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The Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. July 20 to discuss "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. Copies are available at the library. New members always welcome.
ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Adult Summer Reading Program runs through Aug. 21. The theme is "Escape the Ordinary." Grand prize is a "Taste of Brookline" basket with donations from our heroes – Brookline’s stores, restaurants and food artisans. Earn raffle tickets for each book read, and additional tickets by completing our website challenge and the Summer Reading bingo. For details, see the library website or stop by and ask a librarian.
ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS
The knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch group meets at 6 p.m. Mondays. The Adult Writer’s Group meets at 1:30 p.m. upstairs on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
Programs for kids
CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM
This year’s theme is "Every Hero Has a Story." Upcoming events include:
5:30 p.m. July 16: Super Science Night. A soda geyser and outdoor science experiments, all at your local library. Registration required.
5:30 p.m. July 23: Movie Night. Showing "Big Hero 6" with free popcorn. All ages. Movie is rated PG; sign-up is required.
5:30 p.m. July 30: "A Hero Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Sandwich." A family event where people bring in "specialty sandwiches" to be rated by a panel of judges, the history of the sandwich is explored, and a "speed peanut butter and jelly sandwich eating contest held. All ages; sign-up required.
Music with Miss Jackie (up to age 6): 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Friday Train Club: All-day drop-in opportunity for train enthusiasts. Held on the last Friday of the month from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square, 465-7721,hollislibrary.org.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM FOR ALL AGES
First, select a tier based on age and/or skill. There is one tier for adult readers and there are several to choose from for young adults and children. Adults will be logging titles read, while children will be logging minutes based on their selected tier to make it more even across the board. Minutes/titles can be logged on paper or online, and remember to stop in when you hit the prize levels. In the library we have folders for patrons who register for the summer reading program. These include brochures of events, calendars with summer reading events marked, instructions on using the website to log your minutes, information about prizes, and a bookmark. We are also available to answer your questions during our summer hours, found here. Sign up for summer reading events on the website for stop in to sign up.
‘SONGS OF WORLD WAR II’
"Songs of World War II" will be held 3-4:15 July 18 in the library. Presented by "Ramblin’ Richard," this program recalls the music and brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs from 1939-45.
A "Mindful Eating" workshop will be held 7-8:30 p.m. July 22 in the library meeting room. Join chef and food enthusiast Liz Barbour as she helps to identify the cycle of mindless eating and offers some simple ways to help you be a more "mindful eater" so you change your eating habits with success.
SCHARFF BROTHERS MUSIC CONCERT
Somewhere between the luscious chord play of the Beatles, and the humor of the Barenaked Ladies, you will find The Scharff Brothers, a full fledged alt/pop/rock-n-roll world wrapped in the skin of a couple of brothers with guitars. They will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Lawrence Barn.
Ongoing events include the Tuesday Morning Book Group; the Writer’s Block writing group; computer help on Mondays and Wednesdays; the Knitting Club; one-on-one tech classes; and the weekly Senior Hour. Contact the library for details.
Hollis seniors are invited to come to the library from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (an hour before we officially open our doors) every Wednesday for free coffee and tea, time to read the daily newspapers or current magazines, visit with friends in the Meeting Room, enjoy dedicated time with staff members, find the right book or ask a technical question. No registration required.
MUSEUM PASSES AVAILABLE
Are you looking for something to do for summer vacation? Through the generosity of the Friends of the Hollis Social Library, we are able to offer passes for discounted or free admission to several New England museums. Each pass works differently, and your account must be in good standing (meaning no fines!) to receive your passes. To reserve a pass, call or visit the library or email the help desk. Passes should be picked up the day before or day of your visit.
Programs for kids
To go along with summer reading, the library is offering some themed storytimes for kids up to age 6. Each Wednesday will have a different theme to encourage summer reading.
Also, on July 16 from 7-8 p.m., there will be a family jammie storytime. Almost time for bed, but first it’s time for a story!
MUSICIAN STEVE BLUNT
Steve Blunt, a part-time music teacher, part-time singer/storyteller whose job is "more full-time fun than most grown-ups are allowed to have," will perform 2-3 p.m. July 21 in the Lawrence Barn.
Calling all architects, astronauts and artists! Come enjoy a family-fun free-build and exhibit from 7-8 p.m. July 23 in the library meeting room.
CAPTURE THE FLAG
Play capture the flag from 10:30 a.m.-noon July 28 at the library playground. For ages 11-15 only. Bring friends. Bring energy. Bring water. Please wear sneakers or other comfortable running shoes (no sandals allowed). In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.
MAGICIAN NORMAN NG
Norman Ng will perform his magic from 4-5 p.m. July 30 in the Lawrence Barn. Magic at its best. Norman has performed for over 500,000 audience members throughout North America. As it says on his website, "his show is a fusion of mind blowing magic, hilarious comedy and tons of audience participation."