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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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Current 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

Book Themes:

January: Coming-of-age

February: Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

March: Multigenerational Narratives

April: Neurodivergence

Beals Prize for Young Poets
Submission Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023
Prize Money: $100 First / $50 Second / $25 Third
Competition Rules:
  • The contest is for teens in grades 7 - 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  • Only original, unpublished poems will be accepted submissions must be emailed to: (word documents preferred)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, September 28, 2023

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Beals Prize for
Flash Fiction
Submission Deadline: September 7, 2023
Cash prizes for the top winners in each age group:
Open To:

Children Grades 3 - 5             Children Grades 6 - 8

Teens Grades 9 - 12                Adults Ages 18+

Competition Rules:
  • Participants may enter only one previously unpublished story.

  • The contest is for anyone who lives or go to school in Winchendon, Massachusetts 

  • The top 3 finalists in each category will be selected to read their story at the awards ceremony on September 21 at 6:30 PM.

  • Submissions must be sent to Please include you name, age or grade, and home address with your entry.

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The Portrait Project
An Intergenerational Art Experience 
November 2022 -April 2023 

From Alphas to Boomers and everyone in between and beyond, join us for a two-day art experience that will connect the generations. Participants will be paired up with someone from a different generation, to paint their portrait and get to know each other.

Workshop: June 5 & 12 | 3-5pm | at the library

Exhibition: June 21 | 6:30pm | at the library

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