DNA for Finding Family Members – Wed., Oct. 4 at 6:30PM

Did you know that DNA testing can reveal more than just your ethnicity? Local speaker, Peg Plummer, will present the basics of DNA, DNA testing, and how genealogists and other people interested in family history can use those test results to search for family.

Peg Plummer is a local genealogist and speaker who has an avid interest in DNA testing as an enhancement to traditional genealogical research. She has a BS in Nursing and a BA in the Humanities and was an instructor of Surgical Technology. She has attended the recent i4GG (Institute of Genetic Genealogy) and has a certificate in Advanced Genetic Genealogy from the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Her brickwalls are her Irish ancestors and the folks who immigrated from England during the Industrial Revolution which is why she was prompted to try DNA testing to break those brickwalls. Her first DNA test was 16 Feb 2006 – Oxford Ancestors.

Please register below or call the Library (978-352-5728).

DNA for Finding Family Members

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

Irma Drive

The Georgetown Peabody Library is proud to be a designated location to help in the collection of needed items for the residents of the US territories in the Virgin Islands. This drive is being coordinated with the USVI chapter of the United Way and will be delivered to a waiting United Way representative for distribution to those most in need. 

A collection box is located in the library’s foyer. Patrons are welcome to bring in items until Friday, September 22.

Below is a list of items being requested by those on the ground:

Non-perishable food
Can openers
Water
Dry milk
Medical supplies (first aid kits)
Hygiene products
Infant care products, diapers, wipes, formula
Feminine care products
Blankets
Clothes (sizes infant and up)
Shoes
Tarps
Wipes
Baby powder
Cleaning products
Toothbrushes/toothpaste
Toiletries of all kinds
Batteries
Flashlights/Lanterns
Mosquito Nets/Repellent
Wipes
Hand sanitizer
Powder
Almonds
Diapers
Depends
Tissues
Pistachios
Pretzel
Gloves for cleaning (sizes M L XL)

Financial Aid Workshop – Wed., Sept. 20 at 7PM

Jim Femia, a Certified College Planning Specialist and a member of the National Institute of Certified College Planners (NICCP), will discuss financial aid solutions that will benefit both parents and students.

The following topics will be covered:

  • How families of all income levels may be eligible for financial aid
  • Which colleges offer the best financial aid packages
  • How to avoid costly mistakes on the FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • How private universities can cost you less than a state school
  • How students can potentially receive more free money and less loans

Please leave your checkbooks at home. Nothing will be sold or even offered for sale at this seminar. Both parents and students will benefit from this discussion.

Please register below or call the Library (978-352-5728).

Financial Aid Workshop

Interview Prep Workshop – Mon., Sept. 18 at 6:30PM

Join Tom Falzareno on Monday, September 18 at 6:30 PM as you learn effective strategies so that you will be prepared to make a great first impression, answer the hard-hitting questions effectively, and always stay in the running through the application and interview process.

This workshop is beneficial for those applying for jobs or college.
There will also be a short discussion on resume writing.

Tom Falzareno is a business development director for Cytel, a Drug Development CRO.

Please register below or call the Library (978-352-5728).

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Evening Book Group – September 11

Join us on Monday, September 11 at 7 PM in the library’s Meeting Room as we discuss The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden. Copies of the book are available behind the Main Desk.

An ambitious and gripping exploration of the world’s most secretive state through the intertwined lives of two North Koreans, one infamous, one obscure: Kim Il Sung, the former North Korean leader and No Kum Sok, once the state’s youngest jet fighter pilot. Shortly before the Korean War ended, their paths crossed. Kim Il Sung congratulated No Kum Sok on his flying skill and courage, but just a few months later, No Kum Sok stole a Soviet-made MiG-15 and escaped to a US airfield in South Korea.This non-fiction thriller digs deeply into the character of the Kim family dictatorship.

New members are always welcome! For more information about the Evening Book Group, click here.

10 Year Celebration – Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11AM

Come celebrate the ten year anniversary of the re-opening of the Georgetown Peabody Library! On Saturday, September 9th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Library will open its doors for festivities in honor of the renovation and expansion that set the stage for the dynamic and inviting environment Georgetown residents enjoy today. The celebration will include 18 holes of mini golf in the library, cake & refreshments, and outdoor lawn games (weather permitting)! Fun for the whole family!

Since the reopening in the fall of 2007, the Library staff have welcomed over 345,000 visits, checked out more than 672,000 books, and watched as clubs, associations, town departments and other community groups packed our meeting rooms for 3,100 gatherings, a rate of 1.3 events per day the Library is open. With a brand new community room devoted to teenagers, the hiring of a teen librarian, a new and interactive website and George Peabody’s portrait restored and hung at the top of the stairs, we are looking forward to the next 100 years with a renewed commitment to community and culture.

Community Drive

The Georgetown Peabody Library is proud to be a Project 351 impact site in support of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund’s inspiring mission to create 1,000 care packages for local troops serving overseas.

This drive will begin on Monday, August 21 and end on Tuesday, September 5.

The donation box is located in the Library’s main entrance lobby. Please donate these wish list items:

  • Instant powdered drink mixes (single serve)
  • Instant caffeinated coffee (single serve)
  • Instant powdered creamer (single serve)
  • Chewing gum (any type/amount)

An additional option to support MMHF’s mission is to make a financial contribution to MMHF directly at:
www.massmiliatryheroes.org/donate-to-mmhf
A $35 donation will fund an entire care package.

Please contact Sam Mroz, Georgetown’s Project 351 Alumni, at sammroz@yahoo.com with any questions.

Solar Eclipse Glasses

We are all out of eclipse glasses! Sorry! You can find them at places like Walmart, Lowe’s, and Toys R Us. If you aren’t able to find any, don’t worry! There are instructions online, directly from NASA, on how to make a pinhole camera with just a few common household items.

Massachusetts will not be seeing a total solar eclipse on Monday―only a partial eclipse. About 62% of the sun will be covered at the height of the eclipse, which will be at 2:46 pm. For more information, check out this Vox article! You can also check out a couple of our science databases: Science in Context and Student Resources in Context, which have special featured content on the eclipse!