Happy New Year to all our Patrons!
Library Lines                 January  2018
Playing on Purpose: Professional Development Workshop
Join us on Tues., Jan. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for a professional development workshop titled, "Playing on Purpose." W e'll discuss strategies to incorporate social and emotional learning into our regular routines to make playtime more purposeful for the children you care for. Each participant will be given resources to create a social and emotional literacy toolkit to use in their classroom.
"Playing on Purpose" is limited to 15 participants and registration is required. Call 508-946-2470, email lsalotto@sailsinc.org, or stop by the Library to register.
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.
Zentangle Meditative
Drawing Class --
Save the Date and Register!

Join us from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 7, to learn about Zentangle, a relaxing, and 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.
In the first hour of our Sun Image  Zentangle  class
participants learn seven "tangles" which are easy-to-learn, step-by-step drawings consisting of either a line, dot or circle which are then combined to create abstract patterns.  Drawing the tangles stroke-by-stroke creates a focus which in turn creates a relaxing and meditative state.  In the second hour, participants apply the tangles to a unique line drawing of a sun image which they create together step-by-step and can then take home and color.
The Sun Image class is taught by Certified  Zentangle  Teacher Cindy  O'Brien, a resident of North Attleboro and  owner of Artiste Art and Craft Studio.   As a  practicing artist for more than 30 years, including gallery shows in  Provincetown and Boston, O'Brien's goal as a teacher is to  get people excited about art and just have fun!
This program requires registration, and is free of charge, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Preschool Storylabs Return!

Preschool Storylabs are back this month combining 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.  While Miss Amanda is out we'll have special guests in January:
Jan 17 -- Stop by to meet Soule Homestead's Miss Kate and her chickens!  Fly on over for an egg-cellent time and meet some of their most beautiful hens. The program will  include story time, a fun chicken craft, and a lot of clucking. 
Jan 24 -- Join Miss Betsy for a program about our favorite winter white stuff -- snow!
Jan 31 -- Mish Michaels will tell us about the Massachusetts State Groundhog.  See box below for details. 
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.
Start the New Year Off 
Right w ith these Special Children's Programs

Mon., Jan. 8 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 Soup Month through stories, songs and other activities.  Space is limited.  Call or stop by the Library to register.
Thurs., Jan. 18 at 1:00 p.m.  -- Miss Gina from Self Help, Inc. is back for another Homeschool Discovery Workshop!  Check the Library's calendar for the registration link.  Best for kids ages 6-12. 
Carol Carver Teaches 
Kids  to Bend and Build 
Thurs., Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. -- Kids four to six years old can join Carol Carver for Playful Yoga.  Lots of yoga and calming activities each week.  Space is limited.  Call or stop by the Library to register.  
Mon, Jan 22 at 6:15 p.m.  -- Fun...struction with Carol Carver. 
People are natural tinkerers.  It's in our nature to explore and create things.  Encouraging children to tinker gives them skills to be creative problem solvers out in the world!  Tinkerers make great discoveries, solve small and large problems and test things out to see what works and what doesn't.  Let's create, create, create!   Best for 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregiver(s).  Space is limited.   Contact the Library to register.   
These programs are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Meteorologist Mish Michaels and the story of the Massachusetts State Groundhog

Meteorologist Mish Michaels will visit the Library for a Preschool Storylabs program at 10:30 a.m., Wed., Jan. 31.  She'll teach us about Ms. G., the Massachusetts State Groundhog and participants will enjoy a craft, music and groundhog giveaways!  Books and Ms. G. stuffed animals will be available for purchase at the event.  
Please register by contacting the Library at                         508-946-2470.
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-week program (with the exception of scheduled vacations or illness):  January 31,  February 7,  February 14,  February 28 and  March 7.
Registration is required.  Please use this link to sign up:  http://selfhelpcpc.org/event/school-age-read-rise/.
Your Favorite Children's Programs Return 

Regular children's programs start back up the week of January 8.  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. 

