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Featured Randall Library Databases 

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.


Freegal offers  downloads and  streaming-!Exclusive use to Stow residents!
Freegal is a music service offered by the Randall Library where you can download and stream some of your favorite music. Offering more than 11 million songs to choose from, all you need is your library card number and PIN. 

Ancestry.com Library-Exclusive to users at any Randall library pubic access computer!

(In library use only)

With thousands of family history information available including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more! The Randall Library's free access to Ancestry.com is available from any of the library's public access computers.


Heritage Quest Online-Exclusive use to Stow residents!
With thousands records full of family history information including vital records, census records and much more Heritage Quest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources. Rich in primary source materials and available from your home computer just by using your Randall Library card number and PIN. Searching both Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library you will have free access to a wealth of family history research material for free.



Consumer Reports Online-Exclusive use to Stow residents!

known as one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, this award-wining database provides free access to any Randall Library card holder. Easy to use and chock-full of helpful resources. Ask any library staff member about how to log-in. 


What's 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, 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!


Local Stow History Book for Sale
Copies of local history buff Lew Halprin's book Past Tense: Stories about Stow's History are available for sale for $10.00 at the library's circulation desk. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Randall Library Friends Association. 


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MUTTS (Motivated, Understanding, Thoughtful Teenage Students) Club Story Time on Saturday, Jan. 28!
The teens read stories, shared fun facts about pets and pet care, and offered kid-friendly crafts focused on helping young children to take care of and better understand the animals they love!

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.






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"...

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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.



 

Film screening of "Alice Ordinary People"- with director  Craig Dudnick-  Thursday, February 16th  @ 6:30pm- 

 "Alice's Ordinary People" is a documentary about Alice Tregay-a selfless activist in the Chicago Freedom Movement who refused to stand still in the face of injustice. It's Alice's story of the ordinary people who effected extraordinary change in the endless struggle for human rights and dignity. An inspiration to current and future generations interested in civil rights, this is an opportunity to meet with the director Craig Dudnick and speak to him about how he met Alice and why he created the film. 


"You can to anything you set your mind to do. Believe it and you can do it"-Alice Tregay





Tech Support with Bob Katz, -by appointment  

Do you need help with computers, mobile devices, e-mail, social media, Microsoft Office, Overdrive or Minuteman Library services? Randall Library Board of Trustees member Bob Katz will be available by appointment for  one-on-one training to help you with your tech support issues. Email him at bkatz@factservices.com with the subject "Tech support at the Randall" to book a time and date to meet with him at the library. Sign-up sheets will also be available at the circulation desk for scheduling an appointment and Bob will get back in touch with you. 




February 16th  @ 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 " Slow Cooker". Copies of the cookbook  "The Slow Cooker Revolution  by the editors of America's Test Kitchen 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. 

  




 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


Minecraft Madenss!, Saturday, Feb. 25th @ 2:00:  
Join Jungle Jim as he leads participants through the magical world of Minecraft! Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv, Jim creates an amazing experience for children. Activities include Giant Dragon creation, the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase and the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza! Appropriate for children ages 4-11.  Free admission.
 
                                                                     
 

Special events during February Vacation week:
        Saturday, Feb.  18th from 2:00 - 3:00:  Indoor mini-golf
        Wednesday, Feb. 22:  Yoga with Maureen Trunfio
                                11:00:   Baby & Toddler yoga   3:00   Yoga for Teens
        Saturday, Feb. 25 @ 2:00:  Minecraft Madness with Jungle Jim

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- 
            Special LEGO event: Jan. 11th:  Explore WeDo 2.0!
 
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
                                  
NEW Tuesday Story Time:  Two Tuesday afternoons per month @ 1:30
            Feb. 7:  Cancelled due to weather
             Feb. 14:  Sing Along with Ed Morgan

 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 
                Feb. 3:  Every Child Ready to Read, Cynthia Maxfield
                Feb.10:  Hearts
                Feb. 17:  Puppies!
                Feb. 24:   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.