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Cheap Dates at the Library: Museum Discounts
Totally free admission:
Pretty cheap: ($3-$5 per adult)

Want to go? Call the Reference Desk (468-5577) to reserve your pass or go online: please move through all 5 screens to complete your reservation.  Thank you to the Friends for the generous funding which provides these discount opportunities.
In This Issue
Teen Events
Children's Room
Elder Insider Series
Early Childhood Partners
Creative Gardens
Wireless Printing & ScanPro
3D Printer: Help Wanted
Ongoing programs

Saturday Movies:

Beautiful Creatures  

[PG-13] June 1, 1-3.


Warm Bodies [PG-13]

June 8, 1:30-3:15.


Jack the Giant Slayer


June 22, 1-3. 

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Teen News
Congrats to the fabulous 49 students who submitted poems and the 7 courageous winners who read their poem aloud to an appreciative audience at the 3rd Annual Poetry Contest Reception. To read all the winning poems, visit the Informed Teens Blog.

The next Teen Think Tank meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 6:30-7:45 pm.  The TTT works with the Young Adult Librarian to improve the collection and to create programs & services designed specifically for teens.

Summer programs are gearing up, check on the blog for a complete lineup for June, July & August. Summer reading lists are also there, linked to the catalog.

Back by popular demand: Babysitting Certification by the Red Cross on Thursday, June 27 from 10-5. For students 11 years of age and older, the cost is $85 and payable by check when you register at the Reference Desk. Students must bring a bag lunch, a drink & a pencil.  Details are on the Informed Teens blog.

Macro Photography Workshop & Exhibit Thursday, July 11, 2-3:30 pm. Join Toni Carolina for a two-part photography and exhibit workshop on macro and close up photography. The exhibit is Thursday, July 25 from 2-3.  Bring a camera with a macro lens (or function), and a tripod or two bags of rice or beans to steady the shots.  This workshop is free, open to teens 12-18 years old (or entering grades 6-12 in 2013). There is a 12 student limit and registration is required: contact the Reference desk at 978-468-5577 or email Kim at [email protected].
For more information contact Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian at [email protected] or call 978-468-5577 X14.
Children's Room   
The Friends are at it again!  They're hosting another one-day only Children's Book Sale to celebrate the start of the summer on Wednesday, June 26 from 11:00am-7:00pm.  Family movies are also playing that day: 
The Pirates! Band of Misfits [PG] 1:00-2:30 and Escape from Planet Earth [PG] 3:00-4:30.  
The Topsfield Fair presents Growums Friday, June 21 from 1:00-2:00.  Add some flavor to your garden: grow your own Pizza garden, Taco garden, or Herb garden. Designed for ages 4 and up, all materials provided at no charge by the generosity of the Topsfield Fair. Space is limited, register now, in person with the Children's Librarian .
Summer Reading Registration begins on Monday, June 24: Swing by to pick up your summer reading log, timesheet and a schedule of all the fabulous summer events. 

Photography Workshops Child with camera

Saturday, June 29: 1:00-2:00 for grades 1st-3rd, 

2:00-3:00 for grades 4th - 6th. 

Professional photographer Toni Carolina shows you the hottest tips, tricks and techniques.  Space is limited, in-person registration is required  & opens June 12. 
Eat My Dust!  Monday, July 1, 6:30-7:30. Charlie Williams is a mud-slingin', noise makin' kids comedian. See the story of Henry Ford's first car race, learn to imitate a dirt bike and monster truck, and more! Free and open to the public, bring a friend! Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding this program.

Questions?  Stop by, or call 468-5577 x13, or email Lorraine Der, Children's Librarian at [email protected].  

Elder Insider: Aging in the 21st Century

The Elder Insider presents an overview of today's senior living.  This FREE informative series will explore the issues effecting boomers and seniors in different areas of retirement. Come to one, two or all three. Registration is required, refreshments will be served. RSVP to the Hamilton-Wenham Library at 978-468-5577 or by email to Rebecca at [email protected].


Thursday, June 6,  6 - 7:30pm. Fun & Finances: The Cost of Today's Senior Living. Protect your assets, enjoy retirement and don't outlive your money!

Thursday, June 13,  6 - 7:30pm. The 411 on Senior Living Choices: Whether you want to down-size, re-locate, or are just curious, this seminar will explain all the choices out there today.

Thursday, June 20,  6 - 7:30pm.  Aging-in-Place: What's available for in-home care services, the costs, and how to choose what is right for you.

Early Childhood Partners
ECP presents: Essential Skills of Parenting with Cynthia Griffin and Evalyn Lawnsby, Co-Directors, The Family Network, Inc.  This free series is for parents of young children, birth - age 8.  Join us Monday evenings from 6:30-8 for a three part series: June 10: Understanding Behavior: Why do children do the things they do? & Reflective Listening: An essential skill for preventing challenging behaviors. 
June 17: Fine Tuning Your Communication Style: Address challenging behaviors you can't prevent & Positive Discipline: Time out and more strategies.              June 24: Putting it All Together & Troubleshooting: I'm using the skills, why aren't they working?  
To register call Early Childhood Partners 978-468-5489 or email Cynthia: [email protected]
Creative Gardens
Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30-8 pm.  Chet Stentiford, the host of Saugus Public TV's Creative Gardens presents an informative evening covering lawn and garden issues, garden design & layout, and much more. Guest expert Darron Jalbert will talk of organic vegetable gardening. Stentiford has received awards at the Boston Flower Show, and has been in business as 'Horticultural Services' for over 30 years and authored Hidden Gardens of Marblehead. Jalbert is the founder/owner of 'Backyard Veggie Garden', specializing in residential organic and GMO-free food crop gardening. Jalbert is also ServSafe Certified and a member of the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts. Free and open to the public.
Wireless Printing & ScanPro
In an effort to continually improve our services, we are very pleased to offer wireless printing at the Library.  This is a great enhancement for those who currently use the Library's wireless Internet with laptops and other devices.

The Library has preserved The Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle on microfilm since 1958 to give the public access to this important and crucial source of local news information.  We recently replaced our old, inoperable microfilm reader with a new ScanPro 2000.  Our patrons, including local boards and committees who need to search for information about Hamilton and Wenham will benefit by this new machine.  The advantage also extends to patrons who obtain microfilm or microfiche from other libraries through interlibrary loan.  For example, the Boston Public Library currently owns 163,000 rolls of microfilm and 2.5 million microfiche. Writers and researchers often request microfilm from other libraries in order to complete their projects.
3D Printer: Help Wanted
The Director is seeking a skilled professional volunteer who can spearhead our potential acquisition of a 3D printer. This spectacular person would serve as our champion for the project, answer our multitude of questions, and (potentially) see us through purchase, setup, and the first several months of public introductions and train-the-trainer sessions.  Sense of humor required.
Interested persons should contact Jan Dempsey, Library Director at [email protected] or 978-468-5577.
Ongoing Programs
Chess- Mondays 10-12
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Toddlers Group-  Mondays 11-1
Knitting- Mondays 12-2
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Infants Group- Tuesdays 10-12
Bridge- Wednesday 10-12 (some exp. required)
Cribbage- Thursday 10-12
...Yet More Bridge- Fridays 1:30-4 (some exp. required)