Supporting Literacy & Community:
The Friends of the West Bridgewater Public Library

The Friends of the West Bridgewater Public Library, a non-profit volunteer organization, have been supporting library programs and services since 1983. Their enduring commitment includes sponsoring the Reading is Fundamental program for over 30 years, as well as other initiatives such as the Summer Reading Program, Thoreau Essay Contest, and the Polar Express Event. The organization has also purchased passes for the Museum Pass Program and provided outdoor handicapped-accessible picnic tables and the Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer for the library.

To continue their support, the Friends of the West Bridgewater Public Library accepts book donations in good condition and has an ongoing book sale where all contributions go towards funding the RIF program. They also encourage individuals to become members, with annual membership dues varying by level from "Friend" to "Corporate Friend." All contributions are tax-deductible. Meetings are held monthly and posted on the library website. 

The Friends of the West Bridgewater Public Library is a vital organization that supports the community by promoting literacy and providing access to programs and services. By donating books, becoming a member, or attending their events, you can help support their mission.

Membership levels for the Friends of the Library range from $15 to $500; all contributions are tax-deductible. The Friends of the Library hold regular meetings and sponsored events, which can be found on the WBPL's homepage. Book sale prices range from $0.25-$1.00, depending on the type of book.

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Historical Tidbit: 4- H
"I pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
My Heart to greater loyalty,
My Hands to larger service, and
My Health to better living,
for my club, my community, my country and my world."

Concerns that lack of economic prosperity within cities would darken future for generations of rural children, a 4-H youth club was started in 1902. A.P. Graham, a school principal in Ohio, began promoting rural vocational agriculture in out-of-school "clubs." Through learning-by-doing projects, group meetings, contests and exhibits, 4-H quickly grew. With involvement by the USDA, States' Universities, and local agricultural associations, by 1914 clubs were started in nearly every state.

In 1908, Massachusetts 4-H began. Between 1916 -1941 4-H work was guided by George L. Farley, the superintendent of schools in Brockton, MA. He was instrumental in developing a school garden program capturing statewide attention. 4-H was growing with America, and added horse and livestock programs in the mid 1950's, electric and science programs in the 1960's and urban programs in the 1970's. 4-H had reached five million members by 1980's.

After more than 100 years, 4-H continues to grow the Head, Heart, Hands and Health of American youth. Plymouth County alone has almost 40 clubs in 10 towns, making it easy to become part of a 4-H near you.
 ~ Submitted by 
Robert Lundquist

Information from:
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p & 5:30 - 6p
457 rear, South Main St., Suite #1
Congratulations!
Jeanie Runey
won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax


Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of:
a free 1.5 hour class at
Fall Prevention Awareness
Wed, Jan 24
10a
West Bridgewater COA 
97 W Center St

Nancy Ng, a physical therapist from Ortho Sport is coming to the West Bridgewater Council on Aging. A third of people 65 and over will fall at least once in the year, and that number jumps to almost half of people over 80. Call to register for Nancy's discussion on balance, joint replacement, and how important awareness is in preventing falls. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call 508-894-1262.

PCC Summer Program Informational Night
Mon, Jan 29 7p
Stonehill College

Attention students in grades 7-10! The Project Contemporary Competitiveness Advanced Studies Program (PCC ASP) at Stonehill College invites you to learn about the "summer of a lifetime" at their upcoming Informational Nights. All interested students and their families are invited to join us – No need to RSVP; just drop in to delve into the details of this camp experience.


Johnny Macaronis Restaurant


We are ringing in the New Year with some tasty new specials.

Enjoy with the family.
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Ousamequin Club Scholarships

The Ousamequin Club is extending its generosity once more by offering three $1,000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors residing in any of the three Bridgewaters, regardless of the school they attend. The scholarship criteria emphasizes volunteerism, community involvement, and academic achievement. Future education can be at a two or four year college or training / technical school.

