February Brings Lots of Inside Activities!
Library Lines                 February  2018
Zentangle Meditative
Drawing Class

Although all spots in our Zentangle meditative drawing class currently are taken, we're putting names on a waiting list for seats that might open up unexpectedly.  It's very common for multiple seats to open up for a program a few days before it takes place, so don't get discouraged if you'd still like to sign up.
The program will take place at 6:00 p.m on Wed.
, Feb. 7, and is a relaxing, fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Through its meditative qualities it increases focus and creativity and provides an increased sense of peace and personal well-being.
The class is taught by Certified  Zentangle  Teacher Cindy  O'Brien, a resident of North Attleboro and  owner of Artiste Art and Craft Studio.  
This program is free of charge, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
February Vacation Programs

Tues., Feb. 20, 11:00 a.m.--12:00 p.m.   Animal Adventures
Meet up to 10 animals, hear interesting stories and information about them, and get up close. Controlled petting and touching is allowed at the discretion of the Animal Adventure Guide. A fun and unique learning experience to be enjoyed by all.
Animals may include: alligator, large/small snake, skunk, chinchilla, ferret and all types of rabbits. There may also be large/small lizards, tortoises, turtles and frogs, tarantula, scorpion and cockroaches. There will be one special surprise visitor as well, which could be a lemur, a kinkajou or a pale fox!
All ages are welcome.  Seating is limited, so pick up your free tickets for this show starting on Sat., Feb. 17.

Tues., Feb. 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m.  Lego-Mania 
It's a BLOCK PARTY! Lego building bricks and DUPLOS will be available for kids of all ages. 
Wed., Feb. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m.   
"The Trolls and the Tree" Puppet Show & Craft 

The  trolls  want to take good care of the fairies' garden, but they also want space for their toaster, TV  and  chairs. Can the  trolls  learn to go green?
After this 30-minute show, audience members are invited to make their own simple paper/craft stick puppet and place them in a fairy garden or troll garden, making decisions about how to take care of the natural world.  Join local favorite Margaret Moody for this engaging puppet show and activity. No registration required.
Thurs., Feb 22, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Antelope Dance Music Program
Kids, ages birth to 6 years old, and their families are invited to join Liz Buchanan of Antelope Dance for a music program full of both songs you know and original songs, many written with the help from kids!  Liz loves writing songs based on books kids love, whether it's a favorite story or topics from science and nature.  Audience members will be stomping, dancing and singing along.  
No registration required.  
Preschool Storylabs -- 
Special Guests this Month!

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.  These special guests will join us in February:
Feb. 7 -- Miss Marilyn will present a program on something near and dear to her heart -- pets!
Feb. 14 -- Celebrate love by cuddling with an adorable bunny from the Soule Homestead Education Center. Join Miss Katie for a program of stories and songs that will warm your heart and a sweet bunny craft that will make a special someone smile. We "hop" to see you there!

Feb. 21 -- No Storylabs program this week due to February Vacation Week.

Feb 28 -- This week's special guest is so special we're keeping it a surprise!
Preschool Storylabs combine STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) with stories, songs, games, art projects, science experiments and more.  After the 30-minute formal program, enjoy time to socialize and have a snack in the room.  These programs are free, with no advance sign-up required.
Carol Carver celebrates Heart Month in February 

Mon., Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. -- Carol Carver from Self Help, Inc.'s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program invites preschoolers and their caregivers to celebrate Heart Month through stories, songs and other activities.  Space is limited.  Call or stop by the Library to register.
School-Aged Read and Rise with Ms. Gina
Help your child prepare for reading, learning and life!  Come to the Read and Rise Playgroup.   This FREE five-session playgroup/conversation series is designed to empower families to support children's literacy development.  Children and parents will be actively engaged in books, songs, activities and hands-on materials that focus on literacy. Each family will go home with a different children's book every week to keep and add to their library at home.  This program is designed for children ages 5-10 who are home-schooled.

Families must be willing to commit to the following five Wednesdays (with the exception of scheduled vacations or illness):  February 28,  March 7, March 14, March 21, and March 28.
Registration is required.  Please use this link to sign up: 
Your Favorite Children's Programs

Regular children's programs continue throughout the month of February, with the exception of February Vacation Week. Check the  Library's calendar for specific dates and special events.

Mondays from 4:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. Reading to 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 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Lego-mania! Come build with the Library's Legos and Duplos.  All ages are welcome; no registration required. This month, with Miss Amanda out, Lego Club will be unsupervised. Parents are required to stay with their children for the hour.

