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Middleton, MA 01949

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In This Issue
Adult  Programs
(18+)
Thursdays @ 10:00 AM
Mahjongg
(Adults)

Drop in to play Mahjongg with others who love the game!

Thursday, August 1 @ 7:00 PM
Flint Library Book Club
(Adults)
Come and engage in a lively discussions of wonderful books! We meet the first Thursday of every month, and new members are always welcome and encouraged to join. Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk the month prior.

This month's title:
Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl Markham is  raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things  wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly.
Friday, August 2 @ 10:30AM
Just Think... Write Now!
(Adults)
 
Create the life you want through setting goals, positive thinking and purposeful journaling.  This group explores the latest scientific discoveries about the brain and how it works, emotional well-being, and health as well as ancient philosophies about the nature of consciousness and the human experience.  Self reflection and journal work enhance the group discussions. New members welcome!

Tuesday, August 6 & 20 @ 6:00PM
Writing Group
(Adults; teens welcome)

Do you like to write? Come join the poetry and writing group on the first and third Tuesdays of the month! We will support each other in our writing goals. Bring a sample of your work to share.
Wednesdays @ 10:30PM
Tai Chi
(Adults)

Tai Chi lessons for adults will be taught by Larry Greenber. Come every week or once in a while--this is for all levels! 

Friday, August 9 & 23 @ 10:30AM
Current Events Group
(Adults)
 
Drop in on the second and fourth Friday of each month to discuss current events with others who are interested in sharing their viewpoints on the latest news!
Thursday, August 15 @ 7:00PM
Graphic Novel Illustrator Talk with Lillian Melcher
(Adults; teens welcome)

Enjoy a meet-and-greet with local illustrator Lillian Melcher to learn about her recent work and upcoming projects.

About the speaker:
Lillian Melcher is an illustrator living and working in Boston, Ma. Her first book The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, written by Andrea Wulf, is a graphic work of non-fiction exploring the early life of naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt and his contributions to environmentalism. Lillian graduated in 2016 from Parsons School of Design with a degree in illustration. She has been honored with the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship for her picture book portfolio.

Visit her website to learn more: 
Friday, August 16 @ 11:00AM
Fans of Non-fiction
Book Group
(Adults)
 
Read your favorite non-fiction book and come to discuss and share with other like-minded readers on the third Friday of each month.
Wednesday, August 28 @ 1:00PM
Memory Cafe
(Adults)
 
Join Connie from the Senior Center for memory exercises and chair yoga.
All Ages Programs
Thursday, August 1 @ 5:30 PM
Vehicle Night

Middleton Fire Department, Middleton DPW, & Flint Public Library present 2019's exciting Vehicle Night! Join us for an up-close look at fire trucks, police cars, construction equipment, and off-road vehicles.

PLEASE NOTE: Vehicle Night will take place at The Transfer Station at 11 Natsue Way, Middleton, MA.
Friday, August 16 @ 11:00 AM
Summer Finale Concert

Your favorite rockers at Rockabye Beats will be here to end summer with our annual finale concert on the lawn! Join Marcos & Shon for a musical morning of singing & dancing, followed by an ice cream social.

** Special Note on Registration**
This is a rain or shine event. In the event of comfortable weather, the concert will take place on the library's back lawn near Middleton Historical Society. On the lawn, attendance will not be limited and no ticket will be required. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors and attendance will be limited to 125 patrons.  The weather determination will be made on Tuesday, August 12. Tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis on August 12.
Sunday, August 18 @ 1:00PM
Ukulele Fusion
 
Calling all ukulele players!
Come join the ukulele jam, or come as a listener and e njoy the energy and fun of ukulele strumming.
Sunday, August 25 @ 2:00
PM
Old Time Jam
 
Bring your folk instruments and join the jam, or come as a listener and enjoy the tunes.

For more information and sheet music for 50 starter tunes,  click here!
Food Drive

The library will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Middleton Food Pantry throughout the summer. Please keep this in mind when visiting the library, and thank you for your consideration!
Ongoing Book Sale
 
On the first floor of the library, you can find books, CDs, and DVDs for sale for only $1/item year round. Stop by and see what we have to offer! 

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Flint.
Library Trustees
Meeting

The next meeting will take place in September.

Monthly meetings are  open to the public.

Current Board:  
Melissa Stankus, Chair     
Gretchen Moreschi 
Shirley Raynard
Donna Bambury  
Ann Noyes , Treasurer  


Library Summer Hours
 
Sun:  1 PM -  5 PM
Mon: Closed
Tues - Thurs:  10 AM - 8 PM  
Fri:  10 AM - 2 PM
Sat:  Closed
Summer Reading Programs:
Check-in for prizes!
Summer Reading Program: 
"A Universe of Stories"
(Kids & Teens)

Kids that registered for our "A Universe of Stories" summer reading program have until August 14th to complete twenty hours of reading to earn their prizes. 

