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At The Library: Paranormal Icon Jeff Belagner ; Doug “VB” Goudie And More

Sep 09, 2018 10:43PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Public Library

Event Registration

Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling 978- 640-4490.  We strongly recommend registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for generously sponsoring our programs.

Adult Events

Tewksbury Job Seekers: How To Start & Grow Your Business (*RR)

Monday, September 17, 10:30am

Learn how the Small Business Administration can assist your dream of starting your own business. Generation information will be provided on the following programs and services: (1) Counseling/Technical Assistance through SBA resource partners; (2) SCORE; (3) Small Business Development Centers; (4) Center for Woman & Enterprise Access to Capital; (5) SBA Advance Loan Guaranty Program; and (6) Government Contract Opportunities. Led by Lisa Gonzalez Welch, Economic Development Specialist with the SBA. There will be plenty of time for networking after the presentation.

Fright Night: Ghosts & Legends with Jeff Belanger (*RR)

Monday, September 17, 7pm

For over 20 years, Jeff Belanger has been exploring the unexplained. He seeks out history, folklore, ghosts, monsters, and legends all over the world and in your backyard. This talk presents highlights from his own adventures, his work from his books, podcast and television programs he's worked in, plus a look at the investigation process, and compelling audio and visual paranormal evidence. Not just focused on ghost stories, Belanger's presentation will delve into the reasons behind the legends. Q&A and book signing after the event for those interested.

Tewksbury Community Market

Tuesday, September 18, 4pm-7pm

The Tewksbury Community Market has relocated from the Tewksbury Town Common to the Tewksbury Library! Come visit every Tuesday to shop for art, crafts, flowers, plants and food. There will be around 10 vendors.

Author Visit: The Untold Story Of The Women Who Took On The Richest Man In The World… And Won (*RR)

Tuesday, September 18, 7pm

Author David W. Moore ("Small Town, Big Oil: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the Richest Man in the World -- And Won") is sure to provide ideas and inspiration to activists and organizers who have ever felt like they were "David" battling "Goliath." Learn how the the residents of Durham, New Hampshire -- led by three women -- out-organized, out-witted, and out-maneuvered the governor, the media, and a powerful oil billionaire to spare their seacoast from becoming an industrial wasteland. David is a Senior Fellow at the Carsey Center for Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, where he taught political science for 21 years before leaving to become senior editor of the Gallup Poll. Q&A and book selling/signing to follow for those interested.

Concert with Federico & The Breeze (*RR)

Wednesday, September 19, 10:30am

Enjoy a concert with Federico & the Breeze, an extremely talented singer/songwriter, performing Americana and Roots with a groovy twist. Coffee & munchkins to be served.


Wednesday, September 19, 1:30pm

Calling all knitters, crocheters, needle workers, beaders, and colorers! Bring your own craft project to the Library and work on it while enjoying conversation with other crafters. (Please, no crafts involving glue or paint.) Take advantage of the many books available at the library to get ideas for your next project or to explore a new craft.

Lunchtime Lecture: The Ten Warning Signs Of Dementia (*RR)

Thursday, September 20, 12:30pm

Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's, the difference between normal age-related memory loss and dementia, and what to do if you or someone you love have signs of Alzheimer's. Early detection is key. Led by Lisa Sobhian, LICSW, CDP of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Author Visit: An Evening of True Crime with Doug “VB” Goudie (*RR)

Thursday, September 20, 7pm

Author Doug "VB" Goudie ("A Frost In Hell: The True Story of the Petersham Butcher of 1875") will explore an infamous Massachusetts murder, which led to the "trial of the year," a first-of-its kind appeal, and a last-of-its-kind punishment that caused our state to reconsider its criminal justice system. Doug "VB" Goudie has spent much of his career in talk radio in Boston, first as a sidekick on the Howie Carr Show, then as a host on VB's Pleasure Pit, and now as a host on the Morning Show on WRKO. He also spent 11 years in TV as a commentator on the Fox 25 Morning News show in Boston. Q&A and book selling/signing to follow for those interested. 

