July Virtual Programs & News
at Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
tel:   978-774-8132
fax:  978-777-3270
email: flint3@comcast.net
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.

Summer Library Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 AM -6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM -2:00 PM
Saturday-Monday: CLOSED
In this Issue:
  • Updates from the Flint
  • Curbside Pick-Up now available
  • At-Home with the Flint
  • "Imagine Your Story" Online Summer Reading Programs for All Ages
  • Virtual Programs for:
  • Children
  • Tweens & Teens
  • Adults
  • All Ages
  • Trustees & Friends Information
Updates 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.

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!
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 and arrange for a curbside pick-up appointment.

Click here to learn about our Curbside Pick-Up Procedure!

Stay up-to-date with new titles available at The Flint by signing up for Wowbrary here.
Items that had been checked out prior to the library's closing will be due back at the library around this time; if you have any questions about about due dates, please log in to your account via our catalog or call the library, and a librarian will assist you.

At this time, our outdoor book drops are available for returns ; if you find that our book drop is full or overflowing, we ask that you do not force library materials into our book drop and do not leave library materials outside of the book drop or on the ground. Instead, please consider returning your items at a later time.

Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated!
Although our library will still remain closed to the public for the time being, we hope that patrons will take advantage of the online resources that can be accessed with an active library card.  Overdrive Libby , 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 which can be accessed by most smart phones, computers, e-readers or Apple and Android devices.

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!
At-Home with the Flint
What have your librarians been working on while the library is closed?

The staff of the Flint has been meeting virtually to discuss ways of best serving our patrons throughout this time.

Meanwhile, we have been planning and implementing virtual programs, attending webinars and online-trainings, ordering and preparing new library materials for our collections, and researching other ways to provide services and resources to patrons from the comfort of their own home.

Our most exciting new project has been planning our first ever ONLINE Summer Reading Programs! Continue reading our newsletter to learn more about our Summer Reading Programs for Children, Teens, and Adults.
Interested in accessing online resources from home, but you don't have 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 once we reopen!

If you've just forgotten or lost your card number, we can look it up. Send us an email and we'll get it sorted out. Happy reading!
Looking for someone to chat with? Your librarians are here for you!

If you are feeling isolated during social distancing, reach out to a librarian! We are happy to be your email pen pal, or you can request a "phone a friend" conversation, and a librarian will call to brighten your day.

We encourage patrons to tell us about books you are reading, ask questions about eResources, or even just reach out to say "hello." See contact information for our staff on our website by clicking here , or call (978.774.8132) to leave a message and request a phone call.

If you know an individual who does not use the internet and would benefit from this resource, please let them know to give us a call so that we can get in touch with them!
Online Summer Reading Programs
Imagine Your Story
June 24 - August 24
Children's Program
(Ages: 0-12 yrs)

Complete 20 hours of reading for a certificate of completion and to be entered in weekly raffles! Learn more about the program on ReadSquared.
Teen Program
(Ages: 13-17 yrs)

Read your way to prizes! For this program, every two books that you read increases your chance for a prize in our weekly raffles! Learn more about the program on ReadSquared.
Adult Program
(Ages: 18+ yrs)

