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April at the Mansfield Public Library
It’s finally spring and the library has lots of fun events planned for this month.
For adults we have added a second coloring night each month-now on the 1st Thursday at 5 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday at 6 p.m. Get a spring in your step with two fun Saturday programs that are sure to get you moving: a concert by the Jumpin Juba band and Yoga with Ellary. Whether you are heading to college, looking at retirement or planning for the future, be sure to check out our three financial workshops during Money Smart Week this month.  The library is also continuing our popular monthly programs including Thursday Night at the Movies, the Non-Fiction and Library Book Clubs, and our newest addition the knitting Club.  We are also offering a Mystery Writers lecture and an informative program about trash and recycling.
Children ages 8 and up and teens have the opportunity to learn about the craft of comic books in two separate workshops with comic book creator, Dean Calusdian.  Teens are invited to our Friday after school movie and crafternoon.
There are lots of fun events happening in the Children’s Room. We even have some Money Smart Week programs just for children. Rosie the Miniature Therapy Horse returns, as does Book Bingo! ¬†Learn all about rabbits with Moose Hill’s Preschool Science or sign up for the Pop Up Art School workshop featuring the colorful art of picture book illustrator Brian Wildsmith. ¬†There are lots of ¬†story times as well as a spring craft program.
We hope to see you soon!
Catherine Coyne, Library Director
Coloring Club for Relaxation

Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. Do you want to explore this fun new fad? The library hosts two monthly coloring clubs.
The 1st Thursday of the month from 5 -6 p.m.
The 3rd Thursday of the month from 6 -7 p.m. 
This month we will meet on April 6th and 20th.
The library provides soothing music, coloring books, colored pencils, markers and crayons.


Library Book Club

The library book club will meet on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
This month we will discuss The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood.

“Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them.”

New members are always welcome!
Contact Catherine: ccoyne@sailsinc.org

Money Smart Week for Kids

The Children’s Room is offering two fun programs to celebrate Money Smart Week.
On Friday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. children ages 4 and up are invited to make a simple turtle savings bank.  There will also be a discussion about spending and a coin count activity.
On Thursday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. children of any age can drop in and design their own dollar using our dollar templates!
No registration is required for either program.

Creating Comics

Join Dean Calusdian on April 21 at 3:00 p.m. for a fun comic workshop.

Learn how to make your very own comic book with a professional!

Ages 8 – 11

NEW Knitting Corner

Join us on Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. for our newest monthly program at the Mansfield Public Library!
We will be hosting a knitting/needlework club once a month on Monday evenings at the library. All knitters of any level are welcome to come knit together, chat together, and help one another out with tips and tricks.

College Planning 101

The Mansfield Public Library warmly welcomes Michael Graff, an instructor and personal finance coach at American Financial Education Alliance (AFEA) to host this FREE college planning workshop on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. 
In this course you will learn about the cost of college today, how to create and maintain a savings blueprint, how to set obtainable goals for college saving, how to find and qualify for financial aid, grants, and loans regardless of your income or net worth, identifying the different savings options available, and how to determine which savings option is best for you.

Teen Writing Workshop:
Creating Comics Part 2

Join us for our Teen Writing Workshop on April 26 at 3:30 p.m.
This month we will be focusing on Creating Comics. We welcome back comic book artist and author of the graphic novel The Stocking Dead, Dean Calusdian, for Creating Comics Part Two: Visual Storytelling. Students will bring a comic to life, as they develop a story from their imagination to the page. Even if you missed our first workshop, this is fun hands on for everyone interested in the world of creating comics.
This workshop is free and open to grades 6 to 12.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Estate Planning Basics

The Mansfield Public Library warmly welcomes Amy M. Antonellis to host a workshop on Estate Planning Basics on April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Have you taken the necessary steps to protect your family if something were to happen? Where would your property go and who would raise your children? These and other important questions will be addressed by Attorney Amy Antonellis, who owns a local law practice focusing on estate planning.

Talking Trash and Recycling

What happens to your trash and recycling once it’s hauled away each week? Are paper milk cartons recyclable or not? What’s better for the environment-paper, plastic, or reusable bags?
Get answers to these and other vexing questions during our “Talking Trash and Recycling” program on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. This free 90-minute presentation and discussion provides an overview of waste management and recycling practices in Mansfield.
Presented by Neil Rhein, principal at GreenCents Communications and founder of Keep Massachusetts Beautiful.

After School Teen Movie

Vote for your pick with Amy at the Reference Desk and come watch the winning movie on Fri.,April 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Grades 6 – 12.
Both films are rated PG-13

Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

The Friends of the Library are an important part of the Mansfield Public Library. ¬†Funds from the daily book sale and membership dues allow the Friends to provide museum passes to the library and fund many of the library’s wonderful programs and events.

Please consider supporting the Friends by becoming a member today! Membership applications are available in the library.

Mobile Hot Spots

The Mansfield Public Library has acquired 2 mobile hot spots that are available to check out with your library card.
The hot spots come in a protective case and include a USB cable and power adapter.
They can be checked out for 1 week, with no renewals.  Hot spots must be returned to the Mansfield Public Library and may not be put in the book drop.

¬†The Library – April Fool’s edition
“You see, I don’t believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, that has been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians.”

-Graham Chapman, member of Monty Python

We hope you are enjoying our newsletter! Please let us know if you have any questions, requests, or comments.
Email us, call 508-261-7380, or stop by 255 Hope Street in Mansfield.
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