Sawyer Free Library to present screening of Jane Eyre followed by Cast & Director Talkback on May 6th

Join the Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, May 6, from 6:30-9 p.m. for a free virtual screening of a new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane EyreAdapted by Salem, Mass., resident Julie Butters and performed by Flock Theatre of New London, Conn., the production was filmed over Zoom during the COVID pandemic and supplements live-action performances with shadow puppetry. Butters, who also plays adult Jane, will discuss making the film following the screening alongside director Derron Wood and actor Eric Michaelian (Mr. Rochester) to share the film’s details.

Jane Eyre, an orphan in early nineteenth-century England, overcomes a loveless childhood to become a governess to the ward of the enigmatic Mr. Rochester. Jane soon believes she’s found the home and the love she’s always yearned for, but Mr. Rochester’s dark secrets threaten to keep them apart. Blending gothic romance with a powerful story of personal growth, Jane Eyre explores one woman’s struggle to find love and independence despite barriers of gender, class, and circumstance.  

Register here for this free event or for more information visit .  

Gloucester Education Foundation Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week with Whoo(pie) Pie Wagon

Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF), along with volunteers from Gloucester Parent Teacher Organizations are showing their appreciation for all teachers and staff members in the Gloucester Public School district with visits to each school by the Whoo(pie) Wagon to deliver individually wrapped whoopie pies, courtesy of GEF.

“Our teachers, administration and staff members have worked incredibly hard this year and we wanted to do something fun and lighthearted to show how much we appreciate them,” said Aria McElhenny, Executive Director of Gloucester Education Foundation. “The whoopie pies are a token of our gratitude for the time, effort and heart that the entire team at Gloucester Public Schools has put into teaching and caring for our kids during this challenging year.”

The Whoo(pie) Wagon along with PTO volunteers and Gloucester Education Foundation board members will be on hand to deliver whoopie pies at the following locations and times:

Monday, May 3-         10:30- 11:30 Gloucester High School, 32 Leslie O Johnson Rd

                                    11:45-12:30 East Gloucester Elementary, 8 Davis Street

                                    12:30-1:00 Veterans Memorial Elementary, 11 Webster Street

                                    1:15 Gloucester Public School Admin Office and Gloucester Preschool, 2 Blackburn Drive

Tuesday, May 4-         11:00-11:45 West Parish Elementary School, 10 Concord Street

                                    12:15-1:00 Plum Cove Elementary, 15 Hickory Street

                                    1:15-2:00 Beeman Memorial Elementary, 138 Cherry Street

                                    2:15 O’Maley Middle School, 32 Cherry Street

Killer Snails and the Power of Venom on The GMGI Science Hour

CUNY Graduate Center

This Thursday, April 29th, Dr. Mandë Holford joins the GMGI Science Hour to talk about her fascinating research on the power of venom. Dr. Holford and her team are working to harness the incredible power of venom into safe, effective drug therapies that benefit human health. 

Want a preview of the talk, and what you can expect to learn? Check out our Science Hour Warm Up. Don’t miss it! Join us on Thursday, April 29th! Register here.

Manchester-Essex Rotary Club

Run for the Roses Raffle drawing this Saturday, May 1, 6pm. Live via FaceBook:

Don’t forget to submit your Derby hat photos, guys and gals. Post your photo of yourself with your fancy Derby Hat to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #runfortherosesraffle or email your submission to  Best woman’s hat wins a dozen roses and a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon, best men’s hat wins just the Bourbon. Contest deadline is noon on the day of the Kentucky Derby and our Run for the Roses Raffle drawing, 6:00 PM Saturday May 1. Entrants must be 21 years of age. 

Tickets are still available.

Tickets are still available.

Sawyer Free Library Welcomes Clawdia the Library Lobster

It is a big cause for a shellabration at the Sawyer Free Library as they announce their newest staff member, CLAWDIA THE LIBRARY LOBSTER!

Patrons should be on the lookout for Clawdia sharing the latest Library news and program updates and even helping out at the service desk! So swing by the Sawyer Free Library and give her a wave one day soon!

For more information about the Sawyer Free Library and its programs, visit

Sawyer Free Library’s Technology on the Horizon: Big Data in Small Slices Presentation on Thursday, April 29

The Sawyer Free Library is pleased to announce the launch of “Technology on the Horizon,” an informative series that spotlights individuals and organizations on the North Shore working with critical or emerging technologies.

