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Tewksbury Library To Host 4 Talks On Backyard Birds, Pond Animals, Turtles & Sea Otters

Tewksbury Public Library

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
TEWKSBURY JOB SEEKERS NETWORK – Dealing With Ageism During The Job Search ON ZOOM (*RR)
Monday, July 6, 2pm
Ageism is illegal, prevalent, and almost impossible to prove. Many courses and workshops say you must use “age to advantage,” but then tell you to hide your age. We won’t do that in this workshop. In this session, we will explore ageism and discuss the best strategies for dealing with it. Topics include: History of ageism and relevant court cases; Why you must change your orientation; Marketing yourself; When they will hire you; Steps you must take and how to behave; and Perceptions and how to deal with them. Led by Edward Lawrence, the founder and principal of Getstarted LLC, through which he offers practical job-search advice, résumé-writing services, and assessments (skills and behavioral) to help people gain meaningful employment or transition to a new career. A certified technical trainer (Comptia CTT+) for over thirty years, Ed himself transitioned to coaching and soft-skills training by studying under some of the area’s best counselors, and by volunteering with agencies, such as The Institute for Career Transitions and Career Collaborative. He is a certified professional résumé writer (CPRW) and is certified in Myer-Briggs (MBTI), DISC and Skillscan. For over three years he has facilitated a practice-interview group at the Framingham Public Library.  Ed currently works as a group leader for the Mass Council on Aging 50+ Jobseeker Program, and is the résumé writer for the Framingham Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Laughter Circle ON ZOOM (*RR)
Monday, July 6, 7pm
This program is for all ages. This program combines voluntary 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. What are the benefits of laughter? Mood elevates. Stress, depression and tension decrease. Immunity improves. Lung capacity increases through deep breathing, enhancing oxygen delivery to all parts of the body. Endorphin and serotonin levels rise. Laughter provides an excellent internal massage to digestive tract as well as improving blood supply to the internal organs. People who laugh don’t worry as much as people who don’t laugh.

Sea Otters Return From Near Extinction: An Adorable Comeback Story ON ZOOM (*RR)
Tuesday, July 7, 7pm
Sea otters are adorable, furry marine mammals that were once hunted for their prized fur during the 1700s and 1800s and nearly went extinct. Only now, nearly a century after hunting ceased, are populations showing stable growth in some places. Sea otters are a keystone species in coastal areas, feeding on sea urchins, clams, crab, and other crustaceans. When they are present, kelp beds are thick and healthy, providing homes for an array of sealife. When otters disappear, sea urchins take over, and the kelp disappears along with all of the creatures that live in the beds. Now, thanks to their protected status, sea otters are making a comeback in California, Washington, and Alaska. Science journalist Todd McLeish will share stories, phtoos and videos of his journey along the Pacific Coast  to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters. Todd McLeish is a science writer with four published books, all on natural history topics: "Return of the Sea Otter," "Narwhals," "Basking with Humpbacks," and "Golden Wings and Hairy Toes: New England Wildlife." He is a popular public speaker on cruise ships and at museums and environmental centers and has published articles on wildlife topics in dozens of publications, including Earthwatch Journal, Bird Watcher's Digest, WildBird, and Rhode Island Monthly. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Identifying & Attracting Backyard Birds ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, July 8, 10:30am
Have you always wanted to know what birds are visiting your yard or frequenting your birdfeeder? Can’t tell the difference between a Purple Finch and a House Finch? Dr. Steve Hale will offer tips on identifying our resident and migrant feathered friends, and let us know what to feed them to attract a diverse population. Audience members will also have the opportunity to test their own knowledge of birds. Dr. Steve Hale is the owner and operator of Open World Explorers, which runs guided birding tours in New Hampshire. Steve is also a professor and researcher at the University of New Hampshire where he earned his PhD in Natural Resources. He previously worked as a bird observer in the White Mountain National Forest. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Laughter Circle ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Wednesday, July 8, noon
This program is for all ages. This program combines voluntary 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. What are the benefits of laughter? Mood elevates. Stress, depression and tension decrease. Immunity improves. Lung capacity increases through deep breathing, enhancing oxygen delivery to all parts of the body. Endorphin and serotonin levels rise. Laughter provides an excellent internal massage to digestive tract as well as improving blood supply to the internal organs. People who laugh don’t worry as much as people who don’t laugh.

Poetry Circle ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, June 8, 1:30pm
Poetry Circle resumes ONLINE in July! Anyone interested in reading and chatting about poetry is invited to register and discuss a handful of poems monthly. We will email poems starting July 1st. At Poetry Circle, we believe in reading and responding to poems from where we are. You do not have to be an expert to participate; in fact it can be more fun to come with a curious mind!

Non-Fiction Book Club: Educated ON ZOOM (*RR)
Thursday, July 9, 10:30am
Join us for a discussion of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. This discussion will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Please email Noelle at nboc@tewksburypl.org and she will send you the link to the meeting. Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

TEEN EVENTS
Yoga For Grades 6-12 ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, July 8, 6pm
Join Anna Finkelstein, owner of A Fine Balance Wellness, as she guides you through a beginner's yoga class.  You will work on yoga poses, as well as deep breathing.  The only thing you need is a computer, you and a towel or yoga mat! This event is for grades 6-12.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS
Summer Sprouts Story Time ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Monday, July 6, 10:30am
Story time for infants and toddlers with Miss Heather! Join her for stories, songs, movement and more! This program will run live on the library’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TewksburyLib).

Pajamarama Story Time on FACEBOOK LIVE
Monday, July 6, 7pm
Join us live on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TewksburyLib) for Pajamarama Storytime! Have early literacy fun with stories, songs, movement and more at this early evening story time. Pajamas are optional but encouraged.

Story Time ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Tuesday, July 7, 11am
Join Miss Kat for songs, movement, and a story or two! This program will run live on the library's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TewksburyLib).

Summer Science: Ice Cream In A Bag ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Wednesday, July 8, 2pm
Miss Kat will be posting four cool science projects this summer that you can do at home! View the video on the library’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/TewksburyLib) and YouTube page (www.youtube.com/TewksburyLibrary). This week, we will be learning about melting points and how adding salt to ice makes it colder... and how to make ice cream in a bag in 10 minutes!

Wild About Turtles! ON ZOOM (*RR)
Thursday, July 9, 7pm
Mary Doane is WILD ABOUT TURTLES! Join us on ZOOM to learn all about turtles! How do they eat? Why do they have hard shells? How many kinds of turtles live in the U.S.? Learn all this, and then make a fun turtle craft project. (If you would like to do the craft with Mary, please have clay and small stones, sequins, pieces of pasta, etc. ready to go.) Please register one attendee for the one device that will be streaming this program. You can have as many people as you like watching with you! If you can't make it or the program is full, don't worry! A recording of this performance will be available for two weeks.

Virtual Maker Craft: Stained “Glass” ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Friday, July 10, noon
Watch a video to show you how to make some really cool crafts! Every week we will post a new fun tutorial.  Visit the library’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TewksburyLib) or YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/TewksburyLibrary) to view the video. This week, we will be learning how to make stained “glass” out of lasagna noodles!  

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