At Your Library: Teen Dungeons & Dragons on Nov. 4 & 6; Teen Video Game Design on Nov. 8
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.
Tewksbury Job Seekers: Getting Out Of The Habit Of Being Yourself (*RR)
Monday, November 4, 2pm
Is your life in transition? Job/career on hold (or life support)? Stuck and need a jump-start? The secret of successful change is to focus your energy, not in fighting the old, but on building the new. Join us for a fast-paced interactive experience and leave with your own plan for change and bold action! Led by Maureen B. Weisner, M.Ed., PCC, GCDF, Founder and Managing Partner of KICKSTART Your Transition is a certified coach, consultant, and professional speaker, who specializes in working with individuals in transition; typically involving career change, divorce, education and other work/life events. Introduced as a Top 10 Executive Coach by Women’s Business Boston and a featured columnist in the Boston Globe’s “Lola” magazine, she skillfully guides her audiences to create their personal roadmap to success. There will be plenty of time for networking after the presentation. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Monday Evening Book Discussion Group: Americanah
Monday, November 4, 7pm
Join us for a discussion of “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Books are available at the Front Desk one month before the discussion. All are welcome! No registration required.
How To Become A Foster Parent (*RR)
Tuesday, November 5, 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.
FRIGHT NIGHT: Into The Jungle – A Terrifying Journey Of Survival (*RR)
Tuesday, November 5, 7pm
Along with a short reading of "Into the Jungle," named one of this summer's best thrillers by the New York Times, Erica Ferencik will present a slideshow from her month-long research trip to the Peruvian Amazon. Her book tells the story of one woman's terrifying journey of survival in the Amazonian jungles. Ferencik is also the author of "The River At Night," which Oprah chose as a #1 Pick, calling the book “the page-turning novel you’ve been waiting for, a heart-pounding debut.” Entertainment Weekly named it a “Must Read,” calling it “harrowing…a visceral, white knuckle rush.” Miramax recently optioned the novel for a film. Her work has also appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. A book signing and selling will take place after the event for those interested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Wednesday, November 6, 12pm
This program is for all ages. Laughter yoga combines simulated laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor. This is a participatory program where we will create moments to laugh in through guided actions. No need to bring a yoga mat--most of the program is seated, with options for standing or gentle movement. There is no registration required, but please arrive on time. Session will last about 30 minutes.
The Armchair Detectives Mystery Book Group: Dog On It
Wednesday, November 6, 1:30pm
Do you love a good mystery? Join the library's Book Club, "The Armchair Detectives!" The group will be discussing “Dog On It” by Spencer Quinn. Introducing two-legged Bernie and his four-legged pal Chet--a canine with a penchant for solving mysteries--their first case is to track down a teenager who's out way past curfew. Copies of the book are available at the Front Desk.
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft (*RR)
Thursday, November 7, noon
Learn how to protect your personal information and assets from identity theft. Listen to a panel discussion organized by the Hanscom Federal Credit Union, which will include President/CEO David Sprague and members of the Tewksbury Police Department. A complimentary lunch will be served to all those who register by November 5. Co-sponsored by Hanscom Federal Credit Union and the Friends of the Library.
FILM SCREENING: The Art Of Racing In The Rain (*RR)
Friday, November 8, 2pm (Senior Center) & 7pm (Library)
Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's newest DVD releases – “The Art Of Racing In The Rain,” a dramatic comedy starring Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin Costner and Amanda Seyfried. Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny, golden retriever Enzo learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. Rated PG. 109 minutes. The 2pm screening will take place AT THE SENIOR CENTER. The 7pm screening will take place AT THE LIBRARY. Doors will open 30 minutes early. Pizza & water will be served AT NIGHT ONLY. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library and Tewksbury Lions Club.
Tiny Tykes Story Time
Monday, November 4, 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.
Thursday, November 7, 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.
Dads & Donuts
Saturday, November 9, 11am
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. Breakfast refreshments will be served for all ages.
Dungeons & Dragons: Character Creation
Monday, November 4, 3pm
Interested in adventuring through quests, battling monsters and facing foes with your closest friends? Before you start your Dungeons & Dragons campaign, you need a character! Learn all you need to know about building your adventurer from the ground up. We will be building characters for D&D version 5e. Character sheets will be provided. All you need to bring is your creativity! (If you have a player's handbook, please bring it. If not, we will have some here.)
Tuesday, November 5, 1:30pm
Not sure what to do today? Celebrate international games week by playing video games with your friends! You can play games on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4 or XBOX One. Can't choose? Request a blind pick and a game and system will be randomly selected for you. All games are rated E - Teen.
Dungeons & Dragons: One-Shot Grades (*RR)
Wednesday, November 6, 3pm
Set off with your adventuring party for the challenge of a lifetime! We will be playing Dungeons and Dragons 5E at this special one time event. Please bring your own character. Don't have one? A few select pre-made character sheets will be available. Interested, but not quite sure what Dungeons & Dragons is? D&D is a role-playing game where you play as your character and adventure through different quests. You may battle monsters, you may have to convince that store owner why they should tell you what they know - anything is possible in this fun game! No experience is required. Limited spots are available, so please register.
Thursday, November 7, 2:30pm
Celebrate International Games week by playing board games and enjoying delicious snacks.
3D Video Game Design (*RR)
Friday, November 8, 2pm
Game systems like PS4, XBOX One, and Wii U are opening endless possibilities in 3D game design. 3D is tricky, even for adults, but kids can now create their own simple games using Unity, a leading platform in 3D game design. Kids start by learning to move around in a virtual 3D environment, then move on to designing a 3D world for their stories and programming character control. Games can be shared with friends & family for at-home beta-testing!