Events Calendar


October

October 21 Wednesday

Playful illustration of an orange butterfly, a red bird, and a smiling green snail. The bird sits on a large tan flower.

Story Time Online

10:30 AM This 6-week virtual session will be held on zoom with Cathy and Tracy on Wednesdays. Each 20 minute story time will include stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft or fun activity. Registration is required. Email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register for this group and include your child’s name and age. Ages: 2 – 6.


A feathered quill pen writes the words 'Creative Writing Club'. Blue, green, and purple colors spatter out of the feather.

Creative Writing Club

3:30 – 4:30 PM Do you write for fun? Are you a fan of fanfiction? Or are you a poet (and you didn't even know it)? Then join the Creative Writing Club and meet fellow writers! We will be meeting on zoom and talking about what we like to write, the craft itself, and even have an in-club writing exercise. Email Teen librarian Kristen Young at kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org if you’re interested. Students in Grades: 6 – 12.


Genealogy 101. Empty picture frames hang a in tree full of green leaves. A blue sky with clouds is in the background.

October 22 Thursday

Genealogy 101

6:30 – 8:30 PM Local genealogist and educator Lisa Powis will present a 2 hour instructional program on how to get started researching your ancestry. Lisa will use zoom to demonstrate how to best navigate and utilize online resources like Ancestry.com, Family Search and Roots Magic, as well as sharing many of her tips and strategies for where to search offline too. Email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register.


Friday Night Frights! Listen if you dare! A full moon hangs in the center of a dark blue night sky. In the distance sleepy houses are set against a backdrop of trees.

October 23 Friday

Friday Night Frights!

7:00 PM Get into the Halloween Spirit with the Teen Advisory Group’s Friday Night Frights! Tune into TAG’s new You Tube channel to watch a pre-recorded video of one of the Tri-Town Teen Librarians, read a scary, creepy, and unforgettable tale. Each Friday at 7:00 PM a new video will be premiered. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to get the You Tube link. For students in grades: 6 – 12.


Playful illustration of an orange butterfly, a red bird, and a smiling green snail. The bird sits on a large tan flower.

October 28 Wednesday

Story Time Online

10:30 AM This 6-week virtual session will be held on zoom with Cathy and Tracy on Wednesdays. Each 20 minute story time will include stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft or fun activity. Registration is required. Email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register for this group and include your child’s name and age. Ages: 2 – 6.


October 30 Friday

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt book cover.

Story Walk: Scaredy Squirrel

Last day for the story walk! Come to the library and enjoy the outdoors and reading at the same time! Follow the numbered signs around the library grounds to read the story Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt.


Friday Night Frights! Listen if you dare! A full moon hangs in the center of a dark blue night sky. In the distance sleepy houses are set against a backdrop of trees.

Friday Night Frights!

7:00 PM Get into the Halloween Spirit with the Teen Advisory Group’s Friday Night Frights! Tune into TAG’s new You Tube channel to watch a pre-recorded video of one of the Tri-Town Teen Librarians, read a scary, creepy, and unforgettable tale. Each Friday at 7:00 PM a new video will be premiered. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to get the You Tube link. For students in grades: 6 – 12.


November

Blackout Poetry. Words + Art + Wellness. These words appear above an overlay of loose book pages.

November 2 – 30 Monday

Blackout Poetry Month

Stop by the library on Monday, Tuesday or Friday, or use our curbside service Monday – Friday to pick up a free kit in the month of November. Kits will include book pages, sharpie marker, instructions and examples. We invite you to email a picture of your completed work (this step is optional) to tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to share on the library facebook page. Blackout Poetry is a mixture of poetry and art made by taking any form of printed text and blacking out the unwanted words to create a poem OR statement. Blackout Poetry can promote mindfulness and creativity that helps overall well-being and mental health. Plus, it’s creative and fun to do! Ages: 18+.


Merrimac Zoomers Book Club. A stack of books next to a potted plant on a table top. Icons for email and text messages appear over the table.

November 10 Tuesday

Merrimac Zoomers Book Club

7:30 – 8:30 PM We’ll be discussing the book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell. Talking to Strangers is a non-fiction book all about what happens when we encounter people we don’t know, why it often goes terribly wrong, and what it says about us. Through a series of puzzles, encounters and misunderstandings, from little-known stories to infamous legal cases, Gladwell takes us on a journey through the unexpected. Email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to receive the meeting link.


Nine dragon's eye glass magnets. Each eye has a dark narrow oval pupil. Eye iris colors include: teal, blue green, burnt umber, purple, red, dark blue, yellow green, silver, and gold.

November 12 Thursday

Dragon’s Eye Glass Magnet Workshop

4:00 – 5:00 PM Craft along with the Teen Advisory Group! Supply kits will be available for registered participants to pick up at the Merrimac Public Library from November 9 – 12. Kits will include 2 glass cabochons, magnets and toothpicks. Teens will need to supply black nail polish and any additional colors they’d like to use. Email: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org, kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org, or mmccabe@langleyadamslib.org to register. Grades: 6 – 12.


A feathered quill pen writes the words 'Creative Writing Club'. Blue, green, and purple colors spatter out of the feather.

November 18 Wednesday

Creative Writing Club

3:30 – 4:30 PM Do you write for fun? Are you a fan of fanfiction? Or are you a poet (and you didn't even know it)? Then join the Creative Writing Club and meet fellow writers! We will be meeting on zoom and talking about what we like to write, the craft itself, and even have an in-club writing exercise. Email Teen librarian Kristen Young at kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org if you’re interested. Grades: 6 – 12.


Family Bingo. The letters spelling out bingo are on colorful balls. Bingo square numbers shown include: 7, 20, 35, 47, and 72. Colorful party confetti falls in the background.

November 19 Thursday

Family Bingo

4:00 – 5:00 PM Families are invited to join Cathy & Tracy for a fun afternoon of traditional and themed Bingo games on zoom. Please include children’s names and ages when registering. Bingo kits will be available for registered families to pick up at the library from November 16 – 19. Email chornig@merrimaclibrary.org to register. Ages: 5 & Up.


Round pieces of glass jewelry rest on a pebbled black surface. Each piece has colors including purple, blue, green, and gold. The pieces resemble the planet Earth seen from space.

November 23 Monday

Glass Jewelry Workshop

7:00 – 8:00 PM Craft along with Tracy on zoom and make a beautiful and unique set of glass earrings and pendant using glass cabochons. You’ll learn a few different techniques using various materials that can be used to design and create your pieces. Kits for registered participants will be available for pick up at the library from November 16 – 20. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register. Ages: 18+.


December

A feathered quill pen writes the words 'Creative Writing Club'. Blue, green, and purple colors spatter out of the feather.

December 16 Wednesday

Creative Writing Club

3:30 – 4:30 PM Do you write for fun? Are you a fan of fanfiction? Or are you a poet (and you didn't even know it)? Then join the Creative Writing Club and meet fellow writers! We will be meeting on zoom and talking about what we like to write, the craft itself, and even have an in-club writing exercise. Email Teen librarian Kristen Young at kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org if you’re interested. For students in Grades: 6 – 12.