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At The Library: Medicare 101, Retired FBI Discusses His New Book, Free Movies And More

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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

Medicare 101 For Seniors & Almost Seniors (*RR)

Monday, December 10, 10:30am

Learn the basics of Medicare and receive answers to all your questions about the "Medicare maze." Get a better understanding of what's covered, how and when to enroll, how to apply, how to choose a plan, the differences between Parts A, B, and D, and more. Led by Gerald Lodge, a Community Development expert with Tufts Health. Lodge has spent over 30 years working in the Medicare Health Plan Industry, including the last 20 years of those with Tufts. He has educated thousands of people each year on the complexities of Medicare, and helps them understand the Health plan options available. Please note this presentation is on Medicare, not Tufts Health plans, and no sales material will be handed out. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tewksbury Job Seekers: How To Differentiate Yourself In A Competitive Market (*RR)

Monday, December 10, 2pm

Understanding the hiring market as a job seeker can be very strategic. Today’s unemployment rates are at record lows and thus, the hiring market is competitive. It’s important to stand out as a candidate. Learn about current market trends and insights, then discover ways to differentiate oneself in the competitive corporate world. Led by Alorra Kingston, Accounting & Finance Staffing Manager at Moore Staffing Services. 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 Magazines with RBdigital (*RR)

Tuesday, December 11, 6pm

Learn how to download free magazines via RBdigital, 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: My 30 Years As An Undercover FBI Agent (*RR)

Tuesday, December 11, 7pm

Author Michael McGowan ("Ghost: My Thirty Years As An FBI Undercover Agent") will explore some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts, to the Russian and Italian mobs, to biker gangs and contract killers, to corrupt unions and SWAT work. McGowan infiltrated groups at home and abroad, assembled teams to create the myths he lived, concocted fake businesses, coordinated the busts, and helped carry out the arrests. Get the ultimate insider's account of the FBI from McGowan, who been recognized at the highest levels for his undercover assignments. Sylvester Stallone's Balboa Productions recently acquired the film rights to the book! Q&A and book selling/signing to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Holiday Concert With Classical Guitarist Robert Bekkers (*RR)

Wednesday, December 12, 10:30am

Enjoy a holiday concert with Dr. Robert Bekkers, who earned his Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in classical guitar at the New England Conservatory under Eliot Fisk in May 2018. Bekkers serves as the conductor of the Boston Guitar Orchestra and a guitar instructor at Gordon College, South Shore Conservatory, and Yamaha Music School. Born in the Netherlands, Bekkers earned his performing and teaching degrees (Bachelor and Master of Music) at the Conservatory of Maastricht. During his seven years there, he won a scholarship to study contemporary music with Angelo Gilardino in Italy. He has performed in master classes for internationally-known guitarists such as David Russell and Pepe Romero. After his education, Robert developed his career as a soloist and chamber musician, playing with orchestras, choirs, and giving solo recitals. Coffee & munchkins to be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  

Poetry Circle 

Wednesday, December 12, 1:30pm

Join us as we appreciate and discuss a few poems each month! Poems will be available one week before the meeting so that there will be time to look them over. 

Non-Fiction Book Group: Daring To Drive

Thursday, December 13, 10:30am

Join us for a discussion of Daring To Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening, by Manal Sharif. An intimate memoir by a devout Saudi Arabian woman who became the unexpected leader of a movement to support women's rights to drive, the book describes how fundamentalism influenced her radical religious beliefs until her education, a job and legal contradictions changed her perspectives and made her an accidental activist. Books are available at the reference desk on the second floor.

Lunchtime Lecture: Leaving Your Handprint Behind (*RR)

Thursday, December 13, 12:30pm

Aging is a cultural phenomenon as much as or even more than a numeric process. In this motivational and informational lecture, learn how to realize your talents in old age and leave behind a lasting legacy. Led by Marie Ardito, Information Coordinator for Massachusetts Retirees United. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Author Visit: The Complete Retro Guide To Stranger Things & The 80’s (*RR)

Thursday, December 13, 7pm

Attention Stranger Things fans! Author Joseph Vogel ("Stranger Things and the '80s: The Complete Retro Guide") will reveal his ultimate companion book to the hit show and the era that inspired it. Dive deep into the world of the 1980's and examine all of the show's references, homages and artifacts, from arcades, Ataris, BMX bikes, MTV, and Radio Shack to Carl Sagan, Ronald Reagan, Eggos, Steve's hair, and mom jeans. Learn about the parallels between the show and the 1982 classic film, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial; the significance of The Clash's hit song, "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," the importance of Dungeons & Dragons; and the connections to a host of '80s books and movies, including Stand By Me, IT, The Things, Aliens, and The Goonies. Joseph Vogel is an Assistant Professor at Merrimack College. He is the author of several books, including "Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson" and "This Thing Called Life: Prince, Race, Sex, Religion, and Music." Q&A and book selling/signing to follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Film Screening: The Equalizer 2 (*RR)

Friday, December 14, 12:30pm & 7pm

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's newest DVD releases -- The Equalizer 2, an action thriller starring Denzel Washington & Pedro Pascal. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves? Rated R. 121 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 10, 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.

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, December 11, 11am

For ages 3 to 6. Younger siblings are always welcome! Join us for a story time of music, books, movement and more! Early literacy skills will set your child up for a successful school career and here's the place to begin. No registration required.

Little Einsteins

Wednesday, December 12, 11am

For ages 3 to 6. Each month, preschoolers can explore different science themes with Miss Heather by moving through a variety of stations. Early STEM skills are explored in topics like, water, floating and sinking, colors, light and much more. This program is limited to 15 children. Registration is required and begins on October 9th. Sign up by calling the Children's desk at 978-640-4490 x 204.

Art Adventures

Wednesday, December 12, 3:30pm

Learn about an artist and make a project in their style! This month, we will be looking at Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" painting. This project is for children ages 5-11.

Wiggle Time

Thursday, December 13, 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.

Drop In Preschool Craft

Friday, December 14, 11am

For ages 3-6. Older and younger siblings are always welcome. Come make a craft with us today! No registration required. Please, only one craft per child.

Teen Events

Digital Animation (*RR)

Tuesday, December 11, 3:30pm

Learn to use digital animation software, such as Stykz and OpenToonz, to create your own short animated film! Stykz makes it easy for beginners by incorporating pre-made figures while OpenToonz allows for more experienced artists to explore the powerful tools used by Studio Ghibli to bring their ideas to life. This class shows how to animate step-by-step, allowing you to explore your creativity while learning about story-telling, time-management, and the 12 principals of animation. This class is great for all levels of experience. This program is taught by an instructor from Empow Studios! Open to those in grades 6-8.

Teen Cosplay 101 with Mink the Satyr (*RR)

Wednesday, December 12, 5:30pm

Do you love comics, manga and/or anime? Want to cosplay as your favorite character? Or are you an experienced cosplayer looking for tips? Join us for a special visit from cosplayer Mink the Satyr! Mink will be discussing the creative process and her experiences, showing off her costumes, and sharing tips. Learn about developing a cosplay idea, creating your costume, cosplaying at conventions, storing your costume, adjusting costumes, and more! This program is open to those in grades 6 through 12.

Slime (*RR)

Saturday, December 15, 2pm

Let's make slime! We will be using glue, liquid starch, food coloring, and glitter to make our slime. This program is open to those in grades 6 through 12.

Musical Bingo (*RR)

Saturday, December 15, 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. Open to grades 6-12.

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