May Programs & News
Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
tel:  978-774-8132
fax: 978-777-3270
email: flint3@comcast.net
In this Issue:
  • News from The Flint
  • Adult Browsing by Appointment
  • Virtual Programs & Resources
  • Registering for library cards
  • Lobby Pick-Up Services
  • Personalized Book+ Bundles
  • Returned materials
  • Programs/Events
  • Children
  • Tweens & Teens
  • Adults
  • Various Ages
  • Trustees & Friends Information
  • Museum & Attraction Pass Information
Lobby Pick-Up Hours:
*Please refer to our website for our most up-to-date Lobby Pick-Up procedure prior to your visit.
Sun: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tue & Wed: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Adult Browsing Hours:
*Available by appointment only on Fridays beginning May 7. Learn more about Adult Browsing under "News from The Flint"

Library Hours:
*Staff will be available for virtual services
Sun: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon - Wed: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thu: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fri: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: CLOSED

Holiday Closings:
Sunday, May 9
Sunday, May 30
Monday, May 31
News 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.
Adult Browsing by Appointment

We are excited to begin offering browsing of Adult and Young Adult materials! Adult Browsing hours will be scheduled by 25-minute appointment and will be available on Friday afternoons beginning May 7.

Browsing sessions will be held on Friday afternoons from 1:00-4:30 PM. Adult patrons may reserve a 25-minute browsing session by going to our library website at www.flintlibrary.org and finding the Adult Browsing Event on our online calendar. Or patrons may call the library at 978-774-8132 and have a librarian reserve a session for them.

As always, the safety of our library patrons and the safety of our staff are of the utmost importance to us. We ask that patrons review our Adult Browsing Guidelines prior to their appointment so that they can resume the joy of browsing in a safe and organized way.

Please see Flint Public Library's website for our most up-to-date Adult Browsing Guidelines prior to scheduling your browsing appointment at the library.
Virtual Programs & Resources

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! OverdriveLibby, 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 that can be accessed by most smartphones, computers, e-readers, or Apple and Android devices.

The Flint is now able to offer online, at-home access to Ancestry.com, a genealogy research database with worldwide access, and Value Line, an investment research database. Call the library for more details on how you can access these important resources. 

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!

In need of a library card? Register for a library card 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 Lobby 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 to register for a card.

MVLC Library cards will work on all of our electronic materials and materials that you request for lobby pick-up while we're closed. New library cards can be picked up at the lobby pick-up desk or during browsing appointments.

If you've forgotten or lost your card number, we can look it up. If you're a resident of another town and want to use your library card to utilize Flint's Lobby Pick-Up and/or Adult Browsing services, we can help with that. Send us an email and we'll get it sorted out. Happy reading!
Lobby Pick-Up Services

In addition, we are offering lobby 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 or answer any questions. Patrons are also able to place their own hold requests via our online catalog.

Please see Flint Public Library's website for our most up-to-date Lobby Pick-Up Procedure before your next pick-up at the library!

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Personalized Book+ Bundles Available for All Ages

Interested in checking out materials from the library, but unsure of where to start? Let your librarians help you by creating personalized book+ bundles! Request a bundle for your desired age group and pick up your materials through our Lobby Pick-Up service!


  • Teen Book Bundles can be requested by emailing Nicole (ncardarelli@flintpublib.org) or by calling the library (978.774.8132)

  • Adult Book/DVD bundles Adults can be requested by emailing Justin (jliberti@flintpublib.org) or by calling the library (978.774.8132)

Please note that you must have a valid library card in order to request a bundle. If you do not have a card, please refer to the 'In need of a library card?' section above for more information on registering for a card.

Book/DVD bundles will be available for pick-up in our lobby pick-up program. Please wait for a notification that your items are ready before visiting to pick them up. You will be notified by email, phone, or text, depending upon your account preferences.

