October Virtual Programs & News
Flint Public Library
1 South Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949
tel:  978-774-8132
fax: 978-777-3270
email: flint3@comcast.net
Curbside Pick-Up Hours:
*Please review our October update regarding Curbside Pick-Up under 'News from the Flint'
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00AM-6:00PM

Library Hours:
*Staff will be available for virtual services
Monday-Thursday: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Flint Public Library will remain closed to the public until further notice, but staff will be in the building and available to provide virtual services via phone or email.
In this Issue:
  • Accepting Donations for Neighbors in Need
  • Early Voting at the Flint
  • News from the Flint
  • Virtual Programs for:
  • Children
  • Tweens & Teens
  • Adults
  • Various Ages
  • Trustees & Friends Information
  • Museum & Attraction Pass Information
Accepting Donations for Neighbors in Need
The Friends of the Flint Public Library are once again collecting donations on behalf of Neighbors in Need to continue the tradition of providing Middleton families with gifts and warm clothing during this holiday season.

Due to the pandemic, the Friends are limited in the types of donations that we are able to accept this year, but there are still several ways that you can help:

  • Donation of cash or check(s)
  • Please make checks out to Friends of the Flint “NIN”
  • Donation of Gift Card(s)
  • Priority: Shoe stores, teen clothing stores, Target, Amazon, Dick's Sporting Goods, etc.
  • Sponsoring a child
  • Contact the Friends to learn about the specific gift cards that are needed to fulfill a child's request.

Donations can be dropped off at the Flint Public Library or can be mailed to:

Friends of the Flint “NIN”
1 S. Main Street
Middleton, MA 01949

We understand that this year has been challenging for many and thus the need for donations is great, but we appreciate and thank you for any donation you are able to consider. Please note that 100% of your donation will go to Middleton families.

For more information please contact Neighbors in Need coordinator, Judy Gallerie at fplfriendsmiddleton@gmail.com or 978-777-7563
Early Voting at the Flint
Early voting will be held at Flint Public Library during the last two weeks of October. Voting will be available at the library on the following dates and times:

(Sat. & Sun.) Oct. 17 & 18 : 12:00PM - 4:00PM
(Mon.-Thu.) Oct. 19-22: 9:30AM - 3:30PM
(Fri.) Oct. 23: 9:30AM - 12:30PM

(Sat. & Sun.) Oct. 24 & 25: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
(Mon.-Thu.) Oct. 26-29: 9:30AM - 3:30PM
(Fri.) Oct. 30: 9:30AM - 12:30PM


If you have any questions, please contact the Middleton Town Clerk's office for assistance: 978-774-6927 or townclerk@middletonma.gov

While early voting is taking place, Flint Public Library's curbside pick-up procedure will change to accommodate social distancing. Please see the following 'News from the Flint' for more information.
News from the Flint
Flint Public Library’s highest priority is the health and well-being of library users, staff and volunteers as we continue to take precautionary measures in order to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19.
Virtual Programs & Resources

Although the library building is closed, we are offering virtual programs and activities. Please visit us at www.flintlibrary.org or visit Flint Public Library's Facebook page for online resources and virtual library programs! OverdriveLibby, and Freading are only a few examples of the online services that our library is able to provide, and these applications offer e-books, audiobooks, and more downloadable content which can be accessed by most smart phones, computers, e-readers or Apple and Android devices.

*New* The Flint is now able to offer online, at-home access to Ancestry.com, a genealogy research database with worldwide access and Value Line, an investment research database. Call the library for more details on how you can access these important resources. 

Please continue to visit our website and social media pages for more information on the wide variety of resources that can be accessed from the comfort of your own home!

Curbside Pick-Up Services

In addition, we are offering curbside pick-up of library books, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. Librarians are available by phone (978-774-8132) or email (flint3@comcast.net) to take your requests or answer any questions.

While early voting is scheduled to take place at the library (Oct. 17-30), please note that there will be a change to our curbside pick-up procedure as we accommodate social distancing due to the higher volume of people entering and exiting the building.

