PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Baby Lapsit on Wed., July 27th and no Preschool Story Time on Friday, July 29th.
Beginning June 28, we will be operating on our summer schedule and will be closed on Saturdays until September.
Summer Reading Has Begun!
We have reading programs for kids, teens and adults to exercise your brain all summer long. Kids can join our Reading Olympics and participate in a marathon, high jump, freestyle, sprint or other events. There are small prizes for reaching event goals and big raffle prizes for anyone who qualifies in an event. Come in to sign up and learn the details for each event! Or you can see the event booklets for readers:
Teens (12 and up) can pick up a reading log and keep track of reading hours to win a prize!
Adults (21 and up) can take our Reading Bingo challenge. Pick one or more bingo cards, compete four activities in any row and enter into a raffle for a great prize. Find out more at the Adult Summer Reading page.
We encourage all readers to pledge for Special Olympics this summer and be a champion! Pick up a pledge sheet at the 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.
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:
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!
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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
April 15th to July 15th- Art Exhibit by Ceramicist Bill Wickey- Writers & Poets-Family & Friends"
The Randall Library is proud to display the ceramic sculptures of the well-known ceramicist, Bill Wickey. Born in Stow, Mr. Wickey is returning to town to exhibit his sculptures at the Randall Library! This is a wonderful opportunity to see the past brought to life in an artist's eyes.
Tuesday, August 23rd @ 7:00 pm-The Randall Library Cookbook Club- Theme for the month-"Grilling"
You've heard of library 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 theme is "grilling" and copies of cookbooks dealing with a grilling theme will be available at the Randall Library circulation desk. Come select a cookbook that you find interesting and check it out. 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, July 28th @ 7:00 pm-Photographer Fred Levy and "The Black Dogs Project"-
Local artist and author Fred Levy will be displaying his wonderful photographs and speaking about his new book "The Black Dogs Project".
-Thursday, July 28th @ 11 AM: Draw Olympic Animals- Who runs faster than the cheetah or does the long jump better than a kangaroo? Join Kristen Donovan to learn to draw animals participating in Olympic events.
FUN SUMMER EVENTS FOR CHILDREN!
-Thursday, July 28th @ 11- Draw Olympic Animals with Kristen Donovan
-Tuesday, August 10th @ 1:00 - Birds of Prey
-Tuesday, August 16th @ 1:30: Sing-along with Ed Morgan, the Music Man
-Friday, August 26th @ 10:30: Sing along with Ed Morgan, the Music Man
These programs are supported in part by the Alice Eaton Fund, the Randall Library Friends Association, and a grant from the Stow Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and DCU for Kids.
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 Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 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!
May: The Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without
June: Summer on a Plate
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.
Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am, Join our Youth Services Librarian, Chris Morrison, for a fun story time with a craft after the readings!
July 29 - No Story Time
August 5 - Water Fun!
August 12 - Bugs!
August 18 - SPECIAL Story Time (Thursday): Pond Walk with Cynthia Mayfield
August 19 - TBD
August 26 - Sing-along with 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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