Back to school time. It must be September 
at the Middleborough Public Library.
Library Lines                 September  2019
Acupuncture and Acupressure for Stress and Anxiety with Leslie Murphy

Join us on Sat., Sept. 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to learn how acupuncture and acupressure can ease stress and anxiety with Leslie Murphy.  

Murphy's presentation promises to be fun, educational and interactive. She'll show a PowerPoint presentation to help with visuals and welcomes audience questions throughout the program.  You'll learn about acupressure and practice with Murphy so that you can take home something you can do for your health as soon as you leave.

Murphy has had a private acupuncture practice in Middleboro for 10 years and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.  She is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) where she was awarded the Tsay Fellowship in 2009 by the Tsay Foundation of Chinese Medicine, given to an outstanding graduate most likely to make a significant contribution to the profession of acupuncture.

The program is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library. Registration is not required, but is appreciated for planning purposes. Call the Library at 508/946-2470 or email
To learn more, click here.
The Council on Aging (COA) and the Library Team Up  to Offer Monthly Library  Visits to the COA

This fall, starting Tues., Sept. 17, the Middleborough Public Library (MPL) and the Council on Aging (COA) are partnering to bring a mobile library to seniors in town. Adult Services Librarian Libby Fox will set up a mobile library on the third Tuesday of every month at the COA, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, giving COA visitors a convenient venue for accessing the Library's materials.    Every month will feature a different theme and September's will be Mysteries.  She'll have a selection of mysteries to read in regular and large print, as well as movies, TV shows, and audiobooks.
People who have a library card will be able to borrow up to two items from an assortment of print and audio books, movies, TV programs, magazines, and music. Those who don't have a card can sign up for one, as long as they can provide a picture ID card.
The option to return materials to the COA as well as the public library will make it easier for people to return items on time. In addition, the Library's Auto-Renewal feature now enables a person's checkouts to renew automatically as long as there are no holds on the item(s) and they haven't reached their maximum renewals.
Don't forget to bring your library card. Stop by the table to see what we have, chat about books, movies or TV shows, and find out what's new at the MPL.
Call the Library at 508/946-2470 or email Libby Fox at, for more information.
Summer Reading 
Ends Tomorrow!

Calling all teens and adults! You have until 11:59 p.m. on Thur., Aug. 29, to complete summer reading activities and be eligible to win great prizes and prize packs.  Finish logging your challenges on the teen or adult summer reading pages found here.

Drawings for Summer Reading prizes  will take place the first week of September, so stay tuned for news of all the winners.
Sunday Hours are Back

You can return to your favorite Sunday reading nook on September 8.  We'll be open every Sunday until Memorial Day weekend from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Stop by to read the Sunday Boston Globe, use a computer, or pick out a new thriller to take home.
Fall in for Family Fun

Pokemon Kids:  Do your kids love all things Pokemon?  Want to learn to play the card game?  Bring your own Pokemon cards or use the Library's decks on  Sat., Sept. 14 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  All are welcome to come talk, share and hang out with other Pokemon fans.

Time Travel Storytime Series:  In celebration of the town's 350th anniversary, families can travel back in time to explore Middleborough history through stories and hands-on activities.  In this four-week series at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, learn about transportation, toys and games, and more from long ago.  Check the Library's website for locations of each storytime.  No registration required.  Best for kids 3-6 and their caregiver(s).  Starts September 18.

Family Movie Night:  Bring snacks and/or a picnic dinner and watch a movie on the Library's big screen on Tues., Sept. 24 at 6:00 p.m.  This month's movie is "Secret Life of Pets 2," rated PG.  No registration required. 

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Early Childhood Fair and Back to School Bash on Sat., Sept. 28  from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Enjoy lots of activities, meet local providers, get access to many resources and have fun!  Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt, be entered into a drawing for library prizes, and swap used books for new-to-you ones!
Regular Children's Programs 

Regular children's programs start back up mid-September.  Check the 
Library's calendar for specific dates and special events.

Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  Lego-mania! Come build with the Library's Legos and Duplos.  All ages are welcome.  No registration required. Begins September 17.

  • Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Baby Bookworms is a lapsit program for babies birth- 18 months and their caregiver(s) including 20 minutes of songs, stories, and rhymes.  After the formal program there is time to stay and play or socialize.  No registration required.  Check the calendar for dates.  Begins September 26.
  • Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.  Wiggles & Giggles is best for children 18 months-3 years of age and their caregiver(s).  Together we enjoy lots of music and movement activities plus stories and more!  After the formal program you can stay and play together.  No registration required.  Check the calendar for dates. Begins September 26.

Spotlight on New Teen Titles 
Here are five new teen titles for your reading pleasure!

After the Fall   by E. C. Myers
(RWBY, Bk. 1)  A year  after   the  destruction of Beacon Academy, Team CFVY answers a distress call and are forced to relive their former battles, from both  the   fall  of Beacon and from everything that came before.    Grades 7-12.  Check our catalog:

The Beauty That Remains  by Ashley Woodfolk
Autumn, Shay, and Logan, whose lives intersect in complicated ways, each lose someone close to them and must work through their grief.  Grades 9-12.    Check our catalog.

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie."  Grades 7-12.  Check our catalog.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
When her beautiful sisters are cursed to dance at glittering balls night after night before they start dying in tragic accidents, Annaleigh questions her involvement with a mysterious stranger and wonders if she will be next.  Grades 8-12.  Check our catalog.

Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky
Paleontology geek and plus-size fashion blogger Natalie Page lands an internship working with a celebrated paleontologist, but she realizes that in order to stand out in a field dominated by men, she must first learn to stand up for herself.  Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog.

This Month's Marvelous
Museum Pass

Located amid 40 acres of beautiful woodlands, the Roger Williams Park Zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe - some more than a million years old. Naturalistic surroundings are home to more than 160 species of animals including a Komodo dragon, as well as zebras, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, and more!  

Kids from two to 102 have the opportunity to feed giraffes, as well as an array of farmyard animals.  For something slightly out of the ordinary, visit the "Explore and Soar" area offering a zip ride and train excursion through the woodlands. You can find more information to help plan your visit  here.

Each pass admits up to 4 people at $3 off the ticket price. Children 1 and under are free at all times.

Please remember you may pick up your pass any time during the three days before your visit, and it must be returned to the Library by closing time of the day following your visit.  

Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Library for providing the financial support for the Roger Williams Zoo pass, and many others.  

Did You Know...

...that we have a large collection of DVDs including the newest, most popular TV shows and movies?  We also offer non-holdable DVDs of the most popular items so that Middleboro patrons can walk in and find the hottest titles on our shelves.  Don't forget to check the new DVD shelf whenever you're in the building-- you might even find a title there that you've had on your Holds list for a long time.  Look for the little red label on the spine of the DVD case to see which items are non-holdable.
Save the Date!

Mark your calendar now and look for more information in the October newsletter on this upcoming program: 

Wed. Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.: "Documenting the Dead" with Dustin Pari from the SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters." 

September 11 is the National  Day of Service and Remembrance

*On National Day of Service and Remembrance, Americans pause to reflect on the September 11 terror attacks. We commemorate those we lost, and give thanks to the first responders who put their lives on the line to help.   How can you observe the day in a meaningful way?
  1. Donate your time or talent in service.   September 11 is an ideal day to seek out opportunities to give back to your community, or do a good deed for those who are less fortunate. 
  2. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.  Dedicated on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy and opened to the public the following day, this museum offers a variety of exhibits and experiences that pay tribute to the lives lost. Visitors can tour the museum to view its artifacts, archives, and multimedia displays, or simply sit by the twin reflecting pools outside. 
  3. Make a donation.  The Families of Freedom Scholarship fund continues to give scholarships to victims' dependents, while the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund provides assistance to communities affected by disaster. Many people choose to honor first responders by making a donation to the New York City Police Foundation or the FDNY Foundation, or to their local fire departments or police benevolent associations.
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This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Middleborough Public Library
102 North Main St.,  Middleborough, MA 02346

Monday--Thursday:  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.    
Saturday:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   
Sunday: noon - 4:00 p.m. (starting September 8)
Closed on Fridays.