What’s Happening at Winthrop Public Library

Check out what’s happening at the Winthrop Public Library in October! Our programs are always free.

We will continue with the following hours through the spring:

Monday 10-6

Tuesday 11-8

Wednesday 10-8

Thursday 11-8

Friday 10-5

Saturday 10-5



Tuesday, Oct. 2, 16, and 30, 11:30 a.m. : Tech Drop-In – Morning Sessions


Tuesday, Oct. 9 and 23, 5:30 p.m. : Tech Drop-In – Evening Sessions


On Tuesdays, we offer free basic computer help and assistance with library resources. Come by and work with staff on: basic computer skills, ereaders and mobile devices, web searching, email, library resources (Overdrive, Gale Databases, Ancestry.com, and more). A full list of dates can be found here.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m. : Mystery Book Club

WPL&M Mystery Book Club returns for its 18th year with the theme “A Literary Road Trip.” The first book will be Deadly Stakes by J. A. Jance. View the full 2018-2019 list here.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 11 a.m. : Landscape Drawing

Learn the basics of landscape drawing in a popular class by Gerard Leary. Beginners welcome! No registration required.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2:00 p.m. : Creative Writing

If you can tell a story, write a letter or compose an email, you’re already an accomplished writer. This course will encourage you to ignite your fertile imagination, create characters and formulate a story line. No worries about spelling, punctuation or grammar. Gerard is your editor! No registration required, only that you promise to write 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Oh, and, practice writing your signature. You’ll need it at your first book signing.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:00 p.m. : Knitting Book Club

September’s book is The Gift by Winthrop’s own Kate Anslinger. Bring a craft and come in for a lively talk!

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.: AUTHOR TALK – Bill Lieberman

Former Winthrop resident and author Bill Lieberman will join us once again to talk about his book, The Train on the beach: Forgotten railroads that transformed Winthrop, Orient Heights, and Revere Beach.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. : AUTHOR TALK – Maureen Cavanagh

Author Maureen Cavanaugh will join us to discuss her book, If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey through her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction. Maureen resides in Marblehead and is the founder of the non-profit organization Magnolia New Beginnings, a peer-support group for those living with or affected by substance abuse. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Winthrop Public Library.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. : You, Me, and Them Book Club

This book group hopes to facilitate discussion about social values using popular literature. The next book is How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. : AUTHOR TALK – Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy will be discussing his book, The Return of the Moguls. Dan is a panelist on WGBH’s Beat the Press and an associate professor at Northeastern University School of Journalism. Light refreshments will be served and books will be able for purchase and signing. Sponsored by the Friends of the Winthrop Public Library.



Monday, Oct. 1, 3:15 p.m.: Teen Library Council Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss teen issues at the library and plan programs for teens!

Saturday, Oct. 20 – time TBD : Teen Zone Decorating Program

Attention Youth! Help us decorate the teen room by lending your artistic talents. Create whatever you wish and have it displayed in the Teen Zone. Make the space yours!



Monday, Oct. 1, 3:30 p.m. : Tween Library Group

Do you want to have a say in what happens at the library? Do you want to help plan fun things to do here? Join us for our first-ever Tween Library Group meeting! There will be snacks! Open to grades 5-8.

Saturday, Oct. 20 – time TBD : Teen Zone Decorating Program

Attention Youth! Help us decorate the teen room by lending your artistic talents. Create whatever you wish and have it displayed in the Teen Zone. Make the space yours!



Monday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 11:45 a.m.: Toddler Craft Time

Toddlers can join us every Monday for a craft project.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 3 p.m. : Kids Create Club

A hands-on activity time for children on Tuesdays after-school. Open to grades 3-5.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 10:30 a.m.: Little Wiggles

Clap your hands, stomp your feet and wiggle with the beat! This is a high-energy music and movement program where your children will be wiggling and giggling throughout. Ages 2-5 years.

Wednesday, Oct. 3 and 17, 3 p.m.: Lego Club

Lego Club is on the first and third Wednesday of every month in the Hazlett Room.

Friday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:30 a.m. : Storytime – Infants & Toddlers


Friday, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 11:30 a.m. : Storytime – Preschoolers

Storytime is every Friday in the Children’s Room.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 24, 3 p.m.: Pokémon Club

Pokémon Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday in the Hazlett Room. Trading is optional.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. : Pirate/Princess Day

Are you a pirate? A princess? A pirate princess?! Come as you wish and feel like you’re in a fairytale at the WPL. Come for crafts, activities, and get your photo taken with a special character!


Library Announcements

Next Trustees Board Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m.

(Open to the Public)

The library is CLOSED on Monday, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day.

You can always find more information about our programs on our calendar, on Facebook, or by calling 617-846-1703.

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