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Middleborough Public Library
Library Lines                   June 3,  2020
Curbside Pickup

We're  now 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.

Curbside Guidelines:
  • Park in either of the two reserved parking spaces to the left of the Peirce
    Street entrance.
  • If you arrive early, please park in the parking lot across the street. When it's your reserved time, you may move into one of the two "curbside" parking spaces.
  • If you are running late or need to reschedule your pickup, please call us.
  • Please remain in your vehicle during the pickup.
  • Please wear a face mask when speaking with a Librarian.
  • Please have your library card or a form of identification for the person who ordered the items -- a Librarian will be asking for it.
  • The Librarian will place your bag of materials in your vehicle's trunk or back passenger seat.
  • If you remember something additional that you'd like, please place a hold for it, call it in, or email your request for another pickup time. We will not be taking "curbside" orders.
Everything You Always  Wanted to Know About OverDrive and the Libby App  But Were Afraid to Ask

Maybe the Summer of 2020 isn't going to be the same as past years.  Maybe you've had to cancel your big summer travel plans.  But there's one thing you can still indulge in at no cost in your own back yard -- a big, juicy, summer read. 

OverDrive has lots of titles for you to choose from.  There are the new releases like Jennifer Weiner's Big Summer, Emily Henry's Beach Read, and The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward, or past best-sellers like Elin Hilderbrand's Summer of '69, Nancy Thayer'S  Secrets in Summer, and anything by Jojo Moyes or Liane Moriarity.

Use  OverDrive or the Libby app to place a hold or 
check out a copy today.  Many  are available in both e-print and e-audio versions.

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.

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. -- This week, on June 3, visit the Library's Facebook page  where Miss Amanda will read Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi.  Participate in bug songs and movement, and then learn how to create your own glow bug at home with Ms. Betsy.
Tech with Tiny Tots on Thursdays  -- Tiny Tots Support Group continues this week at noon on June 4.  Suited for families with babies and toddlers, you're welcome to join once or every week until June 18.  Crying, hungry, tired, and fussy kids welcome.  Everyone will be muted during the story time part of the program and there will be time to socialize and support one another.  Please register here.
Friday Fun with Miss Lori's Chall enges/Puzzles -- Join Miss Lori this week, starting June 5, for Summertime Fun Fridays by solving this Brain Quest 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 8 for this week's Facebook story time, the
book is How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop.  Problem-solve how you could hug a spiny porcupine and make a drawing or take a picture of your solution.  Photos can be posted in the comments section of the Library's 
Facebook page or emailed to Miss Amanda.

Tuesday Lego Challenges --  On June 9, b uild with your eyes closed or blindfolded for 10 minutes.  What did you make?  Send pictures to Miss Amanda  or post to the Library's Facebook  page.

Be sure to look for another newsletter, coming out on Wed., June 10, for next week's fun programs with Miss Amanda!
Parents' Corner

J. K. Rowling, the author of the best-selling Harry Potter series, has released online installments of her new children's book called  The Ickabog.  It will be available at no charge  over the coming weeks, and each installment will be a few chapters. Read the first 10 chapters here.

Do you have a child who loves to draw?  You can enter their illustrations for a chance to be published in the print edition of the book later this year.  Rowling plans to donate royalties from the print copy to support those affected by  coronavirus.  

Check out the dedicated website with information about the  illustration competition.

Teen Reads, Tips & To-Dos 

Each week, we'll share new and notable books, tips on topics and resources relating to you, or themed craft and activity ideas to help you get through this tough time.
This Week's Genre Spotlight:  LGBTQIA Stories

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye
Everyone at Fairvale Academy knows about the dare Bryson Keller has accepted to date the first person who asks him out each week, but when closeted Kai challenges straight Bryson to secretly date him, Kai must grapple with his growing feelings for a boy who can never be his, right?  Grades 9-12.

