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At The Library: A Walk Across America On Nov. 7; History of Friendly’s On Nov. 8

Nov 03, 2018 05:43AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Public Library

Event Registration

Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.tewksburypl.org 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 Use LinkedIn As A Powerful Tool (*RR)

Monday, November 5, 2pm

Learn how to use LinkedIn as a powerful job search tool by creating a robust profile, getting noticed by recruiters, & strategically networking. Discover how to expand your LinkedIn contacts to reach 500+ connections, effectively use LinkedIn groups to network and job hunt, and choose the right profile photo. Bring your laptop. Led by job coach Deborah Buckley Hope, who has taught this workshop at Harvard Business School's Executive Education programs and 50 & Older Job Seekers Networking Groups. There will be plenty of time for networking after the presentation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Documentary Screening: Days of Division + Q&A with the Director (*RR)

Wednesday, November 7, 10:30am

Enjoy a screening of the locally produced documentary, Days of Division. Examine Lowell’s recent civic-civil war over the location of Lowell High School, as told through the lens of both Downtown and Cawley supporters as they fight for accessibility and the best education for the students. The screening will be followed by a special discussion led by filmmaker Raysam Donkoh-Halm. Doors will open 30 minutes early.  Candy and bottled water will be served. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Tewksbury News Discussion Group (*RR)

Wednesday, November 7, 1:30pm

Do you enjoy talking about town topics? Want to learn more about what’s going on in Tewksbury? Attend these monthly meetings to review the month's major local news stories. All attendees will receive copies of some of the most interesting Tewksbury news stories recently published in the Tewksbury Town Crier, Tewksbury Advocate, Lowell Sun, Your Tewksbury Today, and Tewksbury Patch. Limited to 20 seats.


Author Visit: Lessons From A 4,000-Mile Walk Across America (*RR)

Wednesday, November 7, 7pm

Author Andrew Forsthoefel ("Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time") will discuss the power of listening and share what he learned after walking across the United States for 11 months with a sign on his back that read “Walking to Listen,” recording interviews with the people he met along the way. Andrew co-produced a radio documentary about this project that was featured on "This American Life" and Transom.org. Learn more about Andrew HERE. Q&A and book selling/signing to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Non-Fiction Book Group: H Is For Hawk

Thursday, November 8, 10:30am

Please join us for a discussion of H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. The book recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery. Copies of the book are available at the second-floor Reference Desk.


Lunchtime Lecture: The History Of Friendly’s (*RR)

Thursday, November 8, 12:30pm

Enjoy a look back at Friendly’s founders, their restaurants, & their influence on the state & popular culture. Led by Friendly’s historian Rose Slate. Complimentary Friendly's ice cream will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Author Visit: The Enduring Legacy Of Henry David Thoreau (*RR)

Thursday, November 8, 7pm

Author Richard W. Judd ("Finding Thoreau: The Meaning of Nature in the Making of an Environmental Icon") will tell the captivating story of Thoreau's rise from obscurity to fame through a cultural reappraisal of the work he left behind. Trace the reception of Thoreau’s work from the time of his death to his ascendancy as an environmental icon in the 1970s. Richard is a professor of history at the University of Maine and author of numerous books, including “Second Nature: An Environmental History of New England.” Q&A and book selling/signing to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Film Screening: Incredibles 2 (*RR)

Friday, November 9, 12:30pm & 7pm

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's newest DVD releases -- Incredibles 2, an animated action adventure from Pixar. Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. Rated PG. 118 minutes. Doors will open at 12:15pm. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club. Can’t make it at 7pm? The film will also be screened at 12:30pm. Adults and families welcome.


Kids Events


Tiny Tykes Story Time

Monday, November 5, 10:15am & 11am

For young children ages 0 to 18  months. 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.


SMArts Club

Monday, November 5, 3:30pm

How do fingers bend and move with all those bones in the way? Join Miss Kat to make a hand with real bending fingers out of craft supplies, and learn about bones and tendons. This program is open for children aged 7 to 11.


Wiggle Time 

Thursday, November 8, 10:15am & 11am

For 2 year olds (ages 18 months and up). Get your early literacy skills on with stories, songs, movement, instruments, dancing and more! No registration required, HOWEVER, there is limited space in the room. Please check in at the Children's desk upon arrival to grab a token and ensure there is space in the story time.


Teen Events


Quiet Writing & Study Room (*RR)

Monday, November 5, 2:15pm-4:15pm

Whether you are working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month, need a quite place to study or want to work on a special project without the noise or bustle of the rest of the building, this is the space for you! We will be opening up our the Friendly Little Room on Monday, Nov. 5, and 26 for quiet work on a project of your choice. An optional creative prompt will be on the wall if you feel like you need inspiration but it is up to you if you would like to use it. Snacks will be provided. This is a small room (the room is named Friendly Little Room for a reason) so we recommend signing up for this space ahead of time. This event is open to those in grades 6 through 12.


Upcycling CD Craft (*RR)

Tuesday, November 6, 2:30pm

Drop in anytime during this hour and a half to re-purpose CDs to make ornaments. We will later use these decorations for our Teen Space tree for the Festival of Trees in December! Teens who participate will receive Community Service hours. This program is open to everyone in grades 6 through 12.


Rainbow Club

Tuesday, November 6, 5:30pm

Meet like-minded teens in a bully-free space! A social group where we eat snacks, play games, do crafts or participating in an activity. All LGBTQIA teens, friends & allies in grades 6 through 12 are welcome! Snacks provided!


Teen Baking Challenge: Cupcake Creations (*RR)

Saturday, November 7, 5:30pm

Our first team baking challenge!  You'll be split into two groups to see who can make the best cupcake creation! There will be an hour and a half to plan, bake and decorate your cupcake designs. This program is open to teens in grades 6 through 12. Please register so we can best plan for this program.

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