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SUMMER READING RAFFLE WINNERS!
Congratulations to the following patrons, winners of an electronic bookmark for a week of reading.
Kids: Alex Pedersen Teens: Mikayla Lawless Adults: Heather Conner
Kids: Avery Luskin Teens: Janet Dickens Adults: Susan Noyes
Kids: Timothy Friend Teens: Boo Torrisi Adults: Paula Breger
Kids: Mia DiFilippo Teens: Claire Breger-Belsky Adults: Ann Sterling.
Be sure to read and review to be eligible for next weeks raffle.
Summer Events at the G.A.R.
We have exciting summer programs for all ages; too much to list here. Click on our Calendar of Events or check out our age specific program listings.
Adults Teens Children
Come and learn all about robots, the field of robotics, and see a robot in action! Ages 10 and up!
TOE JAM PUPPET BAND
come sing, dance, and a have a great time!
Wednesday, July 23 at 6:30
All ages are welcome, no sign up necessary.
Films! Shorts in the Stacks
an eclectic collection of serials, animations, commercials and tv and film excerpts showcasing the optimistic and adventurous spirit of 1950sí&60sí Sci Fi that inspired generations to boldly go where...For teens and adults.
Thursday, July 24 at 6:30
Summer Reading Registration for Everyone
For All Ages!
Click on one of these links to Register!
Friends of the Library - Book Donations - Book Sale Dates
Our next book sale will be in October so keep those donations coming. We will be collecting donations Saturday, August 2nd.
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?
Thank you for helping support the library.
Drop-In Story Times begin July 8th!
A cool place to enjoy some stories, crafts and games.
Story Time for ages 3-6 begin Tuesday, July 8th with Miss Kate and runs until August 12th.
Toddler Time for ages 2-3 begins Friday, July 11th with Miss Kate and runs until August 15th.
Babies and Books for infants - 2 years will be held on Thursdays, July 10th & 17th, and August 7th & 14th.
G.A.R. BOOK GROUPS
New! - We have started a TEEN book group hosted by our Young Adult Librarian, Ginny Dalrymple. Open to young adults ages 13-22.
We are reading books from the YALSA nominees. Read and vote for your favorites. We will meet in the fall to discuss the winner. Click here for more info.
Adult Book Group - Next meeting is Monday, July 7th at 6:30.
This month we have chosen Mrs. Astor Regrets by Meryl Gordon. Check the Book Club page for more info. For August we have chosen Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Hope you can join us; all are welcome. No registration necessary.
Community Survey - thank you for your input!
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey. We have over 350 responses!
The next step is to compile, study, and use this data in the strategic planning process. From the responses, a clear direction for the future for the Library will be set, one which includes continuing to do what the community overwhelmingly commented on - providing excellent customer experience. This input from residents of all ages will help us plan future services, programs, and collections for the Library.
The plan will be written and reviewed by staff and Trustees. It will be submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners by the end of the summer.
The planning 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.
We thank everyone for their time, suggestions, and feedback!
Hit a Home Run! - 2 New Family Passes
Yes, you can take them out to the ballgame. Take advantage of our new pass to the Lowell Spinners home games. Always lots of fun going on. The pass admits 6 people at half price.
An innovative play space for those rainy days or anytime you are looking for creative fun. Pass admits 2 adults and 2 children for free.
Reserve your passes now!
Museum Pass Reservation and Program Registration are online!
Please visit our Museum Pass Reservation Page! for passes or Calendar of Events for program registration. 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.
For program registration, scroll down to the day of the event and click register. When signing up for Story Times scroll down to the first day of the session.
If you are unable to use a pass you have reserved or attend a program, 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