Out Now by Saundra Mitchell
A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features 17 new short stories from amazing queer YA authors that explore questioning and exploring self, identities, and labels; family pressure; the desire to be seen and loved; and courage.  Grades 9-12. 

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
When Liz Lighty's college financial aid falls through she is forced to turn to her school's scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.   Grades 8-12.  

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
When his volatile father is picked to become an astronaut for NASA's mission to Mars, 17-year-old Cal, an aspiring journalist, reluctantly moves from Brooklyn to Houston, Texas, and looks for a story to report, finding an ally (and crush) in Jeremy, the son of another astronaut.   Grades 8-12.  

Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen
Preferring to hang out with her best friends rather than pursue relationships, a gay teen finds her perspectives changed by an unexpected secret relationship with a beautiful senior who may or may not also like girls.  Grades 9-12.

New to OverDrive and the Libby app?  Find out more.

June is Pride Month!   
  • Watch the GlobalPride2020 event on June 27 for 24 hours of streaming content--musical and artistic performances, speeches from activists and campaigners, and addresses by public figures--that reflects and celebrates the diversity of LGBTI+ people everywhere.
For the graduates ...
"Your Two Cents Worth"--   Quick Tips to Help Manage    Your Account 

Have you been wondering what to do with all those library books and DVDs you've had at home for a few months now?

You're not alone, as we've been asked this question a lot lately.  You can return any of your library materials in either of our two book drops located at the Peirce Street entrance.  Both are emptied daily and quarantined for the time recommended by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  

Please note: Your returned/quarantined items will remain on your list of active checkouts for several days before we check them in.
"Silly Shots": Photo Contest

You stuck with us for two months worth of contests.  You submitted nearly 100 pics on our Facebook page and made us laugh, made us really hungry, and made us tear up over the love for your pets.

Here are some fun facts from the contest:

1. More than 60 o f you shared photos.
2. The Pets theme drew the most entries, with more than 30 pictures posted, and Cooking While Home drew the second most entries with more than 20.  We loved seeing the informal recipe exchange generated by this theme.

Here are the winners, drawn at random from all those who posted a picture each week, and the theme of the contest they won: Sandra Brangan (favorite mug), Emily Reinly (book character costume), Thor Ahlander (the great outdoors), Jennifer Tinkham (try something new), Robin Ruehrwein, (pet/stuffed animal), Jennier Carter (food, glorious food), Meg Grady (PJ living), Erica Thibodeau (I  heart reading), and Brittany Carriero Silva (face mask fashion).

We'll contact all winners about getting your gift cards to you once we re-open to the public.
This Week's Marvelous
"Museum Pass"

Past newsletters have featured tours of world-famous art installations, libraries, and flower gardens but this week we're featuring something a little more other-worldly.  Saturday marked the first time in nearly a decade that NASA astronauts were launched from U.S. soil, in an American-made spacecraft, headed to the International Space Station. So i n honor of the SpaceEx launch, we bring you two virtual tours of NASA facilities.  

1. Langley Research Center (LRC) Virtual Tour -- Explore 17 different areas of the LRC including the Flight Research Center, the Subsonic Wind Tunnel, and the In-Space Robotics Manufacturing and Assembly area.

2. Glenn Research Center (GRC) -- Get an inside look at the GRC's facilities. View videos, images and testing in action in the Ballisitics Impact Lab, the Icing Research Tunnel, the Space Environments Complex, and seven other tours.
"Book Blurbs" --  What We've  Been  Reading While Home

Every week or so, we're bringing you a brief Book Blurb from the staff to fill you in on what we've been reading.  This week we bring you a duo of reviews from two of our library technicians. 

Library Technician Amy Woodward -- 
                 All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew (2013  )

I'm the kind of person who gets overwhelmed when tasked with watering a
plant. I tried to maintain a very small shelf of herbs last year -- it did not go well. Thus, the thought of any type of gardening gives me the heebie-jeebies. Mel Bartholomew's All New Square Foot Gardening helped allay my fears with its straightforward, no-nonsense style, to the point where I'm hopeful about starting my own mini square-foot garden next year.

