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Town of Medway

Medway Public Library  

26 High Street, Medway MA   508-533-3217

Email Library Director Margaret Perkins

SUMMER HOURS (closed Saturdays):
Mon (10-8),   Tue (2-8),  Wed (10-8),  Thu (2-8),  Fri (10-2).
Lower level community space is open until 9:30PM Monday-Thursday.

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Expanded Community Space Hours: The Library's lower level community space is open until 9:30 PM Monday-Thursday for meetings, internet computer use, wireless internet access, and relaxing in the new reading lounge. No librarians are on duty after 8 PM and the upstairs is closed, but a community area steward keeps the building open for after-hours use. (If the Library is closed due to holidays or weather, the lower level will also be closed.)

Special Events

Youth Theater Workshop: Meets Monday/Wednesday, July 7 - August 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Pre-registration required). This Acting / Character Development workshop is geared to teens ages 10-18, whether experienced or new to the stage. The workshop will include physical and mental techniques that can aid both the novice and experienced actor in creating a believable character. The workshop will be led by Jim Porter, who has been acting in and directing local theater in Massachusetts for over 30 years. Mr. Porter holds a BA degree in Media/Theater Arts from Worcester State University. Contact Jim Porter for more information; you may also sign up at the Library.

Science Career Speaker Series: Joan McDonagh: Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This week we are pleased to host Joan McDonagh, a pediatrician at Reliant Medical Group. Joan grew up in North Attleboro in a family of 9 children. She was diagnosed with a birth defect at 2 years old and had surgery funded by the March of Dimes, which kindled her love of science and service of children. Joan attended college at Holy Cross and medical school at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. She stayed at their hospital for her three years residency in Pediatrics and was hired by Fallon Clinic, now called Reliant Medical Group, at that time and have been with them ever since.

Harry Potter Birthday Bash: Thursday, July 31, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. It's a party for the entire family! Come wearing your best Harry Potter costume, take pictures in our photobooth, decorate a cupcake, and have fun doing wizardly crafts! No registration necessary. Contact Mariah for more information.

Learning Labs: Electricity: Tuesday, August 5, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Pre-registration required). A workshop for 15 participants, ages 8-12. We will be learning about electricity by making a homemade lightbulb! Contact Mariah for more information.

Science Career Speaker Series: Thursday, August 7, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. On-going lecture series to expose teens to different career options in the sciences.

Activated Story Theatre: Wednesday, August 13, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The program "3,2,1...Activate" features two multicultural folktakes that are not merely told, but flipped and activated by two professional performers with some help from the audience. This 45-minute theatrical production features non-stop action, physical comedy, audience participation, American Sign Language and imaginative props. The show is recommended for preschool-6th grade students and their families! No registration necessary. Contact Mariah for more information.

Fandom Trivia Night: Thursday, August 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. For teens 12 and up. Registration required (but if your friends haven't registered bring them anyway!) Think you know Harry Potter? What about Hunger Games? What about Doctor Who? Come test your pop culture (as it relates to YA books, tv, and movies!) and prove that you are the ultimate Fan. Pizza will be served for dinner while we form trivia teams and test our brains. Costumes from your personal favorite fandom are encouraged! Some topics that may or may not be covered: Hunger Games Trilogy, Harry Potter Series, Pretty Little Liars, TFIOS, Star Wars, Star Trek, Divergent Trilogy, Disney, New movie releases of YA books, Dr. Who, Welcome to Nightvale, Anime/Manga series, Vampire Diaries, and the list goes on.... Contact Mariah for more information.

Craft Wars: Teen Edition: Friday, August 15 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (Pre-registration required). A friendly competition between teams to create something awesome out of mystery supplies. For ages 10-15. Contact Mariah for more information.

Learning Labs: Space Tuesday, August 19, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Pre-registration required). A workshop for 15 participants, ages 8-12. We will be learning about phases of the moon and craters! Contact Mariah for more information.

Science Career Speaker Series: Brittany Sidway Overshiner: Thursday, August 21, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This week we are pleased to host Brittany Sidway Overshiner, director of Medway Community Farm. Brittany began farming at MCF in the spring of 2010. Since then the farm has grown from a bare field, to a small garden plot and farm stand to it's current state with more than 200 CSA members. She has worked at organic farms in British Columbia, Canada and in Upstate New York and has a BA in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University.

Rock-it Science Sing-a-long with Steve Blunt: Friday, August 22 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Sing along and shake your hypothesis! NH singer/storyteller Steve Blunt offers a high-energy summer reading show -- with a little science and lots of fun. Steve is a dynamic family entertainer who can work with library audiences comprised of little ones in perpetual motion, as well as older kids with super-charged imaginations. It's not rocket science! No registration necessary. Contact Mariah for more information.

Weekly Events

Get to know your eReader/Tablet: Mondays, 6:30-8:30 PM.   Did you receive a new eReader or tablet -- or do you have one sitting around gathering dust? Want to learn more about downloading eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines from the Library? Book a half hour appointment with "eExpert" Tammy the first Monday of every month, from 6:30-8:30. Call the Library or drop by to sign up.

Drop-In Baby & Toddler Sing: Wednesday mornings, 11-11:30 AM.   Newborns - 30 months are invited to this weekly drop-in program of stories, fingerplay and songs accompanied by mountain dulcimer. No registration necessary. Children must be accompanied by parent/caregiver.

It's Story Time! Friday mornings, 11:00-11:30 AM. Ages 10 months-5 years.*    Our children's librarian Mariah will hold a drop-in (no registration necessary) story time with songs, stories, and a simple craft. All children must be accompanied by a caregiver.    * These ages are flexible! If you think your children will enjoy story time, please bring them.

