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DEI Calendar

  1. PAIR meeting

    August 17, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    @ Reading Public Library, Community Rooms

  2. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and the Anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo

    August 23, 2022, 1:00 AM - August 24, 2022, 1:00 AM

    Today is the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and the Anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo. The date 23 August marks the anniversary of the 1791 insurrection of enslaved men and women in the western part of the island of Santo Domingo, which, on proclaiming its independence reverted to its original Amerindian name: Haiti. The uprising conveyed a universal demand for freedom that transcends all limits of time and space. It speaks to humanity as a whole, without distinction of origin or religion, and continues to resonate now with undiminished force. By means of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, UNESCO aims to recall the crucial importance of the transmission of history in order to shed light on the fight against all forms of oppression and racism today.

  3. Women's Equality Day

    August 26, 2022, 1:00 AM - August 27, 2022, 1:00 AM

    Today is Women's Equality Day. The date commemorates the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

Library Events

  1. Summer StoryWalk

    August 8, 2022, 1:00 AM - August 9, 2022, 1:00 AM
    @
    Reading Public Library Lawn

    Get outside and read! Take a walk around the library and discover our summer Storywalk featuring A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. This special StoryWalk is supported by the Reading Lions Club and is designed for children with low or no vision to enjoy! Library visitors start at the front door of the library and follow the Braille-enhanced StoryWalk signs to enperience this adorable picture book. The StoryWalk will be on display from August 2nd through August 31st.

  2. Summertime Drive: Help the Reading Food Pantry

    August 8, 2022, 1:00 AM - August 9, 2022, 1:00 AM

    During the summer months, the Reading Food Pantry sees a reduction in donations. Join the RPL in helping to keep the shelves stocked! The library will be collecting paper goods starting on throughout the summer during regular library hours. Just drop items off anytime in the donation box in the library lobby or donate monetary gifts via PayPal or through their Amazon wishlist. The library will be collecting the following items for the Food Pantry: paper towels toilet paper kleenex

  3. Create! Camp Crafts for Adults: Flowerpot Toadstool

    August 8, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    @
    Studio

    Revisit craft time at summer camp and join librarian and artist Melissa for a relaxing morning of painting! Turn a regular old flowerpot into an adorable toadstool decoration. Pour yourself an iced tea or lemonade, kick back, relax, and create. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Reading Library. Face coverings are not required but strongly recommended while indoors at the Reading Public Library. Please follow the updated COVID-19 guidelines if you’ve tested positive, been in close contact, or are experiencing new symptoms.

  4. Genealogy One-on-One: Private Research Appointment

    August 8, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    @
    History Room (Food and Drink & Arts and Crafts Not Allowed)

    Just starting your research into your family history and need some help? Looking to learn more about your house or starting the process of applying for a historic house marker? Book an appointment with our Local History and Genealogy Reference Librarian today! Together, we will sort through your research and make a plan for next steps and how the local history room can help. These meetings will be held in the Local History Room on the 2nd floor of the library. Jocelyn Gould recently joined the RPL staff after spending the last 16 years as an Interpretive Ranger at the National Parks of Boston where she gave tours of the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail and presented talks at various historic sites throughout the city. Her genealogy areas of research include: Acadians in Nova Scotia and New England, North End Italians, veterans of the American Revolution, and the Black community of 19th century Massachusetts.

