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May 2024

Circle Time Story Time – Ages Birth to 2

Monday, May 20 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free

The Medford Family Network hosts Circle Time Story Time for children ages birth to 2 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Angela, the program features story telling, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.                  

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Grades 2-3 Book Club: Good Dog, McTavish

Monday, May 20 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library's book club for second- and third-graders meets to discuss "Good Dog, McTavish" by Meg Rosoff. Register through the library's online calendar, then visit the library to pick up a copy of the book, which will be available starting approximately one month in advance. Please note: This club is only for children in second or third grade.    

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Makerspace Drop-in for Adults

Monday, May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library offers an evening drop-in time specifically for adults at the Makerspace in the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library building. Tools and supplies are provided. No registration necessary.    

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Grade 1 Book Club: If I Built a Car

Tuesday, May 21 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library’s First Grade Book Club meets to discuss "If I Built a Car" by Chris Van Dusen. Please note that this club is only for children in first grade. Registration is required through the library's online calendar. Books will be available at the library approximately one month in advance.  

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3D Printing Workshop for Kids

Tuesday, May 21 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites kids age 8 to 12 to come and learn about the process of 3D printing. Then, test out the library’s 3D printers to make something of your own. Registration is required through the library's online calendar. If the event is full, please email Sam Donahue, Senior Children's Librarian, at sdonahue@minlib.net to join the waitlist.    

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Mystic Players Revival Impromptu Revue

Tuesday, May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Mystic Players Revival invites everyone to gather at the library for a night of theater and community. Bring a song, dance or monologue to perform, or just come and enjoy a night of fun. Open to ages 10 to 100, but children must be accompanied by a legal guardian. RSVP by email to mysticplayersrevival@gmail.com or by text message to 781-799-4373. Mystic Players Revival is nonprofit organization created by a group of Medford residents looking to bring back a community theatre…

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Family Story Time

Wednesday, May 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents family story time for ages 3 to 7. The session explores new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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Climate Change Book Group: Braiding Sweetgrass

Wednesday, May 22 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library's Climate Change Book Group, "Planet and Pages," meets to discuss “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings — asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass — offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. Stop by the library to snag your copy. Led by green entrepreneur Clare Flaherty, owner of Trove Green Provisions…

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Toddler Time

Thursday, May 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, August 1, 2024

Free

Join Toddler Time at the Medford Public Library and read some excellent books, sing songs, and learn gentle movement activities. Story time is 30 minutes long and geared toward children ages 2-3. After stories and songs, all are invited to join a mini-play group too.  

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Doll Head Succulent Planters

Thursday, May 23 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites teens in grades 6 to 12 to a workshop to create a quirky, fun (OK, or maybe creepy) succulent planter out of a doll head. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Medford Historical Society & Museum Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Historical Society & Museum will conduct its 2024 annual meeting at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. The agenda will include highlights of accomplishments over the past year as well as a financial report. Members in good standing will be able vote on the proposed Board of Directors slate for 2024-25, as per a letter sent to members in the mail. Non-members are welcome to attend the meeting (and to join the MHSM). Following the meeting,…

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Sacco and Vanzetti: Inciting Passions a Century Later

Thursday, May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Historical Society & Museum presents a talk by Dennis J. Curran, a retired justice from the Massachusetts Superior Court, titled "The Murder Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti: Inciting Passions a Century Later." On April 15, 1920, a robbery and double murder in South Braintree, Massachusetts, led to the arrest of two Italian anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. They were tried and convicted at Dedham Superior Court in 1921. No one could have foreseen that this local criminal…

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages Birth to 2

Friday, May 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free

The Medford Family Network hosts Circle Time Story Time for children ages birth to 2 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Andrea Breen, the session features story telling, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.  

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Kids’ Home School Maker Club

Friday, May 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites home schooled kids ages 8 to 12 to its Home School Maker Club, offered in the Maker Space on the third Friday each month. Learn and make something new each session. All materials provided. Registration is required through the library's online calendar. Questions? Email Sam Donahue, senior children's librarian, at sdonahue@minlib.net.  

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, May 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Medford, MA 02155
Free

The Medford Family Network presents Circle Time Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Andrea Breen, the session features story telling, an art activity, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.  

