Coming Soon, registration info and other details for the 2015 Magnolia Art Show! 




March 2015

2015 Q1 Newsletter

Welcome to the new year… and congratulations on managing all of this snow. Here’s what’s going on…

Recent Events:

Snow removal, snow removal, and more snow removal

Upcoming Events:

Saturday April 4 @8:30am at the MLCC: Basket decorating, Pancake Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Magnolia Women’s Club and the Lions Club

Saturday April 11 @6:30pm at the MLCC: Dinner to help support Joe Lentini in his cancer fight, sponsored by the Lions Club and the MLCC, Suggested donation $25/person

July 10 – 12: Magnolia Library Annual Art Show

Saturday August 29: Magnolia Library Annual 5k Road Race and 1k Fun Run

Tuesday November 3: Elections

Friday November 20: Taste of Magnolia

Sunday December 6: Holiday Party and Tree Lighting

Volunteer Opportunities:

Please let a board member know if you are interested in volunteering and there is something for everyone to do… set up/clean up for events, finding artists for the Art Show, helping road race runners stay on the right course… literally, finding vendors for the Taste of Magnolia, helping the kids decorate ornaments at the Holiday party… just some ideas, we are open to your ideas, too! Come join the fun

That’s all for now. Please send in your membership renewal if you are due, and we look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events!

The Board

Doug Shatford President
Tim Nolan – Treasurer
Bobbi Lemay – Secretary
Curt Henderson

Alana Horne

Donna Kecyk
Walt Kolenda
Rosalie Lentini
Jamie O’Hara
Janet Powers

Keith Shatford

2015 Magnolia Library and Community Center Membership Drive!

Dear Magnolia Library Community Member,

Our records indicate that it is time to update your membership. If we are in error and you are up to date, please help us update our records by filling out the section below* and returning it to us! Otherwise, please consider renewing today!

To get preferred pricing, please renew before May 1, 2015!

Online (preferred method):

Mail (use enclosed membership form)

In Person – our volunteer librarians will be happy to sign you up, come on down!

Why you ask?

Get VIP treatment at keystone events: Taste of Magnolia, Road Race, Art Show, Christmas Tree Lighting, etc. — including discounts and automatic entry in raffles and giveaways

Discounted rentals of Jones Hall, a really nice place to have celebrations and events of all types

Priority seating for Northshore Folklore Theatre upcoming shows at MLCC: GrAnnie, Greasy Pole The Musical!, Judith Sargent Murray’s The Medium or Virtue Triumphant, and The LobstahCrackah Ballet

Receive regular updates on community happenings via the quarterly newsletter

Stay up to date on community events via timely updates (e.g., weather emergencies, election information, etc.)

Opportunity to shape the direction of the library through periodic surveys and questionnaires

*Please update your records, I/we renewed on ______________ via _________________ (date) (web, in person, other – specify)

Thank you so much for your continued support of the library – we look forward to a fantastic 2015!

The Board

Please renew online or fill out the information below and return to:

MLCC Membership Drive / One Lexington Ave / Magnolia, MA 01930

Please Select Category

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(if renewed by May 1, 2015)

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5-Year Family Membership



Lifetime Member



Additional Donation

You tell us – every little bit helps! $__________

Member Information:

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Primary email address:

(Preferred method of communication – help us be green!)

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Favorite MLCC Event:

(Optional, of course, but we’d LOVE to hear!)

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Magnolia Library and Community Center Newsletter