Applications are due by March 31st. For an application please seek one out at your high school guidance office or call Sharon Graves at 508-378-4261.
Fantasy
Book Club
Wed, Jan 31
6:30p
West Bridgewater Public Library
80 Howard Street

Attention all fantasy novel enthusiasts! Join the Fantasy Book Club, a community of adults who share a love for the genre. At our next meeting, we will discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, The Hobbit. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. We encourage you to bring treats inspired by the book to share with the group. The Fantasy Book Club is open to ages 16 and up and meets on the last Wednesday of every month. Take advantage of the chance to connect with fellow fantasy fans and delve into the magical world of literature.

For more information, visit the West Bridgewater Public Library website

Climate Can Do: Climate Resolutions 
Head into 2024 with climate resolutions.  

Help your personal & our collective environment by disposing of unwanted items properly. To avoid sending to the landfill; schedule a home textile pickup with CMRK. This company collects clothing, shoes, and household items. For more information, visit www.cmrkne.com

If you have unwanted, but still useable items, donate them to organizations or those in need. For example: 
  • My Brother’s Keeper: This organization accepts furniture donations and gives the items to underprivileged families. 
  • AMVETS: Schedule a pickup with AMVETS and help provide resources to veterans. 
  • Books: Donate to your local library 
  • Sports equipment: The Bench, located at 47 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA, is a sporting goods store that sells used sports equipment. 
  • Mass.gov also offers resources for disposal and donations that you can use. Here are some options to get you started: 
  • Beyond the Bin: This is a research tool that helps you find nearby drop off locations based on the type of material you’d like to recycle. This includes everything from electronics to clothing to toys! 
  • Cradles to Crayons: If you have goods suitable for children from ages newborn through 12, find a Cradles to Crayons drop-off location near you, and they will make care packages with the donations for local children in need. 

There are many ways to make a positive impact on both your community and the environment. Use these ideas to spark some of your own, and let’s make a resolution to bring sustainability into the new year!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Alexa Pennington, Southern New Hampshire University, BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
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West Bridgewater PTO Raffle

Don't miss out on the chance to win TWO luxury suite Celtics tickets and support the West Bridgewater Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)! To enter, simply purchase a raffle ticket for $15 each. With only 200 tickets available, act quickly to secure your opportunity. Make a payment via Venmo to WBPTO, and be sure to include "Celtics Tickets" and your name in the notes. Purchase tickets by February 2nd.

The winner will be announced at our Ziti with My Sweetie Event. No need to be present to win, so even if you can't make it, you still have a shot at this exclusive experience. It's a win-win – relish a Celtics game in style while contributing to a fantastic cause. Join us in making a difference and enjoying the excitement of Celtics basketball!

Valentine 50's
Sock Hop!
Fri, Feb 9
7-10p
St. Ann's Parish Center
103 North Main Street

Join us for the Community Valentine 50's Sock Hop, a celebration infused with a 1950s vibe. Admission is $15 per person, and feel free to bring your favorite snacks. The event will feature a cash bar offering beer, wine, soda, and water. Hot dogs and popcorn will also be available for purchase. As part of our community service project, consider bringing a pair of socks. We look forward to your presence at the event!

For more information, please visit West Bridgewater Lions Club website or call
617-970-6731.

Source & Photo Credit: West Bridgewater Lions Club
West Bridgewater Public Library January Events

Stop in at the West Bridgewater Public Library this January for engaging events:

New Moms Support Group:
Tuesdays, 10:30a-12p

Cozy Adult Coloring:
Saturday, January 27, 10:30a-12p

For more information, please visit westbpl.org.
WB Public Schools' Social Media Safety Session

West Bridgewater Public Schools recently organized an informative session with The Organization For Social Media Safety titled "How to Keep Our Students Safe on Social Media." The event took place at the Howard School, where students from grades 5 and 6 had the opportunity to engage with important information on navigating the digital landscape responsibly.