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Adult Poetry Club

Friday, May 24 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents the fifth meeting of its new Poetry Club for adults led by Vijaya Sundaram, Medford’s poet laureate. Come share your voice, taking the mic to shine a light on the issues that matter most to you, with passion, lyricism and force. The club meets once a month to read and discuss the work of great poets, while crafting and performing members' own work. Registration is required through the library's online calendar. Note: This session was…

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Teen Trivia Night

Friday, May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library's annual Spring Teen Trivia Night is back. Teens in middle school and high school will compete on teams of two to five players against all other teams for the highest score. The top-scoring team AND the team with the best name will win a prize. Questions will be about pop culture and general knowledge; that includes music, movies, books and more. You’ll have the chance to suggest topics as well. Music, pizza and snacks also provided.…

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Saturday Family Story Time

Saturday, May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, August 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents a story hour for children ages 3 to 7, exploring new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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Maker Space Badging: 3D Printing

Saturday, May 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

The Medford Public Library is offering the training you need to "check out" the library's Maker Space just like a study room. With this session on 3D printing, you can earn a "badge" and gain more exclusive access to the Maker Space and its contents. Once a course is  complete, your library card will note you have more access to the Maker Space so you can "borrow" the room when it is available. For ages 16 and over. Register through…

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Chess in Medford Square

Saturday, May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 29, 2024

Free

The Medford Chess Club invites you to its weekly meet-up in Medford Square, taking place in the second-floor gallery at the library. The club has chess sets, chess clocks, and helpful members to teach you the rules if you're new to the game. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, but those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult or mature older sibling. There are no membership dues or fees to play. Visit the club’s website…

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Maker Space Badging: General Safety

Saturday, May 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is offering the training you need to "check out" the library's Maker Space just like a study room. With this session on general safety, you can earn a "badge" and gain more exclusive access to the Maker Space and its contents. Once a course is complete, your library card will note you have more access to the Maker Space so you can "borrow" the room when it is available. For ages 16 and over. Register through…

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Maker Space Badging: Laser Cutter

Saturday, May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is offering you the training you need to "check out" the library's Maker Space just like a study room. With this session on using a Glowforge laser cutter, you can earn a "badge" and gain more exclusive access to the Maker Space and its contents. Once a course is complete, your library card will note you have more access to the Maker Space so you can "borrow" the room when it is available. For ages 16…

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Makerspace Drop-in for Adults

Tuesday, May 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Makerspace in the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library offers a morning drop-in time specifically for adults. Tools and supplies are provided. No registration necessary.    

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Middle/High School Chameleon: LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

Tuesday, May 28 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Middle School Chameleon and High School Chameleon, the Medford Public Library’s drop-in groups for LGBTQIAP+ youth and allies in grades 6 to 8 and 9 to 12, respectively, are meeting jointly today in Bonsignore Hall on the topic of LGBTQIA+ mental health. Come chat, connect, do fun projects, and play games in a safe, open, and welcoming space. No one is required to disclose any aspect of their identity in order to be part of the groups.  

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Intro to Machine Sewing for Kids

Tuesday, May 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library offers another Intro to Machine Sewing workshop for kids ages 8 to 12. Learn about how to use a sewing machine and make your own drawstring bag. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Mystic Makerspace: Embroidery Beyond the Basics

Tuesday, May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The Mystic Makerspace presents the workshop Embroidery Beyond the Basics, in which you will learn how to take your basic stitching skills to the next level. Jerusha Achterberg will explain embroidery patterns, where to find them, and how to select a pattern appropriate for your skill level. You will work a sampler pattern good for those who know the basic stitches and want to move to the next step. This class is for ages 16 and over. Registration is required through…

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Family Story Time

Wednesday, May 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents family story time for ages 3 to 7. The session explores new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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Teen Stop Motion Studio

Wednesday, May 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites teens in grades 6 and up to visit the Stop Motion Studio in the Maker Space. Plot, film and edit your own stop motion animated movies using Legos, paper, and more. All supplies provided. Sign-up is required through the library's online calendar.

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PJ Story Time

Wednesday, May 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents another PJ Story Time, for children ages 3 to 7. Dress up in your coziest outfit, grab your favorite snuggle friend and come on down. There will be a short (30-minute) story time with songs and books to get you ready for the best dreamtime!

