Community Events

NEW! NEA Big Read Raffles

Attendees at any 2018 NEA Big Read events are invited to enter one free raffle for each of our two free prizes:

 

  • A My American Girl® doll, sponsored by the American Girl Corporation
  • A bucket of hand tools, sponsored by RTN Realty Advisors, LLC
Winners will be selected and announced at the Finale Dinner on October 25th. You do not need to be present to win.

 

NEA Big Read Launch Celebration
Sat., Sept 8, 2018; 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Balfour Riverwalk Park, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Join us as we launch Attleboro’s 12th NEA Big Read. We will be giving out copies of the title Five Skies by Ron Carlson, hosting a local 4H rabbit club as well as the members of the Ten Mile Watershed council, showcasing a real robot, presenting landscape paintings from The Literacy Center, artwork created by local tech artist, Duken Delpe, and hands-on fun for the kids.

A Novel Idea: Teen Book Club
Fri., Sept 14, 2018, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Youth age 13+ are welcome to join us for the teen book club! This month we will be discussing this year’s Big Read choice, Five Skies by Ron Carlson. Copies of the book will be available at the library. Registration is required. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

NEA Big Read Kick-off Event and Mesa Opening Reception
Sat., September 15, 2018; 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park St., Attleboro
The Attleboro Arts Museum will respond to Carlson’s novel with the mounting of an exhibit entitled Mesa: Tables Constructed with Five Skies Overhead. Five Skies repeatedly spotlights a range of tables: Ronnie Panelli’s well crafted, sky-blue gathering spot; the examination table where a wood sliver is removed; the tables at the Antlers – the best place to eat in town.  Mesa: Tables Constructed with Five Skies Overhead, features original tables created in either two-or three-dimension.  In all cases, the work on view has been built as Ronnie crafted his sky-blue piece – with commitment, care and a personal sense of pride. This event includes performances of poetry from Carpenter Poets of Eastern Massachusetts and officially kicks-off Attleboro’s 2018 NEA Big Read. Sponsored by the Attleboro Arts Museum and the Attleboro Cultural Council. A reservation is requested, but not required. Call the Attleboro Arts Museum at 508-222-2644 x10 or email office@attleboroartsmuseum.org to reserve your space.

Lees Pond Festival
Sat., Sept 15, 2018; 11:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Lees Pond, Gardner Ave., South Attleboro, MA
The Attleboro Public Library will present Attleboro’s NEA Big Read with calendars of events, and copies of the book, to encourage community participation. The Lees Pond Festival is sponsored by the South Attleboro Lions Club and the South Attleboro Village Lions.

APL Parent/Child Book Group
Mon., Sept 17, 2018; 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Great books, fun discussion and snacks! In keeping with the theme of the 2018 Big Read, this month we’ll be reading Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look. The Parent/Child Book Group is open to children grades 2-4 with an adult. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

High Tech Club
Wed., Sept 19, 2018; 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Youth in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us for the High Tech Club! During the meetings participants will practice coding, programming and other tech skills using robots, computer kits, iPads and more. Please note that the program does not include formal instruction, tech toys are available for participants to play with and learn. Registration is required to attend. Register online at attleborolibrary.org call 508-222-0157.

Photography Club
Thur., Sep 20, 2018; 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Youth in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us for Photography Club! Youth will discuss photography techniques and then get some practice in taking pictures in and around the library building. Registration is required. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Fish Hatchery Tour
Sat., Sept 22, 2018; 10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery, 144 Bungay Rd., North Attleboro
For all ages, come tour a National Fish Hatchery and be intrigued by how fish are made and why.  If we have good weather, you’re invited to hike around the nature trail and soak in a bit of natural beauty and read a story along the way with our Storywalk®. Please register by calling 508-695-5002 extension 10.

Five Skies Drop-in Book Discussion
Mon., Sept 24, 2018; 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Join Reader Services Coordinator, Elise LaForge, for a causal drop-in conversation on Five Skies by Ron Carlson. Refreshments will be provided. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

APL Parent’s Book Club Reads Five Skies
Wed., Sept 26, 2018; 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
This is a very casual, social environment for parents who love to read. For this year’s Big Read, we’ll be exploring themes of past & present, and the importance of telling your story as a means to connect with others. Contact Amy Rhilinger for more information. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Sock Monkeys Middle School Book Club
Wed., Sept 26, 2018, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Youth in grades 5-8 are welcome to join us for the middle school book club! This month we will be discussing Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Copies of the book will be available in the children’s room at the library in late August. Registration is required. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Life-Changing Moments – CANCELLED
Thur., Sept 27, 2018

Camping Experience at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary
Fri., Sept 28, 2018; 5:00pm – 6:30 pm
Location: 1417 Park St., Attleboro
Join us for a fun, family-friendly camping experience under the stars at Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary! Participants will learn about camping equipment, learn map-reading skills and take part in a fun hike with nature education specialist Chris Hitchener. To register: https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors ; click on Program Catalog; select Oak Knoll from the list of sanctuaries; scroll through for this listing, OR call 508-223-3060

Art at the Market
Sat., Sept 29, 2018; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Capron Park – O’Connell Field, Attleboro, MA
The Attleboro Public Library will present Attleboro’s NEA Big Read with calendars of events, and copies of the book, to encourage community participation. Art at the Market is an event hosted by the Attleboro Farmers Market.

