Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month: Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2023

Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America

Celebrate our country’s Hispanic/Latinx heritage with some great reads from the SPL.


During National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 – October 15, the U.S. government celebrates the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans, Latinos, Latinas, and Latinx-identifying people to our culture and society.

The Yoga Experience: Yoga here or at home

We are living through remarkably stressful and impactful times. Lisa Poto and the Saugus Public Library offer an island of serenity and personal growth. Join us from 6:30 to 7:30 pm for a free, basic yoga class that is ideal for beginners.

You may participate either in-person or online.

If you are joining us in-person, we ask you to come to our Community Room and be ready to start at 6:30 pm sharp. Please bring your own yoga mat.

If you wish to join remotely, we recommend you download the Zoom app to your device.

Either way an initial registration is required. If you are already registered, we will be sending out an email around mid-day each Wednesday. If you haven’t registered, please send an email to and type the word YOGA into the subject line. You will receive an email containing a link for the event prior to the class. Please register before 12 noon on the day of the event.

The Yoga Experience opens with a brief meditation, followed by a gentle warmup, some core strengthening, standing postures, and flexibility poses. Each session winds down with deep relaxation.


Lisa Poto is a registered yoga teacher and a member of the Yoga Alliance. She graduated from Barre & Soul’s 200-hour yoga teacher training program.

“Yoga is my passion, and has been transforming in my life. I believe that yoga is for everybody. It is your own personal exploration and journey”.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

The library is not yet offering classes for English for Speakers of Other Languages. Here’s a list of classes in the Saugus Area.

English at Large
800 West Cummings Park, Suite 5550

Immigrant Learning Center
442 Main Street, Malden

Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline

Pathways, Inc.
330 Lynnway, Suite 302

Revere Community Schools
School St., Revere
781.333.2061 ext. 51424
For Spanish call 857.285.3802

Updated 1/26/2023






Just Sew! Sewing made simple for everyone

Join us for this new monthly sewing class for adults! This free program will teach you how to perform various sewing tasks you can begin to use right away.

Sewing is a basic skill everyone should have.

We’ll cover beginner topics like sewing buttons, hemming clothing, mending torn fabric, and move on to more advanced topics. Bring any projects you would like to work on. You can also bring your sewing machine for tips on machine sewing. If you don’t have a project right now, come anyway and learn from the class. 

Thread, needles, scissors and basic supplies will be provided.

Classes meet 6:30-7:30 pm on the third Monday of the month. Watch our online events calendar for any holiday-driven changes to the schedule. No signup necessary. Come on in and JUST SEW!

Salem Maritime National Historic Site Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Salem Maritime National Historic Site will host a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in collaboration with North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) on Sunday, September 24, 2023 beginning at 4 p.m. This event will feature award-winning Mexican-American author of A Dream Called Home, Reyna Grande, and talented local artists and neighbors who interpreted the concept of Grande’s memoir in their newly installed murals. The event will include a multi-artist led tour of the murals in El Punto where participants will be able to learn about each unique interpretation. the tours will begin at 30 Peabody Street in Salem and will conclude with a conversation with Reyna Grande and the featured artists at the Salem Armory Regional Visitor Center located at 2 New Liberty Street in Salem.

“We are deeply honored to be partnering with the North Shore Community Development Coalition building on our relationship offering unique experiences for the local community and visitors,” said Superintendent Jennifer Hardin of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites. “Opening the park unit and visitor center as spaces to engage with the artists and author to express their inspirations for their work while connecting with visitors allows us to increase our relevance to the broader community.”  

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a young girl, she crossed the US–Mexico border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Awards finalist. Her other books include the novels A Ballad of Love and Glory, Across a Hundred Mountains, and Dancing with Butterflies, the memoirs The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition, and A Dream Called Home. She is the co-editor of the anthology Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings. She lives in Woodland, California, with her husband and two children. Visit for more information.

To register for free please go to:

Tour with artists at 4 p.m.
Visitor center talk with Reyna Grande 5:30 p.m


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Policy Watch: Library User Behavior Policy

The Board of Library Trustees voted on September 14, 2023 to approved a revision to its Library User Behavior Policy. The newer version contains some altered language which cleans up some inconsistencies between this policy and related ones. In addition, it contains language which promotes the rights of our users to unimpeded use of Library resources without harrassment or invasion of their privacy by other users. It also helps establish reasonable user expectations as to their visibility in public spaces here.