Blanding’s Turtles in the Library!

The Turtles are here! Come to the Children’s Room to meet our new Blanding’s turtle hatchlings. The Library is once again hosting two hatchlings for the 2017-2018 school year.

Our new turtles hatched on September 1, 2017. Each weighs about 11 grams and is about the size of a quarter (with legs). By June 2018 we hope to have turtles weighing 170 grams each! Next summer the turtles will return to the Georgetown wetland from where they hatched to grow up as free wild turtles.

These turtles are part of the Blanding’s Turtle Headstarting Program run by the Parker River Clean Water Association (PRCWA) and supported by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP).

Blandings turtles can live for 70 to 80 years but do not lay their first eggs until they are 14-16 years old.  Hatchlings often fall victim to predators such as raccoons. Adult females are often hit and killed by cars while crossing the road to reach nesting sites. The NHESP ranks Blandings turtles as “Threatened” and “A Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan”.

For more information about Massachusetts Blanding’s turtles, please check out the NHESP’s fact sheet here:

NHESP Blandings factsheet

International Dot Day

Friday, September 15th from 1-4:30.  Come and celebrate the anniversary of the publication of The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  We will have a variety of arts and crafts projects inspired by the book.  Drop into the library between 1:00 through 4:30.

Vehicle Day

Tuesday, August 1st from 10:00 – 12:00.  Come down and explore the many vehicles at the library.  Fire trucks, construction trucks, police cars, and many many more.

Due to the closure of the road to accommodate all the vehicles we recommend parking at the Georgetown Middle/High School.

Cold Science

Monday, July 31 from 6:30-7:00.  Presented by the Boston Museum of Science. They will demonstrate fun and shivery science experiments with the cold.  Recommended for families with children going into Kindergarten and up.

Summer Reading

Don’t forget the deadline to report your summer reading time is Tuesday, August 8th.  You must report your time by the 8th in order to earn the Topsfield Fair prize.  You can report your time by your online account or call the Children’s Department at 978-352-5728.

The prizes will be available at the library between August 21st through September 8th.  If you can not pick up your prize in that time please call the library to hold the prizes.  All unclaimed Fair prizes will be sent back.