Mills, Metalworking, Manufacturing and High Tech
Sat., Sept 29, 2018; 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Attleboro Area Industrial Museum, Pelletier Stack Gallery, 42 Union St., Attleboro
Join us for an enlightened panel discussion about working in Attleboro over the past forty years with members of the Industrial Museum Board of Directors and seasoned Associates at Sensata Technologies. Light refreshments served.  To register, call 508-222-3918 or email director@industrialmuseum.com

 Five tools for healing grief, guilt, and loss
Wed., Oct 3, 2018; 5:30pm -7:00pm
Location: Community VNA, 10 Emory St., Attleboro
This 1.5 hour workshop, based on insights from Five Skies, will focus on practices to develop self-compassion and facilitate healing following loss. Light refreshments provided. Registration recommended but not required. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Five Guys, Five Skies
Thur., Oct 4, 2018; 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Skyroc Brewery, 1 Riverbank Rd., Attleboro
Join us for a casual discussion of Five Skies at Skyroc Brewery. Five local guys- Rusty D’Arconte, Attleboro Industrial museum director Carlton Legg, Rick Gariepy, artist David Lee Black, and Irwin Krause- will be providing perspectives on the Big Read title; discussing topics such as art, astronomy, industrial history, and travel.  Skyroc Brewery is an adult venue, but those under 21 are welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the Bristol County Savings Bank, Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Exploring Letterforms in Architecture through Photography
Sat., Oct 6, 2018; 8:30am – 10:30am

Location:  Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Believe it or not, the shapes of letters and numbers often appear within the elements of architecture. Sometimes they are easy to find, but often they aren’t! Join Dr. Ray Guillette and Dave Bliss for a guided walk through downtown Attleboro as we search for and photograph letterforms hidden within the architecture of our local buildings. For students, grades 9 and up and adults. If it rains, the event will take place inside the library. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Five Skies Drop-in Book Discussion
Wed., Oct 10, 2018; 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Attleboro Public Library, 74 North Main St., Attleboro
Join Library Director, Christine Johnson, for a causal drop-in conversation on Five Skies by Ron Carlson. Refreshments will be provided. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Skype with Author Ron Carlson – CANCELLED
Thurs., Oct 11, 2018

Fairy House Exhibit (RESCHEDULED FOR SUN. OCT 14 DUE TO RAIN)
Sat., Oct 13, 2018;  Sun., Oct 14, 2018 10:00 am -12:00pm
Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve, 577B Wilmarth St., Attleboro
As part of this year’s NEA Big Read: Attleboro, focused on themes including construction from the book Five Skies, the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve is having a Fairy House Exhibit! You are invited to bring your own created fairy house for display. Not sure where to start, visit https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Fairy-House for some ideas! You, and other exhibitors will set up your houses between 9:00am and 10:00am. The exhibit itself, open to the public will run from 10:00am til noon. Anyone regardless of age, can make and exhibit a fairy house, google fairy houses to get some ideas! You don’t have to make a house, come between 10:00am and noon to walk the trail and enjoy these special houses! At our event you will be able to make a fairy garden to bring home with you!! Rain date Sun., Oct 14, 2018. Register at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

Keynote speaker: Neil Swidey, author of Trapped Under the Sea
Wed., Oct 17, 2018; 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Bristol Community College Attleboro Campus, 11 Field Rd., Attleboro
Neil Swidey is a staff writer for The Boston Globe Magazine and author of Trapped Under the Seathe harrowing story of five men who were sent into a dark, airless tunnel hundreds of feet under Massachusetts Bay to do a nearly impossible job, with deadly results. Neil will be present to discuss his book and the situations in the Boston Harbor that contributed to his desire to write on this topic.  The audience is invited to participate by asking the author questions concerning the events in the book. Registration is recommended but not required. Register online at attleborolibrary.org or call 508-222-0157.

YMCA Fall Festival
Sat., Oct 20, 2018; TBD
Location: YMCA Norton Outdoor Center, 290 W Main St., Norton
Join us for a fun, family-friendly experience at The YMCA’s Outdoor Center in Norton! More details to come.

Massachusetts STEM week
Mon., Oct 22- Fri., Oct 26, 2018
In order to highlight the connection of strong STEM education to a talented and skilled workforce, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, in collaboration with the STEM Advisory Council, are planning a statewide “STEM Week” from October 22-26, 2018. During STEM Week, schools and libraries will be holding STEM related programs throughout the city. Additionally, during STEM week, at least one member of the Administration or STEM Council Executive Committee will visit classrooms and or school-related STEM activities. To view STEM programs happening at the Attleboro Public Library visit attleborolibrary.org

Finale Dinner at Attleboro High School
Thur., Oct 25, 2018 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:  100 Rathbun Willard Dr., Attleboro
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The students in the AHS culinary arts department will prepare a meal based on the dishes featured in Five Skies. Anticipate wholesome, delicious and surprising campground food that gave the men in the book the strength to get the job done.  This is a ticketed event, tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Attleboro Public Library beginning October 1st. This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Attleboro.