Spring is in the Air 
 Middleborough Public Library.
Library Lines                         March 2020
Historic New England: A Tour of the Region's Top 100 National Landmarks Authors to Speak

Join us on  Wed., March 4 at 6:30 p.m. with David Lyon and Patricia Harris, co-authors of Historic New England: A Tour of the Region's Top 100 National Landmarks.  They'll share passages from the book and photographs of what they consider some of the most interesting national landmarks here in New England.
They'll offer tips for travel and discuss topics such as what makes a landmark worthy of the designation?  They will also sell and sign copies of their books.
Harris and Lyon are the authors of more than 30 books on art, food and travel.  They live in Cambridge and can be found online at hungrytravelers.com.
Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library for making this program possible.
Leprechauns and More!
Fun for Little Ones at 
the Library

Wed., March 4 and 11, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.     --  Preschool Stories and Science with Miss Betsy

Join Miss Betsy for stories and hands-on science activities for kids age 3-6 years and their families.  No registration required.

March 4 -- Our Five Senses
March 11 -- Lucky Leprechauns
Thurs., March 5 -- Partner Play with Miss Carol

Lap-Time with your toddler/baby -- have some fun with silly songs, poems, games, music and movement.  Space is limited.  Sign up by calling 508/946-2470 or stopping by the library.  

Thurs., March 12, 19 and 26, 10:15-11:00 a.m. --Baby Music Time

Join musician Kathy Schofield for a baby music program filled with songs and more!  Best for those who lapsit.   No registration required.

Thurs., March 12, 19 and 26, 11:15 a.m.-noon -- Toddler Tunes

Join music teacher Kathy Schofield for a music and movement program just right for the toddler crowd.  She'll have you movin' and groovin'!  No registration required.

Ongoing Programs Throughout March

Reading with Miss Marilyn's Spaniels, Mondays, from 4:00- 6:20 p.m. 

Sign up for a 20-minute time slot and read to a therapy dog in a relaxed and non-judgmental setting.  Call or stop by the Library to register.

Lego-mania, Tuesdays, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Open for all ages of builders.  Both Legos and Duplos are available to use at this library event.  No registration required.

These programs (with the exception of Partner Play with Miss Carol) are made possible by the generous  support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library. 
Pastel Painting Workshop for Teens

Teens in grades 8-12 are invited to join us for a two-hour painting workshop on Sat., March 21 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. with artist and instructor Greg Maichack. 

Using references and Maichack's pastel version of Monet's Impressionist painting, Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers, you'll create your own 12 x 18 pastel painting to take home. 

Experiment with professional-grade pastels, pastel pencils and paper. You can make it in your own style, realistic or Impressionistic. No experience is necessary.   Come and have fun learning to paint a classic while you listen to captivating and funny anecdotes on Monet's life and works.

Registration is required.   Please call the Library at 508/946-2470 or email the Teen Librarian Christine Dargelis at cdargeli@sailsinc.org to sign up!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Middleborough Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  Support also was provided by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

COA Tax Help  Available 
at  the Library through April 9

You may have heard we've teamed up the  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at the Council on Aging (COA) to offer free assistance with and preparation of your taxes here at the Library. 

In addition to the sessions at the COA during the daytime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Library has these time slots on Thursdays, March 5 through April 9: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.  

To make an appointment at either the Library or the COA, for tax preparation or assistance, or for tax questions, call: 508/946-2490.
Thank You 
Oak Point Book Club!

The Children's Library would like to thank the Oak Point Book Club for its generous donation of children's books.  This is the fifth year of their holiday book drive.  Stop in and see what's new.
Free Admission at Peabody Essex Museum through April 26 Only!

Artist Jacob Lawrence called the public library in the Harlem neighborhood where he grew up "one of my five favorite places to go."  He spent five years researching American history at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library before he began to paint his epic series, Struggle: From the History of the American People.
Reunited for the first time in more than 60 years, the 30 paintings and their accompanying title captions had never before been shown in a museum. 
In honor of its special exhibit, "Jacob Lawrence: the American Struggle," the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is offering free admission for two adults now through April 26.   You may pick up your free passes on the main floor of the Library.   No pass reservations necessary.
There's Still Time to Donate Those Jammies!

We're participating in the Boston Bruins PJ Drive, so drop off new kids and teen pajamas by March 15.  Bins are located at the main circulation desk and at the Children's Room desk.
Donated items will benefit the more than 50,000 kids and teens in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) system. The statewide goal is to collect 13,000 PJs this year!

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass

When Isabella Stewart Gardner  created her museum in Boston, she wanted it to be "for the education and enjoyment of the public forever." An immersive environment, the collection includes not just art but also flowers and plants, textiles, furniture, and architecture. As Gardner said, "it's my pleasure."

Each pass admits  up to four adults (18+) for a $5/person admission.  Children under 18 are free. Admission applies to the museums, grounds and gardens, not special events or other ticketed programs.   Please remember you may pick up your pass any time during the three days before your visit.  This pass is disposable and doesn't need to be returned to the Library.
Thanks to the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library for sponsoring this pass.
Did You Know...

...that you can search outside of the SAILS network and access thousands more items from libraries around the State?  Just click on the "Commonwealth Cat" logo on our website to get started or log in here. Use the same library card number and PIN you use to access the SAILS catalog and search for books, DVDs, CDs and more.  Just remember, you can only order items from the Commonwealth Catalog if no libraries in the SAILS network have the item in their collections.
Save the Date!

Mark your calendar now and look for more information in future newsletters on these upcoming adult programs: 

Sat., April 4 at 10:00 a.m.: "Organic Gardening for Everyone" with naturalist John Root.

Tues., April 14, 6:30 p.m.: Author Hank Phillippi Ryan talks about her latest book.
Do You Know Your 
St. Patrick' s Day 
Fact from Fiction?*

St. Patrickpatron saint of Ireland, was born in Britain, kidnapped at the age of 16, and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity

By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him--for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts.

It was actually  emigrants, particularly to the  U.S. , who transformed St. Patrick's Day into a largely  secular   holiday  of revelry and celebration of all things  Irish

Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants staged the most extensive celebrations, which included elaborate parades.  Boston  held its first St. Patrick's Day parade in 1737, followed by  New York City  in 1762. Since 1962  Chicago  has colored its  river  green to mark the holiday. 

Irish and non-Irish alike commonly participate in the "wearing of the green" -- sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, in the lapel. Corned beef and cabbage are associated with the holiday, and even beer is sometimes dyed green to celebrate the day. Although some of these practices eventually were adopted by the Irish themselves, they did so largely for the benefit of tourists.

*Thanks to Encyclopedia Britannica
This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

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