The countdown is on for the library reopening! We've planned two weeks of special programming to welcome back our loyal patrons. In the spirit of change, and reflecting our brand new carpet installation, we have chosen the butterfly to symbolize our long awaited reopening. Get ready for lots of great activities, events, displays and crafts for all ages, all tying in with our butterfly theme. In the meantime, you can view the transformation with our carpet renovation photo album. We can't wait to see you!
We have butterfly activities that will be ongoing in February, including special activities in the Children's & Teen Rooms. Looking for specific events? Scroll down for more information!
Support the Food Pantry and Get a DIY Butterfly Kit
From February 13-28, all patrons are welcome to snag a DIY decorative butterfly kit by donating one of several high-need items to support our neighbors in the Food Pantry. Drop your donated item in the shopping cart by the Check Out Desk, pick up your kit (while supplies last), and return your butterfly to display in the library!
Seed Library: Call for Donations - We are starting a seed library! We are in the process of accepting donations of any and all seeds. You can drop them off at the Check Out Desk any time the library is open. Additionally, we will have a limited amount of milkweed seeds to give away to patrons who want to grow butterfly-friendly plants at home - more info will be available when we reopen. Email Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org questions.
Butterfly Scavenger Hunts - We are excited to announce two scavenger hunts - beginning February 13, stop in the Children's Room for scavenger hunts with a butterfly theme! Then, in the rest of the library, we will hide our special butterfly friend for folks of all ages to find.
Kids Butterfly Take & Makes - Our popular kids Take & Makes will be butterfly themed. Kits available on our re-opening date of February 13. Get them while supplies last!
Teen Sticker Butterfly Project - Starting Monday, February 20, celebrate our reopening by creating a giant sticker mosaic masterpiece of a butterfly! Stop by the Teen Room to answer trivia questions and get stickers to add to the poster! Ongoing until butterfly is finished.
We have butterfly-themed events with something for every age: young children, families, teens, and adults. For our complete list of programs, view our Events Calendar.
Butterfly Story & Craft February 13, 14, 20 & 21 from 10:00-10:45 a.m. This program is best for children five and under and their caregivers. No registration required. Note: crafts are the same each week.
Paper Butterfly Extravaganza
February 21 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Teens ages 12-18 are invited to help make 1,000 paper butterflies that will then be hung from the ceiling of the Teen Room and Makerspace. No registration required. Family Butterfly Bookmark Craft February 22 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The whole family is invited to come by and make a butterfly themed bookmark! Children under nine years old must be supervised by their caregivers. No registration required.
Butterfly Bonanza February 23 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
This story and craft program is for children of all ages. Children under the age of nine must be supervised by their caregivers. No registration required.
Butterfly Plushies Workshop
February 23 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Teens ages 12-18, join librarian Tori in the Teen Zone to make Plushie Butterflies that we will then gift to the Children's Room. All supplies provided. No registration required.
Butterfly Scratchboard Art Workshop
February 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Create scratchboard butterfly art that celebrates the reopening and metamorphosis of the library. Our own Kate Adams will walk you through the beginnings of your own scratchboard projects and show you how to add vibrant color to your artwork. Open to adults and to teens ages 13 and up. Space is limited to 20 participants, so sign up today!
Can You Read 23 Books in 2023?
Challenge yourself to read 23 books in 2023 this year. Invite your family and friends to join the adventure on Beanstack - sign up online on Beanstack or download the Beanstack app. You can also pick up paper challenge sheets once the library reopens. All successful completions get a shiny limited edition pin while supplies last.
Get ideas for new books to read by signing up for one of our NextReads newsletters or place a hold on one of our anticipated reads of 2023 listed below. Also be sure to check out the 2022 Massachusetts Book Award finalists for Fictionand Nonfiction! Happy reading!