Welcome to the Randall Library!

Please note- The Randall Library website has moved to https://www.stow-ma.gov/randall-library
(Please bookmark the new Town of Stow based Randall Librarywebsite as the one you are on now will no longer be available shortly)

New services available at the Randall Library!
Hoopla Digital - Movies, Music and More!
Hoopla is a new digital media service where you can enjoy nearly half a million titles from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Plus, with Hoopla, there are no hold lists!
    To register for and enjoy Hoopla Digital for free with your library card, please download the hoopla app from your Apple of Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may click here
    For more information, or if you have questions please don't hesitate to visit or call us.  

ShoutBomb messages now available for use on your mobile devices via Minuteman

With Shotutbomb text messaging (SMS) service, you can use your mobile phone to:
  • Receive text notices about holds available for pickup, courtesy renewal reminders and overdue notices.
  • Send a text to renew items or check your fine balance.
  • Get reminders about your account status before hitting fine limits or expiration dates.
How to sign-up:
To get started you must "opt-in" by texting SIGNUP to 508-507-2560, then reply to the Shoutbomb messages with our library card number.

Text messages are sent in addition to e-mail, mail or voice call notification methods, not in replacement. 

For more information about Shoutbomb click here

Note: The library does not charge a fee for this service, but your mobile plan's text messaging rates apply.

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!
  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.

 HeritageQuest 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. Use the "Electronic Resources" button at the top of this webpage to find the link to log-in, or click this link Consumer Reports 

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

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. 

How much does the library save you?

Click here to read more about the calculator.

Join the M.U.T.T.S Club at the Randall Library!

Are you a teenager who loves animals? Would you like to help shelter animals in need? Then you should join the M.U.T.T.S. (Motivated, Understanding, Thoughtful, Teenage, Students) Club at the Randall Library! The M.U.T.T.S. Club will be involved in special programs that promote animal welfare and M.U.T.T.S. Club members will be the key players in designing and participating in programs at the library that help animals. Contact Melissa Fournier, the Library Director for more details. 

MUTTS Club Story Time 
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 here to read a recent article on the benefits to kids who read with a "reading dog"...

Check out how the Randall Library's Summer Reading Program helped U.S.  military veterans and local  shelter dogs in need  by clicking here . For more details on the Randall Library's Heroes Helping Heroes program click here  and here

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Upcoming Events at the Randall Library

The Stow Independent has graciously printed a retraction of parts of the article it published about the Randall Library that appeared in the most recent edition of the paper. Please see the link below for more information. A printed retraction will appear in next week's paper.

This month's cookbook for the Cookbook Club is: "The Apple Lover's Cookbook" by Amy Traverso. Copies of which are at the library's Circulation desk. If you'd like to attend our Cookbook Club meeting on the date posted above, choose a recipe from the cookbook of the month and prepare enough to share at the club's potluck dinner. The library staff will provide the drinks, plates and silverware. A discussion of the recipes and cookbook will follow the meal. Hope to see you there!

Technology at you fingertips-thanks to the Randall Library!

Do you need an e-reader to take books from the  library's Overdrive collection, or if you need to borrow a laptop to use while you are visiting the library?  We have some that  you can borrow! These devices are only available to Stow library patrons who are 18 years old or older. All you need is a Minuteman library card and to fill out one of our "lending agreements". We also have one of the Kindles loaded with 64 classic books the you can checkout to read to catch up on the classics!

Having trouble with figuring out how to use the technology? You can sign up for a one-on-one technology training session with Randall Library Board of Trustees member, Bob Katz, to get all the help you need.
Speak to a librarian at the Randall Library circulation desk to find out more about our "lending" technology and how to sign up for training sessions so you can enjoy all the things that the Randall Library has to offer. 

Special thanks to the Randall Library Friends Association for making these devices available to Stow patrons


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.

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. 

 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 Hummingbird by Rachel Simon on Tuesday, June 20th  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! 
Next meeting: June 15th, 2017  7:00pm
Cookbook: "Jamie's Food Revolution"

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.  

Preschool Story Times, Fridays at 10:30am
 Join our Youth Services Librarian, Chris Morrison, for a fun story time with a craft  & STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) activities!
                       Nov. 3:  Every Child Ready to Read, Cynthia Maxfield
                        Nov. 10:  LIBRARY CLOSED (Happy Veteran's Day)
                         Nov 17:  Hibernation 
                       Nov. 24:  LIBRARY CLOSED:  Happy Thanksgiving          
                                 Lego Club, EVERY Wednesday  @ 4:00-5:15pm- 
            This program will start again in September!
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:  This will start again in September.
 SAPN (Stow Area Parents Network) Meetings at the Randall
Wednesdays (Baby Playgroup) 10:30-11:00
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 (by sign-up)

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.