Monthly Events

Read with Me! Book Club: Monthly on the first Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 PM, Story Room.   * NOTE DATE CHANGE: next session MONDAY MAY 12. * Children ages 8-12 and their parents/guardians are invited to a new book club! Read the book together then attend the monthly meeting. Each month, we will discuss the book together and do a themed craft. We promise lively conversation and a fun time every month! Copies of the book will be on hold for your use at the library. We encourage you to register in advance; however, drop-ins will always be welcome!
May 12: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. We will make Rice Krispie treat castles after discussing the book!

Paws to Read: (Pre-registration required) Monthly on the first Wednesday, 6:30-7:45 PM. What's better than curling up with a good book? Cuddling up with a "Paws to Read" Therapy Dog and a good book! Children (grades 2-6) are invited to come and meet some of these special dogs at our Library once a month and have a good time. Each child is given a specific 15-minute time slot for a "one on one" with his or her favorite reading dog.Children must be able to read by themselves. This is not a tutoring program, but rather an opportunity for a child to practice reading skills with an attentive listener. Contact Lorie Brownell 508-533-3217 for more information and to sign up.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting: Monthly on the second Wednesday, 6-7 PM, Teen Room. For teens, ages 12-18, interested in organizing and planning activites, reviewing books, decorating the Teen Room, and being involved at the Library. Snacks usually provided! Contact Mariah for more information.

Droids & Dragons Book Group Monthly on the fourth Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Teen Room. Contact Mariah for more information.  
May 27: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm retold by Philip Pullman
June 24: 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
July 29: Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
August 26: Cell by Steven King
September 30: The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay

Library Book Group: Monthly on the last Tuesday, 7-8 PM.   Conference Room. Anyone interested is invited to attend and participate in casual discussion of the monthly book selection.
May 20 (note date change): Open reading month...share your favorite books
June 24: The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
July 29: The Dirty Life: a Memoir of Farming, Food and Love by Kristen Kimball
August 26: The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
September 30: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Printing is Available: Black & white printing is available at 10 cents/page while the building is open (including extended hours downstairs). When the main library is open, a copier (10 cents/page), scanner (free), and fax ($1/page) are also available.

One Click Digital brings you fast and easy downloads compatible with all popular listening devices including the iPod. One Click Digital has the largest collection of digital audiobooks, including exclusive content from Recorded Books, as well as titles from all major publishers. The OneClickdigital MediaManager desktop app is available for Macs and for Windows 7 and XP; the mobile app is available for Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, iPhone, iTouch and iPad users. Medway residents can access it from home or at the Library using their library card number.

Zinio brings you digital copies of popular magazines, accessible on a computer or mobile device. Medway residents can access it from home or at the Library using their library card number. If you don't have a library card, you can still access it in the Library; ask at the Desk.

Career Cruising is an easy-to-use career planning system that includes college and financial information. Medway residents can access it from home or at the Library using their library card number. If you don't have a library card, you can still access it in the Library; ask at the Desk.

Mango Languages immerses you in real, everyday conversations in a wide variety of foreign languages. It also features ESL instruction. Medway residents can access it from home or at the Library using their library card number. If you don't have a library card, you can still access it in the Library; ask at the Desk.

Muzzy Online teaches children a second language by immersing them in a fun multimedia mix of suspenseful and humorous dramatic stories, songs, and interactive activities in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, or as ESL instruction. Muzzy works on computers and mobile devices (tablets, smartphones). Medway residents can access it from home or at the Library using their library card number. If you don't have a library card, you can still access it in the Library; ask at the Desk.

Check Out Our Passes! In response to patron requests and thanks to generous donations by the Friends of the Library and others, Medway Public Library now offers more discount admission passes to museums and other attractions. You can now choose from: Museum of Fine Arts (donated by Middlesex Savings Bank); Boston Museum of Science, Boston Children's Museum, Ecotarium, Mystic Aquarium, USS Constitution Museum, Roger Williams Park and Zoo, Garden in the Woods (donated by Charles River Bank), and Massachusetts Parks. You can reserve passes ahead of time in person, by calling the Library, or online using the Passes link at the top left of this page.

Southwick's Zoo Discount Tickets You can now buy discounted tickets to Southwick's Zoo right at the Library desk. For $13 you can buy a ticket that will admit one person to Southwick's Zoo in Mendon (regular admission is $22 adult, $17 ages 3-12 and 62-up; children under 3 are free). For more information, visit the Southwick's Zoo website. As long as there is enough interest in the tickets, the Friends of the Library will keep buying more.

2-for-1 Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Tickets   Weekdays May 12 - October 10, enjoy 2-for-1 ferry tickets (good for up to four people) to Boston Harbor Islands National Park area (Grace, Bumpkin, Lovells, Georges, Peddocks or Spectacle Islands only). Not valid weekends or holidays; based on availability, reservations recommended. Pick up a coupon at the Library desk, and present it at the Ferry Center at Long Wharf North or Pemberton Point. For information and reservations call 617-227-4321.

Wheelock Family Theatre Discount Tickets   Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) tickets are available to library card holders for Wheelock Family Theatre performances. Reserve tickets by calling the box office at 617-879-2300 or emailing and let them know you plan to use the BOGO discount, show your library card when you pick up the tickets, and they will provide one free ticket for each ticket purchased. Information on upcoming shows is available at the Library desk. For more information visit the Wheelock Family Theatre website.

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