Friday, February 15, 2019

Bridgewater "Hometown Hero" Banners Are Now on Display

Approximately, 50 faces of veterans, ranging from World War II to current members of the military, are now adorning the walls of the lower level at the Bridgewater Public Library.

The Bridgewater “Hometown Hero” banners feature veterans with Bridgewater ties who served or are currently serving in all branches of the armed forces. The project was started by a committee made up of members of the Bridgewater Historical Commission, veterans and Bridgewater residents.

The banners, measuring 24 inches by 48 inches, each feature an image of the veteran, his or her name, the branch of service, the era of service if applicable and a sponsor’s name or message if desired.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

February Vacation Cupcake Class with Cakes by Paula

Last minute cupcakes class!

Pull apart cupcakes

Fish aquarium

Thursday Feb 21 11-3

Masonic Lodge, Bridgewater

$40.00 per student

Similar but more detailed than picture below. We will make our own fish! 508-415-9890

PayPal or credit cad payment required before day if class.

No refunds. Snow date will be in April.

Events At The Bridgewater Public Library in February

Events At The Bridgewater Public Library in February

Monday, February 18: Closed.

Tuesday, February 19 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: Smallfoot (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Tuesday, February 19 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: Smallfoot (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, February 20 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: The Grinch (PG, 86 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Wednesday, February 20 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: The Grinch (PG, 86 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Thursday, February 21 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Lego Mania: Ages 5+ are welcome to join us for this drop in program. We provide the Legos, you bring the imagination. Legos displayed in the children’s room after the program, as space permits. No registration.

Thursday, February 21 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Drop in craft: edible necklaces. Come create edible necklaces with Froot Loops. Ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration required, while supplies last.

Thursday, February 21 @ 1:00 p.m.: Movie: Goosebumps 2. (PG, 90 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Friday, February 22 @ 10:30 a.m.: Movie: The House with a Clock in its Walls (PG, 105 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Saturday, February 23 @ 10:30 a.m.: Pixar Shorts Volume 3 (includes Bao, LOU, Piper, Lava, Sanjay’s Super Team, Riley’s First Date?, The Radiator, Springs 500 1/2,Party Central, The Blue Umbrella, The Legend Of Mor’du, Partysaurus Rex.) (76 min.) All ages with adult, no registration.

Monday, February 25 @ 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Very Ready Reader with Miss Nicole. Open to ages 18 months to 3 years. Sponsored by Triumph, Inc. Registration required for this session. Registration for Triumph, Inc. programs with Miss Nicole can be completed by calling Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208. Week 6.

Wednesday, February 27 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Drop in and make a polar bear themed craft. Recommended for ages 3+ with adult helper. No registration, while supplies last.

** CANCELLATIONS for library run programs will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.

For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331

Sunday, February 10, 2019

What Goes Around Comes Around: American Interpret the Lincoln Assassination

What Goes Around Comes Around: American Interpret the Lincoln Assassination
Sunday, February 17 at 1pm
Memorial Building, 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater, MA

There are many theories as to why John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln. Was he an insane actor, a dedicated Southern patriot backed by the Confederate government, a front man for Lincoln's northern enemies the Radical Republicans, or was the murder a simpler conspiracy? This program will examine some of the major theories surrounding the Lincoln assassination, revealing the circular motion involved as once discredited arguments slip in and out of favor.

Presented by Dr. Thomas R. Turner, Professor Emeritus at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Turner taught for 39 years in the History Department at the university, and is the author of "Beware the People Weeping: Public Opinion and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" and "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln." He also worked as a historian for the assassination movie "The Conspirator," directed by Robert Redford and starring James McEvoy and Robin Wright. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.


Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The AAUW Taunton Area Branch is offering a $500.00 Mary Anderson Memorial Scholarship for college students. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Southeastern Massachusetts who will be entering the junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2019 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a commitment to improving the lives of women and girls.

For an application, download at or contact Louise Freeman at The deadline to apply is March 31, 2019.

The American Association of University Woman (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic and political.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood

A presentation titled “Sticky Business: The Boston Molasses Flood” will be given by Historian and Professor Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD at the Bridgewater Public Library on Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m.

In the early afternoon of January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot steel tank filled with over two million gallons of molasses collapsed in Boston's North End sending its sticky contents in a fifteen-foot wave through the neighborhood streets. The disaster was blamed on immigrant anarchists. The event knocked Prohibition and the end of World War I out of the headlines and resulted in a huge civil law suit that was not resolved until 1925.

Dr. Gary Hylander, PhD is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian, a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and professor of history.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Public Library, is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Being Neighborly Finding Common Ground

Being Neighborly Finding Common Ground
Sponsored by Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect and Bridgewater Public Library

February 11, 2019—6:30 p.m. at the Library
Experiences of International Students and Faculty, at BSU and in the Community: How are they doing?

Guest Presenters: Dr. Wing-kai To, Assistant Provost, BSU Institute for Global Engagement; Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Academic Director of Global Learning; Dr. Simone Poliandri, Assoc. Prof. and Coordinator of American Studies; Dr. Irina Seceleanu, Assoc. Prof. Mathematics; plus
international students.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

B-R SEPAC Presentation

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) will be holding a presentation for the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 pm titled, Special Needs Trusts.  Shelley Coelho will have a discussion on the unique needs that families have in planning for the financial and legal future of their relative with a developmental disability. Topics will include: Preserving Eligibility for Government Benefits through Proper Estate Planning; Special Needs Trusts and the ABLE Act. 

The meeting will be held at The Bridge Center located at 470 Pine St., Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC will hold a meeting at 6:15 pm and then the presentation will follow at 6:30 pm. 

Please register online in advance for free childcare at: http://

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Off the Common Coffeehouse February 2019 Concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday February 2nd 2019 at 7:30 will feature the Boxcar Lilies with Ric Allendorf as an opener. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00pm. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA

The Boxcar Lilies
Combining spine-tingling harmony and exceptional songwriting, The Boxcar Lilies have made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, blues, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music.

Though each member of the Massachusetts-based duo has a distinct singing talent, Jenny Goodspeed (electric bass, guitar) and Stephanie Marshall (washboard, guitar) deftly weave their voices into a delicious whole – a sound that is sometimes delicate, sometimes gritty, but always innovative and soul-stirring.

Their trademark harmonies may have put the band on the Americana music map, but their genuine and charming stage presence and off-the-cuff banter helped keep them there. They’ve brought their engaging live show to venues across the Northeast and beyond, including The Iron Horse Music Hall, CaffĂ© Lena, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel.

Ric Allendorf

As a native New Englander currently living in Southeast Massachusetts, Ric has spent nearly half his life as an acoustic musician, illustrator, art educator, and breadsmith. He has featured from Maine to Cape Cod, from Boston to Providence, both as a solo performer and in the duo Still Willow.

Music is his tool of navigation, discovery, and anchoring. Songs find him in times when they are most steeped in relevance. His guitar is always nearby, sometimes pulling deeper into the unfamiliar, and sometimes being as steady and supportive as a mast. Whether performing solo or with others, Ric gravitates toward unique voicings, percussive frailing, and meticulous fingerpicking patterns that honor his influences – which originate back to the late 80's with the singer-songwriter resurgence in the Boston acoustic music scene.