Read your way to prizes! Log your reads for your chance at prizes, and complete nine books to earn a certificate of completion! Learn more about the program on ReadSquared.
Does your child in grades K-6 prefer our traditional paper reading log?
Not a problem! Click here to download a printable reading log. These sheets are also available upon request with your Curbside Pick-Up orders.
Virtual Programs for Children
(Suggested Ages: 0-8 yrs)
*Please note: Children's programming will be on a short hiatus for the first two weeks of July. Programs will resume beginning the week of July 12.
(Virtual) Story Time
with Miss Jessica
Tuesdays @ 11:00AM
beginning July 14
Join Miss Jessica on Tuesday mornings throughout the month of July for stories, music, and crafts via Facebook Live.
(Virtual) Ready Readers
*Suggested for children in grades 3-5
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 1:00PM
beginning July 14 & 16
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 @ 11:00AM
beginning July 15
Join Rockabye Beats on Wednesday mornings throughout the month of July for a musical morning via Facebook Live. This program is geared towards children, but all music-lovers are encouraged to join!
(Virtual) Stay-at-Home
STEM with Miss Stacey
Wednesdays @ 3:00PM
beginning July 15
Check out Miss Stacey's weekly series of at-home STEM activities; if you try out an experiment for yourself, share your results in the comments! A new video will be posted on the library's Facebook page on Wednesday afternoons.
(Virtual) Crafty Kids
Fridays @ 11:00AM
beginning July 17
Check out our weekly craft tutorials for kids, and share your own creations in the comments! A new video will be posted to the library's Facebook page on Friday mornings.
Please see our Facebook page for the latest updates regarding our virtual programs as new programs are added that may not have made it into our eNewsletter!
Virtual Programs for Tweens & Teens
(Suggested Ages: 10-17 yrs)
(Virtual) Anime & Manga Club
Sundays @ 8:00PM
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian, to watch and discuss anime from home with other enthusiasts! Virtual sessions will be held via Discord.
(Virtual) Forever Young Book Club
Last Saturday of the month @ 1:00PM

This month's session:
July 25
For the young-at-heart who enjoy reading middle grade and young adult books, tune in and join Felicia and Nicole on the last Saturday of each month! Discussions will be held on Instagram Live.
Please see our Facebook page for the latest updates regarding our virtual programs as new programs are added that may not have made it into our eNewsletter!
Virtual Programs for Adults
(Suggested Ages: 18+ yrs)
(Virtual) Discover the Magic
in Gratitude
A weekly email series; emails will be sent on Mondays @ 10:00AM
Join Library Director, Melissa Gaspar, and participate in this virtual program that will take place via email based on Rhonda Byrne's book  The Magic .
(Virtual) Cooking with Kelly & Ansel
Mondays @ 1:00PM
Check out Kelly's weekly cooking series featuring her feline friend, Ansel! A new video will be posted on the library's Facebook page.
(Virtual) Writing Group
First and third Tuesday of
the month @ 6:00PM

This month's sessions:
July 7 & 21
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
Tuesdays @ 7:00PM
Missing our weekly meditation group? Check out our eCalendar or Facebook page for links to guided meditations that you can access from home.
(Virtual & *In-Person) Taiji Qigong Lessons
Wednesdays @ 10:30AM
Missing our weekly Taiji Qigong classes? Check out our eCalendar or Facebook page for a link to virtual guided lesson that you can access from home.

*Click the "learn more" link for information about in-person lessons!
(Virtual) Flint Library Book Club
First Thursday of every
month @ 6:30PM

This month's session:
July 2
Join Kelly, our ILL and Circulation Librarian, 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:
A Place for Us
 by Fatima Farheen Mirza
(Virtual) Current Events
Discussion Group
Second and fourth Friday of
every month @ 10:30AM

This month's sessions:
July 10 & 24
Discuss current events with others who are interested in sharing their viewpoints on the latest news. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
Please see our Facebook page for the latest updates regarding our virtual programs as new programs are added that may not have made it into our eNewsletter!
Virtual Programs for All Ages
(Virtual) Crafty Conversations
Sundays @ 6:00PM
Join Felicia for a virtual social-hour dedicated to crafting of all kinds. Discuss your latest creative projects, and mingle with others while working on a craft! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Bullet Journaling for Beginners
Thursday, July 9 @ 6:00PM
Join Felicia for a workshop that introduces the practice of organization and planning via Bullet Journaling to beginners! This virtual program will be held on Zoom.
Trustees & Friends Information
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, July 14 @ 7:00PM
The Trustees of Flint Public Library will be hosting their meetings virtually while the library is closed.
The Friends of the Flint are not currently scheduled to meet while the library is closed. In the meantime, please consider clicking the link below for more information about the Friends as they sponsor many programs and resources that our library is able to provide.
Thank you to the Friends of the Flint for sponsoring our eNewsletter, museum and attraction passes, and many library programs!