MAY 2021
Latest Library Update
Effective May 3, 2021

  • The library building will be open 10-2 Monday -Thursday & Saturday
  • NEW: no appointment needed!
  • Appropriate face covering required in the library
  • Available for use: material browsing; restrooms; computers, fax, and copier
  • Not available: study rooms, meeting rooms, toys and games

  • Curbside pick-up still available
  • Appointments 2-8 Monday-Thursday
  • Call the library to schedule an appointment

  • Currently Accepting Book donations
  • Drop off donations between 10-2 inside the library, use the blue bins by the front doors
  • If bins are full, please ask for staff assistance


Lunenburg Public Library's Strategic Plan for FY21-25 is entering its final phase of gathering data. We hope you, the members of our community, will help us by participating in a quick survey. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes of your time, and the benefit will be huge.

The plan itself will help guide the library over the next few years, and your input will help us make sure we are delivering the services that best help you. Whether you use the library or not, you can help improve our community by sharing some information with us, so please help the library and your neighbors out! Click here to take the survey.
Staff Picks

Cheryl began working at LPL in September of 2019.

Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance means that Eleanor has become a bit of a loner. and avoids social interactions. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue each other from the lives of isolation they have each been living.

Cheryl says, " I really enjoyed this quick read! The quirky characters pulled me in, and I was surprised by the twist in the plot line."
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

Cheryl says, "This book series is epitome of the "cozy" mystery. I enjoy the wit and wisdom of Mma. Ramotswe. It's been interesting to learn a little bit about African culture too. As there are over 20 books in this series, I'd recommend starting at the beginning so you know the full backstory of all the characters."
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (Audiobook)

This sweet story follows the journey of a harmonica and Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

Cheryl says, "This story is a must on audio! Being able to hear the harmonica's song brings the story to life and helps connect the multiple story lines. It's one of those stories you don't want to end."

APRIL Programs
Gather your whole family around this Zoom Class! The Library is hosting Mark Gostkiewicz of Tri Gable Lea Farm for an educational evening about backyard chickens. Mark will take you on a tour of his coop and run to see his hens. You will see what you'll need from chick to your first eggs. Register here to attend.
Doug Tallamy: Nature's Best Hope
Friday, May 7th 
 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join Douglas Tallamy, Entomologist and Author, as he informs us how to create our own backyard habitat to support a thriving ecosystem!
For additional information and registration click here.
This program is sponsored in part by the Nashoba Conservation Trust,
the Lunenburg Public Library, and the Friends of the Lawrence Library.
Beginners Chess for all Ages Virtual Event!
 Monday, May 10th

Are you a fan of The Queen's Gambit and want to learn how to play chess? Now's your chance!
This online class will teach you the fundamentals of chess and is open to adults, teens, and children ages 8 and up! Chess really is a fun activity for the whole family! 

This event is virtual and will take place on Zoom. Registration is required. 
Click here to register.
Resume Reboot with Meredith Lavine
Wednesday May 12, 2021
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Are you struggling with updating your resume? Not sure which format to use, or how to make your resume stand out? Join Meredith Lavine, a career advisor at Artful Résumé Service, to learn some tips and tricks to make your resume shine.
Topics include what should and should not be on your resume, keywords, describing your work experience and value, and navigating Application Tracking Systems (ATS). Join us, get motivated, and learn what works today! Meredith will take questions after the program.
Meredith Lavine of Artful Résumé Service has been helping corporate and personal clients from her private practice realize their career goals since 2008. Meredith Lavine offers a fresh approach to job hunting.

Please register for this presentation. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent in your confirmation email. 
Whether you are unemployed or under employed, whether you "see the handwriting on the wall” or the pandemic has seriously limited your employment options, landing your next job may prove to be more difficult than obtaining any past job, even your first. Effective interviewing followed by practical negotiating is crucial to your success.

This 60 minute webinar is divided into two segments: lecture and question-and-answer period. The topics covered include the 4Ps of marketing and how they apply to interviewing and negotiating, the function of the interview process, answering and asking interview questions, identifying and handling difficult issues and questions, accepting/declining the offer, preparing to counteroffer, 'mining” for referrals, and following up.

Please register for this presentation. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent in your confirmation email. 
For all of May's programs - check out the Children's CALENDAR

A new children’s raised bed herb garden will soon be growing and thriving right outside the front windows of the Children’s Area! Steps 1 & 2 are underway- the seeds have been started (we have discovered that LPL is a nurturing environment for seedlings as well as for readers of all ages) and the existing Reblooming Lilac shrubs have been relocated. Step 3 is to stake out and prep the ground and then it is construction time! Robin Venezia, a very knowledgeable local gardener, and Miss Debbie have been working hard to make this dream of an herb garden for children come to fruition. Construction will take place on Saturday, May 15th, so stop by and see what we are doing!
BTW- if you are in the process of sprucing up your herb garden and discover that you have some herbs that need a new home, we would love to help you out with that. Currently, we are planning to plant rosemary, marjoram, dill, thyme, basil, parsley and chives, and would appreciate established plants of any of these.  

