Berlin Public Library
HOURS: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.
Superhero Cupcake Decorating: is Wednesday, July 8, at 3 p.m, at 19 Carter. Decorate cupcakes with Amanda. For ages 7 and up, sign up at the library.
Henna Tattoos: demonstration is Thursday, July 16, at 1 p.m. Sara Root-Simone will show how to create a henna tattoo, bring your ideas. For ages 9 and up, sign up at the library.
Nail Art With Chloe: is Wednesday, July 22, at 1 p.m., at 19 Carter. For ages 10 and up, sign at the library.
Magic Show: is Friday, July 24, at 7 p.m., at 1870 Town Hall, with Scott Jameson.
Taking Care of Pets: is Wednesday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m., with Dr. Tiffany Rule. All ages welcome, stories and craft along with a special guest.
Animal Adventures: of Bolton, returns July 30, at 1 p.m. Picnic in the library garden, bring a chair or blanket and meet new animal friends. Rain date is Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m.
Babysitter Course: is Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the 1870 Town Hall. Students, ages 11 to 16, may bring a lunch or snack with them or have pizza, which the library will provide. Registration is required and will be limited to the first 15. Should there be space available, the program will be open to other towns/students looking to participate. There is a $35 course fee.
Tech Help: Mondays, from 1 to 3 p.m., 19 Carter. Tech help with Parker.
The Together We Can Family Network: is Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., featuring stories, songs and crafts for young children.
Knitting Group: for children and adults is Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m. Snacks provided.
Story Time For Wee Ones: is Mondays at 10:30 a.m. In addition, there are story times with the Together We Can Family Network on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Museum Passes: Acton Discovery Museums, Ecotarium, Museum of Russian Icons, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, USS Constitution Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Mass. Parks Pass.
Trustees: will meet the first Tuesday of each month.
Book Club: meets the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m.
Check the website, www.townofberlin.com, for full listing of events and holiday closings. If you have any questions, call (978) 838-2812 or email email@example.com.
Bigelow Free Public Library
HOURS: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A Summer Ramble with Henry Thoreau in Clinton: is Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m. Freedom's Way will be presenting a family nature program with naturalist scholar Corinne Smith. After the activities at the library, participants will be invited to ride a Friends of the Bigelow Library-sponsored open-air trolley to Clinton’s Rauscher Farm to meet with Henry David Thoreau (as portrayed by Richard Smith) for a Summer Ramble. Thoreau will lead the group on a leisurely stroll along a Rauscher Farm trail beside Clamshell Pond, giving everyone a opportunity to view, examine and share the natural world around the pond. Participants will ride back to the library on the trolley after the program at 5 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Register at freedomsway.org or at firstname.lastname@example.org., or call (978) 365-4160, Ext. 221 for more information.
The Bernard Malamud Short Story Reading Group: meets on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Bigelow Free Library. The story to be discussed is, "Talking Horse." New members are welcome. For information, call Gordon Graham (978) 733-4367.
LEGO Club: will meet every Saturday, July 11 through Aug. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. Drop in for ages 6 and up.
Drop-In Story Time: is every Tuesday, at 10 a.m., with Ms. Fran, for ages 2 through 5.
Family Board Game Night: is Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m., in the children's room, July 8 through Aug. 12.
Unmask! Your Talent, Doodle: is Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., July 8 through Aug. 12, for ages 12 and up.
Unmask! Your Talent, Origami: is Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., July 9 through Aug. 13, for ages 12 and up.
Manga Club: meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. Tweens and teens who love to read, draw and discuss Manga, can drop-in.
Homework Spot: meets Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m, for tweens and teens.
Stitch in Time: Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Friends of the Bigelow Library: meets at the library on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Trustees Meet: on the third Thursday at 6 p.m.
Driver’s Ed Practice Exams: online at The Bigelow Free Public Library. The library has formed a partnership with Driving-Tests.org to offer free practice exams for RMV permits, car, motorcycle, and CDL licenses and Mass. Driver’s Handbook online through the library’s website. The Massachusetts-specific exams are accessible from the website at www.bigelowlibrary.org. Online resources are free to the public. Call (978) 365-4160, ext. 221 for more information.
