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Library News
Holiday Hours!
December, 24th , 10:00 am-2:00 pm
December, 25th -closed
December 26th-closed
December, 31st, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
January 1st-closed

News From the Director

  • Summer's End and New Beginnings Yup...it is hard to believe (given the current heat wave) but Labor Day has passed so the summer is now officially over. But fear not!!! The library has some ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2014, 2:31 PM by Randall Stow
  • Love Your Library Staff T-Shirts      It has been more than a  year now since I had a staff appreciation dinner at my house where I handed out staff t-shirts that I had made up ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2014, 2:42 PM by Randall Stow
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Online Registration for Library Cards
Do you need a library card? You can now register for a temporary card online that allows you to place requests from the catalog, download eBooks from OverDrive and use some of our databases.  Click here to register:
https://library.minlib.net/selfreg
Bring your confirmation email and an ID to the library to convert your card to a permanent one that allows you use all the library services.




Audiobook Sale
Do you commute to work and get tired of listening to the radio? Need some help falling asleep at night? Buy one of audio books (on sale in the lobby) for the low price of $3 $1. We have both CD and MP3 formats for your listening pleasure.

Support the Friends!

 
There's a new way to support the Randall Library Friends Association! Start your Amazon shopping here and AmazonSmile will donate a percentage of your purchase price to support the library. It's easy and free. Be sure to bookmark the page to donate every time you shop!

New Databases at the Library
Thanks to the Hale Reference Fund, you now have access to several new databases, including Consumer Reports.org and Morningstar financial reports. Coming very soon--Mango Languages, Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest! See the whole list of databases and learn how to use them here.

How much does the library save you?
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Click here to read more about the calculator.

New Museum Passes
Thanks to the Friends Association, we now offer a variety of new discount passes to area attractions, including Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Ecotarium in Worcester. As of March 2014, we have passes to the Salem Witch Museum and Einstein's Workshop, a maker/creator space in Burlington. We also have special passes for the summer--the Lowell Spinners and the Boston Harbor Islands Ferry. Check out the whole list here. Stop by or call for reservations.

New Book Display Area

We've been making changes to the area near the Circulation Desk. It still holds our newest fiction and non-fiction books, but we've also added a Speed Reads section and moved the new audiobooks there.

We've created a new book display shelf to help you find good books and movies. This summer we're featuring some of our favorite mysteries and thrillers, by Laura Lippman, C.J.Box, Brad Parks and William Kent Krueger. You can find the list on our Book Recommendations page.


Meet Ruff!
Meet Randall Library's mascot, and his name is Ruff. Patrons can check him out for a week and show him their daily lives. Follow Ruff's Adventures on our website as he travels to the homes of Randall Library's patrons.
And read about Ruff in the Beacon-Villager.



Couldn't make it to the Trustees Forum?
Click here to view the slides presented at the forum on April 12, 2014.



 

Upcoming Events
See a calendar of all our upcoming events. Look for pictures from previous events on our Facebook page.

Baby Lapsit Storytime, Wednesdays @ 11:00am -Come enjoy our special story time geared specially for infant cognitive and language-based development. Have fun with your baby and meet other parents with infants in the area.
 
 Lego Club, first Wednesday of the month @ 4:00-5:15pm- Come play with legos with other kids. Pre-K-5 years of age (siblings welcome)
 
After School Tutoring Center at the Library- Tuesdays,3:30-5:00pm-The Randall Library Tutoring Center is back! Tutors will be available for math and ELA help for students of all ages. Sign-up is required and sign-up sheets are on the circulation desk. Sessions are free and are for  45 minutes of one-on-one help with a tutor.

After School Origami, Wednesdays @3:30pm  For kids in grades 2 and up. Come work on special origami projects with Mrs. Morrison and take home your creations.
 
Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am, Join our Youth Services Librarian, Christine Morrison for a fun story time with a craft after the readings

SAPN (Stow Area Parents Network) Meetings at the Randall Library Wednesdays (Baby Playgroup) 10:30-11:00 and Thursdays 10:15-11:30. Come meet, greet and play with parents and children in the area when the Randall Library offers up our preschool meeting room to SAPN on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings. This is a great opportunity to meet area parents and have your children make new friends in a safe, warm and fun environment. 

Family Yoga with Sonia Gomez Third Tuesday of every month, 11:30-12:15     (December 16th, January 20, Feb. 17th). 

Reading with the Randall Library "Reading Dogs"- Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm-  Come enjoy some quality time with a "non-judgmental audience"  and  practice your reading skills with with the Randall Library Reading Dogs. These specially trained therapy dogs are on-hand at the library to supply emotional support, a listening ear (not to mention a warm wet nose!)  and someone to snuggle up with for kids practicing their reading skills. Sign-up sheets are available at the circulation desk for 10 minute sessions. Check the sign-up sheets for available dates and times. 
 

Kids Book Club at the Randall Library Wednesdays @ 3:30-4:30pm-Join our Randall Library book club especially for kids ages 8-10 years old. The club will be meeting every Wednesday.  At the first meeting the group will discuss future book they would like to read. -Check the library calendar in December for the next meeting

Questions? Call 978-897-8572.

"TAB the New Year Winter Dance" Saturday, January 10th, 5:30-7:00 pm- Welcome in the New Year with a bang! Come join us at the Randall Library when the TAB (Teen Advisory Board) welcomes local Stow teens to celebrate at the Randall Library with a live band ("Playing With Fire"), food, Hunger Games Nerf wars throughout the library (with a prize to the winner/survivor) and a chance to vote for the "STAB (Stow Teen Advisory Board) Awards for 2014" (Best YA book of the year). Join us for a rocking good time, when local Stow teens get a chance to take over the library after hours and make some noise!


Special Adult Programs in January

 Laura Anderson author of "The Boleyn King", The Boleyn Deceit" and The Boleyn Reckoning", January 15th @ 7:00pm- The Randall Library is very pleased to have historical fiction novelist Laura Anderson at the library! Laura will be reading from her captivating novels of her imagined Tudor court of King Henry IX and King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Come meet this wonderful author and hear her speak about her inspirations and research when writing her historical novels.

Author Joe Bebo- "Family Legends-The Charbonneau Letters" January 22nd @ 7:00pm- Local author Joe Bebo is back! This time he will be speaking about the historical and genealogical research he did while writing his new book "Family Legends-The Charbonneau Letters". For those of you who are interested in tracking your family roots, this is the perfect opportunity to speak the author about his motivations, what he discovered, what archival/ genealogical sources he used, and why and how he published his book. 

Monthly Book Group

Third Tuesdays (usually)
The book group that meets at the library will discuss The House Girl by Tara Conklin on Tuesday, November 18th  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.
 
Read more about  Yoga, the Reading Dogs, tutoring, Story Hour and Baby Lapsit Story Time.
 
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