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  • Summer's End and New Beginnings Yup...it is hard to believe (given the current heat wave) but Labor Day has passed so the summer is now officially over. But fear not!!! The library has some ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2014, 2:31 PM by Randall Stow
  • 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
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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.

Trivia Game at the Library!
Because the adults had so much fun playing Bingo this past summer, we have decided more fun is in order. From Tuesday, October 7th through Saturday, October 18th, the Randall Library is hosting our version of Trivial Pursuit. If you are over 21, know your town, and know your library, you are a shoe-in to win bragging rights for your reference skills. Come by the library during these two weeks and pick up your game card. You can't win if you don't play!

Audiobook Sale
Do you commute to work and get tired of listening to the radio? Need some help falling asleep at night? Buy one of audio books (on sale in the lobby) for the low price of $3. We have both CD and MP3 formats for your listening pleasure.

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.


Upcoming Events
See a calendar of all our upcoming events. Look for pictures from previous events on our Facebook page.
We are looking for bi-lingual volunteers to help us with an upcoming pre-school program. Please contact the Library Director, Melissa Fournier, to learn more about the program if you think you can help out!
Baby Lapsit Storytime, Wednesdays @ 11:00am -Come enjoy our special story time geared specailly 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.
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.
  • Special preschool story time- October 17- Skeletons & Bones
  • Special preschool story time-October 24-  GHOSTS!
  • Special preschool story time-October 31- Trick or Treat at the Library-Come in your costume!!!
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 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. 

Teen Advisory Board Meeting Wednesday October 15th@ 6:00pm (every third Wednesday 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 Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and let your voice be heard  

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.

Special Halloween Children's Event, Saturday October 25th, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Make your own fantastic 3D Halloween masks! All ages welcome.
Special Programs for Adults in October!

Why Your Story Matters (Memoir Writing), Thursday, October 16th @ 7:00pm- Thatcher Freund, a journalist and memoir writer, will talk about the importance of stories in our lives both to ourselves and to the culture we live in, and why it matters so much that we preserve them. 

Thatcher is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in History, and the Columbia School of Journalism, and has lived in New England off and on for the last twenty years.  His published work includes a book, Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them, which follows the lives of three pieces of American furniture from their creation in the 18th Century to their sales at Sotheby’s some 250 years later.  He currently helps people to write the stories of their lives. 

Halloween Special Event-Mt Auburn Cemetery Presentation “Symbolism at the Cemetery”-Thursday, October 30th @ 7:00pm Representatives and historians will be at the Randall Library to discuss the unique historical significance of the symbolism of some of the amazing headstones and sculptures of the Mt Auburn Cemetery.

Monthly Book Group
Third Tuesdays (usually)
The book group that meets at the library will discuss Wild by Cheryl Strayed on Tuesday, October 21st  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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