Plumb Library Event Roundup

On Thursday, November 7, at 6:30 pm at the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library, 17 Constitution Way, Rochester, William Geasey of New York Life will present a free workshop on “Plan and Pay for College (Without Going Crazy or Broke).” This workshop is specifically for parents of children ages 4-17. Participants will learn how to avoid college debt, and how to make a plan, and will receive a free workbook. Registration is required. Call the library at 508-763-8600 or email

On Saturday, October 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Plumb Corner Mall, the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library is participating in a “Halloween Town” Celebration for the community. Activities at the annual event include trick or treating at the merchants, hayrides, a costume contest, music by DJ Howie, and a raffle for a Kindle Fire donated by the Law Offices of Matthew H. Beaulieu. New this year will be tents set up by the Plumb Library Junior Friends, Rochester Women’s Club, First Congregational Church of Rochester, Relay for Life, and the Schwartz Center where they will hand out candy or offer activities for the kids. The Rochester police will be there too!

If you are a community organization that is interested in participating in this free event, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email for more information.

On Friday, November 15, at 2:30 pm, the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library, Elizabeth Taber Library, and Mattapoisett Free Public Library will present an author’s tea with Hank Phillippi Ryan at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow St. Ms. Ryan will be presenting her newest bestseller The Wrong Girl, a mystery featuring gutsy Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryan as she gets involved with a respected adoption agency with a terrifying secret. Copies of the book, and copies of Hank Phillippi Ryan’s other titles, will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the Friends of Plumb Library and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library. For more information, call the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library at 508-763-8600 or email

The Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library is planning a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 14, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at the library at 17 Constitution Way. We are currently looking for volunteers to read chapters or sections of the book. If you love A Christmas Carol, talk to us about becoming a reader. For more information or to sign up to read, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email

The Friends of Plumb Library are planning their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will be looking for donations of items or services for their Silent Auction. Donations can be left at the library until Wednesday, December 4, at 6:00 pm. Call the library for more information.

“Just the Facts” Nonfiction Book Discussion Group will be reading Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 pm. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of the luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the Annawadians become hopeful that they can rise out of the slum to achieve the good life, the “full enjoy.” But then terror and a global recession rock the city, and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. Copies of this amazing book are available at the desk.

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