Visit the events calendar at http://melrosepubliclibrary.org for more information and to register for programs.
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. we will continue to offer Front Door Pickup service through the end of June. Please call 781-665-2313 or email [email protected] with any questions. Summer hours start on June 28th: Open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Independence Day: Closed Monday, July 5.
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Virtual Teen Take and Make
6-7:30 p.m. June 23. Teens and tweens ages 11-18 are invited to join in for some DIY crafting fun. Pop by to pick up your supplies from our Front Door Service table, then log in to follow along, troubleshoot your project, talk about it with friends, and share your creation! This month’s project is Geometric Yarn Art. Make a piece of wall art that fits your own unique style with just a few simple items! You will need a computer or smartphone, an internet connection, a pencil, and scissors, as well as the library take and make kit. This program will take place via Zoom. Online registration opens two weeks prior to the event.
All Day Library Lawn Storywalk
All day June 28. Pages from the children’s book Woodpecker “Wham!” by April Pulley Sayre will be on display along the library pathway. Enjoy the story as you stroll! No registration required.
Virtual Leaping Lizards
6-6:30 p.m. June 28. Join educator and naturalist Joy Marzolf from the Joys of Nature for a special virtual program! Joy has extensive experience through her work at Mass Audubon and the Oceanic Society, and loves to share her animal knowledge! “One of my favorite things to do is break people’s misconceptions about many animals, especially those that people fear, such as predators including sharks, reptiles and spiders.” This program will be delivered via Zoom. The link will be emailed 24 hours ahead of the program. Recommended for ages K and up. From a tiny anole and a huge Komodo dragon to the venomous Gila monster, lizards can look very different. How are they similar? How do their differences actually help lizards survive around the world and even here? Find out about some of the amazing abilities of different lizards and don’t miss our special lizard guests. Register online.
7-7:30 p.m. June 29. Join library staff on Facebook and YouTube for a weekly folktale read-aloud starring our feathered or furry friends! Tuesday evenings June 29 to Aug. 10, no program July 13 6. Recommended for grades K and up. No registration required.
Virtual Program The Pineapple Project
3-3:45 p.m. June 25. In honor of Pride Month, please join “The Pineapple Project,” for an original play about gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are. “Boys can’t be princesses!” As a non-binary person and theatre artist, Mal couldn’t ignore this statement made by their niece. Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt created this play for children ages 3-8 to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity. This program will be delivered via Zoom. The link will be emailed 24 hours prior to the start of the program. Recommended for ages 3-8, although children younger and older are also welcome. Registrants need only sign up once per family if sharing a screen. Register online.
6-7:30 p.m. June 29. Have you ever wondered what scholars of the future will have to say about your way of life? Find out as you join a team of 32nd century anthropologists and try to uncover the uses behind 21st century pet toys … without knowing they’re pet toys. From objects like a giant metal spiral encased in poly-blend fabric, a mesh knit mitten with dull silicone spikes protruding from one side, and a large, brightly colored rubber ring, you and your team will have your work cut out for you – and you’re not the only anthropological team vying to go down in history. This program will take place via Zoom. Register online. Note: Please do not register using a Melrose Public Schools email address. Filters will prevent confirmation emails from being delivered. Thank you.
Virtual Skype a Scientist — Jellyfish Venom
6-6:30 p.m. June 30. Join Anna Klompen, jellyfish biologist, for an online conversation about her research into these fascinating creatures. Registration for this event opens at 9 a.m. June 16.
Family Take & Make STEM Program in a Bag
All day July 6. THIS WEEK: CHALK CHALLENGES
Pick up a kit at the library. Complete at home or bring a blanket and make it on the library lawn! Kits are available while supplies last. Registration not required. Challenges vary in difficulty and may require adult assistance and supervision.
Virtual Food Explorers — Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tarts
6-7 p.m. July 6. Join Food Explorers to make Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tarts from scratch. You’ll be making your own chocolate ganache filling, chocolate pastry and chocolate glaze. You’ll be a pastry chef in no time. Just pick up your kit, tune in, and start creating! In addition to the ingredients provided to you, you will also need approximately 2/3 cup of heavy cream, and one stick plus one tablespoon of butter. You will also need a rolling pin. This program will take place via Zoom. Note: Please do not register using a Melrose Public Schools email address. Filters will prevent confirmation emails from being delivered. Please only register once for a single group/family login. Registration for this event opens at 9 a.m. June 22.
