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Mondays, Oct. 20 and 27, at 10:30 a.m.: Preschool Story Time! This program is for children ages 3 to 5. This program includes a craft, puppets, songs, activities, rhymes & crafts. No registration required.

Monday Oct. 20, at 4 p.m.: Chess Club! Beginning, intermediate and advanced Chess players welcome. Bring your own set or use one of ours. This program is for students up to 8th grade.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 and 28, at 4 p.m.: After-school STEM! Miss Kathleen in the Children’s Story time area for an afternoon of stories and science activities based on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math). This program is suitable for children ages 5 to 9. is a drop-in program, no registration needed.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m.: Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club! Tonight’s book is “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons. Call or stop by the front desk and pick up a copy of “Hyperion” and sign up to attend the discussion. New members welcome. Refreshments will be served!

Wednesdays, Oct. 15 and 22 at 10:30 a.m.: Mother Goose on the Loose. Drop in for Mother Goose on the Loose! This is a 30-Minute nursery rhyme program for children from birth to age 2. Puppets, songs, finger-plays and musical instruments make for a stimulating time for baby’s emergent literacy. No Registration required, no craft involved.

Thursday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m.: Legos at the Library for ages 6 through 12. Drop in and create with Legos. No registration required.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.: Science Enrichment Program! Science educator Steve Lechner from The Science Works will provide an enrichment series featuring creative and innovative inquiry-based science experiences for children aged 3-7. Utilizing hands-on experiments, puppets, activities, a bit of magic and just plain fun, Steve will introduce children to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.)! This program will feature pumpkins. Please register at the library for space is limited. This program is sponsored by the Family Partnership of Ayer, Shirley and Devens.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 29, at 2:15 p.m.: Zentangle! Middle School Students can sign-up in person or call to register for an afternoon of Zentangle. Zentangle is a meditative art-form. Everyone will make a small work of original art by using different patterns. Join us and learn how to put together exciting patterns, how to focus and concentrate, and how to accept the unexpected and how to turn art mistakes into art opportunities. Register for space is limited. This program is funded by Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library!

Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library meeting! If you are thinking about doing something to give back to the community and looking for a volunteer activity that leaves you fulfilled and involves a flexible time commitment? Join the Friends! The Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library are a non-profit group that promote the town library and raises funds for library items and public programs that would otherwise be outside the limited library budget.

Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.: The Book Club for second- and third-grade students. Miss Kathleen in the Children’s Room for the book club. Book for this month is “I, Freddy: Book One in the Golden Hamster Saga,” by Dietlof Reiche. Please call and reserve a copy or order one on-line. This is a drop-in program, pre-registration is not required.

Thursday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m.: Please join Miss Kathleen for a book club for children in fourth- and fifth-grades. We will be reading Suzanne Selfor’s, “The Sasquatch Escape, The Imaginary Veterinary: Book 1.” No sign up is necessary. If you would like to join us please call, order a copy online, or stop by and reserve a copy in time so that you can discuss it. Refreshments will be available.

Thursday, Oct. 23, at 2:15 p.m.: Join the Middle School Cupcake Book Club where we will talk about the books we are reading and pick a new title for next month to discuss. Each member will enjoy a cupcake so please register so that we have enough to go around. Register at the library or call.

Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m.: Music with Nancy. Join Early Childhood Specialist Nancy Railsback for a morning of music and creative movement. A singer-songwriter, she brings her knowledge of young children to early childhood programs providing experiences for singing, expressive movement, as well as opportunities to listen to and play instruments. This program is for children up to age 3 with a parent.

This program is funded by an anonymous donor! Thank you!!

Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m.: Our Halloween event. Please join the Wingmasters as they present The World of Owls. Owls are not evil spirits, wise little philosophers or Walt Disney creations. Nor do they wing about carrying messages, despite the way they’re depicted in the Harry Potter books. In fact, owls are probably more misunderstood than any other kind of bird. This program shows how owls use their specialized powers of sight, hearing and flight to survive and thrive. A wealth of fact and folklore about these masters of the dark explains the natural and unnatural history of owls. A variety of live owls provides the focus of the presentation.

Wear a costume and get a treat! No reservations necessary, space is limited to room capacity so please arrive promptly for a seat. This FREE event is sponsored by the Friends of the Hazen Memorial Library!

Monday, Oct. 27, at 4-5 p.m.: Sophie, the Golden Lab, will be at the Library to listen to young readers! You can have a 15-minute one-on-one reading session with Sophie. Bring the book of your choice or chose one at the library. Sophie enjoys all types of books, not just books about dogs! This program is a great way for children to practice reading in a fun, nonjudgmental environment. Registration is required. Suitable for children of all ages. Pets and People Foundation is a nonprofit organization of certified volunteers who provide physical and or psychological therapy through pet reading programs.

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