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7 Updates from the Friends of the Tewksbury Library

Tickets still available for psychic medium Laura Lee

At this month’s FoTPL meeting, Library Director Diane Giarrusso reported that library use and program attendance are back to pre-pandemic levels.

“When Angels Whisper,” featuring psychic medium Laura Lee, is happening this Friday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Library. Tickets are $50 and are now available online, with proceeds paying for Library programming. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is a rare opportunity to engage with Laura Lee in an intimate venue.

One fun new program is the Brewfest, a reading challenge where participants visit breweries and coffee shops to meet up and have chances to win prizes. This program was set up by Haley Lawrence, a TPL children’s specialist who is spearheading new programming targeted at residents in their 20s and 30s.

On Oct. 5 there will be a “Read-In” in celebration of the freedom to read. This is part of a statewide #LetFreedomRead campaign held during Banned Books Week, Sept. 30 through Oct. 7, at libraries across the Commonwealth. Watch for more information.

A Comedy Night is planned for Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Elks. Ticket are $25. Tables of 10 are available. It will be a “bring your own food” event with a cash bar. No tickets at the door, so get yours ahead of time.

Speaking of the Elks, the FoTPL will receive a $2,000 grant, which will be used to fund speakers for the ongoing Job Seekers Network program. Thank you to the Elks!

Tewksbury will again take part in the Reading Rivals program versus Wilmington. The competition will run from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22. Last year, Tewksbury took the trophy back. The winner is announced during halftime of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Thanksgiving Day football game. Anyone can participate.

The 2024 calendar fundraiser is ongoing. Calendars with images by talented local photographers are available at the Open Space Gift Shop in Tewksbury for just $10. You can also pick one up at the Tewksbury Fall Festival.

The dine-out at Café Sicilia was successful, and the FoTPL thank everyone who came out. Another dineout is planned for later this year. Lottery ticket raffles at this summer’s concert series were also profitable and fun.

FoTPL received a $10,000 Impact Award from Tewksbury’s 100+ People Who Care group, which is meeting tonight at Luna Rossa. FoTPL President MaryAnn Taylor will attend and update the 100+ People on how they are working with library staff to create programs for people over 30s. 

The money is separate from general programming funds, and the plan is to spread it out over three years, when the Friends will again be eligible to receive the award. Events will generally be on Tuesdays and include a “How to Make Vinegar” workshop; interactive “fright nights;” and in November, with Power of Flowers, a Thanksgiving arrangement workshop by a local floral designer.

Finally, the FoTPL are always looking for volunteers, including for the upcoming Fall Festival and on Saturday, Oct.14, when there will a Puzzle Swap/Book Donations event. Watch the Volunteer Opportunities page on the website. Teen volunteers are welcome and can receive credit for community service hours.

All residents are welcome at the FoTPL meetings, which happen the first Wed. of every month starting at 7 p.m., in the large meeting room at the library.

Donna Gill covers Senior Center and COA news for the Carnation.

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