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Posted on: June 13, 2022

Library News: Kids Concert On June 21; Gardening Talks On June 22 & 23; Bubble Day On June 24

Adult Events

VIRTUAL: Tewksbury Writing Group – Writing Advice From S. Lee Manning (*RR)
Monday, June 20, 7pm

Are you a writer -- or an aspiring writer -- looking for some support? The new Tewksbury Writing Group, which generally meets the third Monday evening of every month, is open to everyone who's interested in writing -- all genres, all skill levels. Each meeting -- which will take place via Zoom -- features a guest speaker (typically a published author or editor) offering some tips of the trade. Between meetings, members can share their work for reading and friendly critiquing via the group's list-serv. The June 2022 guest speaker is S. Lee Manning. An award winning writer, Manning is the author of international thrillers. Her life-long interests in Russia and espionage are reflected in her Kolya Petrov thrillers. Her first novel, Trojan Horse, winner of the 2020 Kops-Fetherling International Phoenix Award for New Voice in action/thriller and a finalist for Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion Award in two categories, and the National Indie Excellence Award for political novels, debuted in October 2020, and Nerve Attack was launched in September 2021. Bloody Soil, her third novel, will be launching in November 2022.

VIRTUAL: A Trip To Dubai & Abu Dhabi with The Traveling Librarian (*RR)
Tuesday, June 21, 2pm

Join Jeff Klapes, the Traveling Librarian, for another of his popular armchair travel presentations. This series highlights travel photography and stories and travel tips about destinations around the world. This month, journey to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two largest of the seven United Arab Emirates. Best known for their rapid growth, cutting edge architecture, and lavish lifestyles, there's much more to see if you dig deeper. Mosques, markets, and a mix of ethnicities and cultures make the UAE a challenging place to live and work, but intriguing to visit. Jeff is the recently retired Head of Reference Services at the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield and an avid traveler and photographer. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

IN PERSON: WBCN -- How A Radio Station Defined Politics, Counterculture & Rock and Roll (*RR)
Tuesday, June 21, 7pm

Author Bill Lichtenstein will discuss his recent book, WBCN and the American Revolution: How a Radio Station Defined Politics, Counterculture, and Rock and Roll. In 1968, a Harvard Law School graduate student named Ray Riepen founded a radio station that played music that young people, including the hundreds of thousands at Boston-area colleges, actually wanted to hear. WBCN-FM featured album cuts by such artists as the Mothers of Invention, Aretha Franklin, and Cream, played by announcers who felt free to express their opinions on subjects that ranged from recreational drugs to the war in Vietnam. At WBCN, creativity and countercultural politics ruled: there were no set playlists; news segments anticipated the satire of The Daily Show; on-air interviewees ranged from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Noam Chomsky; a telephone “Listener Line” fielded questions on any subject, day and night. From 1968 to Watergate, Boston's WBCN was the hub of the rock-and-roll, antiwar, psychedelic solar system. In this engaging and generously illustrated chronicle, Peabody Award-winning journalist and one-time WBCN announcer Bill Lichtenstein tells the story of how a radio station became part of a revolution in youth culture. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Please note this program will be streamed live on the “TewksburyTV” Facebook page courtesy of Tewksbury Telemeia.

VIRTUAL: Landscaping & Gardening for Wildlife with the Mass Audubon (*RR)
Wednesday, June 22, 11am

Do you have a true green thumb? Meaning, are you taking into account the complete ecosystem around the land you care for? Learn how you can support local species by utilizing wildlife-friendly gardening practices in your home, business, and community settings. Simple, easy actions like keeping fall leaves on the ground could have huge effects, and bring in more butterflies, come spring! Learn about what to do, and not do, in your yard, garden, or even container, to support nearby birds, frogs, pollinators, and more in a sustainable fashion. Led by Tia Pinney, a Biologist, Lead Naturalist, and educator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. Since 1994, when she first started working at the farm, Tia has overseen efforts to maintain New England’s wildlife on our 206-acre property, managing staff and volunteers in planting projects and citizen science. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

VIRTUAL: Front Row Center – The Best Celebrity Photos From A Boston Photographer’s 30-Year Career (*RR)
Wednesday, June 22, 7pm

Author and photographer Allan Dines will share a presentation based on his recent book, Front Row Center: How I Met Everybody, in this Zoom webinar. For almost 30 years, Allan Dines has photographed hundreds of celebrities in some of the most iconic venues in Boston and surrounding areas. Legends from the world of music, movies, television, sports and more were captured by Allan’s camera. And almost every photo has a story to go with it. Alan shares many of these photos and stories in his book, Front Row Center. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

VIRTUAL: Perennial Gardening (*RR)
Thursday, June 23, 11am

Perennials are the workhorses of the garden with most coming back year after year. With a little know-how you can keep your garden in bloom for most of the season. Learn which perennials will work best in your gardens and discuss how to keep them in good form. Led by Kathi Gariepy, a former special needs preschool and kindergarten teacher, who has been gardening since she was a child. She is a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, volunteering more than 10,000 hours, past Vice President of the MMGA, past chair of the Master Gardener Advisory Board, past president of the Attleboro Garden Club and past chair of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts’ Gardening Study School. Kathi has worked as lead teacher for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, education coordinator for MassAudubon and studied landscape design at Rhode Island School of Design. She also owns the garden design company Pleasant Vistas. Kathi lives in an old farmhouse with perennial borders, herb gardens, a vegetable garden, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and some very old, still producing, apple trees.

