Register online using the calendar of events at tewksburypl.org or by calling 978-640-4490. Library staff strongly recommends registration for programs that are marked RR.
Tewksbury Job Seekers Network — How To Find A Job That Makes You Happy ON ZOOM (RR): 2 p.m. Aug. 3. Align your job search with what is most important to you! In this interactive workshop, define the values that are currently guiding your life, discern your core values and explore the impact a values-based approach can have on your job search. Find a job that makes you happy! Led by Dina Crawford, MHA, CLDC, and Amanda Coburn, MSW, LICSW, CLDC. After a 30-year career in health care, Dina left her management position to go do what makes her heart sing. Now, as a certified life design coach and partner in “Inspired Life by Design,” Dina guides clients through a five-step process to intentionally design and create a life that makes their heart sing. In her 20+ years as a medical social worker, Amanda has been privileged to share in the journeys of persons living with dementia, mental illness and substance abuse disorders as well as the families who support and love them. She holds the belief that there is hope and possibility in all life circumstances creating opportunities for each person to discover happiness, wholeness and the quality of life that resonates with them. As a certified life design coach and partner in “Inspired Life by Design,” Amanda lives her mission to inspire others to manifest their highest expression.
Vampires In New England ON ZOOM (RR): 7 p.m. Aug. 4. At one time, New Englanders actually believed that the undead walked among them in the dark bowers of the night. Feeding upon their kin, these “ghouls” petrified families for more than 100 years. Scores of families exhumed their loved ones looking for the “spectral ghoul” that plagued them. Accounts and actual newspaper articles help tell the story of how people once took desperate measures to rid themselves of what we now know as the New England Vampire. Tom D’Agostino, author of “The History of Vampires in New England,” is one of the region’s most well-known writers and investigators of the paranormal. As founders of the Paranormal United Research Society, Tom and wife Arelene have been extensively studying and investigating paranormal accounts for over 28 years. Tom has authored many books, including: “A Guide to Haunted New England,” “Haunted Massachusetts,” “Haunted New Hampshire,” “Haunted Rhode Island,” “Pirate Ghosts and Phantom Ships,” and “Abandoned Villages and Ghost Towns of New England.” D’Agostino builds musical instruments, rebuilds clocks and antiques and collects rare books on New England legends, haunts and folklore.
Haunted Hotels Of New England ON ZOOM (RR): 10:30 a.m. Aug. 5. From the Witch City’s Hawthrone Hotel in Salem to the spectacular Biltmore in Providence to the blood-stained Lizzie Borden bed and breakfast in Fall River, travel all over New England in search of the 13 most haunted hotels with Sam Baltrusis, author of “13 Most Haunted Hotels & Inns in New England.” Sam Baltrusis, author of “Ghosts of Boston” and “Ghosts of Salem,” has penned more than a dozen paranormal-themed books including “Mass Murders” and “Ghosts of the American Revolution.” He has been featured on several national TV shows including the Travel Channel’s A Haunting, Most Terrifying Places, Haunted Towns, and Haunted USA. In 2020, he made a cameo on several television programs including Paranormal Night Shift, Hotel Paranormal, and Forbidden History. Baltrusis is a sought-after lecturer who speaks at libraries and paranormal-related events across the country. In the past, he has worked for VH1, MTV.com, Newsweek and ABC Radio and as a regional stringer for the New York Times.
Laughter Circle ON FACEBOOK: noon Aug. 5. The library is taking Laughter Circle online with Facebook Live every Wednesday at noon. All you have to do to view it is go to the Facebook page at noon to see the program running. This program was formerly known at Laughter Yoga. This program is for all ages. This program combines voluntary laughter exercises with gentle breathing techniques to teach the body how to laugh without relying on jokes or humor. This is a participatory program to create moments to laugh in through guided actions. No need to bring a yoga mat — most of the program is seated, with options for standing or gentle movement. There is no registration required. Session will last about 30 minutes.
