Tickets on Sale Now for Laughter in the Lynnfield Library!

Laughter Comedians2Be prepared for a FUNdraiser with hilarious sets by professional comedians, delicious hearty hors d’oeuvres, cash bar for beer, wine, and our signature cocktail, “The Punchline.” Expect lots of laughs at this fun evening of community and comedy — don’t miss it! Ages 21 and over only (sorry, the kids stay home this time). Tickets are now available at the Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield. $35/person.

Our release would not be complete without a few words about our comedians.  The Friends and the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce have chosen two top performers to appear at “Laughter in the Library.”

Dave Rattigan is one of the busiest comics in Boston. He’s headlined some of the best clubs and theaters in New England, opened for The Beach Boys and Nick DiPaolo, and created the themed standup comedy show How Men Think (Or Do They?). He’s appeared in regional television commercials for I-Party and Olympia Sports. He’s written funny columns for the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and others. His CD has been played on XM-Sirius, Slacker Radio.com, Matty’s Comedy 1200, and AOLRadio.com. His video clips have run on Nickmom.com. He’s a regular at the Boston Comedy Festival and this year appeared at the Hampton Beach Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival.

And if that is not enough he has a young daughter at home that is making him question his title of “Boss Man”. Ah, Daddies and their little girls…

Paul Murphy (Paul D’Angelo) spent almost eleven years as an Assistant District Attorney, supervising several of Massachusetts’s busiest courthouses, before building a reputation as a noted criminal-defense trial attorney. The unexpected twist to this story is that, for nine of those years, under the pseudonym of Paul D’Angelo, Paul was simultaneously becoming one of the nation’s top standup comedians.

Combining an energetic, charismatic stage presence and spontaneous improvisational talent with an endless array of intelligent humor delivered in an animated style that grabs and holds the attention of crowds everywhere he performs, Paul’s constantly evolving and diverse selection of original material “takes normal everyday experiences and makes them sound absolutely hilarious.” Critics further write that “(Paul D’Angelo) is an energetic performer who gives a peak performance at every show.” “His quick comedic mind,” “unique observations” and “down to earth, stop-and-think humor” “keeps the crowd in hysterics.”

THANKS to our sponsors! (Sponsorships still available!)
The Savings Bank
First Financial Trust
Wakefield Co-operative Bank
Northrup Associates
Lynnfield Rotary

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Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale

P1080501cYoung readers gather in front of the Meeting House with selections from the Lynnfield Library’s new picture book acquisitions. The Friends of the Lynnfield Library Fall Used Book Sale is upcoming on Friday, October 16 (6 – 8pm preview for Friends only) and October 17, (9 am – 2 pm, open to everyone). We’re expecting a great turnout, and we’d like to thank these young people for helping promote the event

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Laughter in the Lynnfield Library

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Get psyched for a FUNdraiser with hilarious sets by professional comedians, delicious hearty hors d’oeuvres, cash bar for beer, wine, and our signature cocktail, “The Punchline.” Expect lots of laughs — don’t miss it! Ages 21 and over only.

Tickets will be available at the Library, 18 Summer Street, Lynnfield, beginning September 18. $35/person.

Date and Time of the Event:  November 14, 2015 from 7 pm to 10 pm.

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Friends Seeking Donations for the Annual Used Book Sale ~ October 16-17, 2015

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library are preparing for our favorite fall event. The annual used book sale is set for Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meeting House with the “bag of books for $6” sale taking place in the final hour. A Preview for Friends’ members only will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, October 16, and all Friends’ members are welcome at that time.

The Friends are now seeking donations of hardcover non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, music CDs and all children and young adult materials. We would like to remind everyone that we are looking for materials that are attractive for sale.  Please check that your donations do not have water damage, ripped or missing pages, mold, stains or debris. The Friends cannot accept VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed collections or magazines.

Please bring your boxed or bagged donations to the Library Circulation Desk or leave them in the library foyer. It would be most helpful for the staff if you could use boxes or bags that you can leave at the library with your donations. The library is accepting donations right up until a week before the sale. Donation receipts are available upon request.

According to Friends’ President Ann Decker, “Each year we look forward to this fundraiser which brings the community together for a day of browsing, buying, socialization and fall fun. The Annual Fall Used Book Sale plays a large part in funding the Library programs and services that we all enjoy.”

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year.  If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, please click on the “Join the Friends” tab or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.   Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

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Friends of the Lynnfield Library 2015 Annual Meeting

Friends Treasurer Linda Burns and Secretary Lauren George at the 2015 Friends Annual Meeting

Friends Treasurer Linda Burns and Secretary Lauren George at the 2015 Friends Annual Meeting

As we can quote President Priscilla March, “All in all, it’s been a good year for the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.”

