J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

What’s Happening at the J.V. Fletcher Library

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A Safety Warning: The J. V. Fletcher Library’s circulating Telescopes ARE NOT EQUIPPED with a safety mechanism for viewing the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

Labor Day Hours: In observance of Labor Day the Library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Library will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.

Announcing the launch of a new format for Adults: Launchpads! Launchpads are tablets that are pre-loaded with interactive, entertaining apps – the apps (or brain games) are easy to navigate regardless of your technical abilities. Examples of the types of Brain Games on each Launchpad include: “Crossword Workout”; “Mind Games”; “Letter Sleuth”; “Do You Sudoku” and many more. Both the Children’s and Young Adult collections circulate these popular tablets, so library staffers said they were thrilled when they became available for adults, as well. Residents can visit the Information Services/Reference desk and check them out!

Heartbeat: a Native American Musical Experience: Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. Percussionist, educator, and the author of Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (University of Oklahoma Press), Craig Harris leads this exciting multimedia, participatory, and stereotype-defying celebration of American Indian music. Combining archival recordings, a video montage, thought-provoking storytelling, and collective music-making, this 90-minute program ties together Standing Rock, Wounded Knee, and the Trail of Tears and spans from the “heartbeat” of powwow drums and the “warble” of wooden flutes to the electrifying sounds of Native infused rock, jazz, reggae, country music, blues, hip-hip, and electronic dance music. Free! Open to all ages!  Attendees are not required to register.

The Cookbook Book Club meets on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman are available for check out at the main desk.  Participants who would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), are asked to contact Sarah Regan in the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. The Cookbook Book Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. Attendees are not required to register.