Community News

  • Many reflected in sadness as fire destroyed the historic Fuller Street building – home to The Magnolia House of Pizza, Kristy’s Hair Salon, and eight people in our community. This substantial historic, personal, and professional loss was devastation.  A positive – the reaction and the support of the community.  So many stepped up that day and the following weeks –THANK YOU to everyone, we should all feel proud to be a part of this community. A few highlights (not an exhaustive list):
    • Not only did the 911 call alert the firemen of the issue, but a few local kids riding bikes acted smartly and swiftly by biking straight over to the station to personally alert the firemen that something was going down – nice work boys! … THANK YOU! 
    • Firefighters from the open and manned Magnolia Fire station as well as other firemen from Gloucester and several neighboring communities made sure everyone was safe and then contained the fire.  In a true ‘above and beyond’ act, firefighters retrieved precious ashes of a loved one of residents from the unstable site the following day…  THANK YOU!
    • The Innovation House (Innovation House – USA) put up those displaced by the fire with an immediate place to stay… THANK YOU!
    • Local restaurants (The Causeway (, The Magnolia Pub (Facebook Page), to name a few) donated food and others cooked meals so those displaced had a hot meal every night the first week after being displaced… THANK YOU!
    • So many in the community donated money, clothes, toiletries, furniture, kitchen goods – you name it – to help those in need restart after losing everything… THANK YOU!
    • More than one salon offered a chair to hairdressers who lost their place of work… THANK YOU!
    • Sean Nolan at Extreme Truck and Auto Facebook Page provided car repair services to victims of the fire so they could safely travel… THANK YOU!
    • Kory Cucuru and The Bridge Cape Ann ( provided frequent updates with specifics about the needs of those displaced and how to help… THANK YOU!
    • The Magnolia Historical Society quick to set up a donation site and rallied the community to step up when it was needed… THANK YOU!
    • The Women’s Club of Magnolia also kicked in to action to help out… THANK YOU!
    • And the Magnolia Library and Community Center was happy to serve as the command center – a place to drop off goods and checks, and place to have a hot meal… and a place to see a happy face and feel the support of the community… THANK YOU MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS!
      • Donations are still being accepted for the fire fund, 100% to go to the victims displaced.  Visit  the Magnolia Historical Society was or the Magnolia Library and Community Center websites or by sending a check payable to the Magnolia Library Center with Fuller St. Fire Fund in the memo to:

The Magnolia Library and Community Center

One Lexington Ave

Magnolia, MA  01930

  • Doug Shatford, President of the MLCC emceed a community forum where Fire Chief Eric Smith provided a recap on the fire and City Councilors Bill Fonvielle and Melissa Cox were on hand to answer questions.  The efforts of firefighters and the strong community response was applauded, and a healthy discussion of the importance of having the fire station manned to the fullest extent possible ensued.  Stay tuned for a possible follow up meeting including Mayor Kirk (who was unable to attend the forum due to a prior commitment).  Questions remain regarding how best to make sure Magnolia enjoys the protection of first responders.  


Big News!


Upcoming Events

  • Support the MLCC at the City Council Meeting November 18, 7pm, Kyrouz Auditorium, City Hall!  First of all, a big THANK YOU to Jamie O’Hara who is the MLCC representative to the Community Preservation Act (CPA).  The CPA provides grants to non-profits and historic sites.  We are now in the last leg of getting a large grant that would allow the MLCC to get a sprinkler system ($85,000 grant!).  Jamie will present the project at the City Council meeting and there will be time for those IN SUPPORT of this project to speak.  If you are available, please join the meeting on 11/18 at 7pm at City Hall, or you can support the project by writing a letter, simply email your message to:  Linda Lowe (
  • Friday, November 21st, 2014; 7:00 – 9:30 pm
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  • Monthly Story Hour/ Crafts happens on the last Sunday of every month (November30:  11:30am @ the MLCC).  If you or your organization are interested in reading a story and/or want to sponsor a craft hour, contact Erin Pequeno:
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Recent Events

  • The Indoor Yardsales at the MLCC have been fun for all!  We will continue the Indoor Yard Sales in January… and may switch the times to Friday nights.  Stay tuned for details after the New Year!     
  • The Magnolia Lions Annual Halloween Party was tons of fun, complete with hot dogs, cider and treats for the kids.  Thank you to the Magnolia Lions and to the Historical Society who donated the festive decorations! 
  • The Women’s Community Club of Magnolia hosted a Holiday Fair November 15th at the MLCC.  This annual event kicks off the holiday season with crafts, kids fun stuff, a raffle, a silent auction, and a bake sale.  I guess this means the holiday season has officially begun! 


That’s all for now, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and … see you at the MLCC!   


Doug Shatford –President
Tim Nolan – Treasurer
Bobbi Lemay – Secretary
Donna Ardizzoni

Curt Henderson

Alana Horne

Donna Kecyk
Walt Kolenda
Rosalie Lentini
Jamie O’Hara
Janet Powers

Keith Shatford