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    Library closed on Summer Saturdays!- From July 5th thru August 30th the Randall will be closed on Saturdays for our summer hours. See you on Saturdays again starting September 6th. Have a great summer!!!

    News From the Director

    • Love Your Library Staff T-Shirts      It has been more than a  year now since I had a staff appreciation dinner at my house where I handed out staff t-shirts that I had made up ...
      Posted Jul 17, 2014, 2:42 PM by Randall Stow
    • The Magic of Images     As an artist (yes...I did have a life before library school)   images mean a lot to me. The old saying a picture speaks a thousand words has certainly held ...
      Posted Jul 17, 2014, 2:43 PM by Randall Stow
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    Summer Reading Has Started!

    Our summer reading programs are underway! Kids are invited to a Summer Reading Carnival on Saturday, June 14 on the town green. Have some fun and register all at once.
    Adults can participate too. Come get a bingo card and complete  four squares in a row to enter a raffle of prizes for adults. Read all about it here.
    Reference Question for Summer Reading Bingo, August 19th-August  28th-  
    What is "Kiei Manitu" and to what local native American people is it important?
    Use the reference book Dictionary of World Mythology  by Arthur Cotterell in  the Hale Reference Room .Then whisper the answer to a circulation desk staff member to get your Bingo card stamp. Good luck!!
    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!

    elp the library with refreshments
    We are having lots of programs for adults this summer and we'd love to offer refreshments to everyone. If you can help us by bringing either snacks or drinks, you can sign up online  here. Snacks can be pretty simple--some cookies, some fruit or a jug of lemonade. Thanks for your help!

    New Databases at the Library
    Thanks to the Hale Reference Fund, you now have access to several new databases, including Consumer and Morningstar financial reports. Coming very soon--Mango Languages, 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.

    Recent Lost and Found Items
    Are you missing anything special? We have a number of fabulous items that want to go back home:
    Car keys for a Chevrolet, Mini radio, Barbie doll, Reading glasses
    Check in at the Circulation Desk.


    Upcoming Events
    See a calendar of all our upcoming events. Look for pictures from previous events on our Facebook page.
    Please note!!- Preschool Story-time and Baby Lapsit are now back!!- Come meet our new Youth Services Librarian, Christine Morrison!
    Baby Lapsit Storytime, starting up again on Wednesday August 13th at 11:00am and continuing on Wednesdays at that time each week throughout the year!!-  Come enjoy our special story time geared especailly for infant cognitive and language-based development. Have fun with your baby and meet other parents with infants in the area.

    After School Tutoring Center at the Library- Tuesday, September 16th, 3:30-5:00pm-The Randall Library Tutoring Center is back! Beginning on September 16th, 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 minute sessions of one-on-one help with a tutor. Sessions will continue on Tuesdays at the same time, throughout the year. 
    Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am, starting again on August 15th and continuing on Fridays at 10:30 each week throughout the year!- Joing our Youth Services Librarian, Christine Morrison for a fun story time with a craft after the readings.
    • Special preschool story time -August 22nd- Focused on learning more about horses we will even be making a hobby horse that you can take home to ride!
    • Special preschool story time-August 29th-Continuing in our "Farm-to-Family" theme for the month we will be doing a story-time all about sheep. Come make an adorable little sheep you will love to play with and proudly display around your home.
    SAPN (Stow Area Parents Network) Meetings at the Randall Library Thursdays 10:15-11:30am  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 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. 

    Summer Reading for Adults Bingo Game continues through August 28th- Why let the kids have all the fun this summer? From June 20th to August 28th the Randall Library is having its first ever summer reading program for adults too! Come play our library bingo game. The more you use the great things the library has to offer the more points you earn to win some fabulous raffle prizes. Stop by at the Randall Library circulation desk and find out how to play. Kick back and enjoy a fun and informative summer this year, courtesy of the Randall Library.

    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. 
    Kids Book Club at the Randall Library Wednesdays @ 3:30-4:30pm-Join our Randall Library book club especially for kids ages 8-10 years old. The club will be meeting every Wednesday.  At the first meeting the group will discuss future book they would like to read. -Check the library calendar for the next meeting
    Questions? Call 978-897-8572.

    Sharon Luttrell author of  Weekends with Daisy, Thursday, August 28th @ 7:00pm- The Randall Library is proud to welcome journalist and author Sharon Luttrell author of the charming and heartfelt book "Weekends with Daisy". This wonderful book is about Ms Luttrell's experiences fostering and training a sweet pupy named Daisy in conjunction with a prison inmate named Keith in order to prepare the dog for future work as part of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) program. Filled with love, empathy, hope and courage "Weekends with Daisy" is a compelling read that opens up new worlds to dog lovers and compassionate humans everywhere. Come meet Ms Luttrell and learn more about hte fantastic work being done by NEADS volunteers and how the NEADS program is changing people's lives across America.

     Jonathan Brookes  author of  Relic, Thursday, September 4th @ 7:00pm- The Randall Library will be hosting a meet-and-greet with local author Jonathan Brookes where he will read from and discuss his most recent book.

    Henry Beston's Cape Cod , September 25th @ 7:00pm- The Randall Library is pleased to have Don Wilding from the Henry Beston Society at the library to speak about the enormous literary and cultural influence Henry Beston had on  America with the publication of his book The Outermost House. Mr Wilding's multimedia presentation will trace how  The Outermost House, helped create the Cape Cod National Seashore  and the profound influence it had on respect for the natural environment and nature writing.  

    Monthly Book Group
    Third Tuesdays (usually)
    The book group that meets at the library will discuss I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou on Tuesday, September 23rd  at 7:00 p.m.  Open to all.
    Read more about  Yoga, the Reading Dogs, tutoring, Story Hour and Baby Lapsit Story Time.
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