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“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”

Buy your copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” from the Friends of the Townsend Public Library and pick it up at midnight on Saturday, July 21. It will be offered at a discounted price of $19. Sign up at the library and pay at that time. Make checks payable to The Friends of the Townsend Public Library. Order by Saturday, June 30. Show up on Friday, July 20 at 11 p.m. for activities, snacks and fun! Costumes are welcome.

For more information, call the Townsend Public Library at (978) 597-1714.

DVDs needed

Townsend Public Library children’s room staff seek the public’s help. The staff of the children’s room is asking for donations of new or gently-used DVDs. If you have any that your child has outgrown or doesn’t like to watch anymore, we would be glad to have them. They will either be added to our collection or put into our Friends of the Library Book Sale. Thank you very much.

Stacy Schuttler, children’s librarian.

Storytime and craft

The Townsend Public Library will be holding a Toddler Storytime for children 2-4 years old. Siblings of any age are welcome.

This storytime will be held on tuesdays, March 13 to April 10, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 2 of Memorial Hall.

Please sign up in the children’s room. Stacy needs to know what supplies she’ll need for the craft part of the program. Call (978) 597-1714 for more information.

Adult Discussion Group

The Townsend Public Library is holding a book discussion group. We will be reading and talking about “Anybody Out There?” by Marian Keyes. The group will meet Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in room 1 of Memorial Hall. The group is open to adults. Stop by the library to sign up and pick up a copy of the book.

Parent-Student Discussion Group

Join the Parent-Student Book Discussion Group. We will be talking about “The Fire Within” by Chris D’Lacey. When David moves in with Liz and her 11-year-old daughter, Lucy, he discovers a collection of clay dragons that come to life. David’s own special dragon inspires him to write a story, which reveals the secrets behind a mystery. In order to solve the mystery and save his dragon, David must master the magic of the fire within, not only with his hands but also with his heart.

The group will meet Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in room 1 of Memorial Hall. This group is open to fourth and fifth graders and their parents. Stop by the library to sign up and pick up your copy of the book.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Townsend Public Library at (978) 597-1714.

Vintage Book Sale

Visit the Friends of the Townsend Public Library’s continuous book sale area, and look at the vintage books they have for sale. The books are just $1 each. Some of these vintage books were part of the library’s collection long ago.

Quilt Raffle

Get your chance to win a wonderful quilt! Tickets may be purchased for $1 each or six for $5. In addition to being available at the Townsend Public Library, tickets may be purchased at special times at selected locations. The drawing will be held on April 21.

This machine-pieced, hand-quilted friendship sampler was created as a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Townsend Public Library by the “Quiltteas” — Lucille Forest, Beverly Johnson, Joan Landry, Mae Larson, Lillian Martin, Nancy Martin and Irene Nicholson.

Read a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Nominee

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who have read or heard read aloud five or more books from the Master List are eligible to vote for their favorite book. The list of nominees is available at the library or by going to the Townsend Public Library Web page,

The Townsend Public Library has two sets of the 2006-2007 nominees. Also, there are sets of the books at Squannacook Elementary School and Hawthorne Brook Middle School. Voting will take place before March 9.

The award’s founder, Dr. Helen Constant, observed that once having learned to read, many children lose interest in books when they research the intermediate grades. For this reason she established the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award program in 1975.

Participating teachers and librarians along with publishers nominate titles for the program. Nominees are chosen for their literary quality, variety of genres, representation of diverse cultural groups, and reader appeal. The award is sponsored by Salem State College.

For more information, call the Townsend Public Library at (978) 597-1714.

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