Please see Flint Public Library's website for our most up-to-date Lobby Pick-Up Procedure before your next pick-up at the library!
Outdoor Book Drops & Quarantined Materials

At this time, our outdoor book drops are available for returns. Please note that items returned in our book drops will remain in quarantine for several days before being checked in and removed from patron accounts. If you have any questions about due dates please log in to your account via our catalog, or call the library and a librarian will assist you.
Programs for Children
(Suggested Ages: 0-8 yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Lobby Pick-Up) Joy Jars Take-and-Make Craft for Children
Available via Lobby Pick-Up beginning Tuesday, May 4 while supplies last
Bring a bit of happiness to your day with Joy Jars from Flint Public Library! Our children’s take-and-make activity for May is a jar full of small surprises to inspire creativity. When your jar is empty, use the included supplies to create a stained glass container where you can collect your favorite things, or use the finished jar to hold crayons, pencils, and art supplies.
(Virtual) Morning Storytime with Miss Jessica
Tuesdays @ 11:00 AM
beginning May 11
Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft during virtual storytime with Miss Jessica! Participants will need to join the group Flint Public Library Storytime Online to see sessions held on Facebook Live.
(Virtual) Music Class
with Rockabye Beats
Wednesdays @ 11:00 AM
beginning May 12
Get those mid-week wiggles out with Rockabye Beats! This program is geared towards children, but all music-lovers are encouraged to join. Virtual sessions are held on Facebook Live via Flint Public Library's Facebook page.
(Virtual) Music with MaryBeth Maes
Thursday, May 6 & 20 @ 11:00 AM
Join MaryBeth Maes for music and movement during this pre-recorded event that will be shared on Flint Public Library's Facebook page! Please note that this is not a live performance, but this pre-recorded performance can be enjoyed again and again. This program is brought to you by CFCE of the North Shore.
(Virtual) Evening Storytime with Miss Felicia
Thursdays @ 7:00 PM
beginning May 13
Enjoy stories, songs, and activities during virtual storytime with Miss Felicia! Participants will need to join the group Flint Public Library Storytime Online to see sessions held on Facebook Live.
(Virtual) Stay-at-Home
STEM with Miss Stacey
Thursday, May 13 @ 11:00 AM
Join Miss Stacey for a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) video featuring lessons and activities that you can view and do at home with your children using materials you probably already have around your home.

In this month's Stay-at-Home STEM video, Miss Stacey talks a little about the sun, its rays, and how to protect ourselves when we're outside, while doing a few simple demonstrations that show us how sunscreen and other methods of sun protection keep us safe. All of the materials you need for this take-and-make activity will be available at the lobby pick-up desk. A materials list will be posted to our Facebook page for those who may not be able to get to the library to pick up a take-and-make kit.
(Lobby Pick-Up) Stay-at-Home
STEM Take & Make Activity Kits
Available via Lobby Pick-Up beginning Thursday, May 13 while supplies last
Whether you want to experiment along with Miss Stacey's step-by-step video or complete this activity on your own time using the included instructions, our STEM Take-and-Make Kits include everything you need to demonstrate how sunscreens and other means of protection keep us safe from damage caused by the sun.
Programs for Tweens & Teens
(Suggested Ages: 10-17 yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Virtual Escape Room - Available Anytime!
Do you enjoy solving puzzles, rhymes, or brain-teasers? Want to put your escape-artist skills to the test? Give The Flint's very own Virtual Escape Room a try!
(Virtual) Anime & Manga Club for Teens
Tuesdays @ 8:00 PM
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian, to watch and discuss anime from home with other enthusiasts! Virtual sessions will be held via Discord.
(Lobby Pick-Up) Among Us Take-and-Make Craft for Tweens & Teens
Available via Lobby Pick-Up beginning Tuesday, May 18 while supplies last
Are you a fan of Among Us? Are you sick of playing as a crewmate and having to complete tasks? The idea of a free Among Us craft might sound "kinda sus," but we aren't the imposter! Tweens & teens are welcome to enjoy making their own Among Us imposter craft with our take and make kits available via lobby pick-up beginning Tuesday, May 18 while supplies last.
(Virtual) Afternoon Activities
for Tweens & Teens
Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM
Join Felicia in this virtual space for tweens and teens between the ages of 10-15 to hangout and socialize, work on homework together, play virtual games, or participate in activities, with occasional special events! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) College Essay Prep Class
Thursday, May 27 @ 6:00 PM
*Registration required
Writing a memorable college essay is the one of the best ways for students to distinguish their college application. Tracy Stephens, local English teacher and founder of TCS Prep, will share helpful advice and strategies for writing a compelling college application essay. Participants will also have a chance to read sample essays, ask questions and leave with a brainstorming activity to help them generate possible topic ideas. This virtual program will be held on Zoom.
Check out more teen-friendly events under 'Virtual Programs for Various Ages'
Programs for Adults
(Suggested Ages: 18+ yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Guided Meditations
New meditations on Tuesdays
Missing our weekly meditation group? Check out these links to guided meditations that you can follow along at home via Youtube!
(Virtual) Writing Group
First and third Tuesday of
the month @ 6:00 PM