During the weeks of early voting (Oct. 17-30), voters will be using the main entrance of the library to access voting booths. Curbside Pick-Up will be offered from the side door (facing Pleasant Street) located by the Children’s Room. Appointments will not be required for pick-ups, but we will ask that patrons call the library (978.774.8132) upon arrival and staff will bring your materials out to you. If you arrive for your pick-up and do not have your phone with you, please knock on the side door and a staff member will meet you for assistance. Curbside Pick-Up will resume from the library's main entrance on Tues., Nov. 3.

Please see Flint Public Library's website for our most up-to-date Curbside Pick-Up Procedure before your next pick-up at the library!

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Outdoor Book Drops & Quarantined Materials

At this time, our outdoor book drops are available for returns. Please note that items returned in our book drops will remain in quarantine for several days before being checked in and removed from patron accounts. If you have any questions about about due dates please log in to your account via our catalog, or call the library and a librarian will assist you.
In need of a library card? Register for an eCard today!

Are you having trouble accessing online titles that require the barcode number from your library card (like the e-Books and audiobooks available at MVLC.Overdrive.com or on the Libby app)? Are you interested in reserving materials for Curbside Pick Up, but don't have an active library card? We're here to help!

If you're a Middleton resident and would like to sign up for a library card, email our Circulation and Outreach Librarian, Stacey Zubiel at SZubiel@flintpublib.org and register for an eCard.

eCards will work on all of our electronic materials and materials that you request via curbside pick-up while we're closed, and you can pick up and use the physical card at the library via curbside pick-up!

If you've just forgotten or lost your card number, we can look it up. Send us an email and we'll get it sorted out. Happy reading!
Virtual Programs for Children
(Suggested Ages: 0-8 yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Get Moving
with Miss Jessica
Mondays @ 11:00AM
*No session on Oct. 12

*Registration is required
Join Children’s Librarian, Jessica Furtado, for simple stretches, dancing, and social interaction. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Morning Storytime with Miss Jessica
Tuesdays @ 11:00AM
Enjoy stories, songs, and a craft during virtual storytime with Miss Jessica! Participants will need to join the group Flint Public Library Storytime Online to see sessions held on Facebook Live.
(Virtual) Ready Readers
*Suggested for children in grades 3-5
Tuesdays @ 4:00PM
Join Felicia and friends for "Ready Readers," a reading group where children will get to read together, discuss books, and play games! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Music Class
with Rockabye Beats
Wednesdays @ 11:00AM
Get those mid-week wiggles out with Rockabye Beats! This program is geared towards children, but all music-lovers are encouraged to join. Virtual sessions are held on Facebook Live via Flint Public Library's Facebook page.
(Virtual) Stay-at-Home
STEM with Miss Stacey
Thursdays @ 11:00AM
Check out Miss Stacey's weekly series of at-home STEM activities; if you try out an experiment for yourself, share your results in the comments! A new video will be posted on the library's Facebook page on Thursday mornings.
(Virtual) Evening Storytime with Miss Felicia
Thursdays @ 7:00PM
Enjoy stories, songs, and activities during virtual storytime with Miss Felicia! Participants will need to join the group Flint Public Library Storytime Online to see sessions held on Facebook Live.
(Virtual) Crafty Kids
Fridays @ 11:00AM
Check out our weekly craft tutorials for kids, and share your own creations in the comments! A new video will be posted to the library's Facebook page on Friday mornings.
(Virtual) Halloween Dance Party with DJ Hermanium
Friday, Oct. 30 @ 6:00PM
Join Middleton's own DJ Hermanium for a virtual monster mash! Put on your favorite costume and enjoy tricks and treats from home as we boogie the night away. This virtual party will be held on Zoom.
Virtual Programs for Tweens & Teens
(Suggested Ages: 10-17 yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Halloween Art Contest for Teens Ages 13-17
Kick-off October and get in the Halloween-spirit by crafting a piece of artwork for our teen Halloween Art Contest!

