Bancroft Memorial Library

Issue Date: 
November, 2019
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50 Hopedale Street, Hopedale MA 01747
Contact: Robyn York, Library Director, 508-634-2209
Library News
Holiday Hours
Veterans Day – closed Monday, Nov. 11

Thanksgiving hours: Wednesday, Nov. 27
open 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Thursday, Nov. 28 -
Thanksgiving - CLOSED

Friday, Nov. 29 open regular hours: 1 pm – 5 pm

Saturday, Nov. 30 open regular hours: 10 am – 2 pm 

Food for Fines
The Bancroft Memorial Library will be offering “Food for Fines” from November 4th through 25th. For each non-perishable item donated, we will forgive $1.00 in fines. Please note that this cannot be used toward missing or lost items. The items collected will go to the Milford Food Pantry. 
Bullet Journaling
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 am
Get organized in a fun way and take a break from the holiday rush. Join us to learn a creative way to get your life organized. Bullet journals are a combination of calendar, to-do list, reading list, and whatever else you would like to record. Learn the basics of this method, experiment, and share ideas in this workshop led by Hopedale resident and active bullet journalist, Kathryn York. A bullet journal and a pen will be provided for each participant. Space is limited to 15 participants. Contact us at 508-634-2209 to sign up.

Ongoing Monthly
Library Events
Helen Symonds
Book Group
The Helen Symonds Book Group meets in the Library Program Room at 1:00 pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome to join the group. Please call the library at (508)634-2209 to request a copy of the discussion book.
This month, the group will discuss The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey on Wednesday, November 6th at 1:00 pm. “Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.”-- adapted from C/W MARS catalog
What would you like to read in December? Bring your ideas and the group will choose a title at this month’s meeting.

Cookbook Club
Pumpkins, colorful mums and falling leaves mark my favorite time of year. Snuggly sweaters, wool socks, family and friends to enjoy a football game (watching not playing!). Let the season of overeating begin!
Please join us on Monday, Nov 25th at 6:30 pm when the Cookbook Club will kick off the busy eating season by celebrating the first of the food holidays, Thanksgiving. We will be enjoying recipes from the book, Hometown Cooking in New England: From stews and chowders to cobblers and pies: The best traditional recipes from Yankee community cookbook compiled by Sandra Taylor. As always, first time guests do not need to cook. Just come and enjoy! Please call the library to reserve a seat at the table.

Wednesday Knitting & Crocheting Group
Have you been knitting for a while but want to spend time with other crafters? Do you have a project which has been waiting for you to “get around to it?” Join the Knovel Knitters in the Reference Room for an evening of knitting & crocheting every Wednesday night from 6:00 pm until 7:45 pm.

Art Show
The Bancroft Memorial Library is once again partnering with the Hopedale Memorial School to display students’ artwork each month in the Program Room. Be sure to stop by and admire their work! This month will feature the work of fourth and fifth graders from the school. A reception for the students and their families will take place on Monday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Friends of the Hopedale Library Book and Bake Sale and Raffles
The Friends of the Hopedale Library are pleased to announce the semi-annual Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 16th from 10 am - 2 pm. You do not need to be a member of The Friends of the Hopedale Library to attend! Books will be sold for the great price of $10 per bag.  Donations of baked goods are welcome. Bakers will be able to enter the book sale room first on Saturday morning. Baked goods can be dropped off from 1 pm to 5 pm on Friday, November 15th or on Saturday starting at 9:30 am. Raffle tickets will also be on sale for gift baskets. Tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. There is something for everyone!             
Holiday Harmony
Concert and
Afternoon Tea
Please join us on Sunday, December 8th from 2-3 pm for an afternoon tea and holiday concert with the local a cappella quartet, Holiday Harmony. This special event will take place in the upstairs Reading Room. Refreshments will be served and the program will last approximately an hour. Cookies, tea and hot chocolate will be provided. To reserve your seat please call the library at 508-634-2209.
Want to help out the Friends of the Hopedale Library at the book sale? We are always looking for volunteers! Please call the library at 508-634-2209 to leave your name or stop by the upstairs registration desk.
The Friends of the Hopedale Library helps to support the Library by providing funds for equipment, materials and programs not covered by the regular operating budget. They offer adult events September- June and pay for the children’s summer reading and other programs. More information can be found at:
News from the
Marjorie Hattersley
Children’s Room
Check It Out! Celebration
On Wednesday, November 6th, the winners of our annual “Check It Out!” program will be treated to a special evening at the Library from 6:15 to 7:45 pm. Following a pizza dinner, the winning class will enjoy a program chosen especially for them. Parents and siblings are welcome to remain in the Children’s Room during the program.

Marionette Show
We’ll be entering the holiday season on Wednesday, November 20th when Charlotte Dore, of Rosalita’s Puppets, presents “It’s a Lovely Holiday with Grandma.” This delightful marionette show tells the story of Grandma’s dinner party. During the Holidays everyone is invited to Grandmother’s house for a wonderful meal. However, when some of the guests are sent the wrong way by the evil elf, the audience must help them find their way back. Watch for the wolf, the dragon, and the snowman! This family program will begin at 6:30 pm. It is ideal for children 3 to 8 years old! Please call the Library to register for this program (508-634-2209), which is made possible by the Friends of the Library.
The early winter session of Storyhours will begin on November 13th:
Book Fun, for children in grades K-1, will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. The program will include stories, puppets, crafts, and flannel board stories.
Tell me a Story, for preschoolers aged 3-5, will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 pm. The program will include stories, puppets, crafts, and flannel board stories.
Registration is requested. Please contact Mrs. Kraimer (508-634-2209) for more information.
Robotics Club
Attention students in grades 4-6 interested in robotics and programming! Join us this fall for Robotics Club. Learn how to design and program applications that drive a robot through an obstacle course and compete to win prizes. There will be new challenges for experienced members and instruction for new ones. Registration is required. Please call the library at 508-634-2209 to sign up.
Robotics Club will meet from 3:15 – 4:30 pm most Fridays before Christmas: Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov.22, Dec.6, Dec.13, and Dec.20.

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