Events this week: Storytimes, Book Club, “Bear Hunt”, and cupcake decorating contest (Updated)

Above: Many cities have teddies peeking out windows waiting to be spotted. But Friday is forecast (so far) to be a good day to pose some bears outside for a fun community bear hunt. (scroll down for image credits)

Here are highlights of what’s happening around town this week.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

  • Library’s Virtual Story Time (10:00 am) @ Library Facebook page: Children’s Librarian “Miss Kim” will hold a story time on Facebook live, which will also be viewable after. (Note: you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch the Library’s videos.) These will take place every Tuesday and Friday through May 1st.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

  • Virtual Book Club (8:00 – 8:30 pm) @ online through Zoom – e-mail rdonovan@southboroughma.com for the access link: Join Library Director Ryan Donovan (and a few surprise special library staff co-stars) for a weekly Virtual Book Club on Thursday nights in April at 8:00 PM. We will be reading the young adult fantasy novel “Reverie” by Ryan La Sala.   Multiple copies of the book are available on OverDrive for Libraries & the Libby app.  For details, see dedicated post: http://wp.me/ppljI-uWy

Friday, April 17, 2020

  • Library’s Virtual Story Time (10:00 am)@ Library Facebook page: Children’s Librarian “Miss Kim” will hold a story time on Facebook live, which will also be viewable after. (Note: you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch the Library’s videos.) These will take place every Tuesday and Friday through May 1st.
  • Community Storytime – Police Chief* (11:00 am): Southborough’s Police Chief, Kenneth Paulhus*, will read We are Going on a Bear Hunt (will be available online).  Details on the event will be made available through the private Facebook Group – Southborough Community Outreach sponsored by Kindergroup. (Note: You do need a Facebook account to join the Facebook group.)
  • Community Bear Hunt** (11:00 am – 8:00 pm): Inspired by the children’s story, kids in town will be going on a bear hunt. You can put those teddy bears outside and/or go for a bear hunt yourself (in the car!).  The more bears that are out, the more fun! Organized by Southborough Community Outreach sponsored by Kindergroup. (Note: Even if you don’t participate in the live community read of Bear Hunt, there are plenty of videos online you can enjoy before heading out to “hunt”. For instance, you can see it performed by author Michael Rosen here or view an animated version of the book here.)

Saturday, April 18, 2020

  • Cupcake Decorating Contest: Cupcake decorating contest organized by Southborough Community Outreach sponsored by Kindergroup and brought by Yummy Mummy. If you are interested in participating, please email kindergroup.president@gmail.com by 10am on 4/15 to place your order. $20 for 3 vanilla & 3 chocolate cupcakes plus frosting and sprinkles. The contest will be based on photos posted to the Facebook group page. (Note: You do need a Facebook account to join the Facebook group.)

Monday, April 20, 2020

  • Patriot’s Day: Due to the state holiday, Town departments will be closed and there will be no remote schooling for K-12 Northborough-Southborough public schools.

* Originally, Chief Paulhus was scheduled to do last week’s Community Storytime reading and Fire Chief Achilles this week. I missed the news that the schedules flipped. Sorry for any confusion that caused.

Updated (4/14/20 4:54 pm): I just realized that the Annual Town Meeting placeholder in my calendar was imported into this post. (I glossed right over it.) Yes, as it had noted, a new date hasn’t yet been announced. But the Moderator confirmed last week that it will be postponed.

(images above: cover of “We are Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury; cropped from flickr – teddy bear waiting to be spotted by Carol VanHook and bear picnic by Virginia State Parks)

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