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Library Lines                March 2019
"Going to Extremes" with Travel Journalist and Photographer Peter Mandel

Join us on Tues., March 5 at 6:30 p.m. to meet award-winning adventure travel journalist Peter Mandel who hunts his stories and photos in the world's far corners, including Antarctica, India, Egypt, Patagonia, the fjords of Norway, the mountain pathways of Japan, and the deserts of Africa.  His work has appeared in publications including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and The Wall Street Journal.

The author of ten books, Mandel will show slides of his most extreme travel experiences: surviving a coup in Ecuador, visiting a "city" of penguins at the South Pole, fishing for piranha on Brazil's Rio Negro, floating in the Goodyear Blimp, sailing on an Arctic icebreaker, camping in the African bush, and kayaking to the Statue of Liberty. 
Greg Maichack's Pastel Paint Workshop Returns!

Award-winning pastel artist Greg Maichack makes his annual visit to the Middleborough Public Library at 6:00 p.m. on Wed., March 27 to present his new adult workshop titled, "Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Painting."  This fun workshop is designed for everyone from beginners to experienced artists.
Participants will experiment with hundreds of the artist's professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. All materials will be provided, and everyone who attends will get to take home his/her artwork.
Maichack is an experienced professional at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils. 
For adults 18+ only, and seating is limited, so registration is required. Call 508/946-2470, or email Libby Fox at lfox@sailsinc.org.  There is no charge to attend.
This program is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.  
COA Tax Help Still 
Available  at  the Library

You may 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 7 through April 11: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 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.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Join Miss Amanda at the Library on Sat., March 2 at 10:30 a.m., for a special storytime to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday.

Afterward, there will be hands-on activities and cake of course!   Best for ages 3-7, and    no registration is required.  

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Homeschool Programs
Geography Club:  Meet other homeschool families for some geography fun!  This four-week meet-up on Wednesdays in March from 2:00-3:00 p.m. will end with a chance for all participants to showcase their findings.  At the first session, students will learn about library research and resources.  The next two sessions will give them time to research, create their projects or work on presentations.  The last session will be a trip around the world!   Open to all ages.  No registration required.

Discovery Workshop:  Join Ms. Gina March 7th at 1 p.m. for a Discovery Workshop.  Best for kids age 6-12.  This month's theme is Medieval Knights.  Please visit midlib.org for information on how to register.

Snap Circuits:  This month's snap circuit drop-in session will meet on Thurs., March 14 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Snap Circuit kits are typically rated for kids ages 7 and up.  No registration required.  

These programs are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Catch a Library Leprechaun and More Fun for Little Ones...

Preschool Storylabs combine books with science, art, math and lots of hands-on activities. Kids ages 3-6,  along with their caregivers and siblings, are invited to join us on  Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. 
March 6 -- Special guest Lauren White from WIC will help us create a healthy snack.
March 13 -- The library leprechaun is at it again!  Create a trap and try to catch him if you can.

March 20 -- Celebrate the first day of Spring with hands-on activities.

March 27 -- Birds, birds, birds.  Learn about different types and hear their songs.   
Even more fun for families with young children:

Mon., March 4, 1:30 p.m.  -- Join Miss Gina for Preschool Play and Learn.  Registration is required for this program. Click here for more details and the link to sign up.

Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. -- Baby Bookworms are for families with little ones birth- 18 months (or really moving!).  This lapsit program features stories, songs and rhymes followed by time to play and socialize.  No registration required.

Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. -- Wiggles & Giggles is best for kids 18 months - 3 years of age.  This program combines lots of music and movement with stories and parachute play.  No registration required.  

