News, Information and Fun Things to Do 
from the
Middleborough Public Library
Library Lines                   June 10,  2020
Imagine Your Story: 
Our 2020 Summer Reading Programs  Move Online

We may not be fully open to the public yet but we're not letting that get in the way of bringing you the summer reading programs you've always counted on. The "Imagine Your Story" virtual summer reading programs kick off online , starting Saturday, June 20, and running through Thursday, August 13, 2020.

As always, we'll have programs for everyone, including children, teens and adults. Prizes for reading and participating in a variety of online and at-home activities will be awarded for all ages. New this year is the Beanstack Tracker mobile app where you can participate right from your mobile device. We've also added the ability to create accounts for the entire family, making it easier than ever to join in the fun.
The free Beanstack app can be downloaded from your device's app store for both iOS and Android operating systems. Please note that the app does not currently allow you to post picture reviews or upload activity photos -- you'll need to do that through the Beanstack website.
For patrons without access to the internet at home, or for those looking for a screen-free activity, you can request a packet of print materials from the Library. Please contact Amanda Meyer, Children's Librarian, at 508/946-2470. 

If you'd like more detailed news and information about summer reading programs, look in future issues of this newsletter, call 508/946-2470, or visit our website or Facebook page.
The Imagine Your Story Summer Reading programs are sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and supported through the generosity of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library. The Beanstack summer reading platform is made possible by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and with the assistance of the Massachusetts Library System.
Everything You Always  Wanted to Know About OverDrive and the Libby App  But Were Afraid to Ask

SAILS has curated a collection of OverDrive reading suggestions about racial injustice and systemic racism, with an eye toward helping people learn about these issues and better understand  the George Floyd protests.  Many have waiting lists but you can place a hold any time with OverDrive or the Libby app.  The Boston Public Library also has an extensive Overdrive collection on the topic as do the CLAMS, Minuteman, and  NOBLE networks.  All Massachusetts OverDrive collections are accessible with your SAILS library card. 

You also can call (508/946-2470) or email the Library to place holds for print and audio book copies for curbside pickup.  Several items currently in our collection and on our shelves (at the time of this writing) include: The Color of Water, by James McBride,  Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, How I Resist, by Maureen Johnson, Malcolm X by Manning Marable,   March by John Lewis, and   White Trash by Nancy Isenberg.

If you're new to borrowing e-books and digital audio books from the Library's OverDrive collection, start  here  at the "Help" pages. For assistance, email Reference Librarian  Libby Fox  and she'll get back to you and try to help.
Curbside Pickup Available

We're currently  offering curbside pickup by appointment only. 

Only materials owned by the Middleborough Public Library will be available for curbside pickup. Materials from other libraries will not be available at this time.
Place holds for items you'd like to request by logging into your  SAILS account and searching the catalog, remembering materials must be available in the Middleborough Library.   You also may phone or email us your requests at 508/ 946-2470 ext. 1  or

Once your items are ready, you will be called to schedule your pickup.  Curbside pickup will be available  Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday,  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Click here to read our full curbside pickup guidelines.

June Means Summer's On Its Way!

Here's Miss Amanda's collection of weekly online activities for your kids to have fun with until the Library reopens.
Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. -- Story time on  Facebook ! This week, June 10 ,  join Miss Amanda on the Library's Facebook page at 1:00 p.m. for the story How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop. Tune in to find out who will be the special guest for the following week.
Tech with Tiny Tots on Thursdays  -- Tiny Tots Support Group continues on June 11 for all those with babies and toddlers.  New families are always welcome along with crying, hungry, tired and fussy kids. Everyone will be muted during the story time portion.  There will be time to socialize.  Please register here.
Friday Fun with Miss Lori's puzzle/chall enges -- Join Miss Lori this week, starting June 12, for Summertime Fun Fridays by solving this Brain Quest geography puzzle. Print out the puzzle, solve it, and post a picture of it in the comments section of our Facebook page.  You also can email Miss Lori who will share it for you.
Miss Amanda's Monday Musings -- On June 15, it's a summer photo scavenger hunt!  Are you getting ready for fun in the sun?  My challenge to you is to take a photo or make a drawing of the following summertime items after you find them:  sunglasses, sandals, frozen treat, sunscreen, sun hat, sprinkler, beach towel, sand toy, pool noodle.  Add your favorite picture to the Library's Facebook post. 

Tuesday Lego Challenges -- Starting June 16, t his week's Lego challenge is to create a summer scene.  Add your pictures to the Library's  Facebook  post or email them to Miss Amanda

Be sure to look for another newsletter, coming out on Wed., June 17, for next week's fun programs with Miss Amanda!
Parents' Corner: Summer Reading Starts Soon!

Starting  Sat., June 20, children are invited to sign up for our "Imagine Your Story" online summer reading program.

Earn virtual tickets for a chance to win one of five grand prizes that support local businesses by reading and/or completing activities.  Want to do the program screen-free?  Request a packet from Miss Amanda, or call 508/946-2470.

Visit our Children's Summer Reading page for more information and be sure to watch this Summer Reading Welcome Video from Miss Amanda!

Teen Summer Reading Challenge Coming Soon!

This summer may be shaping up to be like nothing you've ever imagined, but some things remain the same:  summer still means  time to read what you want,  fun in the sun, exciting activities, and cool prizes!  Our Teen Summer Reading program hopes to bring you that and more.

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to register using our new online platform called Beanstack (for easy access, try the Beanstack Tracker app for Android and iOS).  Once you've created an account, you'll be able to  enroll in the teen challenge starting Saturday, June 20 through August 13.  

The rest is just as easy!  Log the time you read and participate in an array of fun and challenging activities to earn virtual badges and tickets towards the Grand Prize Raffle.  We'll be giving away eight grand prizes, many of which will help to support our local businesses.

