May 02, 2017

Community Programming Co-Sponsored by the Friends

Community Programming in Collaboration with DAET

The following programs are being offered by the Friends of the Library in Collaboration with DAET:

Summer Send Off
Tuesday, May 9 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. in the Ashland High School Auditorium

Family conversations for a safe prom & grad season with educational theater performance and Q&A by John Morello, and a brief social host liability discussion with Middlesex County DA Marian Ryan and APD Chief Craig Davis. Click here to see the flyer.

Courageous Conversations Monday,
May 22 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Ashland High School Cafeteria

Please join us for a town-wide conversation about how we can work together, united for an inclusive and respectful Ashland. Open to all community members, including youth. MetroWest YMCA Outdoor Center is happy to provide free Kids Time supervision during the event. See the flyer for more details and to register for childcare.
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May 01, 2017

Front Street Readers Book Discussion Group

The Front Street Readers book discussion group meets (usually) on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Library at 7:00 p.m. On May 30th, the group will discuss Case Histories by Kate Atkinson.

Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniacs apparently random attack. Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making, with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband. A fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape. Thirty years after the first incident private investigator Jackson Brodie discovers startling connections between the three cases.
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Coffee, Coloring, and Creativity (for Adults)

Coffee, Coloring, and Creativity (for Adults)
Wednesday May 10th and 24th, 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.

Click here to see the flyer!

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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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