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January at the Mansfield Public Library

Happy New Year from the Staff of the Mansfield Public Library.  We have a lot of great things in store for you in 2017, beginning with a full calendar of events for January.
Adults can learn Latin dancing or photography, watch a movie, join one of our book discussion groups, and make plans for the future.  Teens are invited to our monthly crafternoon or after school movie, while children can attend story times, join a sing-a-long and become junior detectives. Find out more about these and many other great programs below.
Start the new year off with books, movies, music and more at the library!
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 a monthly coloring club on the 1st Thursday of the month from 5 – 6 p.m.  Join us on January 5th.
The library provides soothing music, coloring books, colored pencils, markers and crayons.

Author Jim Lynch

On Thursday, January 5 at 6:30 p.m., join author Jim Lynch as he talks about his latest historical novel The Longshoremen: Life on the Waterfront. The book describes the lives of three generations of the McGowan family as they make a living while working on the Boston waterfront. The common thread that connects them all is the challenges presented by the “shape-up” system, a hiring procedure that was archaic and rife with favoritism and was the sole determining factor whether workers received salary that day.
Jim Lynch was born and raised in Charlestown, Massachusetts and worked on the Boston waterfront in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a special needs education teacher until he retired in 1996. He is also the father of seven children.
This program is free and open to the public.

Latin Dance Program

Join us on Mon., January 9 at 6:30 p.m. for a Latin Dance lesson presented by Lois Meinhardt! No experience necessary! Enjoy yourself and lighten up your Monday mood with an evening of dancing!
Lois is a high energy joyful teacher, who has won First Place in theater arts shows and competitions in US and Europe in swing, ballroom, Latin, country and polka. Her 20 years of experience includes performing to choreography by Louis Van Amstel at the Warner Brother’s Theater and studying with Tony Dovolani from Dancing with the Stars. She also teaches lessons at Goochie’s Cafe in Plainville, MA.
This program is free and open to ages 12 and up. Registration is recommended. Please Register Here.

Teen Crafternoon

On Tue., January 10 at 3:30 p.m., join Miss Amy for an afternoon of crafting fun! The theme this month is Zenstones.
 This program is free and open to any teens in grades 6 to 12.  For more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Reference/Teen Librarian, at (508) 261-7380 or arosa@sailsinc.org.

Long Term Care and Veteran’s Benefits Workshop

Join us on Wed., January 11 at 6 p.m. for a free educational session on Long Term Care and Veteran’s Benefits presented by Colin Preis, President from AMADA Senior Care.
 This session will cover what you need to know about Long Term Care Costs and Payment Sources. Come learn more about: The secrets you MUST KNOW if you have a LTC Insurance policy and the truth behind VA LTC benefits. Learn other creative ways to pay for care and about some “hidden” sources of help and advocacy available to our Mansfield Seniors.
This program is free and open to anyone interested. Registration is recommended. Please Register Here.

Thursday Night at the Movies

Have a night out on Thursday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. Rated PG-13.

Author Steve Sheppard

Join Nantucket author Steve Sheppard on Sat., January 14 at 11 a.m. as he talks about his latest novel Tourist Town: A Nantucket Idyll.
“A woman awakes on Nantucket Island, not knowing where she is or who she is–and she doesn’t want to find out. She calls herself “Verona,” a name borrowed from the stern of the first boat she sees–a name she hopes will help scuttle her past. She resolves never to leave Nantucket. By staying, the likelihood of uncovering, or being confronted by her past, is negligible–or so she believes.”
Steve Sheppard was the editor of Nantucket Magazine, reporter for the Patriot Ledger and has written for the Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Providence Journal, Cape Cod Life, and Sanctuary magazine among other publications. He lives on Nantucket.

NEW Teen Writing Workshop
Creating Comics

Join us for our first Teen Writing Workshop on Wed., January 18 at 3:30 p.m.! We kick off this after school teen program with a workshop on Creating Comics. This will be an exciting exploration of everything that goes into creating comic books with Dean Calusdian, artist and author of the graphic novel The Stocking Dead. With a hands-on approach, students will draw their own comic pages and learn everything from storytelling to publishing.
This workshop is free and open to grades 6 to 12. Please register here..

Advanced Digital Photography Workshop

Join us on Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a free workshop on Advanced Digital Photography and Video with your DSLR Camera! In this workshop, you will learn more in-depth, hands-on training in how to use your DSLR camera system.
This workshop is hosted by Bob Michaelson of Photography by Michelson, Inc. based in Braintree, MA. He is a published underwater photographer and videographer.
Registration is recommended. Please Register Here.

Library Book Club

The library book club will meet on Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m.
This month we will be discussing The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa.
“The story of twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion.”
New members are always welcome! Limited copies for check out are available.  Contact Catherine: ccoyne@sailsinc.org
Join our email list by registering here.

After School Teen Movie

Vote for your pick with Amy at the Reference Desk and come watch the winning movie on Fri., January 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Both films are rated PG-13

Let’s Plan for a Great New Year Now

No matter how 2016 has been treating us, we can up-level our enjoyment of life by stepping outside of our comfort zone.
On Thurs., January 26 at 6:30 p.m., Susan De Lorenzo, Life Coach, 17-year survivor of breast cancer,  and author of the upcoming book, Thank You, Hard Times; My Journey to an Authentic Life through Cancer, will show us how to live our lives by design rather than default.
Susan will discuss steps we can take to honor our longings  and bravely step outside of our comfort zone to bring joy, fun and personal fulfillment into 2017 and beyond. She invites us to bring ideas of what we’d love our lives to look like in the future.
This program is free and open to the public.

Non-Fiction Book Club

Join us on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. for our new non-fiction book club.
This month’s pick is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End by Atul Gawande.
“In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.”
Everyone is welcome! Books are available at the library for check-out. Register Here

Donation of Book Press

The Library was very fortunate to receive the gift of an early 20th-century book press donated by Helen Peterson. The book press is now on display in the archives room.
Mrs. Peterson acquired the press from her brother, Albert, in the 1930s and used it to make her own block prints.  A former High School English teacher in North Adams, MA, Mrs. Peterson instilled a love of libraries in her children.
Her daughter and local Mansfield resident, Jane Ellis, and her husband, Perry, brought this treasure to its new home at the Mansfield Public Library.

Friends of the Library

Happy New Year!  Make a New Year’s resolution to clean out your closets and bookshelves and donate your gently used books and magazines to The Friends of the Library.

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.

NEW Puzzle Table
Do you like jigsaw puzzles?  Are you looking for a fun way to relax at the library?

Check out our community puzzle in the Magazine Area. Lend a hand and help us complete the puzzle!

“The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man.”

T.S. Eliot

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.
Thank you for supporting the library.