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Bancroft Memorial Library

50 Hopedale Street, Hopedale MA 01747
Contact: Tricia Perry, Library Director  508-634-2209

Presidents’ Day
The Bancroft Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Community Conversations Sponsored by Hopedale For Change
Community Conversations will meet this month on Wednesday, February 7 at 6:30pm. If you are interested in joining the conversation, please sign up at the Circulation Desk or online on our website.

Helen Symonds Book Group
The Helen Symonds Book Group will meet Wednesday, February 7 at 1:00 pm in the Library meeting room. We will discuss Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. “Marcellus is a giant Pacific octopus living in the Puget Sound’s Sowell Bay Aquarium. He is befriended by Tova, the 70-year-old widow who cleans the aquarium and shines the glass of Marcellus’s tank. Tova still grieves the disappearance of her only child Erik 30 years earlier, and the recent death of her husband. Cam, a rock musician who’s lost his band, his job, and his girlfriend, finds the Sowell Bay High School class ring of his long-gone mother and heads out to track down the father he never knew and finds a temporary job at the aquarium. Van Pelt has written an irresistibly wonderful, warm, funny, heartbreaking novel, full of gentle people (and one octopus) bravely powering through their individual scars left by lives that have beaten them up but have not brought them down.”- adapted from CWMARS catalog

Maker Mondays
Join our evening crafting workshop for adults at Bancroft Memorial Library on Monday, February 12 at 6:00pm! This month, we will be joined again by Talia Lefton. Learn how to make woodland animals! Registration is required and space is limited.   

An Evening with Romance Authors Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne & Denise Williams on Zoom
Authors Ali Hazelwood, Nikki Payne, and Denise Williams will discuss their latest romance novels in this unforgettable panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A on Monday, February 26 at 7pm on Zoom. This program was made possible by a collaborative partnership between the Tewksbury Public Library and 50 public libraries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Register on our website! Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Webinar via email. 
News from The Friends of the Hopedale Library
New England UFOs
The Friends of the Hopedale Library are pleased to present “New England UFOs” with writer and TV personality Ronny LeBlanc on February 28th at 6:30pm in the downstairs program room. Ronny LeBlanc, of Discovery Channel’s “Expedition Bigfoot” and Travel Channel’s “Paranormal Caught on Camera”, will present the strange and mysterious history of UFOs in New England, including information about recent sightings. Did you know the first sighting of a UFO occurred in Massachusetts? Ronny will explore the New England unknown as he highlights excerpts from his book Monsterland: Encounters with UFOs, Bigfoot, and Orange Orbs! Books will be available for purchase after the presentation and Q & A. To register, please sign up at the upstairs circulation desk, call 508-634-2209, or use the online event signup on the Library website.

The Irish in America
Mary King and friends will return to the Library to present their popular “Irish in America” program on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 pm. Irish immigrants captured the heart of the nation with their mix of Irish jigs, ballads, folk songs, storytelling, and humor. Their music was influenced by their travels throughout New England, the Midwest, Appalachia, and the West. Celtic traditions were infused with new styles and instruments creating a new voice to their culture, along with the old. Get your green on, warm up your voice, and enjoy the warmth, spirit, and hilarity. Mary King often teaches a beginner’s Irish jig before the start of the program. All ages are welcome. There is no charge to attend this program but registration is requested. To register, please sign up at the upstairs circulation desk, call 508-634-2209, or use the online event signup on the Library website.

Ongoing Book Sale
Did you know that you can support the Friends of the Hopedale Library anytime the Library is open by shopping at the Ongoing Book sale? We offer a selection of adult and children’s titles, and even puzzles! You can find the sale area just outside the Program Room. All monies raised from our fundraisers go right back to the Bancroft Memorial Library to pay for children’s and adult programs, museum passes and other expenses not covered by the Library budget. Thank you for your support!

Join the Friends!
We are a volunteer, non-profit organization. Our purpose is to stimulate interest in the use of the Library, focus attention on community services the Library offers, and raise funds for equipment, materials, and programs not covered by the Library’s regular operating budget. We assist library staff as needed for special events. Our fundraising supports the museum pass program and children’s and adult programming, including summer reading. Our next Executive Board meeting is Wednesday, February 14th at 6:30 pm. We love new members!

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

This year we invite all students at Memorial Elementary School to participate in a new CHECK OUT CHALLENGE. When you visit the Library and borrow an item, you will earn points for your class. The top three classrooms with the most points will receive prizes. The program runs from February 1 through March 2. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Laura at the Library.

Rhyme Time - Ages 2 - 4 years - Every Tuesday(2/6, 13, 27) 10:00am

Toddler Tunes - Ages 1 - 3 - Every Tuesday(2/6, 13, 27) 11:00am

Teen Advisory - Grades 6 - 12 - 1st Wednesday(2/7) 5pm
Share pizza and play video games! Registration required.

Alpha-nauts! - Ages 4 - 6 - Every Thursday(2/8, 15, 29) 10am
Registration required.

Busy Babies - Ages 0 - 18 mos - Every Thursday(2/8, 15, 29) 11am

Saturday Family Fun - Families- Saturdays(2/3, 2/17) 11am-1pm
Have some fun at the Library! Drop in. Check the calendar for more information.

Elementary Engineers - Ages 5-7 - 2nd Monday(2/12) 1pm                                                                    Registration is required and is limited to 8 attendees.

Book Cubs - Grades 2 - 3 - 2nd Wednesday(2/14) 4pm
Registration required.

Desserts and Discussions - Wednesday(2/7) 6:30pm presented by the Milford Family & Community Network at the Library. Come connect with other parents to share stories, challenges and triumphs. This is a fun night for parents/caregivers only. This will be a participant led discussion so bring your questions, concerns & advice. Call 508-277-4981 to register. The Milford Family & Community Network is a Coordinated Family Community Engagement grant funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and awarded to Milford Public Schools.

February Vacation Fun at the Library
Join us for fun activities throughout the week! The theme is Fairy Tales!
Tuesday(2/20)11am-1pm Edible Fairy Tale Houses
Make an edible Hansel and Gretel candy house and a Three Little Pigs pretzel and mini-marshmallows house!
Wednesday(2/21)1pm Movie
Today’s movie is about critter detectives who solve a sweet crime involving a girl with a red hood and Granny’s goodies business.
Thursday(2/22)11am-1pm  Make Fairy WIngs and Wands and Swords and Shields! Drop in.
Friday(2/23)2pm Minute to Win It Games Ages 10+
Win prizes! Registration is required. Space is limited. May the odds be ever in your favor!
Saturday(2/24) 11am-12pm Character Visit
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell will be flying in to say HI to everyone in Hopedale today! They will tell a story and visit with everyone - you can have your picture taken with them too! Registration is required and picture order will be based upon the registration list.

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