The annual meeting is a great chance to recap the events of the year and strategize for the future.  In her address, Priscilla focused on the three major ways the Friends raise funds for the library.  Partnerships with local businesses such as King’s Bowling, Whole Foods and Otto’s Pizza raised approximately $7,500.  Donations from individuals and families facilitated by the annual  appeal are another revenue source (Note: we are now accepting Paypal for payment).  The final fund-raising activity is used book sales and DVD rentals.  In a welcome touch, Priscilla thanked each of us individually by name for our contributions to this year’s success.  She commented on the changing world in library fund raising and how excited we are to be pursuing new opportunities such as a venture with the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce.

Every year we are privileged to get a library status briefing from Library Director Nancy Ryan.  According to Nancy, “We (the library) have jumped another hurdle in the long process of fashioning a plan for a renovated or new library in a new location.”  She will welcome our “help at next April’s town meeting to get the schematic design approved.”  It’s amazing to note that “patrons visited the Lynnfield Library more than 97,000 times to take advantage of our growing collection…”  The ongoing museum pass program continues to be a popular service.  “In youth services, ‘Singing and Signing’ programs with local performers Wendy Manninen and Vicki Marsh were brand new.”  Nancy praised the contributions of:  long-service library Board of Trustee Kerry Haughney who recently retired, and Priscilla March whose term as president will expire June 30, 2015.

We also heard from Linda Burns, Treasurer.   The Friends are fiscally sound, and doing a great job of controlling expenses while maximizing revenues.  Lauren George, Secretary, whose superb yet succinct notes keep us all on track, read the minutes from last year’s meeting for approval.  Cindy Ouellette, Publicity, summarized the efforts undertaken to get our message out there effectively.

So before you know it, we’ll be preparing for our signature event, the fall book sale.  Donations are already being dropped off, so enjoy the summer and prepare for more excitement soon!

 

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Spring Book Sale a Rousing Success

Book worms had a super enjoyable time of browsing our eclectic selections

Book worms and fans of other media had a super enjoyable time browsing our eclectic selections

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale took place on Saturday, May 16 on the Town Common.   We’re thrilled to announce that the previous sales record was absolutely smashed!   The sale benefited from the synergy with other town happenings including Geraniumfest, “Crafters on the Common” and a rummage sale hosted by the Centre Congregational Church.  No doubt, we also had a wonderful selection of material available to shoppers, resulting from months of collecting donations, and careful sorting and preparation of material.  Congratulations on a job well done to everyone who participated!

This year's book sale coordinator Marybeth Janakas recruited her daughter Sara to help

This year’s book sale coordinator Marybeth Janakas recruited her daughter Sara to help

Lynnfield residents Delia Cassano and Granddaughter Gabriella attended the sale.  The sale attracted residents from many surrounding towns as well.

Lynnfield residents Delia Cassano and granddaughter Gabriella attended the sale. The sale attracted residents from many surrounding towns as well.  Children are among our most avid participants.

 

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Friends of the Library Final Preparations for the Spring Book Sale

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Last minute preparations are underway for the Friends’ Spring Book Sale. We’ve collected tons of great material, sorting and organizing it. Come and reap the rewards of the Friends efforts to make this a fantastic book sale. Join us on Saturday, May 16, 2015 on the Common from 9 am to 1 pm to select your favorites

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Friends of the Lynnfield Library Spring Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library have set the Spring Book Sale for Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Town Common. In case of inclement weather, the Lynnfield Library will accommodate the sale inside the building. The sale items will include a large assortment of gently used books and other media materials, ready to be scooped up by enthusiastic book sale fans.

And with spring on the horizon, this is the perfect time for the Friends to request donations of hardcover non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, music CDs and all children and young adult materials. Please note, however, that we cannot accept VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed collections or magazines.

So bring your boxed or bagged donations to the Library Circulation Desk or leave them in the Library foyer. It would be most helpful for the staff if you could use boxes or bags that you can leave at the library with your donations. The Library is accepting donations until one week before the sale.

According to Friends’ President Priscilla March, this year’s Used Book Sale occurs on Lynnfield Day during which there will be events at the Middle School as well as around the Common. The Book Sale and a variety of crafters sponsored by the Congregational Church will be located on the Common, the Lynnfield Art Guild’s Spring Judged Art Show will take place in the Meeting House, and a flea market will be offered on the lawn of the Church. “We’re looking forward to being a part of such a town-wide event,” she said.. “This spring book sale is a great fund-raiser for the Library which helps fund Library programming and services. In addition, it’s just going to be part of a fun day for the many, many people who come to browse and perhaps pick up some bargains. We hope Lynnfielders will keep us in mind as they are choosing places to donate – and buy – books and other materials!”

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year.  If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, please visit the Friends’ website:  http://foll.org or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.   Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

 

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Friends Once Again Accepting Books Donations

The Friends of the Library are once again eagerly accepting donations of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs for our May book sale on the Common. Please bring bagged/boxed donations to the Library. Thanks for your support!

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A Pause in Accepting Book Donations and Other Materials

Due to the logistical challenges of multiple “snow events,” we ask that you hold your book donations until we can sort through the donations already received. Thank you for saving your gently used books, DVDs, and CDs for the Friends! We’ll let you know when we’re ready again to accept your donations.

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