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Vacation Week

On Tuesday, April 22nd, the library visits Swansea Mall for story hour at 11:00AM.  Join us as we read stories in celebration of National Frog Month.   And back at the library from 3:00-4:30, Drop-in for our Poem in Your Pocket program for children.  Discover the world of poetry and pick out a favorite poem.  Make a bookmark or pocket to carry your favorite poem or give one to someone to share.
On Wednesday April 23rd, from 12:00-2:00pm, Drop- in for Board Game Bonanza for all ages.  The Swansea Public Library has a wide selection of games and puzzles for all ages.  From Candyland to Rummikub stop by and enjoy spending time playing your favorite games.
And on Wednesday afternoon, It’s  Drop- in craft time from 3:00-4:00PM.  We are celebrating National Kite Month and making a kite craft for children up to 10 years old.   Join us for a fun craft afternoon.
Thursday April 24th we are back at the Swansea Mall reading favorite rain forest stories and making a special Toucan craft at 11:00AM.
Friday April 25th, 10:30-11:30am, the Library will offer a special Drop-in Earth Day/Arbor Day Story Hour.  We will do a recycled craft, and read books about nature and wildlife.  We will continue our focus on backyard wildlife from 12:30-2:00pm with Nifty Nature Know-How’s, a program where children will decorate a bird house and also start a vegetable garden by planting seeds.  The day will end with the 2nd Amazing Animal Movie Festival from 2:00-5:00pm which will include popcorn and snacks.
On Thursday April 24th, the library will celebrate Poem in your Pocket Day all day.  Stop by the library and pick your favorite poem or choose one from our collection and carry it with you in a pocket or share it with others.  We will have pockets and bookmarks for adults to participate also.  Share your favorite poem with the world!
For more information contact YA Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609.

Apr 23

New Bedford Local Consumer & Face-to-Face Program will present a program on Consumer Mediation on Wednesday April 23rd at the Swansea Public Library from 6:30-8:00PM. The Local Consumer Mediation Program deals with consumer issues such as home improvement, debt collection, identity theft, auto issues, shopping rights, timeshares, internet sales, cable & wireless contracts, internet loans, and so on. Consumers file complaints through the Attorney Generalís website and they mediate complaints over the phone.
The Face-to-Face program is new and mediation is in the areas of landlord/tenant, individual/individual, individual/business, business/business, and ADA complaints. Mediators are trained and certified in mediation skills and techniques in compliance with statutory requirements. Mediations are confidential and can be conducted at various stages of disputes. Consumers can seek mediation through a Face To Face program after an unsuccessful LCP mediation or before or after filing a complaint in the Small Claims Court.
Join us for this informative and educational program. For more information or to sign up, please contact Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609 or visit www.swansealibrary.org

Apr 23

The Swansea Historical Society will hold a general meeting on Wednesday April 23rd at the Christ Church Hall, 57 Main Street, Swansea at 6:30PM.  Guest Speaker is Kevin Lawton who will give a talk on the Steven’s Family of Swansea.  Frank and Elizabeth Stevens were prominent citizens of Swansea and gave the town many historical buildings including the Public Library and the Town Hall.  Learn how Frank Shaw Stevens acquired wealth during the California gold rush, how he came to Swansea, and married Elizabeth Case.  Their notable lives in Swansea during the 19th and 20th centuries and their charitable and philanthropic contributions created the Swansea of today.This talk is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact the Swansea Historical Society president Carl Becker at (508) 379-0972.

May 3-4

The Swansea Historical Society will be holding an Open House on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th at the Luther Store Museum from 11:30AM-4:00PM. Visit the historic Luther Museum and learn about the history of Swansea.
For more information contact the Swansea Historical Society president Carl Becker at (508) 379-0972.

Thursdays

The Swansea Public Library is pleased to announce a new story hour program, It’s Story Time, every Thursday at 10:30AM starting March 20, 2014.
Join Ms. Ashley from South Bay Early Intervention as we share stories, songs and crafts.  This program is designed to introduce early literacy to children through stories, songs, rhymes, movements and toys.
For more information or to sign up, please contact YA Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609 or visit www.swansealibrary.org.

