Library News : Week of September 16 – September 21, 2019

 
Here’s what’s going on at Gale Free Library
 
for the week of
 
September 16 – September 21, 2019
 
 
 
• Writing Workshop – “The News”     
 
Come join us as we look at short published pieces and discuss what makes them successful.  Each meeting features a particular theme, with a focus on helping you apply what you learn to whatever style of writing you prefer.
 
This month we’ll look at
writers’ artistic responses to current events
in local or national news.
 
You will not be required to write or share your own work, but you will have the option to do so in a warm supportive atmosphere at the end of the meeting.
 
No special knowledge or experience is necessary.  All who enjoy reading and writing are welcome to attend.
 
Registration required:  Stop by the Reference Desk or call 508.210.5569. 
 
Monday, September 16, 2019
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Program Room
 
 
• English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
 
Please note there will be no ESL class on
September 17 or September 18, 2019.
 
ESL class will resume Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
 
 
• Cooking Club – A Taste of Poland
 
Gale Free Library’s own “Chef Magda”
will join us this month
to show us that
there’s a lot more to Polish cuisine
than golabki and pierogi!
 
You’re invited to come see, smell, and taste the delicacy of Polish food as Magda shares some of her family’s recipes, passed down through generations. 
 
There will be many dishes to try and one recipe will be prepared at the Library. 
 
Registration required:  Program is limited to 35 participants. 
To register, stop by the Reference Desk or call 508.210.5569.
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Program Room
 
 
• Drop-in Stories
 
We’ll sit on a blanket in the Children’s Room and read some of our favorite stories with a special emphasis on classic storybooks. 
 
Drop in:  no registration required.
 
Ages:  Children up to age 5 with caregiver
 
Thursday, September 19, 2019
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Room
 
 
• Classics Book Group
 
For its September 2019 meeting,
the Classics Book Group
has chosen
Hamlet
by William Shakespeare.
 
 
Everyone is welcome.
 
Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:30-7:45 p.m.
Program Room
 
 
• The Big G:  A LEGO County Fair
 
Come see our LEGO County Fair!  Some of our LEGO kids helped create this fantastic fair to celebrate the American tradition of fall county fairs. 
 
Come see us Saturday, September 21, when all the motors will be running. 
 
Week of September 21-27, 2019
Children’s Room
 
 
• The Book Cellar – Accepting donations Saturday morning, September 21, 2019
 
The Book Cellar,
Gale Free Library’s used book store,
will accept donations
Saturday, September 21, 2019,
from 10 a.m. until noon.
 
We accept
both hardcover and paperback books
in good condition.
 
We do not accept
textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias,
VHS tapes, cassette tapes, or CDs.
 
 
Thank you for your generosity throughout the year! 
 
 
––  A Look Ahead  ––
 
• Series starts - Beginners Drawing
 
Students will learn to draw using basic shapes to create birds, trees, animals, houses, flowers, chairs, and much more.  From that point, we will explore perspective, shading, dimension, and elements of design. 
 
We will also experiment what some call "doodling" and some call "zentangle".  Both are super elements for relaxation and fun, as well as giving our arm and hand muscles some workouts!
 
Participants must sign up for all three classes which will meet on the following Monday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.:  September 23, September 30, and October 7, 2019. 
 
Students must be at least 18 years old to attend.  Supplies will be provided.
 
Registration required – Please stop by the Reference Desk or call 508.210.5569. 
 
Starts Monday, September 23, 2019
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Program Room
 
Instructor:  Andrea Driscoll
Andrea, a Sterling resident, chairs the Sterling Cultural Council.  She has been a fundraiser for major non-profit organizations and is a leader in developing a non-profit arts collaborative in Sterling.  Andrea teaches acrylic painting at the Sterling Senior Center, the Clinton Senior Center, and youth art classes at the Listening Wellness Center in Barre.  She is a graduate of Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.
 
 
• Knitting Group
 
No matter your level of expertise
- beginner, advanced, or anywhere in between –
you are welcome at the weekly knitting group.
 
Work on your own projects and see what others are doing.
No instructions - just fun and fellowship!
 
 
 Monday, September 23, 2019, and all Mondays the library is open
 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
 Program Room
 
 
• English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes
 
Our class is designed for adults who are
non-native English speakers
who want to improve their English language skills. 
 
Registration required: Class is free but there is a limit of
15 people.  Stop by the Reference Desk or call 508.210.5569.  
 
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Program Room
 
 
• Registration begins for Lego Club – Session 1
 
Registration for the October 9 – October 23 session begins Wednesday, September 25, 2019
 
Lego Club is designed for children ages 7-11.
 
Each 3-week session will focus on creating a custom holiday-themed display for the library.  Kids will learn techniques as they make one-of-a-kind creations. 
 
The first session will meet for 3 weeks on Wednesdays – October 9, October 16, and October 23 – from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
 
Registration for all Lego Club sessions is required.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please stop by the Children’s Room Desk or call 508.210.5564.
 
 
• Creative Playtime
 
Join us for this informal, unstructured playtime.  We set up lots of blocks, bricks, puzzles, cars, and toys to create an imaginative play space.  Come meet other families in a fun, casual way. 
 
Drop in:  no registration required.
 
Ages:  Infants to 5 years old with caregiver
 
Thursday, September 26, 2019
10 a.m. - Noon
Program Room
 
 
• Mindful Moment with Marjatta Moimas
 
Welcome back to Mindful Moment! 
 
This fall we will be exploring practices to help you develop your own daily mindful pause.  Participants will experience sitting meditation practices as well as gentle mindful walking and movement.  An opportunity to share insights, experiences, and questions will also be provided. 
 
All are welcome, no registration necessary.
 
Mindfulness meditation is about being in the present moment just as it is, non-judgmentally.  We develop this skill by practicing mindfulness meditation and its variations together, with great compassion toward ourselves. 
 
Wear comfortable clothes.  All practices can be done sitting on a cushion or a chair, standing, or lying down. 
 
Marjatta is a certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School.
 
Please note:  the door closes promptly at 6 p.m. to avoid disturbing the session.   
 
Thursday, September 26, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Program Room
 
 
• The Book CellarAccepting donations Saturday morning, September 28, 2019
 
The Book Cellar,
Gale Free Library’s used book store,
will accept donations
Saturday, September 28, 2019,
from 10 a.m. until noon.
 
We accept
both hardcover and paperback books
in good condition.
 
We do not accept
textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias,
VHS tapes, cassette tapes, or CDs.
 
 
Thank you for your generosity throughout the year!