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AT THE LIBRARY: 3 Talks On Living A Happier Life; Irish Music on March 16

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

HAPPINESS WEEK: The Five Hurdles To Happiness & How To Overcome Them (*RR)

Tuesday, March 12, 7pm

Five obstacles stand in between you and true happiness. Come learn what they are and how you can overcome them with acclaimed author and psychologist Mitch Abblett, PhD. Buddhist traditions teach that there are five negative qualities, or hindrances, that inhibit people from living an awakened life. Abblett gives this teaching a modern, secular interpretation and will help you identify the hurdles that are blocking your contentment -- desire, hostility, sluggishness, worry, and doubt -- and how you can take your first steps to overcoming them. Combining traditional wisdom with contemporary psychology and using examples from his psychotherapy practice, Abblett uses the hurdles as a frame for engaging you in a process of contemplating your own life and learning to lean into your experience rather than merely repeating bad habits. By doing this, you can break free from the hurdles and live more mindfully, effectively, and compassionately. Led by Mitch Abblett, PhD, author of "The Five Hurdles to Happiness and the Mindful Path to Overcoming Them." He is a licensed clinical psychologist and consultant with a private practice.  A Q&A and book selling/signing will follow for those interested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

Poetry Circle

Wednesday, March 13, 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: Summer For The Goods

Thursday, March 14, 10:30am

Join us for a discussion of Summer for the Gods: the Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion, by Edward J. Larson. This book provides a modern perspective on the legal and historical influence of the 1925 Scopes trial, the landmark case about teaching evolution in the classroom. Books are available at the reference desk on the second floor.

HAPPINESS WEEK: How To Be Happier – Understanding The Science Of Happiness (*RR)

Thursday, March 14, 1pm

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could feel happier? Many of us do and we think we will feel happier as a result of something – such as finding a new job, finishing a project, losing 10 pounds, etc. However, psychologists and neurologists are now realizing that happiness can be more readily achieved through changing the way we think. Come learn this revolutionary concept and receive practical tools for achieving this new mindset. Led by Lizzie Linn Casanave, professor of philosophy at Northern Essex Community College. She received her BA in Philosophy/Religion and World Perspectives and her MA in Critical and Creative Thinking. Casanave currently teaches Practical Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics and First Year Seminar. Her curriculum also includes a workshop on “The Science of Happiness” which looks at happiness through the lens of positive psychology. A Q&A will follow for those interested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.


Friday, March 15, 12:30pm & 7pm

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's newest DVD releases -- Green Book, a comedic drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. The film received 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture & Best Actor. A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Rated PG-13. 130 minutes. Doors will open 30 minutes early. Candy & water will be served in the afternoon. Pizza & water will be served at night. A $1-$2 donation is suggested. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.

SPRING CONCERT SERIES: Songs Of Ireland with Joe Leary (*RR)

Saturday, March 16, 10:30am

The day before St. Patrick's Day, enjoy ballads, original music, humorous songs and anecdotal stories from Ireland performed by Joe Leary, a talented solo vocalist with guitar. For over 35 years, Joe has been entertaining Irish-American audience’s throughout the Greater New England area with interpretive musical arrangements and a resonant vocal style. With ancestral family roots from Ballyshannon, Donegal, Ballyvaughn, Clare, and Cork, it is no wonder where Joe’s love for Celtic music and Irish traditions stem from. A 1979 graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Joe has spent more that half of his life dedicated to the music education of children in both the public and private sectors while still maintaining an active performing schedule. CDs for sale after the concert for those interested. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Tewksbury Cultural Council.

HAPPINESS WEEK: Everything You Know About Happiness Is Wrong (*RR)

Saturday, March 16, 2pm

You may be familiar with findings from Positive Psychology that underscore common sense beliefs about the sources of happiness. For example: practice gratitude; savor the moment; cultivate positive emotions. But you may not be aware that research from the “far side” of positive psychology has shown that many of our assumptions about the sources of happiness and success aren't necessarily true. Such research has exposed the unintended negative consequences of well-meaning strategies to promote self-esteem and productivity. Come learn the answers to questions such as these: Is luck something we stumble into, or a skill we can develop to alter our destiny? Is tenaciously sticking to a goal no matter what the key to success or a prelude to failure? Do our efforts to bolster self-esteem create confident and positive self-regard, or subtly subvert it? Which do we regret more: things we tried and failed at, or things we never tried because we were afraid of failing? Does success make people happy? Or does happiness lead people to succeed? Do we choose things we want because we like them? Or do we often want things we don’t really like? Led by Mary Jacobsen, author, educator, and licensed social worker. A Q&A will follow for those interested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

Kids Events

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, March 12, 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.

Pajama Jam with Bernadette (*RR)

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30pm

For ages 0 to 5 years.  Older siblings are always welcome. Join Bernadette Baird as she leads children and caregivers on a musical journey with plenty of hands on instruments and movement.  LIMITED to 15 children and their caregivers. Please register by calling the Children's desk beginning on March 4th. This program has been funded by Community Teamwork, Inc.

Art Adventures (*RR)

Wednesday, March 13, 3:45pm

For ages 7 to 11. Drop in to create some cool art today! Registration is required and begins on March 4th. To register, call the Children's desk at 978-640-4490 ext. 204.

Wiggle Time

Thursday, March 14, 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 Sprouts Craft

Friday, March 15, 10:30am

For ages 18 months - 3 years. Older and younger siblings are always welcome. Come make a craft with us today! No registration required. Please, only one craft per child.

DIY Craft Saturday

Saturday, March 16, 10:30am

For ages 5 to 11.  Younger siblings are welcome to join with adult help. Drop by the craft room this morning to make a fun project. No registration required. One craft per child, please.

Teen Events

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting (*RR)

Tuesday, March 12, 6pm

Teens! Do you: Want to get involved at your library? Help plan fun teen events? Help build the teen collection? Want to meet new friends? Need to earn community service hours?  Join the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) @ the Tewksbury Public Library!  At TAG, we meet monthly to figure out how to make the library a better place for teens. Bring friends - new members welcome!

Teen Tech Time (*RR)

Wednesday, March 13, 3pm

Hangout after school and try some of the technology we have for teens at the library. Try making a game with the iPad and Bloxel, test out our different robots, and play games on the Switch. This program isn't a structured technology workshop. We aren't experts and will do our best to assist with using the equipment.

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