Adult Summer Reading is Over

Thank you to everyone who participated in Adult Summer Reading 2022. We have a diverse group of readers; entries included fiction, nonfiction, memoir and manga. Not only were many genres represented, but among the 81 entries, only four were duplicates!

There are also some tough critics among the readers – not too many 5 star ratings!

These books received 5Stars:

Read some of the 5Star reviews.


Hooked by Sutton Foster

“Hooked was excellent. It was so much more than a book about crafting for mental health. Sutton wrote beautifully about her life, her career, and how cross stitch, crochet and art saw her through difficult times in her life and helped her cope with the good, the bad and the ugly of what life can throw at someone. I highly recommend it.”


Seahorses by Sara Lourie

“The author Sara Lourie did an excellent job with presenting seahorses.
Ive always been interested in them since a child . I thought I’d have a seahorse and go whizzing about through the ocean like the cartoon characters did ! Sara presented so many unusual facts and stories about seahorses . I like the way her book is formatted . The pictures of the seahorses are incredible to see! shows varieties, habits and habitats. This is a very interesting book .”


Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

“This is the fifth Colleen Hoover book I have read this year, and this novel did not disappoint! Fast-paced with good twists and turns.”


God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen

’’It was fun to read and kept my interest. I’m just disappointed that I have to wait for the next book to come out in November”


Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

“I give this book 5 stars because It was written so vividly that I felt was transported into the little cafe in Japan the book was written about. I really enjoyed the storytelling”


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This was a fantastic and heart wrenching retelling of “The Iliad” through a modern lens with a new character perspective. Miller’s imagery and tasteful metaphor use make the characters and romance hop off the pages and her novel a page turner.

The winner has been notified.

‘Tis the Season: Schedule changes @ the SPL

We are returning to our normal Fall-Winter-Spring schedule beginning Monday, September 5th:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm                                                                                              Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

We will be closed on Saturday, September 10th in observance of Founders Day.

Don’t forget about the New Friends of the Saugus Public Library’s annual Book Sale on Saturday, September 10th. Great deals on gently-used books and the final weekend of our $5 for a bag of books deal. The price for a New Friends’ book bag full of books will increase to $7 after Founders Day, so don’t miss it.

Have a safe and pleasant holiday weekend, everyone!


Summer Concerts @ the Iron Works: August 31st – Decades of Rock Band

Join us at the Iron Works for the next – and final – installment of our free 2022 Summer Concert Series featuring rock n roll with Decades of Rock Band. From Cream and the Doors, to Seger and the Stones! 

Where: Saugus Iron Works (244 Central Street, Saugus)

When: Wednesday, August 31st, starting at 6 pm

Bring a chair (or blanket), a picnic (or refreshments), and a friend or two (or more)!

For updates/weather cancellations, see

Sponsored by the Saugus Public Library and the National Parks Service.

EARLY VOTING / New Friends Book Sale Closed

The ongoing New Friends Book Sale will be closed from Friday, August 26th through Friday, September 2nd due to the Town holding early voting in the Community Room. We’ll be back in business on Tuesday, September 6th.


The daily schedule for Early Voting:

Saturday, August 27th 9am to 5pm

Monday, August 29th  8:30am to 7pm

Tuesday, August 30th  8:15am to 4pm

Wednesday, August 31st 8:15am to 4pm

Thursday, September 1st 8:15am to 5pm

Friday, September 2nd  8:15am to 5pm

Remember to use the Taylor Street entrance when the Library is closed.

How Did an S49 Submarine Get so Close to Saugus?

Join us at the library on September 15 at 6:30 pm to hear the answer to that question from local author Stephen Wilk.

Launched in 1921, Submarine S-49 was built for the United States Navy but was eventually sold to “Captain” Francis J. Chrestensen  who turned it into a floating tourist attraction, for which he charged a 25-cent admission. One of its stops was Point-O-Pines in Revere.

Anyone interested in local history or submarines will enjoy his program.

Stephen Wilk has been writing and publishing since 1979. He’s interested in the unusual, including edible lasers, and questions like “Why do vampires dissolve in sunlight?”.

No registration is required for this free program.

Magic Fred rescheduled to Thursday at 10!

Due to forecasted rain, Magic Fred at the Iron Works was rescheduled from Tuesday August 23rd at 10 to 


Music and Mother Goose will be canceled that morning.

Check the library’s online event calendar Thursday morning for any further updates!

Funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council


September 10th: Founders Day Book Sale @ the SPL!

Hey Book Lovers!  The New Friends of Saugus Public Library are inviting you back to a book sale at the Library.  This year’s sale will be a smaller version than in the past.  However, there will be plenty of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books for your browsing pleasure.  Also, we are still offering a “Bag o Books” for $5.00.  Purchase one of our red and white Saugus bags and fill it to the brim with your books.  After the Founders Day sale, the cost of the “Bag o Books’ will increase to $7.00, so be sure to drop by the Community Room on September 10th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM for one last shot at this unbeatable bargain.  Please remember to enter the library through the Taylor Street entrance on Founders Day.  
The ongoing Book Sale (open whenever the Library is) will be closed from Friday, August 26th through Friday, September 2nd due to Early Voting in the Community Room. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Summer Concerts @ the Iron Works: August 24th: Marina & Bernardo – Acoustic Folk 

Join us at the Iron Works for the next installment of our free Summer Concert Series featuring acoustic folk with Marina & Bernardo.

Where: Saugus Iron Works (244 Central Street, Saugus)

When: Wednesday, August 24th, starting at 6 pm

Bring a chair (or blanket), a picnic (or refreshments), and a friend or two (or more)!

Our next – and final – show of the series:

August 31st  – Decades of Rock Band – from Cream and the Doors, to Seger and the Stones!