Welcome to the Randall Library!
Note: The Randall Library will be closed on June 14th from 9:00-4:00 for a Library Staff Development Day. The Library will open that day from 5:00-8:00pm. Thanks for your understanding.

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More Fun @ the Randall Library!-
 The Randall Library hosted the New England Aquarium's "Tide Pools Alive" presentation on 5/10. Everyone had a great time including classes from Center School and families just dropping in to check out the wildlife. Here's Laura from the NEAQ dressed as a starfish.


M.U.T.T.S Club on the Go!


April 16th M.U.T.T.S Club Event-A Great Success!
 The Randall Library M.U.T.T.S. Club (Motivated Understanding Teenage Students) did an outstanding job on April 16th and made over 100 dog toys and 30 cat toys for distribution by Kim O'Konis of Central MA Kibble Kitchen (
https://centralmakibblekitchen.org/)
. The Kibble Kitchen provides food and access to veterinary services to the pets of low income and homeless families in Central MA who are struggling to keep their pets feed and their families together due to their current economic conditions. A special shout out needs to go to Georgia Dittimore who helped organize the M.U.T.T.S. Club volunteers from NRHS. WAY TO GO M.U.T.T.S. CLUB!!

One happy customer from the M.U.T.T.S. Club April 27th event!

April 27th M.U.T.T.S Club Event-For Save-a-Dog
The Randall Library M.U.T.T.S. Club had another successful event on April 27th. This time  Jocelyn Beliveau from Save-a-Dog of Sudbury and Elaine Sanfilippo of Wiggly Butt of Stow came by to teach the  club members and other after-school young adults how to make toys and bandannas for dogs awaiting adoption through Save-a-dog. Jocelyn also had a short presentation that explained how the work being done at Save-a-Dog is helping animals across the U.S. and internationally.


The M.U.T.T.S Club at the Randall Library-Do you love animals? Would you like to help shelter animals in need? How about joining the new Randall Library M.U.T.T.S. Club? The M.U.T.T.S. Club at the Randall Library is for teens who want to be involved in special programs that promote animal welfare and M.U.T.T.S. Club members will be the key players in designing and participating in animal related programs at the library. If you are a teenager who would like to join, speak to the Library Director, Melissa Fournier about some of the upcoming programs and share your ideas on how to help animals in need. 


The Randall Library is in the national news
thanks to our programs with Operation Delta Dog and
 Mutt-i-grees!

Check out the whole story by clicking the links below..


Special Library Programs!
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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.


News about the Randall Library children's programs making a difference in the community.
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!

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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.



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Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in June

April 15th to July 15th- Art Exhibit by Ceramicist Bill Wickey- "Writers & Poets-Family & Friends"-
 The Randall Library is proud to be able to display the ceramic sculptures of the well known ceramicist, Bill Wickey during this event. Born in Stow, Mr. Wickey is returning to town to exhibit some of his sculptures at the Randall Library! This is a wonderful opportunity to see the past brought to life in an artist's eyes. Mr. Wickey will be having a special artist's reception on May 12 from 6:00-8:00pm, to talk about his work, his process of creating his sculptures, and his experiences growing up in Stow and how that his influenced his artwork. Refreshments will be served on the night of the reception



The Randall Library Cookbook Club 
You've heard of library book clubs before- but the Randall Library is starting a new "cookbook club! We will be choosing a new cookbook each month, to "read" and members of the club will make one of the recipes into an item to share at a library potluck with the other club members. Discussion of the recipes and the cookbook will follow the meal. This is a great opportunity to expand your culinary creativity and meet other local cooking enthusiasts. C
opies of each month's cookbooks will be available for checkout at the Randall Library circulation desk. The library will provide drinks, plates and silverware. Come speak to a staff member about the club. Sign-up is required and the sign-up sheet is on the library's circulation desk (limit to 12 members. Happy cooking and we hope to see you at the club!


Saturday, June 4th @ 2:00pm- Chinese Brush Painting Workshop with Sharon Wu 
Artist Sharon Wu will be at the Randall Library to lead a Chinese brush painting workshop. Free of charge and limited to 20 attendees the workshop will include all supplies needed to participate. Pre-registration is required. Adutls and young adults (ages 11 and up) are welcome to attend. Sign-up sheet are available at the Randall Library circulation desk.


