NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Public Library will host a special program for 9- to 15-year-olds in conjunction with the Newburyport Stamp Club on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. in the children’s activity room at the library.
The Stamp Club is a chapter of the American Philatelic Society. Its members have a wide variety of interests in stamp collecting to share with teens and ’tweens from the Newburyport area. Stamps provide a wonderful window into history, art, people, science, languages, world events and topics of all sorts. There are hundreds of thousands of stamp collectors all over the world and a bunch of very avid collectors living in this area.
There will be a number of exhibits, and everyone who attends will get some stamps for free. There will be some stamped envelopes from both sides of the Civil War and “first day of issue” stamps issued from ships at sea during the World War II. There will be sheets of unusual art stamps and famous women and men. The library will display some of its books about collecting stamps. There will be a number of catalogs on display and members of the club will show participants how to use them.
Neil Foley, president of the club, will provide a brief presentation on the history of stamps. Did you know, for example, that at least two local citizens have had stamps issued in their honor and that a Merrimac resident, Lance Hidy, has designed three U.S. stamps?
Everyone who attends will receive a free packet of stamps, and drawings will be held for stamp albums and stamp collecting accessories. Parents and other interested parties will also get packets of stamps and have the chance to interact with knowledgeable stamp collectors about the hobby.
Registration is not required, but is encouraged. Call 978-465-4428, ext. 235 to sign up.