Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Ave., Gloucester — 978-281-9763 — http://sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Did you know? The Library has a binocular and bird guide book kit that you can check out with library card!
Family STEAM: 3:30-4:30 p.m. June 17, Friend Room. Harry and the Potters Week! Wandmaking: A fun after school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics activity for ages 3 and older with parental participation. Children ages 8 and older may attend by themselves if preferred. Please register each child.
Toddler Time: 10-11 a.m. June 19, Friend Room. You and your child are invited to a morning of playtime, bubbles, stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft. This is a great way for your child to begin interacting with children his or her age. For ages 1-3. All are welcome.
Good Morning Baby Lapsit: 10-11 a.m. June 20, Friend Room. Join Christy for a fun morning of songs, fingerplays, stories and bouncy play with your baby ages 3 months through 24 months. 20 minute session followed by stay and play time.
Wandmaking: 3:30-4:30 p.m. June 20, Friend Room. Harry and the Potters Week! Wandmaking: A fun after school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics activity for ages 3 and older with parental participation. Children ages 8 and older may attend by themselves if preferred. Please register each child.
Concert! Harry and the Potters CD Launch: 7-8 p.m. June 21, Main Floor. Harry and the Potters! Join us for a concert at the library as Harry and the Potters kicks off their summer tour with us at Sawyer Free Library. Enjoy the music from their latest CD which was recorded right here in Gloucester. All welcome. Parking available both at the library and in the City Hall parking lot. Come enjoy a spectacular summer evening of music and fun!
Dads and Donuts: 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 22, Friend Room. Kids, grab your dad or favorite adult and a morning full of stories, rhymes, music, crafts and donuts. Ages 0-6. All welcome.
Books n Brews: 6-8 p.m. June 18, Azorean Restaurant. June’s book is “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer. Pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk, register online and join us at the Azorean for a rousing discussion.
Harry Potter Trivia Night: 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 18, Main Floor. Grab a team, no more than six people, or bring yourself and join in for our pub-quiz-style Harry Potter Trivia night. The top three teams win a prize. All ages welcome.
Harry Potter Butterbeer Tasting: 5-6 p.m. June 19, Muzzey Room. We will have three different recipes, come help us make and taste them all, then vote on your favorite. All ages welcome.
Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880: 7-8:30 p.m. June 20, Main Floor. Curator Bill Cross will present a preview of the upcoming exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum
Genealogy in Gloucester Series – DNA: 7-8:30 p.m. June 20, Friend Room. Peg Plummer, a retired RN has been speaking about DNA for about six years and enjoys teaching genetic genealogy. Have you taken a DNA test? Wondering what to do with the results or how it applies to your genealogy project? Attend this informative talk and learn all about DNA.
Manchester Public Library
15 Union St., Manchester — 978-526-7711 — email@example.com, http://manchesterpl.org.
New Public Computers: The library has new, updated computers available to the public during library hours. Some of the many ways you can utilize the computers for your needs will be having access to Microsoft Office, your email, and fast and free internet. Printing is also available at 10 cents for a black and white copy and 25 cents for a colored copy.
Summer Reading Adult Survey: This year’s Summer Reading Kick-Off starts on June 14 and adults are welcome to join for some fun summer reading events and become eligible for some great prizes. While the kick-off will last all day, adults will have all summer to pop into the library and fill out a quick and easy user survey available at the library. Once it’s filled out, bring the completed form to the circulation desk where you will receive a list of recommended books and movies based on this year’s space summer reading theme, A Universe of Stories, and a gift card to Chipotle! Don’t wait, there are a limited number of gift cards are available. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Adult Services Librarian Rachael Meneades at 978-526-2017 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June Movie Night: At 5:30 p.m. June 14 the library will show a film the dramatizes key moments during Vincent van Gogh’s time in France when he resided in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise before his death. Vincent struggles with mental turmoil as he travels to southern France searching for artistic inspiration and support from family and friends. Despite opposition coming the many people he encounters, Vincent fights to create new and authentic art that will eventually become some of his greatest masterpieces. This movie stars Willem Dafoe, Oscar Isaac and Rupert Friend. Bring your own drink, the library will provide popcorn. This movie is rated PG-13 and anyone under 13 must have a parent or guardian fill out a permission slip available at the circulation desk.
Sally Ride Historical Performance: At 11 a.m. June 22 come by the library to enjoy a performance by living history actress Sheryl Faye as she brings to life the famous astronaut Sally Ride who became the first American woman in space in 1983. Faye acts out the events in Sally Ride’s life that detail how her insatiable curiosities in science helped her overcome gender discrimination to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. Sheryl Faye is a full-time actress, performing a variety of historical women in New England. She also writes and performs with StageCoach Improv and keeps busy working on films, television and theater throughout Boston and New York. This program is sponsored by The Hooper Fund, whose generous support makes this program possible.
Books at the Beach Book Group: Join us at 10:30 a.m. June 27 for our Books at the Beach book group at Singing Beach. Manchester Library’s Sara, Lori and Rachael will talk about great beach reads, share suggestions and pick up some good books. This is a 30-minute group with fun beach reading suggestions, sharing of books, and more! The Group will be on the beach again in July, August and September with new suggestions and more talk of hot summer reading. First 10 to attend get a free library tote bag and a free iced coffee from our friends at the Laughing Gull concession stand. Shout out to Manchester Parks & Rec for helping us coordinate this fun.
