JUNE 2022

The Lunenburg Library has a new staff member!

We recently welcomed a new staff member on board.
Francesco Buccella will be the new Digital Services Librarian and we are very excited to have him as part of our staff. Make sure to say hello the next time you stop by the library!
Do you know about our Library of Things? The Library of Things is a collection of items that you can check out with your library card. This items may be checked out for 1-3 weeks depending on the item. Just ask at the circulation desk to check out these items:

  • Telescope​
  • Electricity Use Monitor​
  • Ukuleles​
  • Pickleball Set​
  • Volleyball Set​
  • Badminton Set​
  • Gaming Consoles – Available for In-house Use only​
Complete the online survey of "Binge Box Kit Themes", select your top 4 options, and we'll make a kit for you to take home!
Each one is a themed collection of 5-6 Library DVDs,
a movie-watching treat, coloring sheets and activity pages!
Available June - August 2022. Click here to fill out the survey!
Lunenburg Historical Society: "Sundials are Timeless"
7:00—9:00 PM

A presentation of the Lunenburg Historical Society, Inc. is planned for JUNE 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM.
The presentation will cover the history of sundials, their development and use, as well as their place in today’s society. The program will be presented by Society President, Pat Slattery and include actual examples of sundials from a private collection and a PowerPoint presentation of a variety of sundials throughout the ages.
 Come join us for an entertaining evening!
6:30- 7:30 PM

Join us for June's session of Adult Craft Lab to make Sea Glass Painted Bottles!
We supply all the materials needed to complete the craft, all you need to do is register and attend! Due to the type of materials needed for this project, there is no take home kit option this month. 
Open to adults 16 +.
Registration opens June 1st
The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Alzheimer’s causes changes in memory, thinking and behavior that are not normal aging. Learn about:
  • The difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s
  • Common warning signs
  • The importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis
  • Next steps and expectations for the diagnostic process
  • Alzheimer’s Association resources
This program is presented by a volunteer from the Alzheimer's Association. Visit their website here for more information and resources for Alzheimer's Disease.
Registration is required for this event.
Shinrin-yoku: The Benefits of and Methods to Practice Forest Bathing
6:30—7:30 PM

Join award-winning author Nadine Mazzola to learn about the practice of Shinrin-Yoku, a.k.a. Forest Bathing. Forest Bathing (taking in the atmosphere of the forest with all your senses) can lower anxiety and stress levels. In this time of isolation it is important that we connect with nature, each other and ourselves.

Learn: how forest bathing supports well-being, health and healing; about forest bathing's Japanese origins; how forest bathing differs from a walk in the woods; forest bathing with a guide vs. on your own; how you can forest bathe with your dog.

Nadine is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and author of "Forest Bathing with Your Dog." Her book brings together the deep connection we have with our dogs and nature by uniquely incorporating our dogs’ natural ways with the practice of forest bathing. Nadine’s innovative combination of forest bathing and dog-walking is a combined practice that elevates the meaning and joy of each! She is also the Director of New England Nature and Forest Therapy Consulting and a trainer and mentor for new guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs.

Registration for this program is required.

Tuesdays 3:00 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.
**Summer Reading Programs will be in the next newsletter and brochure coming out soon. **
Our library roster of events is coming to a close as the school year ends. We will spend the next few weeks preparing for our exciting summer reading program entitled “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”. There will be lots of fun activities throughout the 7 week program! The kids will be able to earn badges as they explore “Camp Readalot” and earn raffle tickets- and beads!- for time spent reading throughout the summer.

Thanks for a great year, everyone! We had a wonderful time exploring the theme “Celebrate”! Looking forward to next school year as we “Discover!” our world.
Even though weekly story times have ended for now, stop by often to check out what’s going on, connect with new friends and old - and to say hi to Miss Debbie!

This first time book club experience for beginning chapter book readers was a great success! The program enjoyed full enrollment each month and the reviews that we received showed definite improvement as the year progressed. We will start this monthly program again in September using the same format. 
Popcorn and a Book

This program was also well received by our kids in elementary grades! Choosing books from many different genres encouraged these early readers to expand their reading horizons. This program will also reconvene in the fall.

What a great book club year we had! The kids in this club were genuinely excited to read and discuss our monthly books and had some amazing insights about what they read. Please consider having your 9-11 year old kids join this great group of kids in the fall, I think they will get so much out of this experience!

ST E M Program with Chris

Chris Rodrigues of Renaissance Kids did an amazing job exploring science, technology, engineering and math all done via ZOOM! Chris has a real gift for working with kids and sharing his knowledge, experience and excitement about the many facets of S T E M education. We will be doing more STEM activities in the fall so stay tuned!

Thanks to all the kids and families who joined us for this popular monthly gathering! I hope you were able to stop by and see what they came up with. I was amazed each month with what the kids built with a kit of random Legos- so creative! I also loved the narratives they came up with to describe their builds- I am keeping this literacy component as we move forward with this program in the fall. 
Check the Teen info page to see some great “tween” programs that are happening in June for kids ages 12+.

Teen Take Home Craft Kits: Rainbow Yarn Wall Hanger!

Sign up for a take home craft kit to make your own rainbow yarn wall hanger!
Kits will come with instructions, yarn, dowel, and beads.
Open to grades 6-12 (ages 12-18), registration is required.
You will receive an email confirmation from Teen Librarian Susan once your kit is ready, please wait until you get an email before coming to the library.
Click here to sign up!
Tweens & Teens Craft - Painting Rocks and Planting Flowers
3:30—4:30 PM

Join us as we make the world a little more colorful! In this program you'll plant a flower in a pot for you to take home and decorate some rocks using paint pens! Our Friends of the Library garden guru, Robin Venezia, will walk us through everything you'll need to know about the flowers we're planting and how best to care for them.
Open to grades 5-12 (ages 11-18), click here to register.
This is an in-person program, we'll meet outside in the Children's Garden (or inside if the weather is bad). Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty!
Museum Passes
Become a member of the Friends of the Lunenburg Public Library to enjoy passes and discounts to the following :
  • Davis Farmland (Seasonal)
  • Discovery Museums
  • Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Massachusetts State Parks
  • Museum of Russian Icons
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • Trustees of Reservation
  • DeCordova Museum
  • Castle Hill
  • Fruitlands
  • Naumkeag
  • Notchview
  • Old Manse
  • Crane Beach
  • USS Constitution Museum
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Zoo New England
***Please check with the museum before visiting as some sites are requiring reservations or the advance purchase of tickets. Click here for more information about becoming a Friends member.***
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