The Next Chapter Grant

The Hanson Public Library was awarded a $7500 federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant called The Next Chapter by the Board of Library Commissioners. The Next Chapter Grant will fund workshops on current technologies, new and alternative ways to embrace the aging process, and programs that will enhance cultural awareness. The Hanson Library will be collaborating with the Hanson Council on Aging. All activities are geared toward those 50ish and over.


November — Microsoft Word & Atomic Training Workshop
Thursday, November 14 at 10:30 am or Saturday, November 16 at 10:30 am

As part of the Next Chapter Grant, the Library is offering a free workshop on using Microsoft Word and Atomic Training. Atomic Training is a video-based how-to training resource, accessible for free with your Hanson Library card, that opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 300 of today’s most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

  • All the latest offerings — Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, Google, and more
  • Valuable job training — Improve job skills with in-depth training on Excel and Photoshop, or learn valuable social media techniques with tutorials on Twitter, blogging, and podcasting
  • Mobile training — Learn how to use mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad
  • Access anywhere — Watch videos at the library or remotely from home

November — How to Make a Photobook
Thursday, November 21 at 10:30 am
All of the past year grant activity pictures will be put into a photo book. Each participant who would like to make their own book, should bring twenty pictures and twenty dollars. If you are using digital pictures, please bring device, tablet, phone, etc., that houses your pictures. Non-digital pictures can be scanned into your device at the library.

November — Author Talk & Food Demonstration
Saturday, November 23 at 12:30 pm
Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England
Husband and Wife Co-Authors, Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald
In their talk and visual presentation, Keith and Kathleen will introduce the audience to New England’s most important cookbook authors and the fascinating culinary and cultural trends that influenced them. They will also illustrate and explain how they prepared several of the almost 400 historic recipes included in their book, Northern Hospitality, emphasizing dishes associated with Thanksgiving. The program promises to be an exciting afternoon for both history buffs and foodies alike.

To register for any of our November grant programs, please call 781-293-2151 or email


October — Yoga Wellness Programs
The following programs were offered as part of the wellness portion of the Next Chapter grant. All programs were free for men and women ages 30 and up.

  • Sampler Yoga, gentle stretcher
    Held on Wednesday, October 9  at 11:00 am and 6:30 pm
    Yoga sampler, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, questions & answers.
  • Face Yoga, nourish and glow
    Held on Wednesday, October 16 at 11:00 am and 6:30 pm
    Face Yoga to nourish and release stress.
  • Come Breath With Me
    Held on Wednesday, October 23 at 11:00 am and 6:30 pm
    Yoga Practice linking the breath and enjoying wellness.

July — Next Chapter Internet Cafe Opening
Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 pm OR Thursday, July 18 at 10:30 am
You are cordially invited to the opening of the Next Chapter Library Internet Cafe that will be located in the community room of the library/senior center building. This is a dedicated space for Next Chapter Grant participants 50+ to utilize wireless internet access so that they become more familiar with their individual technological devices and what the library has to offer. Light refreshments will be served. Using the internet cafe’s resources, a computer tutorial will be shown on the newest SAILS/Hanson Library e-catalog, ENTERPRISE, and the library’s latest acquisition, a downloadable music database, FREEGAL, recently purchased by the library.

June — Character Re-enactor Jessica Piaia as Isabella Stewart Gardner
Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 am
Jessica Piaia will present a dramatic portrayal of Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) in “A Visit With Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts.” The portrayal runs approximately 50 minutes in length, with an informal Q&A to follow.

May — Ancestry Classes
While there are no workshops this month, we want to remind everyone that we offer free access to Ancestry Library Edition on all our public computers and that we provide ongoing Ancestry classes. Have you hit a brick wall with your searching? Not finding what you’re looking for? Sign up for a one-on-one session and we’ll be happy to help you find a solution to your research conundrum.

April — Digital Photography
In this workshop, we discussed tips for getting the most out of your digital camera and how to upload pictures from a camera, cell phone, or device. We are planning on creating a library photo book from the “Around Hanson” themed photos provided by participants.

David Downs on Clutter Control

David Downs during his presentation about controlling clutter.

March — Databases
Our March workshops covered the wide variety of databases the library offers which include, where you can research your ancestors; Enterprise, the new SAILS library catalog; Overdrive, our eBook catalog which has a new look and new easier-to-use format; Optimal Resume, an online resume and cover letter builder; Transparent Language Online, where you can learn a foreign language; and the statewide databases offered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners which include newspapers, research information, health info, and full text journals.

March — DAVID DOWNS on Clutter Control
Also in March was a lighthearted presentation that explored the ten big reasons why we have a tendency to hold on to our possessions. This entertaining and educational presentation introduced strategies for eliminating clutter from our lives. Participants left inspired and ready to act on the suggestions they learned at the presentation.

Ancestry Workshop

Patty Norton shows participants a family tree chart, a good starting place.

February — Genealogy
Patty Norton from the Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc., gave a presentation and offered her expertise on how to research your family history. Library staff followed this presentation with a brief explanation of how to create your own genealogy poem “Where I’m From”.

We also informed participants about the library’s subscription to Library Edition, which is now available from the library’s computers with a library card. Stop in and try it out. One-on-one or small group (up to 4) computer classes on using at the library are currently being offered.

January — eBooks
We held workshops on learning how to download eBooks and audiobooks to popular mobile devices using the library’s digital media collection, Overdrive.

eBook Workshop Jan 2013

Participants look over instructions for downloading free library eBooks to their devices.


“The Next Chapter Grant is being funded through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funds from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.”