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Boston Bruins Annual PJ Drive for Babies, Children, and Teens in Need – Please donate now through March 15th and enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

The Forbush Memorial Library has teamed up with the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 15,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need.

The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2018. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens.

Now is the perfect time to find adorable pajamas for all ages on those winter clearance racks.

For each pair of new pajamas donated, you can enter to win a $25 gift card. Tickets for the drawing are available at the Children’s Room circulation desk. If you would like to enter, please bring your donations to the desk.

This event is supported by the Friends of the Westminster Library.

 


Backyard Garden Series – Tuesday, March 13th at 6 PM
Making Basic Cheeses

Join us when Rachel Sherer of Little White Goat Dairy will be on hand to present “Making Basic Cheeses.”

This event is part of Westminster’s Agricultural Commission’s “2018 Backyard Growing Series.”

This event is free and open to the public.  It will take place in the Eloranta Room.

 


Great Decisions 2018 – Thursdays, 6:30 PM

Next Program: Thursday, March 1st: Media and Foreign Policy

This program is the fourth of eight weekly sessions on current international relations.  Discussions on specific topics, introduced by a brief DVD prepared by the Foreign Policy Association, will be led by selected presenters.  The series will run until March 29 and is free and open to the public.

While all are welcome, advanced registration is recommended and can be made by calling the library at 978-874-7416 or in person at the circulation desk. A course booklet, covering the eight current international issues, is available for purchase at the library for $10, cash or check, made out to the Friends of the Forbush Memorial Library.

Program Schedule:

February 1st            South Africa’s Fragile Democracy

February 8th           The Waning of Pax Americana?

February 15th         China and America – China’s Rise in the East

(Note: There will not be a session on February 22nd)

March 1st                 Media and Foreign Policy

March 8th               Turkey: Partner in Crisis

March 15th               U.S. Global Engagement and the Military

March 22nd             Russia’s Foreign Policy

March 29th             Global Health: Progress and Challenges 

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 


Please visit our ongoing book sale –  Main Floor of the Library

We have tables with books set-up on the main floor of the library near the front entrance.  There are many fabulous books available.

The Friends of the Westminster Library are responsible for all our book sales.  All funds from the book sale support the library.  Money raised allows the library to provide professional performers, summer reading materials and prizes, and so much more.

Information on becoming a Friends member can be found on our Friends page.

 


The library is currently unable to accept book donations.

We encourage you to contact other public libraries to determine whether they are able to take your donations at this time.  Thank you for supporting public libraries.

The Friends of the Westminster Library are recruiting new members to help organize book sales and other Friends’ events.  You can find information about joining the Friends by clicking here; membership forms are available at the library.


 Children’s Room News


February Vacation Week Programs:

Wednesday, February 21st:

Winter Animal Workshop: 1 PM, Ages 4+  Registration begins February 13th.

Join us for a story and take part in our “Winter Animal Workshop.”  We will have 9 penguins and 9 snow leopards for children ages 4 and older to fill with stuffing and take home.  Choose the animal at the time you register your child.  Choice of animal is is limited to the items available.

Registration begins Tuesday, February 13th at 10 AM. Please call (978-874-7416) or drop-by the Children’s Room to register.

Thursday, February 22nd

Baby & Toddler Program: 10:15 AM

Please join us for this program for our youngest patrons. The program includes songs, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement. The program is 30 minutes in length.

Following the program, children and caregivers will have the opportunity to socialize. Siblings are welcome and registration is not required. We hope to see you there!

Crafternoon: 1 PM, Ages 3+

A variety of crafts will be available from which to choose.  Drop-in and pick your favorites!

This has been a very popular program and supplies are limited to items on hand.

Coloring pages will be available for children under age 3.

Friday, February 23rd

Family Movie: 2 PM, My Neighbor Totoro, Rated G. All ages welcome.

Please join us for a movie Common Sense Media includes in its 50 movies all kids should watch before age 12 and describes as, “Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.” https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/my-neighbor-totoro

This film is being shown pursuant to an annual movie license held by the Forbush Memorial Library.

 


Spring Story Hour Series -Begins March 7th!

Wednesdays at 10 AM and 11 AM, Thursdays at 11 AM.  No registration is required!

On Wednesdays we will be having story hours at 10 AM and at 11 AM. These story hours are for children ages 2 – 5.  A snack and craft will be included in the Wednesday programs.

On Thursdays we will have a story hour at 11 AM. This story hour is for children up to age 6. A craft will be included.  No snack is served at the Thursday story hour.

Coloring pages will be available for children under age 3.

 Location: Story Hour Room.  For more information please call the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.


Baby & Toddler Program – Thursdays: 10:15 AM

Please join us for this program for our youngest patrons. The program includes songs, stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and movement. The program is 30 minutes in length.

Following the program, children and caregivers will have the opportunity to socialize. Siblings are welcome and registration is not required. We hope to see you there!

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.

 


Circle Fun Time with Jana –  Resumes Friday, March 2nd, 10 AM*

 Please join Jana for a fun-filled program of play, songs, stories, and activities.  This program is for children aged 0-5.

*Jana Harrison is employed by the Ashburnham/Westminster Public School District.  If school is closed for snow or for vacation, any programs usually presented by Jana will not take place.

For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.

 


LEGO and Duplo Club – March 2nd, 16th & 30th, 3:30 PM

Participants can drop-in for as long as they would like, and join in the fun at any time during the program.  Younger children must be accompanied at all times by a parent/caretaker to better assist the child as needed.

This program is scheduled every other Friday.  It does not take place when Westminster schools are not in session.

Please remember that children under the age  of 11 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while at the library. The program will take place in the Eloranta Room.

 


Teen and Tween News 


Teen and Tween Drop-in Program: Tuesday, February 27th at 3 PM

Gaming, Collectible Cards, Art, Dungeons & Dragons…and more!

Middle and High School students are welcome to drop-in and bring activities they enjoy. Currently, we have a Wii gaming system and there are folks interested in D&D, hand-held gaming, drawing, and a variety of collectible card games. We have some board games, chess boards, and other items.

We will have snacks, but you can bring your own as well. If you have Wii games you want to play, feel free to bring them.

We will be starting a Drawing Club on Tuesday, March 6th at 3 PM.  More details will be posted soon.

This program was planned by the Teen and Tween Advisory Board. More information on the board is included on the Teen & Tween page.

Questions? Call or email the YA Librarian, Amy (akuilema@cwmars.org or 978-874-7416).

Location: Multipurpose Room, Lower Level

 


Teen and Tween Advisory Board Program

Looking for something new to do – get involved with the Teen & Tween Advisory Board in 2018!  We want to know what you would like added to the Young Adult collection.  Help plan vacation programs!

More details about the board are included on the Teen & Tween page.

Questions?  Call or email the YA Librarian, Amy (akuilema@cwmars.org or 978-874-7416).


Ongoing Events


Trivial Pursuit Club! – First Tuesday of each Month, 7 PM

The Trivial Pursuit Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month
at 7:00 pm. All game materials are provided, and this program is open to one and all.

 


 Museum Passes Available!

green bridge with massive sculpture of person seeming to hold it up
Fitchburg Museum of Art

We are very pleased to announce that we have four recent additions to the passes offered to Westminster residents.  The passes are for the Worcester Art Museum, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Museum of Russian Icons, and for a wide range of Trustee’s properties with use of the new Trustees Go Pass.  For details please visit the Museum Passes page.

The purchase of these new passes was made possible by a generous grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.