Test Drive a Kindle Fire HDX: Adult patrons must have a valid library card and ID to borrow a Kindle. Younger patrons will need a parent or guardian to check out a Kindle for them as well as a valid library card. Similar to borrowing museum passes, patrons will have to leave a $20 deposit that will be returned when the device is returned in the same condition as when it left the library. Patrons should arrive in person to borrow the device and return it to a Bigelow Library staff member. Kindles can be reserved ahead of time and staff members are available to show patrons how to use them. Michelle Lupien, the library assistant, is available by appointment. For information, or to reserve a Kindle, call (978) 365-4160 or visit the library.
Museum Passes: Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Museum of Science, Butterfly Place, deCordova Sculpture Park, Discovery Museums, Ecotarium, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Russian Icons, Mystic Aquarium, Old Sturbridge Village, Parks Pass, Peabody Essex Museum, Southwick Zoo, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, U.S.S. Constitution Museum and Worcester Art Museum. Call the library to reserve your pass.
Bolton Public Library
HOURS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Rhythm Reads: is Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. This music and movement program is best for ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Siblings are invited.
Story Time: is every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Geared for ages 2 to 5, it includes stories and a craft (with caregiver help). Siblings are invited.
Story Time and Craft Session: is Wednesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. The guest will be Dr. Jeffrey Bellanti, from Bolton Family Dental.
History of Comics: is Saturday, July 11, from 10:30 to noon. Dana Perkins, the published author of "The Mighty Thor Saga," Marvel Comics, will present the history of comics and how they tie into today's pop culture. Patrons will then create their own characters and comic strips. Registration required; for ages 6 to adult.
Story Time and Craft Session: is Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m. The host will be Gunnery Sgt. Joel Graber.
Museum Passes: Discovery Museum, Ecotarium, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, Mass. Audubon, Mass. Parks Pass, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Russian Icons, Museum of Science, Mystic Aquarium, Old Sturbridge Village, Peabody Essex Museum, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, USS Constitution Museum and Worcester Art Museum.
New Music Collection: Available genres include rock, pop, bluegrass, folk, country, international, blues and jazz, with classical, religious, seasonal and soundtracks to follow soon. Music CDs can be checked out just like books and other materials; loan period is three weeks. Suggestions from library users are always welcome, either in person (via one of the suggestion boxes around the building) or by email email@example.com.
Books-to-Go: is for homebound Bolton residents. Each month a selection of books and/or audio books tailored to the client’s preferences will be delivered to his/her door. In a month, these will be picked up and replaced by a fresh selection. Deliveries are made on the first Friday of each month. If you or someone you know would benefit from this service and has additional questions, call Kelly at the Bolton Public Library (978) 779-2839 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can be found on the Bolton Library’s website at www.boltonpubliclibrary.org and Friends of Bolton Seniors website at www.fobsbolton.wordpress.com.
Library Website: features a full calendar of events, including the LEGO Club meetings. Visit: www.boltonpubliclibrary.org.
Conant Public Library
HOURS: Open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Friday.
Monthly Adult Book Club: meets the third Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Baker Room. Copies of book selections are available at the circulation desk. Registration is not required.
Story Time Registration: begins on Monday, July 6. Story Time is Mondays, 2 p.m., for ages 3 and up; Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., ages 18 months to age 3; Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., ages 3 and up; and Thursday, 2 p.m., ages 18 months to age 3. All programs require registration, call (978) 422-6409.
Summer Reading: registration is under way. The final day to read and record time will be Thursday, Aug. 20. The program will include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) based story times. Additional events will include: crafts; movies; book clubs; no bake cooking programs and more. The final day to read and record time is Thursday, Aug. 20.
