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April 2023 at the Ashland Library

Special Event:
Exciting News! The Friends are hosting a PUTTS4PAGES Mini Golf at the Library fundraiser on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd! Tickets on sale now! 
“MockTails and Mini-Golf” - Friends of the Ashland Library Fundraising Event *For Adults
Saturday, April 1 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Play Mini Golf in the Ashland Library - Friends of the Ashland Library Fundraising Event
Sunday, April 2 @ 11am-4pm
Contact the Friends ([email protected]) with any questions, esp if you would like to help sponsor the event - we love our local organizations! 
April 1st 10-1pm is also the Friends Mini-Booksale and Donation day. They are going to be exhausted but happy!
Nature Photography with Steve McGrath *Field Session
Saturday, April 1 @ 10am
Join photographer Steve McGrath out in the “field” to learn how to take the best pictures!
Artist Reception: Meet Pamela Dorris DeJong
Saturday, April 1 @ 1pm
Learn all about Pamela’s art, and be wowed by both the Orbs 3D exhibit on the walls and in the glass case.
Essential Oils with Hannah Stein: Lemon and Wild Orange 
Tuesday, April 4 @ 6:30pm
Join fellow Ashlander and Hannah Stein, Owner of Ashland REIKI & Wellness Center, in this new series as we explore the benefits of using essential oils in your daily life. This month we discuss lemon and wild orange!
Virtual - Environmental Book Club
Wednesday, April 5 @ 6:30pm
Read “How to Give Up Plastic” by Will McCallum.
HYBRID - Romance Book Club
Thursday, April 6 @ 6:30pm
Read Romantic Suspense Romances
Virtual - Aftermath: Fast Fashion and Textile Waste
Thursday, April 6 @ 7pm
Did you know that Americans throw out more than 34 billion pounds of used textiles per year? Dr. Julia DeVoy will trace the current state of textile waste in the United States, its global public health impacts, and associated issues of environmental injustice.
The Garden of Words: A Writing Workshop 
Friday, April 7 @ 10:30am
Friday, April 21 @ 10:30am
Join us to put into writing your story or come to commune with other budding authors as we learn how to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard :).
A Meditative Outdoors Spring Walk with Hannah Stein
Saturday, April 8 @ 10am
Join fellow Ashlanders and Hannah Stein, Owner of Ashland REIKI & Wellness Center, on this walk designed to increase your awareness of the relaxing and healing benefits of nature that you can discover right here in Ashland, Massachusetts. 
ReWilding: Native Plant Gardening for the Planet and ALL Her Inhabitants with Trevor Smith
Saturday, April 8 @ 10am
Native plants and pollinators are all the buzz these days. What are natives? Why should we plant natives? How can we work them into our landscape and gardens? All this and more will be covered in this brief class providing you with all you will need to know to go make informed decisions for your landscape.
Cookbook Club
Saturday, April 8 @ 12pm
Cook from “Good Veg : Ebullient Vegetables, Global Flavors : A Modern Vegetarian Cookbook” by Alice Hart
Card Making with Jan Poppendieck 
Monday, April 10 @ 6:30
Registration opens two weeks prior and this program fills up quickly!
Virtual: The ABCs of Immigration: An Introductory Series
Monday, April 10 @ 7pm
The ABCs of Immigration, provides an overview of common immigration statuses, the privileges and restrictions associated with each, and common pathways to obtain legal immigration status — including through family and humanitarian protections.
Virtual: Q&A with Author Kate Spencer
Tuesday, April 11 @ 7pm
We are thrilled to host author Kate Spencer for this very special Q&A about her incredibly fun and funny debut novel, “In a New York Minute”, while also talking about all of the incredible projects she is involved in! Bring your questions as this will be a rapid fire Q&A!
Mystery Book Club
Wednesday, April 12 @ 6:30pm
Read “The Woman in the Library” by Sulari Gentill
Virtual - Going Zero Waste As a Family with Sarah Robertson-Barnes
Wednesday, April 12 @ 7pm
Learn how to manage eco-anxiety and lessen your impact on the planet with easy-to-implement sustainable living tips for busy families. All ages are welcome!
