the Friends of the SFL are getting ready to close up the Book Shop temporarily while the library moves to another location…

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News From the Friends Book Shop…

     We want to thank all our wonderful “friends” who donated, sorted or purchased books over these past 10 years since we opened for business. Our Friends Book Shop will be closing temporarily for the renovation of the SFL Monell Building and Annex, which is tentatively slated to begin in early 2023 and reopen again in 2025.

Here are a few key dates to keep in mind.

June 15                   Book donations will no longer be accepted.

July   1-31             Bonanza book sale will be held – 50 % off all books!!!

Mid -August          Book Shop will cease operations until the SFL reconstruction is completed in 2025.

Please stop by the Book Shop to stock up on your summer reading while we still have an abundant supply of “gently used books”.  We appreciate your many years of support and look forward to seeing you in our new library location in 2025.  If you have questions, please email us at


Follow The Yellow Brick Road this summer to the Cape Ann YMCA and join a NEW Summer Performance Camp!

News from the Cape Ann YMCA-

The Cape Ann Y is launching their first ever all ages Performance Camp. This four-week performance camp for young people age 5 to 17 years old runs from June 27 through July 22 and culminates in two public performances of the classic beloved musical The Wizard of Oz at the Cape Ann YMCA at 4pm on July 21 and July 22.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from theatre professionals in all areas of production including acting, music, dance and scenic, prop and costume design while developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills as they are introduced to the skills necessary for professional theatre. The production offers a wide range of roles for all actors to discover their creative potential and shine. Based on the classic novel and award-winning motion picture, The Wizard of Oz follows the story of Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, as she travels to the magical land of Oz to find the true meaning of “home.” 

Production Team Director: Harvard University graduate and award winning actress Gloucester’s Heidi Dallin 

Music: West Parish Music Teacher, Gordon College graduate and accomplished musician Rin Wolter 

Set, Costumes, Props: Tufts University graduate and Wellesley College Theatre Director Sarah Vandewalle

Choreography: Summerstage alum and Manchester Elementary School Teacher Tyler Garofalo

Stage Manager: Manchester native Emerson College graduate and Summerstage alum Jenny Hersey

Production and Choreography Assistant: Gloucester native and recent Dean College graduate is…Ts Burnham

“Many of you remember Ts as a longtime student of Heidi Dallin and the daughter of Holiday Delights choreographer Carol Burnham known for creating  the Holiday Delights  Nutcracker Football Dance! I’m so excited to have Ts on the team this summer! Plus other special guests!”

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For more information on Performance Camp go to:

The Y offers flexible pricing for the camp. Please check it out:

Contact Camp Director YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist Heidi Dallin for more information: Email: Phone:  978-729-1094

Heidi Dallin | YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist

Cape Ann YMCA

Sushi Sang Lee Omakase bar ready to serve this Thursday June 16th 2022.

Sushi Sang Lee Omakase bar ready to serve this Thursday June 16th 2022.
You can make a reservation at Tock or our website (reservation).
We open Thursday to Sunday. Two seatings a night. Thur, Fri, Sat
First seating at 6:15pm
Second Seating at 8:00pm
Sunday first seating at 5:30pm, second seating at 7:15pm.
Only 8 seats each seatings.
We look forward to serving you soon.
Location inside of Savour Wine & cheese (back entrance)
76 Prospect st
Gloucester, MA 01930

Great Lunch at Oliver’s Harbor

We stopped to try out the new lunch menu at Oliver’s Harbor on Main Street. As always, we were greeted in a friendly manner and we seated and served quickly. I had the BLT, which was substantial. Sometimes a BLT can be kind of skimpy but this one was a monster in comparison to most. It was also delicious. Jim had the steak bomb which is also a winner. Hope to see you at Oliver’s sometime soon!

Gloucester Businesses Encouraged to Apply for the City’s Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program by This Friday

Cape Ann Community

In an initiative to support Gloucester small businesses, Mayor Greg Verga has launched the Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program and released application guidelines.

The City of Gloucester’s Retail Signage Improvement Grant Program is intended to assist commercial property owners or tenants in eligible buildings improve their storefront signage, awning, and/or sign related lighting. The purpose of the program is to improve the visual quality of the city’s retail business districts and to enhance the districts as a place to visit, shop and work.

“The City of Gloucester Retail Signage Improvement Grant program provides support to our local small businesses as they prepare for a busy summer and road ahead. We are grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for their continued support of Gloucester’s small businesses,” said Gloucester Mayor Greg Verga.

The target locations for this grant program are the retail business districts, neighborhood business districts, village, and extensive business districts located…

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