The author breaks down all the basic concepts you would need to know to start a square foot garden, including designing and constructing these gardens, composting, mixing the perfect soil, planting, and maintaining your garden. He teases some of these topics at the beginning of the book, but all of my questions were answered as I went through each chapter. By the end, I felt more confident and knowledgeable about the tasks before me and how to conquer any problems I might encounter. 

Don't skip the helpful appendices found in the back, especially one that lists any crop you could think of growing, and everything you would need to know about how to grow it (when to start the seed, when and where to plant it, how to harvest it, and even how to use the crop once you've harvested). After reading this, I felt prepared to tackle my own garden in the future, now that I understand some of the basics.

Library Technician Kaye Duquette-- 
                    No Crumbs Left : Recipes For Everyday Food Made Marvelous,                            by Teri Turner (2019)

Most of us are doing a lot more home cooking than usual these days, making our favorite comfort foods, trying to stretch the ingredients we have on hand, and scouring the internet and our well-worn cookbooks for more recipes. In her first 
book , Whole30 blogger Teri Turner provides meals, snacks, sides, sauces, and other tasty treats with easy-to-follow instructions and mouth-watering photographs. Most of the offerings here are designed to be crowd-pleasers while still being safe for those with dietary restrictions or who are living gluten- and dairy-free, but if you love bread, rice, and cheese and want to tweak Turner's recipes to your tastes, I won't tell.

Place a hold for the e-book edition in OverDrive here or for the print copy in our collection to be picked up once we re-open here.
Musical Moment  of  the Week

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

For the first time ever, band members from the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard joined together to bring you pieces you're sure to recognize and enjoy in this Armed Forces Medley.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible creativity, skill, and technology that made this possible.
Did You Know...?

Get to know a little bit more about some of our staff this June.   A rock star around town with the littler set, Amanda Meyer, aka Miss Amanda, is our Children's Librarian. Here are a few fun facts you probably don't know about her.

1.  I'm a farm girl at heart, and grew up on a family farm in Iowa. My father installed a car seat in his tractor so I could safely ride along at a very young age.  My hometown's population had less than 650 people.

2.  When I was working at the Old State House Museum in Boston I met Tom Hanks.  He was visiting historic landmarks during his press tour for HBO's miniseries "John Adams." And, yes, he really is as nice in person as he seems.

3.  I was a member of 4-H for eight years where I built model airplanes, assistedfriends showing sheep, and submitted many projects for judging at the county fair.  I was named Miss North Iowa Fair queen one year and while 
Miss Amanda and her mom, 1984.
presenting ribbons to the  winners of the cattle division my counterpart was kicked and almost trampled.  He managed to walk away with minor injuries.

4.  What's on my bookshelf?  While I do have a lot of children's books in my collection, I also have an affinity for art reads, especially those based on theft and forgery.
Book News From Around the Country: LibraryReads

LibraryReads is a compilation of the Top Ten fiction and nonfiction books published each month that librarians across the country love.  Prior to the first of the month a book is published, participating librarians vote for their favorites.  You may enjoy learning about what librarians are reading in their free time, and get some ideas for titles you'd like to check out.

LibraryReads is for anyone who uses a public library, whether in person or online, whether you borrow books, attend programming, rely on library staff for reading recommendations, subscribe to newsletters, browse the shelves and stacks for reading ideas, or participate in any type of library activity.

Click here to see the monthly LibraryReads list, or look for it in the Library on the desk of Reference Librarian, Libby Fox 
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.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has created a map featuring all COVID-19 testing sites throughout the Commonwealth.  Click here to learn about the site nearest you.  You can click on  a test site within the map for more information such as address, hours of operation, directions, insurance coverage accepted, whether or not they test children, and more. 
Lost Your Card?

If you've lost your card or just can't find it right now, and want to tap into all of our 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 provide you with access to 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