All events are free due to the Friends of the Medfield Public Library and take place at the library unless otherwise noted. To sign up for these programs or for more information, call the library at 508-359-4544 or visit http://medfieldlibrary.org.
Lego Club: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Sept. 27. Free; registration required. Challenge yourself to build with our collection of Legos. Open to ages 5 and older. Please register as space is limited.
Friends 1/2 Price Bookstore Sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28. Bargain prices; no registration required. Come in anytime the library is open and check out the great selection of books, DVDs, CDs and more. On the last Saturday of the month everything is 1/2 price!
Music Makers: 10:30-11 a.m. and 11:05-11:35 a.m. Sept. 30. Free; registration required. Enhance your little one’s love of music during this 30-minute bonding time. Award winning singer/songwriter, Carrie Rowan, will lead the way with songs, dance and movement activities. Designed for ages 0 - 5 with a caregiver. Please register as space is limited. Registration for this program begins Sept. 16. This program is reserved for Medfield residents and is sponsored by New ‘N Towne Club of Medfield.
3D Print Mondays in the Makerspace: 3-5 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. Free; no registration required. Drop by the Makerspace between 3:00-5:00 p.m. to see the 3D printer in action and to get started on making your own designs to print! And don’t forget, the Makerspace is open and available for use anytime that the library is open for everyone aged 16+ and/or children accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Needle Felted Pumpkins: 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Free; registration required. Needle felting is easy to learn and fun to do! Join us to make a cute, little wool pumpkin or two to adorn your home for the next couple of months! No experience needed! Please register as space is limited.
Teen Advisory Board — Haunted House Meeting: 5-6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8. It’s our favorite time of the year! If you like creating props, backdrops, or costumes, and you love making people scream, join us at one or all of these meetings to help turn the library into Deadfield. We’ll meet every Tuesday, from Sept. 3 – Oct. 22. Open to grades 6-12.
Fall Book Buzz — Make Your Fall Reading List: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 1. Free; registration required. As we bid farewell to summer and prepare for the glorious season of changing colors and snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, a pumpkin spiced latte and a good book. What’s the next best thing to those lattes? We’ll tell you! It’s the busiest time of year in the publishing world, and you know what that means: new books! Bring your own Latte (Pumpkin Spice not required.) We will provide the sweet treats (Did someone say Apple Cider Donuts???) and a presentation on some of the new, forthcoming and buzzworthy titles to add to your Fall Reading List! Please Register, so we know how many treats to provide!
Makerspace Staffed Hours: 3-5 p.m. Oct. 2, 9 and 4-6 p.m. Oct. 3, 10. Free; no registration required. During Staffed Hours, patrons of All Ages can drop in to the Makerspace to learn about the equipment, tools and toys we have available, or to try something new with staff on hand to help. We’ve got a sewing machine, vinyl cutter, 3D pens, and jewelry making, embroidery & duct tape craft supplies-just to name a few! We’ll also have a craft or activity set up and ready to go if you’re unsure of what to try. And don’t forget, the Makerspace is open and available for use anytime that the library is open for everyone aged 16 and older and/or children accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Someone Must Wash The Dishes — An Anti-Suffrage Satire Performance: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 3. Free; registration required. Next year marks the 100 year anniversary of American women getting The Vote! Come celebrate with “Someone Must Wash The Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire.” Many women fought against getting the vote in the early 1900s, but none with more charm, prettier clothes—and less logic — than the fictional speaker in this satiric monologue written by pro-suffragist Marie Jenney Howe, back in 1912. “Woman suffrage is the reform against nature,” declares Howe’s unlikely, but irresistibly likeable, heroine. Reviewers have called this production “wicked” in its wit, and have labeled Michèle LaRue’s performance “side-splitting.” An Illinois native, now based in New York, LaRue is a professional actress who tours nationally with a repertoire of shows by Gilded Age and Progressive Era American writers. Seating for this special performance is limited. Please register.
Family Create, Play and Learn: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, 12. Free; no registration required. Drop in sometime and play with a variety of different activities! Whether it’s Legos, games, crafts, puzzles or activity sheets... there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy and learn through play. Ages 3 and up with Adult.
Big Ryan’s Tall Tales and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Party: 10:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 5. Free; no registration required. Big Ryan is sure to entertain with original stories, puppet play, music and movement plus a whole lot of fun. Afterwards, we’ll have some activities and we’ll celebrate kids who are working on or have completed the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. Haven’t started the challenge yet? Come to the party and find out all about it! All ages welcome with an adult.
