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At Your Library: Native Americans & Stereotypes; Broadway Music

Jan 19, 2019 05:44AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Tewksbury Public Library

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the 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.

Native Americans & Stereotypes (*RR)
Tuesday, January 22, 7pm
What does it means to be sensitive and respectful of Native Americans? What we have learned about Native Americans and what we think we know is often inaccurate or even offensive. But how do we know? Terms such as "Indian," "totem pole," "tribe," "pioneer," and "costume" may seem benign, when, in fact, there is a larger context of deculturalization and cultural appropriation that needs to be acknowledged and integrated into discussions. Begin to unlearn, and then relearn, the First Nations story through a critical analysis of images, history, and words used in the English language. Led by Claudia A. Fox Tree, M.Ed., who has taught anti-racism and multicultural education courses to teachers, school staff, and at the college level for over twenty-five years. Claudia is on the board of the Massachusetts Center for Native Americans and the Massachusetts liaison for the United Confederation of Taíno People. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Morning Concert: Bits of Broadway (*RR)
Wednesday, January 23, 10:30am
Enjoy a concert featuring Broadway music from Tewksbury resident Carol Ann Robitaille. The morning will feature songs from Cabaret, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Going My Way, Pajama Game, and more. Robitaille frequently performs at several nearby assisted living facilities and nursing homes. ("They like me because they don't have to turn up their hearing aides.") She specializes in Broadway musicals and standards from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. Coffee & munchkins to be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Lunchtime Lecture:  Make'n Take Sugar Scrub Workshop (*RR)
Thursday, January 24, 12:30pm
Join us for a DIY Make ‘n Take Sugar Scrub Workshop. Create a natural product free of toxins and contaminants that aids in velvety, smooth, exfoliated and soft skin. Learn basic introductory benefits of incorporating popular essential oils that have been used throughout history for natural beauty treatments. A fun and educational class for new and experienced essential oil users, choose between a naturally scented sugar scrub for relaxing, invigorating, cleansing or boosting your immunity. All workshop instruction and supplies will be provided. Limited to 20 seats. Led by wellness advocate Debbie Webb. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Film Screening: First Man (*RR)
Friday, January 25, 12:30pm
Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's newest DVD releases -- First Man, a biographical drama starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, and Jason Clarke. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Rated PG-13. 141 minutes. Doors will open at 12pm. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, January 22, 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.

Pajamarama Story Time
Tuesday, January 22, 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. No registration required. Pajamas are optional but encouraged.

Little Einsteins (*RR)
Wednesday, January 23, 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. Call the Children's desk at 978-640-4490 ext. 204.

Helping Hands Club (*RR)
Wednesday, January 23, 3:30pm
Join us for a fun project to benefit the community! Each month, we will make something that will be donated to various local non-profit organizations. This program is open for children ages 7 to 11. Registration is required Call the Children's desk at 978-640-4490 ext. 204.

Wiggle Time
Thursday, January 24, 10:15am AND 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, January 25, 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.

In The Media (*RR)
Tuesday, January 22, 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 media or our community. We will look at different articles, videos or other sources to gain knowledge prior to our discussion. Each month we will go over tips and ground rules for having a civil conversation. Teens who participate will receive an hour of community service. Snacks will be provided if teens register at least a day prior to the program.

Super Smash Bros on the Switch: Grades 6-12 (*RR)
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30pm
Hang out and play the new Super Smash Bros!

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