We Love February Programs @ the Library!
Library Lines                 February  2020
February Vacation Week Programs are Here!

Wed., Feb. 19, 1:00-2:00 p.m.   
Mr. Vinny's New Shadow Puppet Show

Hey kiddos.... Mr. Vinny's got a brand new show with brand new stuff!  Still silly.  Still interactive.  With new homemade puppets, new games and new stories like "A Man Named Pete with Very Smelly Feet" and "Awful Waffle."  Watch him pour maple syrup on his brand new overhead projector.  Help him find his car keys.  Listen to him blow his nose! It's still the rowdiest shadow puppet show in town. 

Best for kids ages 3 and up and their families.  Space is limited.  FREE tickets for this event will be available on a first come, first served basis starting Tues., Feb. 18.  Any seats not filled by the start time of the show will be open to those who are at the Library.
Thurs., Feb 20, 11:00 - noon.  Magic of MEFA Magic Show
U. Fund Start U Reading brings the Magic of MEFA to the Library.  Professional magician, balloon sculptor, flea circus ring master and storyteller Ed Popielarczyk will dazzle audiences with participatory tricks and humor.  Sure to be fun for all ages and is most appropriate for ages three and up.

No registration required.  Seating on a first come, first served basis.
These February School Vacation Week programs are funded through the generosity of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Families Love the Library

Don't miss out on these special programs at the Library, and be sure to check below for information on our regular weekly programs.

Sat., Feb. 1, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Celebrate Valentine's Day
Join Miss Marilyn for some valentine stories and crafts. No registration required.  All ages are welcome.

Wed., Feb. 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime with Soule Homestead

Special guests from Soule Homestead will bring fun for kids ages 3-6 and their caregiver(s).   Chilly weather got you down? Come cuddle with an adorable bunny from Soule Homestead Education Center. We'll share stories and songs to warm your heart and make a sweet bunny craft to take home with you . We hop to see you there!   No registration required.
Thurs., Feb. 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Musikgarten

Join Nancy Kidd from Musikgarten for a "Mommy and Me" Music and Dance Class!  ( Daddies, grandparents, nannies and other caregivers also are welcome.)  Children and their caregivers will explore music through singing, dancing, instrument playing, finger play and much more! These fun activities lay the foundation for musical literacy, while also promoting overall physical and mental development, and creating a special bonding time with caregivers.
Best for kids ages 2-5 years, and younger siblings are welcome.   Registration required for this free event.  Call 508/946-2470 or stop by the Library.

Thursdays, Feb. 6 and 13, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Homeschool Math Games

Homeschool families with kids grades 3-5 and their siblings are encouraged to drop-in for math games!  Have fun with multiplication, factors, decimals, operation rules and more.  Use cards and board games to reinforce math concepts.  Have a great game to share?  Bring it along.  All participating families will receive a packet of resources to use at home.  Younger siblings are welcome.   
No registration required.  

Mondays, Feb. 10 and 24, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Crazy 8 Math Club

Gina McGarrigle of Self Help, Inc. leads a Crazy 8  Math Club for homeschool students through April. D esigned to get kids fired up about math, this new club will encourage kids to build, run and jump, make music, make a mess... all while bonding with new friends over math. This program is designed for children who are at a kindergarten-2nd grade math level. Please note: you must be able to attend all eight weeks of the program to participate.
Online registration is required.  Click here.

Wed., Feb. 12 and 26, 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.

Feb. 12 -- Buttons
Feb. 26 -- Snow

Thurs., Feb. 13, 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., Feb. 13, 11:15 a.m. to 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.
These programs are funded through the generosity of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library, and Self Help, Inc.
Ongoing Children's Programs 

Mondays (except Feb. 17) 4:00- 6:20 p.m. - - Reading with Miss Marilyn's Spaniels.  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.
Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. -- Lego-mania is open for all ages of builders.  Both Legos and Duplos are available to use at this library event.  No registration required.
Build Your Own Terrarium Workshops -- Waiting List Only

Although both sessions of this program (Wed., Feb 5, 2:00 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 29, 10:00 a.m.) are full, we're taking names for the waiting list for both days.  We typically have several seats open up at the last minute, so don't hesitate to give us your name, and we'll see what happens.

For those who HAVE registered -- This is a very popular program, so please contact the Library if you know in advance that you won't be able to make it so someone else can participate in one of the programs in your place.
Call the Library at 508/946-2470, or email Libby Fox at lfox@sailsinc.org to register.

Spotlight on New Teen Titles 
February doesn't have to mean books just about romance.  Try one of these new reads featuring  dragon riding competitions,  interstellar suspense,  truth-or-dare mystery, and teens struggling to find their identity.
All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Sixteen-year-old Allie, aged seven when she knew her family was different and feared, struggles to claim her Muslim and Arabic heritage while finding her place as an American teenager.   Grades 9-12.    Check our catalog.

