1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge is Now Available in Beanstack!

To participate, register your child(ren) in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading challenge by visiting Beaman Library's Beanstack page. Then, visit Beaman Library, borrow Beaman Library books, and read them to your child(ren). Every book you read counts as one book toward completing your 1,000 books. There is no need to write down the title! If your child(ren) have a favorite that you read multiple times over your check out period, each time you read the book counts too! Along the way you will earn virtual badges as you climb your way to the top of the challenge. Once completed, the participant will receive a handcrafted book bag and certificate of achievement. Happy Reading!

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Kanopy Kids Now Available!

Kanopy Kids LogoGood News! Beaman Library has just added nearly 30,000 movies and other videos that inspire, educate and entertain, from Kanopy. Free to cardholders who live in West Boylston*, Kanopy’s unique selection offers something for everyone, from award winning indie films to important and timely documentaries, to foreign films, popular cinema, children’s shows and more.

Many of Kanopy’s videos are not available on Netflix or any other streaming video platform, and the experience is easy-to-use and completely advertisement free. To sign up, visit beamanlibrary.kanopy.com. Kanopy Kids is accessible via the link in the upper right hand corner. We hope you enjoy this new service!

*If you do not live in West Boylston you can access Kanopy with a Boston Public Library ecard. Many libraries now have a subscription to Kanopy so check out the library in your town!

About Kanopy

Kanopy partners with libraries and filmmakers around the globe to give patrons, students and faculty free access to high-quality films that stimulate imagination, promote learning, and spark meaningful conversations. Many films on Kanopy, including from iconic film companies such as A24, Criterion Collection, Paramount, PBS and Kino Lorber, are unavailable elsewhere. The Kanopy app is available on iOS and Android along with all major streaming devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV. For more information, please visit www.kanopy.com.

Upcoming May Programming

Get Caught Reading
Ongoing Throughout May
When you visit the Library during the month of May, make sure you check out the photo-op on the main floor! This is a fun way to share your love of reading with our community!

Illustration of a man meditatingMeditation with Andy
Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Life has been pretty stressful; sometimes emotions can get out of hand but mindful practices can help. Fortunately, Dr. Andrew Linscott is able to teach you simple meditation techniques to de-escalate tension, reduce anxiety, and de-stress. This program is perfect for school-aged children, teens, and adults. Please email ssmith@cwmars.org with 'Andy' in the subject line if you would like to attend.

World Bee Day Family Program
Friday, May 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
To recognize World Bee Day, Don Varney, a beekeeper in West Boylston, will bring a hive with him and we will learn about beekeeping and why bees are so important. We plan to hold this outdoors on our front lawn. Taste some honey, go home with seeds to plant to attract bees, and a bee craft kit. Please sign up by May 13 by sending an email with 'Bees' in the subject line to ssmith@cwmars.org.

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Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. 
Join West Boylston resident and writer Loree Griffin Burns as she launches her newest book for children with a library fundraising book extravaganza! Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama tells the story of beekeeper John Connery and a colony of honeybees that moved out of his backyard hive box and into his ramshackle garage. This is a backyard drama you don’t want to miss. Join us to hear more about it! Copies of the book, filled with eye-popping images by local photographer Ellen Harasimowicz, will be available for sale and signing after the event (cash and check accepted for payment). All proceeds will benefit Beaman Library. Please email  beaman@cwmars.org at least 24 hours prior to this program to register. 

Upcoming June Programming

Donuts and Dads
Saturday, June 18 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Bring Dad to the Library and bring home some munchkins! Borrow books celebrating Dads and kits to make a Father’s Day gift for him. To register, please send an email to ssmith@cwmars.org with 'Donuts' in the subject line by June 15.

Take and Make Crafts 
Tuesdays, June 21 through August 16
Come into the Library and grab a kit to make at home! Thank you to Webster First Federal Credit Union for sponsoring this program!

Zoo Animal Program
Wednesdays, June 22 through August 17 at 11:00 a.m.
Each week we will stream a live cam in our meeting room, read stories about the featured animal, and create a craft. Please sign up a week in advance for this program by sending an email to ssmith@cwmars.org with 'Zoo' in the subject line.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Program: Henry the Juggler                                       
Thursday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m.                                                               
Henry the Juggler (aka Henry Lappen) is wanted! He is wanted by audiences everywhere for his zany attempts to defy the laws of gravity as he juggles balls, clubs, rings, and members of the audience . . . he even balances strange items on the tip of his nose! To reserve your spot, please email ssmith@cwmars.org with 'Juggler' in the subject line by June 16. Space is limited. This program is sponsored by a grant from the West Boylston Cultural Council.

Ukulele Day
Saturday, June 25 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
​​Stop in on Ukulele Day to learn to play, try out different ukes, perform, and enjoy mini-concerts by Dave. This program is sponsored by the West Boylston Cultural Council. This program is for all ages and abilities!

Animal Trivia Night for Families
Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the Stiles Meeting Room and let’s see which family can answer the most questions about animals correctly! The winner will receive two tickets to Davis Farmland! Send an email to ssmith@cwmars.org with 'Trivia' in the subject line by June 23 to sign up. Thank you to Davis Farmland for sponsoring this program!

Billboard Detectives
Thursday, June 30 or Friday, July 1
Visit the Rail Trail in West Boylston on Thursday or Friday anytime during daylight hours and walk the trail doing the activities on the story boards. Once complete, visit the Library to receive a prize! Email ssmith@cwmars.org with 'Billboard Detective' in the subject line to let us know you are participating by June 23.

Ongoing Programming

Please contact the Children's Room for more information: Call 508-835-3711 x 3 or email Ms. Sue at ssmith@cwmars.org.

Weekly Programming:

Mother Goose on the Loose with Crafts: Every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. This program is for children from birth through 18 months of age. Please email skelly@cwmars.org to register for this program.

Alpha-bits: Every Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. for 13 weeks. Each session will explore 2 letters of the alphabet. For children ages 4 - 5 years.

Celebrating Story Time: Every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. on Beaman Library Children's Room Facebook page

Books and Blankies: Every Thursday at 10:15 a.m. For children ages 18 months - 3 years and their caregivers.

Books and Blankies - Seniors: Every Thursday at 11:15 a.m. For children ages 4 - 5 years and their caregivers.

Friday First Chapters: Every Friday at 4:00 p.m. listen to the first chapters of four library books on Beaman Library Children’s Room Facebook page.

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Books and Buddies: First Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This program is for kids who are beginning to read chapter books. Share what you have been reading with your library friends and check out some new books!

Books and Buddies Older Reader Edition: First Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This program is for kids reading more difficult chapter books. Tell us a little about what you have enjoyed reading over the last month!

Pokemon Club: Third Wednesday of every moht at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. Join your friends to swap, trade, play, and talk about everything Pokemon.

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Your Beaman Library card now provides access to ASLdeafined, a program that teaches American Sign Language. Access over 300 lessons, a video dictionary of over 15,000 words, and other tools and resources to boost your learning. You can track your progress with ASLdeafined's progress chart and see how far you’ve come. This is a great tool for new parents communicating with their young children, parents/children who have an interest in learning this skill, and interacting with the deaf community.

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