Virtual MPL Book Group
7:30-8:45 p.m. June 17. Diane Wall will be hosting a virtual book group meeting for a discussion of this month’s book, “The Stationery Shop” by Marjan Kamali. Contact Diane at [email protected] to arrange to pick up this month’s title in advance so you can join in the discussion. There are limited e-audiobook and e-book copies available through OverDrive/Libby. The meeting will be held through the remote conferencing platform, Zoom. If you would like to join, please register on the library event calendar by the Wednesday before the meeting. You will receive an email reminder with the invitation link. Hope to “see” you all there.
Virtual Author’s Corner with Pam Jenoff in conversation with Jane Healey
7-8 p.m. June 21. Pam will be talking about her newly released historical novel, “The Woman With the Blue Star,” a riveting tale of courage and unlikely friendship during World War II inspired by true stories. This event is free and open to all, sponsored by several Greater Boston Libraries. Signed copies of Pam’s books will be available for sale before and during the event from Haley Booksellers. To receive the link for this virtual program, go to http://melrosepubliclibrary.org.
Juneteenth Flag Raising
7-8 p.m. June 23. The City of Melrose Presents: Juneteenth Flag Raising at Melrose Public Library on the lawn A ceremony here in Melrose to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. Sponsored by the city of Melrose, the North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc., and the Melrose Public Library.
Virtual program: Attracting birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficials
7-8:30 p.m. June 23. Join Naturalist and landscaper John Root and learn how to create a nature sanctuary in your backyard to attract birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficials by meeting their needs for food, cover, and water. A variety of plants that nourish these organisms throughout their life cycles will be discussed, and organic methods for creating and maintaining a wildlife habitat will also be presented. Handouts will be downloadable, and comments and questions will be welcome at the conclusion of the program. Register on the Melrose Public Library website. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Reading Public Library and is offered in collaboration with the Lynnfield, Melrose, and Wakefield public libraries.
Virtual Tasty Books For Hungry Readers Book Club
7:30-8:45 p.m. June 29. Join friends old and new for a lively virtual book discussion. The meeting will be held through the remote conferencing platform, Zoom. If you would like to join in, please register online by June 28 so the Library can send you the invitation link. Please call 781-665-2313 to request a copy of the monthly selection, “The Recipe box: a novel with recipes” by Viola Shipman.
Virtual History Book Group
7-8:45 p.m. July 7. Join a lively discussion group focused on history! Members are asked to read a book or article on the monthly topic and be prepared to tell the group about it, or just listen and learn. New members are welcome to join and experience history from many points of view on one topic — no other history book club offers this unique approach! This month’s topic: Colonial America up to the Revolutionary War. Participants should read a non-fiction book of their choosing related to an aspect of Colonial America leading up to the time of the Revolutionary War. Perhaps you want to explore what daily life was like for colonists, learn more about early Boston, or dive into events leading up to the Revolutionary War. Join in at the meeting to share your findings with the group or, if curious to see what a meeting is like, just come and listen. Need help finding a book? Please contact the library ([email protected] or 781-665-2313). The library is now back open to patrons, so come roam the stacks. The meeting will be held through the remote conferencing platform, Zoom. If you would like to join in, please register before Tuesday, July 6 so that you will receive an invitation via email to join the meeting!
Virtual Author’s Corner with Liv Constantine
7-8 p.m. July 7. Save the date and stay tuned for more information.
Tuesday Morning Book Group
10:30 a.m.-noon July 13. The Tuesday Morning Book Group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Book selections range in genres but the discussion is always lively! This Month’s Title: “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Location of Meeting: In-person on the Library Lawn if weather permits (if inclement weather the meeting will take place via Zoom) Physical copies of the books are available at the library; please stop in the library to obtain a copy. If you would like to join in on the discussion, please register online. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held virtually through the remote conferencing platform, Zoom (if you do not receive a reminder notice with a Zoom link prior to the meeting, please contact the library).
Virtual NEADS World Class Service Dogs
6:30-7:30 p.m. July 13. Join us for this all ages Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program! Located in Princeton Massachusetts, NEADS World Class Service Dogs began in 1976 and has trained over 1,900 Service Dog teams since its founding. Learn about what types of Service Dogs they train, what some of the jobs the Service Dogs do, as well as the journey of a NEADS Service Dog from start to finish! This event will be held virtually through Zoom. To reserve your spot, register below before July 12. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Melrose Public Library.
Virtual Significant Short Fiction Discussion Group
2-3:30 p.m. July 21. This group currently meets on the third Wednesday of every month to discuss short stories. Currently readers are working their way through 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. New attendees are always welcome! Location of Meeting: In-person on the Library Lawn if weather permits (if inclement weather the meeting will take place via Zoom) If you would like to join in on the discussion, please register on the library event calendar before 9 a.m. the Tuesday before the meeting so the Library can send you an invitation link. Please contact Erin at [email protected] if you have any questions or have questions about how to get the stories.