November 9 - 15, 2020
"The pursuit of knowing was freedom to me, the right to declare your own curiosities and follow them through all manner of books. I was made for the library . . . The library was open, unending, free."
- Ta-Nehisi Coates
This week my mother discovered audio books. She loves to read, but was finding it difficult to both read and do the art projects she enjoys. Audio books free her (and you) to do both at the same time. Your CLAMS account gives you access to thousands of digital items, including audio books, e-books and videos.

If you have never used the library's digital catalog and would like help getting started, sign up for a 30-minute Tech Help session with Eleanor to learn how to listen to audio books, read e-books on your screen, or watch videos through CLAMS.

In addition to what's available in CLAMS, we offer Talking and Large Print books from the Perkins collection. Some are in the library already. Contact Eleanor to find out how to access the full collection.

Launching this week: Cooking In Cotuit, a live group cooking series, starting on November 14 at 6 p.m., and broadcast on Facebook Live. What's on the menu? Succotash! See details below.

Please consider writing a letter to a veteran in honor of Veterans Day. You can pick up writing supplies at the library and drop off your letter or card by November 30 if you would like the library to mail it for you.

Details on all of this week's "... open, unending, free ..." programs and events appear below.
Dear Friends & Neighbors

“It Takes a Village” – These words could not be more appropriate as we battle the COVID pandemic. These challenging times have had a negative impact on most organizations, and the Cotuit Library is no exception.

As we approach the end of the calendar year, please consider supporting the Cotuit Library.
Can Countdown:
We've broken the 10,000 can mark!

Thank you to everyone for participating, and please keep those slips and cash coming. Our goal is to collect 100,000 cans.
Book Clubs

Masterpiece Readers'
Monday, November 16
@ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
"The Color Purple," by Alice Walker

Historical Book Club
Thursday, December 3rd
@ 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
"Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell about It" by Brian Murphy 

The November 11th adult story hour will cancelled due to the library being closed for Veterans Day.

Story hour will return to the previously scheduled time of
Wednesdays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
on November 18th.

Join us via Facebook Live, or catch up on previous sessions on the Cotuit Library Facebook Page

Tech Help

Have questions about your phone, computer or any other kind of technology device or program? Schedule an outdoor appointment with Eleanor, and she'll help you out!

30-minute appointments:
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thursdays 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Adult Craft Kits Now Available
Grab and Go Adult Craft kits now available for adults! Pick up available Monday through Friday noon to 4:00 p.m.
Talking Books Available

Do you or someone you know struggle with a disability that makes reading print materials difficult or impossible? Talk to our librarians about applying for access to Perkins Library. They offer access to thousands of pre-recorded books, large print books and much more! We also offer a selection of their talking books in the library already! Ask a librarian to browse the current selection.
Cooking in Cotuit
Join us on Facebook Live for our new monthly cooking show! Starting on November 14th we will be live on the second Saturday of the month at
6 P.M.

If you'd like to cook along with us, the first dish we'll be making is Succotash. Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- 1 1/2 cups lima beans
-2 cups corn
-1 small chopped red onion
-3 Tblsp butter
-1 diced red bell pepper
-2 cloves garlic
-4 strips of bacon (optional)
-1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes

Past episodes will be available on the Cotuit Library Facebook Page and on the Cotuit Library's YouTube Channel.
Community Scrapbook Project
Don't forget to pick up your Scrapbook Craft kits, available for both children and adults. Pick them up Monday through Friday noon to 4:00 p.m.
Guess the Character or Picture Book
Guess the character or picture book for each of the twelve images on our front patio window. Please socially distance while you guess.
Return your form to the library by November 30th for a chance to win a prize.
One prize awarded for adults, one for kids.
Mo Willems is an award winning and beloved children's book author and illustrator. He is known for his popular Pigeon, Knufflebunny, and Elephant and Piggie books and he is also the first Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence where he has produced the highly popular 15 episode Lunch Doodles with Mo series, The Small Works Project, The Yo Yo Mo Show and Thank YouThursdays.
Write a Letter to a Veteran
In honor of Veterans Day and all of the Veterans that have served our country, we invite you to show your appreciation with a letter, picture or card. Stop by the library for supplies or use your own and drop off your completed project at the library and we will mail them off. Letters due in by November 30th.
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Outdoor Story Time
@ 2:30 p.m.

Weather permitting. Sign-up and masks required. To register, call 508-428-8141 or email Miss Lisa at lanagel@clamsnet.org.
Miss Lisa's Storytime Theme:


You can find Miss Lisa's story time videos on our YouTube channel and Facebook page!

Children's Story Time Activity Bag & Book Grab

Miss Lisa has put together an activity bag for this week’s story time and bags of six specially selected children’s books with different themes that families can check out.

Check out our Fun At Home Blog for virtual offerings!
New & Upcoming at Cotuit
by Patrick Taylor

ON ORDER: Vultures in the Sky
by Todd Downing 

by Billy Collins

by Julia Sweig

Check the CLAMS "New" Lists and order a copy!
Spotlight on...
Cotuit Oral History Project
Cotuit writer-historians Larry Tye and Philip Odence are doing oral histories of longtime Cotuit residents, with a focus on what makes this village not just unique but exceptional. Their work may someday spawn a published piece; for now it'll be shared with the Historical Society. Tye and Odence are donating their time, tapes and transcriptions. They'd welcome recommendations on longtime Cotuit residents to interview.
Odence, a lifelong Cotuit summer resident and regular Skiff racer served as Commodore of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club. He has written extensively about Cotuit's lovely mansard-roofed houses and is co-author of The Confluence, a book about a 25-year annual trout fishing trip. He is involved with the Cotuit Historical Society, is on the board of the Civic Association and recently used the pandemic as an excuse to move to the village full time.
Tye, a former Boston Globe reporter, director of a health journalism fellowship and author of several New York Times best-sellers, is transitioning from his biography of Senator Joe McCarthy, one of America's most malevolent figures, to three of its most joyful. His new project, for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is The Jazzmen: How Duke Ellington, Satchmo Armstrong and Count Basie Transformed America. Larry fell in love with Cotuit ten years ago and prefers not to cross the bridge.

Please contact Philip and Larry directly to suggest residents to interview, or if you would like to share your stories with them.

by Margalit Fox

by Neil Gaiman 
by Rainbow Rowell 
by Leah Johnson
by M.C. Beaton  
by Gretchen Rubin 
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Patio Pop-up!
The Friends of the Cotuit Library are introducing a Pop-up Book Nook, Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Patio. Choose from a rotating selection of different genres while the weather cooperates! Suggested donation $1 per book; proceeds go to support the Library. Note: we are not accepting donations of books at this time.
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Service Information

The Library is open for circulation desk pickup and book browsing to a limited capacity (8 patrons at any one time) Monday to Friday between noon and 4:00 p.m. Photocopying and printing from your mobile device/laptop are also available.
Cotuit Library TEMPORARY Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 - 4 (Curbside)
Monday - Friday 12 - 4 (Browsing)

Questions? 508-428-8141