News, Information and Fun Things to Do 
from the
Middleborough Public Library
Library Lines                   June 17,  2020
2020 Online Summer Reading 
Programs Start Saturday!

The "Imagine Your Story" virtual summer reading programs kick off online
, starting this Saturday, June 20, and running through Thursday, August 13, 2020.

There are 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.
Curbside Pickup

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 hours have been extended on the weekdays.  Pickup will be available Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., as staffing allows.

Click  here  to read our full curbside pickup guidelines.

Everything You Always  Wanted to Know About OverDrive and the Libby App  But Were Afraid to Ask

T he "Big Library Read" has returned!   It's a chance for all library card holders to
read the same digital title at the same time without any wait lists or holds. It's like a worldwide digital version of a local book club.

This season's selection is The Darwin Affair, by Tim Mason, and r uns from June 22 through July 1 3.  The scene is London, June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria, and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later--and only a block away--Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Was Victoria really the assassin's target? Are those closest to the Crown hiding something? And who is the shadowy figure witnesses describe as having lifeless, coal-black eyes?   Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy.

You can read a letter from author Tim Mason about his latest work, and review a Discussion Guide here.

If you're new to borrowing e-books and digital audio books from the Library's OverDrive collection, start  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. -- Story time on the Library's  Facebook page!  This
week, June 17
,  join Miss Marilyn and her special guest for two stories, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich.
Tech with Tiny Tots on Thursdays  -- June 18 will be the last Tiny Tots Support group until the summer session.  All families with babies and/or toddlers are welcome to attend.  Enjoy a few stories, songs, rhymes, and time to socialize.  Please register
Friday Fun with Miss Lori's puzzle/challenges -- Join Miss Lori this week, starting June 19, for Summertime Fun Fridays by solving this Brain Quest "All About Books" 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.

Sat., June 20 -- Summer Reading begins!  Kids have the chance to win one of five
grand prizes that support local businesses by reading and/or completing activity badges.  Learn more and sign up by visiting the 
Children's Summer Reading page. 

Coming Soon: Lego fans unite!  Get ready for a brick-tacular Lego week June 29-July 2 with a chance to share creations via Zoom.  
Parents' Corner 

1. Book Bundles:   In need of some new reading material?  Order a book bundle from the Children's Room.  You can request a topic or pick from one of ours:  animals, transportation, award winners, fairy tales, sports, science, survival stories, and more!  If you're not picky try the "Librarian's choice" and get a selection of some of our favorite titles.  We will hand pick five to eight books based on age, grade or reading level.  You can use the library's curbside service to make an appointment and pick them up. Call 508/946-2470 to request yours today.

2.  Father's Day is coming up on Sun., June 21.  Need some inspiration?  Mommy Poppins  15 Father's Day Crafts and Gifts That Kids Can Make  has some great DIY ideas. 

3. Looking for ways to talk about racism with your children?  The American Academy of Pediatrics has resources for caregivers available  here.  Check out this PBS article  How to Use Children's Books to talk about Race and Racism.  It's never too early to expose children to different races and cultures.  

These are just a few of the books in our collection available for curbside pickup.  

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut  by Derrick Barnes
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
I'm Ok by Patti Kim
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

New Teen Reads:  Imagine That!

The wonderful thing about reading is being able to immerse youself so completely in a story that you become the character, experiencing their emotions, enduring their hardships, and glimpsing times and worlds we can only imagine.  Here are some new worlds to discover ...

Burn by Patrick Ness
In 1957, Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are unaware that the dragon Kazimir they hired to work their farm has come because of a  prophecy involving a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.   Grades 8-12. 

The Loop by Ben Oliver
Enduring a tortuous existence on a futuristic death row for teens where inmates can delay their execution date in exchange for becoming laboratory subjects, Luka uncovers rumors about chaos spreading throughout the outside world before he becomes targeted by his crazed fellow prisoners.  Grades 9-12.

Song of Wraiths and Ruin  by Roseanne A. Brown
The first in a gripping fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.  Grades 9-12.

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

Take the Teen Summer Reading Challenge!

Read for a Chance to Win 8 Grand Prizes
Read and/or complete activities for a chance to win  gift certificates to local businesses in the Grand Prize Raffle.

Read what you want and log your time using Beanstack, our new online reading platform.  Each time you reach a reading milestone, you'll earn a virtual badge to cheer you on, plus virtual raffle tickets towards eight raffle prizes.

The more you read, the more tickets you earn (the higher reading levels give you more tickets, too).  Readers who log 20 or more hours will be automatically entered into the Amazon Reading Raffle for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Want more ways to receive tickets and get ahead of the competition?  Complete themed activities that will test your mental, physical, and creative skills to earn yourself an activity badge.  Badges range from cooking, photography, and writing to virtual escape rooms, outdoor adventure, and BINGO.  There's something for everyone!

Participants choose which prizes they want to put their virtual tickets towards for the Grand Prize Raffle.  Raffle prizes include Dairy Queen gift certificates and a $25 gift card to a local business like Cumberland Farms, Dunkin' Donuts, The Game Reserve, and more. 

Register for the teen program anytime between June 20 and August 13 by clicking on the Sign Up link to Beanstack on the Library's home page, or download the Beanstack Tracker app for Android or iOs.

For screen-free participation in the program, call us at 508-946-2470 or email Teen Librarian Christine Dargelis at to request a packet that you can pick up using our curbside service.

For more information, visit our  Teen Summer Reading page .

Funding for this program was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library and The Game Reserve.

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

When describing our curbside pickup service, you may have noticed we mention that we currently can only provide you with items from our library, as material sharing between libraries hasn't resumed yet.  (See curbside delivery article above.) 

Do you know how to find those Middleboro items when you search for something in our catalog?  Starting at the SAILS website , you can click on the box that says "Everything" near the little house button in the grey bar across the top of the page.  Just choose "Search Middleboro Titles" from the drop-down box, and you're all set.

You also can do this on the mobile app by using the "Search by Library" feature on the second screen of the app (swipe left to get there).
This Week's Marvelous  "Museum Pass"

Old Ironsides may be off-limits in person right now, but the virtual U.S.S. Constitution Museum is always open and offers a variety of wonderful resources. 

You can explore the ship via a video tour, meet members of the crew, learn all about the ship's history, explore the museum's collections, try Family Fun & Games at home with a downloadable activity book, and play four different online games like "Meet Your Shipmates" and "Sail to Victory."
Spotlight on a Local Hero --  Josh Kantor, Organist for  the Boston Red Sox

What do you do when Major League Baseball has closed every ball field in America, including your beloved Fenway, and it's your job to make music and entertain the fans?

Josh Kantor, organist for the Boston Red Sox since 2003, has found a way to connect with fans and give something back.  Since the stay-at-home order started, he's been offering a live-streamed daily concert on Facebook.  Every afternoon at 3:00 p.m., you can go to his Facebook page, the 7th-Inning Stretch, and listen to Josh play baseball-themed favorites and a huge range of other genres.  He even takes requests, just like at the ballpark.  Submit them in the comments section of his page. 

Josh and his wife, Mary, who is a minister, decided to ask people enjoying the show to make a donation to their local food bank.  Middleborough residents can donate to the St. Vincent de Paul location, or for other towns, go to
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. offers a number of different hotlines and ways to receive updates and information about COVID-19 including the following -- 
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