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The Library will be closed on Saturday, May 27th for the Memorial Day Weekend. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 30th at 10 AM.


Special Movie Presentations: Hidden Figures, Wednesday, May 31st, at 1 and 6 PM – All Ages Welcome

We will be having two screenings of the 20th Century Fox film “Hidden Figures” starring Octavia Spencer & Kevin Costner.

This film is based on true events surrounding the early years of the NASA space program.  It is a new release on DVD and you won’t want to miss it!

The film is rated PG and the screenings are free and open to one and all.  The movie will be shown in the Eloranta Room.

 

Please contact Jason P. Cavanaugh, Reference Librarian, for additional information (978-874-7416).


 New 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.

 


Birds of the Quabbin – Wednesday, May 24th, 7 – 8 PM

Please join us for an unforgettable slideshow as Peter Christoph shares his experiences looking for wildlife, by land and by boat, at the beautiful and pristine Quabbin Reservoir.

A rich diversity of birds call the Quabbin their home, the main attraction being the common loon and bald eagle families that nest here.

You’ll also learn about the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir including a glimpse into the lost towns which gave way to this unlikely wilderness area.

This event will take place in the Eloranta Room. Please contact Jason P. Cavanaugh, Reference Librarian,  for additional information (978-874-7416).


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.

Some reminders about the new site:

  • You can click on the main topic in the menu bar above or click on any drop-down sub-topic.
  • The “Search” feature at the top right of the page allows you to search for a specific topic on our website, e.g. e-books, fines, etc.
  • Your library account is accessible by clicking on the “Online Catalog” or the “My Account” buttons in the right sidebar column.

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


Children’s Room News


Baby Chicks Hatching at the Library!

Chicken eggs will be arriving on the afternoon of May 17th.

On Wednesday, May 17th, a farmer will arrive in the Children’s Room with chicken eggs and an incubator. Once installed, visitors will be able to observe the eggs.

A special light will allow children to see the chickens’ progress inside the eggs.

The chickens will hatch in about 3 weeks.  We will have the little chicks for an additional two weeks and then they will be taken back to the farm to live.

We will be having a special program at 1:30 PM with activities and stories related to Chickens and Egg Hatching.  Please join us!

For more information  please call 978-874-7416 and ask to speak with the children’s room staff.

 


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 no registration is required. We hope to see you there!

There will not be a Baby & Toddler program on Thursday, May 25th.  

The program will resume a regular Thursday schedule the following week, Thursday June 2nd.  


Summer Reading Kick-Off  Party: Saturday June 17th
Featuring Balloon Artist Ciel Rivera – All Ages Welcome!

Sign-ups for Summer Reading (babies to grade 5) begin with a Party!

Please join us on Saturday, June 17th (the day before Father’s Day) to sign-up for summer reading. Balloon Artist Ciel Rivera will be on hand from 10 – 11:30 AM to create fun and fabulous balloons to take home.

There will be ice cream, activities, and a huge book sale.  Discover all the raffle prizes that you can win this summer. Pick-up a calendar of all the special programs we have scheduled for each age group.

For more information, please contact the children’s room at 978-874-7416.

Please note: Grades 6 – 12 (ages 11 – 18) have their own summer reading program. Information about that program will be posted in the Teen and Tween News section below.


CIRCLE FUN TIME WITH JANA

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

Circle Fun Time will be every Friday thru June 19th.


DUPLO/LEGO CLUB WITH JANA

Every other Friday: 3:30 – 5 PM

All ages are welcome to come and build their own Duplo/Lego creations from our huge collection.  Participants can drop-in for as long as they would like, and join in the fun at any time during the program.

The Duplo/Lego club meets in the Eloranta Room on the top floor. In May, this program will be held on Friday the 12th and 26th.  In June, the program will take place on the 12th.  


News for Teens and Tweens!


Teen & Tween Advisory Board!

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 16th, 3 PM

Please join the new Teen & Tween Advisory Board.  Why? To give your own unique input on what you would like to have happening at the library.Come to a meeting and check-it out.

We are currently focused primarily on planning summer reading.  There will be scratch-off tickets to win a daily prize or a larger raffle prize.  The Board has also planned special programs.

The two summer programs already scheduled are: a Maker Space Workshop, with 3-D printers, laptops, and other maker activities (Wed. July 26th) and a Chocolate Making Workshop, make chocolate and take some home too (Thursday, August 3rd).  Registration information will be posted on the website.

Our next meetings will be held on Tuesday, May 16th and May 30th at 3 PM.  Bring your ideas, we’ll bring the snacks!  For more information call or email the YA Librarian, Amy (akuilema@cwmars.org or 978-874-7416).


Ongoing Events


Growing Great Food and Flowers – in a Bio-Nutrient Dense Raised Bed!

The Raised Beds are now Installed!

Forbush Memorial Library is hosting a pair of raised beds on the front lawn to demonstrate how to prepare the soil and raise top quality veggies and flowers.  The beds were built on Earth Day and patrons were able to learn how to build soil from scratch.

Planting of the beds will take place in late May. Information will be posted on the website and in the library!

Questions?  Please contact M.L. Altobelli (altobellim1260@comcast.net with a subject line of “NDRB.”


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.