We're Smitten With These  New Books

Here are five new books that will revive you from your post-holiday doldrums, from an intricately plotted fantasy and charmingly funny romance to an inspiring sports memoir and  gripping historical account of catching a killer.

Cruel Prince by Holly Black  (Folk of the Air, book 1)
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie.  Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality.  But many of the fey despise humans, especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.   Grades 9-12.  



Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin  by James Swanson

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass

With habitats featuring sharks, stingrays, jellies and more, you can explore the depths of our ocean planet like never before at the Mystic Aquarium.  Discover the beauty and mystery of underwater worlds that house thousands of colorful fish and exotic marine animals. Indulge your sense of adventure by looking through, crawling under and even reaching into unique displays.
The Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Exhibit offers above- and below-water viewing for more than 35 resident African penguins. Feeding times vary through the day so check the schedule as you arrive at the Aquarium. 
Visit the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibit in the United States, featuring an acre of glacial streams, northern evergreens and crystal blue water.  Hear from trainers during a feeding and training session and learn how the belugas' natural behaviors help them to survive.  
These exhibits and many more can be visited at the Mystic Aquarium with the Library's pass which entitles the holder to $5 off the general ticket price for up to four people.

Did You Know...

...that you can search outside of the SAILS network and access thousands more items from libraries around the State?  Just look for the "Commonwealth Cat" logo on our website to get started. Log in using the same library card number and PIN you use to access the SAILS catalog and search for books, DVDs, CDs and more.  Just remember, you can only order items from the Commonwealth Catalog if no libraries in the SAILS network carry the item.
Summer Reading Quilt 
Completed  and on Display   

Nearly 80 children, teens and adults who attended  the 2017 Summer Reading Kick-off event took part in the "Build a Better World" community-wide quilt project.  Each participant received an 8"x8" square of white muslin which they colored with fabric markers.  Many artists signed their work, ranging from hearts and flowers to rainbows and pets. The backing fabric for the quilt, donated by Homestead Quilting and Fabrics in Lakeville, features a lively black-and-white village scene which attendees also could color in.
Pictured here (left to right) are Sandy Yeskewicz, MPL volunteer, Lori Salotto, head of technical services, Libby Fox, reference and adult services librarian, Chris Dargelis, young adult librarian, and Joyce Meszaros, MPL volunteer. (Missing is Amanda Meyer, children's librarian.) Yeskewicz and Meszaros, members of the Middleborough-based Water Street Quilters group, volunteered their time to sew each of the squares into the giant, finished wall hanging and added a colorful border around the project.  (The duo also volunteered their time and talent to help create a beautiful beach scene quilted wall hanging that their group donated to the MPL as a prize for the Summer Reading event.) Teen volunteer Isabel Perry created and drew the "Build a Better World" panel at the top of the quilt.
Be sure to stop by the main floor of the Library to see this lovingly made piece of handiwork, especially if you were one of the participants who created your own square.  We're sure you'll love the final result!
And You Thought YOU Had Unusual Ways to Celebrate?
Revelers around the world have some pretty different ways to ring in the New Year.  Read about these unusual celebrations, brought to you by Travel & Leisure magazine.

1. In  São Paulo, La Paz and other spots, people don brightly colored underpants to ring in the New Year -- red if they're looking for love, and yellow for money.

2.  In the  Philippines , wearing polka dots and eating round fruits is supposed to ensure a prosperous new year.   In  Spain , wolfing down handfuls of grapes as the clock strikes 12 is said to have the same effect.
3. D uring the Scottish festival of Hogmanay, parades of village men swing giant blazing fireballs over their heads as they march through the streets. In  Panama , effigies of popular celebrities and political figures -- called muñecos -- are burned on bonfires.  Other bad-spirit-banishing customs are less fiery and more fun:  like the Danish tradition of jumping off chairs at midnight (which gives new meaning to the term "leap year").
4. It's a longtime Finnish tradition to predict the coming year by casting molten tin into a container of water and then interpreting the shape the metal takes after hardening.  A heart or ring shape means a wedding in the New Year; a ship forecasts travel; and a pig shape signifies plenty of food.

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