The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library is located at 14 Union St., Hamilton. For information: 978-468-5577; hwlibrary.org.
Teen Poetry and Flash Fiction Contest: The library’s teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, voted to continue the poetry contest for an eighth year. A flash fiction option has been added to the contest, and the contest deadline has been moved up to April 1. Literary historian and playwright Rob Velella has been invited to return as the reception speaker from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 12. This year he will appear as, and dramatically portray, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Velella specializes in American literature of the 19th century.
POETRY & FLASH FICTION CONTEST Rules: Open to teens in grades six to 12 who are residents of Essex County. Poem or story entry must be original work. Flash fiction story must be 300 words or less. Maximum of three entries per author may be entered. The theme is outer space or unexplored territory. Poems and stories must incorporate the theme or have an associative metaphor such as foreign, cosmic, unknown, remote, alien, etc. Each poem or story must have a title. Entries are due by midnight April 1. An online form must be filled out for EACH entry, available at informedteenshwlibrary.blogspot.com. Contest winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the Contest Reception on April 12. Participants must be present at the reception to win. Cash prizes to be awarded.
Painting with Pammy: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Explore paint and color. Pammy and your own muse will be your guides. No experience or registration necessary; all ages are welcome.
Literary Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20. The group will discuss Sophie Hannah’s “Monogram Murders.” A mystery starring Hercule Poirot and a series of murders in a London hotel. Available in hardcover, eBook, CD and large print. Bring a brown-bag lunch.
Time for Teeth: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month with dentist Dr. Priscilla Magnuson of Green Willow Dental. Enjoy stories and songs about teeth and dentists. Children will have a chance to practice brushing on Skylar, the stuffed animal horse. All ages welcome; no registration required.
Harry Potter event: 2 p.m. Feb. 20. Be a wizard for a day. Step into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and select a wand, get sorted into a Hogwarts House, attend a charms class and create your own Patronus to fight Dementors. Designed for children ages 7-12. Registration is required.
Tinker Drop-In: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 21. Drop in for open-ended exploring and creating using the objects and materials of everyday life. No registration necessary.
Tech Take-Apart: 2 p.m. Feb. 21. Are you curious about what the inside of technology looks like? Come explore the inner workings of everyday office and household items. Registration is requested.
‘Circus Up’ Aerialists: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22, meet in the Recreation Center Gym. Interested in circus performing? Come and meet Leah Abel and Molly Baechtold of Circus Up and try low stilts, juggling scarves, spinning plates and even aerial silks. Then be treated to their acrobatics as they present solo and combination acts. No registration necessary; all ages are welcome.
Film: “Tomorrow”: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22. “Tomorrow” is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of the planet. Start small to grow big and write a new story for the generations to come. A discussion will follow the film.
Virginia Lee Burton Storytime & Craft: 11 a.m. Feb. 23. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Award for “The Little House,” join us for a Virginia Lee Burton inspired storytime and printmaking craft. Listen to stories, learn about the creative work of local children’s author, illustrator and designer Virginia Lee Burton and make your own design into a print. Children ages preschool and older; no registration required.
The Family Treehouse: Winter Sports: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. Conceived and led by parents and recommended for families with children ages 8 and younger. Share stories and visit exploratory play stations. RSVP: 978-468-5489; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living Your Best Life After Breast Cancer Treatment: 6:15-7:45 p.m. Feb. 26, March 12, April 9 and 23 and May 14. This peer-led group is for women to share support after completion of active treatment, organized by experienced support group facilitator and breast cancer survivor Jodie Berry. Tea, chocolate and conversation. Register: email@example.com.
English as a Second Language: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 27 through May 22. There will be a $5 fee for class materials. Contact Jan Dempsey to register at 978-468-5577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boating Class: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays for eight weeks starting March 20; no class April 17. This eight-week introductory 16-hour course is for both power and sail boaters. It is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, recognized by the US Coast Guard and the state of Massachusetts as well as all other states. Successful students receive a USPS Certificate of Completion showing they have met the educational requirements for safe boat operation in all 50 states. Course topics include federal and state navigation rules, required and recommended safety equipment, operating and environmental regulations, GPS, marine radio, safe boat handling, emergency procedures, PWCs, hands-on chart work and trailering. Open to all adults and children over the age of 12. Cost is $60 for manual, plotting tools and exam. Families may share materials. Class size is limited; advance registration required. To register: Beverly-usps.org; 978-578-1795; email@example.com.
Breast Cancer Support Group: Living Your Best Life After Breast Cancer Treatment: 6:15-7:45 p.m. second and fourth Mondays. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Join this peer-led group for women to share support as they journey forward; organized by experienced support group facilitator and breast cancer survivor Jodie Berry. Tea, chocolate and conversation.
M.A.G.E. Club: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. M.A.G.E., which stands for Minecraft and Assorted Games for Everyone, is run by teens for all ages who play well with others. Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft membership. One rule: no griefing. Beginners and advance players welcome. No registration required. Meets every Wednesday during the school year.