Tales Of The Wicked & Weird In Massachusetts ON ZOOM (RR): 7 p.m. Aug. 6. Join author and storyteller Roxie Zwicker for a fun evening of curious tales that shows New England has always had a quiet weird side going back to Colonial Days. Roxie will offer a look at some of the most unusual tales in her collection from eccentric people, odd omens and superstitious silliness. View the old newspaper headlines and discover tales from every corner of New England that are creepy, unbelievable and just plain weird, told with a dash of humor and wit. Led by Roxie Zwicker, a bestselling local author and television personality. She has been featured on the Travel Channel and History Channel and has hosted the inspirational television series, “The Power of One.” Her company, New England Curiosities, features tours and events based on ghost stories of New England’s forgotten past. Zwicker, who has been sharing her stories of New England Legends and Lore for nearly two decades, is the author of a dozen books, including “Haunted Cemeteries of New England: Stones, Stories and Superstitions” and “Haunted Pubs of New England.”
Trivia Night ON ZOOM (RR): 7 p.m. Aug. 7. The Tewksbury Public Library is excited to host its second ever Virtual Trivia Night. Join in on Zoom to test your trivia skills! Play solo or organize a team! For security purposes, participants’ videos will be disabled, so no need to worry about having a working webcam to play. The ability to view slides on a screen is all you need for this fantastic trivia fun! Note that trivia questions are geared towards adults in challenge rating. (If families want to play together, however, there are no “embarrassing” questions or content.) Registration is required. There is a 35-team limit. Only one team member should register. That registration will cover his or her entire team.
Teen Trivia Night ON ZOOM (RR): 6 p.m. Aug. 5. Test your knowledge with trivia! Compete in teams of four against your friends. The winning team will each earn a free ticket to enter into library raffles. This is an online event via Zoom. An invite will be sent at least an hour prior to the start of the program to the email given at registration. Do not use a school email address. Be sure to check your clutter/junk/spam boxes if the invite does not appear in your inbox. Have Zoom downloaded prior to the start of the event.
Summer Sprouts Story Time ON FACEBOOK: 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Storytime for infants and toddlers with Miss Heather! Join her for stories, songs, movement and more! This program will run live on the library’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/TewksburyLib.
Pajamarama Story Time on FACEBOOK: 7 p.m. Aug. 3. Join in live on our Facebook page for Pajamarama Storytime! Have early literacy fun with stories, songs, movement and more at this early evening storytime. Pajamas are optional but encouraged. This program will run live on the library’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/TewksburyLib.
Story Time ON FACEBOOK: 11 a.m. Aug. 4. Join Miss Kat for songs, movement and a story or two! This program will run live on the library’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/TewksburyLib.
Summer Science — Tiny Terrariums! ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE: 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Miss Kat will be posting four cool science projects this summer that you can do at home! View the video on the library’s Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/TewksburyLib and YouTube page http://youtube.com/TewksburyLibrary). This week, learn how seeds turn into plants, and making your own tiny terrarium! Materials and instructions will be outside the library at 10 a.m. Aug. 5. This week, the library will be supplying seeds, baggies, paper towels and small jars. You will need to supply: dirt, decorative rocks, tape, water and sunshine.
Steve Lechner Science! ON ZOOM (RR): 2 p.m. Aug. 6. Is it science? Is it magic? Is it BOTH?! Stephen Lechner from The Science Works will be joining in see if the group can’t figure it out. Participants will be watching it on Zoom. Register one attendee for the one device that will be streaming this program. You can have as many people as you like watching with you! If you can’t make it or the program is full, don’t worry! A recording of this performance will be available for two weeks.
Virtual Maker Craft — Fire-Breathing Dragons ON FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE: 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Watch a video to show you how to make some really cool crafts! Every week will have a new fun tutorial. Visit the library’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/TewksburyLib or YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/TewksburyLibrary to view the video. This week, learn how to make Fire Breathing Dragons! Suggested materials: cardboard tube; colored paper or something to color with (markers, crayons, etc); glue / tape; tissue paper or crepe paper (red/yellow/orange); pom poms (optional); googly eyes (optional); and scissors . Bags of supplies (tubes, construction paper, crepe paper, pom poms, googly eyes) will be outside the library at 10 a.m. Aug. 7, and are first-come, first-served. If you aren’t able to get a bag, don’t worry! The activity tries to use materials that you already have or can easily get.