People who took our survey voted for earlier opening hours, and we listened! The library's new weekday hours of 8 am - 8 pm took effect starting April 4, 2022. Our Friday and Saturday hours remain the same, 9 am - 5 pm. We will begin summer hours (open Friday 9 am - 3 pm, closed Saturdays) starting the second week in June.
Looking ahead to Summer ...
As restrictions on getting together have eased, we are planning for a summer full of fun! This year, for Summer Reading Club, we'll be bringing back the Story Tent on the lawn, as well as hosting a full slate of children's events such as concerts, puppet shows, animal programs, and crafts, all with the theme of "Get Up! Get Out! Get Reading!"
But you don't have to be a kid to love summer reading. We have some exciting programs planned for teens and adults in May and June, including a teen game night, Comic-Con, an interactive murder mystery play, and a book fair featuring local authors. We'll have more to do for all ages this summer!
Looking for something active and engaging for kids to do after school? Check out BEAM, the library's new interactive, virtual playground that makes entertainment lively, energetic, and above all TONS of fun! Choose from several exciting games to play, including Bath Trouble, Hopscotch, Lumberjacks, Aliens vs. Scientists and more.
BEAM will be available in the Meeting Room every Thursday afternoon in May, from 4 - 5 pm. Reservations are not required, and walk-ins are welcome. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Wooden Animal Craft Saturday, May 28, 10 am
Select from a variety of wooden animal shapes including bears, elephants, and gorillas to paint and decorate. Hand-cut from solid oak by craftsman Andy Santos of Somerset, these adorable animals can be painted with acrylic colors and embellished with a variety of materials that will be on hand for a unique and personalized look! They will make a great decoration in your home or a perfect gift for Father's Day!
Due to limited space and supplies, parents are asked to call the Children's Room at 508-324-2700, ext. 4 to reserve a spot. Reservations will be taken starting Thursday, May 19th. For ages 6 and up.
Author Talk - Anya Costello, The Shadow Hour New Date: Tuesday, May 10, 5 pm
Join us as we welcome local author Anya Costello, who recently had her first novel The Shadow Hour published. She will do a reading from her book, and talk about her process and experience of getting published!
More about The Shadow Hour:
"In this Hunger Games-like fantasy adventure novel, Amber is banished from the dangerous near future of her own reality to another realm known as the Shadow Realm. There she must survive a series of deadly obstacles in order to save not only herself and her friends, but humanity as well."
This event is intended for teens 12 and up, but parents, teachers, and other adults are welcome too!
Teen Game Night
Tuesday, June 7 at 6 pm
Join us on the first Tuesday of every month for a Teen Game Night! A handful of consoles and multiplayer games such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Super Mario Party will be available. Bringing your own handheld devices and Joy-Cons is encouraged, the more the merrier!
Magic: the Gathering Meetup
Wednesdays at 5 pm
Our Magic: the Gathering group is still growing and going strong! Welcome to all players ages 12 & up. If you've played before, come and join a game! If you're new, someone will show you the ropes. Bring your own deck or build one with the hundreds of cards we have at the library.
The Delvena Theatre Company presents Murder a la Carte--an interactive murder mystery set in Luigi's Italian Ristorante, featuring Lynn Moulton, Joseph Zamparelli and Fran Baron in multiple roles. Come put your "super sleuth" on, having much fun along the way. Can you solve the mystery? Token prizes will be awarded.
This performance is part of a series of Delvena Theatre events sponsored by the Friends of the Fall River Public Library and supported in part by a grant from the Fall River Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Gong Bath Meditation
Tuesday, May 24 at 6 pm
Join us for a ZEN ZONE GONG BATH MEDITATION with Drumsinger A. Michelle.
Like a deep and lasting massage, the gongs tune the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies to higher resonance, shaking us free of the stress of daily life.
To sign up for this musical meditation experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library's reference department at 508-324-2700, ext. 3.
Local Author Book Fair
Saturday, June 4 -- 11 am - 2 pm
Join us for our first-ever book fair celebrating the rich diversity of local talent! Authors from Fall River and nearby Massachusetts and Rhode Island will be available to talk about their work, sell their books, and answer questions. We'll also have light refreshments and a raffle for some fun bookish prizes! Sponsored by the Friends of the Fall River Public Library.
CALLING ALL AUTHORS! If you are a local author and would like to take part, please contact Kate at the library: email@example.com or 508-324-2700, ext. 110.
First and Third Tuesday of the Month
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Our knitting club is back, welcoming all yarn crafters who enjoy knitting or crocheting! Join us for a fun, relaxing knitting circle, where we can share current projects, favorite patterns, and tips. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Please bring your own yarn and needles.
The Knitting Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2:30 pm. Walk-ins are always welcome!