  5. Vehicle Day

    August 9, 2022, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    @
    Reading Public Library Parking Lot

    It's the 23rd annual Vehicle Day! Come see all of the amazing vehicles that make Reading so exciting! Stop by the library parking lot to visit cool cars, tough trucks, and excellent emergency vehicles! The event will happen rain or shine. This program is part of the Reading Public Library's summer reading initiative “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” and is sponsored by the Friends of the Reading Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

  6. Nature Stories and Exploration (Entering grades 1-3)

    August 9, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    *Today we'll walk in Bare Meadow. Park and meet at Mattera Cabin, 1481 Main Street.* There is so much nature to explore right here in Reading! Each week, we'll meet at a local conservation land site, read a science story, then take a hike and use our observation skills to find fascinating things. Flowers, insects, animal tracks, rocks... who knows what treasures we'll find! This program is for kids entering grades 1-3 in the fall with a caregiver. Come prepared for a hike: wear closed-toe shoes, bug spray and sun screen. The terrain will be uneven, and may be rocky and sloped. If accessibility is an issue, please contact us in advance so we can choose an appropriate location. This program is part of the Reading Public Library's summer reading initiative “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” and is sponsored by the Friends of the Reading Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

  7. Science Camp (Entering Grades 4-6)

    August 10, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @
    Children's Program Room

    Hey happy campers! Kids entering grades 4-6 join your RPL Librarians as we experiment with chemistry and physics on the library lawn! We'll get a little messy, probably make some mistakes, but definitely have loads of fun! Don't forget to wear clothing you don't mind getting messy. Lab coats not required. This program is part of the Reading Public Library's summer reading initiative “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” and is sponsored by the Friends of the Reading Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

  8. Teen Campout!

    August 10, 2022, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    @
    Conference Room, Community Room A, Community Room B

    JOIN US FOR A FUN NIGHT OF CAMP THEMED COMPETITIONS! Outdoor Picnic - boxed food from Subway Tent Building - the fastest team will win a gift card of their choice Musical Sleeping Bags - bring your own sleeping bag and the last teen standing will win a gift card of their choice Yarn Game - Can you undo the giant knot? * Registration is Required * Allergy Alert: Food will be used or consumed at this event This program is generously funded by The Friends of the Reading Public Library. Thank you!

  9. Craftivism 101

    August 10, 2022, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    @
    Community Room A, Community Room B

    Get acquainted with craftivism, learn to embroider, stitch something brilliant, and make friends—all in just 2 hours! Craft-based activism has been used as a tool of resistance, coalition building, and even espionage! Learn from Shannon Downey—a leader in the modern craftivism movement. She will provide an introduction to the history of craftivism and ways you can get involved in the modern movement. Shannon will then teach you how to embroider and have you stabbing it out in no time. She guarantees you walk away feeling better than when you came in. This concert is generously funded by The Friends of the Reading Public Library. Please follow the updated COVID-19 guidelines if you’ve tested positive, been in close contact, or are experiencing new symptoms.

  10. Sunrise Storytime

    August 11, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    This week we will meet at ropes course area behind the high school--park at RMHS field house parking lot. Perfect for kids under 5 years! Join Miss Megan for stories, songs, and outdoor fun at parks and greenspaces all over Reading! Weather permitting, we will meet at a different place each week so watch the library's website and social media for any changes! This program is part of the Reading Public Library's summer reading initiative “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” and is sponsored by the Friends of the Reading Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

  11. Kids Mix (Entering Grades 1-3)

    August 11, 2022, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    @
    Children's Program Room

    Let's mix it up! Kids entering grades 1-3 join RPL Librarians in making a lemonade stand for the library! We'll mix up our ingredients and learn all about money management. This program is part of the Reading Public Library's summer reading initiative “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” and is sponsored by the Friends of the Reading Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

  12. Trails Not Scales with Summer Michaud-Skog: Author of Fat Girls Hiking: An Inclusive Guide to Getting Outdoors at Any Size or Ability

    August 11, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    From the founder of the Fat Girls Hiking community comes an inclusive, inspiring call to the outdoors for people of all body types, sizes, and backgrounds. Through heartfelt stories, practical advice, personal profiles of Fat Girls Hiking community members, and helpful trail reviews, Summer Michaud-Skog inspires readers to redefine who is considered “outdoorsy” and to get outside, no matter their size. Whether you’re an experienced or aspiring hiker, you’ll be empowered to hit the trails and find yourself in nature. Trails not scales! Summer Michaud-Skog is the founder of Fat Girls Hiking, a hiking community centered on a body liberation mission to get folks of diverse backgrounds out on trails no matter their size, ability, or experience level. The Fat Girls Hiking community has chapters across North America and a fast-growing social media fan base. This program is part of the Reclaiming Your Story grant, graciously funded by the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Direct Grant Program. Fat Girls Hiking is one of two selected titles to be part of the Library's Fall Community Read. More information to come.

