Library closed on Summer Saturdays!- From July 5th thru August 30th the Randall will be closed on Saturdays for our summer hours. See you on Saturdays again starting September 6th. Have a great summer!!!
Summer Reading Has Started!
Our summer reading programs are underway! Kids are invited to a Summer Reading Carnival on Saturday, June 14 on the town green. Have some fun and register all at once.
Adults can participate too. Come get a bingo card and complete four squares in a row to enter a raffle of prizes for adults. Read all about it here.
Reference Question for Summer Reading Bingo, July 22nd-July 29th-
Who is alleged to have first used the expression Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry"?
Use the reference book Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings in the Hale Reference Room of the Randall Library or the Gale database "U.S. History in Context". Then whisper the answer to a circulation desk staff member to get your Bingo card stamp. Good luck!!
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!
Help the library with refreshments
We are having lots of programs for adults this summer and we'd love to offer refreshments to everyone. If you can help us by bringing either snacks or drinks, you can sign up online here. Snacks can be pretty simple--some cookies, some fruit or a jug of lemonade. Thanks for your help!
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.
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.
Check out this article: "Caring For Animals May Correlate With Positive Traits in Young Adults".
Couldn't make it to the Trustees Forum?Click here to view the slides presented at the forum on April 12, 2014.
Recent Lost and Found Items
Are you missing anything special? We have a number of fabulous items that want to go back home:
Car keys for a Chevrolet, Mini radio, Barbie doll, Reading glasses
Check in at the Circulation Desk.
See a calendar of all our upcoming events. Look for pictures from previous events on our Facebook page.
Please note!!- Preschool Story-time and Baby Lapsit are now back!!- Come meet our new Youth Services Librarian, Christine Morrison!
Baby Lapsit Storytime, starting up again on Wednesday August 13th at 11:00am and continuing on Wednesdays at that time each week throughout the year!!- Come enjoy our special story time geared especailly for infant cognitive and language-based development. Have fun with your baby and meet other parents with infants inthe area.
Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am, starting again on August 15th and continuing on Fridays at 10:30 each week throughout the year!- Joing our Youth Services Librarian, Christine Morrison for a fun story time with a craft after the readings.
Summer Reading for Adults Bingo Game continues through August 28th- Why let the kids have all the fun this summer? From June 20th to August 28th the Randall Library is having its first ever summer reading program for adults too! Come play our library bingo game. The more you use the great things the library has to offer the more points you earn to win some fabulous raffle prizes. Stop by at the Randall Library circulation desk and find out how to play. Kick back and enjoy a fun and informative summer this year, courtesy of the Randall Library.
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 for the next meeting
Questions? Call 978-897-8572.
Mary Jo Maichack-Minstrel Storyteller, Tuesday August 5th @ 6:30pm- Come enjoy an entertaining show of stories, songs and interactive science with Mary Jo Maichack the minstrel storyteller while she is at the Randall LIbrary to tellus all Einstein's favorite fairy tales. Join the fun when we all share tunes and dance the Atomic Fizz to celebrate reading with Mary Jo's interactive comedy. This program is supported in part by the Randall Library Firends Association, Stow Cultural Council (which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Cou8ncil, a state agency) and DCU Kids.
Elizabeth Elo-author of North of Boston, Thursday August 7th @ 7:00pm-
The Randall LIbrary is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Elo. Ms Elo's debut novel North of Boston has garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly as well as praise from well-known authors and critics. This gripping literary thriller introduces a compelling new heroine to the mystery world, Pirio Kasparov. Pirio is a gutsy and tough-talking girl from Boston who is thrown into a gritty mystery which she is drawn to solve. Come meet Ms Elo and hear her read from her chilling atomospheric new novel.
Tim Reed's Science Show, Tuesday August 12th @ 6:00pm- Sorry but this has been cancelled ;-(
Book Group, Tuesday, August 12 @ 7:00 pm- Join in the discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
Explore the Outdoors, Wednesday August 13th, @ 10:30am-Enjoy the fun with your children as we take a walk around the library and look closely at the wonders of nature. Children will use different magnifiers as they make new scientific discoveries.
Exploring the Worcester Art Musuem -18th to 21st Century Collections-Thursday, August 14th @ 7:00pm- The Randall Library is proud to have Martha Chiarchiaro teaching a three-part series of lectures on the great works of art at the Worcester Art Museum. Come to the third of these informative and beautiful discussins of the treasures at this marvelous local museum. Passes to the museum are available now, thanks to the Randall Library Friends Association.
Sensei Pat's Karate Demonstration, Tuesday, August 19th @ 2:00pm
Continuing in our fizz, boom, read science for summer fun local karate expert Sensei Pat will be at the Randall Library to demonstrate the physics of martial arts. Come learn some new moves!
Sharon Luttrell author of "Weekends with Daisy", Thursday, August 28th @ 7:00pm- The Randall Library is proud to welcome journalist and author Sharon Luttrell author of the charming and heartfelt book "Weekends with Daisy". This wonderful book is about Ms Luttrell's experiences fostering and training a sweet pupy named Daisy in conjunction with a prison inmate named Keith in order to prepare the dog for future work as part of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) program. Filled with love, empathy, hope and courage "Weekends with Daisy" is a compelling read that opens up new worlds to dog lovers and compassionate humans everywhere. Come meet Ms Luttrell and learn more about hte fantastic work being done by NEADS volunteers and how the NEADS program is changing people's lives across America.
Monthly Book Group
Third Tuesdays (usually)
The book group that meetsat the library will discuss Devil in the White City by Eric Larson on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. Open to all.