Whenever I see friends, I am invariably asked, “What’s going on at the library?” It’s a casual and expected question to which I usually give a casual and expected response. Not long ago, I was asked the question, and I responded that the library was “really jumping.” Thereupon my friends burst out laughing. The idea of a library “jumping” was just too much for them. Their picture of a library was of a quiet, staid place where nothing much happened but the settling of dust on library shelves. I had the pleasure of telling them that things have changed in libraries; they’ve changed a lot.
As an example of how libraries have changed and become the hub of activity, take a look at our October calendar. You’ll find the traditional morning story times, preschool children’s programs and afternoon book clubs, but you’ll also find crafts, cooking, art instruction, STEM workshops, technology updates and exhibits. Yes, we have books, but we also have opportunities for you to engage in active learning and to connect with others who share your ideas and interests. Here is a closer look at this month’s happenings.
The month begins with our new Men’s Only Book Club, one of four book clubs the library sponsors each month. A discussion of the college application process is the topic of the Teen Advisory Group meeting later in the month. We get crafty with a hands-on workshop for those who enjoy crafts. This month the group is learning the technique of reverse glass painting, a traditional folk art. The Cooking Club meets the first Monday night of each month. It’s like a book club only instead of a novel, members meet to discuss recipes, and enjoy each other’s company. Each month they share a potluck meal prepared from the recipes they’ve chosen. This month they are using recipes from family traditions.
If you’re thinking of canceling your cable service and moving to streaming, join us for Cutting the Cord, a workshop to learn the pros and cons of this new technology. Want to learn how to paint like the masters? Then, our Sunday afternoon art instruction workshop might interest you.
In October we begin a new series of book discussions for children and adults, Read to Together, and host a Pokemon Club for kids on Sunday afternoon. Everyone can build a vibrabot with Coyle Cassidy engineering students at a STEM workshop on a Saturday morning.
As you can see, the library offers something for every age and interest. It really is “jumping!’ For more information about these programs and other activities at the library during October, call the library at 508-823-1344, visit the library’s webpage, raynhampubliclibrary.org, or drop-by the library and pick-up a monthly calendar. The library is open Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 to 8:00, Thursday 10:00 to 2:00, Friday, 10:00 to 5:00, Saturday, 10:00 – 2:00 and Sundays 12 noon to 4:00 October through May.