TOWNSEND -- No one is required to sit quietly at the Townsend Public Library. "We are offering a lot on a regular basis. By and large it's been a great community effort to bring so many diverse programs here," Library Director Stacy Schuttler said.

"From crafting to gardening to geneology to watching a movie, there's something for everybody," she said.

Volunteers and library staff members run clubs, workshops and classes for all to attend. New adult programming is scheduled this year.

Interest in geneology has grown in Townsend. The Townsend Library Endowment Fund purchased two databases for in-library use, and Heritage Quest.

Volunteers Dwight Fitch, Eileen Burnacoat and Kim King will be hosting sessions for people interested in doing geneology.

The group is meant for people to share ideas on how to get the most out of their research Schuttler said, but newcomers are welcome too.

Schuttler hosts a monthly scrapbook night in the meeting hall. For five hours, the room and the library's cricut machines are available for crafters seeking a place to work.

"I think it's hard to find time and space," she said. Scrapbookers can spread out and be free from interuptions like the phone and televison while they work at the library.

Gardeners will have a chance to pursue their passions at a new gardening group.


Carolyn Sellars and Susan McNally attended the Massachusetts Master Gardener Training Program in Wellsley last year and are excited about sharing ideas.

The new group is looking at ways to bring gardening into the community's public spaces according to Sellars. Meetings will be suspended during the summer.

Another new program started in January is the classic movie afternoon. Schuttler intended the movie to be for people looking for something to do during the day.

She was surprised by who turned up. "I was thinking something in collaboration with the senior center," she said, and was pleased when a homeschooling familiy attended too.

Each year the library purchases a license to play movies to the public. Many films are covered, so there is no cost to the library to screen these films. The meeting hall has a projector and screen.

"It provides us with programming. I think it's great to be able to warch a movie on the big screen," Schuttler said. She will offer a classic movie one evening a month also.

Some library patrons own ereaders, and the library plans on offering new events for the technologically inclined.

Recently hired staff member Nicole Kramer, currently in library school at Simmons College in Boston, will offer a class on using the library catalog to borrow books to download onto ereaders.

"It's kind of like an introduction for people; how do you use your ereader with the library?" Schuttler said. If patrons are interested more classes will be offered.

And, people who still read books on paper have activities in the library.

Four book groups, run by volunteers or staff members draw readers todether. Voracious readers can attend the book to film group, the eclectic book club, the non-fiction book club and the bodice-ripper club.

Not all workshops and groups will run indefinately. Schuttler keeps an eye on interest and attendance.

"Certain things we'll try, you have to know when to say enough's enough," she said.

Not only patrons, but the people running the sessions enjoy the library programs. "They have an outlet for their passions," Schuttler said.

Schedules of the library's programs are available at the library and on the library's website: