Newton Free Library has teens and families covered in September

Mayor's Summer Reading Ice Cream Celebration, Saturday, September 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Library's front patio: Join Mayor Warren in celebrating the accomplishments of our summer readers at a special ice cream celebration courtesy of Cabot's! Mayor Warren will congratulate all readers. There will be an interactive concert for kids of all ages from 3:00-4:00 by Roger Tincknell, Songs for a Better World Family Concert, and temporary henna tattoos for tweens and teens by Noureen Design 2-4 pm. Festivities will be held in front of the Newton Free Library at the Homer Street Entrance (or in Druker Auditorum in case of rain) and will include activities for children, tweens, teens and adults, so bring the whole family.

“Writing College Essays that Make a Difference,” Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m., Druker Auditorium: Get some great strategies for writing a college application essay that can make the difference between a “Yes” and a “Maybe.” We’ll look at case studies of successful essays, and students will have the opportunity for Dr. Schwartz to assess their essays. Adam Schwartz ( taught writing at Harvard and Wellesley for twenty-five years. His service on the Board of Admissions at Wellesley College has provided him with an insider’s knowledge of the college application process. His stories have been published in The New Yorker and he is an award-winning novelist. For teens and families. Please register online. Please email with your essay as an attachment by September 10 if you want Dr. Schwartz to look over it.

Team Hope Walk on Saturday, September 16, 10:00 a.m., in Tewksbury, MA: Our Newton Reads selection this year is Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova, which tells the story of the O'Brien family. Joe O'Brien is a Boston cop who finds out he has Huntington's Disease and that each of his four children have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disease. There is currently no cure for this disease. Walk with us, as part of our Newton Reads program, to support the mission of Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) to improve the lives of everyone with Huntington’s disease. Join and/or donate to the Newton Free Library Team effort. If you would like to walk with us (we'd love to have you!) just register as part of our team online. Donations are not required. Check-in will be from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Tewksbury Hospital Saunders Building, 365 East St, Tewksbury, MA 01876.