It's time to hit the books! The fall story time schedule at Rowley Public Library has begun with a full lineup of times for children from birth to preschool age. Drop-in times are on Wednesdays and begin at 10:10 a.m. with baby time, followed by toddler time at 11 a.m. and preschool readings at noon. Yoga for kids begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

New to the program this year is a Rowley Readers Book Club for those in second through sixth grade. Two groups — second- and third-graders and fourth- through sixth-graders — will meet every third Monday, beginning Sept. 19. Visit the library's website for details: www.rowleylibrary.org.

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Selectmen last week approved police Chief Robert Barker's recommendation to appoint Mark Smith as a reserve police officer. Smith, who hails from Lynn, joins the force immediately and will be filling in for full-time officers' days off. His appointment is effective until June 30, 2012.

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Recently appointed members to the Rowley Cultural Council are: Carolyn Bartlett, Nancy Hill, Sally McRae and Carolyn Peabody. These residents answered the call from the council for new members in order to secure state funding, which requires a minimum of five members.

The mission of the Rowley Cultural Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in order to improve the quality of life for all Rowley residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of the community.

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Thinking about curling up with a good book on a cool fall day? Why not read the October library book club selection, "Parrot and Olivier in America" by Peter Carey? Join in on the book club meeting at the Rowley Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

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If you haven't been to the library this month, you are missing the breathtaking nature photographs on display by local artist Nancy Day. Photographs of scenic vistas and special memories line the halls of the library.

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If the fall weather has got you cleaning out your closets, don't forget your neighbors in town who may be in need. Donate nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, paper goods or personal hygiene products to the Rowley Food Pantry. Visit the pantry at the Baptist Church at 153 Main St. on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon or Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. or drop off goods at the Rowley Public Library.

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Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net.

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