February
Programs & News
Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
tel:  978-774-8132
fax: 978-777-3270
email: flint3@comcast.net
Curbside Pick-Up Hours:
*Please refer to our website for our most up-to-date Curbside Pick-Up procedure prior to your visit
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Library Hours:
*Staff will be available for virtual services
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Holiday Closings:
Monday, Feb. 15
Flint Public Library will remain closed to the public until further notice, but staff will be in the building and available to provide virtual services via phone or email.
In this Issue:
  • News from The Flint
  • Love Your Library Contest
  • Virtual Programs & Resources
  • Registering for eCards/library cards
  • Curbside Pick-Up Services
  • Personalized Book+ Bundles
  • Returned materials
  • Programs for:
  • Children
  • Tweens & Teens
  • Adults
  • Various Ages
  • Trustees & Friends Information
  • Museum & Attraction Pass Information
News from The Flint
Flint Public Library’s highest priority is the health and well-being of library users, staff, and volunteers as we continue to take precautionary measures in order to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Love Your Library Contest

In honor of February being Library Lovers' Month, tell us in a comment what you love about The Flint Public Library on the post shared to Flint Public Library's Facebook page to be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Winfrey's Fudge & Chocolates in Rowley, MA!

Library-lovers of all ages are welcome to enter (one entry per person, multiple comments will not count as multiple entries) and the winner will be randomly selected from the comments of this post between now and February 11.

A winner will be selected and announced on February 12.

Thank you to The Friends of the Flint Public Library for sponsoring this contest!
Virtual Programs & Resources

Although the library building is closed, we are offering virtual programs and activities. Please visit us at www.flintlibrary.org or visit Flint Public Library's Facebook page for online resources and virtual library programs! OverdriveLibby, and Freading are only a few examples of the online services that our library is able to provide, and these applications offer e-books, audiobooks, and more downloadable content that can be accessed by most smartphones, computers, e-readers, or Apple and Android devices.

The Flint is now able to offer online, at-home access to Ancestry.com, a genealogy research database with worldwide access, and Value Line, an investment research database. Call the library for more details on how you can access these important resources. 

Please continue to visit our website and social media pages for more information on the wide variety of resources that can be accessed from the comfort of your own home!

In need of a library card? Register for an eCard today!

Are you having trouble accessing online titles that require the barcode number from your library card (like the e-Books and audiobooks available at MVLC.Overdrive.com or on the Libby app)? Are you interested in reserving materials for Curbside Pick Up, but don't have an active library card? We're here to help!

If you're a Middleton resident and would like to sign up for a library card, email our Circulation and Outreach Librarian, Stacey Zubiel at SZubiel@flintpublib.org and register for an eCard.

eCards will work on all of our electronic materials and materials that you request via curbside pick-up while we're closed, and you can pick up and use the physical card at the library via curbside pick-up!

If you've forgotten or lost your card number, we can look it up. If you're a resident of another town and want to use your library card to utilize Flint's Curbside Pick-up Services, we can help with that. Send us an email and we'll get it sorted out. Happy reading!
Curbside Pick-Up Services

In addition, we are offering curbside pick-up of library books, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. Librarians are available by phone (978-774-8132) or email (flint3@comcast.net) to take your requests or answer any questions. Patrons are also able to place their own hold requests via our online catalog.

Please see Flint Public Library's website for our most up-to-date Curbside Pick-Up Procedure before your next pick-up at the library!

Miss browsing our shelves? Stay up-to-date with weekly emails featuring new titles available at The Flint by signing up for Wowbrary.
Personalized Book Bundles Available for All Ages

Interested in checking out materials from the library, but unsure of where to start? Let your librarians help you by creating personalized book+ bundles! Check out the links to our Book Bundle Request forms for your desired age group and pick up your materials through our Curbside Pick-Up service!

*Adults can email Justin (jliberti@flintpublib.org) or call the library (978.774.8132) with their requests!

Please note that you must have a valid library card in order to request a bundle. If you do not have a card, please refer to our news on 'eCards' for more information on registering for a card.

Book/DVD bundles will be available for pick-up in our curbside program. Please wait for a notification that your items are ready before visiting to pick them up. You will be notified by email, phone, or text, depending upon your account preferences.

