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Bancroft Memorial Library

50 Hopedale Street, Hopedale
Contact: Tricia Perry, Library Director  508-634-2209
[email protected]
Veterans Day
The Bancroft Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
Thanksgiving Hours
Wednesday, November 22 open 10am-2pm                                                                                                    Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day) CLOSED                                                                                       Friday, November 24 (open regular hours) 1pm-5pm                                                                                      Saturday, November 25 (open regular hours) 10am-2pm
Paper Shredding Lockbox
You can now securely drop off confidential documents for shredding at Bancroft Memorial Library! The Library now has a locked container for collecting confidential documents to be destroyed. Simply deposit the documents into the secure container and Mansfield Shredding Service will collect the container, shred and then recycle the material. Neither the Library staff nor employees at Mansfield Shredding see the documents inside the locked container. We ask you to bring in one shopping bag/box of papers once a month to allow everyone access to this service. This new service is designed for individual use only, it is not intended for commercial/business use). Mansfield Shredding Service is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit business that is HIPAA & FATCA compliant, fully insured, bonded and members of i-SIGMA (International Secure Information Governance & Management).
Community Conversations
Sponsored by Hopedale For Change
Community Conversations will meet this month on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30pm. If you are interested in joining the conversation, please sign up at the Circulation Desk or online on our website.
Wall Street Journal – Daily print edition now available at the Library!
The Library has recently added a print subscription to the Wall Street Journal.  Stop in during regular Library hours to catch up on national and international news!
Helen Symonds Book Group
The Helen Symonds Book Group will meet Nov. 1, 2023 at 1:00 pm in the Library meeting room to discuss Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes. If you are not on the current book group list, books are available in the Library. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion! For further information, check with the Circulation Staff at the Library. “A story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances - who are you when you are forced to walk in someone else’s shoes. Nisha Cantor and Sam Kemp are two very different women. Nisha, 45, lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband inexplicably cuts her off entirely. She doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in. That’s because Sam - 47, middle-aged, struggling to keep herself and her family afloat - has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag. Now Nisha’s got nothing. And Sam’s walking tall with shoes that catch eyes … Someone Else’s Shoes is a funny, moving and heartfelt story about how, for any of us just one little thing can suddenly change everything”—CWMARS review

Virtual Q&A with Authors
Join the conversation with the following authors for a Virtual Q&A via Zoom, sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and in partnership with a multitude of MA Libraries. Please call the Bancroft Memorial Library to register and receive the links.
Virtual Q&A with Mystery Writer and TV Producer Lee Goldberg - Nov. 7 at 7pm
Virtual Q&A with Author Virginia Pye discussing “The Literary Undoing of Victoria Swann” - Nov. 15 at 7pm

Maker Mondays
This month we will be joined by Talia Lefton who will provide a hands-on introduction to the art of wet felting on Monday, November 20th at 6:30pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Register online today!

Wednesday Needlework Group
Join us for an evening of needlework every Wednesday night from 6:00pm until 7:45pm. Bring your latest project. No commitment required – come when you can!
News from The Friends of the Hopedale Library
Our next Executive Board meeting is Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 pm. We love new members!

Beer and Wine Tasting
The Friends of the Hopedale Library are pleased to present a special Beer and Wine Tasting on Saturday, November 18th from 7 to 9 pm at Hopedale Country Club. Hopedale Country Club is located at 90 Mill St. in Hopedale. Join us for a casual night tasting the latest wines and beers from Berkshire Brewing Company and Icon Imports. Light bites will be available. The Friends of the Hopedale Library will hold a 50/50 raffle as well. Proceeds of this event help fund year-round adult and children’s library programming, including the popular summer reading program. A  suggested donation of $20 may be paid at the Library or $25 at the door the night of the event. You must be 21 or older to attend. ID is required.
Shop Our Ongoing Book Sale During the Winter Stroll
Be sure to stop by the Ongoing Book Sale area downstairs in the Library during the Winter Stroll on December 2nd. Don’t forget you can shop anytime the Library is open. We are constantly refreshing the selection. Funds raised go right back to the Library to support museum passes and Library programming.
Holiday Harmony Quartet
Come hear the sounds of the season on Saturday, December 9th at 1 pm with the local acapella group Holiday Harmony Quartet. This free event will take place in the upstairs Reading Room. To register, please sign up at the upstairs registration desk or call 508-634-2209.

News from the Marjorie Hattersley Children’s Room
Registration is encouraged but not required for all events. Please visit our website to register online.

Afternoon Free Play - Preschoolers - Fridays (11/3, 17)  1-2pm
Preschool age children can come together for playtime at the Library. Meet up with your friends and have some afternoon fun!
Homeschool Meetup - Families - 1st Monday of the month(11/6) 1 - 2 pm
Get together, meet other families, share information and experiences while helping the Library learn what we can do to support you. Drop in.
Homeschool Classes - 2nd, 3rd and 4th Mondays(11/13, 20, 27) 1 - 2 pm
TBD programs for all ages created by the librarian in support of homeschool families’ needs. Drop in or register as needed. Check the Library calendar for more information.
Rhyme Time - Ages 2 - 4 years - every Tuesday(11/7, 14, 21, 28) 10 - 10:30 am
Fun with story time, music and movement as we build beginner reading skills. Drop in.
Toddler Tunes - Ages 1 - 3 - every Tuesday(11/7, 14, 21, 28) 11 - 11:30 am
Gross motor skills are the focus as we have fun with dancing, throwing, catching, kicking and using instruments. Drop in.
Teen Advisory - Grades 6 - 12 - 1st Wednesday of the month(11/1) 5-5:30pm
Meet to discuss interests, activities and how the Library can best support Hopedale’s teen community. We will share some pizza and there will be video games to play as well. Check out the Teen Communication Board and vote on what movie you would like to see on the Teen Movie Night happening later in the month. Registration required.
Book Cubs - Grades 2 - 3 - 2nd Wednesday of the month(11/8) 4 - 5 pm
Check out the book, read it over the month, then we come together for a peer discussion and a related activity. Registration required.
Raucous Readers - Grades 4 - 5 - 3rd Wednesday of the month(11/15) - 4 - 5 pm
Check out the book,  read it over the month, then we come together for a peer discussion and a related activity. Registration required.
Alpha-nauts! - Ages 4 - 6 - every Thursday(11/2, 9, 16, 30) - 10 - 10:30 am
Come explore the universe of the Alphabet as we build emergent reading skills. Registration required.
Busy Babies - Ages 0 - 18 mos - every Thursday(11/2, 9, 16, 30) - 11 - 11:30 am
Come for a story and fun with toys intended to encourage your infant’s motor and language development and meet other beginning families in our community too! Drop in.
Kommunity Kids - all school age kids - 1st Friday of the month(11/3) - 3:30 - 4 pm
Discussion and planning of opportunities for the youth of Hopedale to participate in civic engagement. Registration required.
Early Release Activities - all school age kids - 12-2pm
School’s out early, so visit the Library for some fun!
11/22 Watch a Thanksgiving-themed movie and do some Thanksgiving crafts.
11/30 Watch some Holiday short movies to get into a festive mood!
Saturday Family Fun - Families - (11/25) - 11 am - 1 pm
Drop in and make some hand flowers, enough to make a bouquet, that you can give as a holiday present.

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