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Halloween fun: Pumpkin pickup and teen murder mystery lock-in

Next Monday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or as long as supplies last), pick up your pumpkin for the pumpkin-decorating contest. Pumpkins can be carved, painted or…

Free fall Lifelong Learning Lecture series starts today

The fall series of the ever-popular Lifelong Learning Lectures begins today, Thursday, Oct. 13, with outstanding talks from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the next six Thursdays. Pick up a…

Free fall Lifelong Learning Lectures for adults and kitchen construction for kids

The fall series of the ever-popular Lifelong Learning Lectures begins next Thursday, Oct. 13, with outstanding talks from 5:30-7 p.m. for the next six weeks. Here are the first three.…

Benefits of reading to your kids — and how your library can help

We recently came across an article by Sheryl Rogers, who administers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee and is a child development specialist. She listed these five benefits of reading…

Free fan fiction, digital photography, book art and role playing sessions

Here are more free activities for tweens, teens and adults available at your library: Today, Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 5 p.m., teens in the seventh through 12th grades…

Free website creation for adults, fiction writing for teens and therapy dogs for kids

A session on how to create a website for business or personal use will take place tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, using weebly.com, an easy-to-use website…

Take advantage of free online databases

We want to remind you of more than 30 free online databases that you can access from the library’s website at the tab labeled “Online Databases” on the home page.…

New events for fall and a request for volunteers

With the school year starting, we are beginning to announce new fall activities for all ages to keep our offerings interesting, fresh and fun: • Every Thursday starting today, Oct.…

How we read books today

Not long ago, some publishing industry experts forecast that e-books would mean the death of print. But people’s reading habits have taken a different turn, according to research results published…

What should your child read this summer?

Has your child cracked a book since school let out? Several studies have documented a “summer slide” in reading skills once kids go on summer vacation. And the loss compounds…