Apple Recipe Contest: Saturday, 3/28: Sign up for this contest by 3/27 and bring your creation (cut into bite-sized pieces) into the library between 9:00 and 9:30am on the 28th. Visitors to the library will act as judges and vote for their favorite apple recipe.
Family Beekeeping: Saturday, 3/28, 2pm: Learn how to care for bees in your own backyard. Mel Gadd, from the Essex County Beekeeper's Association, will be leading this family-friendly talk.
Taking Care of Your Orchard: Thursday, 4/2, 7pm: Wes Autio from the UMass School of Agriculture will present this talk on how to care for your own fruit trees.
More events will be posted as they get closer. Check out our A Book Grows in Topsfield blog for a list of events, as well as more information on The Orchard and our Community Read!
Our seed library is now open and ready for lending! The seed library contains a wide variety of vegetable seeds for you to take home and grow. Just select a packet of seeds, fill out the checkout form, and plant! When you harvest your vegetables in the fall, save some seeds and bring them back to add to next year's seed library.
We'll be scheduling informative programs throughout the season on seeds and gardening. Keep an eye on our calendar and this webpage to stay up-to-date.
The second of this year's "Concerts in the Barn" music series features musicians from the Eden's Edge chamber music ensemble. This concert is free and no registration is required. The Gould Barn is located at 1 Howlett St. in Topsfield. This program is sponsored by the Gould Trust for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Rain or shine, mud or snow, the annual Easter egg hunt is always a favorite for young children! There will be crafts and the Easter Bunny will stop by for a visit! This event will take place at Steward School; we hope you will hop over to join us! Also, if you know of any Masconomet students looking for community service hours, this event affords a great opportunity for volunteering! Please contact Patty Walsh or Dawn Soriano.
Bees are a large part of keeping an orchard! Essex County Beekeepers Association's beekeeper and educator Mel Gadd will present a family-friendly program about bees and beekeeping.
Wes Autio, Director of the Umass School of Agriculture and Professor of Pomology, will present this talk on how to care for your own fruit trees.
Join us for a discussion of our 2015 "A Book Grows in Topsfield" Community Read title, The Orchard! Copies of The Orchard can be picked up at the library's main desk.
Join us for a talk by Russ Powell, author of Apples of New England. Apples of New England is an indispensable resource for anyone searching for apples in New England orchards, farm stands, or grocery stores — or trying to identify an apple tree in their own backyard. The book contains color photographs of more than 200 apples discovered, grown, or sold in New England, accompanied by notes about flavor and texture, history, ripening time, storage quality, and best use. Apples of New England offers practical advice about rare heirlooms and newly discovered apples.