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Berlin

(978) 838-2812

Website: www.townofberlin.com/departments/library

Hours: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays; closed Friday and Sunday.

Tech Help with Paker and Davis: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 14; 19 Carter. Free help with phones, tablets, overdrive, passwords, social media and more.

Hands on Nature: Owls and their Prey, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Learn about their habits, adaptations and the role they play in nature. Practice owl calls and dissect a real owl pellet. Note: No live birds will be present.

The Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party and Parade: 10:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. To register, call (978) 838-2812. Read some Halloween stories and make a Halloween craft. A parade and march will follow over to 19 Carter for "trick-or-treat" for prizes. Snacks and drinks to follow. Costumes encouraged.

STEM with Stem Beginnings: October class is full. To register for the November class, email [email protected]

Story Time and Crafts: 10:30 a.m. Mondays.

Miss Wendy: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; dance and singing for children through popular songs.

LEGO Club: 3-4 p.m. Mondays; ages 5 and up.

Teen Advisory Board: 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays; 19 Carter.

Plarning: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 19 Carter.

Knitting for All Ages: 3:15 p.m. Wednesdays; 19 Carter.

Craft Wednesdays: 6-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 19 Carter. Registration required.

Trustees: first Tuesday of each month.

Book Club: 11 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month. For information, email [email protected]

Museum Passes: Acton Discovery Museums, EcoTarium, Museum of Russian Icons, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, USS Constitution Museum, Worcester Art Museum and Mass. Parks Pass.

Check the website, www.townofberlin.com, for full listing of events and holiday closings. For information, call (978) 838-2812 or email [email protected]

Bolton

(978) 779-2839

Website: www.boltonpubliclibrary.org

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Creative Drama: 10:15-11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Kindergarten to Grade 3 can register for this program, with drama coach Meredith Charles, that includes pantomime, storytelling, and creative expression. To register, call (978) 779-2839 or email [email protected]

High School Book Club: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. In advance of book club, pick up your copy of "A Man Called Ove" from the front desk.

John Green Book-Inspired Crafts: 4:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Ages 12 and older can drop in to the Program Room to make crafts based on popular John Green books lincluding "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns."

Mummy Luminaries: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Drop in to our program room to make spooky mason jar luminaries. All ages.

Halloween Crafternoon: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. Drop in to the Children's Department for holiday-themed crafts. Ages: 4 to 11.

Middle School Library Group: 6-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. In advance of the meeting, pick up your copy of "Thornhill" from the front desk.

Book Sale: by the Friends of the Bolton Public Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5; Houghton Building, 697 Main St. There are over 10,000 books sorted plus games, puzzles, CDs and DVDs.

Rhythm Reads: 10:30-11 a.m. Session 1, 11:15-11:45 a.m. Session 2, both on Tuesdays. Music and movement story time. Best for ages 2 through 5 with a caregiver; siblings are invited. Because space is limited, this is a ticketed program. Tickets can be picked up as early as 10 a.m. Tuesdays for either session.

Middle School Book Club: 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Pick up a copy of the book at the main circulation desk.

Middle School Writers’ Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Challenges provided by teen librarian Karen.

LEGO Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month. No signup required. Caregivers must remain on the premises. For ages 5 through 12. Choose a theme and make LEGO creations, which are displayed in the Children’s Room until the next club meeting.

Storytime and Craft: 10:30-11:15 Thursdays. Age 2 and older. Themed stories and craft activities.

High School Book Club: 4:15-5:15 p.m. Thursdays. Pick up this month's book at the main desk.

Anime Club: 5-6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Age 12 and older.

Babies, Books and Buddies: 11-11:30 a.m. first Friday of every month. Lapsit storytime for infants to 2 years with songs, action rhymes and play time.

Museum Passes: free or discounted admissions to the following museums: Discovery Museum, EcoTarium, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner 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. Reserve online, by phone or in person.

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 patrons are always welcome, either in person (via one of the suggestion boxes around the building) or by email at [email protected]

Books-to-Go: 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 with a fresh selection. Deliveries are 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 at (978) 779-2839, or email [email protected] Applications can be found at www.boltonpubliclibrary.org and Friends of Bolton Seniors website at www.fobsbolton.wordpress.com.

