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At Your Library: Horseback Librarians; The History Of The Bra

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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.

Tewksbury Writing Group ON ZOOM (*RR)
Tuesday, March 16, 7pm
Are you a writer -- or an aspiring writer -- looking for some support? The new Tewksbury Writing Group, which generally meets the third Tuesday evening of every month, is open to everyone who's interested in writing -- all genres, all skill levels. Each meeting -- which will take place via Zoom -- consists of some conversation, followed by a guest speaker (typically a published author) offering some tips of the trade, followed by a period of reading & friendly critiquing via breakout sessions. (In the breakout sessions, authors of like genres will be grouped together.)  This month's guest speaker is Stephen Rogers. Stephen is a multi-published writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Over eight hundred of his stories and poems have been selected to appear in more than three hundred publications, earning among other honors two "Best of Soft SF" winners, two Derringers (with seven additional finalists), a Shamus Award nomination, a Black Orchid Novella finalist, a Rhysling nomination, two "Notable Online Stories" from storySouth's Million Writers Award, honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, mention in The Best American Mystery Stories, and numerous Reader's Choice awards. Stephen is a proud member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Private Eye Writers of America, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. The group is facilitated by author Dale T. Phillips, who has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over 70 short stories. Stephen King was Dale's college writing teacher. Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, radio, in an independent feature film, and compete on Jeopardy (losing in a spectacular fashion). He's a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Sisters in Crime.

50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, March 17, 9:30am
The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom. 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. Remember, 85% of 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 meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms 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.   Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC, an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader. This week's meeting (March 17) will include a panel discussion with encore career panelists sharing their reinvention successes. The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

Crafternoon ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, March 17, 1:30pm
Calling all knitters, crocheters, needle workers, beaders, and colorers! Bring your own craft project to the Library and work on it while enjoying conversation with other crafters. (Please, no crafts involving glue or paint.) Take advantage of the many books available at the library to get ideas for your next project or to explore a new craft. Please email Jeanne at and she will send you the link to the meeting.

Books, Boots & Bridles: The Story Of The Horse Back Librarians ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, March 17, 7pm
Jeffrey Urbin, Education Specialist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, will share the story of the Pack Horse Library initiative, a little known program of FDR’s Work Progress Administration (WPA). Its mission, carried out almost entirely by women, was to deliver and distribute reading materials to the far off corners of Appalachia during the darkest hours of the Great Depression. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. Presented in collaboration with the Merrimac Public Library.

Short Skirts, Oh My! -- History Of Women's Rights ON ZOOM (*RR)
Thursday, March 18, 7pm
When Abigail Adams begged her husband to “remember the ladies” in drafting a new code of laws, John wrote back that he “could not but laugh” at her extraordinary suggestion. While it took almost 150 years, in the early part of the 20th century, women were working, voting, and experiencing the first taste of freedoms unheard of before. In this presentation, award winning storyteller and historian Anne Barrett traces the exciting social and historical milestones in the fight for women’s rights. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. Presented in collaboration with the Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Stevens Memorial Library in North Andover, and Flint Memorial Library in North Reading.

Gratitude Call-In Program (*RR)
Friday, March 19, 9am
Join the Tewksbury Public Library for our brand new Gratitude Call In Program! Every Friday morning at 9am, call in to share something you are grateful for in a welcoming, friendly space. Listening to other callers share what they are grateful for is an uplifting way to start your day! This program will take place completely over the phone. Call librarian Robert Hayes at 978-640-4490 x 205 for more information and to register over the phone. Once you register for this program, Robert will send you the information you will need to make the call.

VIRTUAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SERIES: Jennifer Dupee Discusses 'The Little French Bridal Shop' ON ZOOM (*RR)
Friday, March 19, 7pm
Author Jennifer Dupee will discuss her latest book, The Little French Bridal Shop, in conversation with author Maya Lang, in this Zoom webinar. Jennifer Dupee is the eldest of a set of fraternal triplets, and she grew up seeking any quiet corner of the house so that she could read, write, and work on puzzles. Her life-long passion for old houses inspired Elmhurst, the grand home featured in her debut novel, The Little French Bridal Shop, which St. Martin’s Press will publish in March 2021. She’s a keen observer of human life and writes in an imagistic and prosaic style infused with an impish sense of humor and tender moments. Her goal with her writing is to make you laugh, cry, and think a little more deeply about the world and the people around you. Jennifer is a graduate of Brown University, where she received her honors in Creative Writing. She is an active member of the Grub Street writing community in Boston and has published in The Feminist Press. She was a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Jones First Novel Competition and a semi-finalist for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition. Jennifer lives in a historic house just outside of Boston with her family and is currently at work on her next two novels.

Booby-Trapped -- The History Of The Bra In America ON ZOOM (*RR)
Saturday, March 20, 10:30am
Enjoy this "uplifting" look at the history of the bra in America. In a 2014 survey of 3,000 women, 92 percent rated their bra, “An enemy. I wish I had never met her.”  Before the bra was invented, corsets lifted breasts to artificial heights—but they pushed from below instead of lifting from above. In 1913, using two pocket handkerchiefs and some pink ribbon, socialite Mary Phelps Jacob created the “backless brassiere,” and became the first patent recipient for the modern bra. From Jacob’s invention, to the bullet bra of the 40s, to modern-day pillow cup push-up plunge bras, our boobs have been cinched, flattened down, and lifted up. You can discover a lot about women in history by how much cleavage was showing, and the era’s most desirable breast shape. While it can be argued that a bra is a necessity—­­not an accessory—one of the best feelings at the end of the day is to release ourselves. One thing’s for certain: the American Woman is still waiting for her ideal brassiere! Presented by Ehris Urban & Velya Jancz-Urban of The Grounded Goodwife. Their fun and humorous presentations look at history with a new eye by including topics not generally learned in school.  

Laughter Circle ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Wednesday, March 17, noon
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.

Tuesday, March 16, 9am
Join Miss Kat for songs, movement, and a story or two! This program will run on the library's Facebook page (

Virtual Preschool Craft ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Wednesday, March 17, 2pm
Watch a video to show you how to make some really cool crafts! Every month, we will post a new fun tutorial aimed at ages 3-6.  Bags of supplies will be outside the library on the morning of the event, and are first come, first served. If you aren’t able to get a bag, don’t worry! We try to use materials that you already have or can easily get. This program will run on the library's Facebook page ( and YouTube page (

Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Thursday, March 18, 2pm
When life gets stressful, we often forget to take the time to notice the world around us. Join Miss Heather for an introduction to mindfulness and meditation. This program will run on the library's YouTube page ( This program is designed for children but all are welcome to join.

Friday, March 19, 4pm
Each Friday, at 4pm, we will post a new video on YouTube that highlights a different poem and poet. Sometimes we will laugh, sometimes we will be reminded of a happy memory, and sometimes, we will even be transported to a magical imagination land! This program will run on the library's Facebook page ( and YouTube page (

DIY Gummies ON ZOOM (*RR)
Wednesday, March 17, 3:30pm
Join us on YouTube to learn how to create your own gummies! This recipe is fun to make and customize --and delicious! Registered attendees will be sent a link to the video on the day of the event. Open to anyone in grades 6-12.

Among Us ON ZOOM (*RR)
Friday, March 19, 3pm
Join your crewmates in a multiplayer game of teamwork and betrayal over Zoom. Download the free Among Us app, and play in a private match hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library.

Social Justice Service Group (Grades 9-12) ON ZOOM (*RR)
Saturday, March 20, 11am
Join us to meet like-minded teens, and discuss issues that are important to you.  Earn community service hours for attending.  Open to grades 9-12. This month, hear from the creators of Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices, a local non-profit, about what they do and action you can take. This is a virtual group offered by Burlington Public Library, Stevens Memorial Library, Tewksbury Public Library and Wilmington Memorial Library.

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