January 2023
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
FRIENDS OF LUNENBURG LIBRARY
Do you want to help support the library? Do you have skills to share with the community but don't know where to apply them? The Friends of the LPL contribute more than $10,000 to the library's operations each year, and the executive board of the Friends needs your help to continue its work. A number of opportunities to help are available. If you are a member of the Friends, you are welcome and encouraged to attend one or more of our monthly meetings. Our next meeting will be March 6, 2023 at 6:30pm at the library.
LOCAL BOOK CLUBS

Love reading and a good book discussion? Click here to find book clubs to join in at the library and our local area.
SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
Vox Books


We have a new book collection to our Children's Room- Vox Books! Vox books are the world’s first audio books that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. No need for computers, tablets, or CDs—children simply push a button to listen and read.

Our collection of Vox books are located on the shelves to the right as soon as you enter the Children's Room.
JANUARY PROGRAMS

Adult Mystery Travel Kits:


Sign up for a limited edition Mystery Travel Kit at the Library!

We'll curate a selection of print and audio/visual library materials from the adult collection with printable puzzles, coloring sheets, recipes, and surprise treats just for you. Everything in the kit will be about a mystery country that you can immerse yourself in without even leaving home. Travel the world this winter by signing up for a new kit each month. 

A library card is required to register. You will receive an email notification when your kit is ready for pick-up.

We hope you enjoy a chance to experience and learn about a new culture through your local library!

Email Lydia Gravell- lgravell@cwmars.org with any questions. Register here to sign up for a kit!
MASSACHUSETTS READING CHALLENGE

Massachusetts Center for the Book has created a reading challenge for 2023. Choose a book that fits the monthly challenge and enjoy your read. Sign up at massbook.org/readingchallenge
Register on Beanstack for our latest Winter Reading Challenge: Bingo!
Read or listen to a book that fits the requirements for enough squares to get Bingo on your virtual card. Each square is a challenge badge that also generates tickets you can use to win one of our winter prize bundles.
"100 Books Bucket List" Club!!
Tuesday, January 3rd
11:00 AM - 12 :00PM

For January we are reading square #17: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. 
No Registration Required.
DIY Reading Journal!
Wednesday, January 4th
6:30—7:30 PM
or
Thursday, January 5th
10:30-11:30 AM

Start the year with your very own customized reading journal! 
Add in tracking sheets, review pages, TBR lists, and more in this creative workshop to kick off 2023. Composition notebooks and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own blank journals, pens, markers, or other decorative materials. 
Registration required; please only register for one session.

or

Virtual Author Talk:
Maureen Johnson in Conversation with Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Wednesday, January 4th
7:00—8:00 PM
Zoom


Enjoy a special evening with two of the country's top young adult authors as Maureen Johnson (Nine Liars) is interviewed by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Inheritance Games trilogy), in this ZOOM webinar (you must register to receive the Zoom meeting link). **The January book for the (Not So) Young Adult Book Club is Jennifer Lynn Barnes' The Inheritance Games**
Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen young adult novels, including the Truly Devious series, the Shades of London series, Suite Scarlett, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Her collaborative books include Ghosts of the Shadow Market (with Cassandra Clare), as well as Let It Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), which was also a hit feature film on Netflix.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty acclaimed young adult novels, including The Inheritance Games trilogy.
This program is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library, in collaboration with dozens of Massachusetts public libraries. Please note this program is open to both adults and teens. This is an online event via Zoom. An invite will be sent out at least one hour before the program to the email given at registration.
NOTE: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 24 hours of the program. Register here.

Common Grounds
Coffe & Acoustic Open Mic
Saturday, January 7th
10:30-Noon


Celebrate local talent with a new Library sponsored acoustic open mic -- with free coffee! 

Join us on every first Saturday of the month for coffee and refreshments during our "Common Grounds" acoustic open mic sets. Sign-ups start at 10:00, first set is on at 10:30. Musicians, poets, and other performing artists are encouraged to stop by and sign up for a 10 minute time slot. Some equipment will be provided by the Library, including a small amp and vocal mic, but most acoustic performers should be fine without additional equipment. If time allows, additional time slots may be requested. 

If you have any questions about this new monthly program, please call or email Lydia at 978-582-4140 / lgravell@cwmars.org 
NEW BOOK CLUB!!

The (Not So) Young Adult Book Club Sunday, January 8th
11:00 AM - Noon

The (Not So) Young Adult Book Club is for those adults who love reading YA books (you know who you are) but teens are totally welcome to join us too!