Library Website: features a full calendar of events. Visit www.boltonpubliclibrary.org.

Boylston

(508) 869-2371

Website: boylstonlibrary.org

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Upcycle Kids Craft: Halloween Lanterns, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. Registration is required, call the library at (508) 869-2371. Make your own spooky Halloween lantern from an old lamp shade or jar. For all ages.

Wicked Wednesday: Healthy and Allergen Free Baking, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. Registration is required, call the library at (508) 869-2371. Paula Castner will share her  knowledge and recipes for turning some of your favorite baked goods into healthier alternatives. Learn how to revamp your recipes to accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies. No cooking, but samples and handouts of the recipes will be provided.

Zombie Barbie Bash: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Registration is required, call the library at (508) 869-2371. Ages 10 and up are welcome to create an army of the undead. Use your creepiest creativity to turn a Barbie doll into a horrific zombie. All materials for this Halloween craft are provided, and pizza will be served.

Trick or Treat at the Library: all day Tuesday, Oct. 31. If you are trick-or-treating on Main Street, stop by the library for a treat.

Clinton

(978) 365-4160

Website: bigelowlibrary.org

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Email: [email protected]

Short Story Reading Group: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 14; to read "The Whole World Knows" and "Lily Daw and the Three Ladies" by Eudora Welty. Future meetings are Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and 18. Copies of the book are available at the library desk. Visitors and prospective members welcome.

Henry David Thoreau returns to Clinton: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. Free and open to the public. Re-enacted by Thoreau scholar and actor Richard Smith, who will read, recite and repeat his lecture from "Cape Cod," the same lecture he delivered on his first visit to Clinton. Registration is welcome, but not required.

Health Literacy Month: The library, through collaboration and funding from the Board of Library Commissioners, offers health-focused database resources free online this month and every month. Starting in October, the library will have a new collection of health-related materials plus a health-focused website with links to credible and reliable resources. Creative Feast will present "Health Holiday Cooking" 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. The presentation will include a cooking demonstration and samples. To register, call (978) 365-4160.

Storytime: Thursdays, through Nov. 17. To register, call (978) 365-4160. For ages 2 to 4.

Mango Languages: online language-learning system is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. For information, stop by the library and ask a librarian, or call (978) 365-4160. Bigelow Library cardholders can access Mango at www.bigelowlibrary.org/online-resources/mango-languages/.

Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC): residents can access free test prep, college planning and financial aid information, as well as career development assistance, including career path mapping, and resume, cover letter and interview help. Patrons of all ages can use TERC for standardized test preparation, researching undergraduate and graduate programs, finding tuition assistance and exploring careers. For information, call (978) 365-4160. Clinton residents can access the site 24/7 on any device by visiting www.bigelowlibrary.org/online-resources/online-testing-education-center/.

Zentangle: 10 a.m. Tuesdays.

Crafternoon: 2:30-4:30 Tuesdays. Stitchers and crafters, bring sewing projects, knitting, etc.

Reading Rocks: 1 p.m. Tuesdays with Miss Fran. Grades 1 to 3. Registration required, call (978) 365-4160.

STEM Workshop: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Ages 7 and older. Registration required, call (978) 365-4160.

Lunch Bunch Story Time: 12:30 p.m. Fridays. You provide lunch, the library will provide the story.

Embroidery Club: 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Ages 8 to 11.

Reading Patch Club: 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Grades 1 to 3. For information, call (978) 365-4160.

Family Movie Day: 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

English Conversation Circle: 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Practice your English in conversation.

Recycled Crafts Social Club: 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month.

Teens mentoring Tweens: 3:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Coloring for Grownups: 7:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month. Drop in.

Trustees Meet: 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

Story Hour: 10 a.m. Fridays.

Scrabble: 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of the month.

Test Drive a Kindle Fire HDX: Adult patrons must have a valid library card and ID to borrow a Kindle. For information or to reserve a Kindle, call (978) 365-4160 or visit the library. Younger patrons will need a parent or guardian as well as a valid library card. 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.

Books on Wheels: is a program for subscribers to Meals on Wheels. For information, call (978) 365-4160. Clinton residents interested in getting delivery of books or audio books should contact Sheri at the Clinton Senior Center or Marie at the library for an application. The application includes questions about preferred topic, format and number of items, as well as name and address. Books are delivered and picked up with meals weekly (or whatever plan needed).