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Glue Resist Prints Class for Adults

Wednesday, May 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is offering a Glue Resist Prints Class for adults. Learn the process of making glue resist prints on fabric. Space is limited. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Writers’ Workshop

Wednesday, May 29 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library hosts the monthly meeting of its Writers’ Workshop. The group, which usually meets on the last Wednesday of the month, always welcomes new members so join the group to meet fellow writers and get feedback on your work. If you have questions about the group, please contact David Chia at duuchia@gmail.com.      

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Dance Caliente Salsa Class

Wednesday, May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Dance away your cares at the Medford Public Library as Dance Caliente presents a fun and lively lesson on salsa. Dancers of all levels and ages are invited to attend. Founded in 1998 by Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves, Dance Caliente brings a contagious enthusiasm to their instruction. Register through the library's online calendar.     

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Toddler Time

Thursday, May 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, August 1, 2024

Free

Join Toddler Time at the Medford Public Library and read some excellent books, sing songs, and learn gentle movement activities. Story time is 30 minutes long and geared toward children ages 2-3. After stories and songs, all are invited to join a mini-play group too.  

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Library Tour for Seniors

Thursday, May 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

Medford seniors: Do you want to get to know the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library building? Or do you need transportation there? Sign up for a guided tour of the library led by Zoey Mills, head of reference services. Explore the library's spaces such as the Local History Room, Tech Lab, and Maker Space. At the end of the tour, Zoey will give a brief overview on how to use Libby, hoopla, and Kanopy on your smart devices…

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Art Smart for School-Aged Children

Thursday, May 30 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents another edition of Art Smart, a program designed for school-aged children ages 5 and up. Come learn a new way to craft, paint, build and design as the class explore the world of arts and crafts with a cool new project.  

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Reading with Ryan for Beginning Readers

Thursday, May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents another edition of "Reading with Ryan" for beginning readers. Ryan, the coolest dog around, loves when people read to him. If you are learning to read and want to build your confidence, come read to Ryan. Pick your favorite book and schedule a 15-minute reading spot to hang out with Ryan, who just NEEDS to hear you read. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Needle Felting for Teens

Thursday, May 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents a class on needle felting for teens in middle school and high school. Learn how to use a barbed needle and merino wool roving to create a felted hamster. All supplies will be provided. Sign-up is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages Birth to 2

Friday, May 31 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free

The Medford Family Network hosts Circle Time Story Time for children ages birth to 2 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Andrea Breen, the session features story telling, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.        

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, May 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Medford, MA 02155
Free

The Medford Family Network presents Circle Time Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Andrea Breen, the session features story telling, an art activity, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.  

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Teen Graphic Novel Book Club: Nimona

Friday, May 31 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents its Teen Graphic Novel Book Club, for teens in grades 6 and up. Being discussed today in the Youth Services Program Room will be "Nimona" by ND Stevenson. This book is available for pickup in the Teen Room. Sign-up is required through the library's online calendar.  

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June 2024

Exhibition Opening: Sophie Glikson Cahen

Saturday, June 1 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library's art exhibit for June will feature works by Medford artist Sophie Glikson Cahen titled "Kindred Spirited Animals." Sophie began painting in 1982 when she moved from Paris to Boston to study Expressive Arts Therapy; she earned a Master of Arts degree in that area from Lesley University in 1984 and offers Expressive Arts Therapy and Creative Life Coaching in her Medford studio. This show is to honor the significant presence of animals with whom we interconnect on…

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Saturday Family Story Time

Saturday, June 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, August 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents a story hour for children ages 3 to 7, exploring new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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Chess in Medford Square

Saturday, June 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 29, 2024

Free

The Medford Chess Club invites you to its weekly meet-up in Medford Square, taking place in the second-floor gallery at the library. The club has chess sets, chess clocks, and helpful members to teach you the rules if you're new to the game. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, but those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult or mature older sibling. There are no membership dues or fees to play. Visit the club’s website…

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages Birth to 2

Monday, June 3 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free

The Medford Family Network hosts Circle Time Story Time for children ages birth to 2 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Angela, the program features story telling, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.                      

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Monday Morning Mysteries: Small Mercies

Monday, June 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

The Medford Public Library's Monday Morning Mysteries book group meets to discuss "Small Mercies" by Denis Lehane. RSVP through the library's online calendar. After today's meeting, the group will take a break for the summer and resume in September.            

