New Youth Programs at the Beals Memorial Library

  • Library staff members Melissa Thayer and Kayla Charlonne are excited to invite kids and teens to join their upcoming youth programs. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Report
Published: 9/24/2021 2:16:17 PM
Modified: 9/24/2021 2:16:23 PM

WINCHENDON — If you’re looking to keep your kids or teens busy after school, then head over to the Beals Memorial Library. Beginning this October, the library will be hosting several new or returning weekday youth programs.

Starting Monday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 4 p.m., the library is inviting teenagers in grades 6 through 12 to join the Beals Teen Advisory Board, or B-TAB. Members of B-TAB will get to help the library brainstorm ideas for future teen programs, suggest books to order for the collection, and more. If that’s not enough, participation counts as community service hours. All future meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month.

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the first meeting of the Beals Fandom, Anime and Manga Club, or FAM Club, will be held. This group is for teenagers in grades 6 through 12. Teens can make friends with shared interests and enjoy fun discussions and activities centered on pop culture, entertainment, and all things geek. Future meetings will be held on alternating Wednesdays.

For younger kids, the library’s former Lego Club will be returning under a new name, the Fun & Games Club, starting Monday, Oct. 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. In addition to Lego construction, kids who attend the club can play games, do puzzles, enjoy coloring sheets, and more fun activities in the library auditorium. This program is open to children ages 4 to 8.

Finally, the library is seeking donations of board games and card games suitable for children ages 8+ for their future game club, The Middles Game Group, for kids ages 8 to 12, which they hope to begin this winter. They are also looking for games suitable for teenagers for members of the Beals FAM Club to enjoy. All donations must be in good condition and include all of their pieces.

The Beals Memorial Library is located at 50 Pleasant St. in Winchendon. For more information, call the library at 978-297-0300 or visit the library’s website at

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