IN PERSON: Tewksbury Community Market
Thursday, June 23, 4pm-7pm

The Tewksbury Community Market takes place on Thursdays, from 4pm to 7pm, from June 16, 2022 from September 30, 2022, in the parking lot behind the Tewksbury Recreation Center at Livingston St. Park (288 Livingston Street). Each market features 35-40 vendors selling food and non-food products. Each week's vendors are listed on the Market's website. Follow the Tewksbury Community Market’s Facebook (@TewksburyMarket), Twitter (@TewksburyMarket), and Instagram (@TewksburyCommunityMarket) for regular updates. The Tewksbury Community Market is organized through the Library and the office of the Community/Economic Development Planner, in cooperation with the Health Department and Town Manager’s Office. Have a question about the market? Contact Community Outreach Librarian Robert Hayes at 978-640-4490 x 205 or

VIRTUAL: The History of Ice Cream (*RR)
 Thursday, June 23, 7pm

Unearth the stories behind our favorite ice cream treats and share some of history’s wildest bygone flavors – flavors that may be due for a revival. By the end of the night, you’ll be able to answer questions like: which came first, chocolate or vanilla? The ice cream sandwich or the ice cream cone? Neapolitan or liquid nitrogen? Led by culinary historian Sarah Lohman, author of the bestselling book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. Formerly the Curator of Food Programming at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Lohman has lectured at hundreds of universities and institutions nationwide, including the Museum of Science, Boston, the American Museum of Natural History, and The New York Public Library. This virtual event is a collaboration between the libraries in Chelmsford and Tewksbury.

Friday, June 24, 10:30am

Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's latest films -- Fatherhood. Enjoy a screening of one of Hollywood's latest films -- Fatherhood. A father brings up his baby girl as a single dad after the unexpected death of his wife who died a day after their daughter's birth. Dramatic comedy starring Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard and Lil Rel Howery. Rated PG-13. 109 minutes. Doors will open at 10:15am. Candy & water will be served. A $1 donation is suggested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library and Tewksbury Lions Club. Please note this event is at the Tewksbury Senior Center.

IN PERSON: Take A Hike On Pinnacle St. Trail (*RR)
Friday, June 25, 10am 

The Tewksbury Open Space & Recreation Committee and the Tewksbury Public Library invite you to take a guided hike of the Pinnacle Street Trail. The hike will be led by Open Space & Recreation Committee member Bruce Shick, who will be accompanied by Beautification Committee member and native plant/tree expert Kathy MacInnis.   This easy hike is 2.2 miles long and will last approximately 90 minutes. The trail features some boardwalks and nice marsh views. Please park at the Ogonowski Memorial Model Flying Field (240 Pinnacle Street). The trail begins across the street from that field. This hike is limited to 25 cars. Registrants will receive additional information via email 48 hours prior to the hike. Please wear sensible footwear, and bring bug spray and water. This is part of a 7-hike series: Rogers Park (June 11); Bay Circuit Trail Connection (June 18); Pinnacle St. Trail (June 25); Chandler Well Fields at Main Entrance (July 9); Tewksbury State Hospital Pines Cemetery (July 16); Chandler Well Fields at Kevin Street (July 23); and Poplar Street Well Fields (July 30). All hikes are on Saturdays at 10am. Please note there is no hike scheduled for July 2.

Teen Events

IN PERSON: Bird Houses For Grades 5-7 (*RR)
Wednesday, June 22, 3pm

Get in touch with your creative side and make and decorate your own Bird House! Supplies will be provided for every registered attendee of this in-person event, so be sure to register below while supplies last! If you have any questions, please email Kate, the Teen Library Assistant, at This event is open to anyone in grades 5-7. This program is supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.


Children’s Events

IN PERSON: Tiny Tykes Story Time 
Monday, June 20, 11am

Tiny Tykes Storytime is designed for young children ages 0 to 18 months. Older siblings are always welcome to join in. Join us for a fun session of stories, songs, fingerplays, instruments, and gentle movement that help build early literacy skills. Babies experience the sounds and structure of language through rhythm, rhyme and repetition.

IN PERSON: Sprouts Story Time 
Tuesday, June 21, 11am

Sprouts Storytime is designed for is designed for little ones 18 months through 4 years. Get your early literacy skills on with stories, songs, movement, instruments, dancing and more!

IN PERSON: Rockabye Beats 
Tuesday, June 21, 1:30pm

Every Tuesday, we will have a different performer, just for you! This week, we will have Rockabye Beats! Join us for a kids concert! Come sing, dance, and get a little silly with us. This program is supported by a grant from the Tewksbury Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. This program is also supported by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library.

IN PERSON: Sprouts Craft 
Wednesday, June 22, 2pm

Sprouts Crafts are fun for everyone! Come make a fun summer craft with Miss Kat. This craft is designed for kids aged 2-6.

IN PERSON: Maker Craft 
Thursday, June 23, 1pm

Maker Crafts are here! Come make a fun summer craft with Miss Haley before we screen a movie with the same theme. This craft is designed for kids aged 7-11.

IN PERSON: Movie Afternoon
Thursday, June 23, 2pm

Calling all older kids! These movies were chosen just for you! Every week, we will have a showing of a different movie. Bring your own popcorn! This week, we will be watching Freaky Friday! This movie is rated PG.

IN PERSON: Family Fun Day – Bubble Blast
Friday, June 24, 11am

Family Fun Fridays are back every week during the Summer Reading Program! Come visit us on our back lawn, do a fun activity, and play some games! This week, we will have a BUBBLE BLAST!

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