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April 03, 2017

Ben Speaks comes to Ashland

Ben Speaks Comes to Ashland

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 7:00pm
Ashland High School Auditorium


"Power of Choice" — A workshop for parents, students, educators, and community discussing ways to build resiliency in adolescents.  Judy brings a message of hope and positive psychology. She will discuss the power of thought, gratitude, forgiveness, and affirmations, providing concrete tools to build self-esteem and emotional resiliency.

Click here for more information and to see the flyer.


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April 01, 2017

Children's Events: April

Spring Song Fest with Jeannie Mack
Saturday, April 15th 10:30 a.m
A lively, witty, cheerful, bounce-along, wiggly, giggly, oh-so-entertaining musical experience for 1-6 year olds. Admission to the program is free, but space is limited. Tickets will be available near the Children’s Room of the library beginning at 10:00 a.m. the day of the show. Click here to see the flyer!


School Vacation Week

The Children’s Room will be offering extra programs during school vacation.

Tinkering Teams
Tuesday, April 18, 2:00-3:00pm

Kids will work in teams to create something using a variety of recycled materials.
Click here to see the flyer.

Super-Cold Science
Thursday, April 20, 4:30pm

In this presentation, amazing things happen when matter changes temperature. With the help of a Museum educator and an intensely cold liquid, participants experience the remarkable changes in size, form and behavior that occur when a variety of objects and substances are super-cooled. Please note that latex balloons will be used. Click here to see the flyer.

Earth Day Story Time
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 am (ages 3–7)

Join us for an Earth Day story time session. Click here to see the flyer.

There will also be a family movie. Please check in the Children's Room for details.



Friday S.T.E.A.M. Story Times
For ages 3 ½ - 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.
Apr. 7 “Whole Book Approach”
Apr. 14 “Marsupials”
Apr. 21 “Archery”
Apr. 28 “Subtraction”

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! There are currently 11 video clips of Miss Lois singing some of your favorite songs and finger plays.

Lego® Club
Thursday April 13th SPECIAL TIME FOR EARLY RELEASE DAY 2:00 – 4:00
Thursday, April 27th 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Space will be limited on April 13. Kids of all ages build creations using the Library’s 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 Programs: April

Thursday, April 13th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Extended Lego Club

Kids of all ages build creations using the Library’s 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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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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