- The Public History of King Philip’s War: A Panel Discussion. “The Sudbury Fight,” “King Philip’s Woods,” “Metacomet Way.” What comes to mind when you hear these terms and place names? What really was King Philip’s War and how do we understand its significance in our history? A panel comprising Native American and white scholars will discuss the war’s history and impact, how it’s been remembered through memorials and markers, and recent efforts to center a Native perspective in our public memory of King Philip’s War. Register on our Events page. Sunday, October 17 from 2:30-4 p.m.
- Author Talk: Anders Morley. One winter in his early thirties, Anders Morley decided to cross-country ski across Canada alone, a journey he chronicles in This Land of Snow: A Journey Across the North in Winter. Along the way, his clear, subtle, and self-deprecating voice explores the dichotomy between wildness and refinement, language and personal story, journey and home. Register on our Events page. Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
- Scan Many Pages at Once. Thanks to a recent upgrade, you can now use our photocopier to scan lengthy documents to an email address. Just ask the librarian for the bypass key, drop your document (up to 50 pages) in the basket, and scan away to create a PDF. No more laborious page-by-page scanning on the flatbed!
- New Chinese Books. We have added over 160 books to our Chinese collection since June, including a variety of newly released fiction and nonfiction. If you read Chinese, you’ll want to take a look.
- Social Justice Book Group. We Want to Do More Than Survive by Bettina Love. Monday, October 18 at 7 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
- PLAY! Kits for toddlers and preschoolers. The Children’s Room is launching a set of themed PLAY! Kits to check out and enjoy at home with your toddlers and preschoolers. Each kit contains 6 to 7 new books, an educational toy, as well as an activity sheet and a song sheet to inspire at home learning and fun. Language-rich, child-centered play fosters early literacy, social emotional growth, problem solving skills, and the confidence to take on new challenges. Developing these skills now will help your child be ready for school. The PLAY! Kits are funded by the Mind in the Making Grant, federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Commissioners.
- *Outdoor Storytimes with Ms. Carly. Join Ms. Carly for an outdoor storytime! Children and their caregivers will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements. We will meet on the green lawn behind the library. For babies through preschool age children, with caregivers. Registration required. Face masks are encouraged for adults and for children ages 2+. We encourage attendees to bring along a picnic blanket or a lawn chair. This event is weather permitting. You can register here or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Tuesdays, Oct. 19, and Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.
- *Outside Storytimes with Ms. Pam. Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets, and activities OUTSIDE on the lawn behind the library. For ages 2.5 to 5 years with an adult. You can register here or from our online eventkeeper calendar. Thursdays, Oct. 21, and Oct. 28 at 9:30 a.m.
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
- 4th/5th Grade Book Club on zoom. We will be discussing Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. Register HERE for the zoom link. For 4th and 5th graders. Questions or to get a copy of the book email Pam at pmccuen@minlib. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
- *Celebrate Fall!: Outdoor Storytime with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read picture books that celebrate fall and spending time outside during this wonderful season. For ages 4 and up with an adult. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
- *Halloween!: Outdoor Storytime with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read not too spooky stories and lead children in super fun activities to celebrate Halloween! Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 3:00 p.m.
*Outdoor programs meet on the green lawn behind the library. We will assist in maintaining social distancing but encourage attendees to bring along a picnic blanket or a lawn chair. Registration is required. Outdoor programming is weather permitting. Call or follow us online for updates.
- Spooky Take & Make Craft Kit for Teens: Leaf Zombie. Teens are invited to make their own leaf zombies. Kits can be picked up on Monday, October 18, from our curbside service. Register HERE to reserve a kit. Limit one per teen.
- Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Teens! We want to hear from you! What kinds of library programs would you enjoy? What materials and services would you like from your public library? Please come to our first Teen Advisory Board Meeting of the year and let us know. We will also talk about our favorite books and movies of the summer. There will be plenty of free ARC’s (advanced readers’ copies of books). We will meet in the Teen Space upstairs int the library. Please register HERE or online from our eventkeeper calendar. Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.
FOR All Ages: Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Enter our 3rd annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Compete for best carved or best decorated pumpkin! We will have contests for kids ages 3-11, teens ages 12-18, and adults ages 19 and up. Submit photos of your pumpkin by October 25, then vote online. Please use your own pumpkin. (No more library pumpkins available.) Questions? Contact email@example.com. Library pumpkins generously donated by Stop and Shop.