April 02, 2017

Community Programming Co-Sponsored by the Friends

Community Programming in Collaboration with DAET

Putting the FUN in Family Dinners: a Three-Part Community Dinner Series
Wednesday,  April 24th 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Community Room, Lower Level of Ashland Public Library

Come and learn how to make dinner your family’s favorite time together with an unforgettable night of food, fun and conversation with this 3 part series. In this series, families will come together and collaborate with others to prepare a meal together. While you gather to dine, The Family Dinner Project will walk you through the steps for infusing more fun and engaging conversations into your family meals. Grab your apron, bring your family, and join us. Your dinners will never be the same!  Space is limited, so registration is required. Email or call  508-361-5029. "Whole Foods Market, Framingham is pleased to support this series by providing all meal supplies."

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April 01, 2017

Front Street Readers Book Discussion Group

The Front Street Readers book discussion group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Library at 7:00 p.m. On April 25th the group will discuss The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the woman’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.
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Coffee, Coloring, and Creativity (for Adults)

Coffee, Coloring, and Creativity (for Adults)
Thursdays, April 6th and 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Introduction to Knitting, Crocheting and Embroidery

Coffee: Bring your favorite cup of Joe or enjoy one of ours.
Coloring: Adult coloring books, markers, colored pencils available
Creativity: We also invite all artists and crafters to join us and bring your Scrapbook, Art journal, Zentangle, Quilling, Knitting, Drawing, Painting, Collage, Embroidery or any creative project you are working on and join our creative community to share ideas and inspiration.

Please sign up by calling the main circulation desk 508-881-0134 or use the link in the flyer.

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March 13, 2017

Community Book Read--New Date!

Community Book Read
Monday, April 3rd from 6:30–8:00pm at the Library

Parents are invited to participate in the upcoming Community Book Read, sponsored by the Decisions at Every Turn Coalition and the Friends of the Ashland Public Library. Join Jim Adams, Superintendent of the Ashland Public Schools for a discussion of The Gift of Failure: how the best parents learn to let go so their children can succeed, by Jessica Lahey on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Library. Mr. Adams will facilitate a discussion and activities to explore this book as it relates to resilience in our children and our community.

The library is currently circulating a dozen copies of the book plus an audio book version, solely for participants of this event.  Click here to see the flyer.
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March 02, 2017

Mystery Authors Festival: New England Crime

Mystery Authors Festival: New England Crimes

The 2017 Mystery Festival will add a writers’ workshop and a mystery feature film this year. The festival, focusing on the theme of “New England Crime,” will be held on April 7 and 8 in the Ashland Library, 66 Front St. For more information, call the library, 508-881-0134.

There will be time for questions from the audience and an opportunity to purchase books. Free and open to the public.

Friday April 7th at 7:00pm
Full-length mystery feature film will be screened.

Saturday, April 8th
10:00am – noon: Mystery Writers Workshop led by Leslie Wheeler, author of the Miranda Lewis “living history” mysteries.

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Mystery Authors Panel & Book Sale featuring Ray Daniel, Hallie Ephron, and Leslie Wheeler

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June 05, 2015

Come See our Garden Sculpture!

 Garden SculptureAs part of the library’s continued effort to promote public art, the Friends of the Ashland Library unveiled a garden sculpture in the front lot of the library on May 28th. The sculpture is in honor of Janet Eames, president of the Friends of the Ashland Public Library from 2000 to 2007 who died of cancer last year. Around the same time the Friends were discussing their desire to build a garden sculpture in Janet's honor, the library received a $7,500 federal grant called “Full STEAM Ahead: Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in Public Library Preschool Programming,” to create math and science programs for children ages 3-5. This grant contributed to the purchase of the sculpture

The sculpture includes three Clocker blue glass disks and a mobile piece that moves in the wind and includes arrows, gears and numbers to look like a clock, an homage to Ashland’s history. The numbers are 8, 2, and 0. Those numbers were chosen because Telechron, the Ashland-based clock company, set their clocks for advertising photos at 8:20 to highlight their logo, said Betsy Emberley of the Friends of the Ashland Library. The sculpture was designed by Whitmore Boogaerts of Providence. Click here to read more!

Thank you to Marie Laskowsky and her crew from The Carve (who provided our delicious food) and Trisha Cooper from Trisha Cooper Designs (who provided beautiful floral arrangements) for making our Annual Meeting so exquisite this year.
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September 04, 2014

Learn a New Language!

Learn a New Language!

The library recently added a new online language database.Mango Languages.  Mango Languages is an online language system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages.What languages can I learn?
.    Brazilian Portuguese
.    Spanish
.    Japanese
.    French
.    German
.    Italian
.    Greek
.    Russian
.    Mandarin Chinese
.    ESL Polish
.    ESL Spanish
.    ESL Brazilian Portuguese

How can I log on to the Mango Languages database?

Ashland residents can log on from home or other remote location or in the library with a valid Minuteman library card.From Home:You must be an Ashland resident with a valid Minuteman library card to use Mango from home.  
Please have your library card barcode number available.
1.    Log on to the Town of Ashland website at
2.    Under "Community" click on the link for the library.
3.    Click on Mango Language Learning
4.    Enter your library card number and begin learning!

The Mango Languages database is also available for use in the library.  Please inquire about using one of our public access computers at the front desk.

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