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At The Library: Hank Phillippi Ryan on Dec. 4; Coast Guard History on Dec. 6 And More

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

Holiday Wrap & Relax (*RR)

Monday, December 3, 10:30am-12:30pm

Are you… A busy parent with little time to wrap presents for your children? A spouse with no place to prepare gifts for your loved one? A helpless shopper suffering from holiday stress and irritation? The Library has the solution to your problem! Enjoy a morning of wrapping & relaxing at the library. The library will provide wrapping supplies, plenty of space, and a relaxing atmosphere, including hot chocolate and classic holiday music. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tewksbury Job Seekers: Speak With Confidence At Your Next Job Interview (*RR)

Monday, December 3, 2pm

If making networking & job interviews are difficult for you, come learn how to overcome your fear of public speaking with some practical tips from a local expert. Led by Mike Chase, founder and coach of Great Results!, LLC and a 9-time winner of speaking competitions with Toastmasters International. There will be plenty of time for networking after the presentation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tech Tuesday: Learn How To Download Free Music with Freegal (*RR)

Tuesday, December 4, 6pm

Learn how to download free music via Freegal, a free online service offered to Tewksbury library cardholders. Demonstrations, short videos, handouts and Q&A will be included. Participants can bring their devices to set up an account and begin using the service during the presentation. 

Author Visit: An Evening with Hank Phillippi Ryan (*RR)

Tuesday, December 4, 7pm

Author Hank Phillippi Ryan will discuss her new psychological thriller, "Trust Me," about an accused killer and a grieving journalist who form an unlikely alliance and engage in a dangerous game of "cat and mouse" to uncover the truth. Hank is the bestselling author of ten award-winning novels of suspense. She has won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, as well as five Agatha Awards. Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston's WHDH-TV, where she has earned 34 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards. Q&A and book selling/signing to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Foster Parenting Information Session (*RR)

Tuesday, December 4, 7pm

Foster parenting is a service that allows people to assist needy children during times of crisis. Children come into care almost every single day in the Greater Lowell area. Hear from a foster parent and social worker about how you can make a significant, positive influence in their lives. The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families serves children of all ages — from infants to adolescents — from every community — who need a home. You can be single, married, partnered, divorced, or widowed. You can rent or own a home. Time spent with you in a stable and secure environment gives a child a chance to heal. The rewards of providing daily care, guidance and acceptance to a child are immeasurable. Sponsored by Massachusetts DCF and the Friends of the Library.

Tewksbury News Discussion Group (*RR)

Wednesday, December 5, 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.

Evening Book Group Holiday Party (*RR)

Wednesday, December 5, 6pm

The library's Evening Book Group is reading The Christmas Train by David Baldacci this month. Books and discussion guides are available at the Front Desk. New readers and new points of view are always welcome! Due to party planning, registration is required at the front desk. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Lunchtime Lecture: Your Hearing – Into Hatha Yoga (*RR)

Thursday, December 6, 12:30pm

Enjoy a gentle hatha yoga class. Learn a mixture of standing and floor postures that can be adapted to where you are now. Come to tune in to your body and connect to your inner wisdom. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.  Bring your yoga mat or be prepared to practice on the carpeted floor. Practicing yoga barefoot provides more balance - encouraged, but not a requirement. Led by Swetha Kannan, a Tewksbury resident who has been teaching YIN yoga for two years and practicing yoga for 13 years. She graduated from her 500-hour yoga teacher training in 2017. She blends in mindfulness in all her yoga classes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Author Visit: The History of the Coast Guard in New England (*RR)

Thursday, December 6, 7pm

Author Dyke Hendrickson ("Nautical Newburyport: A History of Captains, Clipper Ships, and the Coast Guard") will discuss the history of the Coast Guard in New England, and will share research from his upcoming book, “New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Patriots" in a multimedia presentation. Hendrickson lives in Newburyport, the birthplace of the Coast Guard, and is a former reporter for Newburyport Daily News, where he covered the waterfront and City Hall. He now serves as the Outreach Historian for the Custom House Maritime Museum.  Q&A and book selling/signing to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Film Screening: Mission Impossible – Fallout (*RR)

Friday, December 7, 12:30pm & 7pm

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's newest DVD releases -- Mission: Impossible -- Fallout, an action adventure starring Tom Cruise & Henry Cavill. Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong. Rated PG-13. 147 minutes. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Pizza & water will be served. A $2 donation is suggested. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club. Can’t make it at 7pm? A screening will also take place at 12:30pm.

Kids Events

Tiny Tykes Story Time

Monday, December 3, 10:15am AND 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, December 3, 3:30pm

Join Miss Kat for a fun science project! This program is open for children aged 7 to 11.

Story Time Stations

Tuesday, December 4, 11am

Storytime Stations is a fun way to explore stories and make connections with books to a number of other skills, such as reading, writing, math, and art. This month, we will be exploring "The Gingerbread Man." Storytime Stations is designed for children aged 3-5; siblings are always welcome. This program is presented in conjunction with Community Teamwork.

Drop-In Toddler Craft

Wednesday, December 5, 10:30am-11:30am

For 2 year olds (ages 18 months and up). Older and younger siblings are always welcome. Come make a craft with us today! No registration required. Please, only one craft per child.

Wiggle Time

Thursday, December 6, 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.

Dads & Donuts

Saturday, December 8, 11am-11:45am

Join us for a story time of music, books, movement... and donuts! Sharing story time with a parent or caregiver is a good way to foster a love of reading and jumpstart a journey of lifelong learning. This program is designed for children ages 3 to 7, but siblings are always welcome. Coffee, lemonade, donuts, and graham crackers will be served after stories.

Teen Events

Holiday Nail Art (*RR)

Tuesday, December 4, 3pm

Come by the library to have some fun nail art done. We will have several colors and designs to choose from, and will also give some helpful tips for doing your own nail art at home! This program is open to everyone in grades 6 through 12.

Rainbow Club (*RR)

Tuesday, December 4, 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!

Expressive Writing Workshop (*RR)

Wednesday, December 5, 5:30pm

Come to paint happy little trees! Follow along as we watch a Bob Ross video and create works of art! This is not a painting class but a great way to try your hand at painting. Please register so that we have enough supplies for everyone who wants to participate. Open to anyone in grades 6-12. Dress in clothing that you don't mind getting paint on.

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