Everything that's happening at Sharon Public Library!

General Announcements
Special Photography Exhibit: Kira Seamon's Stained Glass Sky

Photographer Kira Seamon will display an exhibit called Stained Glass Sky, a series of kaleidoscopic photographs of autumn foliage. The exhibit will remain on display throughout the month of July in the library's Community Room. For more information, contact Lee Ann Amend, Library Director, at lamend@ocln.org
Summer Schedule & Closures

The library will be closed on the following dates:

Fourth of July
Closing 4pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Closed all day Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day
Monday, September 3, 2018
Museum Passes

Sharon residents can use their library card to reserve passes to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium, the Providence Children's Museum, Massachusetts state parks, Boston by Foot, and many more!

The Museum Pass Program is sponsored through the generosity of the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.

Patrons should refer to specific pass details for exceptions, age limitations, and admission numbers. Please be aware that most museums charge pass-holders a discounted admission fee. See information about museum passes available through the library.
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Summer Reading: Libraries Rock! 
Registration opens on June 18 

Read books this summer to earn prizes during our Summer Reading Program! All of the registration links are available in on our Summer Reading page . Registration opens on June 18; book logging begins on June 25 at 3:00pm.
Libraries Rock is sponsored by the Friends of the Sharon Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Featured Programs
Summer Reading Kick Off Party
June 26 from 3:30-5:30pm 

Join us for our annual Summer Reading Kick Off Party! We'll have balloon animals, glitter tattoos, crafts, and face painting. Courtesy of the Sharon Police Department, you can talk to an officer and climb into a police cruiser; the Sharon Health Department will have information about tick safety; and more!
Storytimes Around the Town
Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15am
  • June 27 at the Community Center Beach (off Massapoag Avenue). Bring your beach toys! 
  • July 11 at the Sharon Fire Department (211 South Main Street). Everyone gets to climb in a fire truck!
  • July 18 at Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary (293 Moose Hill Parkway). Stories in front of the Visitor Center, fairy and gnome houses in the Pine forest, and a visit to the new Nature Playscape.
  • July 25 at Shaw's Supermarket (780 South Main Street). Meet by the cash registers for a story and a store tour.
  • August 1 at the Sharon Police Department (213 South Main Street). Read with an officer and climb in a police cruiser.
  • August 8 at Ward's Berry Farm (614 South Main Street). Please park in the grass lot next to the picnic area; meet at the picnic benches.
  • August 15 at Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park (257 Massapoag Avenue, North Easton). Stories in the library, a tour of the mansion, and crafts and games behind the mansion.
  • August 22 at Langwater Farm (209 Washington Street, North Easton). A hayride and a tour of the farm--please wear sunscreen and bring water. Registration required.

Family Adventures In Reading (FAIR)
Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm
starting on July 13

Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) is a free, 6-week literacy program for children aged 6 to 10 and their families. Each week, we'll read and discuss a different book, do an art project, and enjoy a healthy snack. Deanne Ross, a Sharon 4th grade teacher, will facilitate this year's FAIR program. The theme is immigration. Registration is required.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities.
Toe Jam Puppet Band Interactive Variety Show @ the Bandstand by the Lake
July 19 from 6:30-7:15pm

Get ready to rock with Toe Jam! Toe Jam offers children's entertainment that families can enjoy together. The unique musical performances are very interactive and theatrical. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to sing and dance along. Get ready for a Car Wash, watch out for the Flying Laundry, and be prepared to laugh with glee!

This event will be held at the Sharon Bandstand by the Lake, Memorial Park Beach. It is supported in part by a grant from the Sharon Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and is sponsored by the Friends of the Sharon Public Library, in partnership with the Town of Sharon Recreation Department.
Toto the Tornado Kitten
July 24 from 6:30-7:30pm

Massachusetts author Jonathan Hall will read the true story of Toto, a kitten who survived a tornado and was later adopted by Hall. After the book reading, children will get the opportunity to meet Toto. Ages 4 to 12.
Middle School Summer Reading Literary Discussion, Pizza, and Painting Class
August 7 from 5:00-7:00pm

Calling all middle schoolers! Join local artist Elaine Goldstein and librarian Jessica Henderson for a literary discussion and paint class at the library. We will discuss The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. Please read the book prior to the paint night, and choose a scene or image from the book that you would like to paint. Food will include a cheese pizza, Mrs. G's famous mystery punch, and sweets.

Registration is required. All supplies are included.
Contact Jessica Henderson, Children's Librarian, at jhenderson@ocln.org with questions or for more information about any of our programs for children.
Featured Programs:
Tweens and Teens
Abstract Art Class
June 27 from 1:00-3:00pm

Make your own piece of abstract, non-representational artwork using natural forms like patterns in wood grain. Ages 10+.
Pop-Up Teen Rooms
Tuesdays in July and August from 12:00-2:00pm
starts on July 3

Join us for all sorts of activities from art to games and more. The rooms were designed and will be run by the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), with the assistance of the YA Department at the library.
Recycled Origami
July 19 from 4:00-5:00pm

Sometimes we forget to spell-check and print out the wrong things. Instead of letting all that paper go to waste, help us turn it into works of origami art!
High School Summer Reading Literary Discussion, Pizza, and Painting Class
July 31 from 5:00-7:00pm

Calling all high schoolers! Join local artist Elaine Goldstein and librarian Jessica Henderson for a literary discussion and paint class at the library. We will discuss a popular title from the Sharon High School's summer reading list, and then paint our favorite scenes, ideas, or images from the book. Food will include cheese pizza, Mrs. G's famous mystery punch, and sweets. The book will be announced once this year's SHS summer reading list is out.

