HARVARD — Check out what’s new at the Harvard Public Library.

May 6, the Friends Annual Book Sale

Book donations can be dropped off on April 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the transfer station and the O’Brien’s barn (formerly the Wickman’s barn), 7 Still River Rd.

May 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the 2006 Friends of the Library Preview Sale.

Become a member of the Friends of the Harvard Public Library, and enjoy access to the Friends Preview Sale.

The Friends are always happy to have more volunteers. To volunteer e-mail


”Light and Opportunity: Finding inspiration and a ‘photographic voice’ in the digital age.”

Come visit the library’s gallery to view an exhibit of gorgeous photographs by Harvard native Charles Kronauer.

Museum pass of the week

The Friends of the Harvard Public Library generously sponsors passes to many great local museums, including the EcoTarium.

”EcoTarium is well-rooted in the Worcester community as an organization dedicated to the study of science and nature. The private, nonprofit institution was founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History and was incorporated in 1884 as the Worcester Natural History Society, EcoTarium’s legal identity. Our transition from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium in 1998 refocused the museum on its roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery,” reads

The library’s pass admits two adults at $2 per person and two children at $1.50 each.

Harvard residents may call the library to reserve museum passes. Passes may be reserved up to two weeks in advance of the date desired. Also, each family may reserve one pass per school vacation week.

New children’s books

”The Wright 3,” by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist.

In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Robie House from being demolished.

”Madam President,” by Catherine Thimmesh and illustrated by Douglas B. Jones.

The extraordinary, true and evolving story of women in politics.

New young adult books

”The Tenth Power,” by Kate Constable.

”Skybreaker,” by Kenneth Oppel.

Matt Cruse, a student at the Airship Academy, and Kate de Vries, a young heiress, team up with a gypsy and a daring captain to find a long-lost airship, rumored to carry a treasure beyond imagination. This book is the sequel to “Airborn.”

”Montmorency and the Assassins,” by Eleanor Updale.

After 20 years as a gentleman, Montmorency is glad to be free of Scarper, his wretched alter-ego, but when a young friend is caught in the middle of a murderous political plot, Montmorency may have no choice but to call upon Scarper for help.

New in the adult section

”Gone: A Novel,” by Jonathan Kellerman.

Psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Det. Milo Sturgis investigate the bizarre case of two young acting students whose disappearance and claims of abduction are revealed to be a hoax, a case that takes another odd turn when one of the two is found murdered and the other vanishes, this time for real.

”Saving the World: A Novel,” by Julia Alvarez.

”In Alvarez’s appealingly earnest fifth novel — after “A Cafecito Story” — two women living two centuries apart each face ‘a crisis of the soul’ when their fates are tied to idealistic men whose commitments to medical humanitarian missions end in disillusionment,” reads Publisher’s Weekly.

New DVDs

”Capote,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener.

”Chicken Little” Starring the voices of: Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Don Knotts, Patrick Stewart, Amy Sedaris, Steve Zahn, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Patrick Warburton, Adam West, Sean Elmore, and Kelly Hoover.

”Good Night, and Good Luck,” starring George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., and David Strathairn.

Children’s programs

Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Drop-in Story Times for infants through five-year-olds.

Thursdays at 2 p.m., Drop-In Story Time for three- to five-year-olds.

April 15, at 10:30 a.m.,

T-shirt extravaganza for grades 5, 6 and 7

Come to the T-shirt extravaganza to decorate your T-shirt with colorful paints, markers, glitter and sequins.

Bring your own T-shirt and we’ll provide the supplies to decorate it. We’ll have a blast! This program is led by The Bromfield School senior Aimee Girard. Space is limited to eight, and you must pre-register by calling or dropping in to the library.

April 22, at 10:30 a.m., Marionette Show: “The Old Woman in the Wood.” This program is for all ages. Saturday, The Grimm’s fairy tale will be performed with marionettes in the Hapgood Room. Come hear a tale about a girl who, left alone in the forest with only her faith and courage, triumphs over a witch. Call or drop by the library to sign up. This program is sponsored by the Evergreen Garden Playschool.

May 30, from 4 to 5 p.m., the Fourth and Fifth Grade Book Group.

Sign-ups for this program start on April 24. Our first book will be “The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall, the winner of the National Book Award. Our regular meetings will be on the last Tuesday of each month.

Become a charter member of this group, and help decide on the group’s name! Please pre-register by dropping in or calling the library, and be sure to have us request a copy of the book for you.

Adult programs

The Brown Bag Book Club

This is an adult, drop-in discussion group that meets at noon on the third Wednesday of every month, from September through June, in the Hapgood Room. April’s book is “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. Bring a lunch and coffee’s on us. To reserve a book, call the library.


For information, call Ann Levison at (978) 456-3394.

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