PEPPERELL — Check out what’s happening at the Lawrence Library.

For adults

Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., Learn folk dancing for singles, couples and families.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m., LaLeche support group. This is a monthly meeting for breast-feeding support and information. Make use of telephone assistance, a lending library and info sheets. New members warmly welcomed. February’s topic is Life with your new baby.

For information contact

Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., Friends of the Library monthly meeting. Come and see what we are planning, and offer your own ideas and talents. This meeting offers free baby-sitting and refreshments.

Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., Winter Poetry Night with guest poet Steven Cramer. He is the author of four poetry collections and a regular contributor to numerous literary journals. Open mike session to follow Mr. Cramer’s readings. Come share your work in an informal, coffeehouse atmosphere. This event is free and refreshments will be served.

Thursday, Feb. 9, from 3 to 4 p.m., Valentine’s Tea with the Etiquette Expert. Mrs. Russell Parsons will escort you on a lively promenade through her life as a late 19th century wife and mother. This fun, informative act will cover topics such as fashion, fan language, courtship scandals and the code of etiquette.

Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., Spanish Club meeting. This is a conversational group, and fluency is necessary.

For information call Myra Lane at (978) 433-0330.

Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., Carol Hasse, Digital Photography: Organically Graced. This is the opening reception for Pepperell photographers Carol and Eric Hasse.

Their work includes handcrafted mosaic images using digitally captured colors from garden and outdoor scenes. The exhibit includes decorative objects, wall hangings and framed prints.

For children

Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 to 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. to noon, two sessions, Toddler Time: Stories, crafts, puppets and music for ages 18 months to 3 years. Pre-registration is required for this group.

For information call Shannon Brittain at (978) 433-0330 or e-mail

Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 10:30 a.m., Story Time: Stories, music, crafts and dance for ages 3 to 5 years. Pre-registration is required for this group.

For information call Teresa Vadakin at (978) 433-0330 or e-mail

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m., Baby Time for children younger than 18 months. This program is for all the new moms who asked for an infant program. Enjoy stories, songs and baby-singing. Sign-up is necessary for this group.

For information call Teresa Vadakin at (978) 433-0330 or e-mail

Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m., Go Bananas with Curious George. Come and celebrate the upcoming movie and the Curious George books. This event features stories, crafts for ages three to seven.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up in the children’s room or e-mail Teresa Vadakin at

Art gallery display

“Organically Graced” Digital Photography by Carol and Eric Hasse. Opening reception Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. See above schedule for details.

Lobby display case

Pepperell Fire Department. View early photographs of Pepperell firemen and their equipment. A handmade model of The Water Witch, a horse drawn 1830’s fire pump, by Bob Trotter of Pepperell, is also available for viewing.

Notes and quotes

“To live is so startling that it leaves little time for anything else.” — Emily Dickinson, Poet, 1830 to 1886.

“When we remember we are all mad the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” — Author Mark Twain, 1835 to 1910.

Pepperell past

In the Aug. 30, 1830, Essex Gazette, Pepperell resident Luther Bancroft ran an ad for his Washington School, located in the middle of Pepperell, where “young ladies and gentlemen may pursue the roots of science with the rapidity of the electric flame!”

For those with martial inclinations, Mr. Bancroft’s curriculum also included the true principles of military glory.

The Jan. 13, 1913, edition of The Boston Globe reported that Louis Gibson, one of the East Pepperell Gang, had surrendered to authorities in Canada, and confessed his role in the spectacular $14,000 robbery of The National Bank of East Pepperell. The robbery had taken place in 1908. Gibson named Bangor Bill as an accomplice, but provided no other information on those involved.

Library light side

“It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another. It is one damn thing over and over.” — Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892 to 1950.

Did you know?

The Friends of the Lawrence Library is a volunteer organization. Through fund-raising efforts, it provided $10,000 to fund programs last year, and 70 percent of the children’s book budget was paid for by these private donations.

New Members are always welcome, forms are available at the front desk. See “For adults” schedule above for details.


For information call (978) 433-0330 or visit

The library hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.