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  • 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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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.

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.

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.

 During the week of August 4th, the Randall Library is offering a terrific win-win in conjunction with the Stow Food Pantry. Simply bring in any new/unused personal care product from the list provided below and we will forgive up to $3 of your existing fines! ("Billed" items are excluded). Donations, especially personal care products, are historically lower during the summer months at the Food Pantry. Visit the library Tuesday, August 4th to Friday August 7th with your donation. Help them help others and help yourself--it's truly a win-win for everyone!

Suggested donations: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, bar soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine products, band-aids, hand sanitizer, kid's sunblock, disposable diapers. 

Special Adult Programs in July

 Recycled Book Art Contest June 18th-August 18th- 
We would like you to take some of our discarded books and make some artwork this summer! Let your creativity flow and not only will your recycled book artwork be displayed around the library, but the winners will receive some fabulous prizes from local Stow businesses. Get inspired by attending some of our artists lectures and refresh your creative spirit this summer courtesy of the Randall Library.

Be a Hero with Operation Delta Dog, Summer Reading Program at the Randall Library, June 18th-August 18th- Our Summer Reading Programs this year have another great way for adults and kids to make a big impact with time spent reading. This summer the Randall Library will be "teaming up" with Operation Delta Dog (http://www.orperationdeltadog.org) to improve the lives of shelter dogs and U.S. veterans. You can "pledge to read" (or in the case of adults -some other activity that you could get pledges for) and help sponsor the cost of training abandoned shelter dogs to become service animals and team them up with veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Find out more about our "pledge to help" program and be a superhero yourself when you help heroes in need this summer.

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 Tea Together  by Marjan Kamali  on Tuesday, July 21st  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.

Special Children's Programs in July

Summer Reading Programs for Kids at the Randall Library, June 18th-August 18th- Calling all readers and listeners! Do you want to win some fabulous prizes such as a Harry Potter Marauder's Map, Horcrux Bookmarks, a Kindle, an iPod, Lego Minecraft set, an American Girl doll, a complete set of Dumbledore's Army wands, a Razor scooter, a complete wooden castle or a stuffed rocking elephant? Well come on into the Randall Library and sign-up for our Summer Reading and Listening Clubs! The more time you spend reading this summer the more you increase your chances to be a winner, since the person who spends the most time reading or the pre-reader who listens to the most books wins! Also you can color your own superhero to track your progress and "fly" your hero up and over our "book tower" in the library. Thanks to the Randall Library Friends Association and the Stow Cultural Council (a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency) and DCU Kids.

Be a Hero with Operation Delta Dog, Summer Reading Program at the Randall Library, June 18th-August 18th- Our Summer Reading Programs this year have another great way for kids to make a big impact with time spent reading. This summer the Randall Library will be "teaming up" with Operation Delta Dog (http://www.orperationdeltadog.org) to improve the lives of shelter dogs and U.S. veterans. You can "pledge to read"and help sponsor the cost of training abandoned shelter dogs to become service animals and team them up with veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Find out more about our "pledge to read" program and be a superhero yourself when you help heroes in need this summer.
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- On a break for the summer- will resume on August 5!
After School Tutoring Center at the Library- Tuesdays,3:30-5:00pm-Will resume in Sept.! 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.

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
      -July 24 - Meet our local heroes: Lifeguards & Water Safety
     - July 31 - Meet our local heroes: Veterinarian
     -Aug 7 - Bi-lingual Story Time: Korean
-Aug 14 - Super Hero Training Academy
-Aug 21 - Meet our local heroes: Police

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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