Mid-February 2022 Newsletter
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Upcoming Closings & Holidays:
Monday, February 21 – Presidents’ Day
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Welcome to our mid-February newsletter! The rest of this month is chock full of programs and fun activities, plus we’ve added an exciting new service: self-checkout! Read all about it below.
And don’t forget to join in on our Love Your Library Month celebration! Have you filled out a heart or bookmark yet? Or checked out our ongoing Throwback Thursday posts?
As a reminder, here are some more ways you can join us:
- Tell us why you love the library. We’ll have bookmarks and hearts at the Library for you to fill out in person, and we’ll be displaying them on our bulletin board outside the Children’s Room. If you’d rather participate digitally, you can fill out this anonymous form.
- Grab some Library swag. We have activity packets for kids and teens that include coloring pages, games, bookmarks, stickers, and more. For adults, everyone who checks out 4 or more books will get a Library tote bag (while supplies last)!
- Show your Library pride. Join one of our kids and teens button-making programs in February to design and make your own buttons! We have some Library-centric designs, or you can work with our librarians to design your own.
- Stay tuned. We’ll be sharing more ways to love your library, plus photos, fun facts, and more, on our blog, social media pages, and in the local newspapers all month long.
- Share! Let us (and everyone else!) know why you love the library by tagging us on social media or by using the hashtag #lynnfieldlibrary.
by Spencer Stevens, Head of Technical Services
We are pleased to introduce meeScan, our new self-checkout service! meeScan is totally contactless and does not require interaction with library staff. You can still visit the Circulation Desk to borrow, but meeScan offers the option for a private checkout experience.
Try out the new kiosk set up across from the Circulation Desk. All you will need is your library card and materials to check out. Scan the barcode on the back of your library card to open your account. Then, scan the barcode on the front of your book, DVD, music, etc., to check out the item. When you are done, hit “Finish,” and you’re good to go. You will automatically receive an email receipt. It’s that fast and simple.
Check it out for yourself! The next time you visit, grab a stack of books and take the meeScan for a test drive. If you have questions about using the meeScan, please call the library at 781-334-5411 or email the Reference Desk at email@example.com.
Button Maker Bonanza – Love Your Library Edition: Children
Show off your style by making some buttons! Draw anything you’d like and turn your design into a button using a button maker. It’s Love Your Library Month so every child will have a chance to make a special Love Your Library button!
Our button maker will be set up until 4:30, so stop by anytime from 3:30-4:30 to make a button.
Registration recommended but walk ins may also be accepted. Please fill out a separate form for each child who will be making a button.
Coloring Club for Adults
Coloring has been proven to help adults relax and unwind! Join us on the Library Mezzanine for some social time and calming coloring. Coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided. Registration is recommended but not required.
Online Mindfulness Workshop with Vasundhra Ganju
Please join us for a restorative virtual Mindfulness Workshop on Zoom! This one hour workshop will consist of education about various mindfulness practices to cope with the stresses of everyday life in these unprecedented times. We will learn about and practice interventions to help us become more mindful of the world around us and better cope with our emotions. You will engage in guided mindfulness meditation techniques and be provided with resources to practice at home.
Please register with a valid email to receive login information. You will receive an email with login information a half hour before the class begins.
Wednesday mornings at 10 am
Join us to sing songs and listen to stories. This story time will be held on Zoom. Story time will be held every week on Wednesday morning at 10 am.
Story Time is recommended for children ages 5 and younger.
Read to a Dog
Mitzi, a trained therapy dog, will be visiting the Lynnfield Library hoping to hear some great stories! Children may sign up for a 10-minute session and choose a book or selection from a book to read to her. Mitzi is a patient listener, so reading to her is good practice for readers who are still struggling a bit as well as pros. Program geared towards children in grades K-4. Space is limited to 6 children.
When registering, please select an available time. Time to read to Mitzi is limited, so please arrive early if you need time to pick out a book. We may not be able to accept children who are late to their appointment time. If you register and can no longer attend, please email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel.
If registration is full, please email email@example.com to join the waitlist. Mitzi comes by fairly often, and anyone on the waitlist will get priority for Mitzi’s next visit!
Children Grades K-4
Ask A Sommelier with Gillian Katz
Plan an extra special Valentine’s Day by learning the right wine to add to dinner! Gillian Katz, certified Sommelier, will be presenting Wine 101: Overview of winemaking, tasting, and pairings perfect for the holidays! There will also be time to ‘ask a somm’ all of your pressing wine questions. Feel free to have your own home tasting during this workshop!
Please register for this event in advance. You will receive the Zoom link 30 minutes prior to the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Virtual Author Talk with Nicholas A. Basbanes
Author Nicholas A. Basbanes was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as one of Massachusetts’s must-read authors of the year. Join Basbanes for a presentation on his critically acclaimed book, In Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, via Zoom. In Cross of Snow, the result of more than twelve years of research, including access to never-before-examined letters, diaries, journals, notes, Nicholas Basbanes reveals the life, the times, the work, and the soul of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. — the man who shaped the literature of a new nation with his countless poems, sonnets, stories, essays, translations, and whose renown was so wide-reaching that his deep friendships included Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe, and Oscar Wilde.
