---- — SALEM — Kelley Library has a lot planned for January.
On Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. the Salem Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club is starting off the New Year with “Oryx & Crake” by Margaret Atwood. Copies of the book are available through the library. New members are always welcome. Visit kelleylibrary.org for more information about this and other book groups at the Kelley Library.
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m., READ to Dixie, Kelley Library’s visiting READ therapy dog.
Children can practice their reading skills with Dixie. Bring your own book or select one at the library. Registration is required. Sign up for one 15-minute session by calling the library at 898-7064, or stop by the Children’s Room.
That same night, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m., it’s Lego & Barbie Night in the Reed Children’s Room.
Bring your Lego building bricks and Barbie dolls to the Kelley Library for an hour of play and imagination. This program is for kids ages 6 to 10 and their families. There’s no need to register, just drop in and join the fun. To find more programs and activities happening in the children’s room, stop by the Reed Children’s Room, or call the library at 898-7064.
The Kelley Library Non-Fiction Book Group meets Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. The selection for January 2013 is “A History of the World in 100 Objects” by Neil MacGregor. New members are always welcome. Drop in for one discussion. Copies of the book are available at the library.
Friday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. is the time for Movie Night at Kelley Library. The first offering in this year of Academy Award winners by decade is the 1927 silent movie “Wings,” starring Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers and Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance.
Movie nights are open to the public at no charge. Contact Paul at 898-7064 for more information, or visit kelleylibrary.org.
Monday, Jan.14, through Saturday, Jan. 19, is Story Time Registration Week. Stop by the Kelley Library Reed Children’s Room to sign up your baby, toddler or preschooler for story time any day this week. Pick up a Story Time brochure for the days and times of the story times and other special programs for preschoolers. Story Times are open to all Salem residents with a current Kelley library card. For more information, contact the Children’s Room at 898-7064.
Sign up to READ to Dixie, the therapy dog, on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Dixie loves listening to children read. Readers, age 5 and up, can practice their reading skills with Dixie. Bring your own book or select one at the library. Registration required. Sign up for one 15-minute session by calling the library at 898-7064 or stop by the Kelley Library Children’s Room.
On Thursday, Jan. 17, children ages 2 to 5 are invited to the library at 3:30 p.m. for “Exploring Art: Silly Sentence Art.” Children will explore composition and drawing skills.
In this month’s session, participants will take a silly sentence and create a hilarious drawing. Space is limited, so registration required. Call Corrie in the Reed Children’s Room at 898-7064 or stop by to sign up.
In the first Kelley Library Adult Series of 2013, nature writer and photographer Eric Pinder presents a fascinating look at New England’s highest peak, and its unpredictable weather on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in “Mount Washington: Home of the world’s worst weather.”
Pinder is the author of several children’s books as well as “Life at The Top: Weather, Wonder & High Cuisine from the Mount Washington Observatory.” This program is open to the public at no charge. Copies of his books will be available for signing and purchase. For more information about this presentation and other KLAS offerings, visit kelleylibrary.org.
Children can READ to Dixie again Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. Sign up in advance.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., enjoy “An Evening with the Author: Patrick LeClerc.”
Salem resident LeClerc will present his first book, “Out of Nowhere,” a paranormal thriller set against the background of a private EMS company in a tough, economically depressed town. He will talk about how he got his book published and the writing process. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. This event is open to the public at no charge.
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., the Kelley Library Book Group will discuss “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett.
New members are welcome to join Joan Fardella for this long running book group that meets on the last Wednesday of the month. Copies of the book are available at the library. For more information about Kelley Library book groups, visit kelleylibrary.org.