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Jon Way Coydog

Suburban Howls: 

Tracking the Eastern Coyote in Urban  


Tuesday, March 5, 7-9 pm. Presented by author Dr. Jonathan Way

The coyote is a remarkable animal, being one of the only carnivores to actually increase its range and distribution in the past one hundred years. Coyotes have taken over as top predator in all environments in New England, from wilderness parks to city greenbelts. Dr. Jon Way will talk about eastern coyote/coywolf ecology and behavior.

The Friends of HWPL have generously funded this program.

stack o books
The Friends have been busy sorting and boxing donations of books, DVDs and CDs for children, teens and adults. The prices can't be beat! For best selection become a Friends Member and come to the Friends Preview sale (you can join at the door) on Friday, March 15 from 6-8 pm. The public sale begins on Saturday, March 16 from 9 am-3 pm. The sale continues Monday through Thursday during regular library hours, 10-8. Funds raised go to guest speakers, museum passes, summer reading events, as well as utilitarian things like copiers.
In This Issue
Drawing 101
Inspirational Evenings
Children's Room
Teen Events
Travel to China & ????
Book Clubs
Save the Dates: April

Showing on our 

big screen:

The Hobbit [PG-13]

Sat. March 23, 12-3.


Lincoln [PG-13]   Friday, March 29 10:30-1 & again on Saturday, 1-3:30.
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Drawing 101: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshops
Drawing is a 'global' skill (requiring both hand & eye coordination) like riding a bicycle or driving a car which can be learned. Join us as we work through the classic text: Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Teacher Bonnie Ashmore-Davis will provide guidance for the group. The class meets 6 Wednesdays: April 10, 24, May 8, 22, and June 5, 19. 7:00-8:30. Open to teens and adults, registration is required: stop by the Reference desk, call 468-5577 or email Rebecca: rshea@mvlc.org. Stop by the Library to check out a copy of the book, too. This opportunity has been funded by the Friends of the Library.
Jayzee portrait
Inspirational Evenings: Miracles 

Mondays in April-May, 6:30-7:45 pm.   

Miracles incorporates Jorgelina 'Jayzee' Zeoli's two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths follow both films. The original intention of Miracles was to create a bridge between despair and hope. The deeper meaning and intention, however, are to raise the awareness about the power of spirituality as an agent for empowerment, transformation and healing at individual, societal and worldwide levels. Registration is requested if you plan to attend any or all of the dates listed. For more information visit Jayzee's website:  
Children's Room  
The Winter storytimes are winding down, and the spring schedules are not quite settled. To bridge the gap the Library has some interesting special workshops and drop-in storytimes.
Friday, March 8, at 10:30.  H-W Mothers' Club and Early Childhood Partners presents an interactive playgroup with infants and toddlers 0-36 months. Lisa Davis and Cynthia Griffin explore the topic "What Is My Style?: Understanding What I Am Like."  Free and open to the public.  For more information contact ECP at : 978-468-5489. 
Art Club! Fridays: March 8, 22, 29 & April 5, from 1-2.  No prior art experience needed & no registration.  Children preschool ages and up are invited to drop in for some free form art fun and explore a new theme each week: Collage, Face painting, Zentangle doodling, and Jackson Pollock's style.
St. Patrick's Day stories & craft Sat. March 16, 11-Noon.  Join us for fun St. Patrick's Day stories and a shamrocky craft. Perfect for ages two and up, no registration required, free & open to the public.
Dads & Donuts storytime Sat. March 23, 11-Noon. This is a story time designed especially for dads and children ages 2 years & up. (Moms are always invited.) Snacks will follow 30 minutes of stories based around the theme: Around the World! No registration required. 
Saturday, April 6 from 2-3, Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig reading and dance performance. Author David Ira Rottenberg joins with ballerinas from the Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance. 

Questions?  Stop by, or call 468-5577 x13, or email Lorraine Der, Children's Librarian at lder@mvlc.org.

Teen Events

Teen Think Tank Meetings

Thursday, March 7 & April 4, 6:30-7:45 pm.   Make the future happen, create it in your vision. Come share your bright ideas! This group (for patrons ages 11-17) is the Library's teen advisory board. The purpose of the Think Tank is to work with the Young Adult Librarian to improve the programs and services designed specifically for teens. This collaboration includes selecting books, music and movies for the young adult section; brainstorming and creating programs and special events for young adults; and helping with the Library's teen space and webpage.  

Teen Think Tank Creations in case you think this group is all talk and no action, take a look at their 2 videos they have produced in conjunction to summer reading theme contests, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library program. The 2013 summer reading slogan is Beneath the Surface, their video is called Calamity Jeff and can be found on YouTube. The challenge is to interpret the summer reading slogan with a 30 to 90 second video. To see other contest entries from Mass, search YouTube for "2013-TVC-MA". Leave off the state abbreviation to see entries from across the country.  For more information see the Informed Teens Blog.

Teen Poetry Contest
The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library's 3rd annual themed Teen Poetry Contest submissions are due by midnight on April 30th. The 2013 theme is: Nature and/or Animals. This contest is open to teens in grades 6 to 12,who are residents of Essex County in Massachusetts.   Prize winning categories: Best Entry Grades 6-8; Best Entry Grades 9-12; Director's Choice Award; Second Place Grades 6-8; Second Place Grades 9-12; Honorable Mentions.
Finalists will be notified by phone or email on or about May 10th. The Poetry Contest Reception will be held on Thursday, May, 16, 2013, 7pm to 8:30pm.  For more information about the contest, and to find the poetry contest online entry form link go to the Library's Informed Teens Poetry page or contact Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian at kclaire@mvlc.org or call 978-468-5577 X14.


Travel to China: Preparation to Immersion with globetrotting photographer Richard Ferland, Friday, April 5, 10:15-Noon.  Photographer and tour guide Richard Ferland takes us on a whirlwind tour of China.  This program is for recreational tourists and business travelers, people who enjoy travel documentaries, as well as anyone with an interest in photography & art.  His presentation concisely covers everything you need to know about communication, etiquette, and a few key phrases that will serve you well. Free and open to the public, bring along a friend.
Mystery Mayhem
meets Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30.
"Why Didn't I Ask The Cat (or the dog)?: Pet Mysteries."  Swing by the Library for a complete theme list, and try to solve the mini mystery of the day at the meeting. Questions? Contact Nancy: 978-468-5577 x16 or by email at:  nday@mvlc.org
Literary Luncheon meets Tuesday, March 19 from 11:30-12:30, bring your brown-bag lunch.  Up for discussion is The Kingmaker's Daughter   by Philippa Gregory.
Monday Night Book Group meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 7:15.  March 25 features The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.
Save the Dates: April
The Library has an aquatic theme going for April, click here for the schedule of events. (More to come in May, they just didn't all fit.)