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September 2018
Movies from Banned Books, Mondays in September @ 1pm
Join us for our Banned Books to Movies Festival! Banned Books Week is September 23-29, so all this month we will be showing movies based on books that have been banned or challenged. Movies will be playing every Monday at 1pm and will include "The Glass Castle" on September 10, "To Kill a Mockingbird" on September 17, and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" on September 24.  
Check out the display of some of the most challenged books in the Adult Reading Room
For more information on Banned Books Week visit
Starting & Growing Your Business: The SBA Advantage
Thursday, September 27 at 6pm

Join us from 6-7:30 pm on Thursday, September 27 for a free presentation by the Small Business Association (SBA). This workshop will provide information on the various Small Business Administration (SBA) programs/services available for start-up and existing businesses. Learn how the SBA can assist you in starting and growing your business. General information will be provided on the following programs and services: counseling/technical assistance through SBA resource partners; access to capital through the SBA Advantage Loan Guaranty Program; and government contract opportunities. 
"Essential Rowley"  
photography exhibit by the Rowley Historical Society   

In celebration of its 100th Anniversary, the Rowley Historical Society presents "Essential Rowley," a selection of over forty photographs from the 2006 RHS Photography Contest. In addition, a display of personal family photos (circa 1930-1970) provides a brief look to Rowley's past. Do you recognize any of these people, places, or events? The Rowley Historical Society always welcomes donations of family photos that depict the "life and spirit" of our community. For more information, please contact the Rowley Historical Society, Attn: Board of Directors, Platt's-Bradstreet House, Main Street, Rowley, MA 01969.

In Our Display Case at the Rowley Public Library - What Is That?
How did horses walk on the marshes without sinking in? How did we iron clothes without electricity? What did a mouse trap look like "back in the day"? How was food kept cold? View selected artifacts from the Rowley Historical Society's collection to see the answers to these questions. And test your knowledge and imagination by trying to figure out the "What is this" mystery items! 
Farewell and Good Luck Miss Hermayne
Hermayne cut the cake at her farewell party
Over 80 people turned out to wish Miss Hermayne well at her new job in her home town of Woburn.

Patrons signed a t-shirt as a parting gift
Hermayne was with the Rowley Public Library for nine years. She will be missed!

And Welcome to Miranda Griffiths!
Miranda Griffiths will start as the new Library Associate for Youth Services later this month. Miranda has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College with a specialization in Youth Services. Her BA from Salve Regina University was in English and Film Studies. She has been an assistant in the Children's Room at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library since 2016. While there she led events such as young writers workshops, coding for kids, Harry Potter celebrations, Lego Club, and more. Stop by to meet Miranda soon as story times and other ongoing children and teen events start up this fall.
Libraries Rock! Adult Summer Reading
Winning has never been so easy! 1. Stop by the front desk to sign up for our Adult Summer Reading program. 2. For every book you read, fill out a slip for our prize drawing. 3. For every extra activity or way you use your library, fill out a slip for our prize drawing. That's it! All books and activities must be completed by August 31, but we will accept slips through Sept. 1. The Grand Prize winner will be chosen by drawing after Sept. 1, and other prizes will also be awarded. The Grand Prize winner will choose from several prizes including a Kindle or a gift certificate to our local Jabberwocky Bookshop. Libraries Rock! is sponsored by the Rowley Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Library. For more information, call the library at 978-948-2850, or check out our web site at
Museum Passes offered for discounted admission
The New England Aquarium Pass returns on September 4
The Wenham Museum is closed for renovations until September 13


Passes providing discounted admission are available for the New England Aquarium (Sept - June only), Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, Children's Museum Boston, Wenham Museum, Zoo New England
, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and the State Parks Parking Pass. Passes for half price tickets (up to six per pass for each home game) to the Lowell Spinners are also available this season. Passes are sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Public Library with support from the Rowley Cultural Council and one anonymous donor. Call 978-948-2850 to check availability or make a reservation before planning your next excursion. 
Ongoing Programs for adults:
Rowley Book Club to meet Thursday October 4 at 6:30 p.m.
The Rowley Book Club will be discussing The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the road to 9/11
by Lawrence Wright, the Pulitzer Prize winner that will soon be a series on Hulu! Discover how incompetent idealists in Afghanistan became leaders of the most successful terrorism group in history, through the growth of Islamic fundamentalism to the intelligence failures that culminated in the attack on 9/11. Reserve your copy by clicking here, or pick one up at the library, then join us on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the book. Future titles will be announced on our web site.
Knitting Group, Tuesdays, 6:30- 8 pm
Bring your latest project and join us. This is not a class but we will all help each other.
Yoga with Elissa, Wednesdays, 5:30-7 pm
Elissa Shoreman, founder and owner of Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio teaches this class, which is appropriate for all fitness levels, modifications are made for beginners and challenges introduced for more advanced practitioners. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one. Poses increase flexibility, strength and balance, and help to focus the mind while expanding the spirit. Classes are $12 each or $10 for members of the Friends of the Rowley Library. No registration required. Questions call 978-948-2850
Genealogy Club - Monday September 10, 6-8 pm
Interested in researching your family history? Start with yourself! Join us from 6-8 pm on the second Monday of each month in the Local History Room for Genealogy Club, where like-minded researchers can make use of the Library's resources, share ideas, and make progress on family stories. No experience necessary. No expert on hand, but those who have been working on this for a while will help you get started. Databases available are (in library only) and Heritage Quest (access remotely with your Rowley Library bar code).   
Wi-Fi hotspots available for check out
The Rowley Public Library has two Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspots available to loan, which will give up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneous access to your own secure, private Internet signal. Borrow them like you would any library materials for one week, and take a signal with you almost anywhere. Call 978-948-2850 for more information or to make a reservation. 

From Youth Services

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Read One of these once banned Children's books:
Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White 
James & The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzbugh
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson  
Please check your website for updates or call the library:  978-948-2850