Happy Holidays!
Library Lines             December  2018
Jeff Belanger Presents
"A Creepy Christmas"

Remember the famous Christmas song which goes, "There'll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago...?" So what happened to the scary stories? Join us on Wed., Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., as Jeff Belanger brings the spooky back to the yuletide time of year with "Creepy Christmas," tales of g hostly traditions like Krampus. the Belsnickel, Tomtens, and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. From the origins of the holiday to the monsters and ghosts that lurk in its shadows, Jeff will take you on a multi-media journey of this haunting holiday.

Please note -- this program is NOT suitable for young children.

This free program is brought to you by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Children's Programs This Month

Tues., Dec. 4 and 11, 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.

Wed., Dec. 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m.-- Cookie Storytime with Battistini's Bakery.  Limited to 25 participants, this workshop will include stories and cookie decorating with Arthur Battistini of Battistini's Bakery.  Best for kids 3 and up.  Younger siblings are welcome.  Please register by stopping by the Library or calling 508/946-2470.

Mon., Dec. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.-- The Heart in Art's Melissa Oddi-Morrison joins Miss Amanda for a Sensory Storytime Yoga program.  Using the story Bear Stays Up, participants will learn yoga poses and discover a sensory kit.  This program is for kids who would do better in a small group environment with a sensory conscious setting.  Space is limited.  Please call the Library at 508/946-2470 or stop by to register and fill out a short form.

Wed., Dec. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.-- Join Miss Amanda for a reading of the classic holiday tale  The Polar Express.  Stay to enjoy a hot cocoa bar and hands-on activities, and kids can create an ornament to take home.  No registration required.  Best for kids 6 and under, with their families or caregivers.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

School Vacation Programs

Thurs., Dec. 27, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.-- Candy Bar/Book BINGO is back!  Bring one new, unopened candy item and/or a gently used book to play.  Everyone wins!  This program is free and no registration is required!  All ages are welcome.

Sat., Dec. 29, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. --  Join Mary Poppins herself for a supercalifragilistic time at a Practically Perfect Tea Party.  Enjoy crafts, refreshments, and games.  Mary Poppins will read a story, sing and pose for photos with all who attend. No registration required.  All ages welcome.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Pop-Up Library Coming to the High School

Teens--we're bringing the library to you!  Starting Tues., Jan. 8, the Middleborough Public Library will be popping up at Middleborough High School to give students the opportunity to borrow materials, learn about library programs and services, and register for a library card.   Teen Librarian Chris Dargelis will set up a "Pop-Up Library"  on the first Tuesday of every month  in the school cafeteria during lunch period, giving students a chance to access new and popular materials.

Students who have a library card and student ID will be able to borrow up to two items from an assortment of books, movies, video games, magazines, and music.  Those teens who don't have a card can sign up for one:  students 16+ can register and borrow items immediately, while students 15 and under will need to take home a registration form for their parent or guardian to sign.  Materials can be returned either to MHS or the public library.

Pop by the table and see what we have to offer!
Spotlight on New Teen Titles
Check out our recently purchased teen titles located on the red Young Adult New Titles shelf in the Teen Area.
Crush  by Svetlana Chmakova
(Awkward series, book 3)
When the group dynamic among Jorge's friends starts to shift, he must learn to balance what his friends expect of him and what he really wants .   Grades 5-8.   Check our catalog

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
(Miss Peregrine series, book 4)
After discovering a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob's grandfather, Abe, Jacob and his peculiar friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom, a world with few rules that none of them understand.  Grades 8-12.    Check our catalog    

Skyward  by Brandon Sanderson
When a long-term attack against her world by the alien Krell escalates, Spensa's dream of becoming a pilot may come true, despite her deceased father being labeled a deserter.  Grades 6-12.  

Never Quit:  How I Became A Special Ops Pararescue Jumper 
by Jimmy Settle and Don Reardon
An Alaskan pararescue jumper, Special Forces Operator and decorated war hero details his amazing life.  Grades 7-12.   Check our catalog

Pride  by Ibi Zoboi
In a timely update of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.  Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog
The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig 
by Don Zolidi
A coming-of-age story set in 1994 Wisconsin, chronicling the on-again-off-again relationship of Amy and Craig, who come to understand each other better through multiple disastrous breakups.  Grades 9-12.    Check our catalog
Pave Your Way to a 
Great Holiday Gift

Are you looking for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person or wanting to find a way to memorialize a loved one this holiday season?  The Friends of the Library's "Buy a Brick" program is offering bricks for $85 each (members receive a 15% discount) that will be laid into the new brick walkway between the parking lot and the Peirce St. sidewalk.  Forms are available at the Library and Freitas Liquors, or by emailing fmp1102@gmail.com.
This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass

Many Middleboro families will be able to enjoy Edaville Railroad this month, as we were able to offer three passes each day in December (with the exception of Christmas day when the park is closed.)

Unfortunately, all of the passes for the days leading up to Christmas have been reserved, and as of this writing, there is just one pass remaining for the rest of the month, for Mon., Dec. 31.

E ach reservation admits two people to the park for free.  Please remember, you MUST be a Middleboro resident to reserve this pass, and s pecial events require an additional fee. 

This pass is sponsored by The Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Did You Know...

...anyone with a Middleborough Public Library card can access Consumer Reports Online for free, from the Library, from home, or anywhere else with an internet connection?  Make sure to check their product reviews before you do your holiday gift shopping.  

Start at the Library website's home page,  (click here)  under "Resources," and click on the Consumer Reports tab.  In the new window that opens up, click on the Consumer Reports link,  enter your library card number and go.   Once you're logged on, you can browse various categories on the left hand side of the screen or do a search at the top of the page. Searches will typically yield a product comparison along with a buyer's guide and news articles related to it.   

Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization providing unbiased product ratings and reviews, putting more than 5,000 products through rigorous testing each year. 
Save the Date!

Mark your calendar now and look for more information in future newsletters on these upcoming adult programs: 

Tues., Jan. 15, 2:00 p.m.:  A Tea with Eleanor                  Roosevelt

Wed., Jan 30, 6:30 p.m.: An Iceland Travelogue with Dana Zaiser

Happy Holidays!
May you enjoy all the magical sights and sounds of the holiday season. 
Please note that the Library will be closed the following days, in observance of December/January holidays:
Mon., Dec. 24 , Tues.,  Dec. 25 , and Tues., Jan. 1.

The Library will close early, at 3:00 p.m., on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31.
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.   
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