Books & Tea Club
Third Wednesday of the Month
2- 3:30 pm
Our South Branch may be closed, but the Books & Tea group lives on! Both returning and new members are invited to join us for a different kind of book club--one with no required books to read! Instead, everyone can share their own recommendations of a book they're enjoyed recently as we meet for general book chat and afternoon tea. Light refreshments will be served.
Bring your favorite teacup (if you want) and a book or two to share!
The RETURN of the Library Comic-Con! Saturday, May 21 10 am - 12:30 pm
It's back! Join us for our fourth annual Library Comic-Con, with appearances by Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, Batman and Robin,Spider-Man, Deadpool, the Scarlet Witch, the Gorn from Star Trek--and more! Meet comics creators, game designers, and local merchants. We'll also have games, crafts, a raffle, and a costume contest. It's fun for fans of all ages!
This event will take place on the library's front lawn, with exhibitors inside the Meeting Room. Registration is not required. Questions? Call the Children's Room at 508-324-2700, ext. 4.
Margaret Moore, a student at Marshall Naval School, watches as her friends, swallowed up by her lies, vanish one by one, and a boy dies. She must unravel the secrets of this summer or be pulled under by the place she once called home.
Hannah Gadsby's unique standup special Nanette was a viral success--and to some, her worldwide fame may have seemed like an overnight sensation. But like everything else about Gadsby, there's more to her success than meets the eye. In her first book, the queer Australian comedian, writer, and actress takes us through the key moments in her life that ultimately led to the creation of Nanette and her startling declaration that she was quitting comedy. She traces her growth as a gay woman from Tasmania--where homosexuality was illegal until 1997--to her ever-evolving relationship with comedy, to her struggle with late-in-life diagnoses of autism and ADHD, and finally to the backbone of Nanette--the renouncement of self-deprecation, the rejection of misogyny, and the moral power of telling the truth.
Feed your fears with the terrifying classic that introduced cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter.
FBI agent Will Graham once risked his sanity to capture Hannibal Lecter, an ingenious killer like no other. Now, he's following the bloodstained pattern of the Tooth Fairy, a madman who's already wiped out two families.To find him, Graham has to understand him. To understand him, Graham has only one place left to go: the mind of Dr. Lecter.
FBI Academy trainee Clarice Starling hopes that Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a criminally insane psychiatrist imprisoned in a Boston hospital, can lead her to the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill in this classic thriller that inspired the Oscar-winning film.
Relegated to the role of servant by her stepmother, Sophie Beckett must sneak her way into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball, where she has a chance encounter with the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton.
A widower and father, Sir Phillip Crane proposes to his pen-pal, Eloise Bridgerton, believing her to be a homely spinster, so he is surprised to discover the beautiful, lively woman who appears on his doorstep.
Unnerved by her husband’s inheritance of a decrepit coastal property and the presence of a disturbed relative, community newcomer Sadie uncovers harrowing facts about her family’s possible role in a neighbor’s murder.
An illustrated, 10th anniversary edition of the New York Times best-selling fantasy novel describes how the magically gifted orphan, Kvothe, brazenly attends a legendary school of magic and must live as a fugitive after the murder of a king.
While preparing to film a story about the Kolyma Highway, a Siberian road built on top of the bones of prisoners of Stalin’s gulag, a documentary producer and his crew must fight for their survival against both the elements and supernatural forces when they are pursued down this road paved with restless ghosts and mysterious woodland spirits.
After one moment of poor judgment involving her daughter Harriet, Frida Liu falls victim to a host of government officials who will determine if she is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. Failure means losing her child--forever.
Convinced that his family is tainted by a curse, Roderick Usher determines to prevent his sister from marrying and to put an end to the curse by burying her alive in this classic film starring Vincent Price, based on the Edgar Allan Poe story. It's available to stream on Kanopy.
BOOK CLUB PICKS
These titles were discussed by members of our Books & Tea group at our April meeting.
The Searcher -- Tana French
The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear --Kate Moore
The Dark Side of Camelot -- Seymore Hersh
The Liz Taylor Ring -- Brenda Janowitz
Apples never Fall -- Liane Moriarty
I was better last night : a memoir -- Harvey Fierstein
Dark Tarot -- Christine Feehan
Every Heart a Doorway -- Seanan McGuire
The last wish : introducing The witcher -- Andrzej Sapkowski ; translated by Danusia Stok.
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Series, Book 1) -- Robert Jordan
Also discussed the following TV series:
Luther, a British psychological crime thriller television series starring Idris Elba
Scott and Bailey, a British police procedural series mainly written by Sally Wainwright
Wheel of Time -- TV series and books by Robert Jordan
Bridgerton --TV series and books by Julia Quinn
The Witcher -- TV series and books by Andrzej Sapkowski
Looking for more good books? Pick up an issue of Book Page (free at the library) for more reviews and recommendations.