Happy Holidays from the staff of the
Middleborough Public Library!
Library Lines                   December  2019
A  Celtic Christmas
with Jeff Snow

On  Wed., Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m., the Library will be filled with the sounds of "A Celtic Christmas."  The concert will combine songs, tunes, history and stories from England, Ireland and Scotland with the music of Christmas. Familiar, and some not so familiar, songs will have you singing, laughing and wishing for more when it's all over.  

Jeff Snow is a multi-instrumentalist who shares the music, and the stories behind the music, of Scotland, Ireland and England. Growing up in a home where old Scottish folk songs were the everyday sounds, Snow developed an early love for Celtic music. Much of the history of these lands was preserved in song.  Snow's music has been described as "quiet and relaxing," and while much of it is, he'll periodically let loose and foot stomping will begin.  He plays the guitar, autoharp and bouzouki. He can also find his way around a drum set and most of the percussion family.  
Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library for sponsoring this performance. No registration is required. 
Mobile Library to 
Visit  COA December 17

This month's mobile library visit to the Council on Aging will take place on  Tues., Dec. 17 , from 10:00 a.m. to noon.   The t heme is "Celebrate the Holidays" and Adult Services Librarian Libby Fox will have a selection of both general and themed books, TV shows and movies, magazines and music.
People who have a library card will be able to borrow items from an assortment of items; those who don't have a card can sign up for one, with a photo ID.  Library m aterials may be returned to either the COA or the Library.
For more information, call 508/946-2470 or email Libby Fox at lfox@sailsinc.org.
Lego-mania at the Library

Tues., Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 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.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

New in the Children's Room

Circulation Sets are bins filled with themed materials such as books, puppets, DVDs, and more.  Check them out with your library card today and start learning about space, dinosaurs, dogs, and nature.


Wonderbooks are new from the company that makes the popular Playaways.  These are physical books with a built-in audio feature.  Try the learning mode for reading comprehension questions.  Use with or without headphones.  Check one out today!

  Read & Listen to New  Teen Digital Titles

If you haven't tried the Libby app, what are you waiting for? Downloading ebooks and audio books to your mobile device is now easier than ever.  OverDrive's Libby app is super user-friendly, has an attractive, clean look, and is free  to use with a library card.  (Sora, OverDrive's school app, looks and works
similarly, but requires a school 
log-in).   Books purchased by the  Middleborough Library go to Middleborough card users first--so even if you have to place a hold,  you'll be pushed to the top of the list. 
We've added recently published titles in ebook and audio book formats, as well as popular series and classic titles.  Here are some of the titles we've just added.   
Spotlight on Six Sequels 
Cozy up with these highly anticipated sequels over the holidays.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance  by Tomi Adeyemi
(Legacy of Orisha, book 2)
After Zelie and Amari bring magic back to the land of Orisha, the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orisha, forcing Zelie to fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.   Grades 9-12.   Check our catalog
Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
(Folk of the Air, book 3)
As the exiled Queen  of  Faerie, Jude must travel back to Elfhame to help her twin sister, Taryn, and uncover how to break a dark curse threatening the whole Faerie world.  Grades 9-12.    Check our catalog
Secret Commonwealth  by Philip Pullman
(Book of Dust, book 2) 
Unaware of her professor's role in bringing her and the alethiometer to Jordan College, 20-year-old undergraduate Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon, receive secrets from a dying man about a daemon-haunted city and the origins of Dust.  Grades 9-12.    Check our catalog      
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
(Skyward, book 2) 
After learning that the rumors of her father's cowardice are true and that everything she has been taught is a lie, Spensa is determined to discover the full story.  As a pilot, Spensa has also learned a few things about herself - and she'll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs to.  Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog 
Toll by Neal Shusterman 
(Arc of a Scythe, book 3) 
Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him?  The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.  Grades 8-12.   Check our catalog
Wayward Son 
by Rainbow Rowell
(Simon Snow, book 2)
A sequel to the best-selling Carry On finds an overwhelmed Simon joining Penny and Baz on a trip to the American West in a vintage convertible, only to be confronted by dragons, vampires and gun-toting skunks.  Grades 9-12.   Check our catalog
Place Your Order Today and 
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 (FMPL members receive a 15% discount) that will be laid into the 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
The New England Aquarium is a perennial favorite of families, and is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.  
New things to see include the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit, showcasing the vibrancy and richness of coral reef habitats.  You'll learn about reefs' vital role in the lives of tropical fish, sea turtles, sharks, and thousands of marine animal species.  This new exhibit is housed in a 9,000-gallon floor-to-ceiling tank that will make you feel like you're immersed in the reef.   
Each pass admits up to four people at half off the regular admission price.  It's disposable and doesn't need to be returned to the Library.  The Aquarium will be closed on Christmas Day, and opens at noon on New Year's Day.  
Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library for sponsoring this pass, and many others. 

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  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.  

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

The Library will close early, at 3:00 p.m., on New Year's Eve, Tues., Dec. 31.
This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

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