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"Celebrating 10 years" banner, with dates for Sunday, November 6, 2011, 1pm to 4pm.  Watercolor image of the library by Jean Buckley, 2011

A Great Celebration

On December 17, 2001 our library opened as the first regional library in the state of Massachusetts. We are proud of our ten years of service to both the towns of Hamilton and Wenham, and commemorated the occasion with a 10th Anniversary Gala, which was held at the library on Sunday, November 6th, 2011, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. All were invited to join us in celebration of this exciting milestone.

Gala Events

Our keynote address was delivered by Holly Robinson, local author breakaway by vcevy strekalovskyof The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter, a memoir.

Walls were hung with the paintings of Vcevy Strekalovsky, the gifted artist/architect who originally designed our library's building. His work remains on display through November and December.

We announced our library's receipt of the How Green Is My Library? grant, which awards funds to be spent on web support, collection development, programs and promotions for green living. Our GoGreen pages provide information about green topics of local interest, such as composting, organic food, energy savings and toxins reduction.

We also announced the winners of our Hanging Mobile Contest, which ran from August 1 to October 24, 2011. Winners in our three categories were: Cameron Abell for The Amulet of Samarkand (grades 6-8), Sam Herhard and Bobby Grinnell for Nosedive, and Maria Coleman for Book Fiesta (college/adult).

There was music! Walks down memory lane! Informational displays! A scavenger hunt for the kids! Light refreshments!

And the grand finale - a wonderful Irish Magic Show by magician Debbie O'Carroll and musician Tom O'Carroll. None who saw will ever forget their rendition of "Molly Malone."

Notecards for Sale

jean buckley's water color of the libraryJean Buckley’s watercolor of the library (visible here in low resolution) was painted in honor of our 10th anniversary and hangs at the top of the first landing at the library.  Prints are available at $20.00; notecards with the same image are also on sale in sets of four for $5.00.

Learn More About Our Keynote Speaker

Anita Silvey Holly Robinson is a former contributing editor to Ladies' Home Journal and Parents magazines, and the author of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter, available in multiple copies at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. This funny, touching memoir recounts her navy brat upbringing in the 1970s, and her father's gerbil breeding hobby, which became his lifelong book cover for the Gerbil Farmer's Daughtercareer.

Click here to request your copy of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter. To find out more about Ms. Robinson, visit her web site.

Brought To You By...

Warm thanks to the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, the Jolie Tea Company, library trustee Jean Buckley, the Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club, and to Corliss Bros.

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Modified 12/13/2011