  13. The Plant Lab: Open hours

    August 12, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    @
    Outdoor Patio

    Whether you're a seasoned gardner, a plant ambassador, or new to gardening, pop by the Plant Lab's open hours to help maintain the garden and harvest vegetables or herbs to take home! Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and stay the entire time or just pop by for a little while. This program is designed for gardeners entering grades 4-6. If you have a younger friend who is interested in gardening, please contact Miss Lisa (lracine@noblenet.org) for options! The Plant Lab is generously supported by the Friends of the Reading Public Library! Thank you, Friends!

  14. Summer StoryWalk

    August 15, 2022, 1:00 AM - August 16, 2022, 1:00 AM
    @
    Reading Public Library Lawn

    Get outside and read! Take a walk around the library and discover our summer Storywalk featuring A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. This special StoryWalk is supported by the Reading Lions Club and is designed for children with low or no vision to enjoy! Library visitors start at the front door of the library and follow the Braille-enhanced StoryWalk signs to enperience this adorable picture book. The StoryWalk will be on display from August 2nd through August 31st.

  15. Create! Camp Crafts for Adults: Beeswax Candles

    August 15, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    @
    Studio

    Revisit craft time at summer camp and join librarian and artist Melissa for a relaxing morning of candle making! Use sheets of natural beeswax and other natural materials to make a candle. Pour yourself an iced tea or lemonade, kick back, relax, and create. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Reading Library. Face coverings are not required but strongly recommended while indoors at the Reading Public Library. Please follow the updated COVID-19 guidelines if you’ve tested positive, been in close contact, or are experiencing new symptoms.

  16. WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Town of Reading Public Safety Clinician Office Hours

    August 17, 2022, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @
    Library Lobby

    Taunya L. Jarzyniecki, LCMHC MLADC, Public Safety Clinician for the Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support at the Reading Police Department will be available to meet with residents at the Reading Public Library. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Ms. Jarzyniecki can assist residents with brief therapeutic support and accessing resources. There is no fee or health insurance needed to meet with Ms.Jarzyniecki and all services are confidential. Stop by and say hello on Wednesday, August 17, 24 & 31 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Library Lobby. Please note: If you do not see Taunya sitting in the lobby, please check our signage designating where in the library she will be located. To schedule an appointment during or in between office hours with Ms. Jarzyniecki, email: tjarzyniecki@ci.reading.ma.us

  17. Partners and Allies for an Inclusive Reading (PAIR)

    August 17, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    @
    Community Room A, Community Room B

    The monthly meeting for the volunteer advisory and support board for the Office of Equity and Social Justice. For more information, please contact Dr. Sudeshna Chatterjee. What is PAIR? The Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) announces the creation of the Partners and Allies for Inclusive Reading (PAIR). As a town-wide network, PAIR will serve as a non-partisan advisory group to the Director of Equity and Social Justice and will assist the division in establishing cross-community partnerships, assessing organizational needs, and collaboratively developing plans and programs to bring the Reading community together for the vision of a Reading for All.

  18. Local History Hour: Meet and Greet the Local Historian!

    August 17, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    @
    Studio

    Drop in and meet the new Local History and Genealogy Reference Librarian, Jocelyn Gould! Feel free to bring any questions you might have about the local history room or how to research your house or family history!

