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  • "Library Way" Quotes The next time you are in New York City, check out "Library Way" as you approach  the fifth avenue branch of  New York Public Library on 41st Street. The sidewalk ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2015, 11:34 AM by Randall Stow
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    Posted Jan 31, 2015, 12:40 PM by Randall Stow
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Friends' Open House-Saturday, February 7 at 10:30 am
Join the Friends at the for a dedication of the Susan Wysk Reading Area. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. This will also be the first opportunity to get your very own "Love Your Library" t-shirt!

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:
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.

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?

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.

The Parish Jazz Band was at the library on February 19th. Here's what some audience members had to say:
"Nice way to relax after a busy day! Great music."  
"A wonderful and enjoyable performance at the Randall Library!"
Coming to library events is a great way to support local authors, historians, musicians and other talented people. Sign up below to be notified about our programs.

Special Adult Programs in April

Author Gregory Flemming-"At the Point of a Cutlass, Thursday, April 9th @ 7:00 pm -Based on a rare manuscript from 1725, At the Point of a Cutlass, is an unforgettable story of survival which uncovers the amazing voyage of Philip Ashton, a nineteen year old fisherman who was captured by Edward Low,  one of the most notorious pirates of the time. Learn about Ashton's daring escape and how he went on to become a real life Robinson Crusoe. 

Healing Garden Panel Discussion-"What You Can Do To Promote Self-Healing, Saturday, April 11th @ 2:00 pm -There are many ways to channel the power of the body's response to healing and health. Come join us when artists, clients and representatives from the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden are on hand to speak about how integrative therapies and the power of nature can combine to improve the quality of life.

Boston Harbor Islands Lecture-"Home on the Harbor" Thursday, April 16th @ 6:30 pm -The largest recreational open space in eastern Massachusetts the Boston Harbor Islands offer not only a fun and beautiful place to visit but are full of fascinating historical facts and fictions. Come to this lecture to learn more about the history of the Harbor Islands. Plus, don't forget tha thte Randall library has Harbor Island Ferry passes available so you can take the whole family to visit this magnificent park system, thanks to the Randall Library Friends Association!

National Poetry Month Celebration-Poetry reading with poets Catherine Bomba and Ruby Hatlevig" Thursday, April 23rd  @ 7:00 pm - Come celebrate the power of poetry to enrich lives, when local Stow poets Cathy Bomba and Ruby Hatlevig come to the Randall Library to read some of their beautiful and profound poems and talk about how their poetry affects their lives.

Author Donald Brown-"The Morphine Dream" Thursday, April 30th @ 7:00 pm -An awe inspiring and life-changing story of one man's desire to overcome adversity, The Morphine Dream is a true story about recognizing natural gifts and abilities and being persistent in the pursuit of your dreams. Come meet Donald Brown as he talks about his life and how he transformed it.

Monthly Book Group
Third Tuesdays (usually)
The book group that meets at the library will discuss Songs of Willow Frost  by Jamie Ford on Tuesday, April 21st  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.

Special Teen and Kids Events in March/April
Children's Activities-

Ed the Music Man:  Live music for kids of all ages!
        March 28th, April 14th,  May 5th, & May 16th @ 3:30
        This program is supported in part by a grant from the Stow Cultural Council
         which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Reading with Rabbits!  Tuesday, April 7th @ 10:30  Participants will learn about rabbits and how we take care of them on the farm through stories and some in-person experience with a mother rabbit and her babies. 

Teen  Activities-
Teen Advisory Board Meeting,  Wednesday, April 15th @ 6:00 pm (every third Weds of the month) - If you are a young adult interested in how the Randall Library might be able to purchase books, schedule programs or provide specail services for teenagers, come meet with the Stow Teen Advisory Board (STAB) and let your voice be heard! 
Ongoing Events for Children
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.

After School Movie, Thursdays @3:30pm  Come unwind from school at a movie with friends at the library. Popcorn included! Check out our Youth Services -Children's webpage for the listing of what we will be playing this week 

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
-March 20 - Rainbows & Clouds
-March 27 - Dr. Seuss
-April 3 - Special Bi-lingual Story time with Melissa Fournier & Nashoba German students

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. 
Read more about  Yoga, the Reading Dogs, tutoring, Story Hour and Baby Lapsit Story Time.
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