At this meeting, we'll be discussing The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, copies will be available in December to check out at the library. If you're interested in YA books and participating in this book club, please come to this first meeting even if you haven't read the book!

The reading selection for February will also be announced during the January book club meeting. We are open to interested readers of all genres of YA and hope to see you there!

Registration is suggested so we can plan, but not required. You are more than welcome to come to book club even if you did not sign up in advance!
Tech Help at the Library
Tuesday, January 3rd, 17, & 30th 6:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, January 14th & 28th 10:00-11:00 AM

Need assistance getting set up with the Libby app? Interested in a quick refresher on how to use your laptop or phone? Would you like an introduction to the library's digital resources? Sign-up for a 15-minute tech session at the library!
When registering, let us know in as much detail as possible what you would like to cover during the session. We will try our best to assist you, as well as point you to any available resources to may help. Additionally, let us know you preferred 15-minute slot and we will email you back to confirm when to come into the library for your session. Click here to see our January calendar of events.
Watercolor Crayons Painting Workshop with The Burncoat Center for Arts and Wellness
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12th
12:30—1:30 PM

Students choose from either a blank piece of watercolor paper to draw their own image, or choose one of our pre-drawn images. They color image with watercolor crayons, then paint with water and paintbrush and watch the paint come to life and fill in their piece of art work.
Instructors from The Burncoat Center for Arts and Wellness in Worcester will be visiting the library to teach this in-person class. Visit their website https://www.bcawworcester.com/ for more information about their classes, workshops, markets, and their refillery + sustainable living initiatives! 

Space is limited, so sign-up early and please cancel if you registered but cannot attend. Register here.
We supply all the materials needed to complete the craft, all you need to do is register and attend.
Open to adults 16 +
There is limited space available for this project, so please cancel if you register but cannot attend! Thank you. Registration opens December 29th.

Monthly Music Series Presents: A Celebration of American Composers by Quint-Essential Winds
THURSDAY, JANUARY 25th
6:30—7:30 PM

Join us for a dive into the musical works of several classic American composers with live music at the Library! We are hosting Quint-Essential Winds, a quintet of orchestral instruments, as part of our monthly concert series.
Quint-Essential Winds debuted in 2008 bringing together five musicians with more than 150 years of collective study and performance spanning three continents. The quintet has appeared at a variety of venues and in numerous communities in Maine and New Hampshire performing recitals and at wine tastings, weddings, dinners and Christmas parties. Find out more about them at qewinds.com.
Registration is encouraged to help with room setup, but is not required.
Stitchcraft

Tuesdays 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Join us on Tuesday afternoons to socialize while we work on knit or crochet projects. This group is open to any skill level. No registration is required. This group is drop in so come by any time.
NOTES FROM THE CHILDREN'S ROOM
For all of January's programs - check out the Children's CALENDAR!
Little Learners Storytime
Ages 0-4
Mondays 11:00 AM


Preschool Storytime for ages 0-4 has begun! Monday mornings at 11:00 features book sharing, songs, music and movement activities and a craft. No registration needed.
Pre-K Storytime
Ages 4-5
Wednesdays 10:00 AM

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 we will gather in the StoryCraft Room for book sharing, readiness activities and music and movement. This story time is designed for those kiddos who are anticipating either pre-k or kindergarten next year! No registration needed.
Book In A Bag
For 1ST And 2ND GRADERS


In the book bag, which is yours to keep by the way, you will find a library copy of this month’s book which will need to be returned, a simple book review form to fill out, activity sheets, a snack, and a surprise item! Sign up here for one of the January bags! 
Popcorn and a Book
FOR 3RD AND 4TH GRADERS


Who needs popcorn and a movie? We have a better idea! Once a month, kids in grades 3 and 4 can register and stop by to pick up a kit that has a book, some microwave popcorn and a few fun activity pages. Then pop your popcorn, spread a blanket on the floor, cozy up in a warm bed or build a reading fort of your own creation as you crack open the book written by a favorite author- or maybe one that you have been meaning to try but haven't yet.

KITS WILL BE AVAILBLE FOR PICK UP STARTING JANUARY 5TH. SIGN UP HERE FOR A KIT!
LPL KIDS BOOK CLUB FOR 3RD- 5TH GRADERS
Tuesday, January 10th
4:00 PM

Like to read? Like to chat with like-minded kids about the books you're reading? Well, have we got a great opportunity for you! Kids in grades 3-5 will meet once a month to discuss some thoughtfully chosen books from a wide variety of genres. We discuss our current read, have a snack, play some games and just chat about what's happening!