Please make sure to check in with a librarian in the Children's Room to confirm that you have completed your twenty hours and are qualified for a free pass to either Jump Timez or the Topsfield Fair!
 
Teens that registered for our "A Universe of Stories" summer reading program have until August 30 to complete and check-in their bingo sheets at the library for a chance to earn prizes. For every bingo-square completed on participants' bingo sheets, the Friends of the Flint will donate $1/square to The Odd Cat Sanctuary.

Summer Reading Program:
"The Great Middleton Read"
(Adults)

Last summer, PBS brought you their Great American Read. This summer, the Flint Public Library brings you our Great Middleton Read! Town department heads, library trustees, library staff, and library volunteers have submitted their favorite book for your consideration.

Adults, you have until August 30 to vote for your favorite book and borrow books from the list. By voting for your favorite book and by reading other books on this list, you can earn a raffle ticket to win one of two literary-themed prize baskets.

Click here to see the books 
that members of your community chose!
Kids' Prog rams
(Ages 0-8)
 
Thursday, August 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 10:15AM
Kids' Playgroup
(Suggested ages 0-5 yrs with caregivers)

CFCE (Collaboration of Family & Community Enrichment) will be hosting a children's playgroup!
Friday, August 2 @ 11:00AM
KIds' Yoga with 
Mandala Garden Farms
(Suggested ages 0-5 yrs with caregivers)

Find your inner peace in a relaxing session of yoga hosted by Brianna of Mandala Garden Farms!
Tuesday, August 6 @ 11:00AM
Sound Play with Amy Chin
(Children of all ages with caregivers) 
 
Enjoy an action-packed, joy-filled music and movement program with Amy Chin! Sound Play offers a musical foundation through singing, dancing, playing instruments, making friends, and having fun!
Wednesday, August 7 @ 11:00 AM
Story Time Toto the Tornado Kitten & Jonathan Hall
(Suggested ages 3+ yrs with caregivers) 

Join us for story time with author Jonathan Hall and his friend, Toto! In 2011 Toto, a kitten, was brought to the Brimfield Fire Station during tornado recovery efforts. After undergoing veterinary care and recovery, Toto was adopted by Jonathan who shares Toto's valiant rescue story in Toto the Tornado Kitten. All proceeds from Jonathan's book are donated to animal rescue groups. To date, Jonathan and Toto have raised over $60,000 for animal rescues. We are honored to have them join us for a guest story time! After story time, families will have a chance to meet Toto.

Books will be available for purchase at this program.

Friday, August 9 @ 11:00AM
Wild About Turtles
(Ages 3+ yrs with caregivers)

❖  Registration is required

What do turtles eat? Where do turtles live? Do turtles have teeth? Answer these questions and more at our exciting program with Mary of Project Nature! You may even have the chance to meet a turtle or two.
Tuesday, August 13 @ 11:00AM
Music with Elijah J. Grasshopper
(Children of all ages with caregivers)

Enjoy interactive story songs and gentle humor with Elijah T. Grasshopper! This musical morning will spark your imagination and have you hopping, wiggling, and giggling.
Wednesday, August 14 @ 11:00AM
Story Time with 
Annemarie Riley Guertin
(Children of all ages with caregivers)

Join us for a visit with children's author Annemarie Riley Guertin!  Ms. Guertin will share a story time celebrating her 2018 debut picture book "How the Finch Got His Colors". This gorgeously illustrated tale is based on a Belgian folktale and shares the story of a patient Gouldian Finch who waits for the Rainbow to bestow his feathers with color. After story time, Annemarie will share a craft with families.

 Copies of the book will be available for purchase and the author is happy to sign them.

Tuesday, August 20 @ 11:00AM
Tuesday, August 20 @ 12:00P M
*Tuesday, August 20 @ 1:00PM
*Session dependent on registration
Rockets: There and Back Again
(Children ages 5+ yrs with caregivers)

Registration is required

Bring summer to a close with a hands-on workshop with the Museum of Science Traveling Programs! Participants will engineer, launch, and return vehicles for an imaginary space journey. In this workshop, audiences create an air rocket that launches across the room, and engineer a way for a payload to return safely to Earth. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design.

Please be aware: latex balloons will be used in this program-please keep this in mind if you have a latex allergy.

This program is generously funded by the Museum of Science Traveling Programs Scholarship.
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To register for children's programs, please call or speak to a librarian in the Children's Room.
Tween & Teen Prog rams
(Ages 8-12) (Ages 13-18)
Tuesday, August 13 & 27 @ 6:30 PM
Anime & Manga Club
(Teens)

Enjoy manga and watch anime with other enthusiasts.  We typically meet two evenings per month on the second and fourth Tuesdays.
Tuesday, August 13 @ 6:30PM
Women of the Apollo Space Program with Caity Sullivan
(Children ages 8+, teens, and adults)

NASA Solar System Ambassador and Charles Hayden Planetarium educator Caity Sullivan visits Flint Public Library to share the history of women involved in early spaceflight and the Apollo Space Program. This engaging program will inspire aspiring scientists and curious space enthusiasts as they learn about the pivotal roles that women have played in the US space program
Limited Time Event
 
CuriousCity:
a Pop-Up Children's Museum
 
CuriousCity is a temporary pop-up children's museum presented by the Peabody Cultural Collaborative. CuriousCity features nine exhibits designed to be accessible and inclusive for children ages 2-10.