Universal Class Over 500: online classes available to people with Clinton library cards. Go to http://bigelowfreema.universalclass.com/barcode-login.htm?enter+code and log in with your library barcode. Hobbies, self-improvement, software training and job hunting are some of the class categories available.

Freegal Music Download: or stream commercial-free music with your library card.

Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest: Two resources available online with your library card. Ancestry.com is only available at the library. For assistance, ask at the front desk.

Global Road Warrior: online resource for up-to-date research on countries of the world.

Museum Passes: Boston Museum of Science, Davis Farmland, Discovery Museums, EcoTarium, Fitchburg Art Museum, Mass Parks Pass, Museum of Russian Icons, Mystic Aquarium, Salem Witch Museum, Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, Trustees GO Pass and USS Constitution Museum. Some passes are for free admission and some are for discounted admission. You will need an up-to-date library card to borrow most of them.

Overdrive and Commonwealth E-Collection: ebooks and e-audio books available free with your library card.

Lancaster

(978) 368-8928

Website: http://thayermemoriallibrary.org

Adult Coloring: The library supplies coloring pages and implements. Free. For information, contact Karen Silverthorn at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4, or [email protected]

North American Birds of Prey: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. Free to the public. Wingmasters presents this program of live birds. Not recommeded for children younger than 8.

Suspense on Stage and Page, with James Nicola: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Nicola’s workshop, Suspense on Stage and Page, is designed for writers of all genres: drama, poetry, song, memoir and essay. Exercises will involve participants as performers and audience as well as authors. Bring a pen and paper. Hosted by the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative.

Open Mic: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. An opportunity for local writers to share their work with other writers and the community. Five-minute limit to readings. Come read, listen or both. Hosted by the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative.

Evening Adult Book Group: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. “His Blooding Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae,” by Graeme Macrae Burnet. The library will order books for you. For information, contact Karen Silverthorn at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4, or [email protected]

Bill Staines: live in concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free. No reservations needed. Staines' folk music has spoken to audiences for more than 40 years. Handicap accessible, special needs seating available. 

Blockbuster Movies: 1 p.m. Mondays; to find out what is playing each week, call (978) 368-8928 or visit thayermemoriallibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page. All movies are free.

Computer Guru: Jon Roper is on hand the first and third Tuesdays of each month to help with your computer, ebook, tablet and smartphone frustrations and problems. Free, by appointment only, call (978)368-8928. For information, contact Karen Silverthorn at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4, or at [email protected]

Knitting Club: 6 p.m. Tuesdays. All levels of knitters are welcome.

Fun Teen Book Group: 6 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. For information, contact Susan Conroy at (978) 368-8928, ext. 5, or [email protected] Open to all teens from any community ages 13 to 18. Have some food (usually pizza), fun and discussion and meet children from other towns and schools.

Story Hour: with Miss Susan, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. For information, call (978) 369-8928, ext. 2, or email [email protected] Each week there is a special theme offering lots of reading and a craft. Story Hour is geared toward 2- to 5-year-olds, but all ages are invited. Lancaster and non-Lancaster residents welcome.

Wachusett Toastmasters 7677: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. This organization helps people develop speaking and leadership skills. You are invited to join in for a club meeting and have fun while learning how to speak with confidence, think on your feet or lead a meeting. Open to the public. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early for networking.

Scrabble for Adults and Seniors: 6 p.m. Thursdays.

Volunteer Needed: the library is looking for an adult or older teen to shelve materials in the Children's Room for an hour or so on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. The library staff will train. Contact Susan Conroy or Karen Silverthorn at (978) 368-8928, ext. 2, or [email protected]

Download Free ebooks: to a Nook, Kindle or other e-reader using your C/W MARS card. For information, stop in at the library or call Nancy at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4. Visit www.wowbrary.org to see the latest additions to the library collection.

