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  • Randall Library in the News It was great to see the wonderful article about the Randall Library Tutoring Center in the most recent edition of the Beacon Villager. Check it out! http://stow.wickedlocal.com ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2015, 12:40 PM by Randall Stow
  • Making Noise at the Library! The staff of the Randall Library was thrilled to have “Playing With Fire” at the library on January 10th to rock in the new year. This was part of ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2015, 12:39 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 March

Backyard Beekeeping Thursday, March 12th @ 7:00pm -Before you know it, spring will be in the air! Have you ever thought of improving your health and your flower garden by keeping a backyard beehive? Representatives for BestBees will be at the library to talk about how beekeeping benefits the environment, how honey can improve your health, and how you can easily have a backyard hive.

Irish Music with Roger Tincknell- Thursday, March 19th @ 7:00pm - What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with an evening of toe-tapping Irish tunes!  Come join the fun when Roger Tincknell appears at the Randall Library to entertain us with some traditional Irish music.

Odissi Indian Dance Performance- Saturday, March 21st @ 2:30pm-Originally performed in temples as a religious offering , Odissi is one of the 8 classical dance forms of India, dating back as far as the 1st century BCE. Bring the whole family to see the beauty and grace of this unique dance form performed by Mouli Pal, and you just might learn a few moves yourself!

College Planning Workshop, Thursday, March 26th @ 7:00 pm Preparing for college is not only difficult for the student applying, but can be really hard on the parents and caregivers too. Where does the money come from? What is the best way to save? What are the real costs for an education.  Stow parent (and financial advisor) Joelle Spear will help you estimate the costs of college, explain the saving plan options and coach you on how to get started investing in your child’s future

Monthly Book Group
Third Tuesdays (usually)
The book group that meets at the library will discuss Gap Creek by Robert Morgan on Tuesday, March 17th  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.

Special Teen and Kids Events in March

Teen Tech Week Activities-
  • Wednesday, March 11th-Create with copper tape circuits!- 2:30-4:30pm -Create you own light-up art projects.
  • Wednesday, March 11th-Book to Movie: Lord of the Rings- 5:00-8:00pm- Come enjoy a special night at the movies at the Randall Library-Free pizza dinner for those watching the movie .

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 6 - Cynthia Maxfield, Every Child Ready to Read
-March 13th- Special Bi-lingual Story time with Melissa Fournier &
  Mouli Pal (Bengli/Hindi)

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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