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

For adults

Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., Learn folk dancing for singles, couples and families.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, For the love of reading. Sign up for a library card and get a heartfelt surprise. Today only.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., Book Club Meeting. Join us for informal fun discussions.

Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 to 11 a.m., ARC Meeting. This is a support group for parents with children with disabilities. Coffee and pastries are provided.

Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., Readers Circle. Join us for a fun, informal discussion about what you’re reading, fiction, non-fiction, biography, whatever. This is a monthly meeting. For information e-mail Nancy Clune at nclune@cwmars.org

Thursday, Feb. 16, 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.

For children

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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 pepperelltoddlertime@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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 tvadakin@cwmars.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 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 tvadakin@cwmars.org.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 1 p.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 tvadakin@cwmars.org.

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.

Quote cluster

”I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child he would grow up to be an eggplant,” author Ursula K. LeGuin, 1929 to present.

”If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking,” Gen. George S. Patton, U.S. Army, WWI and WWII, 1885 to 1945.

”I saw the Angel in the marble and carved until I set him free,” artist and sculptor Michelangelo, 1475 to 1564.

”Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stem the dreams again, and this interdependence produces the highest form of living,” author Anais Nin, 1903 to 1977.

Pepperell past

The July 21, 1861, edition of The New York Times reported that Dr. John Walton, of Pepperell, was the second oldest living Harvard graduate. He was a member of the class of 1791, and was born October 29, 1770.

In August 1818, a Post Office was established in Pepperell. Mr. James Lewis, Esq., was named Post Master. Pepperell mail had previously been sent to the Groton Post Office for residents to pick up.

In March 1792, Capt. Jeremiah Shattuck, 90, married Mrs. Ruth Bixby, 75. Between them they brought 23 children and 99 grandchildren to the marriage.

According to the 1875 Census of Massachusetts Farm Property, there were 6,361 hens and chickens in Pepperell along with 53 ducks, eight geese and 43 swarms of bees. At the same time there were 12 bulls and 610 “milch” cows. There were just over 2,000 residents.

Library light side

Mark Twain observed that when he was young he “could remember anything, whether it happened or not.”

Did you know?

You can renew books online using your library card. We have added a homework helper to our Web site called Facts for Learning. It is a fast, fun way for children to find helpful information relating to many homework topics.

Information

For information call (978) 433-0330 or visit www.lawrencelibrary.org.

The library hours are Tuesday from 1 to 8 p.m., Wednesday and 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. Also, beginning Jan. 3 the library will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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