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Sep 29, 2020 09:22AM ● By Chuck Tashjian

Columbus Day

The Bancroft Memorial Library will be closed Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day.

Virtual Journaling for Wellness

Join us on Zoom for a workshop on the benefits of journaling on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Participants will explore freewriting exercises and learn tips about how to sustain greater self-compassion and self-awareness through writing. No previous writing experience is necessary. 

To register for this event, please email [email protected] to have the Zoom link sent directly to your email on the day of the event. This class is sponsored by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees and the Bancroft Memorial Library.

Book Returns

Items may remain on your record for 5 days, as they are quarantined before recirculating. When the items are checked in, they will be backdated so any fines that accrue during the quarantine will disappear. Thank you for your patience.

Wendy’s Frightening Recommendations 

Well, we’ve made it to the spookiest month of the year….. October! Fall leaves, scarecrows, ghost stories, and Halloween fun. We don’t really know what type of Halloween we’ll be having this crazy year. How about planning a little scary fun ahead of time?

We have Horror: the best of the year (2006), The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time, In the Shadow of the Master Classic:Tales by Edgar Allen Poe, and Visions of Poe a selection of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems for the brave among you to read in the dark with a flashlight.

For those of you that like your dose of fear with popcorn, how about a movie?? Why not consider The Conjuring, Slender Man, Poltergeist, Invisible Man, Annabelle, Don’t Breathe, or Slither for an evening of jittery fun?

And for the younger crowd, you can’t go wrong with Goosebumps! Read them or watch them! We have Goosebumps the movie or Goosebumps-Say Cheese and Die. We also have the movies 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo the Complete Series, Spooky Buddies, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade, Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie, and Max and Ruby’s Halloween. Pull up a chair, grab a snack and have some spooky fun!

Enjoy Halloween!

Ongoing Monthly Library Events

Hopedale Zoom Book Group

The Bancroft Memorial Library Book Discussion Group meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. We are currently holding the book discussions on Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join the Zoom book discussion by computer, ipad, cell phone or landline. Just leave your email contact information at the Circulation Desk and we will add your name to our zoom invitation list. You will receive a Zoom invitation on the day before the meeting. The library staff will be happy to place a hold on the title for you if needed.

Our next Zoom meeting will be on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. “Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps”--CWMARS catalog 

News from the Marjorie Hattersley Children’s Room

Please call and register with Mrs. Kraimer for the following 

programs at (508)634-2209:

October Storytime

Join Mrs. Kraimer for October Storytime on the lawn. Masks are required and all sessions are weather permitting.

Pumpkin Pals (for ages 3-5) will meet on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11am on October 6, 13, 20, and 27. Participants will enjoy stories, music, fingerplays, and puppets.

Fall Friends (for ages 4-7) will meet on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4pm on October 8, 15, 22, and 29. Participants will enjoy stories, crafts, and music.

Maximilian and the Magic Show

Are you ready for some magic? Cherie & Dave’s Red Nose World presents “Maximilian and the Magic Show” on Saturday, October 17 at 12:30pm on the front lawn of the Community House. Join us for a story about a magician who tries to teach children how to do magic tricks, with little success, but comes to realize the amount of joy he gives his audience is his real success. Following the story, there will be a short magic show. Masks are required and families are asked to bring their own blankets for seating. Spaces will be marked for social distancing and hand sanitizer will be readily available. Space is limited, so call Mrs. Kraimer today!

Halloween is Coming!

There is something spooky in the air at the Bancroft Memorial Library! Join Mr. Kraimer for a variety of Halloween stories around the “campfire” on the library lawn on Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00pm.  Come in costume and bring a flashlight! Children will also decorate a paper plate pumpkin. Masks are required and the event is weather permitting. 

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