Books the shaped America

During the month of July, an exhibition of the “Books that Shaped America” will be on display at the Sawyer Free Library. Titles for the display were chosen by experts at The Library of Congress in order to specifically highlight titles that have shaped American thought and opinion–books which reflect Americans’ views of their world and the world’s views of America.

For many of the titles, summaries have been prepared highlighting the book and its historical influence. These summaries are available in print or via your smart device at SFL’s display. Some of these titles on display have been the source of great controversy, even derision, yet they nevertheless shaped American thought. The library staff hopes you will view the list, discuss it with your friends and family, and most importantly, choose to read one or two for some significant summer reading. These titles are fascinating reading and were all bestsellers in their day!

Summer Reading is Here!

Explode into some great books this summer at the Sawyer Free Library! Summer Reading has begun and it’s time to visit the library and check out some great reads. Sign up for the library’s Summer Reading Program and let the fun begin. After each book you read, you are able to keep a record with your very own personal account. You can even write a review! After you have read 5 books, stop by the Sawyer Free Children’s Library and collect your prize. It’s easy! Happy Reading! Questions? Contact the Children’s Library at (978) 281-9763.

You can find all of our Summer Reading Events on our calendar and below.

 

OUR KICK-OFF PROGRAM!
Creature Teachers with Littleton’s Rick Roth
Exciting Educational Fun with Live Animals. For all ages
Monday, July 7, 2:00 p.m.

Art in the Theater: Pleasant Street Art Walks Art Activity at the SFL Greek Theater
In the event of rain, these will be held in the Friend Room. For grades K-5
Saturday, July 12 & August 9, 10:00 a.m.

Swimmy PuppeTree of Vermont
A show to educate, enthrall, and inspire while learning about ecology and science! For all ages.
Tuesday, July 15, 2:30 p.m.

ScienceTellers: Using science experiments to Tell Stories
Dragons and Dreams Stories & Experiments. For grades K-5
Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.

Pinto Bella Hoops: Fun with Hula Hoops
For grades K-5.
Tuesday, July 22, 2:00 p.m.

Science of Snakes with Gloucester’s Rick Roth
For all ages.
Saturday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.

Science Magic
Investigate the science behind magic with the traveling program of the Museum of Science. For all ages
Thursday, July 31, 2:30 p.m.

Maritime Gloucester (Register Online)
Join us for a visit to the Sea Pocket Aquarium and craft activity for parents and children. For all ages
Tuesday, August 5, 10:30 a.m.

Experimental Tea Party
Make, create, blend and pour for a tea party like no other. Join us as we wrap up another exciting Summer Reading Program! For all ages Thursday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.


Gloucester Counts Down to Kindergarten
City Hall, Cape Ann Museum & Sawyer Free Library. For children entering Kindergarten Fall 2014 & their families
Tuesday, August 19, 5-7:30 p.m. C

Summer Storytimes
For all ages.
Wednesdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 10:00 a.m. August 6 & 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Dads and Donuts
For ages 2-6
Saturday, August 23, 10:00 a.m.

Science Club (Register online)
For children entering grades 2-5
Wednesdays: July 16 and 30; August 6 & 13 2:30 p.m.

Lego Club (Register online)
For ages 6-12
Tuesday, July 8, 2pm Monday, July 21 & August 11, 2:30 p.m.

Duplo Club (Register online)
For ages 2-5
Monday, August 4, 2:30 p.m.

Science of Cooking Club (Register online)
For ages 6 and up
Wednesday, July 9, 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 8, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2:30 p.m.

Science Crafts Workshop
For all ages
Thursday, July 24, 2:00 p.m.

Pajama Storytime
For preschoolers
Tuesdays, July 1 and August 5, 7:00 p.m.