Summer at the Library: Outdoor Chess Tables, Reading Programs and Scott Johnson’s Magic

New at the library: Outdoor chess tables!
New at the library: Outdoor chess tables!  Image (c) JMcCT, 2014

By Dot Bergin

There’s lots going on at the Bedford Free Public Library this summer!

Chess Tables Almost Ready for Play

The long-awaited outdoor chess/checker tables are now being installed on the driveway side of the Bedford Free Public Library.  As soon as the tables are securely bolted down, Library patrons can begin to enjoy this new amenity, made possible by funds from the Bedford Free Public Library Corporation. Sturdy, weather-resistant chess and checker sets may be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

At their June 10 meeting, the Library Trustees trooped outside to finalize the placement of the tables and the accompanying set of concrete stools for each table.  The Trustees are currently investigating the purchase of outdoor teak chairs but for now, the stools will be used.

Reading Programs for One and All

Library Director Richard Callaghan reported at the June meeting that plans are firmly in place for a multiplicity of summer reading programs: for children, teens, and adults.  Megan Statza, Reference and Teen Services Librarian, is all set to go with the “10 for 10” summer reading program for middle and high school students.  It starts on June 18 and ends on August 20.  A student who reads 10 books in 10 weeks will be eligible to win in a grand prize drawing for an iPad mini.  There will also be a drawing every other week, for an ice cream coupon.  And students who are in camp or on vacation can still participate by doing almost the entire program online.  For questions, contact Megan here: [email protected].

On Monday, June 23, the kids’ science-themed summer program kicks off with Magic by Scott Johnson, a program for the whole family.  Space is limited so please register now! There will be two shows, one at 4 pm for younger children and a second at 7 pm for older kids.  Story time resumes in September.  Check the Library’s online calendar for summer events coming up for all ages.  Here’s the link:

Reference Librarian Search

In other news, Callaghan reported that a search is underway for a new reference Librarian to replace Theresa Maturevich who has accepted a position as Branch Librarian at the Fowler (West Concord) Branch of the Concord Library. He anticipates that the job will be filled by the end of August.

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Noreen O'Gara
June 27, 2014 8:03 am

And don’t forget about the grown-ups – we have a summer reading for them as well!

June 23, 2014 4:34 pm

How nice. I have pleasant memories of playing chess in the library after school in the early 1970s. I hope the new tables get some good use.