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Community Survey - we want your input!
The G.A.R. Memorial Library is conducting a Community survey as part of our 2015-2019 Strategic Planning Process. The input from residents of all ages will help us plan future services, programs, and collections for the Library.

The process began in February when the Strategic Planning Committee met for the first time and brainstormed a SOAR (strengths, opportunities, aspirations, results) for the Library. In a second meeting in March, the Committee brainstormed Community Visions, prioritized the visions, and created 3 goals for the Library's Plan. Both meetings were facilitated by Mary Behrle, independent library consultant. The second meeting was supported by the Massachusetts Library System.

The data from these meetings and from the Community Survey will form the content of the Strategic Plan which will cover the years 2015-2019. The Plan is submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in October 2014 and with the submission, the GAR Memorial Library is eligible for LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant funding.

There are 13 questions in all - pretty easy to fill out!

The Library hopes that residents will fill out the survey online but each resident will receive a paper copy which can then be dropped off at the Library (book drop OK!)

Click here to take survey

We thank everyone in advance for their time, suggestions, and feedback!
Vacation Week at G.A.R.
Fun activities for the whole family.

Monday, April 21 - Closed for Patriot's Day

Tuesday, April 22
Monster Story Time with Miss Kate! - 10:15 - 11:00 AM, Ages 3-6.  Drop in for stories, fun and crafts. Have a monsterously good time.

Family Legos
- 4:00 - 5:00 PM, Ages 5 and up.  Build a Robot Monster or whatever your imagination conjures.  Sign up requested.  See our Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 23
Mr. Vinny's Puppets - Starring Mr. Vinny of the Toe Jam Puppet Band - 10:00 - 11:00 AM.  Best for Ages 3 - 9.  Stop in: no sign up required.

Films! Shorts in the Stacks - 4:00 - 5:30 PM.  This one's for adults and teens.  An eclectic program of short films and animation from around the world.  A cinematic experience you don't want to miss.  Free popcorn!  Sign up requested.  See our Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 24
Babies and Books with Sharon Grimes - 10:00 - 10:45 AM, Ages infants to 2 years.  Drop in for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Clay Works with Ann McCrea - 4:00 - 5:15 PM for ages 5 - 11.  Rabbit & Coyote: a Trickster Tale.  Listen to the story and then sculpt your own coyote or rabbit.  Sign up required.  Please see our Calendar of Events.

Reading Comes Alive!  Meet and greet the artists behind our April & May exhibit.  5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Artists Leslie Ann Beauregard and Barbara A. Harrold will hold a reception here at the library.  Light refreshments will be served.

Puppetlandfilms Presents - April 23!
Wednesday, April 23rd, 4:00 - 5:30 PM (for Adults and Teens)
The West Newbury Public Library announces a special screening of an eclectic program of animated and live action short films from around the globe entitled Puppetlandfilms Presents on Wednesday, April 23rd from 4:00-5:30 P.M. Both adults and teens are welcome to register for this program by clicking here. Space is limited so be sure to sign up on line now!

PuppetlanfilmsPresents is a program of one of a kind, hard to find, not to be missed short films selected by Puppetlandfilms from recommendations from film professionals, film schools and film festivals from around the world who believe that certain films have that "certain something" and that those films should be screened as often as possible before an audience in a proper cinematic environment.

Puppetlandfilms Presents does just that.

Here are a few highlights from their current program.

  •  Out of a Forest (Viborg, Denmark) - Just what goes on inside a magicianís hat?
  •  To Die By Your Side (Paris, France) - From the mind of Spike Jonze comes this cautionary tale of literary love.
  •  Second Hand  (Canada) - Be green and help thy neighbor.
  •  Much Better Now  (Lisbon, Portugal) - A stop motion animated short giving new meaning to surfing a tangent.
  •  The Adventures of a Cardboard Box (Norway) - Get out you your duct tape. Itís going to be a bumpy ride.
  •  Crazy Hands  (United Kingdom) - Just what will his crazy hands do next?

Reading is Coming Alive!
April/May Art Exhibit
Ever wish your books could come to life?  Visit the newest exhibit at the library where beloved books are represented in paintings and puppets.  

We welcome Leslie Ann Beauregard, Artist/Illustrator from right here in West Newbury who's paintings and illustrations in bold colors make the books come to life.  Click here to learn more about Leslie.

In a joint showing we also welcome Barbara A. Harrold of Crefftwr's Trees. Her soft sculpture puppets range from 2 inches to 36 inches tall. Click here to learn more about Barbara and her puppets and other soft sculptured specialties.

Sisters in Crime! - Monday, April 7th
A wonderful night of mystery
Local authors Tempa Pagel, Marian Lanouette, and Edith Maxwell (pictured below with Library Director Susan Babb) joined us for a lively discussion of "The Modern Heroine" in their writings and their new books.

Friends of the Library - Book Donations
Our Spring book sale was able to raise $1,710 to be used for upcoming programs.  Thank you to everyone who helped out. We will have another sale at the end of June,  so keep those donations coming.
On the First Saturday of every month volunteers will accept donations of gently used, newer books, dvds and cds and books on cd from 10:00 - 12:00 at the old Town Hall across from the library.  This will assist us in sorting the books and not overwhelm the library with boxes and bags of books accumulating.

Sorry, we cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, magazines, vhs videos or damaged/moldy items.   Ask yourself, would you want to buy this at the book sale?
We hope to see you on First Saturdays.  Thank you for helping support the library.

Museum Pass Reservation goes online!

Please visit our Online Museum Pass Reservation Page! You will need your library card to make the reservation.

Some passes are "tear-off" tickets and do not need to be returned. These may be picked up when requested.

Passes that need to be returned must be returned directly to us (in person during open hours or using our Book Drop). They may be picked up the day before the pass is used to allow as many people to use the pass as possible. We ask that all returnable passes be returned by the time we open on the day following your museum visit. They can only be returned to West Newbury.

If you are unable to use a pass you have reserved, please cancel the registration. Contact us at 978-363-1105 if you need help!

NEW! - Films to help you learn your language.
Also, 14 new languages added.

NEW! TumbleBooks for Kids
eBooks for Kids, read along and read to me, games and puzzles.  See our Children's Pages,  Things to Do

Mango's Little Pim
Language learning for the littlest ones
Try Little Pim!  10 Languages for kids ages 0 - 6 to learn.  Click here for Little Pim

We welcome your suggestions and comments on programs and activities you'd like to see here at the library.  Stop in and see us or email us at West Newbury Library