July 17, 2017

Star Party July 19th

Star Party
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July 01, 2017

Children's Events: Summer

Build a Fairy House or Gnome Home

Come to the Library on Saturdays this summer (starting on June 17th) and build a fairy house or gnome home in our “Friends Fairy Tale Garden”. The garden is located along the side of the Library near Erica’s, behind the cannon. We will provide natural materials (such as bark, pine cones, acorn caps, sticks, etc.) for you to create your own fairy house. Photos of the completed homes will be posted on our Facebook page. If you would like to contribute ‘building materials’ please bring them to Lois McAuliffe in the Children’s Room.

Click here to see the flyer!

Summer Programs

There will be a variety of programs for kids every week. Please check the website for more details:
July 5th    Family Movie 2:00–4:00 Rated PG Call for title
July 6th   Tinker Tots 4:00–4:30 Adults and toddlers
July 10th thru 15th StoryWalk Enjoy the Library gardens as you read along in the story.
July 11th  Tech Take Apart 2:00–3:30 For Gr. 4-7
July 12th  Rapunzel’s Tower 2:00–3:00 For age 4-10
July 15th  Family Games Day 10:00–1:00 All ages
July 18th  Tinkering Time For age 4-10 2:00–3:00
July 20th  Suspension Bridge Challenge For Gr. K-3 2:00–3:00
July 25th  Tinker Tots 4:00-4:30 Adults and toddlers
July 27th  Solar Oven Challenge 2:00–4:00 For Gr. 3-6
Aug. 1st   Family Movie 2:00–4:00 Rated PG Call for title
Aug. 2nd  Solar Oven Challenge (Rain Date) 2:00–4:00 For Gr. 3-6
Aug. 3rd  Family Tinkering Time All ages 2:00–3:00
Aug. 8th “Meet The Builders” 2:00-3:30 Come meet a variety of people who “Build A Better World”
Aug. 12th Family Games Day 10:00-1:00
Aug. 16th Tinkering Time For age 4-10 2:00–3:30
Aug. 17th Tech Take Apart 2:00–3:30 For Gr. 4-7
Aug. 23rd Tinkering Roller Coaster 1:00-3:00 For Kind.-Gr. 3

Teacher Tales

Come listen to some of your favorite teachers and principals read aloud in the Children’s Room. For the evening sessions kids are invited to come in their pajamas.
7/5 Wed, 6:30 p.m.    Cecilia Owanisian
7/6 Thur, 11:00 a.m.    Patricia White
7/11 Tues, 6:30 p.m.     Stephanie Silverman
7/13 Thur, 11:00 a.m.    Leigh Tripp
7/20 Thur, 11:00 a.m.    Erika Schoaf
7/25 Tues, 11:00 a.m.    Sue Nash
7/26 Wed, 11:00 a.m.    Amy McDonald
8/3 Thur, 11:00 a.m.    Meghan Robshaw
8/8 Tues, 6:30 p.m.    Joanne Forrest
8/10 Thurs, 11:00 a.m.    Meghan Clark
8/15 Tues, 6:30 p.m.     Pete Regan

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.
July 7 “Inventions”
July 14 “Skyscrapers”
July 21 “Hippos”
July 28 “Sunlight”
Aug. 4 “Volcanoes”
Aug. 11 “Butterflies”
Aug. 18 “Recycling Paper”
Aug. 24 “Ice Cream”

YMCA Play, Learn, and Grow Group
The YMCA Play Group will be meeting at Stone Park, 77 Summer Street in Ashland, on the following Fridays:
July 14th, July 28th, August 11th and August 18th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.


For ages 5 and under. This is a program for parents & children offered by the Metrowest YMCA and the Early Childhood Alliance of Ashland & Framingham and includes stories, music, crafts, and sensory exploration.
Questions? Email:

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, July 13th & 27th from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
August 10th & 24th from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

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 02, 2017

2017 Summer Reading Program: Something for Everyone!

2017 Summer Reading Program
June 22 – August 25, 2017

This year the library is offering Summer Reading for everyone—kids, teens and adults! Participants will log how much time they spend reading, either on paper or online! You can participate even when you are away on vacation or at summer camp. Lets see if Ashland can reach our community goal of 1,000,000 (1 million) minutes this year! Earn free books, weekly rewards, and prizes at the end of the summer for completing different levels of reading. Find out more details at the library, on the APL Facebook page, or on the Friends website.

Summer Reading starts June 22 and ends August 25. Save time by pre-registering online!
Children's Program
Children's Summer Reading Program Sign-up
Click here to see the flyer for the Children's Summer Reading Program

Teen Program
Teen Summer Reading Program Sign-up
Click here to see the flyer for the Teen Summer Reading Program

Adult Program
Adult Summer Reading Program Sign-up
Click here to see the flyer for the Adult Summer Reading Program
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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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