Registration is required. All supplies are included.
Balloon Fairy
August 15 from 1:00-5:00pm

The Balloon Fairy is returning to the library! Last year, Sharon teens built a gigantic dragon from over 700 balloons, which hung in the Children's Room until it deflated. This year, we hope to build an even bigger eagle which we can display. Drop in any time between 1:00 and 5:00pm to help out, learn about balloon construction, and observe the design process.

This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Ongoing Programs

Art Club for Kids 
Monday, July 2, July 23, and August 20 from 3:30-4:30pm. A different art project each time! Ages 4 to 12. 

Minecraft Club
Every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Drop-in to play in competitions, cooperative projects, or free-play. At this time, all participants must have their own PC edition account. Ages 9+.

Toddler Activities 
Every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:15am. Music, dancing, props, crafts, activities, and special presentations geared toward toddlers. Check our event calendar for more details! Note: Toddler Activities will not be held on August 9 or 23.
Drop-In Games
First Saturday every month from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Drop by to play board games, card games, strategy games, and more. Ages 9+.
Contact Jonah Smiley, Head of Youth Services, at jsmiley@ocln.org with questions or for more information about any of our programs for young adults.
Check our Event Calendar for more programs
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Featured Programs
Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo 2018 
June 15 through August 31 
Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo is back and better than ever! This year we've made it even easier to enter to win fabulous prizes. Pick up a BINGO card at the Circulation Desk, or print yours at home. This year's rules are included on the back of the card.
Jews of the Titanic
June 27 from 6:30-8:00pm

Author Eli Moscowitz will discuss his book Jews of the Titanic, which covers Jewish stories of passage on the Titanic as well as issues such as immigration, eating kosher en route, the life and death of Jewish passengers, and the reaction of the Jewish press after the disaster. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.
New at SPL: The Cleverly Named Embroidery Group 
Last Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:15pm

A monthly group for stitchers of all experience levels. Basic embroidery and cross-stitch materials, books, and patterns will all be available. Each month, the group will focus on a different stitch or technique.

June 28 | July 26 | August 30
Dr. Michael Rauch presents: The Solutions to Stress Related Health Problems 
July 11 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Dr. Michael Rauch of the Canton Health and Wellness Center presents the first in a 4-part series on health and wellness. This presentation will describe natural solutions to problems such as headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, sleep, and digestive problems that are brought on by stress. It describes what stress is and how it may be treated with hormonal changes, vitamins, exercise, and physical treatment to the nervous system.
Interested to hear more? Dr. Rauch will return on the following dates to present on the topics listed:
  • August 8, Natural Solutions to Headache Pain
  • September 12, Natural Solutions to Sleep Problems
  • October 10, Three Secrets to a Healthy Life
National Tattoo Day at SPL 
July 17

National Tattoo Day is coming up! Keep an eye on SPL's social media accounts for a unique celebration...
Trivia Night 
August 9 from 7:30-9:30pm

It's back! Join us for a night of trivia, featuring all new questions against which to test your knowledge. Prizes and bragging rights will go to the winners. Participate solo, with a teammate, or with a whole group of friends!
Book Clubs

Book Discussion Group
1st Monday of each month from 1:00-2:30pm
3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:45pm

Y(A) Not?: YA Literature for Adult Readers 
M onthly online newsletters released on the 15th of every month
Whether you're a teenager or emerging adult yourself; a parent interested in reading alongside your teenager; a teacher or tutor who works with young adults; or you just enjoy reading YA literature on its own merit--this newsletter is for you! 
Contact Miki Wolfe, Assistant Director, at mwolfe@ocln.org or Hilary Umbreit, Information Services Librarian, at humbreit@ocln.org with questions or for more information about any of the programs in Adult Services.
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Ted Reinstein presents New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic
October 16 from 7:00 to 8:30pm

Local author Ted Reinstein will give a presentation about his new book, New England's General Stores: Exploring an American Classic (Globe Pequot Press/October 2018, co-author Anne-Marie Dorning).
This presentation shares the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how general stores figured in the rise of early American commerce, why they began to fade, and why--like another New England icon, the diner--they have begun to come back (and even be reinvented and reimagined for a new era). Told with anecdotes from a variety of local landmark stores across the region, the presentation is accompanied by the award-winning photography of Art Donahue. The presentation will run about 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Brian Glyn Williams presents The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum
October 24 from 7:00 to 8:30pm

Author and professor Brian Glyn Williams will discuss his new book, The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum. Williams was an advisor to the new film 12 Strong: The Declassified Story of the Horse Soldiers, a recent film starring Chris Hemsworth. Many of the characters from the book are portrayed in the film.

The book details how, after 9/11, the CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help US Special Forces wage a covert war in the mountains of Afghanistan that ended in a stunning victory.
Annual Chess Tournament
November 18 from 9:00am to 2:00pm 
Details to be announced!
Sharon Public Library
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(781) 784-1578 | sharonpubliclibrary.org