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Taft Public Library Calendar of Events

MAY 2024

Upcoming Events:
To register for an event, click on the Library Event Calendar & Registration link at the top of the library’s homepage (

Author Michael Tougias discusses Extreme Survival
Join us on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. for a program from Michael Tougias, author of The Finest Hours and So Close to Home. Mr. Tougias will discuss the survival stories of several historic figures and provide an inside look at techniques to overcome adversity based on research from his book Extreme Survival: Lessons from Those Who Have Triumphed Against All Odds. Registration is required as space is limited.  Please register by clicking on the Library Event Calendar & Registration link at
Mosaic Pendants with Cheryl Cohen
On Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. make a mosaic pendant using adhesive putty in this online class with Cheryl Cohen of Cheryl Cohen Mosaics Art Center. Registration is required as space is limited. Those who sign up will need to stop at the upstairs desk in the library to pick up a kit for the session.

Slow Flow Saturday Yoga with Katie Aissis of
Sprouting Tree Yoga
Come join Katie Aissis from Sprouting Tree Yoga for Slow Flow Saturday Yoga at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 upstairs in the library. This Vinyasa style yoga class links breath to movement in a dynamic sequence of postures. Participants will build strength while also finding moments throughout the practice to quiet the mind and rest the body.  This class is appropriate for all levels and no previous yoga experience is necessary. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Please register for the program on our website.

Adult Handcrafting Group
Let’s get crafty! Join us on Wednesday, May 15 at 2 p.m. downstairs in the library and get your craft on. Bring your own craft project, whatever it might be, to work on while you visit.  Intended for adults. No registration is required. Crafts are NOT supplied. 

Adult Book Club
The Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. to discuss Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey and the poetry of Amanda Lovelace. Adult Book Clubs are typically held on the second Monday of the month.  For upcoming book clubs contact the library at 508-473-3259 to request copies of the books or log in to your account from our website to request them through interlibrary loan. 
In June the Adult Book Club will discuss The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan.

German Conversation Club
Are you looking for a place to practice what German you remember or to improve your German vocabulary? Conversations in German is no pressure, just fun. Lead by Library Assistant (and Mendon resident) Monika Schmid, the group typically meets the last Monday of each month. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, mark your calendars for Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. for the next session.  Registration is required. To register, visit our website.

Friends of the Taft Public Library Meeting
The Friends of the Library will meet next on Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m. downstairs in the library’s Art Holmes Community Room for their monthly board meeting. Board meetings are typically held on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless it falls on a holiday or during a school vacation. All are welcome (and encouraged) to attend. If you plan on attending, it’s always a good idea to call the library at 508-473-3259 or email the Friends at [email protected] to confirm the date and time of the meeting. The group will do its best to post any meeting changes on the Taft Library web site.

Dustin Pari visiting in June with his Plus Ultra
Motivational Lecture!
Motivational speaker and television personality Dustin Pari returns to the Taft on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. with his Plus Ultra Motivational Lecture.  Ever felt like there is something missing in this life? Perhaps not everything we have learned has benefited us as we were told it would. Maybe there is something more. Join Dustin in this entertaining and emotionally charged presentation as we learn how to unlock our hidden potential to find we are powerful beyond measure and meant for so much more. Registration is required for this program as space is limited.

Registration is required for all programs. Please log onto our website and find the events page to register along with more information for the programs. 

Itty Bitty Story Time 
Itty Bitty Storytime is designed for our youngest patrons birth to 3 years old. Join us for a lot of fun on Tuesdays and select Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Story & Craft Time 
Join us for Story and Craft Time. Perfect for the preschool-aged child!.All sessions take place on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. 

Alphabet Storytime 
It’s all about the alphabet. Each week we will focus on a different letter. We will read a couple of books, sing songs, and learn about the letter of the week. Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Please note there is no Alphabet Storytime the first Wednesday of the month. 
Coffee and Conversations & Puppet Storytime 
Date: Wednesday, June 5
Time: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Location: Taft Public Library, 29 North Ave., Mendon 
Join us for an informal playtime where families will be able to build social connections and learn about early childhood development and family friendly resources. The library will supply Muffin House Muffins.
Please stay for the 10:30 a.m. Puppet Storytime. Join Newton & Friends of Through Me to You Puppetry for songs and stories. At the end of the 30-minute show, children can greet the puppets. Geared for children 2 to 5 years, but all are welcome.

Preschool Kidding Around Yoga 
We will learn yoga poses, dance, sing, and meditate. This class is all about fun- all abilities are welcome. Mats are available, or feel free to bring your own.   Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m. 

Tutors with Tails
Meet Sprite! Sprite is a therapy dog who loves children and love books. Sprite and her owner Janet will visit the Taft on the last Tuesday of each month. Register today for the opportunity to read to Sprite. Spots are limited.

Book Clubs 
Graphic Novel Book Club: This month we will be reading: Nell of Gumbling: My Extremely Normal Fairy-Tale Life by Emma Steinkellner. Join us on Tuesday, May 14 at 5 p.m. to discuss this month's book pick.
6-9 Novel Book Club: We will be reading: The Story of Diva & Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi. The book club will be held downstairs on Tuesday, May 7 at 5 p.m.