Please see Flint Public Library's website for our most up-to-date Curbside Pick-Up Procedure before your next pick-up at the library!
Outdoor Book Drops & Quarantined Materials

At this time, our outdoor book drops are available for returns. Please note that items returned in our book drops will remain in quarantine for several days before being checked in and removed from patron accounts. If you have any questions about due dates please log in to your account via our catalog, or call the library and a librarian will assist you.
Programs for Children
(Suggested Ages: 0-8 yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Curbside Pick-Up) Take & Make Craft: Children's Valentine Kit
Available via Curbside Pick-Up beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2 while supplies last
Create your own unique valentine card with a kit from Flint Public Library! Each kit contains a blank card & envelope along with a variety of craft supplies. All that you need are a glue stick and writing utensil to complete your project.
(Virtual) Zoom Playdates with Miss Jessica
Monday, Feb. 1, 8, & 22
*Registration is Required
Build social and early literacy skills during virtual one-on-one time with Children’s Librarian, Jessica Furtado. Each session features learning activities such as stories, songs, and games that encourage your child to participate while nurturing social-emotional skills.
(Virtual) Morning Storytime with Miss Jessica
Tuesdays @ 11:00 AM
Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft during virtual storytime with Miss Jessica! Participants will need to join the group Flint Public Library Storytime Online to see sessions held on Facebook Live.
(Virtual) Ready Readers
*Suggested for children in grades 3-5
Tuesdays @ 4:00 PM
Join Felicia and friends for "Ready Readers," a reading group where children will get to read together, discuss books, and play games! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Music Class
with Rockabye Beats
Wednesdays @ 11:00 AM
Get those mid-week wiggles out with Rockabye Beats! This program is geared towards children, but all music-lovers are encouraged to join. Virtual sessions are held on Facebook Live via Flint Public Library's Facebook page.
(Virtual) Music with MaryBeth Maes
Thursday, Feb. 4 & 18 @ 11:00 AM
Join MaryBeth Maes for music and movement during this pre-recorded event that will be shared on Flint Public Library's Facebook page! Please note that this is not a live performance, but this pre-recorded performance can be enjoyed again and again. This program is brought to you by CFCE of the North Shore.
Video posted to Flint Public Library's Facebook page
(Virtual) Stay-at-Home
STEM with Miss Stacey
Thursday, Feb. 11 @ 11:00 AM
Join Miss Stacey for a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) video featuring lessons and activities that you can view and do at home with your children using materials you probably already have around your home.
(Curbside Pick-Up) Stay-at-Home
STEM Take & Make Activity Kits
Available via Curbside Pick-Up beginning Thursday, Feb. 11 while supplies last
Looking for an educational activity to keep your kids busy learning over February break? You can pick up all of the pre-prepared supplies needed to learn and create along with Miss Stacey's Stay-at-Home STEM video (in which she talks a little bit about basic physics while showing us how to make our very own pom-pom popper toys) from curbside pick-up! 
(Virtual) Evening Storytime with Miss Felicia
Thursdays @ 7:00 PM
Enjoy stories, songs, and activities during virtual storytime with Miss Felicia! Participants will need to join the group Flint Public Library Storytime Online to see sessions held on Facebook Live.
Programs for Tweens & Teens
(Suggested Ages: 10-17 yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Virtual Escape Room - Available Anytime!
Do you enjoy solving puzzles, rhymes, or brain-teasers? Want to put your escape-artist skills to the test? Give The Flint's very own Virtual Escape Room a try!
(Virtual) Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
First Saturday of the Month @ 8:00 PM

This month's session:
Feb. 6
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian (and library Dungeon Master) for our first virtual D&D campaign meeting! Sessions will be held on the first Saturday of every month; virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
Email Felicia (fgminski@flintpublib.org), send Flint Public Library a Facebook message, or call the library (978.774.8132) if you know a tween or teen that is interested in joining so that we can share the Zoom information!
(Virtual) Afternoon Activities
for Tweens & Teens
Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM
Join Felicia in this virtual space for tweens and teens between the ages of 10-15 to hangout and socialize, work on homework together, play virtual games, or participate in activities. Occasional special events such as craft projects, group activities or games, and more will be led by Felicia, but participation is optional. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Anime & Manga Club for Teens
Tuesdays @ 8:00 PM
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian, to watch and discuss anime from home with other enthusiasts! Virtual sessions will be held via Discord.
Check out more teen-friendly events under 'Virtual Programs for Various Ages'
Programs for Adults
(Suggested Ages: 18+ yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Creating a Positive New Year: Email Series
Mondays @ 11:00 AM
beginning Jan. 18
Are you looking to start 2021 off on a positive note? Sign up for our 8-week email series where Melissa will share meaningful and interesting ways to add a spark of creativity and fun to your new year!
(Virtual) Writing Group
First and third Tuesday of
the month @ 6:00 PM