Thursdays

The Swansea Public Library is pleased to announce the start of a new club every Thursday at 3:30PM. Magic: The Gathering is a trading card game played by fans of all ages. Bring your own cards if you have them.
For more information or to sign up, please contact the library at 508-674-96309 or visit www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/resources.aspx or email jenn@paiva.net.

Ongoing

The Swansea Public Library announces the start of the Flowers and Showers Story Hour sessions for children ages 2 Ĺ to 5. Sign-ups are being held now through March 28th either by phone or email. Two sessions will be offered starting Monday March 17th, 2014, and Wednesday March 19th, both at 10:30am. Story hours fill up fast so contact the library today to sign up.
The six week Flowers and Showers themed program ends on April 23rd. Come join the fun with the Ms. Carols and their story hour Friends as the library celebrates March and April with stories, poems and crafts in the Blue Sea and Junior rooms. In March we will celebrate National Wildlife Week, St. Patrickís Day, the first day of Spring, and Kite Flying month. April has us in the midst of the rainy season, celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, welcoming the Easter Bunny and starting our Peter Rabbit garden.
For more information contact Youth Services Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609 or by email at carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

May 18

Swansea Animal Shelter Giant Spring Yard Sale. May 18th, 9 am - 2 pm, 68 Stevens Road, Swansea. More info: www.facebook.com/SwanseaAnimalShelter

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The Swansea Public Library announces the start of the 2014 Winter story hour programs for children up to age 5. †Sign-ups are being held now through January 31st, 2014 at the library or over the phone.
Sign up today as space is limited. †All children who attend Story Hour must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. †For more information contact Youth Services Librarian Carol Gafford at 508-674-9609 or visit the Swansea Public Library's website.


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Mondays

Creativity abounds as the Swansea Public Library Lego club continues to meet every Monday from 3:30-5:00PM.  We provide the Lego’s and you provide the imagination.
For further information contact Carol Gafford at the library at 508-674-9609 or carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

Tuesdays

Swansea Genealogy Club meets every Tuesday from 12:00-2:00PM at the Swansea Public Library.  Join this informal group of new and experienced Family Historians.  All are welcome to discuss research methods, organization and share information. 
For further information contact Carol Gafford at the library at 508-674-9609 or carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

Wednesdays

Every Wednesday through December the Swansea library will offer a series of creative card-making classes from 12:00-2:00PM.    Learn basic techniques on how to make cards for any holiday or milestone for anyone.   Have fun working with paper, glue, stamps, ribbon and other materials.  Card maker Jean Codega will be on hand to teach stamping techniques and guide attendees to create special and original cards.  This class is offered free to the public.  Basic materials will be available or bring your own.  Create something unique for that special someone in your life.  Sign-up today at the library.  Space is limited.  Don’t miss this fun-filled class as we get ready for the holiday season.
For further information contact Carol Gafford at the library at 508-674-9609 or carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

Wednesdays

The Swansea News Hounds meet every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM to read local, state and regional news. Consider joining us as we discuss the relevant events in todayís world.
For further information contact Carol Gafford at the library at 508-674-9609 or carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

Wednesdays

The Swansea Coupon Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month to swap recipes, cut coupons, find ways to save money, share cook books and cooking ideas, have cookbook and food discussion and make new friends. We meet in the Reference Room at 7:00 p.m. There will be a theme each month.
For further information contact Carol Gafford at the library at 508-674-9609 or carol.gafford@sailsinc.org

Thursdays

The Swansea Knitters meet every Thursday from 12:00-2:00PM.  Drop in knitting: Learn a new craft or work on that unfinished project with other knitters.  Are you a beginner who wants to learn how to knit or an experienced knitter looking to share ideas and techniques with other knitters? Join the Swansea Publid Library knitters.
For more information contact the Swansea Public Library @508-674-9609 or visit us 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 patronís preferences. Specific titles or authors may be requested or the librarian will make selections based upon the patronís 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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