Thursday, May 14, 2015

Winning Terror Poems Announced

On Tuesday evening we held our 5th annual poetry celebration reception, with as always, a fantastic speaker. This year's speaker was Edgar Allan Poe. At the end of the reception, during the refreshments, many who attended asked to have their picture taken with Poe, and/or for his autograph on their poetry award certificate.  

To read the winning poems go to the poetry page on this blog.
Following are the winners of this year's Teen Poetry Contest:

Best Entry Grades 6-8:
Rory Haltmaier, for “The Bracing Light”

Best Entry Grades 9-12:
Savannah Panjwani, for “My Non-Life”

2nd Place Grades 6-8:
Lily Knudsen, for “When I Was Four”

2nd Place Grades 9-12:
Fiona Worsfold, for “Pinned”

Honorable Mention Grades 6-8:
Oz Reyes, for “War”

Honorable Mention Grades 9-12:
Savannah Panjwani, for “They Came in the Night”

Director’s Choice Award:
Nathan Giarnese, for “The Annual Witch”

Friday, May 8, 2015

Teen Summer Programs 2015

Registration for the Library's teen summer programs begins May 26th. Sign up at our Reference desk, or call us at: 978-468-5577. All programs are free of chargeThis summer's programs are funded by the Science is Everywhere grant we received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and through the generous assistance from the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

 M.A.G.E. CLUB at the LIBRARY 
(Minecraft & Assorted Games for Everyone)
On Tuesdays, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: 
June 23 to Sept. 1
M.A.G.E. is run by teens, for all ages who play well with others. Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft
membership. Beginners and advance players welcome. 
One Rule: No griefing ever.
Teen Think Tank Meeting
For ages 11 to 18. Thursday, June 11, 6:30 to 7:55 PM

The Teen Think Tank is the Library’s teen advisory board. They work with the Young Adult Librarian to improve library collections, and to create programs and services designed specifically for teens. Come share your bright ideas! We meet 11 times a year.  Earn your volunteer service hours
To participate, stop by the library and talk with Kim Claire,YA Librarian, or send an email stating your interest to:, or call 978-468-5577 x14.

Settlers of Catan
For all ages. 
Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Led by expert gamer Tim, and friends. Come to learn how to play or just play. Bring a game if you have one. No registration required.

CAD1 (Computer Aided Design) 
with Jeffrey Walsh
For ages 11 to 15. Saturday, June 20, 10:30 to Noon

An introduction to the world of three-dimensional design using a free program called Tinkercad. Learn how to use Tinkercad and build your first 3-D object. Participants must bring their own laptop for this workshop.

Catapults with Jeffrey Walsh
For ages 11 to 15. Thursday, June 25, 3:30 to 5:30 PM 
Create a mini, wooden catapult. The first half of the workshop will be spent crafting the catapult. In the second half you will be testing your catapult and improving your design.

Bicycle Mechanics with Jeffrey Walsh
For ages 11 to 19. Saturday, June 27, 10:30 to noon
Discover simple tricks to keep your bicycle in tip top shape. You will learn how to fix a flat tire, & the best ways to avoid a flat tire in the first place. Bring your bike to the workshop.

Youth Book Sale and Two Movies
Wednesday, July 1, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Stock up for the summer with excellent bargains at this one-day-only youth book sale, organized by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library. 
Two movies will be shown: 
Toy Story,  1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, (1995, rated G)
Big Hero 6, 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM (2014, rated PG)

Motion Photography with Toni Carolina
For ages 11 to 18. This is a 2-part workshop:
1st part meets Thursday, July 9, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
2nd part meets Wednesday, July 29, 3:00 to 4:00 PM

On July 9, bring a camera, a tripod or 2 bags of beans (to steady your shots), and learn how to capture motion in your photos. Return July 29, with prints of your captured motion shots to create an exhibit in the Young Adult area.

Teen Think Tank shopping trip to Barnes &Noble
Saturday, July, (day TBD), 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Each participant will have a budget to choose books for the library’s collections.  To participate you must have attended at least one previous Teen Think Tank meeting. To attend, call Kim Claire at 978-468-5577 x14. Parent/guardian permission forms are due by June 30.

Airplane Workshop with Jeffrey Walsh
For ages 11 to 15. Thursday, July 16, 
3:00 to 5:00 PM 
Build an elastic powered airplane from balsa wood and paper. How long can you keep it in the air? Learn how adjusting different parts can change the way it flies. Find out what is actually happening when an airplane takes flight.

Walk Along Glider Workshop with Phil Rossoni
Thursday, July 23,  2 sessions:
Ages  9 to 11,  at 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Ages 12 to 15, at 3:30 to 4:30 PM    
Build and pilot a tumblewing paper airplane. There will be duration competitions to hone your flying skills. Experiment with wing loading and how an airplane is trimmed for optimum gliding. You will have opportunities to fly gliders of varying size and weight.

Metamorphosis-Pastel Painting with Greg Maichack
For ages 11 to adult. Thursday, July 23, 6:00 to 8:00 PM 
Metamorphosize! Become an artist in this hands-on pastel painting workshop. Greg will incorporate fabulous reference photos of insects from his trip to Montreal’s Insectarium. Professional grade pastels, paper, and materials are included.  

Rockets Workshop with Jeffrey Walsh
For ages 11 to 15.  Thursday, July 30, 2:30 to 5:00 PM
Create your very own chrome rocket that can soar up to 800 feet in the air. Once the rockets have been built, you will take them outside to the field and prepare for take off.

Teen Think Tank Meeting
Thursday, August 6, 6:30 PM to 7:55 PM
Come share your bright ideas! We meet 11 times a year on the first Thursday of the month.  To participate, contact Kim Claire at or call 978-468-5577 x14.

Boston Museum of Science STARLAB: 
One Sky, Many Stories:  For ages 5 to 15
Three sessions on Thursday, August 13, at: 
2:30 PM, 3:15 PM and 4:00 PM. 
People around the world have interpreted the night sky for centuries, creating a rich collection of constellations and star stories. Within a portable planetarium, you will tour the solar system and beyond while learning useful tips to navigate the evening sky and hearing different cultural explanations for the cosmos. Registration for this program will be in the Children’s Room.

North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club Star Party
Best for ages 10 to adult. 
Thursday, August 20, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
A short astronomy program inside, followed by observation of the night sky through club telescopes on the field behind the library. If there is rain or heavy cloud cover, the back-up date is Tuesday, August 25.