Museum Passes: Animal Adventures, Butterfly Place, Davis Farmland/Megamaze, Discovery Museum, EcoTarium, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fruitlands, Garden in the Woods, Mass. Audubon, Mass. State Park Parking Pass, Museum of Russian Icons, Mystic Aquarium, Salem Witch Museum, Southwick’s Zoo, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, USS Constitution Museum, Worcester Art Museum. For information on booking the passes, call (978) 368-8928.

Sterling

(978) 422-6409

Website: www.sterlinglibrary.org

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Fridays and Sundays.

Fall Storytime: a six-week session of storytime through Sunday, Oct. 15. 2 p.m. Mondays for age 3 and older. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for 18 months to 3 years. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for  age 3 and older. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Drop In Baby Storytime, infant to 18 months. No registration required for Drop In Baby Storytime. To register, call (978) 422-6409.

Picture Book Club: 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. "Fright Club," by Ethan Long. Registration required. To register, call (978) 422-6409. Read the book ahead of time then, have a snack, book discussion and themed activity. Copies of the book are available for checkout. Kindergarten through Grade 2.

Not-So-Spooky Storytime: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Age 3 and older on Oct. 24, and 18 months and older on Oct. 25. Registration required. To register, call (978) 422-6409. Get in the Halloween spirit with some not-so-spooky stories.

October Cookbook Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Registration is required, call (978) 422-6409 to register. This month we will be sampling food from Martha Stewart's "Appetizers." Each participant chooses a different recipe, prepares the dish and brings it to the library for an evening of good food, great conversation and new recipes.

StoryWalk: Saturdays, through Thursday, Oct. 26; Sterling Greenery Community Park, 36 Muddy Pond Road. This StoryWalk will feature "In the Middle of Fall" by Kevin Henkes. For information, call (978) 422-6409.

Spooky Kids Cook and Stories: 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Registration required. To register, call (978) 422-6409. Children in Grade 3 and up are invited to join us for a spooky edition of Kids Cook. Make and bring a recipe to share from Ghoulish Goodies, eat some spooky treats and listen to some scary stories. Copies of the cookbook are available for checkout.

Adult Coloring: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30. For information, call (978) 422-6409. Come experience the relaxing and stress-reducing benefits of coloring. Attendees may bring their own supplies, as well as utilize the supplies offered by the library. No registration required.

Parent’s Night Out Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. For information, call (978) 422-6409. The book club features family and parenting themed fiction and nonfiction reads. Copies of the books are available for checkout. No registration required.

Hungrytown: an internationally-acclaimed acoustic duo, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2; Chocksett Middle School Theater, 40 Boutelle Road. Free. Folk duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson have been touring professionally for nearly 15 years. Registration is not required. Nonperishable food donations to the Wachusett Food Pantry will be collected at the event. For information, call the library at (978) 422-6409.

Storytime: starts the week of Nov. 6 and ends the week of Dec. 11. Share the joy of read-a-loud storytime with little ones. Sessions: 2 p.m. Mondays. Ages 3 to kindergarten; 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Ages 18 months to 3 years; 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Ages 3 to kindergarten. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Drop In Baby Storytime, ages birth to 18 months. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23. No registration is required for drop-in baby storytime on Thursdays. Call the library at (978) 422-6409 to register.

Family Movie Night: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. "Cars 3." Children ages 17 and under are invited to attend; children under 10 must be accompanied by a caregiver. Registration is required, call (978) 422-6409 to register.

Slime Time: with Mandy Roberge, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Children will learn how to make slime and leave with three containers of their own. Registration required. To register, call (978) 422-6409. Children ages 8 and older are invited to attend.

Middle School Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. We will be reading "The Fourteenth Goldfish" by Jennifer Holm. Children in grades 5 through 8 are invited to attend. Read the book ahead of time then join us for a book discussion and themed activity. Registration is required, call (978) 422-6409 to register.

Thanksgiving No-Bake Dessert: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. Children in grades 3 and up are invited to create a Thanksgiving no-bake dessert. Registration is required, call (978) 422-6409 to register.

Create Your Own Holiday Cards and Gift Tags: with Suzanne Hauerstein, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. Create watercolor holiday cards and gift tags. Participants will learn basic watercolor techniques including wet on wet, resist and using salt to design their own cards and tags, as well as learning to create origami-style envelopes. Open to adults of all ages. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call the library at (978) 422-6409.

