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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 (
. 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

Check out the whole story by clicking the link 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:
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.

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!!

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Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in April 

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

Saturday,  April 30th @  2:00pm- National Poetry Month Celebration -with a poetry reading the the Plein Air Poets- 
Local poets, George Clark, Georgia Sasson, Franny Osman and Kirk Wesphal will be at the Randall Library to read their poetry and speak about their inspirations. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy National Poetry Month! 

Upcoming Events at the Randall Library in May

Thursday May 5th @  7:00pm- Author Reading with Peter Zheutlin- Author of the New York Times Bestseller "Rescue Road"- 
How far would you go to save a dog's life?  In "Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway", author Peter Zheutlin tell the extraordinary story of Greg Mahle, who has driven more than 1 million miles to rescue thousands of dogs from hunger, abuse and neglect in order to give them a second chance. This inspiring story proves that love and a little luck can be the difference between grief and hope for these dogs and for all of us. Meet author Peter Zheutlin and learn more about Greg Mahle and his work on the "Last Hope Highway".

Wednesday, May 11th @ 12:30-1:30- "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. This month we will be using Mollie Katzen's "The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without" 
, copies of which are available for checkout at the Randall Library circulation desk. The library will provide drinks, plates and silverware. 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!

Thursday, May 12th @ 6:00pm-"An Evening with Ceramicist Bill Wikey-
The Randall Library is proud to have on display the artwork of the noted ceramicist Bill Wickey (who was a Stow native). This event will provide the opportunity to enjoy a reception and talk by the artist. Refreshments will be provided. 

Historic photo of the Fort Mercer rescue team

Saturday, May 14th @ 2:00pm- "The Fort Mercer Rescue" with Ed Mason Jr.- 
On Feb 18th, 1952, two 520' T-2 tankers (the Pendelton and the Fort Mercer) broke in half within 40 miles of each other, east of Cape Cod in a raging storm with 70 knot winds and 60 ft seas. The Coast Guard responded with every available resource including members of the Yakutat crew. This inspiring story was the basis of the recent film "The Finest Hour" . The Randall Library is honored to have local Stow resident Ed Mason Jr. who was one of the real life heroes who was a Coast Guard sailor on the Yakutat, who helped rescue the crew members of the Fort Mercer here to speak about his experiences that fateful night. This is a wonderful opportunity for family members of all ages. Refreshments will be provided. 

Wednesday, May 18th @ 6:15 pm- "Wild Plants I Have Known....And Eaten" with Russ Cohen.
The region around Stow is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join expert forager Russ Cohen, for a 90-minute slide show to learn more about over 40 of the tastiest plants and mushrooms the region has to offer. Identification tips for each species will be provided along with information on edible portions, seasons of availability and preparation methods as well as guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. 

Tuesday, May 10th @ 11-11:45am - The New England Aquarium's Traveling Program "Tide Pools Alive!".
Using child-sized costumes and live animals, representatives from the New England Aquarium will be at the Randall Library to help children explore and interact with local tide pool animals while learning basic aquatic biology and anatomy. Limited to 20 children, the sign-up sheet is available at the library circulation desk.

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.

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!

New Story Time, Tuesdays @ 1:30:  May 3rd & May 17th
    Special Story Time May 3rd:  Pond Life @ Minister's Pond (dress for a walk!)
    Special Story Time May 10th @ 11:00:  Tidepools Alive!

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!
         April 29:  Pond Life
         May 6: Every Child Ready to Read: Cynthia Maxfield
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.