Art for Adults with Nancy Atkinson
Thursday, April 13 @ 6:30pm
Every month, Nancy will teach us drawing techniques with different mediums, papers, and ideas.  Virtual - Friday Night Film Discussion
Friday, April 14 @ 7pm
Watch “And Then We Danced”
Virtual - Author Christopher Morash Discusses “Dublin” - The Place and the Literati!
Saturday, April 15 @ 10am
If you are a fan of classic literature and love a pint o’ Guinness while you’re reading, join us for this conversation with author & professor at Trinity College Christopher Morash as he discusses his book “Dublin: A Writer’s City” which unfolds a book-lover’s map of this unique city, inviting us to experience what it means to live in a great city of literature.
Name That Tune – Showtunes *For Older Teens and Adults
Saturday, April 15 @ 2pm
Hello my baby, hello my honey, Hello my ragtime gaaaaal.... Let’s get for Showtunes! Whether it’s Oklahoma or Jagged Little Pill, there will be something here for you! 
Saturday Knit and Crochet Club and Workshop: Flower Center Squares 
Saturday, April 15 @ 2pm
Join us this week for our monthly special Saturday Workshop- Crocheting Flower Center Squares.
Bio/Memoir Book Club
Wednesday, April 19 @ 11am
Read ‘Bookends’ by Zibby Owens
Half-Past Crafts
Wednesday, April 19 @ 6:30pm
We will be learning how to make pom poms, and then using them to make adorable cockatoos!
Virtual: Q&A with Romance Author Mia Sosa
Wednesday, April 19 @ 7pm
If you haven’t read Mia Sosa, you are missing out! Her books will bring a smile to your face, warmth to your heart, and heat to your cheeks. We are so looking forward to having this time to ask her all of our burning (pun intended) questions about her books, writing, and inspirations. 
Great Decisions Discussion Group
Thursday, April 20 @ 6:30pm
Discuss War Crimes
Virtual -Author Louise Gray discusses “Avocado Anxiety and Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From”
Saturday, April 22 @ 10am
In an effort to make sense of the complex food system we are all part of, Louise Gray decides to track the stories of our five-a-day, from farm to fruit bowl, and discover the impact that growing fruits and vegetables has on the planet. 
Virtual - Romance Authors Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost Celebrate a Book Birthday!
Saturday, April 22 @ 4pm
It’s a very special book birthday! We’re celebrating the 2nd book from Bones’ perspective - Jeaniene Frost’s “Both Feet in the Grave” - another MUCH anticipated addition to her Cat and Bones series. And, who better to celebrate with than good friends Ilona and Gordon Andrews (who are well acquainted with much anticipated books!).
Virtual - LGBTQ+ Book Club
Monday, April 24 @ 7pm
Read “I Wish You All The Best” by Mason Deaver
Virtual: Rights and Benefits for Immigrants: An Introductory Series
Monday, April 24 @ 7pm
Attendees will receive a broad overview of immigrant eligibility for health and safety net programs. This training also discusses best practices for interactions with law enforcement and preparation for worst-case scenarios.
Virtual: Front Street Readers Book Club 
Tuesday, April 25 @ 6:30pm
Read “The Salt Path” by Raynor Winn
Virtual - Nature Photography (Discussion Session) with Steve McGrath
Tuesday, April 25 @ 7pm
Be prepared to share and chat about your nature pics. 
Virtual - Friday Night Film Discussion
Friday, April 28 @ 7pm
Watch “Nowhere in Africa”
Virtual: Trivia Night - TV Commercials
Friday, April 28 @ 7pm
Join us on Zoom to test your knowledge! This month, we will be looking at TV commercials. Play solo or organize a team! The ability to view slides on a screen is all you need for this fantastic trivia fun!)
Adult Recurring:
Knit and Crochet Club
Saturdays at 2pm
Mondays @ 6pm - Beginning ELL Conversation Circles
Thursdays @ 2pm
Advanced ELL Conversation Circles
Fridays @ 11sam
Tweens and Teens: 
Saturday Video Games 
Saturday, April 1 @ 1:30pm
Come to the library afterschool to play switch games with your friends! Nintendo Switch, Xbox, games and snacks will be provided.
