Category Archives: Adult Services

Mass Center for the Book 2024 Reading Challenge

How the challenge works:

  • Choose a book that fits the monthly challenge.
  • After you read, fill out this form to tell Mass Center for the Book about the book you choose.
    • Using the Mass Center for the Book submission manager, you will be able to log in and access the entries you’ve logged throughout the year.
    • Dedicated readers will be invited to a year-end celebration hosted by Mass Center for the Book.
    • If you read a book in each of the 12 months, you will be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 2 totes filled with books.
    • Mass Center for the Book will be drawing two names on the last day of each month to win a free book! Make sure you get those entries in before the end of the month.

March Challenge:

Winter into Spring Yoga with Michelle

Winter into Spring Yoga with Michelle

Tuesdays on March 12, 19, 26 and April 2

11:00 – 12:00 PM – via Zoom

Please join Michelle Heron as she leads a 4-week online yoga series, where participants will explore the practice of yoga through the seasonal shift of winter into spring. From the comfort of one’s own home, reawaken the body and mind with a gentle yoga flow, focused breathing, and longer held poses to shake off winter and move into the energy of spring.

A yoga mat/towel or blanket, blocks, extra pad for knee cushioning, bolster and/or pillow are great support props to have nearby.  Cameras can be on or off, options are given using invitational language, and props are encouraged.

Classes are free and open to all to join, however, separate registration is required for each session:

Tuesday, March 12 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Register Online starts Tuesday, March 5, at 9:00 AM.

Tuesday, March 19 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Register Online starts Tuesday, March 12, at 9:00 AM.

Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Register Online starts Tuesday, March 19, at 9:00 AM.

Tuesday, April 2 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Register Online starts Tuesday, March 26, at 9:00 AM.

Please sign up online or contact the library for assistance, 781-665-2313.

Virtual Q&A with Stan Zimmerman

Virtual Q&A with Author, Producer, Director and Screenwriter Stan Zimmerman on The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

7:00 – 8:00 PM

Virtual Program

Please register for this event and you’ll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails!

This one is for all TV fans out there! We’re thrilled to be a collaborator with the Ashland Public Library to welcome producer, director, screenwriter, and debut author, Stan Zimmerman, to virtually discuss his new book The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore. From personal experiences to the insider scoop, Stan will take us down memory lane about some of our most cherished TV shows – the making of, the stars, and the challenges.


About the book:

The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore is the story of Stan Zimmerman, a gawky Jewish boy who dreamed of becoming a wildly successful actor, rich enough to build his own mansion in the Hollywood Hills. While the actor part didn’t quite pan out, Stan found success as a writer, producer, director, and playwright, working on such shows as The Golden Girls, Roseanne, and Gilmore Girls.

Growing up in a small suburb of Detroit, Michigan, Stan was surrounded by three strong, intelligent women-his mother, his grandmother, and his sister-all of whom supported his imagination and creativity. Instead of playing outside, he spent time in his basement directing and acting in plays with the neighborhood kids. At seven-and-a-half years old, he was the youngest student accepted into a prestigious summer theater school program.

After high school, he was awarded a work/study scholarship to NY/Circle in the Square, where he met his first serious boyfriend and became Andy Warhol’s unwitting photo subject one night at Studio 54. He also met Jim Berg, a journalism student at NYU’s University Without Walls, forming a writing partnership that continues to this day. Their latest project is naturally an all-star, female ensemble Christmas comedy movie for Lifetime!

Throughout his life, most of Stan’s friendships have been with females. He credits those friendships and the women in his family with his ability to connect with creative women who have played a part in his career success.

Accompanied by journal entries, The Girls details Stan’s relationships with some of entertainment’s most notable women, including Roseanne Barr, Lily Tomlin, Sandra Bernhard, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, and, of course, all four Golden Girls.


About Stan:

STAN ZIMMERMAN is a man of many mediums (TV, film and theatre). He’s been nominated for two WGA Awards for Best Comedy Writing – The Golden Girls and Roseanne. Stan also wrote and produced on Gilmore Girls, co-created the Lifetime sitcom, Rita Rocks, wrote on both Brady Bunch movies and rewrote the ABC-TV movie of Annie. Stan has a BFA-Drama from NYU/Circle-in-the-Square and has directed such LA productions as The Diary of Anne Frank-Latinx (eight iterations since 2018), Entertaining Mr. Sloane, A Tuna Christmas, Gemini, Spike Heels, Pledge, Heartbreak Help and his original plays — Meet & Greet, Knife to the Heart, Yes Virginia and Have a Good One. Stan directed Off-Broadway’s Hyprov (Daryl Roth Theatre). TRWplays has published and licensed three of his works — Yes Virginia, Silver Foxes and his suicide awareness play, right before I go, which Stan has appeared in across the U.S. Zimmerman & Berg wrote the recent Lifetime Christmas movie, Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas starring Donna Mills, Linda Gray, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson, Nicollette Sheridan. Stan will be directing the West Coast Premiere of the World Premiere of Peter Ritt’s High Maintenance at The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood (April ’24).


Buy signed (by bookplate) books by Stan from Aesop’s Fable. Just note in the comments that you’d like the books signed at checkout! 

Buy Signed Books by Stan


This program is a collaboration with a multitude of MA libraries with sponsorship by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

Virtual Event – Fred Schoenfeld, Holocaust Survivor

Fred Schoenfeld, Holocaust Survivor

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

7:00 – 8:00 PM – Via Zoom

Register online!

In support of the Polymnia Choral Society and their performance of the Anne Frank choral arrangement, Annelies by James Whitbourn, the Melrose Public Library will be hosting a Holocaust survivor speaker.

Alfred “Fred” Schoenfeld is a Holocaust Survivor who endured the Nazi regime as a young boy in Slovakia. During World War II, the citizens in his hometown of Presov turned against their Jewish neighbors, and anyone over the age of 9 was ordered to wear the Star of David on their shirt. In April 1942, his grandfather was put on a train and sent to Auschwitz. It was the last time he saw him.

Fred tells the story of how he and his father Simcha survived by hiding in the attic of a warehouse, and how the Schoenfelds eventually escaped into the Tatra mountains, immigrated to the United States in 1948, and settled in Pittsburgh, PA when Fred was 14 years old. In 1998, at the urging of his sons, Fred made a return trip to Europe to see his childhood home.

Through the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, over the past five years he has been talking to middle and high school students in New York City about the series of events that beset his family and the Jewish people, and their lingering impact.

To learn more about the Polymnia Choral Society visit their webpage.

This program is generously supported by The Friends of the Melrose Public Library.