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Author Visit: Eamon McCarthy Earls

Wednesday, August 23rd, 7 PM

Please join us Wednesday, August 23rd when author Eamon McCarthy Earls will discuss his book “Wachusett: How Boston’s 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and a Way of Life.”

Contact: Jason P. Cavanaugh 978-874-7416

Location: Eloranta Room

 


Wednesday Afternoon Movie: August 23rd, 1 PM

 

Join us on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month for a free movie screening for adults.

Contact: Jason P. Cavanaugh 978-874-7416

Location: Eloranta Room

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

 


Author Visit: Ted Reinstein, Thursday, September 14th, 7 PM

Ted Reinstein Reporter for WCVB-TV/Boston will be on hand to discuss his new book “New England’s General Stores: Exploring An American Classic.”

Location: Eloranta Room


We have multiple copies of books on the Summer Reading Lists

We have ordered books for Overlook Middle School, Oakmont Regional High School, and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.

The books are located in the Young Adult Room (under the summer reading bulletin board) and at the circulation desk on the Main Floor.  Additional copies of books for those entering 6th Grade are located in the Children’s Room on the lower level.

These books are obtained from other CW/Mars libraries for your convenience. Please stop by to check out the items you need and let us know if you would like any other titles.

 


The Solar Eclipse is August 21st!  We do not have any more Eclipse Safety Glasses but we do have Informational Handouts from the Aldrich Astronomical Society.

The Aldrich Astronomical Society has provided us with three informational sheets concerning the upcoming solar eclipse.  This will be the first time in 38 years that a total eclipse of the sun will be visible throughout the United States.

The first handout provides descriptions of a solar eclipse.  It also has specific information about the path and nature of the eclipse that will occur on August 21st.  You can access this sheet by clicking the following link: Eclipse Flipsheet_Final

The second handout contains extremely important safety measures that should be taken in viewing the eclipse. You may access the safety information by using this link: Aldrich Safety Handout 02_22_2017

The Aldrich Cornerstones handout provides links to websites with additional information on the eclipse, the solar system, and related information.  By clicking the following link you will access this third handout: Aldrich Cornerstones NASA URL LINKS

We hope you will all enjoy the eclipse safely. Although we will be closed on the Monday of the eclipse, we have many materials on the solar system for you to check-out in advance, should you wish to explore more deeply.

Please note that we have been informed by the Aldrich Astronomical Society that it is not safe to use a non-specialized telescope to observe the eclipse.  

The Aldrich Astronomical Society will be involved in a free program at the Richards Memorial Library in Paxton, a CW/Mars affiliate, on the day of the eclipse. If you are considering attending, please contact that library so that they can plan accordingly. Registration may be required. The number is (508) 754-0793.

The Ecotarium is also planning an event. Admission may be charged. Information can be found on the Ecotarium website: http://www.ecotarium.org/


Website Updates:

For the most up-to-date information on programs please check the Calendar of Events using the “Calendar” tab on the top menu.

We are placing the latest “Library News” of interest to all patrons, at the top of the page for easier viewing.  A section for “Ongoing Events” such as the monthly Trivia Club is now located as the last section of the Home page.  There is a section for “Children’s Room News” and a “News for Teens & Tweens” section (below).

Should you have any questions or suggestions please let us know.


Children’s Room News


Summer Reading – Flying toward the Finish!

Registration ended in July but you have until Friday, August 18th to complete Reading Logs, Activity Sheets, and Claim Prizes!

We have had a very exciting summer reading program this year with a record 333 children participating!

The deadline for submitting Reading Logs, Activity Sheets, and claiming prizes is Friday, August 18th.  This year  the prizes provided by the Friends of the the Westminster Library include toy chest selections,  raffle prizes, and brand new prize books. The Town House of Pizza has also generously offered pizza coupons as a prize again this year.

The raffle winners will be drawn after the 18th and winners will be notified.  For more information, please contact the Children’s Room at 978-874-7416.

 


 

LEGO and Duplo Club – Every other Friday, Beginning September 8th: 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.

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 Story Hour Room.


 

“I’m Starting Kindergarten”

A Special Program to Celebrate a Special Event: Thursday, August 24th, 11 AM

We will have special stories and a craft to celebrate your child’s major milestone of beginning kindergarten.

No registration is required.  Siblings will be provided with coloring pages and a special small craft of their own to complete.

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


News for Teens and Tweens!


We have multiple copies of books on the Summer Reading Lists

We have ordered books for Overlook Middle School, Oakmont Regional High School, and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.

The books are located in the Young Adult Room (under the summer reading bulletin board) and at the circulation desk on the Main Floor.

These books are obtained from other CW/Mars libraries for your convenience. Please stop by to check out the items you need and let us know if you would like any other titles.

 


The Teen & Tween Summer Reading Continues thru August 18th!

Our Teen and Tween summer reading program does not require registration. Those entering grades 6 – 12 (ages 11 – 17) can receive prizes by checking out materials (one prize per day limit).

This is how it works: check-out any library item and at the time of check-out you will receive a scratch-off ticket.  Each ticket will entitle you to receive a prize on the spot.

You will need to write your name and the date on the back of the scratch-off ticket and exchange it for the prize.  There will also be reading logs available for chances to earn additional raffle tickets for $25 gift certificates to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

For more information please contact Amy D. Kuilema, Head of Youth Services, 978-874-7416

This program is made possible through the support of the Friends of the Westminster Library.


 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.