In the Children’s Room
“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program: Join us for a fun-filled summer of programs and reading incentives as we explore A Universe of Stories and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Starting June 14 kids through entering Kindergarten through entering grade six can sign up for “A Universe of Stories” Read-to-Bead Summer reading game. Register for the program and receive your game board and starter packet that includes a chain, star bead, book mark and Chipotle certificate for a free children’s meal. Then check out a bag filled with great books and start recording your reading. Complete your personal reading goal by Aug. 14 and win an awesome prize packet from The Topsfield Fair. So don’t delay, stop by the Children’s Room on June 14 to and blast-off to a summer of reading fun!
The Massachusetts Summer Library Program is sponsored by the Manchester Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Topsfield Fair Read and Win.
Scott Jameson’s Out-of-this-World Magic kicks off our summer programs: 2 p.m. June 26. Please note: this program will be held at the Manchester Community Center. Join Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. All ages are welcome. This program is generously sponsored by the Manchester Cultural Council.
Babies, Books and More: 10:30 a.m. June 26-Aug. 14. Join our circle of music, movement and simple stories in the Children’s Room. Suggested for birth through age 3, but everyone is welcome.
Stories at the Beach: 10:30 a.m. June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22. Join Ms. Carol at Singing Beach for stories and parachute fun! All welcome, weather permitting.
2019 YA Summer Reading Blasts Off: Visit the library once school is out and see all that we’ve got going on this summer. Back by popular demand — scratch tickets. Check out books, get a scratch ticket. Take a craft in a bag home with you, get a scratch ticket. Attend a program, get a scratch ticket. Many of the scratch tickets will be instant winners; all will be entered into the End of Summer Raffle (where the prizes will be even more awesome).
2019 Teen Cosmic Cookie Bake-off: 3 p.m. June 14. Jump into Summer 2019 with cookies! Love to bake? Love to eat cookies? Want to test your baking skills? Visit the Library and pick up the “Rules” for this fun cookie baking contest. Grades 6-12 welcome. Please register: 526-7711.
The Teen Writer’s Club: Do you write? Wish you could share the process, just by committing to the process and blocking out writing times, too? A Teen Writer’s Club has begun, contact Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, email@example.com for details.
Rockport Public Library
17 School St., Rockport — 978-546-6934 — firstname.lastname@example.org, rockportlibrary.org.
On Saturdays We Craft!: Every Saturday, join us at the craft table in the Children’s Room where you will discover a new craft each week. Crafts are placed on the table at 10 a.m. and are available as long as supply lasts.
Which Craft?: Please stop by on Monday mornings at 11 a.m. in the Trustees Room to work on your needlecraft project while enjoying lively conversation with similar creatives. No instruction, just a getaway for experienced crafters.
Notable Fiction: This adult discussion group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. June 16 in the Trustees Room.
Monday Evening Book Group: This adult discussion group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 17 in the Trustees Room.
Morning Storytime: Pre-school storytime for ages 2-5 will be held at 10:15 a.m. June 18. Children and their caregivers are invited to share joyful storytime full of songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays. The first 30 minutes is circle time for listening to books aloud, and the second half is open play and craft time for children.
On Screen: Join us on June 15 for our current release screening starring Rebel Wilson who becomes trapped in a romantic comedy alternate universe after being knocked unconscious during a mugging. The movie runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Brenner Room and is rated PG-13.
Our Pride Film Series film starring Nick Robinson as a 17-year old, struggling with his identity. This movie will be shown from 2 to 4 p.m. June 16 in the Brenner Room and is rated PG-13.
For our classic movie matinee, we will be showing a 1979 science fiction horror film starring Sigourney Weaver. This movie will run from 2 to 4 p.m. June 19 in the Brenner Room and is rated R.
Please feel free to bring snacks and covered drinks to the movies.
Movie schedule and details are available on our website.
Device Advice: To schedule a one-on-one appointment for assistance in learning to operate devices, such as a smart phones or tablets, call at 978-546-6934.
Disk repair: Damaged disks may be dropped off at the main desk for us to run through the disk repair machine. Suggested donation of $1 per disc benefits the Friends of the Library.
T.O.H.P. Burnham Public Library
30 Martin St., Essex — 978-768-7410 — email@example.com, http://essexpl.org.
Adult Yoga: Gentle Vinyasa Yoga, 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings on the 3rd floor with instructor Lisa Lunnen on Tuesday evenings. $12 per session. Drop-ins welcome. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library.
Root Beer Float: Join us for this much anticipated annual tradition to kick off the summer holidays! All are welcome to Centennial Grove from 1 to 3 p.m. June 14 for Root Beer Floats and all children entering first through sixth grade may sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Program: Camping Craze! and register for Summer Reading Events. No RSVP required.
Henna Night for Teens: All those entering sixth through 12th grade, join us as we welcome back Mandy of Wicked Good Henna from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24. Choose from over 100 amazing designs and leave with a fantastic, temporary tattoo. Reserve your spot now: firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-768-7410.
Community Book Group: 9:30 a.m. June 26. This month’s pick is “Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan. Join us for coffee, baked goods and lively discussion. Books are available at the Circulation Desk.
Ed the Wizard Magic for Camping: Children, ages 5 and up, don’t miss this special event! Join Ed the Wizard at 3 p.m. on June 28 as he dazzles and teaches participants how to perform easy magic effects using items used on a camping trip and at home. This event is paid for by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
STEM Storytime: Children, ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers are invited to join Nancy Toso to explore literacy and STEM ideas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon June 11 and 18. This free program is funded by the CFCE Grant and serves families in Essex, Manchester, Hamilton and Wenham.Register online at: http://earlychildhoodpartners.com or contact Pagie, 978-468-5489.