Let’s Draw Really Dumb Stupor Heroes with Rick Stromoski 
*For Grades 5-8
Wednesday, April 19 @ 3:30pm
Learn to draw really dumb Stupor Heroes like Balloon Boy, Mosquito Girl, Hot Dog Man, Giraffe Woman, and Too Much Caffeine Man, with award winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski in this fun interactive virtual cartooning class. The presenter will be virtual, but the event will be IN-PERSON at the library. Afterschool Video Games 
Friday, April 21 @ 3:30pm
Come to the library afterschool to play switch games with your friends! Nintendo Switch, Xbox, games and snacks will be provided.
Saturday Story Time 
*For Ages 3 and up
Saturday, April 1 @ 10:30am
Saturday, April 8 @ 10:30am
Saturday, April 22 @ 10:30am
Come listen to Ryan read some of his favorite stories aloud!
Lego Club 
*For Kids Age 5 & Up
Thursday, April 6 @ 4pm
Thursday, April 20 @ 4pm
Each child will be given a box filled with an assortment of Lego blocks to build a creation using only what’s inside the box within the 45 minute time limit. 
Family Movie: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Friday, April 7, 2023
(animated, rated PG)
Read to a Dog with Knives and Machete 
(yes, those really are the dog’s names!)
*For kids who are reading on their own
Thursday, April 13 @ 6pm
Thursday, April 27 @ 6pm
Children with some reading ability will have the chance to read to one of our registered therapy dogs for 10 minutes.
Joys of Nature-- Wild World of Reptiles 
*For Ages 4 and Up
Saturday, April 15 @ 10:30am
What is the difference between a lizard and a snake and a crocodile and an alligator? Can turtles really leave their shells like they do in the cartoons? Are snakes really slimy? Learn more about our wonderful scaly friends and meet some reptile special guests.
*SPECIAL* PJ Story Time (Stuffed Animal Sleepover!!!)
Tuesday, April 18 @ 5:30pm
Come to PJ Story Time today for a special event! Bring your stuffed animals with you and they will have a sleepover at the library. Who knows what crazy things they’ll get up to?
Let’s Draw Really Dumb Stupor Heroes with Rick Stromoski 
*For Grades 5-8
Wednesday, April 19 @ 3:30pm
Learn to draw really dumb Stupor Heroes like Balloon Boy, Mosquito Girl, Hot Dog Man, Giraffe Woman, and Too Much Caffeine Man, with award winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski in this fun interactive virtual cartooning class. The presenter will be virtual, but the event will be IN-PERSON at the library.
Bird Stories and Wooden Birdhouse Craft *For Grades K-4
Friday, April 21 @ 2pm
Paint a wooden birdhouse that can be used as an indoor decoration
Robotics Demonstration
Saturday, April 22 @ 10-4pm
Ashland Moms - Little Crafters
Monday, April 24 @ 10:15am
The Mom’s Club of Ashland and the Friends of the Ashland Public Library are offering a story & craft program for infants thru age 5.
Children Recurring:
Monday Afternoon Story And Craft
*For Ages 4-7
Mondays @ 4:30pm
Project ABC Play, Learn, and Grow Group *For Ages 0 to 5
Tuesdays @ 11am
PJ Story Time with Ryan (and his stuffed animals!) 
*For Ages 3 and up
Tuesdays @ 5:30pm
For Infants & Toddlers and their Caregivers
Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Friday Afternoon Story And Craft
*For Ages 4-7
Fridays @ 4:00pm
Crafty Saturdays
Drop in Crafting
Saturdays @ 10-3pm
Friends of the Ashland Public Library Mini Book Sale and Donation Day
Saturday, April 1st 10-1pm
The Friends have their sale to the First Saturday of the Month from 10-1pm on Saturday February 4th. Pop on by to grab some deals and, if you have some donations well, we’ll take those, too! It’s a combination book sale/donation day!