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages 2 to 5

Monday, June 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Medford Family Network presents Circle Time Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Angela, the program features story telling, music and movement, an art activity, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.            

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Teen Maker Monday

Monday, June 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents its Maker Monday workshop for teens in middle school and high school in the Maker Space. Learn and create with STEAM projects that everyone completes together. All materials provided. Sign-up is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Coffee Filter Flowers Workshop for Kids

Monday, June 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents a coffee filter flowers workshop for kids age 5 and up. Learn how to make colorful flowers using coffee filters. Registration is required using the library's online calendar.  

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3D Printing Workshop for Teens

Tuesday, June 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites teens in middle school and high school to come learn about 3D printing and test the library’s 3D printers.  Please note that because of how long it takes to print, you are not guaranteed to go home with a finished creation! Registration is required through the library's online calendar.    

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Play Dough Club (Ages 2-5)

Tuesday, June 4 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library hosts its monthly Play Dough Club for ages 2 to 5. Why play dough? Playing with play dough helps young kids develop their hand-eye coordination, creativity, and fine-motor and literacy skills. And sharing tools and colors of dough helps littles with their social skills, too. The library will provide the dough and tools; all you need to bring is your imagination. Registration is not required. All ages are welcome to join, but this program is best…

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Cookbook Club: Provecho

Tuesday, June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library introduces its Cookbook Club, which will meet monthly over the summer. This month's title is "Provecho: 100 Vegan Mexican Recipes to Celebrate Culture" by Edgar Castrejón. Register for the book club using the library's online calendar, then ask for your copy of the book at the circulation desk. Read it and pick one recipe to prepare and share with the group at tonight's meeting. The title for next month's meeting, taking place on July 9, will…

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Mystic Makerspace: Stamped Air-Dry Clay Bowls

Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

The Mystic Makerspace presents the workshop on how to make stamped air-dry clay bowls. Use textured stamps to emboss air-dry clay to create your own trinket bowls — no oven required! This class is for ages 16 and over. Registration is required through the library's online calendar. If the class is full, please email Molly Dunn of the library staff at mdunn@minlib.net to be added to the waitlist.

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Family Story Time

Wednesday, June 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents family story time for ages 3 to 7. The session explores new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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3D Printing Workshop for Kids

Wednesday, June 5 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites kids age 8 to 12 to come and learn about the process of 3D printing. Then, test out the library’s 3D printers to make something of your own. Registration is required through the library's online calendar. If the event is full, please email Sam Donahue, Senior Children's Librarian, at sdonahue@minlib.net to join the waitlist.  

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DIY Kawaii Pop-Its Workshop for Teens

Wednesday, June 5 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents a DIY Kawaii Pop-Its Workshop for teens in middle school and high school. Use craft foam to design and make your own kawaii pop-its. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Adaptive Drama Club for Adults

Wednesday, June 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library introduces an Adaptive Drama Club for Adults that will meet monthly over the summer. Drama Club participants will enjoy a fun-filled hour of developing skills in acting, singing and dancing as they learn about theater in group and individual activities. Social skills will also be taught and reinforced with “Ms. Jen’s Theatre Etiquette.” A typical class (one hour) includes a welcome circle; warm-ups; acting exercises; singing and dancing activities; rehearsal; and cool downs. Space is limited, and registration is required…

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Toddler Time

Thursday, June 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, August 1, 2024

Free

Join Toddler Time at the Medford Public Library and read some excellent books, sing songs, and learn gentle movement activities. Story time is 30 minutes long and geared toward children ages 2-3. After stories and songs, all are invited to join a mini-play group too.  

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Introduction to PowerPoint

Thursday, June 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Have you ever needed to create a presentation on an arts or cultural topic but didn't know how? The Medford Public Library's Introduction to PowerPoint program offers a foundational understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint, a widely used presentation software. Led by Zoey Mills, Head of Reference Services, the program covers essential concepts such as creating slides; adding text, images, and multimedia elements; formatting slides for visual appeal; and utilizing basic animation and transition effects. Designed for beginners, the program provides hands-on…

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Family Maker Night

Thursday, June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites kids ages 8 to 12, accompanied by an adult, to come to the Maker Space and test out something new or work on a project of your own. A staff member will be on hand to help but it is YOUR design time. Come for the whole time or just stay for a little. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.      