This month's sessions:
Feb. 2 & 16
Do you enjoy writing? Bring a sample of your work to share, and support other writers! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Meditation Group
New meditation on Tuesdays
Missing our weekly meditation group? Check out these links to guided meditations that you can follow along at home via Youtube!
(Virtual) Taiji Qigong Lessons
Wednesdays @ 11:00 AM
Missing our weekly Taiji Qigong classes? Check out the link to our eCalendar to learn about our virtual sessions that will be available on Zoom! Sessions will be hosted by Larry Greenberg.
(Virtual) Flint Library Book Club
First Thursday of the
month @ 6:30 PM

This month's session:
Feb. 4
Join Melissa for our monthly book club. Participants are welcome to socialize with others and discuss this month's read. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
This month's title to be discussed:
Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom
(Virtual) Kahoot! Trivia: Romantic Comedies
Friday, Feb. 11 @ 7:00 PM
Join us for the first-ever Kahoot! Trivia hosted by the Flint Public Library. The link to our Romantic Comedy Trivia Kahoot! will be posted on Flint Public Library's Facebook page at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12, and will remain active until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26. We'll post the winners on our Facebook page after the Kahoot! Challenge closes on February 26th. This trivia contest is just for entertainment, so please have fun with it!
(Virtual) Film Discussion Club
Thursday, Feb. 18 @ 6:30 PM
Calling all film enthusiasts! Come and engage in lively discussions of wonderful films. We will meet on the third Thursday of every month. Bring along yourselves, your friends, your relatives, your pets – whoever is interested! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
This month's film to be discussed:
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
(Rated PG-13)
(Virtual) Just Think... Write Now!
First Friday of the month @ 10:30 AM

This month's session:
Feb. 5
Create the life you want through setting goals, positive thinking and purposeful journaling. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Current Events
Discussion Group
Second and fourth Friday of
the month @ 10:30 AM

This month's session:
Feb. 12 & 26
Discuss current events with others who are interested in sharing their viewpoints on the latest news. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Bridging the Gap: Mediation Group
Third Friday of the month @ 10:30 AM

This month's session:
Feb. 19
Join us in a discussion on the third Friday of every month to explore ways of finding common ground.Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Forever Young Adult Book Club
Third Saturday of the month @ 8:00 PM

This month's session:
Feb. 20
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian, for this monthly book club welcoming adults that love to read Young Adult fiction. Participants are invited to socialize with others and discuss this month's read. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
This month's title to be discussed:
Cinder
by Marissa Meyer

Copies of this title can be picked up via Curbside Pick-Up
Programs for Various Ages
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Mindful Mondays
Mondays @ 1:00 PM
Start your week off on the right track with Mindful Mondays! Beginning in January, we will share a post each Monday afternoon that will uplift, inspire, cheer, and bring you a sense of calm and peace. Posts will be shared to Flint Public Library's Facebook page.
(Virtual) BollyX with Swasti Bhargava
Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
Work up a sweat with Swasti for our free, 8-week series of BollyX classes! BollyX is a Bollywood inspired dance fitness program that combines exhilarating choreography and calorie-burning workout with upbeat music from all around the world. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
Trustees & Friends Information
Next Meeting:
Monday, Feb. 8 @ 7:00 PM
The Trustees of Flint Public Library will be hosting their meetings virtually while the library is closed.
Next Meeting:
Wednesday, Feb. 10 @ 7:00 PM
The Friends of the Flint will be hosting their meetings virtually while the library is closed.
Museum & Attraction Pass Information
At this time, several museums and attractions have reopened and are welcoming back visitors.

To learn about our most up-to-date available passes that can be requested, please call the library (978-774-8132) to speak with a member of the staff.

To reserve a pass online, please click here to be redirected to our "Museum Passes" page that can be found on Flint Public Library's website.
Thank you to the Friends of the Flint for sponsoring our eNewsletter, museum and attraction passes, and many library programs!