Get ready for a summer beyond imagination!   Visit our Teen Summer Reading page for more details.
Virtual Summer Reading Challenge for Adults Starts  Next Week

"Imagine Your Story" the 2020 Adult Summer Reading Program (ASRP), kicks off on  Sat., June 20 and runs through  Thurs., Aug. 13, 2020. 

Read, write, listen and explore to complete online and at-home activities. Go deep into our website, take a virtual museum tour, stream a movie with the Libby app, make a pandemic time capsule, and much more.

Each completed activity will earn you one chance to win one of five Prize Packs including local restaurant gift certificates, new books and more. You'll also earn the chance to win one grand prize award. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the program in mid-August. One prize/prize pack per person. You must be at least 18 to participate in this program.  

Additional information and links to the ASRP registration page will be provided in next week's newsletter. 

Teen Book Spotlight:  Race Relations

These historical and present-day stories of racism can help us better understand the adversity that people of different races face and encourage us to embrace diversity, live compassionately, and strive for justice and peace.

Add these books to your OverDrive holds list:

All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds
When 16-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.  Grades 8-12.

Also try:  Dear Martin  by Nic Stone, How It Went Down by Kekla Maand Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Slay by Brittney Morris
An honors student at Jefferson Academy, 17-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.  Grades 9-12.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award
 winner  Stamped  from the Beginning. Grades 7-12.

  This Time It Will Be Different  by Mira Sugiura
Preferring a simple future to her mother's ambitions for her, a 17-year-old Japanese-American teen discovers her talent for flower arranging before her mother tries to sell the flower shop to the swindlers responsible for their hardships.  Grades 9-12.

These titles are in the Library's print collection.  Call or email us to place a hold for curbside pickup.

American Born Chinese By Gene Luen Yang
In this graphic novel, Yang alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.  Grades 7-12.    For a historical perspective on Chinese Americans, try  The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee  

Anger Is a Gift  by Mark Oshiro
A young adult debut by the popular social media personality and critic reflects the racial and economic struggles of today's teens in the story of high school junior Moss, who in the face of a racist school administration decides to organize a protest that escalates into violence.

On the Come Up  by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Bri hopes to become a great rapper, and after her first song goes viral for all the  wrong reasons, must decide whether to sell out or face eviction with her widowed mother.  Also try the author's award-winning The Hate U Give. Grades 9-12.

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, TX, in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people. Grades 9-12.

My Name is Not Easy  by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.   Grades 7-12.

Piecing Me Together  by Renee Watson
Tired of being singled out at her mostly white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.  Grades 7-12.

Also try: Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Informed that a bully she does not know is determined to beat her up Latin American teen Piddy Sanchez struggles to learn more about the father she has never met, until the bully's gang forces her to confront more difficult challenges.  Grades 7-12.

"Your Two Cents Worth"--   Quick Tips to Help Manage    Your Account

Look here for tips to help manage your library account from home. 

If you've returned items in our outdoor book drops recently, you may have noticed that it takes about four days before they're checked in and removed from your account.  We're quarantining all returns for several days before checking them in and returning them to our shelves.

You'll be glad to know that all due dates have been extended (again) until July 9 and nobody will be charged overdue fees.
This Week's Marvelous
"Museum Pass"

This week, we take you on a virtual tour of the National Museum of African
American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

Its Digital Resources Guide provides a "Talking About Race" Web Portal, many online exhibitions, and Curator Chats.

The NMAAHC is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.  It opened to the public in 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washnington, DC.
Spotlight on a Local Hero -- Elliot Farm

Elliot Farm in Lakeville is offering a  complimentary CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) membership to a local family who has  suffered from Coronavirus-related employment loss.  You can find the application here. Personal information will be kept confidential.

CSA refers to a group of farm stand customers who pledge to support their local farm by purchasing a "share" of the anticipated harvest before the growing season begins. 
Musical Moment  of  the Week

Here's another incredible online musical collaboration, created in spite of the limitations of social distancing.  

Approximately 150 singers, dancers and musicians, many affiliated in some way with "Hairspray" (the movie, Broadway musical, and national tour), contributed their talent to this joyous rendition of the one of the show's most popular songs, "You Can't Stop the Beat." Performers include Martin Short, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and many more.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible creativity, skill, and technology that made this possible. Just click here.
Book News From Around the World:  Louise Penny

For our many patrons out there who are avid fans of Canadian author Louise Penny, and her main character Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, 
we don't have to tell you what a wonderful writer and story teller she is.  But do you know what a kind, generous-of-spirit, and witty person she is?  Her monthly newsletter  is a highlight of the day when it arrives in the email. 

This week, we share with you a video Penny shared with her fans in her June newsletter that can't help but make you smile. You don't even have to be a dog lover to enjoy the humor behind the canine Zoom call.

And if you're not familiar with her work, check out our digital collection, in both e-book and audio book, here. We promise you won't be disappointed. 
COVID-19 Critical Content

We know you've got lots of sites where you can go to get information on the Coronavirus pandemic, so each week, we'll provide links to a few trusted and respected sources.

Both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer lists of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on their websites that are regularly updated. 

They're the first place to look for up-to-date, factual information about Coronavirus.
Lost Your Card?

If you've lost your card or just can't find it right now, and want to tap into all of the great online library resources,  SAILS has got you covered. You can register online for a temporary card that will work for two months.  Click  here  to register for a temporary card.  Once we open, you'll have to come visit to get a permanent card, but this will allow you to access all we have to offer in the meantime. 

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

Currently -- Closed until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When we re-open:
Monday--Thursday:  10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.    
Saturday:  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   
Sundays: noon - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Fridays