Throughout the year, the Library will be hosting local industry leaders who will share their knowledge, insight, and the economic implications of their work in a way that is accessible to all. The series is intended to inspire and inform individuals about new and exciting innovations happening in our community and the possibilities of new career paths in Technology. The live virtual presentations are free and open to the public with advance registration through the Sawyer Free Library’s website.

The series will kick off with “Big Data in Small Slices” on Thursday, April 29, at 7 pm. Data analysis and visualization expert, author, journalist, and resident of Rockport, Dianne Finch-Claydon, will share how data visualization can be used to combat climate change, better our world, and even help your career. Her newly published book, Big Data in Small Slices: Data Visualization for Communicators, which has been called an invaluable resource for anyone interested in storytelling using data, is available now to checkout at Sawyer Free Library. Click here to register and to receive the Zoom link.

For more information about the “Technology on the Horizon” series and the Library’s other programs and offerings, please visit

Shop for a cause and buy your cold-tolerant veggie seedlings from Backyard Growers

The Backyard Growers Online Shop is now OPEN for our April Seedling Sale, and chock full of cold-tolerant veggie seedlings like kale, cabbage, broccoli, swiss chard, and more, organically-grown by our friends at Cedar Rock Gardens.

The Sale also includes other supplies to get your garden going this spring, like Black Earth Compost, Neptune’s Harvest fertilizer, and a range of vegetable and flower seeds. Start (or expand!) your own container veggie garden with our felt custom GrowBags.

Proceeds support nonprofit organization Backyard Growers‘ programs in the community connecting families, seniors, and kids with the resources to grow their own food.

The fine print: The 2021 April Seedling Sale is online only for curbside pickup only next Saturday, April 24. The shop will close at noon on Thursday, April 22, to allow time for us to prep your orders.

Happy Growing!

Finding Practical Solutions to Ending Food Waste: A Panel Discussion hosted by Sawyer Free Libary and Backyard Growers

Did you know 33% of all food produced globally is lost or wasted? Food waste is central to some of the key challenges facing the world today, including hunger and poverty, climate change, health and wellbeing, and the sustainability of agriculture and oceans.

To bring attention to this growing global problem, the Sawyer Free Library and Backyard Growers are co-hosting a virtual panel discussion around the topic of food waste on Thursday, April 28, from 6-7 pm.  The live virtual presentation is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

Moderated by Lara Lepionka, Founder & Executive Director, Backyard Growers, the program will provide both broad knowledge and a local perspective of the issues of food waste, along with some actionable steps individuals can take to help make a difference in its reduction. 

The program panelists include Andrew Brousseau, Partner, Compost Manager, Black Earth Compost, Brittany Peats, Program Manager, MA Food System Collaborative, and Gary Sprague, Food Acquisition and Distribution Manager, The Open Door.  Each panelist will have the opportunity to talk about their community organization’s focus and practical recommendations to address the critical issue of food waste in our community.

Following their remarks, there will be a moderated Q&A session.  For more information on the Finding Practical Solutions to End Food Waste Panel Discussion and the Library’s other programs and offerings, please visit

Dutch Elm Trees Back on Cape Ann

Cape Ann just became more climate resistant (and beautiful!) thanks to our local climate hero Nathan Ives. On Friday April 9, 2021, Nathan Ives and his Project Elm team received and began planting 100 disease-resistant elm trees in Rockport and Gloucester.

It is a grassroots community project intending to help restore elm trees to their once prominent place on Gloucester and Rockport streetscapes while taking a proactive step to help reverse global climate change (trees capture carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, out of the air and store the carbon in their trunk. CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are driving climate change.) The project is inspired by the World Economic Forum’s 1-trillion tree initiative.

Project Elm is a grassroots community project intending to help restore elm trees to their once prominent place on Gloucester (and Rockport) streetscapes while taking a proactive step to help reverse global climate change. Scientists tell us that one of the best ways to fight climate change is to plant more trees–1 trillion trees, in fact. Sadly, the onset of Dutch Elm Disease in the 1950s brought an abrupt end to elms in the United States until only recently. Scientists have now developed disease resistant cultivars of the elm tree that are thriving in the US and, in particular, in New England.

In total, $5600 was raised to support Project Elm’s vision and mission! In addition to Awesome Rockport, the following groups and people contributed money to help make this happen:• Awesome Gloucester • Allison Mueller• Sal Zerilli• Rick Doucette• Neptune’s Harvest• We’re All in This Together