May 01, 2017

Children's Events: May

Childrens' Book Week
May 1st–6th
Celebrate the 98th annual Childrens Book Week by coming to Story Time at the Library. You can also vote for your favorite books in the Childrens and Teen Choice Book Awards Voting online closes on May 7th go to

Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Pajama Story Time for ages 3-7
Saturday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. Story Time for ages 3 - up

Animal Adventures
Saturday, May 13th at 10:30 a.m
Come see and touch a variety of live animals. Admission to the program is free, but space is limited and this will be a popular program. Tickets will be available near the Childrens Room beginning at 10:00 a.m. the day of the show. Click here to see the flyer

Friday S.T.E.A.M. Story Times
For ages 3 - 6 from 10:30 11:15 a.m. Each week we read stories and non-fiction about one topic and then do a related activity. Drop-in.
May 5    Dirt
May 12  NO MORNING PROGRAM--Birding Program for Early Release Day at 2:00pm
May 19  Wind
May 26  Volume

YMCA Play, Learn, and Grow Group
Fridays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. for ages 5 and under. A parent & child group offered by the Metrowest YMCA and the Early Childhood Alliance of Ashland and Framingham. This is a structured program to help prepare children for socialization and a school experience, including stories, music, crafts, and sensory exploration.

Lap Sit
Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. For infants and toddlers through age 3. Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays. This is a very large group and SPACE IS LIMITED. Free tickets are handed out as people arrive. Did you miss Lap Sit this week? Go to our Facebook page to sing along with Miss Lois!

Lego Club
Thursday May 11th and 25th 3:15 4:30 p.m.

Kids of all ages build creations using the Librarys huge stash of Legos. The finished creations are displayed in the Children's Room for several weeks. Kids younger than Grade 3 must be with an adult.
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Early Release Day Program: May

Beginning Birding with Hands on Nature
Friday, May 12th 2:00 p.m. for age 4–Grade 5

Learn to identify the birds you see in your yard and around Massachusetts. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Sign up by contacting the Childrens Room. 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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