The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Announce the Addition of Four New Librarians

Gloucester, MA (April 1, 2019)  – –  The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library (SFL) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new key additions to its staff.  Lara Vilahomat has recently joined SFL as the new Community Librarian, Gabriela Toth was appointed the new Technology Librarian with Jacklyn Linsky the Local History Librarian and Haley Hart as the new Teen Librarian Assistant.

SFL Jackie Linsky Haley Hart Lara Vilahomat Gabi Toth

“I am delighted to welcome such an exceptional and experienced group of professionals to our dedicated and talented staff at SFL,” stated Deborah Kelsey, the SFL’s Library Director.  Their collective experiences and knowledge will make an immediate and positive impact at the Sawyer Free Library and help us continue to serve the diverse and growing needs of our greater Gloucester community. All four new staff are all so approachable I know that the community will welcome this team of dynamic smart women warmly. “

Having just relocated from Arkansas with her archeologist husband, Lara Vilahomat brings her extensive library experience of creating and implementing programs and outreach events for a community of all ages to her new position as the Library’s Community Librarian.  “I am thrilled to be joining the Sawyer Free Library,” said Vilahomat. “I’m honored to be part of a team that provides its residents with such high-quality library services, and I look forward to developing partnerships and outreach programs that help meet the literary, educational, and recreational needs of the community.”

Previously Vilahomat was the sole Outreach Coordinator of the Reference Department at the busy Central Arkansas Library in Little Rock and then served as the Children’s Librarian Assistant at the Cabot Public Library. Lara earned a Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman’s Colleges and has a Masters in Medieval Literature from the University of York England.  Along with her degrees, experience, endless energy, she is also fluent in Spanish. 

“In my time working in libraries, I have found real joy in striking the balance of helping and teaching others and my love for technology,” stated Gabriela Toth, SFL’s new Technology Librarian.  “I became a librarian because I wanted to put books, resources, and technology into the hands of the people who need them. I firmly believe that with the right outlook and literacy skills, technology can make people’s lives easier.  I am excited to promote all SFL’s resources and make sure that patrons of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds knows all that the library has to offer.” 

Toth most recently was an Adult Services Librarian at the main branch of the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, MA and before making the switch to public libraries she worked as a librarian at EBSCO, a library vendor with a focus on research databases and eBooks. She served on the Stonewall Book Awards committee in 2017 and 2019. She holds a Masters in Library Science from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with minors in Journalism and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.  

Jacklyn Linsky, a Gloucester native and graduate of the city’s High School, recently received her Masters Science of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Management from Simmons College.  She also holds a Bachelors of Arts from Lassell College.  Linsky brings to her new position as SFL’s new Local History Librarian, excellent archival experience from her internships at the Peabody Essex Museum and Historic Beverly.  She said, “I love that I now have the opportunity at the SLF to help preserve the rich history of the city that I grew up in and get the chance to work with the community that means so much to me.” 

As she begins her new position as the Teen Library Assistant, Haley Hart is also working towards completing her Masters in Library Information Science at Simmons College.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  At SFL, patrons can find Hart in the Teen Corner or at one of the public service desks to help young adults in whichever department they visit.  She explains, “The library should be a place that teens can come for help, acceptance, ongoing learning and fun.  Being young and still in school myself, it is easy for me to relate to our teens and discover what excites and motivates them so that the Library can best support the development of their interests and abilities.”


All three PiPls, Mom, Dad, and the Bachelor, are finding drifts of sand, clumps of dry beach grass, and this morning, even a clam shell, to hunker down behind to get out of the way of the harsh winds. They are also doing a great deal of standing and hopping around on one leg.

I hope the wind dies down and soon so we can all enjoy more seasonably spring-like weather!

Mama taking a nap behind a clump of beach grass, and standing on one leg.

Papa standing on one leg even while doing wing stretches.

And what Piping Plover scene would be complete without a bachelor (an unmated male). I hope we get a “new girl” this summer!

Why do birds stand on one leg? “The short answer is that for the simple reason that you put your hands in your pockets when cold, birds stand on one leg to conserve heat. Birds also stand on one leg to relax muscle fatigue in the retracted leg.

The long answer is that birds’ legs have a blood flow referred to as “rete mirabile” that minimizes heat loss. The arteries that transport warm blood into the legs are next to the veins that return colder blood to the bird’s heart. The arteries act as a heat exchanger and warm the veins. Because the veins also cool the arteries, the bird’s feet are closer to environmental temperature and thus don’t lose as much heat as they would if they were at body temperature. By standing on one leg, a bird reduces the amount of heat lost through unfeathered limbs.

Birds that have short legs, such as Mourning Doves, do not need to stand on one leg because they have fleshy feet and they can snuggle down so that their warm belly presses against their feet.” Reposted from “Why is Little Chick Missing a Leg.”