Nicholas A. Basbanes, a Lowell native, is an award-winning investigative journalist and was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian. He is the author of eight books. Basbanes lives in North Grafton.
Please register to receive the Zoom link. This event is presented in collaboration with a number of Massachusetts libraries. Special thanks to the Tewksbury Public Library for coordinating!
Slow Flow Yoga
Yoga mat and/or towel suggested, along with a water bottle. Register with a valid email to receive the link to join the class. You will receive an email with login information a half hour before the class begins.
Instructor: Tammy Syrigos Irrera
This program was generously funded by the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.
Adults and Teens
Button Maker Bonanza – Love Your Library Edition: Teens & Tweens
Show off your style by making some buttons. We’ll provide some premade Library theme designs or you can make your own design. Create your own by drawing or by filling out a custom button form. Using the form, Ms. Alex will help you to make your design come to life on Canva. Our button maker will be set up until 3:45, so stop by anytime from 2:30-3:45 to make a button.
Registration recommended but walk ins are welcome.
Book Lovers Nonfiction Book Group
Join us for some great nonfiction book conversation – newcomers are always welcome! Our February selection is Cork Dork: a wine-fueled adventure among the obsessive sommeliers, big bottle hunters, and rogue scientists who taught me to live for taste by Bianca Bosker. Copies will be available at the Circulation Desk. This group meets on the Mezzanine of the Lynnfield Public Library.
*This program was generously funded by the Friends of the Lynnfield Library foll.org.
The Last Tuesday Book Club
Our fiction book club is in full swing! Our February book choice is The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline. Copies are available for pickup at the Library’s Circulation desk. Registration is recommended but not required.
*This program was generously funded by the Friends of the Lynnfield Library foll.org.
Virtual Author Talk: Larry Tye in Conversation with Eileen McNamara
Bestselling author Larry Tye was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as one of Massachusetts’s must-read authors of the year. Join Tye for a presentation on his critically acclaimed book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, via Zoom. Tye will be joined in conversation by Eileen McNamara, a Brandeis Journalism Professor, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed The World.
This event is presented in collaboration with a number of Massachusetts libraries. Special thanks to the Tewksbury Public Library for coordinating! Register here to receive the Zoom link.
Origami Club for Teens and Tweens
Explore your creative side by creating origami. Paper and directions for a variety of origami projects will be provided. This program will be held in the Young Adult area of the library.
No registration necessary. Supplies will be available from 2:30-4:00; come for the whole time or just stop in to make one design!
Love knitting, crocheting, or other fiber arts? Join us for a monthly Knitting Club on the last Monday for the month! We’ll be meeting on the mezzanine to work on our own projects and chat. Registration is not required, but recommended.
Pokemon Coloring Club
If you love Pokémon and coloring, this is the club for you! We’ll have a variety of Pokémon coloring sheets and activity pages to enjoy in the Children’s Room. Come have some fun and let us know which Pokémon is your favorite!
Registration recommended as space is limited. Walk-ins may be taken if space allows.
15th Annual Boston Bruins Pajama Drive through March 31
Together in 2022 Presents: Compassionate Conversations on Equity with Cydni Weekes Bradly
Ever get caught in an uncomfortable social conversation about diversity, equity or inclusion? Not sure how to respond? Afraid of inadvertently offending someone because you feel unprepared or uncomfortable having challenging conversations? In this workshop, participants will learn how to create brave and safe spaces for authentic conversations on equity, diversity and inclusion. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
Friends of the Lynnfield Library Annual Appeal
January is FOLL Annual Appeal time! We invite ALL those who use and love the Lynnfield Public Library to renew your membership, or join for the first time.
What does being a “member” mean? We are glad you asked!
Did you know that much of what you do and see at the library is not paid for out of the library’s budget, but from funds raised by FOLL? Have you participated in a program? Used a library pass? Used the printer? All FOLL funded!
Being a FOLL member is a way to support the library – it can be as simple as the donation provided by your membership fee, volunteering at one of our book sales, or getting involved with the FOLL Board.
To find out more, check out our membership page and join us today!
The New “Greenscapes Guide” How-to for Your Yard is Here
Spring is just around the corner, and now is the BEST time to think about your lawn, garden and landscaping! The Greenscapes North Shore Coalition provides its comprehensive Greenscapes Guide – a complete how-to for sustainable gardening and landscaping practices. You can download the Greenscapes Guide here. You can also pick up your printed booklet at the Lynnfield Library or at Town Hall – Planning & Conservation Department.The Guide is comprehensive, yet easy to follow for ways to create beautiful outdoor spaces that are less time consuming or costly and don’t require the use of toxic chemicals. Colorful sections lay out simple instructions for selecting beautiful and sustainable native plant species, creating a rain garden, maintaining a lush, healthy and low-cost lawn, benefitting from the use of rain barrels, and more.
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