Welcome to the Randall Library!
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.


Website of the month-TechBoomers.com (https://techboomers.com/)
TechBoomers,com is a free educational website that teaches the basic computer skills needed to use popular websites and apps. The site offers free tutorials that teach the easiest and most efficient ways to use all kinds of programs as well as explains how these apps and websites might just improve your quality of life. You can study  at your own pace to get a better understanding of how to use sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and a whole lot more as well as  learn  how to set up your own Paypal or Kickstarter account. Check our TechBoomers!

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. 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. Feel free to take any of the seeds and information provided to get you started seed saving and gardening!

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:
https://library.minlib.net/selfreg
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!

How much does the library save you?
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Click here to read more about the calculator.


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.







Upcoming Events at the Randall Library





The Randall Library now has a telescope you can check out! 

 If you want to check out the night sky...come check out the new Randall Library telescope!  We now have a StarBlast 4.5 telescope that we are lending out to patrons for 1 week at a time (no renewals) provided you have a Minuteman Library Network library card and are over 18 years old. This is a wonderful addition to our collection that was purchased from the Aldrich Astronomical Society thanks to the Randall Library Trust Fund. The telescope comes packed with instructions, a "moon map", headlamp and constellation guide. In the next few weeks we will also be having a special program here at the library where we will all have a chance to use the new telescope and learn more about the wonders of the natural world.




January, 18th  @ 7:00 pm-The Randall Library Cookbook Club 

 You've heard of book clubs before- well the Randall Library has a library cookbook club! Each month the cookbook club members will be using recipes from a selected cookbook and creating items to share at a potluck meal with all the other club members. This month's cookbook theme is " Bread and Soup". Copies of the cookbooks "The New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Marjorie Druker & Clara Silverstein and "The Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum will be available at the Randall Library circulation desk. The library staff will provide drinks, plates and silverware and the club members will provide their selected recipe items at the potluck on the date and time listed above.

Come join the fun and expand your culinary knowledge. Sign-up sheets are available at the library circulation desk. 

  



Thursday, December 8th  @ 7:00 pm-Evolution of a Holiday: Christmas in New England from the 17th Century to the 1900's -with Historian Kenneth Turino-

This well illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas in New England. From the time it was outlawed in the 17th century to the beginning of the 21st century the customs of the holiday season have changed dramatically in America. Historian Kenneth Turino of Historic New England will explain how the customs and activities that we now take for granted to celebrate Christmas have developed and changed over the years. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of this special holiday season and deepen your understanding of why we celebrate it the way we do. Refreshments will be provided. 



Reading with the Randall Library "Reading Dogs"- 
Tuesdays at 4:30

Come enjoy some quality time with a non-judgmental audience and practice your reading skills 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. Check the sign-up sheets at the circulation desk for available dates and times.

Click the link below to read a recent article on the benefits to kids who read with a "reading dog"...

http://www.upworthy.com/reading-in-front-of-a-class-can-be-stressful-for-kids-luckily-dogs-can-make-it-easier?c=sr1&sr_source=lift_facebook



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 The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon on Tuesday, July 19  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.

Monthly Cookbook Group (dates and times vary)
Our new cookbook club meets to discuss and sample recipes from a chosen cookbook each month. Check out the cookbook of the month at the Circulation Desk, then prepare a recipe to share at a potluck meal!
December 1st-7:00pm "Cookies and Small Desserts"- Please make 3 dozen items to share with the group.

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.

Drop-in Activities for Teens:  Wednesday afternoons from 3 PM - 4PM
            Wed., Nov. 30th - Iron Chef Twinkie Turkey Challenge                               

NEW Tuesday Story Time:  Two Tuesday afternoons per month @ 1:30
            Tuesday, Dec. 13th:  Ed Morgan, The Music Man
 Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am, Join our Youth Services Librarian, Chris Morrison, for a fun story time with a craft after the reading 
                Dec. 2nd:  Every Child Ready to Read, Cynthia Maxfield
                Dec. 9 th :  Bilingual Story Time:  French
                Dec. 16th:  Let it Snow!
                Dec. 23rd:  Ed Morgan, The Music Man

 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 at 4:30

Come enjoy some quality time with a non-judgmental audience and practice your reading skills 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. Check the sign-up sheets at the circulation desk for available dates and times.


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