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Crochet Club for Teens

Thursday, June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library hosts its Crochet Club for teens in middle school and high school. Come learn the basics of crocheting or work on an existing project. All skill levels are welcome. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Library Patio Concert: Three at Home

Thursday, June 6 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library begins a summer series of outdoor concerts on its Cummings Terrace patio, presenting Three at Home. The trio's sound is a cocktail of harmony-driven rock infused with soulful energy and emotion. Members are Dann Russo (vocals, guitar), Mary Casiello (vocals, keys) and Kari Paisley-Flango (vocals, drums). Free admission with no registration required. Other concerts in the series will feature the Occasional Brass on Thursday, July 11, and Pink Slip on Thursday, August 22.  

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The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union

Thursday, June 6 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Historical Society & Museum presents a talk at the library with historian Stephen Puleo about his new book, "The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union," the story of one of the most influential non-presidents in American history. In the tempestuous mid-19th century, as slavery consumed congressional debate and America careened toward civil war and split apart — when the very future of the nation hung in the balance — Charles Sumner’s voice…

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Saturday Family Story Time

Saturday, June 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, August 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents a story hour for children ages 3 to 7, exploring new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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Chess in Medford Square

Saturday, June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 29, 2024

Free

The Medford Chess Club invites you to its weekly meet-up in Medford Square, taking place in the second-floor gallery at the library. The club has chess sets, chess clocks, and helpful members to teach you the rules if you're new to the game. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, but those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult or mature older sibling. There are no membership dues or fees to play. Visit the club’s website…

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Artist Reception: Sophie Glikson Cahen

Saturday, June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites you to a reception with Medford artist Sophie Glikson Cahen in conjunction with her exhibition "Kindred Spirited Animals," which is on view at the library throughout June. Sophie began painting in 1982 when she moved from Paris to Boston to study Expressive Arts Therapy; she earned a Master of Arts degree in that area from Lesley University in 1984 and offers Expressive Arts Therapy and Creative Life Coaching in her Medford studio. This show is…

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Medford Public Library Fairy Tale Ball

Sunday, June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Come one, come all to the Medford Public Library's annual Fairy Tall Ball, a free family fun event. There will be face painting, sword fighting, a sensory-friendly space, a bounce castle, a dance party, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages Birth to 2

Monday, June 10 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free

The Medford Family Network hosts Circle Time Story Time for children ages birth to 2 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Angela, the program features story telling, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.                      

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages 2 to 5

Monday, June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

The Medford Family Network presents Circle Time Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Angela, the program features story telling, music and movement, an art activity, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page.            

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Unbox Book Club for Teens

Monday, June 10 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library holds another session of the Unbox Book Club, its drop-in club for teens in grades 8 and up. Talk about all things books while unboxing the newest books in the Teen Section. You’ll get first dibs on a book before it goes on the shelves. Sign-up through the library's online calendar is encouraged but not required.

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Makerspace Drop-in for Adults

Monday, June 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library offers an evening drop-in time at the Makerspace specifically for adults. Tools and supplies are provided. No registration necessary.    

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Kids Drawing Class

Tuesday, June 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents another drawing class for kids 8 to 12. All skill levels welcome. Supplies provided by the library. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Teen Maker Night

Tuesday, June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents its monthly Teen Maker Night. Create, break and build things in the Maker Space. The event is for teens in middle school and high school to learn and create. There are no assigned projects in this program; it is designed for you to come in to explore and experiment with different making tools. Space is limited and sign-up is required through the library's online calendar.    

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Makerspace Drop-in for Adults

Wednesday, June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

The Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library offers a midday drop-in time at the Makerspace specifically for adults. No registration necessary.    

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Family Story Time

Wednesday, June 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, July 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents family story time for ages 3 to 7. The session explores new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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Advanced Crochet for Kids

Wednesday, June 12 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an Advanced Crochet workshop for kids ages 8 to 12. This program is for kids who have already mastered the basics of crochet and are ready for a new challenge. Participants will make a mini amigurumi plushie. Supplies provided. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Pride Paper Flower Crown Craft for Adults

Wednesday, June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library invites you to celebrate Pride by making a special paper flower crown in this Pride Month class in the Makerspace. Register though the library's online calendar.  