Saturday, June 18th @ 2:00pm-A  Mutts Club/Mutt-i-grees Special Event-Diane Sullivan Author of "Please Can We Keep the Donkey?" -
Featuring dozens of personal accounts of successful animal adoptions and rescues "Please Can We Keep the Donkey?" is a heartwarming and entertaining collection of stories about the rewarding relationships between humans and animals. Diane Sullivan will read some of these stories and also speak about her work as the founder of The Shadow Fund. Refreshments will be provided. 




Wednesday, June 22nd @ 12:30- Musical Concert- Eat Like A Rainbow- with Musician Jay Mankita-
Looking for a musical concert that your kids can really sink their teeth into? Eat Like a Rainbow is a fun-filled, multi-media musical event! Full of fun & funky songs that encourage healthy eating habits in kids featuring internationally known musician Jay Mankita. Eat Like A Rainbow will have the whole family singing, dancing and staying healthy. And after the concert be sure to check out the Randall Library Seed Lending Library to pick up some seeds to plant to grow your own healthy garden this summer full of herbs and veggies! The concert is made possible by a generous grant from the Alice Easton Fund.

The Randall Library Seed Lending Library

The Randall Library "Seed Lending Library" is a new special part of the library's collection, made possible  thanks to a generous donation from the Stow Garden Club. You can find it right off the front doors when you walk into the library. We have initiated this new "catalog" in order to connect patrons with Stow's agricultural past, encourage the use of the Stow Community Gardens and get individuals and families out into the great outdoors. This special feature at the Randall Library will allow patrons to collect and share bio-diverse and locally-adapted plants and seeds which are cultivated by local residents. 

Why are we doing this?
  • To encourage the use of the Stow Community Gardens.
  • To encourage families to get involved in outdoor activities.
  • To educate people about the importance of sustainability in agriculture.
  • To allow everyone to start a garden.
  • To encourage the use of the library's gardening and cooking databases and books.
  • To encourage individuals to take an active role in improving the environment.
  • To encourage children to try different fruits, herbs and vegetables. 
The library staff will be running programs to help promote gardening for kids and adults. So...keep an eye open in the library's upcoming events listings for garden related workshops and activities.

Come on in and check out the "seed lending library" and feel free to take any of the seeds and information provided to get you started seed saving and gardening!!

NEW AT THE LIBRARY:  Check out our Nature Backpacks and hit the trail with books, trail guides, and other equipment to investigate bugs, ponds, animal tracks, birds, and plants!  These backpacks are designed to help adults and kids explore outside together.  Use them in your backyard, your neighborhood, or on a walk in one of Stow's beautiful conservation areas.  Thank you to the Stow Community Chest for funding this project.

Featured Database of the Month!

Mango Languages--Exclusive use to Stow residents!
Mango Languages is recognized as a leading provider of online language learning services to libraries. The Mango Languages system offers more than 40 foreign language courses and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Playback allows you to hear your own voice and improve your pronunciation. You can even watch foreign language films, and slow down the dialog to learn your favorite phrases and impress your family and friends! Spend some time learning another language- you never can tell where your travels (either arm-chair or otherwise) might take you this summer. 

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

Ongoing Adult Programs

Buck-a-Book Sale to Benefit the Randall Library Friends Association!-
The library has a small book sale going on. Check out the special shelf off the new book display area. Help the Randall Library Friends Association and purchase a book for a dollar from our special sale area.

Monthly Book Group:  Third Tuesdays (usually)
The book group that meets at the library will discuss A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius  by Dave Eggers  on Tuesday, May 17th  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.

Ongoing Events for Children and Teens

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.
Please note:  There will be no Baby Lapsit on June 8th.

Lego Club, EVERY Wednesday  @ 4:00-5:15pm- 
 
After School Tutoring Center at the Library- Tuesdays,3:30-5:00pm-The Randall Library Tutoring Center provides tutors 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.

Check out the article about the tutoring center by clicking the link below!

Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am, Join our Youth Services Librarian, Chris Morrison for a fun story time with a craft after the readings!
         May 27 - Lobsters!
        June 3 - NO STORY TIME
        June 10 - Teddy Bear Picnic w/ Cynthia Mayfield @ Stow Community Park (60 Old           Bolton Rd). Bring a teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) and a lunch!  10:30                    
        June 17th - Olympics
        
 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. 

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.