Author Wayne Soini – Book Signing & Reading at Sawyer Free Library to benefit Gloucester400+

The Sawyer Free Library is please to present author Wayne Soini for a reading and book signing of his latest novel Ed and Jo this Thursday, March 24 from 6:30-7:30pm

Mr. Soini will discuss his novel, Ed and Jo, about Edward Hopper and Jo Nivison’s meeting on vacation in 1923 that led to their marriage and to Gloucester paintings that changed the history of American art.

The event is free and open to the public. Gloucester 400+ will be selling copies of the book with proceeds supporting the Gloucester 400+. 

The event will be held on the main floor of the Library located at 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester.

For more information or if you have questions go to SawyerFreeLibrary.org contact or call 978-325-5555.

Poetry Without Paper Contest Celebrates 20 Years at Sawyer Free Library!

Annual Young Poets Competition open to all Gloucester Students now through April 30th

Over the past 20 years, the Sawyer Free Library contest, Poetry without Paper, has celebrated thousands of local students’ outstanding writing while encouraging the community’s youth to use poetry as a means of creative expression. The annual contest is an opportunity for local school children of all ages to showcase their writing and creativity in a supportive environment and win top prizes. 

With the competition running throughout March and culminating on the last day of National Poetry Month, April 30, children and teens who live in Gloucester or attend Gloucester schools are encouraged to submit 1-3 original poems on any theme to the Library. Participants can choose to set their poems to video, images, and or music. Each poem may be no longer than 30 lines, be the student’s own work, and previously unpublished and submitted through the Library’s website. 

To mark the celebration of 20 years, Sawyer Free Library has made the Poetry without Paper prizes even more exciting. Winners will be chosen from each age group: high school, middle school, and elementary school. First-place winners in all categories receive $150 Cape Ann gift certificates, second-place winners receive $100 gift certificates, and third-place winners receive a $50 gift certificate with Honorable Mention awarded a poetry book. All winning poets receive a certificate, present their poems at a Spring awards ceremony and receive an invitation to appear on 1623 Studio’s production, The Writer’s Block with John Ronan. All winning work will also be published online by the Library.

The poems must be submitted through the Library website at SawyerFreeLibrary.org from March 1 – April 30. For questions, contact the Children’s Librarian at crosso@sawyerfreelibrary.org or SawyerFreeLibrary.org.

Steps to Managing Memory, Alzheimer’s Disease, & Dementia with Dr. Andrew Budson at Sawyer Free Library, Thursday, March 10 at 5:30pm

On Thursday, March 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., as a part of the series, Of Sound Mind, the Sawyer Free Library is presenting Dr. Andrew Budson, chief of cognitive and behavioral neurology at VA Boston Healthcare System and co-author of the book Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory.

Based on his award-winning book, Dr. Andrew Budson will explain how individuals can distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer’s versus normal aging, what medications, diets, and exercise regimes can help, and the best habits, strategies, and memory aids to use, in seven simple steps. He will also discuss his newest book, including how caregivers can manage issues with memory, language, vision, behavior, driving, incontinence, sleep, and more. 

Registration is not required. The event is free and open to all. It will take place on the Main Floor of the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester.

For more information visit sawyerfreelibrary.org or 978-325-5500.

Andrew E. Budson, M.D. is Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology, Associate Chief of Staff for Education, and Director of the Center for Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Healthcare System, Associate Director for Research at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, and Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Medical Director of the Boston Center for Memory, located in Newton, Massachusetts.

Tech Tuesdays at the Sawyer Free Library!

The Sawyer Free Library offers drop in technology help!

Every Tuesday from 11:30am – 1:00pm

The weekly technology help session begins with a mini-lesson on a typical technology question. The remainder of the time is devoted to assisting with individual technical issues.

Bring your device and passwords, and SFL Tech Librarian will help you solve the problem!

No registration necessary. 

Questions, contact jdunajski@sawyerfreelibrary.org or 978-325-5568.

You can find out more about the many services the Library offers at SawyerFreeLibrary.org.

The Softer Side of Celtic this Saturday, 3/6 at Sawyer Free Library

Musician Jeff Snow combines magical sounds from instruments with vocals and his love and knowledge of Celtic history.

This Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Sawyer Free Library is presenting The Softer Side of Celtic with Jeff Snow who combines the music, stories and a wee bit of history from Scotland, Ireland and England. The interactive concert will have singing, laughing, clapping and foot stomping featuring music on the guitar, bouzouki and autoharp. 

Fun for all ages!  No registration necessary! It is taking place on the Main Floor of Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester.

For more details visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org or call 978-325-5500.

Saunders House WPA Mural Restoration Presentation with Lisa Mehlin Saturday, 2/26, 2pm at Library

As reported by the Gloucester Daily Times, the Saunders House’s grand WPA are currently being restored by the Sawyer Free Library.

Come learn more about the historic murals and the restoration process from the project’s professional conservator Lisa Mehlin this Saturday, February 26 from 2 to 4pm on the Main Floor of the Sawyer Free Library.

Registration not required. For details, go to: sawyerfreelibrary.org or 978-325-5500.

Don’t miss Ms. Frizzle this Saturday Morning, 2/26 at the Sawyer Free Library!

Ms. Frizzle is visiting the Sawyer Free Library on Saturday, February 26 at 10:30am with science, stories & fun! Explore the solar system and space travel with your favorite wacky science teacher, Ms Frizzle!

Join actress & performer Carole Finn-Weidman for this very interactive program for children of all ages. It is out of this world!!!

No registration needed, however space is limited! For more information visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org or call Children’s Services at  978-325-5551.

Saturday Storytime with Marisa at the Sawyer Free Library on February 19th at 10am!

Join Sawyer Free’s Children’s Librarian MARISA for a fun morning of music, movement, fun facts, and some picture book favorites this Saturday, February 19 from 10-11am!

It’ll be a morning of Family Fun that is great for children of all ages at the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester!

For questions contact Marisa Hall at mhall@sawyerfreelibrary.org or 978-325-5505.

Visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org to learn more about upcoming programming for all ages!

Sawyer Free Library to host Vision Board Workshop this Saturday, February 19th at 2pm

New Year! New You! Self-care in Uncertain Times continues at the Sawyer Free Library with Vision Board Workshop 2022 this Saturday, February 19 from 2-4pm.

Welcome the New Year with New Visions at the Sawyer Free Library! Vision Boarding is a great way to manifest dreams and goals. With magazines, scissors, glue, and a little meditation, during this virtual workshop you will be guided to make your very own unique and powerful Vision Board!

The Sawyer Free Library will provide a kit of all materials. Kits include: magazines, poster board, markers, and glue sticks. You supply your own scissors, along with your curiosity, creativity, and intention! 

This will be a live virtual workshop meeting via Zoom, so please register to sign up for a Vision Board Craft Kit which you can pick up at the Library ahead of time!

Register to HERE to sign up for a kit, the Zoom link, and any updates. Space is Limited! For more information go to SawyerFreeLibrary.org or email: mmartin@sawyerfreelibrary.org

The Day After Yesterday: Portraits of Dementia – – A Conversation with Artist Joe Wallace at the Sawyer Free Library on Sat. Feb 5 at 2pm

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will be hosting a conversation with artist Joe Wallace about his powerful photo series “Day After Yesterday” this Saturday, February 5, from 2-4 pm which is currently on display in the Library’s Matz Gallery.

The photo exhibit juxtaposes Wallace’s portraits of individuals living with dementia with a photo of the subject at a younger age and a brief narrative of who they are as people.

The goal of this body of work is to de-stigmatize those living with dementia, use empathy as a means for connection and understanding, and tell a more complete story of those living with the disease and its effect on their families and loved ones.

Trained as a journalist, Wallace has been a portrait photographer and storyteller for two decades and has a deeply personal connection with dementia.

As his website outlines, his approach is to depict the whole story to give viewers the courage to act in ways large and small. He believes the artist must not be afraid to show not only the fear, loss, and despair, but also the love, connection, dignity, and powerful humanity that always remain—in the subjects, care-partners, families, and communities. According to Wallace, this is the path to evolve the narrative and have a positive social change.

This is the first event in the Library’s five-part free educational series on dementia and healthy cognitive aging, Of Sound Mind: A Series on Dementia.

All are welcome to attend. Registration is not required, although face masks are mandatory for those attending. For more information about the event or other Sawyer Free Library offerings, visit sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5500.