If you see Gloucester’s dog officers, Teagan and Jamie, please thank them and let them know what a great job they are doing. Off and on throughout the day, they are walking the beach, talking to the dog owners who continue to bring their dogs to the beach, and handing out tickets.


Am More Project in Rockport

I Am More in Rockport

 The I Am More portrait series by Amy Kerr can be seen in Rockport for the first time during the month of April at the Rockport Police Department in the Community Room (168 Main Street). Thanks to the work of retired police officer Roger Lesch and the support of Chief John Horvath, eight of the pastel and colored pencil portraits and their accompanying essays can be seen on display, with access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The remaining eight portraits are on display at Therapy for Intentional Living (TILI) at 11 Vinnin Street in Salem for the month of April. Owner Elissa Riggio Tossi will open the TILI I Am More display to the public on Sunday April 28th from 11-4 pm.



Nationally acclaimed Native American Flautist, Jonah Littlesunday is coming


Nationally acclaimed Native American Flautist, Jonah Littlesunday is coming from Arizona this August to perform his lyrical Native American Flute Concerts on Cape Ann and North of Boston. First-time in New England.
Concerts are scheduled 8/15, 16, 17, and 18. (More TBA).
Discounted Pre-sale tickets have begun via Eventbrite

The Rhumb Line Tonight Sax Gordon 8:30pm @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 4 .4.2019


Thursday!! the big news!!The return of that wascally wabbit of the Hasbro™ Sax: Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle! Yes! He’s just returned from a tour of the gas giants and he’s ready to interfere with your thyroid production.



Backed up by the wildly wacky Pete Henderson, on catarrh, and everybody’s favorite drummbler Ed Scheer, we’re gonna be Saggin’ it! all night long (until 1130).

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Rum Runners Open the Season @ Drift Cafe Tonight 4.4.2019


Ladies and gentlemen – We’re back at it Thursday, April 4th @ Drift Cafe – Main St Gloucester!

The Rum Runners are (still):
DR. Luke Conlin on upright Bass (Mega-fiddle)
Joe Kessler on Fiddle / Mandolin
(Mini-Fiddle and 8 String, fretted fiddle)
Joe Wilkins on Guitar (Non-Fiddle, but Fiddle-Like)

The Rum Runners play:

Video Game Themes
Gypsy Jazz
Bluegrass-ish music – technically we don’t have a banjo (yet)
Americana, Folk, Vintage Country and the occasional Grateful Dead tune!

Come down and celebrate the re-opening of the best spot in town for cocktails, conversation and awesome music!

3 Main Street

Gloucester, MA

Nichole’s Picks 4/6 + 4/7

Pick #1:  Eric Jay Dolin: Black Flags, Blue Waters at the Sawyer Free Library

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of many non-fiction books. He will be presenting his latest book, Black flags Blue Water, the Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates! And who doesn’t love pirates!


CONTACT: Cindi Williams  978-281-9763
LOCATION: Main Floor


Pick #2: Parent/Child Build a Bluebird House

Celebrate spring by building a bluebird house with your child. We’ll supply all the materials and instruction to build a nest box for Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows. These wonderful nest boxes also attract Black-capped chickadees, Tufted Titmice, House Wrens, and woodpeckers. A short slide presentation will introduce families to the natural history and behavior of birds in Massachusetts, and we’ll discuss where and how to place your nest box. Dress for the weather because we will take a short walk to look and listen for bluebirds.


Members:Adult $20.00, Child free

Nonmembers:  Adult $24.00, Child free

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Barn. The fee is per family and includes one kit. Extra kits may be purchased for $12 each and must be ordered when you register. Please bring a hammer and dress for the weather.


Pick #3:  Big Apple Circus in Peabody

Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Sunday, May 5, 2019

Many performances available including Sensory Friendly Performances



BIG APPLE CIRCUS is thrilled to announce that real-life wonder women will take the reins of the 41st season, led by new ringmaster Stephanie Monseu, for their annual Boston-area appearance, playing the Boston area this spring at Northshore Mall, Peabody.

Playing under the Big Top, the show will run from April 4 – May 5, 2019 and will feature a new Mirror Room VIP experience leading into the Big Top tent, with craft circus treats and entertainment for all ages.

World-renowned for its one-ring, intimate and artistic style – where no seat is more than 50 feet from the performers – BIG APPLE CIRCUS is passionate about revitalizing the circus for modern-day audiences with unique and astounding human feats in the ring and enough sizzle outside the ring to entertain guests from the very moment they enter.

This year, audiences will enter the BIG APPLE CIRCUS where adults and children alike will experience new pre-show thrills and sample a dizzying array of culinary delights! Upgrades to the food selection include bespoke, organic circus classics for all ages, and beer and wine for adults.

