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Author Edwin Hill  to Speak About
His Debut Book, Little Comfort

Boston-based mystery author Edwin Hill will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8 about his debut book, Little Comfort, and also will discuss what it's like to write a first book and the process of being a first-time writer.  The members of the Library's "Mystery Book Club" group will discuss Little Comfort with Hill, following his program, and all are welcome to stay for that discussion.
Little Comfort was nominated for an Agatha Award for first best novel.    Publishers Weekly gave the book a starred review noting, " Harvard librarian Hester Thursby, the heroine of Hill's well-crafted, extremely promising debut and series launch, runs a side business locating lost people... An increasingly tense plot and striking characters-in particular, compassionate, conflicted, loving Hester-make this a standout." 

Look for the release of Hill's second book featuring Hester Thursby, The Missing Ones, on August 27, published by Kensington Books.
Hill  has written for the LA Review of BooksThe Life Sentence, Publishers Weekly, and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He currently serves as vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin's.
Hill's program is free and open to all; registration is not required.
Summer Reading Programs
for all Ages Continue
Our annual Summer Reading Programs for kids, teens and adults kicked off in June and run through August 15 (kids) and August 29 (adults and teens). 

Go to to register and log your reading and challenge activities.  Great prizes for all age groups!
Blue Star Planetarium To Visit the Library for Three Shows
Help us celebrate our outer space-themed 2019 Summer Reading Programs with a day of sky gazing, indoors!  On Wed., July 31, the Blue Star Planetarium will bring its inflatable dome to the Library for three shows, appropriate for children, teens, and adults.  (Please see suggested minimum ages below): 
2:00 p.m. -- Earth, Moon and Sun (Grade 2 and up)

4:00 p.m. -- Black Holes (Middle School and up)

6:30 p.m. -- Back to the Moon For Good (Grade 3 and up)

Space is limited, so registration is required and only one session per person.  Please call 508/946-2470 or stop by the Library to sign up. 
This program is free and open to all ages, and is supported through the generosity of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
Teens and Families -- the Amazin' Gamin' Video Game Truck is Coming to the Library!

On Sat., July 27, bring your friends and family and reserve a 45-minute gaming slot to play your favorite video games on one of seven indoor and outdoor huge hi-def TVs with cool lighting and sound on Cape Cod's luxury gaming truck!  Each screen can support four players at once. Choose games to play on the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4 platforms.

Family session: 10:30-1:00 p.m.  Families will be able to play E-rated games.

Teen (11-18 years old) session:  1:00-2:30 p.m.  Teens will have access to T- and E-rated games. 

Space is limited, so registration is required and only one session per person.   Please call 508/946-2470 or stop by the Library to sign up. 

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library with additional support from Rockland Trust.
Jedi Training for Kids and Teens

On Thurs., July 18 at 1:00 p.m., channel your inner galactic warrior with the Mastermind Resistance Fighters!   Learn to use a Stun Saber, enjoy Force Dueling and Jedi Dodge Ball, and find the strength deep inside you to fight the forces of evil.  
This program will take place in the green space at 18 Jackson St., near Pierce Playground and the old police station (weather permitting).  In the event of inclement weather it will take place in the Library's meeting room.

Children (ages 8-11) session:  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  

Teen (ages 11-18) session:  1:00-3:00 p.m.  

Space is limited, so registration is required.   Please call 508/946-2470 or stop by the Library to sign up.  Participants of both sessions will need to have a guardian sign a waiver at they time they register or by July 11.

This program is generously sponsored by the Hadley Company, Merchants of Quality Seafood Since 1986.

Glowing Constellation Canvas Painting for Teens

Join us on Thurs., Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m. for a canvas painting experience that'll leave your head in the stars!  Learn about Aboriginal Constellation art in celebration of the summer library reading theme:  A Universe of Stories.

You'll paint a galactic masterpiece that has real light-up stars!  Use our templates to make your astrological sign or light up your own pattern.

All materials will be provided including a battery operated strand of lights (Batteries not included).

For teens aged 13-18.  Space is limited, so registration is required.   Please call 508/946-2470 or stop by the Library to sign up. 

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
July Drop-In Programs for Teens

Bring a friend and meet new teens as you play classic and new tabletop games!  Our next  Teen Game Night is on Thur., July 18 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.  Pizza will be served while supplies last. 

Seventh and eighth grade students interested in discussing some great science fiction novels are welcome to join the " Turn the Page" Middle School Book Club on Thur., July 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.  They'll be discussing  The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien.  

Teen Game Night is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
More Programs for Children in July

Visit for more information about the following programs:

All-Ages Drop-in Programs:
  • Wed., July 3 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  Come over before heading to the carnival and build with Legos and Duplos!  
  • Mon., July 8 at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a movie matinee of Star Wars: The Clone Wars rated PG.  Bring your own snacks.   This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
  • Mon. July 22 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Borobot brings 3D printing to the Library.  Watch them print NASA models.  All ages welcome.
Special Author Visits! No registration required.
  • Wed., July 10 at 1:00 p.m. Local author Michelle Cusolito does an interactive reading of her book Flying Deep based on the submersible ALVIN.  Don't miss this great opportunity!  Best for school-age kids and their families.  This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
  • Tues., July 23 at 10:30 a.m. Jonathan Hall and Toto the Tornado Kitten will greet visitors and read their story based on true events.  Books will be available for purchase at $10 each and the author will sign.  All proceeds go to animal charities.  
Programs Requiring Registration:
  • Tuesdays, July 9, 16, and 23 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Kids in grades K-4 can sign up for Let's Put on a Play:  It Happened on the Bus with Ms. Marsha from Self Help, Inc.'s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program.  Call the Library at 508/946-2470 to register.
  • Thurs., July 18 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. Kids age 8-11 can join in Mastermind Adventures Jedi Training program.  Participants will engage in light saber training, duels and Jedi dodge ball.  This program is generously sponsored by The Hadley Company. Stop by the Library to register and sign the waiver to play.  Feel the force!
  • And so many more!  Check the Library's summer reading brochure or website calendar for details.

Adult Summer Reading

We hope you're working hard to log and record your library and outer space challenges, since we've got great prizes to award at the program's end.  

Look for the glass display case in the Library to check out our prize packs, including gift certificates donated by these generous local eating establishments: Boston Tavern, The Cabin, Charred Oak Tavern, Fisher's Pub, The Main Ingredient, and Persy's Place.

In addition, several of this year's challenges also offer a chance to win an individual restaurant gift certificate. Check website for more information, and please note: one prize/prize pack per person.
Did You Know...

The Middleborough Public Library has a wealth of information on the town's historic homes?  If you like to do your digging online, check out the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) database  here.

If you prefer to conduct your research with a printed copy in front of you, stop by the Reference desk and ask for the Middleborough Historic Homes Survey.  You can look up properties by street and building number, and learn all about each home on your list including details about its architectural style and details, historical significance, and former owners.

This Month's Marvelous Museum Pass

The Massachusetts Parks pass  entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle at most DCR day-use facilities where parking fees are charged.

Please consult the DCR's  website for a list of facilities.

Please remember you may pick up your pass any time during the three days before your visit, and return it by closing time the day following your visit.   Click here to view the passes available and reserve yours today!

Thanks to the  Friends of the Middleborough Public Library and The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for sponsoring this pass.

This newsletter is brought to you thanks to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

Middleborough Public Library
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