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January Newsletter
Amazing Adventures: Bicycling North of the Arctic Circle
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7:00-8:00. Amateur cyclist Denis Beaudry takes us on a 2,300 mile bicycle tour from Helsinki, Finland to Nordkap, Norway (the unofficial top of the paved world) then biking back to Helsinki via the northern coast.  Funded by the Friends, free and open to the public.
'First Fridays' Series  
Downton Abbey, the Local Edition: Domestic Servants in New England. Friday, Jan. 3 at 10:30.
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.

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.

Both lectures are free and open to the public, generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
Bridge Classes
The fantastic Bob Bonazoli, of the Hamilton Duplicate Bridge Club, teaches bridge class Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:30, Jan. 7- Feb. 25. Seats are limited, registration is required, please call the Reference desk 978-468-5577 or email Rebecca.  The classes are based on Audrey Grant's Bridge Basics, which can be purchased from Bob or checked out of your favorite library.
In this issue
First Fridays series
Bridge Classes
No Parent Left Behind
EReaders & Tablets
WIllow's Walkabout
Mindful Living
Children's Room
Book Clubs
Ongoing programs
Save the Date

 Library Closings:

Tuesday, Dec. 31  

Open 10:00-5:00, Closed January 1.

Closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther  

King Jr. Day,

Monday, January 20.  


 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs II [PG]

 Thursday, Feb. 6  


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No Parent Left Behind: Navigating the Special Education Universe 
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Dr. Susan Brefach speaks about Special Education and defining "Effective Progress".  Effective progress has become a hot topic in special education circles. What is effective progress and how is it measured? How does it affect your child's education and services? And what recourse do parents have when it is not being met or used correctly?  Dr. Brefach has 30 years' experience working with children who have learning difficulties; developmental, emotional, or behavior problems; ADD/ADHD; and Autism Spectrum disorders. This partnership program has been funded by the Hamilton-Wenham Special Education Parents Advisory Council.
EReader / Tablet  Technology Petting Zoo
Thursday, Jan. 23, 3:00-4:30. Rita Gavelis of LibraryAssist will offer a multitude of  
e-readers and tablets for you to come in and try. She will speak briefly on each one and you will have a chance to try each device. She will also answer any question you may have regarding the devices. The devices include the Kindle, IPad, Google Nexus, Kobo and an iphone.  Funded by a grant from Library Services & Technology Act.
Willow's Walkabout
Saturday, Feb. 1, 11:00. Author visit and reading, all ages welcome. Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day and hear the incredible story of the wallaby who escaped from the Stone Zoo in 1990. Meet author Shelia Cunningham and character Willow the wallaby (no live wallaby will be present).
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!
Children's Room
Drop-In Saturday Storytimes at 11:00, perfect for ages 2 and up:
Dads & Donuts: Jan. 18, Feb. 8, & March 8. 30 minutes of stories especially for Dads with children.  The morning concludes with coloring, snacks and social time.
Seasonal Stories & Crafts: Join us Saturday: Jan. 25, Feb. 22 & March 29.

Music & Storytime Jam presented by Lisa Cheney: this music, movement, and story class is for parents and children ages birth to 5 years. Mondays at 10:15 or 11:15, Jan. 6 - Feb. 24, preregistration is requested: 978-468-5489 or to Presented in collaboration with the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant and the Department of Early Education and Care.
Reluctant Readers Therapy Dog Tessie Monday, Jan. 13, 4:00-5:00. Children in K-3rd grade can read to Tessie 1:1, boosting confidence and reading skills. Please come by the Children's Room to register for your slot.
Art Club: for preschool and older, Thursdays at 3:30: Jan. 16, Feb. 13, and March 13.  Drop in to complete a fun art project with Betsy, no experience or registration necessary.  

Winter Weekly Storytime Programs
Registration begins on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10:00 in person at the Children's Room. Classes begin the week of the 27th. A schedule with full details can be found on the Children's Room blog, don't miss out on Baby Bookworms, Music & Movement, Rhythm& Rhyme for preK & K, and Lego-Mania for grades K-2 & grades 3-5.

December recap:  Congratulations to the winners of the November Story Writing contest, we received 20 entries spanning grades 1-6. Read all the stories complete with illustrations on the Children's Room blog
Toto the Tornado Kitten with Zoe was front-page cuteness for the Dec. 19 print edition of the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle, see all 6 wonderful pictures online.
Teen Think Tank meetings Thursday, Jan. 2 & Feb. 6 at 6:30. Stop in to be a part of the future events and happenings for teens.

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.

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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 Jan. 14: "Is That a Clue I See Before Me? Bumbling Sleuths" featuring the likes of Monk and Mrs. Jeffries. February 11 features "Reading the Bones: Forensic Sleuths." Swing by for a list of suggested titles. 
Literary Luncheon meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 11:30 to discuss Still Alice by Lisa Genova. The Feb. 18 title is Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.  Bring your brown-bag lunch, beverages and dessert will be provided.
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 (some exp. required) 
Save the Date:
Peter Stewart book launch When Angles Learn to Fly, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:00.
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.