  19. Casual Bird Walk with Dave Williams

    August 18, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    @
    Reading Town Forest

    Join Dave Williams for a Casual Bird Walk! The Walkers will meet at the Reading Town Forest, with a departure time of 9:00am. For those of you who are early birds, Dave will lead Enthusiast's Bird Walks, departing at 7:00am, on August 18th. What you need to know What you need to know: Park on Grove Street near the Strout Avenue entrance to the compost center. Participants will need to bring binoculars. Some binoculars will be available through the Reading Public Library on a first come, first serve basis. Please email Melissa at mseldon@noblenet.org if you will need a pair of binoculars. Bring a field guide if you have one! Some field guides will be available through the Reading Public Library. Hydration is key! Participants should bring water. This program brings the library outside! As such, participants should be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear as well as bug spray, and sunscreen. Participants should be prepared to walk about a mile on flat, well maintained dirt roads and trails. Face coverings are not required but strongly recommended while indoors at the Reading Public Library. Please follow the updated COVID-19 guidelines if you’ve tested positive, been in close contact, or are experiencing new symptoms.

  20. The Plant Lab: Open hours

    August 19, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    @
    Outdoor Patio

    Whether you're a seasoned gardner, a plant ambassador, or new to gardening, pop by the Plant Lab's open hours to help maintain the garden and harvest vegetables or herbs to take home! Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and stay the entire time or just pop by for a little while. This program is designed for gardeners entering grades 4-6. If you have a younger friend who is interested in gardening, please contact Miss Lisa (lracine@noblenet.org) for options! The Plant Lab is generously supported by the Friends of the Reading Public Library! Thank you, Friends!

  21. Summer StoryWalk

    August 22, 2022, 1:00 AM - August 23, 2022, 1:00 AM
    @
    Reading Public Library Lawn

    Get outside and read! Take a walk around the library and discover our summer Storywalk featuring A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. This special StoryWalk is supported by the Reading Lions Club and is designed for children with low or no vision to enjoy! Library visitors start at the front door of the library and follow the Braille-enhanced StoryWalk signs to enperience this adorable picture book. The StoryWalk will be on display from August 2nd through August 31st.

  22. Create! Camp Crafts for Adults: Simple Macramé Airplant Terrarium

    August 22, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    @
    Studio

    Revisit craft time at summer camp and join librarian and artist Melissa for a relaxing morning of tiny gardening! Use a recycled jar, sands stones and other natural materials to make a terrarium, and a simple macrime holder to hang it with. The airplant is included, so pour yourself an iced tea or lemonade, kick back, relax, and create. This event is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Reading Library. Face coverings are not required but strongly recommended while indoors at the Reading Public Library. Please follow the updated COVID-19 guidelines if you’ve tested positive, been in close contact, or are experiencing new symptoms.

  23. KidLit Fan Club! A Book Group for Adults

    August 22, 2022, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    @
    Children's Program Room

    Adult fans of children's and young adult books sign up for a book discussion about all things KidLit! This month, we are reading the graphic novel, Almost American Girl by Robin Ha. Group members then have the choice of reading Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram or With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Or you can read all three! Copies of the titles will be put on hold for registrants.

  24. WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Town of Reading Public Safety Clinician Office Hours in the Children's Program Room

    August 24, 2022, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @
    Children's Program Room

    Concerns about your child starting school, making the transition from summer to a fall schedule, or looking for resources to help you parent a child or teen heading back to school, then stop by and chat with Taunya on Wednesday, August 24 & 31 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Children's Program Room on the 2nd floor. Taunya L. Jarzyniecki, LCMHC MLADC, Public Safety Clinician for the Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support at the Reading Police Department will be available to meet with residents at the Reading Public Library. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Ms. Jarzyniecki can assist residents with brief therapeutic support and accessing resources. There is no fee or health insurance needed to meet with Ms.Jarzyniecki and all services are confidential. To schedule an appointment during or in between office hours with Ms. Jarzyniecki, email: tjarzyniecki@ci.reading.ma.us