Please note:  for Mother Goose on the Loose and Wiggles & Giggles this month, there will be no formal program.  With Miss Amanda out, it will be playtime only.
  • Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.  Mother Goose on the Loose.  Meet up with other moms and babies age birth- 18 months for a play group.  This unsupervised play time will allow for babies and moms to socialize.  Toys from the Library will be provided.  Meet in the Library's Large Meeting Room.  No registration required.  
  • Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.  Wiggles & Giggles.  Join moms and toddlers 18  months - 3 years of age for a play group.  This unsupervised play time will allow toddlers and moms to socialize.  Meet in the Library's Large Meeting Room.  Library toys will be available.  No registration required. 

Read It First:  6 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters

If you're one of those people who would rather read the book before seeing it on the big screen, here are six teen page-to-screen adaptations coming to a theater near you this year.

The Death Cure by James Dashner  (The Maze Runner series, book 3)  As the third Trial draws to a close, Thomas and some of his cohorts manage to escape from Wicked, their memories having been restored, only to face new dangers as Wicked claims to be trying to protect the human race from the deadly flare virus.   Grades 7-12.  Opens January 26.   Check for availability.


Look out for these other recently filmed b0ok-into-movies with release dates still set to be announced:     To All the Boys I've Loved Before  by Jenny Han and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

New:  N intendo Switch Games!

You can now borrow Nintendo Switch games at the Library!   This new console/handheld hybrid that was released by Nintendo in March 2017  ca n be hooked up to your TV through a docking station or used on the go.  Joy-Con controllers detach from the sides to be made into a makeshift controller, allowing you to play from several feet away from the system.   

So far, we've added these new Switch games:
Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild (E10+)
Super Mario Odyssey (E10+)

Borrow one game at a time for  2 weeks with your library card.   We will gradually add more games throughout the coming months. You can find them on the end of the red New YA shelf in the teen area, next to the other video game racks.

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science offers about 1.4 million visitors a year and millions of students worldwide an extraordinary variety of learning experiences including the  Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River Hall of Human Life , Thomson Theater of Electricity,  Charles Hayden Planetarium Mugar Omni Theater , Gordon Current Science & Technology Center,  Butterfly Garden , and the new  Wicked Smart: Invented in the Hub.  
Each pass admits four people at $10 per person.  T emporary exhibits, IMAX films, and Planetarium shows require additional ticket purchases.

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.

Did You Know...

We offer an online index to the Middleboro Gazette dating all the way back to 1852?  Simply visit our website at www.midlib.org, click on the "Local History" tab, select "Middleboro Gazette Index," and scroll down until you see the listing of all the newspapers we have indexed.

The index is searchable by keywords, including names, events and places.  Once you find the citation for an article you're interested in, you can select the appropriate microfilm reel in our Genealogy Room and view the article on one of our two digital readers.  For those who can't make it to the Library in person, email Reference Librarian Libby Fox at lfox@sailsinc.org and request as many articles as you wish.  For a $1/article charge, we'll copy and email you the requested pieces. 

We currently have the newspaper indexed for these time periods:  1 852-1868, and 1905-1973. (Issues from 1974 to 2013 also are available on microfilm, but there is no index for them yet.  Issues from 2014-2017 will be available on microfilm later this year.) We add more years to the index on an ongoing basis, so be sure to check back regularly. 
Check out the Newest Title in our Magazine Collection

Thanks to an anonymous donor, we've received the gift of an annual subscription to  The Week magazine.  It offers commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons.

Be sure to take a look it, the next time you visit, in our magazine reading room.
Sweet Facts About 
Valentine's Candy
Would you be surprised to learn that sales of candy in the U.S. on Valentine's Day are only the fourth highest of the year, after Halloween, Easter and Christmas?  Here are a few more sweet facts about the special day this month, brought to you by MSN.com:

1. Richard Cadbury created the world's first heart-shaped  candy box for Valentine's Day in the year 1861. 

2. Caramel-flavored chocolates are the most popular in a Valentine's Day chocolate box, according to a survey conducted by the National Confectioners Association. Chocolate-covered nuts were a close second. 

3. The legendary conversation hearts, Sweethearts, were first made by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) in the year 1866. With a daily production of 100,000 pounds of the regional treats, NECCO produces about eight billion conversation hearts per year. 

4. Hershey's Kisses got their name because of the noises the machines made while creating the chocolates.