Events Calendar


February

Gather: The Fight To Revitalize Our Native Foodways. Documentary film poster. A Native American woman and young girl are gathering yellow wildflowers in a field. Dark grey clouds cover the sky.

February 1 – 28

Documentary Film Gather: The Fight To Revitalize Our Native Foodways

Virtual film screening during the month of February. Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty. Email Tracy at tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to request the film link. Check out the film trailer at: youtu.be/M5ZTFe4y3c4.


Book with open pages on a rustic dark wooden table. A cloth bookmark spills out between the pages.

February 9 Tuesday

Merrimac Zoomers Book Club

7:30 – 8:30 PM New book club members are accepted at any time! Email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to receive the meeting link or for more details.


Magic! Colorful stars spreading out from the end of a magic wand. The wand is black with white end caps.

February 16 Tuesday

Magic for Beginners

11:00 AM – Noon Learn some fun magic tricks along with Tracy and Magician Ed Popielarczyk’s instructional videos! Magic kits will be available for curbside pick-up February 11 & 12. To register email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org. Grades 4 – 8.

This program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Seacoast Science Center. Illustration of a whale tail above the waves with the sun behind. Under the water a fish and sea star float.

February 18 Thursday

Take A Dip: Sharks & Rays

2:00 – 2:35 PM We are bringing the Seacoast Science Center to you at home with this 35 minute virtual program. Sharks are one of Earth’s most amazing and dynamic fish. Kids will learn about shark anatomy, behavior, and their acute senses that make them one of the ocean’s greatest predators. We’ll even get to observe live sharks and rays in Seacoast’s Close Encounters tank! To register your child email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org. Recommended for grades K – 5.


British tea laid out with a beautiful blue and white china setting on a crisp white table cloth. The cups and tea pot are decorated with illustrations of birds, leaves, and buildings. Scones, cheese cakes, and fruit preserves round out the meal.

February 25 Thursday

The Great British Baking Tour

7:00 – 8:00 PM Join UK travel/relocation consultant (and former UK resident) Claire Evans for a delightful culinary tour of the UK inspired by The Great British Baking Show television series. Learn about making a proper cup of tea, regional specialties, their origins, and the particular parts of the UK they hail from. She’ll translate the trickiest parts of British recipes for Americans so you can try them in your own kitchen. Pick up useful travel tips as well, just in case you’d like to create your own tour! To register email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org.


March

R2R. Ready to Read Book Club. Grades K–2. Merrimac Public Library. Read along books and activities.

March 8 Monday

Ready To Read Book Club

4:00 – 5:00 PM Welcome early readers to your very own book club! Join Tracy, as we read a book together, then do some activities and/or crafts based on the book. Book and activity kits will be available for curbside pick-up March 4 & 5. Space is limited. To register email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org. Grades K – 2.


The Leavers, A Novel by Lisa Ko. A cover of the book showing white hand drawn letters on a red background. A soft focus picture of a man is in the background on the cover. A portrait of the smiling author wearing a red blouse and black leather jacket. She has long back hair and is wearing large hoop earings, a large metal knecklace, and red lipstick.

March 9 Tuesday

Merrimac Zoomers Book Club

7:30 – 8:30 PM We’ll be discussing the book, The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past. This author’s debut novel was a finalist for the 2017 National book Award for Fiction. New book club members are accepted at any time! Email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org for more information.


Four Works Progress Administration (WPA) librarians on horseback pose for the camera on a dirt street in front of a stone building. Each woman is dressed for the winter, wearing heavy coats, hats, and gloves. A sign on the buidling reads: USA Pack Horse Library WPA.

March 17 Wednesday

Books, Boots and Bridles: The Story of the Horse Back Librarians

7:00 – 8:00 PM Jeffrey Urbin, from the Roosevelt Presidential Library will share the story of the Pack Horse Library initiative, a little known program of FDR’s WPA (Work Progress Admin). Its mission, carried out almost entirely by women, was to deliver and distribute reading materials to the far off corners of Appalachia during the darkest hours of the Great Depression. To register for this Zoom program email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org.


Two Tufted Titmouse birds on a pinecone bird feeder, one on top, the other hanging from the bottom. Each bird has slate grey feathers on their heads, backs, and wings. White feathers with a small orange area adorn their bellies. The pinecone is covered in peanut butter and bird seed.

March 25 Thursday

Take & Make Craft: Bird Feeders

10:00 – 7:00 PM This craft has gone to the birds!! Kits include supplies to make a pinecone birdseed feeder and a Cheerios pipe cleaner bird feeder. Kits will be available through curbside pick up while supplies last. Ages 4 & Up.