August means it's time to escape the dog days of summer with a cool read from  
the Middleborough Public Library!
Library Lines                       August  2018
Summer Reading Programs for All Ages Continue through August 30

Our annual Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults run through Thur., August 30. 

Go to to register and log your reading and challenge activities.  Great prizes for all ages!

"Knock on Wood" to 
Perform  at the Library  
Help us celebrate our music-themed 2018 Adult Summer Reading Program with an evening concert by Knock on Wood from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Wed., August 15 in a performance that will delight audiences of all ages.

Knock on Wood is a high-energy, acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer/songwriter Howie Newman on guitar, lead vocals and harmonica. Newman will be joined by Joe Kessler, one of the top fiddlers in the area who also plays mandolin and sings backup vocals. 

They'll perform well-known rock covers, as well as original music,in a lively show with great musicianship, vocal harmonies and G-rated humor sprinkled throughout. The audience will be invited to participate throughout the show, which is suitable for all ages.  For more information on Knock on Wood and to hear samples of their music, click  here.
This concert is free and open to all ages, and is supported through the generosity of the Wilfred M. Silvia Trust.
Rockin' Early Childhood Fair

Swing into the library on Wed., August 8 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. for a rockin' good time! A fun night out for the whole family will include a storywalk with Carol Carver, kids' activities, music with Ms. Marsha from 4:00-4:30 p.m., and DJ Andy spinning tunes in a dance party complete with games from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Meet local childcare providers, connect with other resources and community groups.  
No registration required.

This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
More Programs for Children and Families in August

Library Lego-mania returns every Tuesday in August from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Come build with many library Legos and Duplos.  

Visit for more information about the following programs:
  • Wed., August 1 at 10:30 a.m. -- Bring a snack and enjoy a morning movie:  SING, rated PG.  No registration required.
  • Thurs., August 2 at 10:30 a.m. -- Elmo visits the Library for a special storytime and photo-op with MEFA's Ufund Start U Reading program. No registration required.
  • Thurs., August 9 at 10:30 a.m. -- Join Carrie Rowan for Bee Kind music.  Best for babies to age 6; siblings are welcome.  No registration required.
  • Wed., August 15 from 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. -- Kids ages 5-10 can sign up for So You Want to Be an Archaeologist at the Robbins Museum just down the street from the Library.  Space is limited.  Call the Library at 508/946-2470 to register.
  • Thurs., August 16 -- Baby Bookworms is back at 10:15 a.m. and Toddler Time will take place at 11:15 a.m.  Join Miss Amanda for stories, songs, and rhymes.  No registration required.
  • Miss Marsha is back with the Art and Science of Puppetry held three consecutive days at 2:00 p.m.,  August 21-23, for kids ages 5-9.  Space is limited, so call the Library at 508/946-2470 to register.
  • And so many more!  Check the Library's summer reading brochure or website calendar for details.

Adult Summer Reading

We hope you're working hard to log and record your library and music challenges, since we've got great prizes to award at the program's end.  All challenges must be recorded in your online account by 11:59 p.m., Thurs. August 30.

Look for the glass display case in the Library to check out our prizes.  We've got gift certificates donated by these generous local eating establishments: Charred Oak Tavern, Fisher's Pub, The Main Ingredient, and Persy's Place. 

In addition, The Cabin has donated a $30 gift certificate to the lucky winner of our rock band t-shirt contest.  Check program rules for more information and rock on!

We Can Help With School Summer Reading!

Now, more than ever, Middleborough middle- and high-school students have greater freedom to read what they want for their summer reading assignments.  Nichols Middle School sixth and seventh grade students have the option to choose from a menu of activities that includes reading, while eighth graders can pick any fiction and nonfiction book appropriate for their reading level.  MHS students in grades 9-11 can read a title from a select list or opt to read one of their own choosing as long as it applies to the chosen theme for the grade in which they are entering.  

With many, this freedom of choice can sometimes be overwhelming. Where do you start?  What should you read?  That's where we can help.  The Library staff can assist you in finding a book that both interests you and fulfills your school reading assignment.  Stop in and ask us for assistance any time!  You can also grab a suggested reading list at the Library to get you started or try  Novelist, a free online resource that provides readers book reviews and read-alike recommendations by age, subject, and genre.

You can find the school's recommended titles from the  Middleborough High School Summer Reading List for grades 9-11 on a white shelf in the Teen Area. We have books in both print and audio book format.  If you don't see a title you're looking for, ask a staff member at the Main Desk.  We'd be glad to reserve a copy for you.  

If you prefer to read a book on your mobile device or eReader, download a summer reading title using our free OverDrive service.  Most of the reading list titles--as well as many popular teen books--are available as eBooks and downloadable audio books.  You can use OverDrive online 24/7 by clicking on the link located on the right-hand side of our website at 

SAILS is Going Mobile

We're excited to announce the availability of the  SAILS  Mobile  app in the Google Play and Apple stores! Download it today and experiment with all of the great features it offers. You can:

* Search the SAILS catalog: Search for items by title, author, subject, or keyword and place holds on interesting items.

Have your user id/barcode automatically available to scan at checkout.

* Manage your account: Keep track of your account - view your checked-out items, holds, fines, and account information.

* Search by barcode: Use your device's camera to scan the barcode on a book, CD, DVD, or other items when you're away from the Library and search for available copies in the SAILS Network.

* L ink accounts to manage your family's checkouts and holds, all in the same place.

You can find it here in the  App Store for your Apple device, or those with iTunes and iOS.

Android users and those who use Google Play can look  here.

Let us know what you think about the new app.  Need a little extra help? Set up a tutorial with our head of information systems Jace Ewing, by emailing, or calling 508/946-2470.
Did You Know... can make suggestions to our adult services  librarian, Libby Fox, or our young adult collection librarian, Chris Dargelis, for everything from a new book, DVD or CD you'd like to see purchased for the collections to an author or performer you'd like to have appear at the Library? 

We can't promise we'll buy every book you suggest or book every author, but we'd love to hear your ideas! You can stop by the Library to speak with them in person, call 508/946-2470, or email them with your suggestions at (adults) or (teens).

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston's historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System. Be sure to check out the  all-new Children's Zoo where your family will discover, explore and play side-by-side with animals.

Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham. You can visit more than 80 different animals, ranging from Snow Leopards and Black-Handed Spider Monkeys to Gila Monsters and Kookaburras.

The pass is good for admission to either Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo, and admits  six people at $9 per adult and $6 per child.

Please remember you may pick up your pass any time during the three days before your visit, and this pass does not need to be returned to the Library.  

Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Library for providing the financial support for the Zoo New England pass, and many other passes. Check out our entire collection of passes  here.   

This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

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