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Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts

  • Yarn & Needle Club | Every Other Tuesday, 3PM | Meeting Room

If you like to knit, crochet, embroider, or sew, join the library to work on your project and socialize! Whether you’re new to yarn work or an experienced enthusiast or you’re a new English learner looking to practice your conversational skills this is the place for you.

  • Book Page Wreath Craft For Adults | Wednesday, December 6, 1PM | Citizens’ Library Programming Room

We are hosting Book Page Wreath Crafts for Adults at both of our Acton Libraries in December! Participants will get to create and take home their own wreath upcycled from an old book. Registration is required for this event. 

This is the signup page for the book page wreath craft held on December 6th at West Acton Citizens’ Library from 1pm-3pm.  If you would like to sign up for the craft day  on December 7th from 3pm-5pm at Acton Memorial Library located at 486 Main St., please click here.

  • Book Page Wreath Craft For Adults | Wednesday, December 7, 3PM | AML Meeting Room

We are hosting Book Page Wreath Crafts for Adults at both of our Acton Libraries in December! Participants will get to create and take home their own wreath upcycled from an old book. Registration is required for this event.

This is the signup page for the book page wreath craft at Acton Memorial Library at 486 Main St., taking place on Thursday, December 7th from 3pm-5pm!  If you would like to sign up for the craft day held on December 6th at West Acton Citizens’ Library from 1pm-3pm, please click here

  • Patriots & Potters: Trouble Brewing with Pied Potter Hamelin | Saturday, December 9, 2PM | Meeting Room

Join Rick Hamelin, also known as Pied Potter Hamelin for a special pottery demonstration for teens & adults: “Patriots and Potters: Trouble Brewing”. A pottery demonstration with stories told about the colonial potter and the teapot in Massachusetts before and during the Revolutionary War. Tales of the lives of the men and women who worked in the clay trades from Charlestown to Freetown and throughout Massachusetts will be discussed. The audience will see many unique pots thrown on the potter’s wheel and have some hands-on opportunities.

Hands-on: We will be passing from person to person a freshly made pot from the potter’s wheel and the chance to feel a dry and wet pot as it rotates on the wheel. Each person will also make a pinch pot (cup made from a ball of clay by pinching the clay with the thumb and finger) and the unfired piece goes home with the participant.

Registration is required for this event!

English Language Learning

English At Large:

Beginning English Classes:

We are now offering beginner English classes! This free classroom program is for adult learners who speak little to no English. This curriculum-based program offers a full academic year of instruction; classes meet twice each week, teaching learners the basic, survival English needed in everyday life.

Registration is required through English At Large, registration cannot be completed through the Library. Contact English At Large to register: Call 781-395-2374 or email info@englishatlarge.org

Conversation Classes:

Our conversation groups are groups of 8-12 learners who meet weekly to practice their English speaking skills. Our groups provide an opportunity for learners to improve their speaking confidence and meet other adults who are learning English.

  • All groups are free! There is no cost to attend our conversation groups.
  • All adults who want to practice their English speaking skills are welcome at our groups.
  • We recommend that you have an at least an intermediate English speaking level. If you can speak on the telephone without too much difficulty, your English speaking ability is likely at an intermediate level.
  • Conversation groups are not English classes. Our trained volunteers focus mainly on listening and speaking, and less on reading and writing.

Topics usually covered in conversation groups include American culture and holidays, idioms, casual spoken English, and daily life situations (the bank, the post office, speaking with neighbors, etc.).

Our Fall conversation groups are beginning in September. Registration is required through English At Large. Registration cannot be completed through the Library but rather through this registration link . For more information, please contact English At Large to register: Call 781-395-2374 or email. For more information, visit: English At Large

Tech Help

Drop-in Tech Help:

Need help with common smartphone (iPhone or Android), tablet or laptop functions? Our Drop-in tech appointments offer patrons an opportunity to bring in their mobile devices and have a librarian assist them with questions related to using library apps or related services. These events offer quick 10 minute 1:1 tech assistance so please bring your device and any questions you might have!

  • West Acton Citizens’ Library: Drop-in sessions take place on the second Wednesday of the month between 1:00 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the programming room.
  • Senior Center: Drop-in sessions take place on the second Thursday of the month between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Lectures

Lectures:

  • Plant Parenthood 101 Discussion |Tuesday, December 5, 7PM

Calling all plant lovers! Learn how to take care of indoor houseplants with Emerald City Plant Shop’s Founder & Chief Creative, Quontay “Q” Turner! 

Funded by the Acton Memorial Library Foundation.

  • Patriots & Potters: Trouble Brewing with Pied Potter Hamelin | Saturday, December 9, 2PM | Meeting Room

Join Rick Hamelin, also known as Pied Potter Hamelin for a special pottery demonstration for teens & adults: “Patriots and Potters: Trouble Brewing”. A pottery demonstration with stories told about the colonial potter and the teapot in Massachusetts before and during the Revolutionary War. Tales of the lives of the men and women who worked in the clay trades from Charlestown to Freetown and throughout Massachusetts will be discussed. The audience will see many unique pots thrown on the potter’s wheel and have some hands-on opportunities.

Hands-on: We will be passing from person to person a freshly made pot from the potter’s wheel and the chance to feel a dry and wet pot as it rotates on the wheel. Each person will also make a pinch pot (cup made from a ball of clay by pinching the clay with the thumb and finger) and the unfired piece goes home with the participant.

