Hello,
 
While it still feels like one really long day, we have arrived at our 8th week of pandemic living. Do you remember the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon for MDA? How Jerry Lewis would start the telethon bright and sparkly with a neat tuxedo and bowtie, ready to get that toteboard moving, and by the end he was a rumpled, sweaty, exhausted mess of success? It's not unlike how I feel hitting the two-month mark. 
 
I've been finding some time these past few weeks to start making masks , which means bringing out the sewing machine I haven't paid any attention to since adopting this little bit of joy, Rocky, last spring: 


He found the mermaids, but not Waldo. 

In making these masks I've discovered how much I've missed my sewing machine, and so I've been turning to one of our newer e-resources, CreativeBug , for inspiration. With your library card you can set up a free account and access hundreds of streaming tutorials for just about any craft you've been curious about. A personal favorite of mine is Cal Patch's tote bag tutorial. 

Library staff continue to be creative in their own right. Have you seen Teen Librarian, Ellen's, cooking demonstrations? We've recently launched our own YouTube channel, which is where you can find Ellen's demos, as well as a bunch of storytimes from our children's librarians, and original content from some very talented local artists and performers. Please consider subscribing! 

While we work on a plan for resuming more robust library services in the coming weeks and months, keep enjoying all of our amazing e-resources, and don't worry about your library materials being late!

For the most up to date information concerning COVID-19, please follow the Somerville Coronavirus Preparedness and Information webpage.

Take Care,
Cathy


Online Programs and Events
In addition to being a terrific teen librarian, Ellen also used to be a cook for The Charles Hotel  and is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.  She is offering a cooking series based on cooking with your pantry!

Tune on Sunday at 2 pm on both Facebook Live and YouTube!
 

  Join us for a cozy Night Owls Storytime with Miss Meghan from East Branch on Sunday nights at 7 pm on Facebook Live.
Make sure to bring your jammies and your favorite stuffed animal!

This is a weekly online writing session where kids can explore different writing themes, prompts and techniques. Kids will have the ability to brainstorm ideas out loud, and submit their finished work. This class will be led by Regina Hansen, who leads our in person creative writing workshops.

To receive your Zoom invite, reach out to Ann at acassesso@minlib.net 

We're thrilled to have Leigh and Friends for her Puppet Storytime on Saturdays on our Facebook Live at 10 am! Fluffy puppet friend Newton sings, dances, read stories, and more. Check in every Saturday to see what shenanigans Newton gets up to next!


 Join us on Mondays at 10:30 am for Sequestered Storytime with Somerville author, illustrator, and cartoonist Jef Czekaj. Jef is trapped at home just like the rest of us, so he created Sequestered Storytimes to share with us!


Have you been wanting to rewatch an Online Storytime? Listen to a Poetry Reading again? See how Ellen made that yummy dish from the other day?
We created a YouTube channel where all of our online content will be uploaded. Subscribe and check in by the end of each week for more content. 

 
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