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  • Think Spring!! A book is like a garden carried in the pocket-Chinese Proverb
    Posted Apr 10, 2015, 8:17 AM by Randall Stow
  • "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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 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.

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.


Featured Database of the Month!

     Morningstar Investment Research is a one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary. Morningstar provides data on over 14,500 stocks, 24,800 mutual funds, 1,500 exchange-traded funds, and 700 closed end funds. We also provide analyst reports on over 3,500 securities, offering in-depth background and analyst opinions on top investments.

Morningstar also offers special online classes the 1st Tuesday and the 3rd Thursday of the month as well as financial education help in their "Help and Education Center" and provides a wealth (no pun intended) of information in their posted newsletters, articles and online videos. Check it out!
     You can find help getting started with Morningstar in a Quick Start guide or a more comprehensive User Guide.
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Upcoming Events
See a calendar of all our upcoming events. Look for pictures from previous events on our Facebook page.

Special Adult Programs in May

Music at the Library with the "Solstice Sackbuts", Thursday, May 28th @ 7:00pm- Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council the Randall Library is pleased to have the Solstice Sackbuts on hand to play a classical chamber music program with music from the Renaissance and Middle Ages.

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 Three Junes  by Julia Glass  on Tuesday, June 16th  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.

Special Teen and Kids Events in May
Children's Activities-
Ed the Music Man:  Live music for kids of all ages!
          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.

Teen  Activities-

Every Wednesday, 2:30 - 3:30:  
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 special 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
-May 22 – Butterflies       
-May 29 – Fish
-June 5 -Special Science Session for Preschoolers with Steve Lechner: The Magic Garden Terrarium Workshop

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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