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Matt Heaton Singalong

Thursday, June 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Free

Join the hilarious and awesome Matt Heaton for his monthly singalong at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Get your toes tappin’ and your wombat dance ready! This program is designed for ages 0-3 but is fun for all!

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Introduction to PowerPoint

Thursday, June 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents another session of its three-week Introduction to PowerPoint program offering a foundational understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint, the widely used presentation software. Led by Zoey Mills, Head of Reference Services, the program covers essential concepts such as creating slides; adding text, images, and multimedia elements; formatting slides for visual appeal; and utilizing basic animation and transition effects. Designed for beginners, the program provides hands-on practice and guidance to help participants develop confidence in using PowerPoint to…

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Art Smart for School-Aged Children

Thursday, June 13 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents another edition of Art Smart, a program designed for school-aged children ages 5 and up. Come learn a new way to craft, paint, build and design as the class explore the world of arts and crafts with a cool new project.  

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Paper Plants Workshop: Pitcher Plants

Thursday, June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Have a black thumb or want to give a plant as a present and not have it die? Then come to this Medford Public Library workshop on creating a pitcher plant. You'll follow instructions as provided by the book "Handmade Houseplants: Remarkably Realistic Plants You Can Make with Paper" by Corrie Beth Hogg. All materials will be provided. Space is limited; register through the library's online calendar. Note: This workshop was postponed from its original date of May 30.  

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Mystery Book Club for Teens: Gideon Green in Black and White

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library's Mystery Book Club for Teens meets to discuss "Gideon Green in Black and White" by Katie Henry. A copy of the book may be picked up in the Teen Section up to one month before the meeting. Sign-up is required through the library's online calendar.  

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LGBTQ+ Book Group: Untamed

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library's LGBTQ+ Book Group meets to discuss "Untamed" by Glennon Doyle, part of the city's Pride Month programs. Books will be available approximately four weeks in advance. Call the library at 781-395-7950 to have a copy put on hold for you. RSVP for the book group meeting through the library's online calendar. All are welcome to read and discuss literary and nonfiction works by and about the LGBTQ+ community, from classics to contemporary titles.      

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Motherlove Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The New England Innocence Project and the Medford Public Library are teaming up to honor the mothers who have supported, loved, and struggled for their dear sons and daughters behind bars. All are welcome to attend this event, inspired by Jean Trounstine’s new book "Motherlove," which includes 10 short stories, each about a mother coping with the aftermath of her teen killing another teen. Donations made at the event will support the work of the New England Innocence Project, helping wrongfully…

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages Birth to 2

Friday, June 14 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Free

The Medford Family Network hosts Circle Time Story Time for children ages birth to 2 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Andrea Breen, the session features story telling, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page; subscribe to the MFN weekly e-newsletter or check back here closer to the date for the link.      

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Coffee and Books

Friday, June 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Join Medford Public Library Director Barbara Kerr in Bonsignore Hall for coffee and a discussion of new and interesting books. No assigned reading or registration required, just drop in.  

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Circle Time Story Time – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, June 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Medford, MA 02155
Free

The Medford Family Network presents Circle Time Story Time for children ages 2 to 5 at the Charlotte & William Bloomberg Medford Public Library. Led by Miss Andrea Breen, the session features story telling, an art activity, music and movement, and a sing-along. Advance sign-up is required through the MFN registration web page; subscribe to the MFN weekly e-newsletter or check back here closer to the date for the link.

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Saturday Family Story Time

Saturday, June 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, August 31, 2024

Free

The Medford Public Library presents a story hour for children ages 3 to 7, exploring new concepts with books and songs. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join in. After story time, a short craft or activity will be held in the same space.

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Chess in Medford Square

Saturday, June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Saturday, June 29, 2024

Free

The Medford Chess Club invites you to its weekly meet-up in Medford Square, taking place in the second-floor gallery at the library. The club has chess sets, chess clocks, and helpful members to teach you the rules if you're new to the game. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, but those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult or mature older sibling. There are no membership dues or fees to play. Visit the club’s website…

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Sensory Storytime

Saturday, June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents Sensory Storytime for ages 3 to 7. Explore stories, music, movement, and play in a sensory-friendly and adaptive setting. This storytime is for everyone, but is particularly designed for neurodiverse children — children who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, ADHD, or have difficulty sitting through our other storytimes. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.

