May is here! Will it finally feel like Spring?
Library Lines                May  2018
Meet Our New Director
Randy Robertshaw

You may have noticed a new face at the Library by now -- our new director, Randy Robertshaw. Although most of Randy's library career was spent at libraries north of Boston, he spent the last five years in Saudi Arabia working for Aramco libraries.

The Board of Trustees will be holding an official welcome reception sometime soon but, in the meantime, please say hello if you spot him around the building.
Ruthless River Author Talk

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., May 2 for a fascinating visual presentation and discussion of South Dartmouth author Holly Fitzgerald's new book, Ruthless River: Love & Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios.  A question-and-answer session will follow the program.  The author also will sell and sign copies of her book.

Ruthless River recounts the harrowing circumstances faced by Fitzgerald and her husband as they set off on a South American honeymoon adventure that swiftly transformed into a nightmare when their plane crash-landed in a  Peruvian penal colony. Stranded in a tiny town on the banks of the Rio Madre de Dios, they decide to take the locals' advice to build a raft and travel down-river to Bolivia.  But when their raft gets thrown off-course, they find themselves lost, trapped and quickly running out of time.

No registration is required and there is no charge to attend this program, brought to you thanks to the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Family Movie Matinee

Bring your family to the library for a movie matinee on Sat., May 5 at 12:30 p.m.  We'll be showing "Paddington 2" and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and/or lunch to enjoy during the show.  This film is rated PG and runs 1 hour and 44 minutes.
Children's Programs in May

Wed., May 2, 11:00 a.m.: Toddler Enrichment with Sheryl White.   Best for children 18 months- 3 years of age, and combines signs, songs, and stories great for this age group.  Siblings are welcome. No registration required.

Tues., May 8, 6:30 p.m.:  Game Night at the Library.  All ages are invited to join us for board games, puzzles, and more.  No registration required.

Wed., May 16, 10:30 a.m.:  Musikgarten with Nancy Kidd is back!  Best for kids 2-5 years of age.  Siblings welcome.   Space is limited, so please call the Library (508/946-2470) or stop by to register.

Play Your Way to K Group:   
Do you have a child going into kindergarten this fall?  Every 1st and 3rd Monday  from May to August we'll be meeting to play and provide support.  The Middleborough Family Resource Center will be present at the play group for families that need help connecting with information and resources.  

May 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m.- At the Library

May 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m.- At Pierce Playground behind the Police Station (In case of inclement weather, we'll be indoors at the Library.)

Baby Bookworms:  
Does your baby love songs, stories, and rhymes?  Join Miss Amanda on Wed., May 23 and 30 at 10:15 a.m.  A 20-minute program for babies birth to 18 months and their caregiver(s) followed by time to play and socialize.  No registration required.

Toddler Time:
Kids ages 18 months-3 years can move and groove with Miss Amanda on Wed., May 23 and 30 at 11:15 a.m.  After 20 minutes of songs, stories and music, stay to play and socialize.

Preschool Storylabs:
Science fun for little ones ages 3-6.  Siblings always welcome.  A new theme each week with stories and lots of hands-on activities.  Storylabs are at 10:30 a.m. on the following Thursdays in May:  17, 24 and 31.

Check the Library's calendar for even more children's activities.
Teen Aromatherapy Workshop

Join us on  Sat., May 12 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  as instructor Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations guides teens in crafting and assembling an aromatherapy dream pillow, bath salts, and soaps.   She'll highlight the history and health benefits of essential oils and healing botanicals.  These "scent-sational" creations make a terrific gift for Mother's Day!

Registration is required.  Please stop by, call 508/946-2470, or email Teen Librarian Christine Dargelis at to sign up.

This free program is for youth in grades 5-12.

Free Teen Audiobook Downloads

Get two free audiobook downloads a week from SYNC!   SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens aged 13+.  From April 27 through July 25,  SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. 

Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of seven days.  Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.

Sign up to get notifications when the free audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message (text syncYA to 25827), email newsletter, or by visiting  

For a list of free downloads and detailed program information, view this brochure.

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass is even More Marvelous!

We have exciting news to share concerning our Edaville Railroad pass.  We now have enough passes to provide two different families with two passes per day on each reservation.  Each pass is good for one free admission for one person.  Passes can be picked up at the Library during the three days leading up to your visit, and are reserved for  Middleborough residents only. 

Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Library for providing the financial support for the Edaville pass, and many other passes.  

Did You Know?...

The Library offers an online product called Universal Class where you can learn about everything from Dog and Cat First Aid, Interior Design, and Business Ethics to Advanced Excel, Aromatherapy and Babysitting?  You'll find a link on our homepage, so take some time to dig that powerful library card out of your wallet and log in.  You'll see all the exciting online learning opportunities that are available at no cost and at any time, 24/7. 

May 20 Marks Final Sunday
Opening Until After Labor Day

With the days getting longer, we're all spending more time outside, heralding the end of our Sunday hours until after Labor Day.

Look for us to re-open Sundays on  September 9!
Memorial Day Closing

Please note that the Library will be closed on Mon., May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. 

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

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. (through May 20)
Closed on Fridays and Sundays (after May 20)