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NOTE: The library will be closed Saturday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day. We will resume winter hours on Saturday, September 12.

Library News

News From the Director

  • Operation Delta Dog at the Randall Library-Heroes helping Heroes The summer reading theme this year is "Every Hero Has A Story" and the Randall Library has a way for heroes to help other heroes this year.Kids (and adults ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 11:26 AM by Randall Stow
  • Great Start to the Summer with the Summer Reading Launch Party! The Randall Library is a fun place in the summer and this summer is no exception. So far we started off with a bang on June 18th with our ...
    Posted Jul 1, 2015, 10:35 AM by Randall Stow
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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 link below..

Recycled Book Art Contest

Get creative this summer and create some recycled book art! Adults and teens can enter our contest and win one of several fabulous prizes. Get inspired by some of  the entries and examples on displ
ay and pick up materials and contest rules at the library. The contest ends on August 18.

Special Library Programs!
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.

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.

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!

How much does the library save you?

Click here to read more about the calculator.

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.

Brand New at the Randall!!-
-The Randall Library Seed Lending Library

The Randall Library "Seed Lending Library" is a new special part of the library's collection. You can find in right off the front doors when you walk into the library. In an old card catalog file we now have (thanks to a generous donation from the Stow Garden Club and donations by local gardeners) seeds you can take separated out by "vegetables", "herbs" and "flowers". 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. The object of the "seed lending library" is to allow individuals and families to borrow a few seeds from our special "seed catalog" to enable everyone to start or continue a garden, harvest the veggies, herbs and flowers and then let the best plants go to seed. Once the seeds appear, they should be collected and a portion of them should be returned to the library, put into packets (we have empty ones available for free in the "seed catalog") labeled and if possible marked with growing instructions and left in the "seed catalog" for other patrons to use and share. 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 in conjunction with the Stow Conservation Commission and the Community Gardens to promote this special catalog. 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!!

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.

Special Adult Programs in September

Introduction to Homeschooling, September 10th @ 7:00pm- 
Morgan Kennedy Henderson from Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts will be at the Randall Library to enlighten us on the homeschooling options for educating your family. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about how homeschooling works for families all around Massachusetts. 

Eating Well On A Budget, September 17th @ 7:00pm- Professional nutritionist Lucy Hutch from the Emerson Hospital Nutrition Services Department will be at the Randall Library to explain the best way to get the best "bang for your buck" in terms of food costs and nutrition. This talk will be focused on promoting improved health through good nutrition without breaking your household budget and helping you and your family to improve your quality of life.

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 Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman  on Tuesday, September 15th  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.

Special Children's Programs in September

Bi-Lingual Preschool Story Time, September 18th, @ 10:30am- French!- The Randall Library is having a special story-time. Come join the fun! At this bi-lingual story-time we will be reading a delightful story in both English and French. As with all our Randall Library preschool story-times after the reading we will be making a craft to take home, this time it will be all about France.

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- Wednesday, September 2nd.
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!

Afternoon 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.

Afternoon 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
      -Sept. 4th- Cynthia Maxfield, Every child Ready to Read
        - Sept. 11th- Bubbles!
        -Sept 18th- Bilingual Storytime, French
        -Sept. 25th - Ninjas!

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

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 the Reading Dogs, tutoring, Story Hour and Baby Lapsit Story Time.
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