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Number of Visitors on the Rise!
Everybody seems to be very busy these days! At least that’s what it feels like to us! We offer materials, programs and services that attract new users to our library every day. In the last two months alone we have given out 300 new free library cards. We have also been counting the people coming in and going out of the library each day. Each day we take the total number of visits and divide them in half to account for comings and goings and then adjust the total for staff traffic. The number of visits is impressive and growing.

Wednesdays feel like our busiest day and the numbers confirm that. Every Wednesday is fine free at the Marlborough Public Library. Return late items, with only a couple of exceptions, and we’ll waive the fines. We want overdue materials back so we can loan them to the next person waiting for them.
The Library is open 7 days per week, including Sundays from 1-5, so we are interested in how use is distributed over the 66 hours we are open each week.  When we count average visits by hour, Saturdays come out the winner at 103 people per hour. Wednesdays are next with 95 people visiting the library per hour. Whatever time of day or day of the week you decide to visit us we hope you will do it soon. Remember you can even visit us when we are closed at  
Friends of the MPL Events           

A Physician's Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine - Steven Hatch, M.D. author of Snowball in a Blizzard 
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
 Bigelow Auditorium

Steve Hatch is an infectious disease specialist and immunologist. He teaches and practices at the UMass Medical School in Worcester. He is also the author of Blind Man's Marathon (2006) about the third year of med school when apprentice 'docs' are unleashed on patients, and, coming March 7, 2017, Inferno, a Doctor's Ebola Story.

Assabet Valley Chambersingers
Friends' Yacyshyn Concert Series - Holiday Concert 

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. |  Bigelow Auditorium
The Assabet Valley Chambersingers is a small ensemble of 18 vocalists selected from the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. The Chambersingers perform unaccompanied madrigals and motets from all periods as well as Broadway show tunes and vocal Jazz standards. They have been praised not only for the quality of their performances but also for the interesting, varied, and entertaining programing.

Elves and the Shoemaker and the Gingerbread Man Puppet Show
Friends' Special Children's Holiday Program
Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 from 2 - 3:00 p.m. | Bigelow Auditorium
In this musical puppet show, two elves help out a struggling shoemaker. With some elf magic and help from the audience, the shoemaker gets on his feet again. The second story is the Gingerbread Man. All ages family event. Please come to the children's desk for a ticket. 

Did You Know

  The Marlborough Public Library will be accepting
Food for Fines
throughout the entire month of December?

To waive Fines, we request a donation of one non-perishable food or personal care item per $1.00 in fines.
*Excludes Museum Pass Fines and Lost Materials Replacement Fees 
All non-perishable food/personal care items and all fine
money collected during this period will be donated to the Marlborough Community Cupboard.
We thank you for your generosity.


Free English Conversation Circles

English Conversation Circles offer an opportunity for English Language Learners to speak in a relaxed atmosphere and for native English speakers to learn about other cultures. 

December English Conversation Circles
Mondays, Dec. 5 and 12 from 
1:30-2:30 Intermediate/ Advanced 
3:30-4:30 Beginner/Intermediate 
Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10
10:00-11:00 Beginner/Intermediate 
No Registration Required

If you are interested in leading a group, please contact Miriam at No prior experience is needed, just an ability to lead a group so that everyone speaks.

January English Conversation Circles Times To Be Announced!
Chocolate and Tea Paring Workshop
Join Kim Larkin, licensed chocolatier, of Klassic Kreations, as she explores the history and health benefits of both tea and dark chocolate.  Highlights will include a trivia quiz, the tea ceremony, how to brew a proper cup, fun poetry and of course, samplings of teas, chocolates and tea infused baked goods.  A multi-sensory experience to delight your eyes, mind and palate!  This is a FREE program, come enjoy and learn! 
Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m., Bigelow Auditorium

Holiday Ornament Creative Workshop:
Join some library staff in creating fun and inspired holiday ornaments for yourself or as a gift!
Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 6-8 p.m., Bigelow Auditorium

Adult Book Club:
Join us on Monday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. or Thursday, Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Bigelow Auditorium for Book Club. This month the Adult Book Club does not have a book to read. Instead we will be having a social hour to debut the 2017 book list! 

Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils will be provided. This program is held the first Monday of every month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Bigelow Auditorium. We hope to see you there Monday, Dec. 5.

Make Something Special at MPL!

