Whether you like your Halloween spooky, scary or a tad on the fun-but-not-freaky side, we've got something for everyone.  It's October at the Middleborough Public Library.
Library Lines                      October 2019
Ghost Hunter's Dustin Pari Presents "Documenting the Dead"

Dustin Pari,from the SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters," visits the Library on
Wed., Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.  He'll take a look back at his own efforts to conduct paranormal research and bring it back even further to some of the earliest spirit communication techniques. Complete with historical stories, evidence, and some "would-be" evidence, Pari will present an honest and respectful retrospective piece on contacting the other side. Filled with anecdotal tales from his travels, and evidence from his investigations, this program is just the right mix of educational, fun, and creepy.

At the end of his program, Pari will take questions, and sell and sign his books.

PLEASE NOTE: This program is suitable for all ages.

Free and open to the public; no registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Kite-Making Workshop 
for Town's 350th Anniversary

On Sat., Oct. 5, we're partnering with Middleboro on the Move to offer the opportunity for you to build your own high-flying kite with Don McCasland from Blue Hill Observatory Science Center and Kites Over New England.
During one of two sessions (either 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.), you'll learn the history of kites, kite terminology, kite safety, flying techniques, and proper assembly and maintenance so your kite can last many years .
Then, on Sat., Oct. 19, take your kite to the Kites Over Middleborough event at the Nichols Middle School in celebration of the town's 350th anniversary.
Seating is limited so please register by stopping by or calling the library at 508/946-2470.  This program is free and open to all ages--kids and adults!
Mobile Library to Visit  COA  October 22

This month's mobile library visit to the Council on Aging will take place on Tues., October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Although we'll try to make regular stops on the third Tuesday of the month, there will be occasional times when our visit will fall on the fourth Tuesday.
This month's theme is "Things That Go Bump in the Night" and Adult Services Librarian Libby Fox will have a selection of spooky, scary, and creepy books, TV shows and movies.
Annual Autumn  
Social and Costume Swap!

Join us and fellow families in the Library Meeting Room on Sat., Oct. 12 to enjoy light refreshments, create a trick or treat bag, make a wand, swap costumes, play games and enter a prize drawing.
Costume attire welcome!  

Want to participate in the Costume Swap and have a "green Halloween" this year?  Bring in your clean and gently used costumes and/or accessories (hats, ears, props, etc.) and get a ticket to attend the preview party from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. for first pick!  Public hours are 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.  No donation is necessary to come join in the fun.
Costumes and/or accessories can be turned in to staff at the Children's Desk. We will also be accepting donations from those who do not wish to swap.  

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Family Programs Provide 
Lots of  Thrills and Chills 

  • Family Movie Nights- Tues., Oct. 1 bring your snacks and/or picnic dinner for a showing of the live action movie Aladdin, rated PG starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Library's big screen.  On Tues., Oct. 22, families can get into the "spirit" of things with Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, rated PG, starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Goblins and Giggles spooky stories with storyteller Rona Levanthal on Fri., Oct. 25 at 6:30 pm in the Town Hall Ballroom will have kids on the edge of their seat.  Best for kids ages 5-8 and their families.  Still need a costume?  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and will feature any extra items from the swap held earlier in the month.
  • Kids ages 6 and under can join us for an Itty Bitty Halloween party on Thurs., Oct 31 at 10:30 a.m.  Come in costume for a parade through the Library, play games and make a ghoulish crown.  No registration required.
  • Self Help Inc. Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program brings the following events for Homeschool families:
    • Mon., Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Kids ages 6 and up can participate in Crime Scene Investigation.  Register here.
    • Wed., Oct 30 at 1:00 p.m. Kids ages 3-8 are invited to sign up for Monster STEM.  Register here.
  • Our regular programs continue:
    • Lego-mania on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.
    • Baby Bookworms on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. (except 10/31)
    • Wiggles and Giggles on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (except 10/31)
These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library.y.

Spotlight on New Teen Titles 

You're in for a treat with these five new reads featuring trips abroad, friendship struggles, and tales of monsters.

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare and others
A collection of ten short stories, some of which were previously available online, that follow Jem Carstairs as he travels through the many Shadow Markets around the world, searching for a relic from his past. Grades 9-12   Check our catalog.
Love & Luck by Jena Evans Welch
In order to fix their shattered sibling relationship--and Addie's broken heart--Addie and Ian take a road trip across Ireland filled with unexpected detours and a stop at a major musical festival  Grades 8-12.    Check our catalog.  
The Missing Season by Gillian French
Disregarding an urban legend about a marsh monster believed responsible for the disappearances of local kids, town newcomer Clara begins questioning the motives of her friends and her own judgment amid the mounting tensions of a Halloween prank war. Grades 9-12   Check our catalog. 

The Patron Saints of Nothing  by Randy Ribay
When 17-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more.  Grades 10-12.   Check our catalog.  
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting 17-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.  Grades 7-12   Check our catalog.  
Pumpkinheads: a Graphic Novel by Rainbow Rowell 
Working at a pumpkin patch every autumn, two seasonal best friends organize ultimate Halloween plans to celebrate their last working year together. Grades 7-12  Check our catalog. 
The Pop-Up Library 
Returns to MHS

The Middleborough Public Library's teen mobile library is returning to the Middleborough High School (MHS) cafeteria on the first Tuesday of each month starting Tues., Oct. 1.

Bring your library card; download the SAILS Mobile app to store your barcode on your mobile device; or apply for a new card.   Teen Librarian Chris Dargelis will be available with new releases in books, DVDs, and video games for students to browse and borrow.   Materials that are borrowed can be returned to either the MHS or public library for your convenience.  
This Month's Marvelous
Museum Pass

Are you ready for some football?  
While we may not be able to score Patriots tickets for you, we CAN offer free passes to the  Patriots Hall of Fame  at Patriot Place in Foxboro.  It's an  exciting, innovative and interactive, modern museum experience for all ages that takes guests through Patriots and New England football history in 20,000 square feet of exhibit space.  
The Hall of Fame is dedicated to serving the public through education and entertainment in an inclusive, user-friendly setting; to honoring and promoting individuals that have made exceptional contributions to the New England Patriots organization; to collecting, preserving, interpreting, researching and exhibiting Patriots and New England football historical information and artifacts and sharing their cultural impact with the public; and to promoting amateur football, its contributors and its development within the community.
This  pass  admits two people for free.  Please note that it is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and during occasional private events, and the pass cannot be picked up any sooner than the day prior to the visit. 
Thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library for providing the financial support for this and many other passes.
Did you know that...

...your library materials are automatically renewed for you now?
This SAILS feature automatically renews your library checkouts (excluding digital items), to make your borrowing experience even better. T he system will automatically attempt to renew your checkouts three days before they're due. There's no need to stress about when your items are due, or whether they're overdue.  
Materials cannot be renewed if: someone has placed a hold on it; the item has reached its renewal limit; your account is blocked; or your item is a Comcat or InterLibrary Loan. If an item cannot be renewed, you'll receive a courtesy notice (via your choice of text, voicemail or email) letting you know your materials will be due soon.  
S ave the Date!

Mark your calendar now and look for more information in the November newsletter on this upcoming program: 

Wed. December 4, 6:30 p.m. --
"A Celtic Christmas" with Jeff Snow.

Not Every Hero Wears a Cape*

This year's National Fire Safety Week happens October 6-12, and the theme is, "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape: Plan and Pratice Your Escape."
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.  Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have ,   giving everyone enough time to get out.
In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

For more information on home fire safety, visit the National Fire Prevention Association website  here. 

*Thanks to nfpa.org for much of this content.
This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
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