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Have you heard the news? The Saugus Public Library has been selected as the beneficiary of the @Shaws GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Program!

Each time a $2.50 reusable Bag is purchased at the Shaw’s Supermarket located at 34 Essex Street in Melrose during the month of March, the SPL will receive a $1.00 donation. It’s a great way to help the environment and to support your local public library.

The bags are available at various registers and at the reusable bag rack. If you are having trouble finding the bag, ask the store manager where the Shaw’s GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag is located and they will be happy to show you!

Thank you for supporting your Library!

Handel + Haydn Society: Black Musicians in Early Music

From our friends, for our patrons: Early Music America and the Handel + Haydn Society present a Black History Month conversation with leading Black musicians in the field of early music and historical performance practice. 
Live Stream on Sunday, February 21 at 2pm ET
Dana Whiteside, baritone
Joseph McHardy, conductor and organist
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba and vielle
Rachel Redmond, soprano
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone and composer
Learn more about the panelists.
Visit the Handel + Haydn website at
or call their Box Office at 617.266.3605
10 AM–5 PM, Monday through Friday

Tuesday Night Meditation Continues

Join us online for mindfulness meditation in February, March and April on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

The dates are:

  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27

This is a free program, held via ZOOM, but registration is required. Please email to register. You will receive an email with the log-in information. Registration closes at noon on the day of the event.

You can participate from your personal computer, mobile device, or smart TV. For best results, download the Zoom app to your device.

The session will be led by Crayola Tidd, a certified mindfulness meditation teacher. Crayola has been leading our Zoom meditation classes since the pandemic began.


Join us for a series of free Zoom art classes with local artist Kelly Slater.

  • February 25 explore the many possibilities of making prints using common arts and crafts supplies, as well as office supplies.
  • March 11 we will explore several different ways of making watercolor prints.
  • April 15, will focus on drawing experiments and will invite participants to overcome any and all fears of drawing by letting go of control.
  • April 29 we’ll be making accordion-style artists books.

All sessions will last 90 minutes—running from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on a Thursday. Workshops are open to ages teen through adult and all materials will be provided.  Sign up for one or all four sessions. 

Kelly’s philosophy is that art making is not just for experts.  Instead, art can and should be fun and accessible.  All people can improve both their artistic skills and their quality of life simply by making art into a playful and experimental form of recreation. 

Space is limited. To reserve a place send an email to with “SPL workshops” in the subject line.  If you have questions about the content of the workshops, please contact Ms. Slater at with “SPL workshops” in the subject line. When you register you will receive information about the Zoom link and how to pick up your “Take and Make” artist supplies. More information about the program.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Saugus Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Zoom support provided by the Saugus Public Library and select art supplies provided by your local Artist & Craftsman Supply, located at 751 Broadway (Rte. 1 S) in Saugus.


No book donations, please!

The Saugus Public Library is not accepting book donations at this time due to COVID infection concerns and a lack of storage space. While we appreciate the generous gesture, we are forced to quarantine donated items and then dispose of them ourselves. So PLEASE refrain from dropping your unwanted books, pamphlets, and magazines in our book drops. Thank you.


Policy Watch: Collection Development Policy

The Library’s Board of Trustees replaced our older Collection Development policy with a new Collection Development Policy on February 4th.

Like the policy it replaces, the new policy covers how we purchase materials, how we maintain our collections, and how we respond to challenges to items in our collections. The newer version is better formatted and, we hope, better organized.

This provisions of the policy are very similar to those contained in the old policy. Our intent is to provide more specifics in those parts of the policy which address collection maintenance and challenges to inclusion. We also brought it into alignment with our current practices and updated language pertaining to digital content and resource sharing. 


Another timely Community Read: The Second Mountain

Tuesday Evenings
February 16th – March 30th

Led by The Rev. John Beach, St. John’s Church, Saugus

To register or to receive more information, please email

Copies of this book are available to Saugus Public Library cardholders. To place a hold on a copy, visit our online catalog. Hurry, supplies are limited!

“Deeply moving, frequently eloquent and extraordinarily incisive.”—The Washington Post

From Rev. John Beach: “How can we come together in with our neighbors and discuss those things that matter to us? Come join our book discussion group!
In The Second Mountain, New York Times commentator David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

In short, this book is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it’s also a provocative social commentary. We have taken individualism to the extreme—and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks shows what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.”