Teens ages 13-17 are welcome to submit a (*library-appropriate!) piece of artwork to our Teen Librarian, Nicole Dow. Submissions will be posted anonymously on Flint Public Library's Facebook and Instagram pages where viewers can cast their votes, and the top two artworks with the most combined 'likes' from both platforms will win prizes!

Are you ready for this creepy, creative challenge?

Rules:
  • Artwork must be deemed appropriate by Teen Librarian, Nicole Dow, to be considered. Please note that artwork submissions will be shared to our library's social media pages and must not contain words, images/symbols, or depictions of hurtful or otherwise offensive actions. Any artwork violating these specifications will be disqualified; please email Nicole if you have any questions regarding the content of your artwork prior to submission.
  • Artworks must be original creations; please do not submit copies or imitations of others' artwork.
  • Please do not include any personal/identifying information on the artwork you are submitting, as artworks will be shared anonymously for voting. Contact information/information regarding your artwork can be included in your submission-email to Nicole.
  • Have fun and be creative!

Where to submit:
  • Submit a picture of your artwork to Nicole Dow via email at ncardarelli@flintpublib.org
Submissions Accepted: Oct. 1-23
Voting: Oct. 24-31
Winner Announced: Nov. 1

Enter for your chance at prizes!
1st Place Prize: $40 gift card to Maggie's Farm
Runner-Up Prize: $10 gift card to Sol Bean

If you have any questions, please email Nicole Dow at ncardarelli@flintpublib.org
Calling all Masconomet Regional High School students in the graduating class of 2021!

2020 has been unlike any other year, so let's finish the year strong and prepare to celebrate your upcoming graduation in 2021! Join Felicia for this monthly, virtual social-group specifically designated for seniors of Masco's graduating class of 2021.

(Virtual) Masco Senior Social for the Graduating Class of 2021
First Thursday of the month @ 4:00PM

This month's session:
Thursday, Oct. 1
Join Felicia in October's session of our Senior Social for 2021 graduates where participants are invited to virtually hangout with friends and take part in this month's special activity...

Making a DIY Vision Board!

If you are interested in participating at home during this session, please click the "learn more" link for information about the program and this month's project.
Middle Grade & Young Adult Book Talk
Paperback Book Pumpkin Demo
Halloween-Inspired Origami Demo
Spooky Trivia & Memory Games
(Virtual) After-School Activities
for Tweens & Teens
Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM
Join Felicia in this virtual after-school space for tweens and teens between the ages of 10-17 to hangout and socialize, work on homework together, play virtual games, or participate in activities. Special events like craft projects, group activities or games, and book talks will be held by Felicia, but participation is optional. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Anime & Manga Club
Alternating Sundays @ 8:00PM

This month's sessions:
Oct. 11 & 25
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian, to watch and discuss anime from home with other enthusiasts! Virtual sessions will be held via Discord.
Check out more teen-friendly events under 'Virtual Programs for Various Ages'
Virtual Programs for Adults
(Suggested Ages: 18+ yrs)
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Discover the Magic
in Gratitude
A weekly email series; emails will be sent on Mondays @ 10:00AM
Join Library Director, Melissa Gaspar, and participate in this virtual program that will take place via email based on Rhonda Byrne's book The Magic.
(Virtual) Cooking with Kelly & Ansel
Mondays @ 1:00PM
Check out Kelly's weekly cooking series featuring her feline friend, Ansel! A new video will be posted on the library's Facebook page on Monday afternoons.
(Virtual) Writing Group
First and third Tuesday of
the month @ 6:00PM

This month's sessions:
Oct. 6 & 20
Do you enjoy writing? Bring a sample of your work to share, and support other writers! Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Meditation Group
Tuesdays @ 7:00PM
Missing our weekly meditation group? Check out our eCalendar or Facebook page for links to guided meditations that you can access from home.
(Virtual & *In-Person) Taiji Qigong Lessons
Wednesdays @ 10:30AM
Missing our weekly Taiji Qigong classes? Check out our eCalendar or Facebook page for a link to virtual guided lesson that you can access from home.

