Yimin Xu, of Braintree, from left, Carissa Hom-Kardish, of Quincy, Chad Reid, of Quincy, Mary Diggle, of Dorchester and Julie Rines, foreground, of Quincy, knitter and TCPL Children's Department Coordinator. They are looking at Reid's Mayapple shawl. Their knitting group meets on Mondays from 5-7PM at Thomas Crane Public Library in the fiction room on the library's second floor. (For a story about regional libraries as community centers, providing gathering places for meetings and groups, and addressing the needs of today's digital lifestyles). Rose Lincoln for the Boston Globe for regional

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From left, Yimin Xu of Braintree, Carissa Hom-Kardish of Quincy, Chad Reid of Quincy, Mary Diggle of Dorchester, and Julie Rines (foreground) of Quincy are in a knitting group that meets on Monday evenings at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy.

Local libraries are now gathering places, and not just for books

No longer silent cathedrals with book-lined walls, local libraries increasingly have become public squares, comfortable places for the community to gather for all sorts of activities.By Robert Knox

Beverly Beckham

In the boneyard, a bridge to the beautiful past

Children are not taught handwriting anymore, and that’s a shame. Cursive is part of who we are, a bridge to history.

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SCITUATE

Charter school deputy to lead Scituate district

The Scituate School Committee has appointed Ron Griffin, currently deputy director of the Foxborough Regional Charter School, as the district’s new superintendent starting July 1.

Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Marshfield approve the proposed temporary tax increase for the roof project at the Furnace Brook Middle School?

Read two views on the question and vote in our online poll.

HANSON

Inmates help clean Hanson community building

Hanson was recently able to spruce up its Community Center with little cost to the town, using inmates from the office of Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield voters asked to spend $8.5 million for school roof

Marshfield voters will be asked to allow the town to spend $8.5 million on a new roof and skylights at Furnace Brook Middle School at an upcoming Town Meeting.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater seeks input for safer Central Square

If you have walked or biked around the Central Square area of Bridgewater and have ideas for making it safer, town officials want to hear from you.

Local libraries are now gathering places, and not just for books

No longer silent cathedrals with book-lined walls, local libraries increasingly have become public squares, comfortable places for the community to gather for all sorts of activities.

WESTWOOD

Westwood to vote on recreational marijuana

Voters will decide in the April 25 local election whether to ban all non-medical marijuana establishments from doing business in town.

Up Close

Walpole 12-year-old is ‘Man of the Year’ for good reason

Timmy Wright was honored for his work raising awareness of inflammatory bowel disease by Easton-based Team Intestinal Fortitude Inc.

ABINGTON

After elections, Abington board will be all-male

It will be a five-member all-male Board of Selectmen in Abington following its April 29 elections.

Mark Your Calendar

‘Retrospectives’ concert celebrates today’s composers and yesterday’s poems

The Pilgrim Festival Chorus presents “Retrospectives,” highlighting works by contemporary American composers writing choral music, with concerts in Plymouth and Duxbury.

SCITUATE

Scituate meeting to vote on slew of issues

The April 26 Town Meeting will take up everything from temporarily banning recreational marijuana in town to making public beaches more accessible to people in wheelchairs or pushing baby strollers.

Blotter tales

Blotter Tales

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Firefighters help deliver a baby in Amesbury, a Bridgewater man lost his car to his name-unknown girlfriend, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.

On The Move

ON THE MOVE

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Sessions lasting 45 minutes to an hour combine cardiovascular efforts on a treadmill interspersed with strength training.

Interactive Graphic

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.