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~ 2018 Art Shows ~


Mysteries Revealed

Book Illustration: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys

May 3 - June 8, 2018

Jim McNamara got hooked on Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys when he tuned in to The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries on TV in the late 1970s. Soon after, he was reading the books on which the popular series was based and became more captivated.

In 1985, he became intrigued with the cover illustrations and started researching the artists and collecting the original artwork. Today, McNamara owns nearly 4,000 Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, from the 1920s to now and written in several languages. He also collects memorabilia and cover artwork from each decade, dating back to the 1950s. McNamara now shares his collection with the public.

His latest endeavor is "Book Illustration: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys," an exhibit of original cover art from both series in addition to an assortment of first edition books.

Come enjoy this unique, nostalgic art show. The exhibit will run through June 8th.


Sponsored by the Friends of Lawrence Library.


~Up Coming 2018 Art Shows ~


Student Art Show

June 21 - August 17, 2018


open mic






Open Mic Night ~ 2018

Open Mic is the first Friday, January - May 2018.

May 4th is our last Open Mic until September. Our emcee this month is Dave Ballou!

Musicians, singers, poets - share your talent! All ages/all instruments welcome. We have a cajon to play, in addition to the piano. Each month a new emcee!

This is a Friends of the Library sponsored program that is held on the 1st Friday night (Sept - May) in the smoke-free, intimate environment of the Art Gallery. Fantastic acoustics in the art gallery/musical room draws musicians and listeners from throughout New England.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available; coffee provided by Starbucks Coffee, Nashua, NH. Come play, sing or just listen!

If you have not had an opportunity to join us at an Open Mic, watch this 3 minute PSA to learn more.

We are now booking emcee's for 2018 for February, March & April. Please email Deb if you are interested:


Upcoming Music Performers:

Live @ Lawrence Library is held in the smoke-free intimate environment of the Art Gallery. Fantastic acoustics draw musicians and listeners from throughout New England. Light refreshments and Starbucks coffee are provided by Friends of the Library.

All library events are funded by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and are Free and open to the public.


David Polansky: Music through the Decades

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7 pm

Live @ Lawrence Library welcomes David Polansky for a Music Through the Decades concert on Saturday, May 19th from 7-9 PM. This one man performance will showcase popular American from 1895 through 1960, including music from the Great War and World War II. The Automobile, WWI, Dixieland, The Great Depression, WWII, and more). David Polansky will bring alive the music of George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael and others.

David is an accomplished trumpet player, composer and children's performer, and his instrumental and choral pieces have been performed by the Springfield (MA) Symphony, The Zamir Chorale, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and many others. He has worked with Arthur Fiedler, Sandler and Young, Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, Ray Bolger, The Platters, The Coasters, and many others.Travel with David on this musical tour through the decades and experience some of America’s defining music.

The concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and coffee provided by Starbucks of South Nashua. This program is jointly funded by the Friends of the Lawrence Library and the Pepperell Cultural Council.


Past Performers:

If you missed this performance, you can now enjoy it from the comfort of your home by clicking on the band's name or by linking to Pepperell Community Media's Video on Demand (select Lawrence Library Events)


Ulster Landing ~ March 17, 2018

An Evening with Hiroya ~ February 24, 2018

An Evening with Gary Young & Friends ~ January 20, 2018

Goodlie Compayne ~ December 14, 2017

Holiday Music with Wendee Glick ~ December 3, 2017

SuperKava ~ November 18, 2017

Nick Goumas Jazz Quartet ~ October 21, 2017

Baza Blues ~ May 20, 2017

Kate Chadbourne - Celtic Bard ~ March 18 , 2017

PHILEEP ~ February 11, 2017

Wendee Glick & Steve Heck ~ January 21, 2017

Goodlie Compayne ~ December 8, 2016

Ivy Leaf ~ December 4, 2016

Atwood-Donnelly ~ October 15, 2016

Morgan & Pete, an acoutic evening ~ September 24, 2016

Charlie Farren ~ April 16, 2016

Frank Viele ~ March 26, 2016

Arthur James & Shaka ~ Feb. 27 , 2016

Justin Cohn ~ January 23, 2016

Goodlie Compayne ~ December 10, 2015

Brad Bosse ~ November 21, 2015

Rumblefish ~ October 17, 2015

Midnight Lantern ~ September 19, 2015

Jesse Hanson ~ June 20, 2015

Russell Hill ~ May 16, 2015

Ballou Brothers Band ~ April 18, 2015


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Area Open Mic Nights


Round Room Coffee House

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Area Venues:

Harlow's Pub

Mindfull Books & Ephemera

Pasta Loft

The Fitzwilliam Inn