Film Screening: The Leisure Seeker (*RR)

Friday, September 21, 12:30pm & 7pm

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's newest DVD releases -- The Leisure Seeker, a dramatic comedy starring Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland. A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call "The Leisure Seeker." Rated R. 112 minutes. Doors will open 30 minutes early. Candy & bottled water will be served in the afternoon. Pizza & bottled water will be served. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Tewksbury Book Festival

Saturday, September 22, 10am-1pm

Celebrate local authors at the library's 2nd Annual Tewksbury Book Festival. This author fair includes a diverse collection of 15 writers, all with ties to Tewksbury.  Drop in anytime during the 3-hour event to meet these local authors; learn about their books; enjoy complimentary donuts (10am-11:30am), pizza (11:30am-1pm), and drinks; and enter to win free raffles. Signed books will be for sale. Featured authors include: Jon Bishop, Jamie Blake, Valerie Borgal, Valerie Clark, Dave Copeland, Beth Daigle, Sunayana Kachroo Bhide, Robert MacDougall, Cathy Marci, Jeannine Martin, R.C. Mulhare, Jen Petro-Roy, Rose Titus, Jean Trounstine, and Joe Votano.

Kids Events

Sprouts Story Time

Monday, September 17, 10:15am & 11am

For young children ages 0 to 3 years. Older siblings are always welcome to join in! Join us for a fun session of stories, songs, fingerplays, instruments, and gentle movement that help build early literacy skills. Please note, we have 2 sessions that are the same, one is at 10:15am and the other is at 11:00am. There is no registration, HOWEVER, there is limited space in the room. Please check in at the Children's desk upon arrival to check to see if there is still room available in the session.

Pajamarama Story Time

Tuesday, September 18, 7pm 

For ages 3 to 7.  Older or younger siblings are welcome to join us, too! Have early literacy fun with stories, songs, movement and more at this early evening story time. Pajamas are optional but encouraged.

Teen Events

Tough Topics: NFL Players Protesting (*RR)

Tuesday, September 18, 5:30pm

A group where teens from any political party or belief system can come to have a civil discussion about current topics in the news or our community. We will look at different articles, videos or other sources to gain knowledge prior to our discussion. September's meeting will focus on NFL Players Protesting, coming up with next month's topic, and going over ground rules for having a civil conversation. Teens who participate will receive an hour of community service. Grades 6 to 12.

Jackbox Games (*RR)

Tuesday, September 18, 6:30pm

Hang out and play Jackbox Games! Play as a team or individually. Just make sure your phone is charged. An iPad will be available for teens without a smartphone or device to play on. These games are rated T for Teens and may not be appropriate for everyone. Learn more about these games at Grades 6 to 12.

Back To School Craft: Charging Station (*RR)

Wednesday, September 19, 3pm

Join us for the third session in our Back to School Craft series. Today we will be making charging stations to clean up the cord clutter on your desk. We will make a station where you can hide your cords to charge your phone, laptop, iPad, or anything else all at the same time. Grades 6 to 12.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich Making (*RR)

Wednesday, September 19, 5:30pm

Come bake cookies and make your own ice cream cookie sandwiches! We will have ice cream on hand and different fillers to make your own ice cream cookie sandwich. We will listen to music while we bake. Grades 6 to 12.

AniManga Club (*RR)

Saturday, September 22, 2pm

Are you interested in Japanese culture? Want to explore Japanese anime and manga? Want to share your latest anime and manga discoveries?  Then join us at Animanga Club! This club meets every other Saturday from 2-3 pm. Activities may include play games, kawaii crafts, watching anime, discussing manga, drawing anime, cosplay, or other random activities. All levels of anime and manga fandom welcome! Grades 6 to 12.

Musical Bingo (*RR)

Saturday, September 22, 3pm

Join us for an hour of musical bingo! Instead of a bingo card with letters and numbers, you will get a paper with song names. If your song is played then you mark it off on your sheet. The first person to get bingo will get a small prize. This is a friendly game and we try to make the songs easy to identify. Singing along is optional. Grades 6 to 12.

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