July Movie Nights: Wednesday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m."McFarland, USA," stars Kevin Costner as the coach of a 1987 Mexican-American high school cross country team that goes on to win the state championship. Tuesday, July 14, at 5 p.m., a screening of “Mr. Turner,” starring Timothy Spall as painter J.M.W Turner. Wednesday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m., "Curious George 3, Back to the Jungle." Wednesday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m. "It's a bird...it's a plane...it's....Superman!" All movies will be screened in the Baker Room. Popcorn will be served. Call (978) 422-6409 to register.
The Thursday Night Book Club: will meet July 23, at 6:30 p.m., and features "We Were Liars," written by E. Lockhart.
Summer Movie: "The Longest Ride," based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, will be screened in the Baker Room, on Wednesday, July 29, at 1 p.m. Popcorn will be served. Registration is required. Call (978) 422-6409 to register.
Family Movie Night: on Tuesdays, at 6 p.m., in the Baker Room. Popcorn will be served. Registration is required. Call (978) 422-6409 to register.
Pajama story hours for July: are Wednesday, July 22, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m. in the Baker Room. Stories, craft and more with a theme of summertime picnics. Call the library to register for the afternoon or the evening program at (978)422-6409.
Wowbrary Newsletter: Every week, the library adds newly released books, audiobooks, ebooks and DVDs to its collection. Stay up to date on these items by signing up for Wowbrary, a free, weekly email newsletter. Each newsletter displays a list of new releases with reviews, previews and a link to the CW/MARS catalog so that patrons can log in to their online accounts and place their holds. To sign up for this free service, click on the Wowbrary link on the library’s website at sterlinglibrary.org or stop by the main circulation desk for assistance. Questions may be directed to (978) 422-6409.
OverDrive Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks: access to thousands of free ebooks and audiobooks to check out and download through the OverDrive catalog online. Available for Mac, PC, iPads, iPhones, iPods, Kindles, Nooks and Android phones. Learn more at www.sterlinglibrary.org or call (978) 422-6409.
Classics Book Club: is the first Wednesday of every month, at 1 p.m. Register by calling the library at (978) 422-6409. Books will be available to check out at the library.
Knitting/Crocheting Group: on Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the lower level. Not limited to Sterling residents, all skill levels are welcome. There is a varied selection of knit and crochet books that can be borrowed.
Digital Magazines and Newspapers: are now available at the library. Planning on bringing your e-reader to the beach this summer? The Conant Public Library has many new magazines and newspapers now available for free through OverDrive. This new collection features many popular digital magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, ESPN, Men’s Health, Popular Science, Bon Appetit, and Parents. Users can check out periodicals on the same digital library website where they currently borrow eBooks, digital audiobooks and streaming video titles. All that is required is a valid library card and a NOOK account. Titles can be read via a NOOK tablet device or Free NOOK Reading App available for a multitude of smartphones and tablets. For more information or for assistance, call (978) 422-6409.
Delivery Service: The Conant Public Library has announced a new delivery service program for patrons who are unable to leave their homes. Librarians are available to recommend books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs and then coordinate home delivery and pick-up of these items. This program is for Sterling residents only and a current library card will be necessary. If patrons do not have one, staff can assist in setting up an account. Call (978) 422-6409 for information.
Library Cards Required: Patrons of the Conant Public Library must present their library card in order to check out materials. The library is no longer charging a fee to replace lost or damaged cards. If you do not have your own library card, sign up for one.
Thayer Memorial Library
Evening Adult Book Discussion: meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. The library can order the book. For information, contact Karen Silverthorn at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4, or email@example.com.
The Science Magic Show: is Wednesday, July 15, at 2 p.m., with Steve Lechner and Bananas. Participants will experience science in a new way. No sign-up required, but seating is limited. For information, contact Susan Conroy at (978) 368-8928, ext. 5, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Critique Night: is the first Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m., with Peter Christoph, a Lancaster native and award-winning wildlife photographer. Christoph hosts these informal meetings for beginners, as well as more advanced photographers that allows them to discuss their work. Bring five to 10 photos on a flash drive, in .jpeg format, preferably 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high. For information, contact Karen Silverthorn at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4, or email@example.com.
