Learn more about Vernal Pools at the Sawyer Free Library with Rick Roth – this Saturday Morning, April 23

This Saturday morning, April 23rd, join Rick Roth and Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team for an introduction to vernal pools and all the amazing critters that call them home! Drop into the Friends Room from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and see what he brings and learn about vernal pools. 

Great for families and children of all ages. No registration needed. For more information visit, sawyerfreelibrary.org or 978-325-5505.

Cape Ann Symphony: Katy and the Big Snow at the Sawyer Free Library

The Sawyer Free Library is pleased to present a musical morning for children & families on Thursday, April 21 at 10:30am! The Cape Ann Symphony will presents the musical story of Katy and the Big Snow on the Main Floor of the library.

Come and hear the magic of the music with the storytelling of actress Heidi Dallin as they present the story by Virginia Lee Burton: Katy and the Big Snow! Learn about all the instruments and get a close up look at them!

For more information visit: sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5551.

Sawyer Free Library to host presentation on the Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s with Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter – Saturday, April 9th

Next in the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Librarys educational series Of Sound Mind: A Series on Dementia will be Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s with Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter on Saturday, April 9 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The program explores common warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias that cause memory, thinking, and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. The Alzheimer’s Association® developed the new 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s education program to help people recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in themselves and others.  

The free one-hour program: 

  • Explores typical age-related changes.
  • Describes common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Offers tips on how to approach someone about memory concerns. 
  • Explains the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis.
  • Details possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process.
  • Identifies helpful Alzheimer’s Association resources.

The presentation will take place at the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. The event is free and open to all to attend.   

Click HERE to register for the event, or for more information visit sawyerfreelibrary.org

Duckie Soap Making Workshop for Children at the Sawyer Free Library – this Saturday morning! 

Join the Sawyer Free Library Children’s Services on this Saturday morning, March 26 from 11 a.m. to noon for some soapy fun! Kulina Folk Art Creative will be helping kids, with adult participation, make their own duckie soapy creation using glycerin-based soap adding colors, glitter and scents.

The process does not involve traditional soap making techniques, so there is no lye exposure.

Registration is required. Space is limited. The event is for children ages 5 and up (with one caregiver per child). Each child under the age of 10 must have a caregiver present to help them with the project. No exceptions will be made.

For more information visit sawyerfreelibrary.org or contact crosso@sawyerfreelibrary.org or 978-325-5551.

Reminder: Author Ted Reinstein at the Sawyer Free Library this Saturday, 1/8 from 2-4pm

The Sawyer Free Library will host award-winning author and journalist Ted Reinstein this Saturday, January 8, from 2:00-4:00 pm. He will speak about his latest book, Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier, on the Main Floor of the Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester, MA.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Copies of the book Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier will be available. Face masks are mandatory for those attending. 

Saturday, January 8, 2-4pm at the Sawyer Free Library

In April of 1945, exactly two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball, liberal Boston City Councilman Izzy Muchnick persuaded the Red Sox to try out three black players in return for a favorable vote to allow the team to play on Sundays. The Red Sox got the councilman’s much-needed vote, but the tryout was a sham; the three players would get no closer to the major leagues. It was a lost battle in a war that was ultimately won by Robinson in 1947. This book tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball, from communist newspaper reporters to the Pullman car porters who saw to it that black newspapers espousing integration in professional sports reached the homes of blacks throughout the country. It also reminds us that the first black player in professional baseball was not Jackie Robinson but Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884, and that for a time integrated teams were not that unusual. And then, as segregation throughout the country hardened, the exclusion of blacks in baseball quietly became the norm, and the battle for integration began anew.

Ted Reinstein is an award-winning, longtime reporter for Boston’s celebrated nightly-newsmagazine, “Chronicle.” He is the author of three previous books, including New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six StatesUncommon Stories (Globe Pequot Press), selected by National Geographic Traveler in 2014 as a “Best Pick.” 

For more information about the event or other Sawyer Free Library offerings, visit sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5500.

Sawyer Free Library presents “Trout on the Edge: with Peter Johnsen” 

Sawyer Free Library will present “Trout on the Edge: with Peter Johnson” on Saturday, December 4 from 2- 4:00pm on the Library’s Main Floor. Open to the public. Registration is not required.

Peter Johnsen will share details about his explorations around the world documenting the biological diversity of salmon fish as well as the diversity of the people connected to these fish. The Trout on the Edge project documents salmon species that are at the edge of extinction and explores what salmon diversity means to humans and how lessons learned from these species applies to conservation of all biological diversity in general. 

Registration is not required, however masks are for all attending. For more details, go to: sawyerfreelibrary.org or call 978-325-5500.

Historic Gloucester Gingerbread House Contest registration now open!

REGISTER HERE to enter into the Historic Gloucester Gingerbread House contest at the Sawyer Free Library as a part of the MIDDLE STREET WALK on Saturday, December 11th!

Recreate your favorite Gloucester building with gingerbread, frosting, candy and all things delicious!

Entries will be on display for all to see at the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue for the Middle Street Walk!

Top prizes will be presented by the Library for best historic Gloucester gingerbread creation!

  • First prize  $100 Cape Ann Chamber Gift Certificate
  • Second prize $50 Cape Ann Chamber Gift Certificate

Open to all ages. For more information and to register go to sawyerfreelibrary.org

Sawyer Free Library honors long-time volunteer with prestigious community award

Each year, the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library recognize outstanding volunteers for their efforts and dedication to the Libary. Last week, the prestigious Mary M. Weissblum Volunteer Award was presented in memoriam to Sharon Pablo for her two decades of service to the Library. During that time, Susan served on the Board of Directors in several capacities and then remained actively involved with the Library for many more years. Her longtime partner, Roger Armstrong, accepted the award on her behalf during the Library’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, November 10. 

“We are so honored to present Susan Pablo in memoriam with the Mary M. Weissblum Award,” said Assistant Library Director Beth Pocock in presenting the award. “Susan’s endless generosity of her time and willingness to share her vast expertise greatly helped to enrich the Sawyer Free Library and the lives of those who use and love it, for which we are most grateful.” 

The volunteer award was established in 2016 and named after Mary Weissblum, who served the Library tirelessly over four decades. With it, the Trustees of the Sawyer Free Library seek to recognize and show appreciation for the numerous volunteers who help maintain and promote the Library’s services and programs. 

Assistant Library Director Beth Pocock and Roger Armstrong at the Sawyer Free Library 

For more information about volunteering at the Sawyer Free Library, please visit sawyerfreelibrary.org

Public Invited: Sawyer Free Library Annual Meeting on Wed, 11/10 at 6pm

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Corporation will be hosting its Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, November 10, at the Sawyer Free Library from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The Corporator’s sign-in begins at 6:00 pm.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this informative evening, although only Corporators can vote. Masks are required, and for those interested in participating remotely, a zoom link is also available. For more information click HERE

The Sawyer Free Library’s Annual Meeting will be from 6:30–8:00 pm on the main floor of the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. For more information visit SawyerFreeLibrary.org