Fireborne  by Rosaria Munda
When a brutal revolution opens dragonrider classes to everyone, two orphans from very different backgrounds become rising stars in a new regime that is challenged by violent survivors of the former government. Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog.  
A Heart So Fierce and Broken  by Brigid Kemmerer
(A Curse So Dark and Lonely, book 2)   The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.  Grades 8-12.  Check our catalog.  
The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand
A novel told from the viewpoints of an adoptee and the teen mother who gave her up 18 years earlier follows Cassandra's search for clues about her true identity in the letters left behind by her birth mother. Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog.  

Nyxia Uprising by Scott Reintgen
(Nyxia Triad, book 3)   Emmett and the Genesis team must join forces with a surprising set of allies if they're ever to make it home alive.   Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog.  
One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus
(Bayview High, book 2)   A sequel to the best-selling One of Us Is Lying finds the Bayview friends targeted by an anonymous adversary who uses an increasingly dangerous truth-or-dare app to keep the late Simon's gossip legacy alive.   Grades 9-12.   Check our catalog.  
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker
Seventeen-year-old Morgan is a black teen triumphantly figuring out her identity when her conservative town deems depression as a lack of faith, and blackness as something to be politely ignored.  Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog. 
We're Teaming Up Again This 
Year With the  Council  on Aging 
for Tax Time!

Last year's Library appointments were such a success that we're once again partnering with the  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at the Council on Aging (COA).  They'll offer free assistance with and preparation of your taxes with sessions held right here in the Library.

In addition to the sessions at the COA during the daytime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Library will have these time slots on Thursdays, 
February 7 through April 9: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., noon and 1:00 p.m.  

The COA will be handling all appointments, so call them at 508/946-2490.

For a complete list of documents some taxpayers might need to bring to the appointment, click here.
2020 Census Info Sessions

In February, the Library will be holding several information sessions about the 2020 U.S. Census.
Sat., Feb. 15, 10:00 a.m. to noon --
"Why the U.S. Census is Important to You"  
Sat., Feb. 22, 10:00 a.m. to noon -- 
"How Do I Fill Out My U.S. Census Form?"   
No registration is required for these events. A representative from the U.S. Census will give the presentations.
Donate New Jammies and Earn Chances to Win Bruins Gear!
It's PJ time again! Please bring in brand-new pajamas to donate to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) through the annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive.  Our goal for the drive this year, which runs from Feb. 1 to March 15, is to collect 200 pajamas; Massachusetts will be attempting to collect a total of 13,000 pajamas for the more than 50,000 babies, children and teens in the DCF system. 
Bring in your donation and you'll have $3 per pajama of your library fines cancelled.  (For late fees only, not fines for lost or damaged items, or museum pass late fees).  You'll also receive an "I Donated" sticker from the Main Desk and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping a child in need.  
There will be random drawings for prizes such as player- and team-signed hockey sticks, jerseys and photos.  Please look for our donation box located in the entry hall at the Library.   
This annual event is brought to you by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins Foundation.  
This Month's 
Marvelous  Museum Pass

February means Superbowl Time, and even if the Pats aren't playing in it this year (sniff, sniff), you can still relive all the past Pats Superbowl glory by coming by the Library and picking up  free passes to the  Patriots Hall of Fame  at Patriot Place in Foxboro.  It's an exciting, innovative and interactive, modern museum experience for all ages that takes guests through Patriots and New England football history in 20,000 square feet of exhibit space.  Click here to learn more. 
This pass admits two people for free.  Please note that it cannot be picked up any sooner than the day prior to the visit. 
Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library for providing the financial support for this and many other passes.

Did You Know...

...you have access to four new research databases where you can find thousands of magazine, journal and newspaper articles? Click on this link to learn more about these new offerings:

Opposing Viewpoints covers timely issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. Informed, differing views help develop critical-thinking skills.

Career Transitions provides guidance and essential activities to both current job seekers and those investigating new career options. Key features include resume and cover letter creation support, interactive interview practice, and tools to match previous work or military experience to potential career paths.

Science Database is a growing resource of 7.3 million full-text articles from more than 1,500 sources. Researchers will have access to all the charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos and other graphical elements so vital to scientific and engineering literature.

Research Companion helps students do more effective scholarly research and supports the core information literacy principles of finding, evaluating, and using information.
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 28, 6:30 p.m.: Hank Phillippi Ryan had been scheduled to visit us in late April but her program is currently being rescheduled as she has been nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark Award and has a conflict with the awards dinner that week.  Stay tuned for more information about the new date. 
This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
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