UMass Extension 4-H Babysitter's Course: is Thursday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Session includes: child safety, first aid, emergency response, feeding, discipline, entertaining, stages of child development and the business of babysitting. Participants must be at least 11 years old and seriously interested in babysitting. The course will be instructed by a 4-H educator. A $35 fee will cover the 4-H Babysitter’s Manual. 4-H Participation Certificates are issued upon successful completion of the course. Students must be available for the entire time period. Bring lunch, there is a refrigerator. Pre-registration is required. Register in person or at firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 368-8928,ext. 5. Make checks out to "Worcester County 4-H Advisory Council" when registering.
Big Truck Night: is Wednesday, July 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (rain date, Monday, July, 29). Huge trucks, fire trucks, police cars, a tractor, comedy magic and a petting zoo will be featured. Magician Ed Popielarczyk will appear inside the library on Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. should it rain that day. Scott's hot dog truck and Juniper Farms ice cream truck will be there. Parking is along Main Street. Free and no registration. All welcome.
Teddy Bear Picnic: is Thursday, July 30, at 11 a.m., on the Lancaster Town Green. Bring lunch, a blanket and a teddy bear to participate in stories, songs and activities. Rain or shine. All ages welcome, no registration is necessary. Families from other communities are welcome.
Young Adult Book Group: meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:15 p.m.; open to teens ages 13 through 18 from Lancaster and other communities. The club includes occasional movie nights and other events. There is pizza and soda. For information, contact Susan Conroy at (978) 368-8928, ext. 5, or email@example.com.
Fun Teen Book Group: is the second Wednesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. This meeting is open to all teens from any community. Have some food (usually pizza), fun and discussion. For information, contact Susan Conroy at (978) 368-8928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing Children’s Book Sale: is in front of the Children’s Room bulletin board. New books, movies and CDs added daily.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden Passes: courtesy of the library and the Lancaster Garden Club for a visit to Tower Hill, 1 French Drive, P.O. Box 598, Boylston. Call (508) 869-6111 for information.
Blockbuster Movies: on Mondays at 1 p.m. To find out what is playing each week, call (978) 368-8928 or go to thayermemoriallibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page. All movies are free to the public.
Wachusett Toastmasters #7677: meet weekly each Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This organization helps people develop speaking and leadership skills. These meetings are open to the public. Participants should plan to arrive 15 minutes early for networking.
LEGO Club Session: is every Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. There is no sign-up, just drop in when you can. The group is for ages 4 and up, and parents are required to sign up to volunteer for two dates. Contact Susan Conroy at (978) 368-8928, ext. 5, or email@example.com with any questions.
Computer Guru: Jon Roper will be available to help with computer questions the first and third Tuesdays of each month. There is no charge. Call (978) 368-8928 to make an appointment.
Knitting Club: meets on Tuesdays, at 6 p.m. All levels of knitters are welcome.
Scrabble for Adults and Seniors: on Thursdays, at 6 p.m.
Download Free e-books: to a Nook, Kindle or other e-reader using your C/W MARS card. Stop in at the library for detailed information or call Nancy at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4, with questions. Visit www.wowbrary.org: to see the latest additions to the library collection.
Library Slates on Sale: A few years ago, the slates of the library’s old roof were found in the basement. Town scenes have been hand-painted on each slate. Slates are on sale now for $50 and current members of the Friends receive a 20 percent discount. Stop by the library to see them on display. Purchase the slates at the circulation desk.
Museum Passes: Animal Adventures in Bolton, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and Southwick Zoo. Other passes: Boston Museum of Science, The Butterfly Place, Davis’ Farmland (all season) and Mega Maze (August only), The Discovery Museums, Ecotarium, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fruitlands, Garden in the Woods, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Mass. Audubon (Wachusett Meadow or Broad Meadow Brook) Pass, Mass State Park Parking Pass, Museum of Russian Icons, Mystic Aquarium, New England Aquarium, Pawtucket Red Sox, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Zoo New England Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. For information on booking the passes, contact the library at (978) 368-8928.