Upcoming Cape Ann libraries programs


Sawyer Free Library

2 Dale Ave., Gloucester — 978-281-9763 — http://sawyerfreelibrary.org.

The Sawyer Free Library is now open for select onsite services, six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. Visitors should keep visits to 30 minutes or less. The library has implemented extensive preventative measures and controls to keep staff and patrons as safe as possible. All staff and visitors must wear masks, practice physical distancing and all public spaces have limited capacities.

Curbside Pickup service is being offered to all cardholders. Patrons can reserve items online at http://sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5500. You will receive a notification once the items become available. Patrons have seven days to pick up items at the Library’s parking lot entrance during curbside hours, 1-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Friends Bookstore is now fully open during library hours to the public. The used book store, located on the first floor, is run by the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library and provides significant money for the enhancement of the library and its programs.

Teen Summer Reading is in full swing. Teens in sixth grade and up should fill out the custom form the library website every time they finish a book to enter into a weekly prize drawing.

Book Bingo 2021 Adults 18 year and older, from now until Sept. 1, should keep track of books read by writing the title and author on the a SFL bingo card. Complete as many horizontal, vertical or diagonal lines as each completed line enters your name into a raffle to win Cape Ann Gift Certificates.

If you have a question about any event, accessing online resources, finding something on the website, or wondering what to read next email the Library’s Helpline at [email protected]

Upcoming virtual programs:

Toddler Time: 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Enjoy a new virtual storytime recorded by Children’s Librarian Christy each week! Families are invited to a morning of playtime, bubbles, stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft. For ages 1-3. Available on Sawyer Free Library Children’s Services Facebook page and on the website under Children’s Services. (http://sawyerfreelibrary.org/childrens-services)

Kids Creative Movement: 10-11 a.m. July 13. Join Sarah Slifer Swift of Movement Arts Gloucester for a fun outdoor Creative Movement experience for kids! Explore the power of dance designed for our youngest movers outside in the Library’s Amphitheater. 

Tips for a Successful Virtual Interview: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 13. This Zoom workshop will address many topics of navigating a successful virtual interview including ideal locations and conditions for conducting the interview, the importance of body language, technology overviews, appropriate dress codes, and strategies to build confidence. Register for the Zoom link.

Cook-a-Book Book Club: 1-2:30 p.m. July 13. Weather permitting the group will be meeting TBD. This month’s theme is BBQ. Participants requested to make something from a cookbook checked out from the Library or home. Registration required, space limited. 

Summer Outdoor Storytime with Christy: 10 a.m. July 14. Join Christy outside in the amphitheater for summer storytime fun with bubbles, songs and stories.

Global Forum Book Group: 6:30 p.m. July 15. A lively virtual discussion on international relations/history. July’s book is “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America” by Greg Grandin. Visit the Library or call to check out the book. Registration required, space limited.

Musical Storytime with Ruthanne Paulson: 10-10:45 a.m. weekdays the week of July 19. Join Ruthanne Paulson for some tail wagging musical tales. Sing, dance, play and wag along with Ruthanne for Musical Storytime. Register to receive the link and enjoy at your convenience.

Books n Brews: 6-8 p.m. July 20. July’s Book is “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict. Check out a copy, or download the eBook from OverDrive, Libby or Hoopla and join in for a rousing discussion. Weather permitting, meetings will be in person and on Zoom if weather is inclement. Registration required.

Grilling Tips with Chef Justus Dunton of Dagger Board Hospitality: 12:30 p.m. July 21. An engaging and informative live and in-person Summer Grilling Tips event (weather permitting) with local Farm-to-Table Chef Justus Dunton in the Sawyer Free Library amphitheater. Register required, space is limited.

Kids Outdoor Yoga to Move our Bodies & Calm our Minds: 11 a.m. July 22. Join Treetop Yoga for movement and adventure and use your imaginations and find animal shapes in our bodies. Erin McKay guides elementary aged children through a fun, free morning of outdoor movement and mindfulness as we learn about finding calm. Register each child individually for one or both sessions.

Tails and Tales! Snakes of the World with Rick Roth: 10-10:30 a.m. weekdays the week of July 26. Children’s Services Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales” presents Snakes of the World with Rick Roth and the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team! Register for this wonderful presentation by Rick and friends, who share their knowledge and introduce us to a wide variety of snakes, some local & some not. Registration is required to receive a link.

Mari Martin Band in the Amphitheater: 5-7 p.m. July 29. Mari Martin’s Band will be playing in the Sawyer Free Library’s amphitheater for the city’s CULTURE SPLASH: Gloucester Summer Thursday. Bring the whole family and come sit outside in the beautiful garden amphitheater to enjoy the fun music! Library cards will be free all night.

Registration for all virtual events can be found at http://sawyerfreelibrary.org on the calendar. Links will be emailed to join each event.

Page2Stage 2021

The Sawyer Free Library and Gloucester Stage Company have teamed up once again to offer the Page2Stage Book Club, bringing together the communities of literature and theatre.

This innovative collaboration is a unique take on the traditional book club that focuses on literary works associated with performances from Gloucester Stage Company’s 2021 season. The summer’s theatrical performances will be taking place outside at the Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport from June through September.

These two leading local cultural organizations partner again to offer the Gloucester community the opportunity to delve more deeply into the stories being told on the stage and the literature that inspired them. Page2Stage gives participants opportunities to deepen and expand their experience as audience members through pre-show facilitated discussions. Before the performance, the group will explore each play’s subject through the books that inspired them or related content, including biographies, novels, and timely periodicals, while meeting new people and broadening their cultural network. 

