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What’s happening at the Swansea Public Library

Summer has started at the Swansea Public Library.   Register for summer reading at the library and pick up a list of upcoming programs.  There will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the “Dog Days of Summer” at the library.  Story hours take place each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at various locations around town.   Story hour is at the library each Monday at 10:30AM, Storytime and crafts take place at the Swansea Mall (near Macy’s) each Wednesday at 10:30AM, and Thursdays at 9AM Pony Girls and Boys book club takes place at Stony Creek Farm. Our summer theme is Build a Better World and many activities are planned.  Pick up your summer reading bingo sheets along with reading logs.  Complete the bingo sheets for end of summer prizes to be awarded at the Swansea Public Library 3rd Annual SwanCon comic book convention.

Special events this summer will include Animal Adventures at the library on Friday July 21st at 10:30 AM, Watermelon Games on Wednesday July 26th at 10:00 AM and the return of the Owls on Thursday August 24th at 10:30 AM.  Thursday nights are Merit Badge Nights at the library.  Scouts are invited to work on various badges and merit badge counselors will be available to assist.  From puzzles and games to crafts and book clubs, spend some time at the Swansea Public Library this summer.

Puzzle Clubs

Need a break from the heat?  Love puzzles of all kinds?  Every day during the week from 4:00-5:00PM, stop at the library for puzzle club.  Word Searches, crossword puzzles, mazes, sudoku, jumbles, cryptograms and a collection of jigsaw puzzles are available in the junior room. For kids of all ages.

Maker Mondays

Tinker, create, make and take a project using our boxes of stuff!!!  Using all kinds of materials, make something special and one of a kind.  Paper, duct tape, popsicle sticks, straws, cotton balls, foam....there are all kinds of things in the maker box!  Sign up today for Maker Mondays!

Geography Club

Every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00PM the library has a new Geography Club.  Each week we will learn interesting things about a different country.  Play world flag bingo, learn about the food, music, literature and local animals from places around the world.  On Tuesday July 18th we will be learning about Honduras!  Entertaining, enriching and educational all wrapped up in fun. Great for ages 6-12.

Sisters Grimm/Nancy Drew Book Club

Nothing says summer like reading great books.  If you like mystery novels, join the Swansea Public Library Sisters Grimm/Nancy Drew mystery book club every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00PM.  We will read classic and new mysteries for ages 8-14.  Books will be available at the library.  Members will read and talk about current and classic mystery novels and engage in fun activities.  Snacks provided. Sign up today.  

Merit Badge Nights

Each Thursday evening starting July 13th, scouts are invited to work on Merit Badges at the Swansea Public Library.  Several merit badge counselors will be on hand to work with scouts and help review applications for badges in many fields.  Contact Youth Services Librarian Carol Gafford for more information.  Merit Badge counselors will be available from 6-8 PM in the Reference Room.  Working on a specific badge and need help?  Let us know and we will get a certified merit badge counselor to assist you.

Audubon Fridays at the Library

Our friends from Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary are back every Friday at 10:30 AM.  This summer young patrons will learn about butterflies, wiggly worms, how to build a bird’s nest, leaf critters and fairy houses.  Calling all young explorers for fun outdoor activities.

Animal Adventures

Visit the library on Friday July 21 at 10:30AM when Animal Adventures comes to town and brings their animal friends.  Want to see a white pale fox?  A Brazilian Armadillo?  A Coati?  These are just some of the animals that will stop by the library for a fun morning.  Meet interesting animals, hear their stories, learn about them and you might get to hold one too!

Adult Coloring Club

The Adult Coloring Club meets each Monday when the library is open from 12-2PM.  Join the color guard as they start the week refreshed, relaxed and revitalized.  Bring your own coloring pages or choose one from our many coloring books.  Pencils and pens provided or bring your supplies.  Spend some time this summer at the library!

The Tuesday Club-Family History Fundamentals

Want to research your family Tree?  Working on your family history and hitting a brick wall?  Every Tuesday from 12-2PM, the family detectives get together to work on projects or help others.  Whether you are a beginner or have been working on your family history for years, join the Tuesday club in the Reference Room.  The Helen Pierce Genealogy Room is available along with historical archives and the use of computers with Ancestry. com to help in your research.

Walk and Talk Book Club, Wednesdays

Summer is here.  Consider joining the Walk and Talk Book Club every Wednesday at 9 AM.  Walkers will meet and talk about books while walking along historic Main Street and following the bike path.  All walkers and readers are invited whether you are just beginning or a walking trailblazer.  Enjoy the outdoors as we exercise our mind and bodies.  Each month we will have a suggested read or will talk about books we are currently reading.  Meet us on Main Street at the front of the library.

Simply Done, the Recipe and Coupon Club

Simply Done will meet on Thursday July 20th  at 2 PM in the Reference Room of the Swansea Public Library.  July is National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month and National Grilling Month.  Members continue to work on the 350th cookbook project, along with sharing Dairy (Ice Cream) recipes and summer grilling tips. Share your recipes and coupons and take what coupons you need from our coupon box.

Did you know...

The Swansea Public Library now has a telescope for patrons to borrow.  We also have binoculars.  Do you want to do some birdwatching?  Stop by the library and check them out.  Also, new to our collection are fishing poles for adults and children.  Looking to take up a new hobby?  We can help.  Swansea residents with library cards in good standing are able to borrow the telescope, binoculars and fishing poles.  Check these items out along with  and our selection of astronomy, fishing and bird guides and books.  The newest part of our collection was funded by the Ryan Kelly Memorial Fund.

July is Pet Food for Fines

Do you have overdue library books or other materials? Have a desire to help animals? The Swansea Public Library is offering you an easy way to clear fines on your library card and help the local animal shelter.  July is Pet Food for Fines month.

Bring in canned pet food items or dry cat or dog food, drop off the items and overdue materials during posted library hours at the circulation desk at the Swansea Public Library at 69 Main St and like magic your fines will be removed. Remember that charges for lost or damaged items cannot be waived.

The food items will be collected for overdue fees through Monday July, 31. All collected food items will be donated to the Swansea Animal Shelter. No fines? Make a food donation anyway and help those that cannot speak for themselves.

Been awhile since you visited the library?  We miss you and want you back!  The Library has much to offer during the summer, including books, movies, museum passes, music along with many programs for all ages. Check out our new telescope, binoculars, laminating machine and fishing poles.  Stop in and read a magazine or newspaper in our quiet room.

Check our website and calendar often at www.swansealibrary.org or our Facebook page for upcoming events and programs.

It’s all happening down on Main Street in Historic Swansea Village.

Have a question regarding any program?  Contact the library at 508-674-9609 or visit our website at www.swansealibrary.org

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