Looking Ahead: Summer Programming!

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If you are anything like us, beloved patrons, today’s summer sunshine is a welcome relief from the rain and chill of the past month, and a bright reminder that summer is, actually just around the proverbial corner!  As such, we’re taking a look through out summer programming and getting terribly excited about the upcoming events, classes, and performances that will be coming to the Main Library and Branches in the month of June!  Take a look at some of the highlights below to see what we mean!

And please let us know what classes and programs you would like to see offered at the Library in the future.  We are here for you, so be sure to let us know your needs!

You can register for these programs on our website, by calling the library that is hosting the program, or by coming in and speaking to a friendly member of staff.  We look forward to seeing you at the Library soon!

At the Main Library

Monday, June 24, 7:00 – 8:00pm: Hikes Through History

A hike is more than a stroll through the woods when you know how the land was used in the past. In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historical sites, including Native villages, industrial sites, or grand estates.  Author/speaker Alison O’Leary, coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites through this hour-long program. Using maps and historic photos, she describes many day trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features in Eastern Massachusetts. Special effort is made to include varying levels of difficulty (flat and easy to steep and challenging) and variety of scenery. Best Day Hikes Near Boston (AMC Press 2017) is the second hiking book O’Leary has published; her first was Inns & Adventures: A History and Explorer’s Guide to New Hampshire, Vermont, and the Berkshires, coauthored with Michael Tougias (OnCape Publishing 2015). Their other coauthored book is So Close to Home: The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival in WWII. In 2017 she won the Silver Charlie Award from the Florida Magazine Association for history writing.
This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries.

In the Creativity Lab

Monday, June 3: 6:30 – 8:30pm: Make Your Own Bumper Sticker

Learn how to use the Creativity Lab’s vinyl cutter to create professional-quality weatherproof bumper stickers that you can design yourself! Whether you want to write a message, cut a logo, or draw something from scratch, you can make it here.   This two-week class is for ages 9-adult. Space is limited so please sign up soon!

In the Teen Room

Wednesday, June 5: 6:30 – 8:30pm: Open Mic Night

Come share your songs, your stories, your poems, and your jokes at the library’s Open Mic Night!  Whether you’re a musician, storyteller, writer, comedian, or other type of entertainer, the mic is yours. The sign-up sheet goes out at 6 p.m., and performers can sign up on a first-come-first-serve basis.  And if performing’s really not your thing, that’s okay.  Come hang out, drink coffee, and support some inspiring local talent.   All ages welcome!  Hosted by Molly Pinto Madigan


At the West Branch


Tuesday, June 4: 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Let’s Talk About Social Security

Gilbert A. Gallant Jr., CFP, ChFC, MBA from Ledgewood Financial will be here to talk about the basics of Social Security benefits and to discuss strategies for claiming benefits. Join us to learn more about this important benefit. If you are considering retiring soon, this information may be a key for setting your goals. Registration is required. Space is limited. Call 978-935-3354 or email Kbryant@noblenet.org for more information and to register.

At the South Branch

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 – 8:00pm: Eating the Rainbow–Making Colorful Gnocchi

Easy to freeze and great in soup or on their own, gnocchi is a versatile pasta that is easier to make than you think! In this one hour class, Peabody native, Linda Sessa will teach participants how to make gnocchi with different vegetable bases such as avocados, spinach, and beets for eye-catching meals.  We ask that you please bring a cutting board as you will be joining in on all the fun! Participants may also want to consider bringing an apron.  Please Note: We will be using traditional wheat flour, so this is not a gluten-free event.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Happy Summer, beloved patrons!  We look forward to seeing you at the Library!

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