Spooky spirits are in the air.  It must be October at the Middleborough Public Library!
Library Lines                October  2018
Special Story Time with  
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
and her Guest!

You're invited to join MEFA and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and a special guest for a fun morning at the Library when they visit us on Tues., Oct. 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Lieutenant Governor Polito will be speaking with parents and reading with children as they engage in a special Winnie the Pooh-themed story time, joined by their favorite literary character. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for photos.
The U.Fund Start U.Reading Series is one of MEFA's statewide early college planning initiatives. The program is designed to introduce young students to the joy of reading through interdisciplinary activities and to share with parents the importance of saving for college.
To learn more about MEFA, click  here.
An Evening with Mass  Ghost Hunters  Paranormal Society

Marc Arvilla and Lauren Sheridan of Mass Ghost Hunters Paranormal Society (MGHPS) will visit the Library for an evening of Paranormal History and Evidence on Wed., Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Join in the "spirited" discussion and share some of your stories, too. Please note: this event is for adults and older teens (ages 14+).

Following the presentation, Arvilla and Sheridan will have a raffle and select 10 winners to accompany them that evening to investigate Middleborough's own Oliver House!  (A donation to Oliver House will be encouraged but not required.)

Arvilla is MGHPS's team leader and was the co-founder of Can Am Paranormal. He also is co-host (with Sheridan) of DTM Wicked Radio's "Paranormal Hangover" program.   Sheridan has been with MGHPS and Can Am Paranormal since 2013.

To learn more about the MGHPS, click here.

The MGHPS presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library, and is free and open to the public.    

Join us on Wed., Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. to hear award-winning journalist and author Maureen Boyle   speak about her new book, Shallow Graves: the Hunt for the New Bedford Highway Serial Killer.  Boyle will sell and sign copies of her book, following her presentation.
Shallow Graves presents the story of nine women, ages 19 to 36, who were strangled and left along the highways circling New Bedford in 1988. All had led troubled lives blighted by drug addiction, prostitution, and domestic violence. Boyle spins a narrative about the crimes, the victims, and the hunt for the killers, all played out against the backdrop of a decaying community beset by drugs and crime. 
An award-winning journalist, Boyle has been a crime reporter in New England for decades and was the first reporter to cover the serial killings in New Bedford. She currently serves as director of the Journalism Program at Stonehill College in Easton.  To learn more about Boyle and Shallow Graves , click  here.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library, and is free and open to the public.    
Celebrate Middleboro's Own
Lavinia Warren!

The Library and the Middleboro Historical Association (MHA) are teaming up to bring you a special event celebrating a new book recently published on Lavinia Warren, Middleboro's favorite home-town celebrity.

Author Elizabeth Raum will be here on Sat., Oct. 27 from 1:00 -- 2:30 p.m. to discuss her new book, The Big, Bold, Adventurous Life of Lavinia Warren, and explain how she came to write about Lavinia Warren, one of P. T. Barnum's most famous entertainers. Raum will share what she learned about this adventurous little woman and how Lavinia's wedding to Tom Thumb became headline news around the country. 

The program will include photos and illustrations from Lavinia's life, as well as time for Q&A.  Raum also will sell and sign copies of her book.  As a special treat, the MHA will have a display of items that belonged to Lavinia and her husband, Tom Thumb, from its permanent collection.
Fall into the Library for these Family Programs
  • Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in October - Join Miss Amanda for a Family Nature Club.  Hear a story and then enjoy activities in the library's Nature Playspace.  This is a rain or shine event and will move indoors if necessary.  This group will not meet on the 16th.  Best for kids age 3-6.  Siblings welcome! No registration required.  This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
  • Tuesdays at
     6:00 p.m.  in October - Family Nights will feature games, snap circuits, movies and more!  No registration required for these free events. Sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
    • Game Nights are Oct. 2 and 16.
    • Movie Night will be Oct. 23 showing Hotel Transylvania 3 on the Library's Big Screen- pajamas welcome and bring snacks and/or dinner.
    • Scary Stories with Ms. Marilyn will be on Oct. 30- If your kid likes Goosebumps, they'll enjoy these thrilling tales and craft.
These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library.
Autumn Social and Costume Swap!

Join us and fellow families in the Library Meeting Room on Sat., Oct. 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and enjoy light refreshments, create a trick or treat bag, make a bookmark, swap costumes, enter a prize drawing, and see up-close tricks with local magician Eric Burke from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Costume attire welcome!   
Want to participate in the Costume Swap and have a "green Halloween" this year?  Bring in your clean and gently used costumes and/or accessories (like hats, ears, props, etc.) and get a ticket(s) that can be redeemed at the Autumn Social for new-to-you ones!  Great for refreshing kids' dress-up clothes too.
Costumes and/or accessories can be turned in to the Children's Desk .  We will also be accepting donations from those who do not wish to swap.  

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Teen Painting Workshop - "The Starry Night"
Calling all aspiring artists and those who want to try something new!  Join us on Sat., Nov. 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. as instructor  Gregory Maichack leads a hands-on workshop for youth in grades 5-12.   Teens will learn to paint Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and take home their own artwork to keep.
No experience necessary!  All materials will be provided. 

Registration is required.  Please drop in, call (508) 946-2470, or email Teen Librarian Chris Dargelis at cdargeli@sailsinc.org to sign up.

This program is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Automatic Renewals 
Now Available

We're happy to announce that SAILS has implemented a new feature that automatically renews your library checkouts (excluding digital items), to make your borrowing experience even better. 
How does it work? The system will automatically attempt to renew your checkouts three days before they're due. There's no need to stress about when your items are  due any longer, or whether they're overdue.  
Materials cannot be renewed if: someone has placed a hold on it; the item has reached its renewal limit; your account is blocked; or your item is a Comcat or InterLibrary Loan. If an item cannot be renewed, you'll receive a courtesy notice (via your choice of text, voicemail or email) letting you know your materials will be due soon.  

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass
Located amid 40 acres of beautiful woodlands, the Roger Williams Park Zoo provides visitors the opportunity to see animals from all over the globe. Naturalistic surroundings are home to more than 100 species of animals including a Komodo dragon, as well as zebras, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, and more.  Kids from two to 102 have the opportunity to feed giraffes and harbor seals, as well as an array of farmyard animals.   
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back October 4 through November 4, with more than 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins.  PLEASE NOTE -- there is an extra admission cost for this special program. 
This  pass admits up to four people at $3 off the regular ticket price. Children 1 and under are free at all times. 

Sponsored by The Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Save the Date!
Mark your calendar now and look for more information in future newsletters on these upcoming programs: 

Tues., Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.: Delvena Theatre Company Presents "All the President's Women"

Wed. Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Jeff Belanger Presents: "A Creepy Christmas"

Happy Halloween!

Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year so be sure to stop by the Library between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and look for your favorite staff members -- many will be dressed in costume.  We'd love to see what you're wearing and you might find a treat or two while you're here.
This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Middleborough Public Library
102 North Main St.,  Middleborough, MA 02346

Monday--Thursday:  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.    
Saturday:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   
Sunday: noon - 4:00 p.m. 
Closed on Fridays.