*Click the "learn more" link for information about in-person lessons!
(Virtual) Flint Library Book Club
First Thursday of the
month @ 6:30PM

This month's session:
Thursday, Oct. 1
Join Kelly, our ILL and Circulation Librarian, for our monthly book club. Participants are welcome to socialize with others and discuss this month's read. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
This month's title to be discussed:
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Deborah Riley Draper and Travis Thrasher
Next month's title to be discussed:
City of Girls
by Elizabeth Gilbert
(Virtual) Just Think... Write Now!
First Friday of the month @ 10:30AM

This month's session:
Oct. 2
Create the life you want through setting goals, positive thinking and purposeful journaling. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Current Events
Discussion Group
Second and fourth Friday of
the month @ 10:30AM

This month's sessions:
Oct. 9 & 23
Discuss current events with others who are interested in sharing their viewpoints on the latest news. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Bridging the Gap: Mediation Group
Third Friday of the month @ 10:30AM

This month's session:
Oct. 16
Join us in a discussion on the third Friday of every month to explore ways of finding common ground.Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) The "New Normal" New England Road Trip: No Gas or Mask Required
Thursday, Oct. 22 @ 6:30PM
Ted Reinstein of Boston's WCVB Channel 5's "Chronicle" will take viewers on a "trip" and will share a collection of favorite stories curated from more than twenty years of reporting from all over New England. This program will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Forever Young Adult Book Club
Third Saturday of the month @ 8:00PM

This month's session:
Saturday, Oct. 24
Join Nicole, our Teen Librarian, for this monthly book club welcoming adults that love to read Young Adult fiction. Participants are invited to socialize with others and discuss this month's read. Virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
This month's title to be discussed:
The Wicked Deep
by Shea Ernshaw

Virtual Programs for Various Ages
Please note: Virtual programs are still library programs.
Participants are expected to be respectful of each other and the host.
(Virtual) Junk-Journal Workshop for Teens & Adults
Monday, Oct. 5 @ 6:30PM
Create your own "Junk-Journal" with Felicia using only a few simple materials and creative prompts! Teens and adults welcome; this virtual workshop will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Crafty Conversations
Second and fourth Tuesday of the month @ 6:30PM

This month's sessions:
Oct. 13 & 27
Join Felicia for a virtual social-hour dedicated to crafting of all kinds. Work on an independent craft or project and mingle with others, or challenge yourself creatively with prompts provided by Felicia. Teens and adults welcome; virtual sessions will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Fall Wreath-Making Workshop for Teens & Adults
Wednesday, Oct. 14 @ 6:30PM
Celebrate the fall season and show off your craftwork by learning how to make your own wreath in this virtual workshop! Teens and adults welcome; virtual workshop will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Bullet Journaling for Beginners for Teens & Adults
Monday, Oct. 19 @ 6:30PM
Looking for a new means of organizing your plans and goals? Join Felicia for an evening of BuJo-basics, sharing spreads, ideas, and great websites for more inspiration. Already familiar with Bullet Journaling? Come share your knowledge! Teens and adults welcome; virtual workshop will be held on Zoom.
(Virtual) Pumpkin-Patch Paint Party with Felicia
Wednesday, Oct. 28 @ 6:30PM
Grab your paints and get ready to make your own masterpiece at home by tuning in to this virtual pumpkin-patch paint party hosted by Felicia! This painting may be challenging for children, but all ages are welcome; virtual paint-party will be held on Zoom.
Trustees & Friends Information
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, Oct. 13 @ 7:00 PM
The Trustees of Flint Public Library will be hosting their meetings virtually while the library is closed.
Next Meeting:
Wednesday, Oct. 14 @ 7:00 PM
The Friends of the Flint will be hosting their meetings virtually while the library is closed.
Museum & Attraction Pass Information
At this time, several museums and attractions have reopened and are welcoming back visitors.

To learn about our most up-to-date available passes that can be requested, please call the library (978-774-8132) to speak with a member of the staff.

To reserve a pass online, please click here to be redirected to our "Museum Passes" page that can be found on Flint Public Library's website.
Thank you to the Friends of the Flint for sponsoring our eNewsletter, museum and attraction passes, and many library programs!