This month's sessions:
May 4 & 18
Do you enjoy writing? Bring a sample of your work to share, and support other writers! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(In-Person) Taiji Qigong Lessons
Wednesdays @ 11:00 AM
Taiji Qigong is an easy-to-learn system of energy-enhancing exercises, which coordinates movement with breathing and inner concentration. If practiced regularly, it can boost your energy, improve health, and help prevent illness. Sessions will be hosted on the library lawn (weather permitting) by Larry Greenberg.
(Virtual) FPL Book Club:
Novels & Nonfiction
First Thursday of the
month @ 6:30 PM

This month's session:
May 6
Join Charlie 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:
Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik
(Virtual) Just Think... Write Now!
First Friday of the month @ 10:30 AM

This month's session:
May 7
Create the life you want through setting goals, positive thinking and purposeful journaling. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Bridging the Gap: Mediation Group
Second Friday of the month
@ 10:30 AM

This month's session:
May 14
Join us in a discussion on the second Friday of every month to explore ways of finding common ground. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat
Wednesday, May 12 @ 6:00 PM
Learn about the benefits and joys of creating beautiful layered gardens designed for avian – and human! – habitation with Master Gardner and bird love, Joan Butler. This virtual program will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Kahoot! Trivia: The Princess Bride (1987)
Wednesday, May 19 @ 3:00 PM
Anybody want a peanut? We invite you to celebrate (what would have been) Andre the Giant's 75th birthday with a special Kahoot! Trivia Challenge featuring the 1987 cult classic "The Princess Bride." The link to this challenge will be posted on the Flint Public Library Facebook page at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19th and will remain active until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28th.
(Virtual) Mystery Book Club
Third Wednesday of the
month @ 6:30 PM

This month's session:
May 19
Calling all armchair detectives! The Flint Public Library is so excited to announce our new Mystery Book Club, which will meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30PM to discuss mystery, suspense, and thriller novels. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
This month's title to be discussed:
The Red Hunter
by Lisa Unger
(Virtual) Forever Young Adult Book Club
Saturday, May 22 @ 8:00 PM
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian, for this monthly book club welcoming adults that love to read Young Adult fiction. Participants are invited to socialize with others and discuss this month's read. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
This month's title to be discussed:
We Hunt the Flame
by Hafsah Faizal
(Virtual) Current Events
Discussion Group
Fourth Friday of the month
@ 10:30 AM

This month's session:
May 28
Discuss current events with others who are interested in sharing their viewpoints on the latest news. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
Programs for Various Ages
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Crafty Conversations
Alternating Mondays @ 6:00 PM
Alternating Sundays @ 4:00 PM
Do you have a creative hobby that you enjoy? Do you enjoy being a "maker" of crafts in your free time? Join Felicia for a virtual social-group dedicated to crafting of all kinds. Participants are welcome to discuss their latest creative projects and mingle while working on an independent craft or creative activity from the comfort of their own homes. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
Trustees & Friends Information
Next Meeting:
Monday, May 10 @ 7:00 PM
The Trustees of Flint Public Library will be hosting their meetings virtually while the library is closed.
Next Meeting:
Wednesday, My 12 @ 7:00 PM
The Friends of the Flint will be hosting their meetings virtually while the library is closed.
Museum & Attraction Pass Information
At this time, several museums and attractions have reopened and are welcoming back visitors.

To learn about our most up-to-date available passes that can be requested, please call the library (978-774-8132) to speak with a member of the staff.

To reserve a pass online, please click here to be redirected to our "Museum Passes" page that can be found on Flint Public Library's website.
Thank you to the Friends of the Flint for sponsoring our eNewsletter, museum and attraction passes, and many library programs!