  25. Genealogy One-on-One: Private Research Appointment

    August 26, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    @
    History Room (Food and Drink & Arts and Crafts Not Allowed)

    Just starting your research into your family history and need some help? Looking to learn more about your house or starting the process of applying for a historic house marker? Book an appointment with our Local History and Genealogy Reference Librarian today! Together, we will sort through your research and make a plan for next steps and how the local history room can help. These meetings will be held in the Local History Room on the 2nd floor of the library. Jocelyn Gould recently joined the RPL staff after spending the last 16 years as an Interpretive Ranger at the National Parks of Boston where she gave tours of the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail and presented talks at various historic sites throughout the city. Her genealogy areas of research include: Acadians in Nova Scotia and New England, North End Italians, veterans of the American Revolution, and the Black community of 19th century Massachusetts.

  26. The Plant Lab: Open hours

    August 26, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    @
    Outdoor Patio

    Whether you're a seasoned gardner, a plant ambassador, or new to gardening, pop by the Plant Lab's open hours to help maintain the garden and harvest vegetables or herbs to take home! Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty and stay the entire time or just pop by for a little while. This program is designed for gardeners entering grades 4-6. If you have a younger friend who is interested in gardening, please contact Miss Lisa (lracine@noblenet.org) for options! The Plant Lab is generously supported by the Friends of the Reading Public Library! Thank you, Friends!

  27. Summer StoryWalk

    August 29, 2022, 1:00 AM - August 30, 2022, 1:00 AM
    @
    Reading Public Library Lawn

    Get outside and read! Take a walk around the library and discover our summer Storywalk featuring A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. This special StoryWalk is supported by the Reading Lions Club and is designed for children with low or no vision to enjoy! Library visitors start at the front door of the library and follow the Braille-enhanced StoryWalk signs to enperience this adorable picture book. The StoryWalk will be on display from August 2nd through August 31st.

  28. Word of Mouth Book Discussion

    August 30, 2022, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    @
    Conference Room

    Have you read any good books lately? Stop by and share! Join us for an informal monthly discussion of what people are currently reading. It's a great way to learn about new books and authors. Our motto is the Andre Maurois quote- "In literature, as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others."

  29. School Year's Eve Bash

    August 30, 2022, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    @
    Children's Program Room

    Celebrate the start of school with crafts, activities, and fun for the whole family! This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Reading Public Library.

  30. WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Town of Reading Public Safety Clinician Office Hours in the Children's Program Room

    August 31, 2022, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    @
    Children's Program Room

    Concerns about your child starting school, making the transition from summer to a fall schedule, or looking for resources to help you parent a child or teen heading back to school, then stop by and chat with Taunya on Wednesday, August 31 from 1:00-3:00pm in the Children's Program Room on the 2nd floor. Taunya L. Jarzyniecki, LCMHC MLADC, Public Safety Clinician for the Reading Coalition for Prevention & Support at the Reading Police Department will be available to meet with residents at the Reading Public Library. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Ms. Jarzyniecki can assist residents with brief therapeutic support and accessing resources. There is no fee or health insurance needed to meet with Ms.Jarzyniecki and all services are confidential. To schedule an appointment during or in between office hours with Ms. Jarzyniecki, email: tjarzyniecki@ci.reading.ma.us

Main Page Meetings Calendar - Home Page

  1. Recreation Committee - Cancelled

    August 8, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  2. Community Planning and Development Commission

    August 8, 2022, 7:30 PM

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  3. Bylaw Committee

    August 9, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  4. Conservation Commission

    August 9, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  5. Select Board

    August 9, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  6. RMLD Board of Commissioners

    August 10, 2022, 4:00 PM

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  7. Climate Advisory Committee

    August 10, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  8. Conservation Commission

    August 10, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  9. Reading Center for Active Living Committee Agenda

    August 10, 2022, 7:00 PM

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  10. Select Board

    August 30, 2022, 7:00 PM

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