Registration is required for this event!

  • Neal Rantoul Gallery Talk | Sunday, December 10, 2PM | Meeting Room 

Please join us for a gallery talk (rescheduled from November 19th) led by Neal Rantoul. Neal Rantoul’s show will be hanging in the Library’s meeting room during November and December.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist: Has Anybody Seen 500 Million in Art Lying Around? | Wednesday, January 10, 6:30PM | Meeting Room 

An hour or so after the 1990 St. Patrick’s Day ended, two men dressed as Boston cops entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, stayed for about 90 minutes, and left with 13 pieces of art.

None of the priceless items have been found. Numerous suspects have been named over the years but none have been arrested. Many are now dead.

Bob Ainsworth, the author of DUPED, a fictional account of the robbery, will review the actual details of the theft, the suspects, and the motives behind the world’s most valued art theft. He will also tell the story of his own brush with the infamous crime.Author Bio:

Bob Ainsworth was raised in New Jersey, earned a BS in Accounting from Boston College, an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University, and had his CPA. He worked in corporate accounting as a CFO and Controller and taught accounting. He uncovered two fraud cases during his career. The idea for the Harry Bartlett stories sprang from his Accounting students’ positive reactions to fraud anecdotes. He started to write his first story while commuting and then continued after retiring. He loves reading mysteries and thrillers by authors such as John Grisham, Dennis Lehane, Robert B. Parker, David Baldacci, Earl Stanley Gardner, Arthur Conan Doyle, Hank Phillippe Ryan, and Elmore Leonard. He also

AML Book Group

AML Book Group:

The AML Book Group meets at 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. All are welcome. Copies of the books will be available at the circulation desk. Please check the Events Calendar to confirm dates, times, and book titles.

Acton Memorial Library Book Group Form:  use this form to request multiple copies of books for your upcoming book discussion group.  

Concerts


Winter Concerts Series:

  • ABRHSMadrigals Singers Holiday Melodies | Sunday, December 17, 2PM | 2nd Floor Piano

Join us for a special winter concert series musical performance! The Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Madrigal Singers will perform traditional holiday melodies on the 2nd floor of the Acton Memorial Library on Sunday, December 17th at 3pm. 

  • Peryle | Sunday, January 20, 2PM | 2nd Floor Piano
Meditation

Breathe For Change:

Brittany Nash, the Regional Community Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Northwest Coalition (Westford, Acton, Lowell, and Dracut Health Departments) will be offering a free bi-weekly mind and every body practice. She will lead you through a guided meditation practice.

Attendees will work on:

1. Setting intentions

2. Light stretching

3. Breathing techniques

4. Relaxation and mindfulness

CAPACITY: 20 of 20 spaces available.

NOTE: Registering more attendees than spaces available will automatically place your attendees on this event’s wait list.

Registration is required for this event. To register, please to to our event calendar and complete the registration form.

Virtual Events

Virtual Events:

  • Asian Art Series: When the Tiger Smoked a Pipe: The Art of Korea with Ginny Meyer | Sunday December 10, 2:30PM | Virtual

Korean stories of long ago begin “When the tiger smoked a pipe…” Explore the varied and fascinating art that Koreans have produced for thousands of years. Renowned throughout Asia for their ceramics and textiles, Korea also has created, adapted, and refined a broad spectrum of art forms. Today Korea is one of the leaders in contemporary art production.

  •  Steeped in Secrecy: The Boston Tea Party, 250 Years Later | Saturday, December 16, 2PM | Virtual

The story of tea has always been infused with intrigue, particularly when it became a flash point for tensions between England and Colonial America. On the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party (December 16, 1773), learn about the brewing political problems tea presented in its history with Anglophile and former UK resident Claire Evans. Then, author, genealogist, librarian, and former UK resident Debra Dudek examines the history of the Boston Tea Party’s most famous partiers (and phonies), as well as how to trace bona fide participants through lineage societies and historical groups.

This event is in partnership with Tewksbury Public Library and other Massachusetts libraries. 

RECORDING NOTE: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within 48 hours of the program.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: This virtual event is a partnered program with Tewksbury Public Library. Contact Tewksbury Public Library Director Diane Giarrusso at 978-640-4490 or dgiarrusso@tewksbury-ma.gov at least two weeks before an event to arrange for modification, or at any time you need accessible documents.

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Webinar via email.** Please register on Zoom HERE.

  • Asian Art Series: Timeless Traditions: Expressions of the Divine in India Art | Sunday January 14, 2:30PM | Virtual

Explore the vast panoply of South Asian art through the prism of four belief systems founded there: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Discover how for thousands of years the artists of India and its neighbors have beautifully depicted their impressions of their deities, and reflected their cultures.

  • Culturally Curious Art Talk – Fierce Females: Women in Art | Wednesday January 17, 7:00PM | Virtual

Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, including Artemisia Gentileschi and Mary Cassatt.

NOTE: This program will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording via email within a week of the program.

About the presenter: Jane Oneail (pronounced OH-neel) is the founder of Culturally Curious, an arts education consulting firm specializing in art appreciation programs. She curates and delivers programs throughout New England and beyond. Oneail holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. Born and raised in NH, she has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurio