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March Newsletter
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Friends Preview Sale Friday, March 21, 6-8; Public Sale Saturday, March 22, 9-3; Continuing: Monday 24 -Thursday 27: 10-8.
Our Fabulous Friends have been sorting, boxing and storing all manner of excellent bargains for children, teens and adults. Topics range from fiction to nonficiton, biography to self-help, scifi, beach reads and more. Formats include hardcover, paperback, board books, DVD, CDs and some maps. Friday, March 21 is the Friends Preview Sale, if you aren't a member, please join at the door to participate in this pre-sale buying event.  
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.
In this issue
First Fridays series
Behind Every One: Special Needs
Digital Drop-Ins
Teen News
Children's Room
Book Clubs
Ongoing programs
April Dates: Fly Fishing, Ipswich River & Clams!


Ender's Game [PG-13]

Saturday, March 1



Book Thief [PG-13]

Thursday, March 13

10:15-12:30 & again



Saving Mr. Banks

Saturday, March 29

1:00-3:15   [PG-13]

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'First Fridays' Series
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.

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday!
Author Doug Stewart presents The Boy Who Would be Shakespeare: A Tale of Forgery and Folly. Friday, April 4, 10:30. In London in the winter of 1795, a 19 year old clerk named William-Henry Ireland pretended he discovered an unknown play in Shakespeare's handwriting while rummaging in an old trunk. He hoped to impress his chilly, Shakespeare-worshiping
 father, instead, he caused a public sensation. Scholars, dukes, the future king, the poet laureate -people who should have known better- were overjoyed. Copies of the title are available right now for check out. 
All lectures are free and open to the public, generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
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.
Digital Drop-Ins 
Every Thursday in March from 3:00-4:00.  Pop by for individual instruction on how to download ebooks and audiobooks to your devices and how the Overdrive system works.
Teen Think Tank meetings Thursday, March 13 (note date change!) & April 3 at 6:30. Stop in to be a part of the future events and happenings for teens.

Poetry Contest Accepting Submissions 
Put on your poet's hat and gear up for the Library's 4th annual Themed Teen Poetry Contest, the Library's teen advisory board chose "Technology" as the theme. 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, and welcomes 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.
Children's Room
Chess for Kids is Back!  4 Mondays in March: 3, 10, 17, 24 3:30-4:30. Designed for players of all levels in 1-6th grade to learn the game, or sharpen your skills. Registration is required, former students welcome.
Dads & Donuts  Saturday, March 8 at 11:00. Celebrate the coming of Spring with 30 minutes of stories especially for Dads with children ages 2 and older.  The morning concludes with coloring, snacks and social time.
Tessie Paws to Read Monday, March 31 & Thursday, April 17, 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, sign up with the Children's Librarian.  
Art Club for preschool and older, Thursday March 13 at 3:30. Drop in for a fun art project with Betsy, no experience or registration necessary. 
Rhythm & Rhyme Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 for preschool and kindergarten ages.  This 45 minute story program 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. Wednesdays in March, 3:00-4:00: Grades K-2, March 5 & 19, Grades 3-5: March 12 & 26.  
'Celebrate Creativity' Storytime and Mega Craft Saturday, March 29, 11:00. Bring your smock and old clothes, we'll be painting with everything but a brush! Hear some inspiring stories and then cut loose with your own ideas.  Create an artwork to take home and contribute to a larger cooperative artwork that will stay in the Children's room for the month of April. This storytime is appropriate for children ages two and older.
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 March 11th 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. April 8th meeting theme is: "Ain't Got No Body: Cozy Mysteries."
Literary Luncheon meets on Tuesday, March 18 at 11:30.  The Light Between Oceans is up for discussion, followed by Chris Bohjalian's The Light in the Ruins for April 15. (Shapiro's The Art Forger is too popular to get in enough copies, so it has been bumped again.) 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 1:30-4:30 (some exp. required) 
Aquatic April & Other Reasons to 'Save the Date':
Fly Fishing Class-Workshop, Tuesday, April 8 & 15, click here for details.
Friends Annual Meeting: Hank Phillippi Ryan Tuesday, April 29, 7:30, click here for details.
The Humble Clam, with food historian Joe Carlin, Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00. Details forthcoming.