The four selected literary works for the 2021 Page2Stage series are available now at the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester.

On July 8, the book club will discuss the book “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Arthur Doyle prior to seeing the Gloucester Stage production of Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” The book club series then will meet on Aug. 12, to talk about Anthony Bourdain’s memoir, “Medium Raw,” then will enjoy the regional premier of the play, “Seared.” To bring the summer series to a close on Sept. 9, the group will explore the subject of reparations. They will discuss an article from The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehesi Coates prior to seeing the New England premiere of “Reparations,” a new play by James Sheldon where personal revelations “lead to laughs, tears and coming to terms with racial injustice and personal betrayal.”

This year with Page2Stage Book Club, discussions will happen before the show at Windhover Performing Art Center located at 257R Granite St., Rockport. Book group participants can gather at the property’s specially designed beer garden and enjoy refreshments, including craft beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and food while overlooking the lush gardens. The book group is free to join with discount theater tickets for registered members. There is no charge to participate in the group, but registration is required. Discounted show tickets of $25 will be available to participants by calling the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433.

For information, visit http://sawyerfreelibrary.org or http://gloucesterstage.com/community-events.

Registration for all virtual events can be found at http://sawyerfreelibrary.org on the calendar. Links will emailed to join each event.

Manchester Public Library

15 Union St., Manchester — 978-526-7711 — [email protected], http://manchesterpl.org.

Updated Library Browsing Hours

The Manchester Library has updated the hours patrons may come into the building to enjoy library services. From 1-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, patrons may come into the library without making a reservation. Limited reservation times at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will still be open for patrons including seniors and those who are high risk. We ask that patrons continue to wear a mask, sanitize their hands and be aware of remaining socially distant while inside the building. Curbside Pickup hours will continue on Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 1-7 p.m. Just call 978-526-7711 to ask for a pickup.

Outdoor Wi-Fi Access Updated

Stop by the lawn of the  Manchester Library and settle in on the front lawn’s comfortable outdoor chairs or by the teak table generously sponsored by The Friends of the Library where you can enjoy the library’s updated and extended Wi-Fi signal! The wireless access is now available to reach every spot of the front and side of the library. No password is necessary. With no password necessary, the next time you visit for a picnic, or a quiet reading space, or a relaxing outdoor gathering spot with friends, you can also access your favorite videos, send emails or search the internet from the comfort of a shady or sunny spot on the front lawn.

From the Teen Loft

In the Children’s Room

PJ Family Story Time: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

It’s fun to wear your PJs and gather your favorite friends to share stories and songs. For ages 3+

Stay at Home Story Time: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays

Join Ms. Carol for songs, fingerplays and stories for our younger patrons.

Rockport Public Library

17 School St., Rockport — 978-546-6934 — [email protected], rockportlibrary.org.

Creativebug is here!

The library has added Creativebug to its list of online databases for patrons. Creativebug offers over 1,000 videos by artists and professionals detailing a variety of art and craft projects for all ages. The videos cover painting, ceramics, knitting, quilting, jewelry-making, party crafts and more. There are crafts that can be learned in a single video, or skills that you can learn in courses over multiple videos. To get started, just go to the library’s website at www.rockportlibrary.org and click on the link on the home page. You will need to enter your library card number and then asked to enter an email address the first time you log on, but you’ll only need your card number on any subsequent logins. Reach out to library staff with any questions — happy crafting!

Which Craft? Is Back!

Stop by on Monday mornings at 11 a.m. in the Trustees Room to work on your needlecraft project while enjoying lively conversation with similar creatives. No instruction, just a getaway for experienced crafters.

Rescue Readers with Cape Ann Animal Aid

Want to help local shelter animals and do your summer reading? Join the Rockport Public Library and Cape Ann Animal Aid for “Rescue Readers,” a weekly program where you can sign up to read to cats, kittens, dogs or puppies that are waiting to be adopted. This is a great opportunity for you to practice (or even show off) your reading skills and to help socialize and acclimate these amazing animals to human voices. By the end of the session, you might even make a new fur friend. Note: All sessions will take place via Zoom, and readers who sign up will be assigned 15-minute time slots between 1 and 3 p.m. on the day the program takes place. Go to the library website to register.

Felted Wool Beads 101 — Virtual Art Class for Adults

Join in on July 14 at 7 p.m. for a Zoom Pop-up Art Class. Learn how to make felted wool beads in an easy step-by-step process. You’ll get a variety of colors of wool and wood beads to accent your necklace. The kits are provided by the library and will include everything you will need except a pair of scissors. Class size is limited, and registration is required. All registrants will need to pick up their kit at the library prior to the class.

Healing the Body, Mind and Spirit With Meditation

Join in on July 15 at 7 p.m. for a Zoom meditation session. It is now being recognized that the practice of meditation contributes to a more positive, healthy lifestyle. It is an invaluable tool helping people reduce stress, gain a sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Join Gerry Gorman, who has been meditating for over 30 years, as he offers a practical technique of meditation that can positively impact your life. Registration required.

Story Time With Ms. KL

Join new youth services librarian Ms. KL for virtual storytime twice a week. Bedtime Stories are on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. and Morning Story Time is on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Tune in on Facebook and Twitter to listen to some new stories and some old favorites.


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