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Aug 1

Star Gazing at the Library - Calling all Amateur Astronomers!
The Swansea Public Library invites the public to a night of planet and star gazing in the back parking lot on Friday August 1 at 8:30PM as part of the Fizz, Boom, Read summer program.
Join Bruce DiDucca and volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Southern New England as they present a demonstration of the “Scale of the Solar System” along with the opportunity to observe the Moon, Mars, Saturn and possibly the double star Alberio. Viewing other objects will depend on how dark the night sky is and there will be ample time for Q and A.
Join us for a wonderful evening under the stars. Viewing will depend on weather conditions, so please contact the library with any questions.
For more information, contact the library at 508-674-9609 or visit our website at www.swansealibrary.org.

Aug 5 & 9

Tyler Clark brings his Geocaching workshops back to the Swansea Public Library.  On Tuesday, August 5 Tyler will offer the Intro to Geocaching from 6-8PM at the Swansea Public Library. Participants will learn the basics of this hobby and Jonathan Winokur will be on hand to teach letterboxing skills.   Geocaching is a popular fun pastime that combines treasure hunting and orienteering.  Letterboxing combines navigational skills with rubber stamp artistry. This workshop will cover the basic skills of geocaching needed to enjoy this eco-friendly sport including what type of equipment to use, different types of caches and how to find them, and current websites with geocaching information. Learn to enjoy the thrill of the hunt while discovering the natural beauty and historical places in your community and surrounding areas.  Letterboxers stamp their discoveries in a personal journal, then use their own unique rubber stamp, called a signature stamp, to stamp into the letterbox's logbook.  Fun for all ages!
On Saturday, August 9th from 1:00-3:00PM Tyler will teach the advanced Geocaching class where participants will search and find local geocaches using gps systems.
For more information, contact the library at 508-674-9609 or visit our website at www.swansealibrary.org. Also visit geocaching.com, letterboxing.org and atlasquest.com.

July

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.
For more information, contact the library at 508-674-9609 or visit our website at www.swansealibrary.org.

Sundays in July and August

The Luther Museum/Swansea Historical Society will be open during the summer every Sunday in July and August, starting Sunday July 13 from 1:00-4:00PM. Stop by this summer to see artifacts from Swansea’s past.
For more information contact the Swansea Historical Society president Carl Becker at (508) 379-0972 or visit the Historical Society's Facebook page.

Sundays in July and August

The Luther Museum/Swansea Historical Society will be open during the summer every Sunday in July and August, starting Sunday July 13 from 1:00-4:00PM. Stop by this summer to see artifacts from Swansea’s past.
For more information contact the Swansea Historical Society president Carl Becker at (508) 379-0972 or visit the Historical Society's Facebook page.

Mondays

On Monday July 7th the summer reading program kicks off with the Pre-school story hour at 10:30AM. The theme is Science and each week we will read books about fun science subjects (dinosaurs, rockets, sea creatures, stars) and also create a craft for kids to take home. Story Time will take place on the front lawn of the library, weather permitting. Lego Club starts again every Monday afternoon at 3:30PM. We have a large collection of Lego’s to play with. Come to the library to build, dream and create.
For further information contact Carol Gafford at the library at 508-674-9609 or carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

Tuesdays

Every Tuesday the Library will visit the Swansea Mall for Story Time for children of all ages which begins at 11:00AM followed by a craft and coloring time. Our Science theme programs continue with movies from noon to 2PM every Tuesday afternoon. We will show a different movie each week in the Junior Room including animal and nature documentaries. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Our drop-in craft program will follow from 3:30-5:00PM for ages 6-10.
For further information contact Carol Gafford at the library at 508-674-9609 or carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

Thursdays

Every Thursday at 10:30AM the library welcomes the Oak Knoll Audubon Society. Sign up for entertaining and educational programs every Thursday starting July 10 through August 14. Each week we will have a different program. Join us as we learn all about the natural world with the folks from Audubon. (Solar Energy, Birds Nests, Beautiful Butterflies, What lives in a pond?, Flower to Seed and Build a Toad House).
For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609 or visit our website at www.swansealibrary.org

Wednesdays

Wednesdays we offer a second session of our Pre-School story hour at 10:30AM. From noon to 2PM Book Bingo is back along with other Board Games. From 3-4PM we will gather for our Summer Book Club where kids of all ages will talk about what they are reading and how they are progressing with their summer reading lists and reading for fun. This is for children and parents alike.
For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609 or visit our website at www.swansealibrary.org

Wednesdays

The Swansea Anime Club will meet from 4:00-6:00PM in the Junior Room the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Join our newest club for great fun. Watch anime, talk about the newest books, games and anime fashion! For more information contact club leader Rori at rorisaurus.h@aol.com or club advisor and Library assistant Kaija G at 508-674-9609 (or stop by the circulation desk).

Thursdays

Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 gamesters can come and play Magic: The Gathering card game. Don’t know how to play? There are plenty of players to help. And don’t forget that 3:30-5:00 we have our summer writing club for all ages.
For more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609 or visit our website at www.swansealibrary.org

Ongoing

The Swansea Public Library is initiating an outreach program to provide services to patrons who are homebound due to health or transportation issues.
The library will work closely with each patron to identify the patron’s preferences. Specific titles or authors may be requested or the librarian will make selections based upon the patron’s interests. The items will then be delivered and picked up. Books in both regular and large print, as well as audiobooks, music CDs, movies and magazines are available.
If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please contact the Swansea Public Library at 508-674-9609.

Ongoing

Swansea's Veterans Memorial Green is in the construction stage and our veterans are very excited about the project. If you wish to purchase a lasered brick to honor a veteran living or deceased call Don at the American legion post 303. His cell phone number is (774) 488 4288. The bricks are $50.00 and can contain 3 lines lasered to honor a veteran for their service to our country. The Veteran being honored does not have to be a Swansea resident. It is amazing how the community has responded to this project. On behalf of our veterans we ask your support in this most worthy project. Thank You! Robert Sampson, Veterans Agent - click for brick order form (pdf)

Ongoing

Your open door is hope! Become a foster parent. Dare Family Services is seeking caring families to provide foster care for area children. While helping a child, you will receive excellent training, 24 hour support and a tax free stipend toward the child's care. For more information, please call 508-802-9515 or visit http://www.darefamily.org/.

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