Pop-Up Art School — Day of the Dead Alters: 1-3 p.m. Oct. 5. Free; registration required. Celebrated primarily in Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a public holiday when families come together to honor and celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones. The Pop up Art School will bring everything you’ll need to create an altar like those made for Día de los Muertos. You’ll also learn the history and traditions behind the Day of the Dead. Please register as space is limited. Open to Grades 5 and older.
Yoga for Kids: 10:15-11 a.m. Oct. 7. Free; registration required. Get bendy with your buddies at this yoga class designed especially for preschoolers. Ages 3-5. Please register as space is limited.
E-Book and Audiobook Tutorial: 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 7. Free; no registration required. Curious about reading electronic books (“E-Books”) or listening to audiobooks, but not sure where to start? Join us at this tutorial to learn how to read books on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Anna will walk you through the process of choosing and checking out books then accessing them on your device. It’s easy once you get started! If you have a device you’d like to use, bring it with you, along with your library card. If you would like help getting everything set up, make sure you know the passwords to your device. Registration for this event is not required, but if you’d like an email reminder, please feel free to do so. Note: If you have a Kindle brand e-reader, please sign up for Anna’s Kindle Workshop on Oct. 28 instead.
smART Club for Kindergarten and First Grade: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Oct. 10. Free; registration required. Kindergarten and 1st Graders can join other kids their age for a surprise, creative learning activity! Please register as space is limited.
Eco-Centric Book Club: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 10. Free; no registration required. The Eco-Centric Book Club reads books focused on Waste Reduction and Earth Stewardship. Please join us for a discussion about the monthly selection as well as ways we, as individuals, can help. Join us to discuss Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. Bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. For years he was content to live with uncertainty about his own dietary choices-but once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill. Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer “at the table with our greatest philosophers” -and a must-read for anyone who cares about building a more humane and healthy world. New members are always welcome. Copies are available at the library! You do not need to register, but if you’d like an email reminder about the meeting, please feel free to do so.
Organize Your Kids: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Free; no registration required. Are you the one who ends up putting away your kids’ toys and clothes? Are you tired of them leaving a mess everywhere? Join Susan McCarthy, member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and author of A Year of Decluttering, to learn how to create systems that put your kids (toddlers through teens) in charge of their own stuff and make it easy for them to clean up while teaching them valuable life skills. There is no need to register for this event, but if you’d like an email reminder, please feel free to do so.
Felt Bat Ornament Workshop: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 11. Free; registration required. Boo! Who said bats are creepy? I think you meant CUTIE! Come join us for a Spooky Sewing Circle and go home with a sweet little Vampire Bat. No sewing experience required! Please register below as supplies are limited.
The STEAM Room – Medfield Library’s Makerspace: Open during Library’s open hours. Staffed Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Staffed Hours: Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. Free; no registration required. Patrons of all ages can drop in to use the Makerspace whenever the library is open! However, during the days and times listed above, library staff is also there to help with the equipment, tools and toys we have available. We’ve got a sewing machine, vinyl cutter, 3D pens, and jewelry making, embroidery & duct tape craft supplies-just to name a few! We’ll also have a craft or activity set up and ready to go if you’re unsure of what to try. And don’t forget, the STEAM Room is open and available for use anytime that the library is open for everyone aged 16+ and/or children accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Teen Advisory Board — Haunted House Meeting: 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 3 – Oct. 22. It’s our favorite time of the year! If you like creating props, backdrops, or costumes, and you LOVE making people scream, join us at one or all of these meetings to help turn the library into DEADFIELD. We’ll meet every Tuesday, from September 3 – October 22. Open to Grades 6-12
Storytime — Pattycake Place: 10:15-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Free; no registration required. Ages 0-24 months. This music-based storytime for babies and their caregiver is full of songs, rhymes and movement activities. Perfect for pre-walkers. No Storytime on Nov.27 & 28.
Storytime — Toddler Time: 10:45-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Free; no registration required. Ages 18-36 months. This music-based storytime for toddlers and their caregiver is full of songs, rhymes and movement activities. Best for busy toddlers. No Storytime on Nov.27 & 28.
Storytime — All Together Now: 11:15-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Free; no registration required. Ages 0–36 months. This music-based storytime for babies/toddlers and their caregiver is full of songs, rhymes and movement activities. Ideal for siblings. No Storytime on Nov.27 & 28.
Storytime — Preschool Pageturners: 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Free; no registration required. Ages 3–5. This program for preschoolers is designed to encourage the love of books that help develop important early literacy skills. Participants are encouraged to separate from their caregiver for the first part of the program, but we ask for help with our craft at the end. No Storytime on Nov.27 & 28.
To register for these programs or for more information, call the library at 508-359-4544 or visit http://ww.medfieldpubliclibrary.org/events. All events are free thanks to the Friends of the Medfield Public Library and take place at the Library unless otherwise noted.