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Event Registration
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.

Adult Events
GET ORGANIZED: Get Organized In 2020 (*RR)
Tuesday, January 21, 7pm
In this fun and interactive workshop, learn how to achieve your organizing goals for 2020. Receive tips on tackling clutter, starting the purging process, and better utilizing your calendars and to-do lists. Discover a new approach on how to think about all the stuff you own that will put you on the path to an organized home and life. Led by Jenna Elliott, a 16-year professional organizer and founder of The Naked Flower: Professional Organizers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of the Merrimack Valley
Wednesday, January 22, 1pm
The 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of the Merrimack Valley meets from 1pm to 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Tewksbury Public Library. If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your “Encore Career”, this networking group program is perfect for you.  Did you know that 85% of all jobs are found through networking? Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, an experienced career coach, and features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, ample opportunity to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  This week's topic (January 22) is "I Only Have Eyes For You"

This program is funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, managed by the Massachusetts Council on Aging and supported by AARP. Locally, the group is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

GET ORGANIZED: Declutter Your Home Once & For All With the KonMari Method (*RR)
Thursday, January 23, 7pm
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your life? You are not alone and the KonMari Method can help! The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. (Thank them for their service – then let them go!)  Millions of people around the world have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective and forward-looking. Maile Shoul, a certified KonMari Consultant in training and the owner of Cloud Eleven Organizing, will teach you how to win the war on clutter by applying the lessons of the KonMari method to your home and life. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

GET ORGANIZED: How To Get Rid Of The Nonsense & BS In Your Life (*RR)
Saturday, January 25, 2pm
Learn how to live a better life in 2020 without sacrificing your health, family or sanity. Meredith Atwood, a popular podcaster, speaker, coach and 4x IRONMAN triathlete, will discuss her new book, "The Year of No Nonsense: How To Get Over Yourself and On With Your Life," which offers a practical guide to acknowledging and getting rid of the nonsense and BS in your life. Meredith will share what she learned about life while tackling struggles with work, family, and body image, along with the importance of willpower and time management. Discover how to move forward and live an authentic, healthy life, free from the things that often hold us back -- from saying "yes" too much to keeping "frenemies" around to believing lies about ourselves and our abilities. Copies of Meredith's book will be available for purchase after the event for those interested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

KIDS’ EVENTS
Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, January 21, 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 21, 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.

Helping Hands: Kindness Rocks (*RR)
Wednesday, January 22, 4pm
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. We will be making Kindness Rocks (thekindnessrocksproject.com/) for this month's Helping Hands event. Paint pens and clear acrylic spray paint will be used. This program is open for children ages 7 to 11. Registration is required.

Muggle Support Group Fantasy Book Group (*RR)
Wednesday, January 22, 7pm
Do you love fantasy books? Are you sad you never got your Hogwarts letter? Do you wish you had a pet dragon? The Muggle Support Group is the book club for you! Each month, we will read a different fantasy book and discuss it. This month, we will be discussing The Shadows by Jacqueline West (Books of Elsewhere #1!): When eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.  Pick up a copy ahead of time and be ready to talk about it at the meeting! This book club is for kids ages 8-11. Registration required.

Wiggle Time
Thursday, January 23, 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 Maker Craft: Whirligig Snakes
Friday, January 24, 3:45pm
Let's get crafty! Kids ages 7 to 11 are invited to make a craft with Miss Heather. This time, we're making a whirligig snake! No registration necessary; please drop in. Siblings and caregivers are always welcome.

TEEN EVENTS
Digital Animation & Storytelling (*RR)
Tuesday, January 21, 3pm-5pm
You start with storyboarding – a perfect way to capitalize on your natural storytelling skills. You will start by creating your characters, scenes, and stories by drawing, writing, and digitally creating your movie scripts. You then will learn to use digital animation software, such as Stykz, to create your own short animated films. Stykz makes it easy for beginners by incorporating pre-made figures to bring their ideas to life. This class shows you how to animate step-by-step, allowing them to explore their creativity while learning about story-telling, time-management, and some principles of animation.

Teen Movie: Hunger Games
Wednesday, January 22, 5pm-7:30pm
Join us for pizza and our monthly teen movie, "Hunger Games."  The movie is 2 hours and 22 min. and rated PG-13.

Babysitting Basics (*RR)
Saturday, January 25, 9:30am-1:30am
This is a one-session course designed to help develop babysitting skills for teens in grades 6-12.  This is an opportunity to learn and practice babysitting skills, as well as learn safety skills for staying home alone. Topics covered include: basic safety issues; first-aid; growth and development; baby-sitter activities; bottle-feeding; bath time and bed time; and care and handling of infants. Registration required. 

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