We've got lots of opportunities for you to make gifts for your loved ones (or for yourself!) in December!
Tasty Tuesday: Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Make a little house (or whatever you want!) out of graham crackers, icing, and candy!
No-Sew Scarves: Thursday, Dec. 8 from 3:30-5 p.m.
Make a simple fleece scarf to keep for yourself or to give to as a holiday gift. Then make an extra that will be donated to a local organization.
Lazy Crafternoon: Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 3-4:15 p.m.
Make a waterless snowglobe out of a mason jar!

Greeting Cards: All month! Drop in during teen room hours to make unique cards using scrapbook paper, stickers, duct tape, and more!
School Vacation Week Programs

Need something to do during school vacation week? We've got you covered! Our programs include arts & crafts, video games, a movie screening, & FOOD! Come hang out in the teen room & enjoy our Chromebooks, WiiU, Xbox360, board games, & duct tape crafts.
Decorate a Mug: Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 3-4 p.m.
Wii Got Game: Thursday, Dec. 29 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Movie & Cookie Decorating Party: Thursday, Dec. 29 from 6-8 p.m.
DIY Journals: Friday, Dec. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m.
The Children's Room is getting ready to celebrate the holiday season!

 On Saturday, Dec. 17, children are invited to come in and make a gift for a family member or friend. We'll provide the crafting supplies.

During school vacation week, we'll have a slew of activities and events:

Hero Kid Sports: Tuesday, Dec. 27
from 2-3 p.m. Bigelow Auditorium. Join Hero Kid Sports for fitness fun!  We'll have all kinds of obstacle courses & games to play with your friends.
Full STEAM Ahead: Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Storytime Room. We'll be making circuit trees that light up with LED lights & pipe cleaners.
Holiday Film Festival: Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Bigelow Auditorium. Get cozy on the big cushions & watch some classic holiday films with us.
Drop-In Craft: Thursday, Dec. 29 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Storytime Room. Stop by the library & make a snowman craft.
Diane Kordas Music & Puppets: Thursday, Dec. 29 from 2-3 p.m. Bigelow Auditorium. Generously sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Diane will perform The Elves & the Shoemaker and the Gingerbread Man with her wonderful puppets.
Gingerbread Man Decorating Party: Friday, Dec. 30 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Storytime Room. Decorate & eat a sweet gingerbread cookie!
If you visit us during school vacation week, try to find the hidden gingerbread man and the two little elves that are hiding in the Children's Room. If you find them, make sure to visit the children's desk and tell us, so that we can enter your name into the raffle for a chance at winning a prize.
Ahead of the first total eclipse of the sun in 40 years, which will take place on August 21, 2017, an astronomer describes how solar eclipses were treated and interpreted by past civilizations, philosophers and Victorian scientists. 20,000 first printing.

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The art of rivalry : four friendships, betrayals, and breakthroughs in modern art
by Sebastian Smee
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe art critic traces the stories of four pairs of artists whose relationships shaped and spurred their achievements and the cultural world, profiling the psychologically tense relationships of Picasso and Matisse, Manet and Degas, Pollack and de Kooning, and Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

Young Adult Suggestions:

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
by Rachel Cohn &
David Levithan

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. With only twelve days left until Christmas--Lily's favorite time of the year--Dash, Lily's brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

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Blood Red, Snow White 
by Marcus Sedgwick

1917. In a world engulfed by war, Arthur Ransome left his home, his wife, and daughter to travel to Russia. He fell in love with the country, and with Evgenia, a Russian woman. He is suspected by both sides of being a spy, and they seek to use him for their own purposes. 

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Perijee & Me 
by Ross Montgomery

Caitlin, the only young person living on Middle Island, finds Perijee, a tiny alien, on the beach and he becomes her secret friend, but Perijee's rapid growth is a big problem.

Llama Llama Holiday Drama 
by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama becomes overwhelmed as Christmas preparations progress, until his mother reminds him of the real gift the holiday brings.

Two Times the Fun
by Beverly Cleary

Jimmy and Janet, four-year-old twins, share the adventures of digging a hole to China, finding a worthy recipient for their dog biscuits, shopping for new shoes, and getting real beds to replace their cribs.

The Fire Within
by Chris D'Lacey

When college student David Rain rents a room in an unusual boardinghouse full of clay dragons, he has no idea that they, along with some lively squirrels, will help jump-start his writing career.
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