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Intro to Crochet for Kids

Monday, June 17 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents an Introduction to Crochet class for kids ages 8 to 12. Learn the basics of crocheting and make something of your own to take home. Supplies provided. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Author Talk: Iris Glazner Leigh – Liza’s Secrets

Monday, June 17 @ 7:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library welcomes Iris Glazner Leigh for a discussion of her new Cape Cod thriller, "Liza’s Secrets." Leigh is a retired international presenter on bullying prevention and an occupational therapy educator. She and her husband, Bill, reside on Cape Cod, where Iris finds inspiration in the gardens, endless beaches, and sand dunes. RSVP for her talk through the library's online calendar.    

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Intro to Machine Sewing for Kids

Tuesday, June 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library offers another Intro to Machine Sewing workshop for kids ages 8 to 12. Learn about how to use a sewing machine and make your own drawstring bag. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Middle School Chameleon: Pride Party Prep & Jackbox Games

Tuesday, June 18 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Middle School Chameleon, the Medford Public Library’s drop-in group for LGBTQIAP+ youth and allies in grades 6 to 8, meets in Bonsignore Hall. Today's topic is Pride Party Prep & Jackbox Games. Come chat, connect, do fun projects, and play games in a safe, open, and welcoming space. No one is required to disclose any aspect of their identity in order to be part of the group.  

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Author Talk: Sarah Boyer – Coming Out, Becoming Ourselves

Tuesday, June 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

As part of the city's Pride Month events, the Medford Public Library presents an evening with author Sarah Boyer, who will talk about her work as the oral historian at the Cambridge Historical Commission and her new book, “Coming Out, Becoming Ourselves: Lesbian Stories from the Boston Daughters of Bilitis.” Founded in San Francisco in 1955, the Daughters of Bilitis was the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the country. It was initially conceived as a social club for…

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Toddler Time

Thursday, June 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, August 1, 2024

Free

Join Toddler Time at the Medford Public Library and read some excellent books, sing songs, and learn gentle movement activities. Story time is 30 minutes long and geared toward children ages 2-3. After stories and songs, all are invited to join a mini-play group too.  

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Introduction to PowerPoint

Thursday, June 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents the final session of its Introduction to PowerPoint program offering a foundational understanding of Microsoft PowerPoint, a widely used presentation software. Led by Zoey Mills, Head of Reference Services, the program covers essential concepts such as creating slides; adding text, images, and multimedia elements; formatting slides for visual appeal; and utilizing basic animation and transition effects. Designed for beginners, the program provides hands-on practice and guidance to help participants develop confidence in using PowerPoint to…

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Intro to Machine Sewing for Teens

Thursday, June 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is offering an Intro to Machine Sewing workshop for teens in grades 8 to 12. Learn how to use a sewing machine and sew a patchwork bookmark. Registration is required through the library's online calendar.  

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Library Digital Resources Workshop

Thursday, June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library presents another Digital Resources Workshop, teaching you how to access eBooks, audiobooks, streaming video and music, databases, and more. Your library card gives you access to language learning; lifelong learning; eBooks and audiobooks;  streaming video; and cutting-edge scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles on just about any subject. All you need is your mobile device or laptop, library card, and library card password/PIN. If you don’t have one, you can get your library card password/PIN at the library…

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Library Database of the Month: Learning Express

Friday, June 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Today's Medford Public Library Database of the Month session, led by Zoey Mills, head of Reference Services, will cover the Learning Express Library. Learning Express includes nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and e-books. Covers job search and workplace skills improvement; skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science; career certification and licensure exam prep; college and grad school entrance test prep; GED test prep; and more. Registration is required through the library's online calendar. Note: This program was rescheduled…

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Ants on a Log Pride Concert (Ages 4+)

Friday, June 21 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

The Medford Public Library is hosting a stop on Ants on a Log’s 2024 Pride Tour. Ants on a Log is the Philadelphia-based trio of elementary science teacher Anya Rose and music therapists Julie Be and Miles Crabtree. Blending their skills has enabled the group to reach beyond the usual scope of simple songs for children, tackling complex themes and embracing the full potential of a child’s ability to think and feel. Ants on a Log performs music for children…

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