Press June 3, 2024

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MBTS Friends of the Library Are Taking Book Donations

Help support the annual book sale on the library lawn during Festival by the Sea on August 3. Please donate books you no longer want but are in good enough shape that you would buy them! Note that our collection location is at MERHS, not the library. Drop off on June 15 from 9AM – 12PM.  

News & Events for Kids and Families

Summer Storytimes Are Back

Wednesdays at 10:30—11:15 AM

Join Miss Audrey for Summer Storytime every Wednesday at 10:30! This program is for ages 0-3 and runs until September. 

Celebrate YOU! Pride Storytime & Craft

Saturday, June 8 at 2:30—3:30 PM

Dress in your favorite, fabulous outfit…whether it’s a costume, a tutu or a cape…and come celebrate Pride month with positive stories and a colorful craft. This event is suited for ages 5-8 and their caregivers. 

News & Events for Adults

Researching the History of Your House (Virtual)

Thursday, June 6 at 7:00—8:30 PM

You can research the history of your house whether it is 20 years old or 150 years old. Marian Pierre-Louis will introduce where to find the deeds to your house, how to chain a deed, and locating other sources of information such as the US Federal Census records. Come learn some tricks to get the most out of your house history research. This talk is appropriate for both beginners and those who have some research experience.  

This program was made possible through a partnership with the Wayland Free Public Library. Registration is required online or call 978-526-7711. 

Tai Chi: The Longevity Tree

Wednesdays Starting in June at 9:45—10:45 AM at Masconomo Park

Manchester local Susan Halpern will be teaching Tai Chi in the park on Wednesdays throughout the summer. The group is in the middle of working through the form and are inviting interested people to join them midway. 

Longevity Tree is part of the internal arts known in China as Qi gong. Qi gong means to cultivate energy with discipline. The Longetivity Tree is a form that addresses the balance of mind, body and spirit by combining movement, deep breathing, and alertness. It was designed to move all of the body, both internally and externally.  

Please complete the Safety Release Registration Form and familiarize yourself with the form if you will be joining.  

Mindfulness Meditation

Weekly at the First Parish Conference Room

Tuesdays, 11:00AM-12:00PM

Alida Bryant is a Dharma Leader and meditation instructor under the guidance of Anam Thubten Rinpoche. She has been meditating for over 30 years (still very much a beginner!) and studying and practicing with lineage holders in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. There will be guided meditation, some silence, and discussion.  

Please register if this is your first time coming to this mindfulness meditation program. We need either an email or a phone number in case we need to cancel or change venues at the last minute. Your contact info will be shared with the program facilitator who will only contact you about info pertaining to this library program. 

Art Across Asia: Expressions of Gender in Asian Art (Virtual)

Sunday, June 9 at 2:30—4:00

Gender fluid and non-binary depictions have existed for thousands of years in Asian art. Explore works which support this belief in non-duality. Visit the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco virtually.  

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Chelmsford Public Library and other MA libraries. Registration is required online or call 978-526-7711. 

Author Discusses “Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S.” (Virtual)

Monday, June 10 at 7:00—8:00 PM

We hope you can join us for what is going to be a fascinating conversation with author Caitlin Cass on her book, “Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S.” Part graphic novel, part map of the suffrage movement, this book tells the story of the fight for the right to vote by women from the very beginning.  

This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program. This program is made possible through a partnership with the Ashland Public Library. Registration is required online or call 978-526-7711. 

LGBTQ+ Inclusion 101 (Virtual)

Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30—7:30 PM

Knowledge can empower individuals to make cultural change. This program encourages individuals at all levels of understanding to learn about what it means to be LGBTQ+ and how to be stronger allies so our entire community feels welcome to be their authentic selves. 

Ali Kane (she/they), of ALK Consulting, is a Queer nonprofit leader and lifelong learner committed to creating an inclusive, equitable, and accessible world for individuals with diverse identities and experiences. 

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Charlton Public Library and the Jacob Edwards Library in Southbridge. Registration is required online or call 978-526-7711. 

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