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October 16, 2014

Teen creative writing group

Are you a writer? Don't miss this meeting of the library's creative writing group just for youths ages 12 to 17. Join the library's creative writing program Friday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m. Monthly sessions will focus on developing ideas, finding inspiration and how to get published. Plus share your work and meet other writers. Snacks are included! For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or Registration is required.

Nonfiction Book Club

This month's book is "Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man" by Mark Kulansky. Reference librarian Moira Cavanagh will lead the discussion, Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

Book club books will be available for pickup at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion. All readers are always welcome

PuppeTree Theater "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Thayer Public Library presents PuppeTree Theater Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. The production of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" includes 150 shadow puppets and is a special show for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. This beautiful production runs 44 minutes narrated in Washington Irving's exact words. Then the audience gets a fun peek backstage of how the show works how the puppets are manipulated to control the shadows seen on screen. The event is part of the celebration of 15 years in our current building and 140 years of community connections.

Teen anime and manga Halloween cosplay

Youths ages 13 to 17 can join us on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. to celebrate Halloween. Show off your amazing cosplay costume and come dressed as your favorite character. We'll also be making ghoulish candy sushi and watching anime on the library's big screen. Please note that we usually watch anime rated PG-13. Registration is required.

Halloween craft

We have lots of spooktacular fun happening in the Children's Room Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 3:45 p.m. Children age 4 to 11 can enjoy making a fun and spooky craft for Halloween. No registration is needed. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext. 4425.

Library open house

Join us for an open house Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. and learn about your library and meet library staff and trustees. Light refreshments will be served. The event celebrates 140 years of community connections and 15 years at our current location.

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.

Just go to and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?

Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

Fax service available

We are pleased to offer a self-service fax machine for outgoing faxes. It accepts credit or debit cards and will send your fax throughout the world! For service within the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, the charges are $1.50 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. Internationally, it's $4.95 for the first page and then $3.45 thereafter. This machine cannot accept cash, nor can it accept incoming faxes. The machine is located on the lower level of the library in the reference department. It is so easy to use. Stop in and give it a try!

Learn 60 foreign languages with Pronunciator

Try our new online language learning product. Pronunciator uses speech recognition, downloadable MP3s and virtual conversations to teach you easily and conveniently at your own pace from home. There's e also a free app for iPad, iPhone and iPod so you can learn on the go. Just click s on the Pronunciator logo on  our homepage,,  and get started!


Like to play? Join the group! Players of all ages are always welcome. Come alone or bring a friend. Open Scrabble play every Thursday at the library. Players of all ages are always welcome. Boards are provided. For information, call 781-848-0405, ext 4417.

Terri Stano, director of Thayer Public Library, submits this column with contributions from staff librarians. The goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

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