The 41st season promises another extraordinary show filled with BIG APPLE’s roster of superhero talents, ready to incite jaw-dropping awe and sheer joy in audiences of all ages.


As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

RESULTS Week 4 INVENTORS | #greatteacher Mr. Goulart’s local history hunt #GloucesterMA #TBT

Gloucester, Mass.  Great teacher at Gloucester High School, Shaun Goulart, creates a local history scavenger hunt trivia game for his 9th grade students that takes place weekly for 6 weeks. We’re taking the challenge paced one week after the students.


How did you do? Week two delved into Gloucester’s famous inventors. Stop here if you prefer to go back to see Week 4 questions only

Mr. Goulart’s Local History Trivia Scavenger Hunt Week 4 Inventors

1.John Hays Hammond Jr. “Jack”

  • Go to the location of his home and take a picture with a member in it.

  • What did he invent?

Answer: “Over the course of his professional career, he was awarded over 800 foreign and domestic patents resulting from over 400 of his inventions.  Many of these began in radio control before extending to electronics, naval weapons, national defense, as well as various consumer products.” – Hammond Castle

“In connection with his radio researches Jack obtained most important patents for receiving and broadcasting and these he sold to RCA…” John Hays Hammond, Sr

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Hammond first radio boat off Gloucester_The boat is run from the shore as no one is aboard_photograph Boston Public Lib

Hammond Castle – I hope that one day the Trustees and Historic New England add this as a shared property among their preservation jewels, along with the Natalie Hammond property and much of the parents’ estate, Lookout Hill, with some portion of admission for the City. At one point Hammond Castle was one of the top attractions in Massachusetts.



2.Clarence Birdseye

  • Go to the location where his company was and take a picture with a member in it.

  • What did he invent?

Answer: flash freezing

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Ma_former site Birdseye_25 March 2019_photo copyright Catherine Ryan
photo: Beauport Hotel, March 2019 ©catherine ryan 

3.Augustus H. Wonson

  • Go to the location of his grave and take a picture with a member in it.

Answer: Mt. Pleasant cemetery

  • What did he invent?

Answer: Augustus S Wonson invented antifouling copper paint to protect boats. Tarr & Wonson’s was established in 1863.  The former factory and harbor icon is now Ocean Alliance.

Mt Pleasant grave_20190325_© c ryan

Paint Factory Past/Present


Paint Factory Ocean Alliance_20180928_ Goetemann artist Deborah Redwood Whale in process public art_Glouc MA©catherine ryan

Paint Factory Ocean Alliance_2018 09 28_ Goetemann artist Deborah Redwood public art – whale’s tail in process_Gloucester, MA © catherine ryan

4.William Nelson Le Page

  • Go to the location where his company was after it moved from Rockport and take a picture with a member in it.

  • What did he invent? 

Answer: Le Page’s glue from fish waste (established 1876)

  • Go to the location of Le Page’s company co-founder Ruben Brooks’ manor and take a picture with a member in it.

Answer: Castle Manor Inn

lepage now_20190325_Gloucester MA © c ryan


Castle Manor Inn_20190325_© catherine ryan


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Sharon Bo Abrams shares –

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

This is an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, (also inappropriate dialogue, and questionable moral content) but for sure an unforgettable show. The large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. Hours of Abba Songs?

You should come.
You should bring other people.
Maybe people ages 10 and up unless they are already seasoned Mamma Mia fans.


Gloucester High School
32 Leslie O Johnson Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930

Buy Advance tickets here:

Jazz Dinner at Feather & Wedge Featuring Jose Allende


Feather & Wedge is delighted to feature Jose Allende at this week’s Thursday Jazz Dinner. Mr. Allende delivers incredible arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American music with wonderful improvisation, South American rhythms and classical music influences.

Thursday, April 4, 2018
7:30 PM  –  10:00 PM

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Jose Allende

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Beautiful Nighttime Vernal Pond Field Trip

Greetings from the Pond Team,

We had a nice field trip last night to Nugent’s Stretch.  Good choruses of wood frogs and spring peepers.  We saw plenty of wood frogs and a few spring peepers, a few dozen spotted salamanders including a congress complete with spermatophores, caddisfly larvae and fairy shrimp.  I think the forecasted cooler temps will shut things down for a while.  Keep watching your e-blasts.

Expect a photo spread from last night and we’ll post it on the website asap.

We are looking for a few small entryway rugs with rubber backing or a large one about 4 feet wide by 6 or 8 feet long for THE SHOP. Let us know if you would like to donate to our office/store. If you know of someone who is downsizing and has some cool stuff for THE SHOP, please tell them about us and the work we do.

We have numerous events scheduled on the Activity Calendar for Earth Day in April. Check them out at the link below.

Rick and the Pond Team

Link to review our Newsletter.

Link to review our Field Trip Guidelines.

Link to access our Activity Calendar.

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