The kickoff for “A Universe of Stories” – the themed summer reading program at Rowley Public Library – will take place today from 1 to 3 p.m.

Geared toward school-age children (the adult reading program is already underway), the gathering includes – along with enrollment opportunities – activities and crafts. Participants will enjoy a scavenger hunt, face painting, raffles, door prices, special sweet treats and more at this celebratory event. Check out the library website at wwww.rowleylibrary.org for more details.

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Get ready for fresh, local vegetables and more as the Rowley Farmers’ Market begins on July 7.

The market, which is held on the Rowley Town Common, is open Sundays through Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local growers and crafters will have plenty of wares to offer and purchase.

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Selectmen gave a big thank-you to resident Richard Caram Jr., who donated his time to trim the shrubs in front of Town Hall. Caram spent about two to three hours cleaning up the area in time for Memorial Day.

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Get your kids away from electronics this summer and instead playing and exploring outside by borrowing a Get Outdoors backpack from the library.

The packs, which are funded by the Friends of the Rowley Library and the Rowley Open Space Committee, include binoculars, games, a scavenger hunt and guides of the trails of Rowley.

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If you have any new or like-new large-print books or novels, the Council on Aging is looking for donations. Contact the council at 978-948-7637 to arrange for a dropoff.

Michelle Pelletier Marshall is a correspondent writing about the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at marshallsinmass@comcast.net.

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