Sponsored by the West Bridgewater Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the session focused on equipping students with the knowledge and tools necessary to stay safe and make informed choices in the online world. The importance of digital literacy and responsible social media use was emphasized throughout the presentation.

A special thanks to the West Bridgewater PTO for making this event possible. West Bridgewater Public Schools remains committed to fostering digital literacy, ensuring students make informed choices in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Source & Photo Credits: West Bridgewater Public Schools FB. Story Written by Jamie Puhi, BuzzAround Intern, SNHU
Dear Friends,

A few weeks ago, I spoke to you about our 40th annual Christmas Sharing Program and said that with God’s love and your faith the community of St. Ann’s, First Church, Cochesett Methodist, and West Bridgewater would make miracles happen. Well, you did - again. You brought joy and love to the 27 families, 74 children, 14 teen mothers and their 17 babies, and the 64 senior citizens in our Christmas Sharing program.

The parishioners of St. Ann’s, First Church, and Cochesett Methodist, along with local businesses and families provided more than I could ever have imagined. The value of the gift cards and cash donations was more than $18,000. In addition, we received gifts for the seniors and teen moms.

Each family received $150 in gift cards for each child and $50 or more in grocery cards. Each teen mom received $75 in gift cards, and a blanket sleeper, clothing and a toy for their babies, and hats and gloves for the moms. Each senior citizen received a small bag of goodies and $50 in gift cards.

Local businesses, organizations, and families that have supported us in the past came through again with $4550, even as the economy became more difficult for them! Garvey Transportation, Raleigh Auto Body, Peter O’Connor(South Shore Supply), Consolidated Plumbing, P & H Travel Inc., W.B Lions Club, W.B. Fire Department, Bluestone Bank, Walter Thayer/Hockomock Liquors, Southeast Cyclones Youth Hockey, Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, Wheels of Time and several families all made generous donations through the WB Emergency Fund. The local Girl Scout troop donated two cases of their delicious cookies! Gift Cards and very generous cash donations from the community and the three churches made up the rest of the funds.

The families, teen mothers and their babies, and senior citizens were all overwhelmed by your generosity. In these awful times, you all made a difference in their lives.

I can’t offer enough thanks to the elves who worked on the program this year: Lynne, Leslie, Jenny, Debbie, and Arlene from the churches; Joan from the WB Emergency Fund; Lauren from Project Grads; Stacy from the Council on Aging; Elaine and Mary and Elaine, Jon and Lisa , and Paul and Kristen who helped deliver senior citizen gifts. What a wonderful way to share God’s love!

Thank you all for helping us to make miracles happen! No matter what you did, even if it was just a prayer for our families, seniors, teens, or babies, it was, and is, important.

Bless you all. Linda Santry
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Historical Tidbit Question:
Where did 4-H begin?
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On January 24, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jennifer Hernández,Jen Bellody, Kendall Fletcher, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
"Halfway between Boston and
Cape Cod."

I showed my Florida granddaughters, pointing to us on the map while we plan our adventures for their week -long stay.

I particularly enjoy living where we do:

Half an hour and we can be eating at a Brazilian Restaurant.
Half an hour and we can be walking on fielded acres of a nature preserve, feeling the sun on our face and watching the birds lift off.
Half an hour and we can be experiencing incredible art at Brockton Public Library, or Fuller Craft or Enzo Flats. 
Half an hour to a musical at Bridgewater State University or Massasoit Community College.
Half an hour and we can visit a farm, saying “Hi “ to the animals.  
An hour and we can be walking on a beach, spotting seals or snowy owls.
An hour to climb Blue Hills for a treetop view.  
An hour on the Commuter Rail to Downtown Boston.
Two hours and we have hit mountains. 
We can go snow tubing or skiing. 
Bingo! They chose; having never seen snow. Two hours and we were at Gunstock Mountain, trying on skis and throwing snowballs at each other. 
Yes, I particularly enjoy living where we do.

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