North Quabbin Library Briefs

  • Art by Lynne Stopen that is on display at the Wendell Free Library. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 1/21/2020 9:43:48 PM
‘Birds Bring Peace’ on exhibit

WENDELL — Lynne Stopen’s “Birds Bring Peace” is the current featured art exhibit at the Herrick Art Gallery at the Wendell Free Library and will hang there during the months of January and February.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, 3:30-5 pm.

Stopen was a science teacher at Athol High School until her cancer diagnose in 2017. Drawing birds provided a sense of purpose and peace to the otherwise depressing and isolating recovery time. The drawings are done with graphite and colored pencils and try to capture lifelike characteristics of the birds.

Sip and journal workshop

NEW SALEM — Join the Friends of the New Salem Library and award-winning author, Emily Neuburger, for an evening of creative journaling and wine on Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the New Salem Public Library.

Neuburger welcomes you to leave perfectionism behind and be willing to experiment and explore with colors, texture, lines, and words. No particular art or writing skills needed to join.

All materials and refreshments provided. There is no cost to attend.

If you already journal, feel free to bring it. Learn more about Neuberger and her books at Questions? Call 978-544-2611

Pre-school story time

ATHOL — Children and caregivers are invited to have a seat and listen to stories at “Hello, Friends!” Story Time, which is held Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. at the Athol Public Library, 568 Main St.

Each week opens with, “Hello, Friends!” a simple song with accompanying sign language that children love to sing. Children’s Librarian, Sarah Stanley, reads three picture books, chosen for their read-aloud appeal. Each Story Time ends with a short Scholastic video and an easy craft.

This program promotes early literacy by getting children excited about reading at a young age. It models read-aloud behavior for caretakers and helps children practice sitting and listening.

For younger children, the library also hosts a Baby and Toddler Time, Fridays at 11 a.m. This program promotes early literacy through singing, baby books, and free play. This program is targeted to babies and toddlers ages 0-36 months.

Both programs are free and open to children and their caretakers. Day cares are welcome. Call the library ahead of time if you intend to bring five or more children.

Craft Supply Swap

ATHOL — The Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., will hold a free craft supply swap Saturday, Feb. 1.

Have materials left over from a craft? Are you searching for something new to try? Bring your supplies, tools, craft books and similar items.

Feel free to drop off items: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The library be accepting craft materials in the program room and you can unpack your contributions onto our sorted and labeled tables. Please make sure items are in clean and usable condition.

Those who donate will receive a ticket. Bring the ticket to the library at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1 for a special donors’ half hour of pre-“shopping.” The event will open to the general public at 10 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m. (You don’t have to donate to participate.)

Call 978-249-9515 for more information.

Used book sale planned

Friends of the Levi Heywood Memorial Library will hold a used book sale Feb. 20-22, 55 West Lynde St., Gardner.

Times are: Feb. 20, members preview night, 4-7 p.m.; Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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