Summer smiles for Curious Creatures at Sawyer Free Children’s Library

Sawyer Free Library (SFL) Children’s Services  shares photographs from Curious Creatures program (July 25, 2019), one of many special summer 2019 events amidst regular weekly busy & fabulous children’s programs. Photo credit: Linda Bosselman. Christy Russo is the children’s services director.

Scroll below to see photographs from the teen program held later that day, Galaxy Tie Dye.

Scenes from Curious Creatures summer program Childrens Services Sawyer Free Public Library July 27 2019 ©Linda Bosselman (2)




Snakes of New England with Rick Roth scheduled tomorrow! Mark your calendar for more summer fun.

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Snakes of New England Coming Saturday July 27, 2019
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Not to miss ongoing weekly programs PLUS Summer Reading 2019 A Universe of Stories special events


Scenes from Sawyer Free Library teen program yesterday,  Galaxy Tie-Dye, programming inspired by the 2019 summer reading theme “A Universe of Stories”.




Now that security help is squared away, let’s open that side door back up to its open space and make it easy on these outdoor programs (and patrons)  to set up and go.

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Cemeteries and playgrounds for all the new old open spaces

New playground ideas land at BSA

You may have been reading about Design Museum Boston‘s exhibit because there has been so much advance press and articles about play. The show opened last week at the Boston Society of Architects venue and will be on view all summer. I’m not sold on the term ‘playscapes’ but I’ll definitely see this exhibit. I’m expecting plans and ideas rather than actual playground equipment. There’s a party favor: a playground passport your kids can leave with as they head out to play for real in Boston parks.

A trending topic the show may cover is the idea of opening up all those schoolyard playgrounds for use by the community when the schools aren’t using them– at night, off days and hours. Here’s a recent article making the rounds from the Atlantic Monthly magazine and the trailer from the documentary The Land.

Extraordinary playscapes BSA

A cemetery budget is no walk in the park (and neither is a cemetery)

Swinging wildly through the stages of life: historic cemeteries, ‘gardens with graves’, are inspiring multi use discussion of a different sort. Cemeteries established in the 1800’s were rolling landscapes, beautifully designed to welcome the general public. Massachusetts’ first one:

“Mt. Auburn is more like a park than a crypt. It is 175 acres of winding paths, dignified trees, whispery breezes, and shimmering lakes. The land, called “Stone’s Wood,” used to be beloved by Harvard students as the perfect place to take respite from the bustle of 19th-century life, and the Cemetery was created in 1831 to ensure that the growing cities of Cambridge and Watertown would not envelop the forest’s beauty. The founders were successful in their efforts.” read more from this Harvard Crimson article.

In Gloucester, renewed attention for care in several cemeteries is under way. Sign up for the Oak Grove cemetery tour June 25th or July 2 to learn more about one of our own ‘Mt. Auburns by the sea’. The tours will be led by Courtney Richardson.