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Bacon Free Library in January 2024

Library Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:30-5:30 with extended hours on Tuesday until 7:00pm

Saturdays 9:30-1:30

Curbside pickup is available during all open hours

Check our website for the most up-to-date information and to register for programs:

Children’s Programs

Story Time -- Mondays and Tuesdays @ 10 am -- We’ll feature a combination of stories for listening and songs for singing & dancing. 

Baby Time -- Wednesdays @ 10am --  Join us for a cozy story time filled with lap bounces, rhymes, songs, and simple stories. Geared toward infants and young toddlers with their grownups. 

Dog Tales Story Time -- Monday, January 8th @ 10am -- Join us for dog-approved stories and a chance to pet a calm, sweet, and soft therapy dog. 

Jammin with You -- Fridays, January 5th & 26th @ 10:30am -- Be prepared to laugh, dance, sing, and jam your way through 30 minutes of non-stop family fun! Registration is required.

Read to a Dog -- Saturday, January 6th, 10-11:15am -- Kids build confidence and practice reading skills by reading out loud to a registered therapy dog. Children ages 5 and up can sign up for a 15-minute reading session with Sophie, a gentle golden retriever who loves belly rubs, stories, and cuddles. Registration is required.

All Ages Programs

Featured art display:  Ryan Black›s art work, representational oil paintings portraying a range of subjects, including atmospheric cityscapes of Boston, will be on display at the BFL until February 7th. 

Slow Stitching -- Tuesday, January 30th @ 5pm -- Slow stitching is a mindful needlework process that focuses on intention and the joy of being in the present moment. Join fabric artist, Helen Bellomo, to learn how to slow stitch. A kit will be provided. This program is open to all ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is required.

Adult Programs

Sourdough Starter Workshop -- Tues, January 9th @ 4:30pm --  Join us for a presentation by Sourdough Brandon on how to make, maintain, and store a sourdough starter. Participants will leave with a piece of Brandon’s sourdough starter.  Registration is required.

Mass Audubon’s The Nature of Winter with Doug Lowry (Virtual) -- Tuesday, January 16th @ 5:30pm --  The nature of Massachusetts is filled with seasonal mysteries waiting to be uncovered. Have you ever wondered which animal left tracks in the snow? What happens to pond animals under a layer of ice? Or what trees are lining the trails on your winter walks? This virtual program will introduce the seasonal dynamics of nature in winter, and provide ideas and resources for observing, appreciating, and supporting wildlife near home this winter.  **This is a virtual program; Register to receive the Zoom link.**  

Adult Book & Film Clubs - registration required for all clubs

Mystery Book Club - first Thursday of the month @ 1pm on Zoom

Jan 4th: Open Season by C.J. Box

History Book Club - second Thursday of the month @ 11am on Zoom

Jan 11th:  Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace   

Environmental Book Club -- second Tuesday of the month @ 7pm on Zoom 

Jan 16th:  The Darkness Manifesto: On Light Pollution, Night Ecology, and the Ancient Rhythms That Sustain Life by Johan Eklöf

Nonfiction Book Club -- fourth Saturday of the month @ 10am at the library

Jan 27th: Boom Town: the fantastical saga of Oklahoma City, its chaotic founding, its apocalyptic weather, its purloined basketball team, and the dream of becoming a world-class metropolis by Sam Anderson

Cinephile Mondays -- last Monday of the month @ 4pm on Zoom; watch and discuss films. Check the BFL website for the film of the month and to register. 

Museum Passes

The Bacon Free Library and Morse Institute Library offer passes for free or reduced-admission to 30 local museums.  Check one out and plan your next day trip!