These programs are made possible by the generous  support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Family Programs

Lego-mania:  Calling all builders!  Drop-in for all ages Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Come create with the library's Lego and Duplo collections.
Family Game Night:  On Tues., March 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. families are invited to a game night full of old-fashioned fun including board games, puzzles, and more!  
Family Movie Night:  Bring snacks and/or a picnic dinner for a showing of the new release "Ralph Breaks the Internet," rated PG on Tues., March 19 at 6:00 p.m.
These family programs are open to all ages, do not require registration and are generously funded by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Thank you Oak Point Book Club

The Children's Library would like to thank the Oak Point Book Club for its generous donation of 22 books.  This is the fourth year of their holiday book drive.  Stop in and see what's new!
Chain Maille Workshop & Author Talk for Teens
There's still time to register to attend the visit with local author James Wadsworth, who writes under the name J. W. Elliott, on Sat., March 9 at 1:00 p.m. He'll talk about the role of medieval chain maille and archery in his fantasy-adventure series Archer of  the Heathland.  Check out the series here.

Teens in grades 6-12 will learn to make a small section of chain maille to take home.  Participants will also get a chance to look at real medieval bows and chain maille pieces made by the author.

Registration is required for this free program.  Please stop by the Library or contact Teen Librarian Chris Dargelis at 508/946-2470 or by email at cdargeli@sailsinc.org to register for the workshop.
The author's Archer of Heathland series, which includes the novels Deliverance, Betrayal, and Vengeance, is a coming-of-age historical fantasy centered on a young archer propelled into military and political intrigues that endanger his family and threaten everything he loves.   His books will be available for sale and autographing.

Mr. Wadsworth is a historian and a fiction author.  He grew up in Idaho and learned to love the outdoors.  He began shooting bows in grade school and eventually became an amateur bowyer.  He infuses his historical expertise and his experiences as a martial artist, knife maker, river guide, bowyer, canoer, and rock climber into his fiction.  He also served as a BSA scout master for many years.  He teaches and lives in Massachusetts. 

This program was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

New Game & Study Area for Teens Coming Soon

We're excited to announce that we're expanding the Teen Area!  Teens visiting the Library will have an added seating area to study and participate in tabletop gaming, crafts and activities.

You may have noticed the changes occurring over the last month in the area behind the main circulation desk. We've been making room for a new table for that space where two of our shelves have been removed.  

Part of the teen book collection has been shifted, as well.  You can now find young adult (YA) audio books and nonfiction on aisle 16.  The YA graphic novels and manga have been transferred to the other side of that same shelf where they'll have more room to grow and are easier to browse.

The new YA space will provide more room, light, and privacy for teens to work, study and socialize.  They'll have the opportunity to try lots of different classic and popular card and board games; draw, color, and write; and challenge themselves creatively through monthly offerings of fun crafts.  

The seating area will also function as a study space where teens can use laptops, tablets and other electronic devices to help with their homework and research.

Changes to the Teen Area should be completed by the end of this month.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this (sometimes noisy!) adjustment period.  

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 in the Peirce St. entrance, near the bubbler and in the Children's Room, near the puppets. 
Donated items will benefit the more than 50,000 kids and teens in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) system. The goal is to collect 10,000 PJs this year!

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass

Boston's Museum of Science (MOS) is o ne of the world's largest science centers and New England's most highly attended cultural institution.  Featuring everything from live animals and dinosaur bones to nanotechnology and outer space exhibits, the MOS offers something for all ages.

Each pass admits four people with a $10 per person co-pay.  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 Middleboro Gas and Electric 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 carry the item.
Save the Date!

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

Wed., April 10, 4:00 p.m.: Ed Lodi Presents, "Benjamin Church in King William's War"
March Madness Craziness*

March is the best month of the year for basketball, b ut worst for productivity.  Wonder why? Look no further than  March Madness.  This year, it runs from March 11 to April 2 and lots and lots of people will be very distracted. One number-crunching firm predicted last year that  American companies would lose $1.9 billion in wages  paid to unproductive workers spending company time on betting pool priorities.

Gamblers also are incredibly active this month. According to the American Gaming Association,  fans wagered more than $2 billion on March Madness brackets for the 2015 tournament. Each one of those 70-million-or-so brackets has a one in 9.2 quintillion (that's 9 followed by 18 zeroes) chance of predicting the correct winners of every game.

*Thanks to "16 Surprising Facts About the Month of March," Reader's Digest,  https://www.rd.com/culture/month-of-march-facts/ (February 21, 2019).

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

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