions include: Entertainment Weekly, Make, Men's Health, Northshore, On the Water, Seventeen, Urban Farm, Vegetarian Times and Yoga Journal.  Back issues of many magazines can be requested from other libraries, or found online via the InfoTrack database - you might want scroll down to the 'Popular Magazines' search first, there are many categories to choose from.
"What, Me Tilly?" image used with generous artist permission, (c) Fred Stesney
Mindful Living and Stress Reduction, presented by Sally Palmer of Revive Mindfulness, 2 sessions: For Seniors: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 10:30-11:30 AM: Embrace each day fully and with joy. For Parents: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7:00-8:00 PM: Be totally present in your child's life. Sally Palmer introduces you to Mindfulness: living in the moment and quieting your 'busy' mind. Improve your awareness of thoughts and emotions, which results in clarity of thinking.
Both workshops are free and open to the public, so bring a friend!
Peter Stewart Book Launch: When Angels Learn to Fly  Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 7:00-8:00. Writer, performer, and composer Peter Stewart brings us When Angels Learn to Fly. "Little Tucker finds himself lost, and tries to find his way in a mysterious world. This book speaks to the lost child in all of us, calls us to accept the search as part of the journey, and believe that only by being lost and questioning can we truly find the ultimate purpose - to follow the path that God has laid out for us."
Children's Room
Dads & Donuts Feb. 8, & March 8 at 11:00.  30 minutes of stories especially for Dads with children ages 2 and older.  The morning concludes with coloring, snacks and social time.
Train Stories & Craft Join us Saturday Feb. 22 at 11:00 for a Train story time.  Perfect for ages two and up, no registration required.
Tessie Paws to Read Monday, Feb.10, 4:00-5:00.  Tessie, our 3 year old Labradoodle Certified Therapy Dog, invites you to "Paws To Read".  Anyone who wants to practice reading, is an emerging reader, or who wants to gain confidence by sitting back and relaxing with a comforting, non-judgmental presence, please sign-up with the Children's Librarian.  
Art Club: for prechool and older, Thursdays at 3:30: Feb. 13, and March 13. Drop in to complete a fun art project with Betsy, no experience or registration necessary.  
Time for Teeth! Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10:30. Celebrate
National Children's Dental Health Month with local dentist Dr. Priscilla Magnuson. Enjoy stories and songs about teeth and dentists. Children will each have a chance to practice brushing on Skyler the horse! All ages welcome, no registration required, open to the public at no charge.
Baby Bookworms for newborn to 18 months, Fridays at 10:15 or 11:15, registration required.  Sue Shepard leads us in 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays. Children must be accompanied by their caregiver, alternate care for siblings is encouraged.
Rhythm & Rhyme Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 for preschool and kindergarten ages.  This 45 minute story progarm is lead by Xenda Laramie and includes stories and a craft.  Registration required.
Legomania!  Join our Lego group and create your masterpiece, share your ideas, work individually or as a team.  This is a non-robotics, non-competitive program created to share the joy of Legos. Grades K-2, 3:00-4:00 Wednesdays: Feb. 12, March 5 & 19.  Grades 3-5, 3:00-4:00 Wednesdays: Feb. 26, March 12 & 26. 

For more information contact Lorraine Der, Children's Librarian at 978-468-5577 or check the Children's Room blog
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Book Clubs  
Mystery Mayhem meets on the 2nd Tuesday at 10:30. Join us to explore mystery & suspense, can you solve the mini-mystery of the day? The theme for Feb. 11: "Reading the Bones: Forensic Sleuths" featuring chillers by Patricia Cornwell, Iris Johansen, Kathy Reichs and Jefferson Bass. The theme for March is "The Queen is Not Amused: Victorian Sleuthing" with titles from Anne Perry, Kate Ross and others. Swing by for a complete list of genres and suggested titles. 
Literary Luncheon meets on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 The title is Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. March's title has been changed to The Light Between Oceans, (The Art Forger has been bumped to April, instead.) Bring your brown-bag lunch, beverages and dessert will be provided.
Downton Abbey, Local Edition:
Domestic Servants in New England

Wednesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm. 
Jennifer Pustz, author and museum historian at Historic New England, discusses her book Voices From the Back Stairs, focusing on the lives of New England domestic servants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Funded by the Friends of the HWPL.
Behind Every One
Saturday, March 8, 12:00-2:00.  In May, the Mass. Poetry Festival will be including a presentation of the poetry of Special Needs Families, called Behind Every One.  The program will feature the original poetry written by family, friends, and support people of the Special Needs Community. We are seeking submissions of poetry about the special needs experience from people who know it intimately, and we would love to hear from you.  If you have poetry you've already written, feel free to send it to the contact below. If you've thought about writing, please join us at the workshop.  For questions or submissions:  Lisa Golda Shields.
Ongoing Programs
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Infants Group-  Mondays 11-1
Knitting- Mondays 12-2.
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Toddlers Group- Wednesdays 10-12
Cribbage- Thursdays 10-12
Bridge- Wednesdays 10-12, and Fridays 1:30-4:30 (some exp. required) 
Save the Date:
Boating Safety Course: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 March 4- April 15, $60 fee for materials. Register directly with Mr. Mason: 978-468-4824.
Our Fabulous Booksale: Friends Preview Sale Friday, March 21, 6-8; Public Sale Saturday, March 22, 9-3; Continuing Booksale: Monday-Thursday 10-8.
Friends Annual Meeting: Hank Phillippi Ryan Tuesday, April 29, 7:30.