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What is Journeys: Identity, Culture and Community

The Beals Memorial Library, its' Trustees, staff, volunteers, Friends group, and community partners plan to implement an ambitious series of year-long, interrelated programs entitled, Journeys: Identity, Culture and Community. 


The series will work to tackle the issues of isolation, domestic violence, substance abuse disorder, trauma, and mental health, all of which have been exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic. Our approach will be intergenerational, utilizing art, poetry, prose, literature, guided meditation/yoga, and community discussions to explore these topics, placing an emphasis on strengthening equality, diversity, and inclusion.

All programs are funded through a federal Library Services Technology Act grant.
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Upcoming Programs & Events

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Reader's Choice 
A non-traditional book club for teens and adults!
Reader’s Choice is the book club with a monthly theme instead of a monthly book. Read any book you want that fits the theme and share your selection with the group!
When: Last Wednesday of every month, beginning January 25 at 6:00 PM

January's Theme: Coming-of-age

Beals Young Adult Prize for Poetry 
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023
Prize Money: $100 First / %50 Second / $25 Third
Competition Rules:
  • The contest is for teens in grades 9 - 12 who live or go to school in Winchendon, Massachusetts 

  • Your poem must be on the theme of journeys, the interpretation of which is left up to you only one poem may be Submitted 

  • Only one poem may be submitted

  • Only original, unpublished poems will be accepted submissions must be emailed to: (word documents preferred)

  • Notification of receipt will be via return email

  • Ten finalists will be chosen to compete for the prize money on Thursday, April 20, 2023.

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