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Children's Programs           For Adult Programs, click here

• Preschool Storytime - For children ages 3 ½ to 5 years

Storytime seeks to foster a life long love of reading.  Sessions are led by the Assistant
Children’s Librarian and children attend sessions independently.  Children listen to
4 to 5 stories and then create an artistic project inspired by the readings.  

Six 4-week Wednesday morning sessions are offered during the year.  
Storytimes are approximately 30 minutes in length.

Registration for Storytime sessions is required.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please stop by the Children’s Desk or call 508.210.5564.

Location:  Library Program Room
Day:           Wednesdays
Time:         10:00 – 10:30 AM

Session number
Sign-up begins
Preschool  Storytime Dates
Session 1
Sept 18
Oct 2
Oct 9
Oct 16
Oct 23
Session 2
Oct 16
Oct 30
Nov 6
Nov 13
Nov 20
Session 3
Dec 11
Jan 8
Jan 15
Jan 22
Jan 29
Session 4
Feb 19
Mar 5
Mar 12
Mar 19
Mar 26
Session 5
Mar 19
Apr 2
Apr 9
Apr 16
Apr 30
Session 6
Apr 23
May 7
May 14
May 21
May 28
*No Storytime on April 23:  School vacation


• Lapsit Storytime - For infants through ages 3 ½ with their parent/caregiver

Lapsit Storytime introduces children to the world of books and the joy of reading together.  
Sessions are led by the Children’s Librarian and are designed for children and caregivers to attend together.  

Six 4-week Friday morning sessions are offered during the year.  
Storytimes are approximately 20 minutes in length.

Registration for Lapsit Storytime sessions is required.  
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  
Please stop by the Children’s Desk or call 508.210.5564.

Location:  Library Program Room
Day:           Fridays
Time:         10:00 – 10:20 AM            


Session number
Sign-up begins
LAPSIT  Storytime Dates
Session 1
Sept 20
Oct 4
Oct 11
Oct 18
Oct 25
Session 2
Oct 18
Nov 1
Nov 8
Nov 15
Nov 22
Session 3
Dec 13
Jan 10
Jan 17
Jan 24
Jan 31
Session 4
Feb 21
Mar 7
Mar 14
Mar 21
Mar 28
Session 5
Mar 21
Apr 4
Apr 11
Apr 18
May 1
Session 6
Apr 25
May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30
*No storytime on April 25:  School vacation

• Important Information

•Registration is required.  Registration is on a first-come, first served basis.  
   Please stop by the Children’s Desk or call 508.210.5564.

•Storytimes begin promptly at 10:00.  Please arrive on time.  Late entry is
    very distracting for young children.

•Please check in at the Children’s Desk when you arrive.  Preschool storytimers
    will be given name tags.

•Storytime will be cancelled whenever the Wachusett School District closes
    for school vacations or due to inclement weather.

• Playtime!  Come join the fun!  

This is an informal, unstructured playtime for children and their parents.  Drop in for as short or as long a time as you would like.  No registration required.  

We provide the creative play materials :   
MegaBloks            Duplos
Cardboard Blocks                Wooden Blocks

You provide:  

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Infants to 5 years old with a parent or caregiver
Thursday mornings:  
  October 3, 24
 November 7, 21
 December 5, 19

10:00 a.m. – Noon
Program Room  
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Adult Programs

• Book Groups

Contemporary Fiction Book Group

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
is the selection of the Contemporary Fiction Book Group
for October.  

From the Entertainment Weekly review:  
“Strout conveys what it feels like to be an outsider very well,
whether she's delving into the quiet inner lives of Somalis in Shirley Falls or
showing how the Burgess kids got so alienated from one another.  
But the details are so keenly observed, you can connect with the characters despite their apparent isolation. ...
[A] gracefully written novel.  [Grade] A."

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
10:30 a.m.
Program Room

We'd love to have you join us.  New members are always welcome.
To reserve a copy of the book, stop by or call the Reference Desk at 508.210.5569.  

For more information about the other titles the Contemporary Fiction Group will read in 2013, click here.

• Classics Book Group

The Classics Book Group will discuss
Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Thursday, October 24, 2013.  

6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Reading Room

Everyone is welcome, both new readers and returning readers!   
To reserve a copy of the book, call the Reference Desk at 508.210.5569.

To see all the selections of the Classics Book Group for the 2013 - 2014 season, click here

• Historical Tour of the Damon Memorial Building

Nancy Richards will lead a tour of the Damon Memorial / Gale Free Library on Saturday, October 12, 2013.  The tour will concentrate on the history of the building and grounds.

The 90-minute tour will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the old entrance to the Damon Memorial (Highland Street).

In case of rain, the meeting place will be the entrance area between the Circulation and Reference desks.

Registration is required.  
Sign up at the Reference Desk or call 508.210.5569.
Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.

• Ghostology:  101

Join us on Thursday, October 3, 2013, when the Agawam Paranormal Society
gives a presentation on the basics of paranormal investigation.  This program
is the first in a series designed to entertain and educate the general public
about the world of the paranormal.  

The program will cover terminology, equipment, electronic voice phenomena (EVP),
spirit photography and video, and “ghost hunting” skills.  There will also be
a question and answer session and a raffle of Agawam Paranormal gear.  
Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30 p.m.
Holden Senior Center

• Weekly Knitting Group
Attention All Knitters! 

No matter your level of expertise –  beginner, experienced, or anywhere in between –
you are welcome at the weekly knitting group.

Come see what other knitters are doing while you work on your own projects. 
Just sit and knit :  there are no instructions, just fun and fellowship. 

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Program Room

• The Local History Room is looking for souvenir donations   

The Local History Room of Gale Free Library is looking for souvenirs
from the 110th Anniversary of the Library and Damon Memorial building,
including, but not limited to, the two types of afghans, tapestry tote bag,
glass paperweight, pewter ornament, and letter opener
that were available for purchase in 1998.  

We are also interested in documents and artifacts related to
Holden High School when it was housed in the Damon Memorial (1888-1926),
as well as other materials connected with Gale Free Library.  

For additional information or to make a donation,
contact Nancy Richards at 508.210.4193 or 508.210.5569.  

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