For more information and list of this year's titles, access info here.

Registration is on-going- so sign up here today.
Watercolor Crayons Painting Class for Kids
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12th
4:30—5:30 PM

Join us at the library for a watercolor paining class presented by the wonderful staff from the Burncoat Center for Arts and Wellness.
Kids can choose from either a blank piece of watercolor paper to draw their own image or they can choose one of the pre-drawn images that will be provided. They will color the image with the watercolor crayons , then paint with water and paintbrush and watch to see the painting come to life!
This program is designed for kids ages 6-11. Register here.
Family Game Night! for Kids
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12th
6:00—7:00 PM


Come to the library on the 2nd Thursday of every month for Family Game Night! Fun for all ages, we'll put out various board games and card games that you can play with family and friends!
Open to all ages. No registration needed.
Legos At The Library Club
Tuesday, January 17th
6:00-7:00 PM 

  
Calling all Lego builders- join us in the Story Craft Room at the Library to spend an hour building with our Legos! We will have a Lego challenge for you to do with a variety of random Legos- or you can just build! At the end of the hour, your creation will be put on display here in the library for about a week for everyone to see and admire! Register here!
“Come make a …” January Drop-in Craft
 Thursday, January 19th
3:30-5:00 PM 

Stop by the library any time between 3:30-5:00 to make a snow globe! We will supply all materials.

No registration needed. All ages welcome!
Check the Teen info page to see some great “tween” programs that are happening in January for kids ages 10+ including our newest book club FIRST BITES
for grades 5-8.
NOTES FROM THE TEEN ROOM
Random Readers that submit a book review will also be entered into a drawing for gift cards generously donated by Smokestack Roasters!


Drop-In Craft: Snowflake Suncatcher
Wednesday, January 4th
4:00—5:00 PM


Teens can join Teen Librarian Susan at the library to make snowflake suncatchers in fun winter colors! All supplies are included and teens will be able to take their creations home with them.
Space is limited, so register early! Open to tweens & teens in grades 6-12 (ages 11-18). Register here.
NEW BOOK CLUB!!

The (Not So) Young Adult Book Club Sunday, January 8th
11:00 AM - Noon

The (Not So) Young Adult Book Club is for those adults who love reading YA books (you know who you are) but teens are totally welcome to join us too!

At this meeting, we'll be discussing The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, copies will be available in December to check out at the library. If you're interested in YA books and participating in this book club, please come to this first meeting even if you haven't read the book!

The reading selection for February will also be announced during the January book club meeting. We are open to interested readers of all genres of YA and hope to see you there!

Registration is suggested so we can plan, but not required. You are more than welcome to come to book club even if you did not sign up in advance!
First Bites Book Club
for Grades 5-7
Wednesday, January 18th
4:00-5:00 PM

First Bites is a book club where you don't have to read a book ahead of time to participate! Snacks will be provided.
Join Miss Debbie and Teen Librarian Susan as they read the first chapter out loud of a book that they have picked out! Then everyone can discuss their first impressions of the book and what they think the book is about. If anyone is interested in reading the rest, the library will have plenty of copies on hand that can be checked out afterwards so make sure to bring your library card with you! Each month will be a different book.

This club is open to tweens & teens grades 5-7 (ages 10-13). Please sign up ahead of time so that we can make sure to have enough snacks for everyone! You are more than welcome to come to book club even if you did not sign up in advance as long as we still have space available!
Video Game Night
Friday, January 20th
6:00-9:00 PM



Come to the Library after hours to play video games! One Up Games will provide a variety of consoles and games - including VR headsets!
Open to tweens & teens in grades 6-12 (ages 11-18).
Registration in advance is appreciated. Participants can also register at the door, so if you didn't sign up but still want to drop in, that's ok too!
Teens Drop-In Craft: Button Making
Thursday, January 26th
3:00-5:00 PM

Drop by the Teen Room between 3pm - 5pm to use the Library's button maker to create your own button! There will be some templates to choose from, or you can create your own using our craft supplies!
Open to tweens & teens in grades 6-12 (ages 11-18). No registration needed.
Library Hours
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 8:00
Friday 2:00 - 6:00
Saturday 10:00 - 2:00
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