Leaves are turning. It must be September 
at the Middleborough Public Library.
Library Lines                 September  2018
New York Times Best-Selling
Author Jenna Blum to Speak

Join us on Wed., September 12, at 6:00 p.m., to hear Jenna Blum, the New York Times  best-selling author of Those Who Save Us speak about her new book, The Lost Family named a People  magazine "Best New Book" in June.  Blum will sell and sign copies of her book, following her presentation.
The Lost Family,  a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love, creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s. 
According to Tatiana de Rosnay, best-selling author of  Sarah's Key, "The Lost Family  is an extraordinary read, the kind of book that makes you sob and smile, the kind that gives you hope.... It is compassionate, masterful and disturbingly contemporary."
Boston-based Blum is one of Oprah's Top 30 Women Writers.  She's taught fiction and master novel workshops at Grub Street Writers since the school's founding in 1997.  She formerly taught Creative Writing and Journalism at her alma mater, Boston University.  

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 lfox@sailsinc.org.
To learn more about Blum and her books, click  here.
Ted Reinstein Returns to Speak About His New Book, New England's General Stores

Ted Reinstein, author and reporter for WCVB-TV's "Chronicle" program, will return to Middleborough at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 20 to talk about his latest book, co-written with his wife, Anne-Marie Dorning, New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic. 

In talking about his new book, Reinstein will share the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how they figured in the rise of early American commerce, why they began to fade, and why-like another New England icon, the diner-they have begun to come back and even be re-invented and re-imagined for a new era.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and Reinstein will then sell and sign his books.

Reinstein has been a reporter for "Chronicle," WCVB-TV/Boston's award-winning-and America's longest-running, locally-produced-nightly news magazine, since 1997. He also is the author of New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories and Wicked Pissed: New England's Most Famous Feuds.

To learn more about Ted and his work, click  here.

This free program is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library.
Summer Reading 
Ends Tomorrow!

Calling all kids, teens, and adults! You have until 11:59 p.m. on Thur., August 30, to complete summer reading activities and be eligible to win one of many great prizes. 

Drawings for Summer Reading prizes and prize packs 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 9.  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.
Family Fun all September

Game Night:  Families are invited to game night for some old fashioned family fun on Tue., Sept. 11 at 6:00 p.m.! Board games, puzzles, music and more.   All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Family Movie Night:  Bring snacks and/or a picnic dinner and watch a movie on the Library's big screen on Tues., Sept. 18 at 6:00 p.m.  This month's movie is "Show Dogs," rated PG.  No registration required. 

Pokemon Kids:  Do your kids love all things Pokemon?  Want to try to play the card game?  Local gamer Chris Graves will bring decks of Pokemon cards to use on Sat., Sept. 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome to come talk, share and hang out with other Pokemon fans.
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.

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  Preschool Storylabs combine books with science, art, math and lots of hands-on activities.  Best for ages 3-6.  Check the calendar for dates and themes.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Spotlight on New Teen Titles

Here are six of the newest and coolest additions to our Young Adult book collection.  

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Justina Chen
Teenager Viola Li and  her sister Roz are at a science fiction gathering in Seattle when she suddenly collapses--she wakes up in the hospital to find that somehow she has developed an extreme case of photosensitivity, and  somehow, in her senior year of high school, she has to craft a new life that will still include journalism school, activism, and  the new guy who caught her as she fell.  Grades 9-12.   Check our catalog. 

Illegal by Eoin Colfer
Resolved to join the siblings who left months earlier, 12-year-old Ebo ventures through the Sahara and the dangerous streets of Tripoli before embarking on a hazardous voyage from Ghana to a safe haven in Europe.  Grades 6-9.    Check our catalog.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness   With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey.  Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself...  Grades 7-12.  Check our catalog.

Google It:  A History of Google by  Anna Crowley Redding

This Month's Marvelous
Museum Pass

The original Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) was founded in 1870 and opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.

Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world;  the collection encompasses  nearly 500,000 works of art, from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

The newest special exhibit, "French Pastels: Treasures from the Vault," features a  display of rarely seen works by Millet, Degas, Monet, and more, and will be open through January 6, 2019.   Pastels are only rarely exhibited due to the fragility of the powdery pigment and the light sensitivity of the paper on which it rests. Drawn primarily from the MFA's holdings, with select loans from a private collection, this exhibit provides an exceptional opportunity to see firsthand nearly 40 seldom-shown masterworks.

Each MFA pass admits 2 people at $10 per person.

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 Museum of Fine Arts pass, and many other passes.  

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 future newsletters on these upcoming programs: 

Wed. Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.: An Evening with the Mass Ghost Hunters Paranormal Society

Wed., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Author Maureen Boyle speaks about her book, Shallow Graves: The Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer

Tues., Nov. 6, 6:00 p.m.: Delvena Theatre Company Presents "All the President's Women"

Ahoy Mateys! September 19 is 
Talk Like a Pirate Day!

*T alk Like a Pirate Day celebrates the history and speech from the Golden Age of Pirates, and is a silly, but fun thing to celebrate. 

How DO you talk like a pirate you might wonder?  First you need to growl and sort of yell your words with a scowl on your face. Say "Arrrrr!" every now and then and gesture a lot.  Always say "me" not "my." For example, you would say "This is me ship," not "This is my ship."

Here are some words and phrases you can use to participate in this day:
  • Ahoy! - Hello
  • Aye! - Yes
  • Booty - Treasure
  • Matey - Shipmate or friend
  • Hearties - Friends
  • Avast! - Stop
  • Blimey! - Something to say when frustrated
  • Shiver me timbers! - Something to say when you are surprised
  • Yo-ho-ho - Something to say when happy
  • Ye - Use this instead of "you"
  • Scallywag - Someone you don't trust
  • Jolly Roger - The flag of a pirate ship
  • Hornswaggle - Cheat someone
Try this joke out on everyone you know -- 

Q:  What's the pirate's favorite letter of the alphabet?
A: Arrr!
And you can add, "You'd think that'd be the answer, but it's really the 'C!'"

*Thanks to Ducksters.com for some of this content.
This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

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