New Salem Library News
The First Ever Colossal Games
on Friday, November 21st, from 3:00-6:30 pm, the Library will host
the first ever Colossal Games Day! We’re taking over the library to play games
and eat! Come play a variety of Wii games like Rock Band 2 and Just Dance 2,
computer games, board games, chess. We’ll have Risk, Scribblish, Dominoes,
Pictionary and lots more. There’ll be a Mario Cart Race-off. Borrow games to
take home! You must be between 11 and 18 to attend. Be sure to get your survey
back. We want to pick a day and time for our regular teen hours and we want to
keep you in mind when we do
Holiday Book Sale at the Library
The Friends of the New Salem
Public Library will be holding their annual Holiday Book Sale beginning
Saturday, November 22nd. We are taking donations of paperbacks
in excellent condition, particularly fiction and recent non-fiction, coffee
table books, cookbooks, craft books, and children's books. We are also
introducing a coffee/tea break for those who come to the library. Bring
in your gently used books, have a cup of coffee and check out the Holiday Book
Sale all at the same time!
Library Book Discussion
Group Book Available
The New Salem Public Library's
book discussion group will be discussing In the Company of the Courtesan, by
Sarah Dunant on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm. Books, including
audio books, are available at the front desk.
Teen Activities at the
Movie Night: On
Friday, November, 28 from 4:00-6:00 pm, there will be Movie Night with a great
new release and popcorn.
After School Club: The After School Club for 3rd grade to 6th
grade kids will be meeting with Jean Daley from 3:30-5:00 pm on Tuesdays,
November 4th and 25th. Be sure to reserve your spot on
the bus! Note: There will be no After School Club on Tuesday, November 11th.
Chess Club for Tweens and Teens: The Library is looking for someone to
teach the rudiments of chess to local tweens and teens. If you are interested,
contact the library at 978-544-6334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a chess board around your house gathering dust, please donate it
for the kids to use at the library. More information to follow.
The Library is planning a Movie Night. Details to follow!
season of Reading Aloud for Grownups at the New Salem Library
We have a great roster of readers.
Here is the schedule. So mark your calendars and be prepared to be entertained
by some great readers reading some great stories.
All readings are at 7:30. Looking
forward to seeing you there.
Wed., Jan. 7 (snow date Jan. 14) -
Dee Waterman and Jane Clukay
Wed., Feb. 11 (snow date Feb. 18) -
Adam Frost and Sue Blake
Wed., March 11 (snow date March 18)
- Sally Howe and Allen Young
Wed., April 1 (snow date April 8) -
Mira Bartok and Mike Ross
Council on Aging News
Bingo and Lunch: We will
continue to meet in the Town Hall until the end of October. We gather will at
10:00 a.m. for coffee and Bingo followed by lunch at noon. Please call Hendra
Reidy by the Monday prior to sign up at 978-544-2178.
Flu Clinic: There will be no flu clinic in New Salem this year. We
were told that they may not have enough vaccine left over to hold one in all
the smaller towns. Any New Salem residents can go to the Orange Armory on
Wednesday, October 8th, between 9 and 11AM for a flu shot. Be sure to
bring your health insurance card.
New Members Sought: The Council is looking for some new they have had
several resignations this year. Please call Hendra if you are interested.
(You do not even have to be a senior to be a member!!)
Help with Computers and E-readers: Diana Smith and Sue Dunbar at the
Library will schedule visits with you in your home or at the Library to learn
how to use email, Word, attach pictures or learn basic computer skills. If you
have an e-reader, you can learn how to download books that can be “borrowed”
from the Library system. Please call the Library to set up an appointment at
Busy Bs: The Busy Bs continue to meet every Wednesday, weather
permitting, at the Stowell Building from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Bring your
project and join us. We have knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, and
other crafters all enjoying each other's company and admiring each other’s
Test Your Soil Now: Learn Info
at Agricultural Commission Soil Workshop December 4th
The New Salem Agriculture
Commission presents Soil Testing with UMass soil chemist, Solomon
Kariuki. We will learn how to decipher soil tests, the proper use of soil
amendments, and the importance of soil fertility on Thursday, December 4th
at 6:00 pm at the New Salem Public Library. This event is free to the
Be ready for next spring and
test your soil now! Bring test results with you. Please visit the
UMass Soil Testing website to download instructions and the order form:
Results will be emailed to
you within approximately 3-5 days or bring soil samples to the class and our
presenter will take them to the lab for testing.
Northeast Organic Farming
Association (NOFA) of Mass will be in attendance with forms for their Bulk
Order which offers significant savings on compost, soil amendments and
fertilizers through group purchasing power. An RSVP is not required. Call
Harmonie for questions at 978-544-9709
Community Network for Children
Please visit our website for
weekly scheduled Story Hours and Playgroups in New Salem and Wendell, as well
as other fun events. https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/programs-and-events
Transfer Station News
July Winner of Transfer Station Trash Bags
Jane McKay won a package of yellow New Salem trash bags for
picking up the trash on the side of the in the month of July. If you would like
to try and win some bags for the Transfer Station, talk to Bob the attendant at
the Transfer Station. Thank you Jane from the Board of Health.
Suggestion Box at Transfer Station
There will be a suggestion box at the New Salem Transfer Station.
If you have any suggestions for ways to improve the Transfer Station just leave
it in the box.
Agricultural Commission News
The Agricultural Commission is
looking for new members, as we only have five and need more members for
generating ideas, assisting with planning and development of new ideas. If you
are interested, our next meeting is September 4th at 6:00 pm in the New Salem
Public Library. The meeting lasts about an hour, so please join us!
Also, the Agricultural Commission is interested in having guest speakers join
our meetings to discuss pollinator development, amending soil, best organic
practices, etc. We hope other community group
The New Salem Community Garden
As the summer air turns cooler, and the daylight lessens,
gardeners at the Community Garden harvest the last of their tomatoes, cabbage,
cucumbers and squash. Thanks to all for making this growing season a success!
Please help yourself to any of the remaining vegetables ripening in the free
giving plot designated by the blue rope and flags, and we'd love if you'd leave
a message on our notepad!
Most recently, we were awarded a$500 grant through
Massachusetts Agricultural Commission (MAAC) which will be used towards our
shed project. On August 27th we were interviewed by the CROPP organization
through Organic Valley in Wisconsin in response to a grant proposal submitted
at the end of July. Cross your fingers they are interested in supporting our
garden project efforts!
Notes on "Lost" Wildlife from Mass Wildlife
See links below for information:
Notes on lost wildlife