“ Al Fresco Story Time” - our weekly preschool and toddler storytime is back out on the patio- yay, Spring! Weather permitting, we meet outside on the back patio of the library to share our books, songs and activities. A weekly craft kit is available for you to take home to enjoy. Miss the program? Contact Miss Debbie at to arrange a curbside pickup of the craft and let me know if I can add in a few books for you.
Our school year story times will end for now, on May 24th. Miss Debbie and all the wonderful staff at LPL are hard at work putting the finishing touches on our fun upcoming Summer Reading Program! Stand by for more details!
Virtual Story Time with Roger Williams Zoo Monday, May 3rd
11:00 - 11:30

This special story time will feature the book Verdi by Janell Cannon. Then after the book sharing we will have a virtual “Meet and Greet” with one of the Ambassador Animals from RWZ!
We can register up to 20 screens for this event but you can have as many as you like in front of the screen at your house ;) 
Register here for your Zoom link.
Kids Gardening StoryTime, Monday, May 24th at 11:00

This special storytime event will take place on the patio behind the library and features a visit from Miss Robin! Robin Venezia will be here to talk to the children about how to grow a garden in their own yard - either directly in the ground or in a container. Each of the children will receive a potted cherry tomato plant, some carrot seeds, and some bush bean seeds. Robin will talk with the children about how to successfully get their garden going- and how to keep it thriving until harvest!  Click here to register.
LPL Kids Book Club for kids ages 10+ via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11th at 4:00.
for kids ages 10+ will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, May 11th at 4:00. This is our last book club meeting for this school year. Get excited about our new book club starting in September 2021!  

For May, we are reading Newbery Honor winner The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock-  
“Fresh, immediate, and earthy: the fakery, the faith, the embedded stories, the escapades. The story is beautifully served by its package...Most remarkable and unusual is the character of Boy, a complex and compelling being whose defining quality is goodness.” -- Horn Book (starred review)

Copies of this book are available now via curbside pickup; call 978 582-4140 to arrange a pickup. Registration is ongoing and new members are always welcome. Reach out to Miss Debbie at if you would like to join us. So sign up today to join this great group of kids who love to read- and talk about- books!
STEM Activities at Lunenburg Library are done for now.
We have really enjoyed our STEM classes with Chris Rodrigues of STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We are looking forward to more classes with Chris in the fall.
Another great activity for your older kids grades 4+:-
 Among Us Virtual Game Event,
Wednesday, May 19,2021
Join your fellow crewmates in a multiplayer game full of teamwork... and betrayal. Can you tell who is sus? You can download the Among Us app for free to play in a private match hosted by the library. We'll meet on Zoom to talk. You'll need access to both in order to participate. This event is for grades 4-12. Registration is required. If you're signing up someone else, please use the participant's name when registering.
Note: This is an online event via Zoom. An invite will be sent at least an hour prior to the start of the program to the email given at registration. Code to join the private match will be shared in Zoom at the start of the event.
Intro to Tarot Virtual Event!

Monday, May 10th

Have you been interested in tarot but aren't sure where to start? Or maybe you are just curious about the history of tarot? This is a great chance to learn!
Sally Cragin will walk us through a brief history of tarot and the meaning of the suits in a tarot deck. You'll even get a chance to practice simple readings! 
You don't need to have your own deck to participate, but it's recommended that you start with a Ryder-Waite deck as you begin to learn how to read tarot cards.
Open to tweens and teens (ages 12-18). Registration is required. Click here to register.
Sculpt Your Own Clay Sloth Virtual Event!

Thursday, May 20th
Chill out with Pop Up Art School (virtually) and sculpt a friendly sloth with air dry clay! You'll build the sloth using basic forms and add texture to bring your sloth to life. You will be able to finish your sloth during this class with acrylic paint that can be used on wet clay. 
Open to Tweens & Teens (ages 10-18). Registration is required as space is limited.
We'll notify you when your kits are ready to be picked up at the library, they'll include most of the supplies needed to complete this craft (you'll need to gather basic household supplies like paper towels, and things to protect your work space and your clothing from the acrylic paints). 
Click here to register.
Sew Your Own Book Bag!
Thursday, May 27th
In-Person Event

Make your own book bag out of funky fabrics! This will require basic sewing skills, but we’ll provide all the needed supplies! Mandy from Wicked Good Henna will teach us how to make these bags. You'll create your own book bag that will be perfect to use for bringing library books home with you, just in time for summer reading!
Open to tweens and teens (ages 10-18). Registration is required as space is limited. This is an in-person event that will be held outside (wearing masks and social distancing), we will move this to being a virtual event over Zoom if the weather doesn't allow for us to meet outdoors.
Click here to register.

Among Us Virtual Game Events!

Join your fellow crewmates in a multiplayer game full of teamwork... and betrayal. Can you tell who is sus? The library will be hosting an AMONG US event in May!

These events are for grades 4-12.

We'll meet on Zoom to talk. You'll need access to both the game and Zoom in order to participate. Registration is required. Click on the date to register for the event.