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In the Rockport Library

ROCKPORT – Rockport Public Library, 17 School St., in Rockport, has an interesting and varied calendar of events. All are made available to you on Zoom. For Zoom Link registration, questions, and more information on any of the programs listed below, visit:

Sunday, February 6, 2 to 3:15 p.m. American Art Series: Norman Rockwell – A Zoom art appreciation program discussing Norman Rockwell and his bittersweet images of mid-20th century American life.

Monday, February 7, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Valentine Berry Celebration: Beautiful ways to cook with berries – a zoom cooking with festive, aromatic berries program with Vanessa Young, founder of the Thirsty Radish. Seats are limited, so register quickly.

Tuesday morning, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, preschool stories, Join Child Services Librarian Miss Emily via Zoom to hear stories and songs, hear some great books and sing along to your favorite tunes. Age 0 to 5.

Tuesday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Rockport Library Movie Discussion Group— Film lovers gather on Zoom to discuss the film “Copenhagen”. Please watch the film first: Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenberg look back on their meeting in 1941 in occupied Copenhagen. Old friends, Bohr and Heisenberg, revolutionized physics in the 1920s but were on opposite sides in the 1941 war.

Wednesday, February 9, 7-8 p.m., World War II: Convoys of the North Atlantic— Join historian Bob Begin to discuss on Zoom the longest campaign in all of World War II, from its outbreak in September 1939 to May 4, 1945, when U-boats ceased enemy operations. Almost 3,000 merchant ships, 200 warships and more than 700 submarines were lost in this campaign.

Free PCR test

Curative has set up a drive-through test site in the parking lot at Stage Fort Park off Hough Avenue and is now accepting appointments at Walk-up tests are not offered. The Stage Fort Park grounds are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Sex story hours

ESSEX – TOHP Burnham Library hosts storytelling sessions every Wednesday with children’s librarian April Wanner outside on the lawn for songs, rhymes, stories and creative play, 9am-9.30pm, Wee Ones, ages 0-2 with a carer; and 10 to 10:30 am, ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. The TOHP Burnham Library is located at 30 Martin St, Essex. At the same time, if it’s raining, visit the library’s Facebook page for Story Hour via Facebook Live.

drum circle

A Drum Circle is held every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm in The Performance Room at Whale’s Jaw Cafe. Drum circles are known to be a healing and growth event for all who join the circle. So bring a drum kit or percussion instrument and join the group led by Dickie Newport at Cafe 17 Railroad Ave. at Rockport.


MANCHESTER — Several museums offer timed ticket reservations. To reserve library passes for the Cape Ann Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum and Zoo New England, visitors can visit the Manchester Public Library and click Museum Passes to start the reservation process. Click on the museum you wish to visit and there you will see instructions on how to reserve your timed ticket. If you have any questions, please contact the library at 978-526-7711. With spring break next month, reserve your passes today.

Public Computers

The Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave. in Gloucester, has eight newly upgraded public computers available to the public on the library’s ground floor. One-hour sessions are available with a daily limit of 2 hours. For more information visit or call 978-325-5500.

Pre-K Hurra

ESSEX — Join Pre-K Hooray on the lawn of TOHP Burnham Library, 30 Martin St. in Essex, Mondays from 10:30am to 11:00am for a play-based group with activities focusing on early literacy, communication and social emotional learning. Children aged 3-5 are encouraged to check in with their parents/carers. For more information visit

combat anti-Semitism

The Call-to-Action Against Antisemitism Committee invites individuals interested in working on community programs to raise awareness about antisemitism and find ways to deal effectively with it to join the working committee. The committee is open to people of all faiths. Email Rabbi Michael Ragozin at [email protected] for more information.

Essex library open

ESSEX – The TOHP Burnham Library is open Tuesday and Friday from 1pm to 5pm, Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 7pm, Thursday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 12pm. Curbside pickup is still possible. The library is located at 30 Martin St, Essex. For more information, call 978-768-7410.

bookstore friends

The Friends Bookshop is open to the public during regular hours at the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave. Friends volunteers greet customers Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Thursday from 12pm to 7pm on the first floor just inside the main entrance. All books, audiobooks and DVDs are always in good condition and are sold at prices starting at $1, with most books costing $4 or less. For more information visit


ROCKPORT – Access to the Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily extended to Rockport Library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. This means that all Rockport cardholders can access genealogy databases from the comfort of their own home by visiting the library’s website. If you have any questions about the use of these databases or about genealogical research, please contact the library at 978-546-6934.

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