Nighttime Knitting Program: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; lower level of the library. For information, call (978) 422-6409. Not limited to Sterling residents, all skill levels welcome. Bring whatever project you are working on. No registration required.

Kids' Sewing: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Children age 8 and older are invited to join instructor Cathie Ryan in a four-week beginner's sewing program. Registration is required. To register, call (978) 422-6409 to. Children will complete one project each week, including a scented sachet, needle book, strawberry pin cushion and a drawstring pouch. All supplies will be provided, and no sewing experience is needed.

Drop-In Knitting/Crocheting Group: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays; in the lower level. Not limited to Sterling residents, all skill levels welcome. A varied selection of knit and crochet books can be borrowed.

Classic Book Club: 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of every other month; in the Baker Room. For information, call (978) 422-6409. No registration required. Books are pre-ordered by the library.

Thursday Night Book Group: 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every other month. Copies of book selections are available at the circulation desk. No registration required.

Saturdays with BB8: on select Saturdays, in the Baker Room. Children age 5 and older can take BB8 for a spin. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older with a valid CWMARS library card to check out the BB8 kit. Library staff will not be present for use. The kit must stay in the library. For information or to schedule a session, call (978) 422-6409.

Curious About Your Ancestors?: The Friends of the Conant Public Library sponsors a membership to Ancestry.com, which is available to patrons through the library's website. Go to Sterlinglibrary.org, click on Library Services in the top menu bar, then Ancestry.com. To become a friend, email [email protected] or call Ellen Zanino at (781) 858-3282.

Free App: provides access to a mobile-friendly catalog, CWMARS account, as well as Overdrive and other library services. The app is available to download through the App Store and the Google Play Store; search for CWMARS, then download. For information, call (978) 422-6409.

Wowbrary Newsletter: Every week, the library adds newly released books, audiobooks, ebooks and DVDs to its collection. For information, call (978) 422-6409. Stay up to date by signing up for Wowbrary, a free weekly enewsletter. Each newsletter lists 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, click on the Wowbrary link at sterlinglibrary.org, or stop by the main circulation desk.

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.

Delivery Service: The Conant Public Library has a delivery program for patrons unable to leave their homes. For information, call (978) 422-6409. Librarians are available to recommend books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs and then coordinate home delivery and pickup of these items. This program is for Sterling residents only, and a current library card is necessary. If patrons do not have one, staff can assist in setting up an account.

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.

West Boylston

(508) 835-3711

Website: beamanlibrary.org

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Monday.

Lucky Friday the 13th Fundraiser: to benefit the Friends of Beaman Library Endowment, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Oct. 13; The Manor, West Boylston St. Tickets are $25, available at the library or through the Board of Trustees. For information, call (508) 835-3711. Participate by placing bids on art, gift baskets, dinner certificates, prizes and more. Music by Dynamic Duo.

Italian Conversation Circle: 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 28. Participants are encouraged to speak only in Italian for the two hours the Circolo meets. Anyone can suggest a topic of conversation. If it is reading, please bring ten copies of the material. All are welcome.

Family Pumpkin Decorating: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17; Children's Room. Bring a pumpkin, and the library will provide everything you need to decorate it.

Stress Reduction and Relaxation: through Yoga and Meditation, 6:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec. 13. Experience the benefits of gentle yoga stretches, calming breathing techniques and meditation. Bring a yoga mat or a thick towel.

Creative Drama Class: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19; Children's Room. Meredith Charles, from Drama Outside of the Box, will help kids read and act out stories, create new worlds to explore and play theater games. For kindergarten to Grade 5.

Improv for Teens: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Learn about the world of improvisation and theater games. A program for those new to drama. To register, call (508) 835-3711 by Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Wachusett Reservoir History: with Eamon McCarthy, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. The untold story about the reservoir, the largest hand-dug reservoir in human history.

Ask Andrew: for drop-in tech help, 10-11 a.m. Thursdays; call (508) 835-3711 or sign up at the front desk. Do you need help with technology? Andrew is a tech expert and can help. Reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome.

Book Discussion: 12:30 p.m. Thursdays; for information, call (508) 835-3711 or visit www.beamanlibrary.org. Copies of the selected books are available at the library one month prior to the meeting date.

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