The Flint Public Library has two passes available per day that patrons are able to reserve, and each pass allows free admission for up to 4 guests. Children ages 2 and younger are free. You may call the library to find out the availability of the passes and reserve them in advance. Passes will be available to pick up at the Circulation desk.

The museum will be available until
Saturday, August 17
 
Please see the museum's website for updated hours of operation during July and August. The museum will be closed during the week/weekend of July 4.

205 Washington Street
Peabody, MA 01960
 

Thank you to the Friends of the Flint for sponsoring our eNewsletter!
 
The Flint Public Library offers many wonderful passes to local museums 
and other attractions!
 
See our list of passes that we have to offer 
and the general rules about borrowing a pass below.


The Boston Children's Museum
tel: 617-426-6500

Coupon admits 4 people; cost with coupon is $8.00/person.
Children under 1 yrs. admitted free.

Visit the museum website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.


Boston Harbor Islands Ferry
tel: 617-770-0040
 
2-for-1 Ferry Tickets
 
Weekdays, May 12 - Oct. 10
Excludes weekends, holidays, and other days.
Visit their website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.
 
Check with the library for the code needed to make your reservations online!


Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Museum
tel: 617-566-1401

Coupon admits 4 people; cost with coupon is $5.00/person.
Visitors under 18 yrs. admitted free.

Museum is closed Tuesdays.
Visit the museum website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.


Massachusetts State Parks Pass

*** Returnable pass!
*** Free parking for 1 vehicle at MA State Parks.

Available March - December only.


 
 
 
Merrimack Repertory Theatre

Coupon admits 6 people; discount with coupon is $10.00 off each ticket.

Visit the museum website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.



Museum of Fine Arts
tel: 617-267-9300

Coupon admits 2 people; cost with coupon is $10.00/person. 
Children under 7 yrs. admitted free.

Visit the museum website for latest exhibits, hours, holidays, and closings.




Museum of Science
tel: 617-723-2500

Coupon admits 4 people; cost with coupon is $10.00/person.
Children under 3 yrs. admitted free.

Visit the museum website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.




Mystic Aquarium
tel: 860-572-5955

Coupon admits 4 people; cost with coupon is $5.00/person.
Children under 3 yrs. admitted free.

This coupon is available year-round with no black-out dates!
Visit the aquarium's website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.
 


New England Aquarium
tel: 617-973-5200

Coupon admits 4 people; cost with coupon is $10.00/person.
Children under 3 yrs. admitted free.

Available Sept - June only.
Visit the aquarium's website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.



Peabody Essex Museum
tel: 978-745-9500

* Summer Special *

Starting immediately, and running through the summer until 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 regular adult (16+) admission to the museum is being reduced to $15.

Library pass admission will be reduced to $6 per adult (16+) 
from now until September 21, 2019.

Coupon admits 2 people; cost with coupon is $6.00/person during this summer-promotion. Otherwise, cost with coupon is $12.00/person.
Visitors ages 16 yrs. and younger admitted free.

Visit the museum website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.


Salem Witch Museum
tel: 978-744-1692

*** Returnable pass!

Coupon admits 6 people; cost with coupon is $9.00/adult & $6.75/child ages 6-18.

Visit the museum website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.



USS Constitution Museum
tel: 617-426-1812

*** Returnable pass!

Coupon admits 9 people; cost is free with coupon.

Visit the museum website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.



W heelock Family Theatre
tel: 617-879-2300
tickets@wheelock.edu

*** Library card needed at box office!
*** Evening performances only.

Buy one ticket, get one free.

Visit Wheelock's website for current show listings.
 

Zoo New England
Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
Stone Zoo, Stoneham
tel: 617-541-5466

Coupon admits 6 people; cost with coupon is $9.00/adults & $6.00/child.
Children under 2 yrs. admitted free.

Visit the Zoo New England website for latest hours, holidays, and closings.

General Rules and Regulations:
  • Middleton residents, and residents of other towns who are current members of the Friends of the Flint, may reserve museum passes in advance by calling 978-774-8132 or in person at the library. Please call to cancel your reservation if your plans change.
  • Passes may be picked up the day of or the day before use.
  • Be sure to bring your library card or photo ID when picking up passes.
  • Some passes must be returned to the Main Desk the day following use. Patrons will be notified which passes must be returned upon pickup.
  • The borrower assumes complete responsibility for the return of the museum passes.
  • There is a $5.00 fine if the pass is not returned within 24 hours of the due date.
  • A replacement fee will be levied if the pass is lost.
 
Many thanks to the Friends of the Flint for sponsoring our museum and attraction passes!