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Friends of the MPL March Events
Author Series: William Landay,
Author of "Defending Jacob"

Wednesday March 23rd, 7:00pm with host Hank Phillippi Ryan 
in the Bigelow Auditorium at MPL
William Landay is the author of the highly acclaimed Mission Flats, which was awarded the John Creasey Dagger as the best debut crime novel of 2003. He is also the Author of the bestseller Defending Jacob. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he was an assistant district attorney before turning to writing.  He lives in Boston, where he is at work on his next novel of suspense.
For more information on author, William Landay, click here.
For more information on host, Hank Phillippi Ryan click here

2015-2016 Concert Series (Ezra Cutting Concert)
featuring "Sliding Around the World" with the Solstice Sackbuts
Wednesday, March 9th at 7pm in the Bigelow Auditorium at MPL
Take a vacation for a day while the Solstice Sackbuts take you on an international tour with a program of folk and pop music from around the world. No passports are required while your toes tap to sambas, tangos, tarantellas, polkas, horahs, waltzes, jigs, calypsos, as well as rock, jazz and some of the world’s most famous and popular music.
A Special Veterans Tribute Program
Peter R. Harvell, retired Lt. Colonel, US Army
Wednesday, March 16th from 6pm-8pm in the Bigelow Auditorium at MPL
6-7pm-Viewing of displays of Veterans photos and memorabilia
7pm-Keynote Speaker
The Friends would like to invite all Veterans or members of Veterans families to exhibit any memorabilia/photos of their military experiences for this program. A reservation is required. Please fill out a form here as to your interest in displaying artifacts and also speaking of your experience. 

Friends 2015-2016 Annual Photograph Show
All interested area photographers are invited to enter! Entry forms will be available at the library or at Drop off of photographs for the show will take place on Thursday, March 31st from 2pm-8pm and Friday, April 1st from 12pm-5pm. The gallery for viewing will be Monday April 4th-Sunday April 10th. For more information on the photograph show, head to

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Did You Know? 
Did you know that Marlborough Public Library offers free English Conversation Circles, no testing or registration needed — just show up!  All participants are encouraged to speak and practice English.  We’ll talk about current events, your interests, food, restaurants and what’s happening in Marlborough! These beginner circles take place every Monday from 1:30pm-2:30pm at the library. 
Click here for more information on MPL's ESL programs and offerings. 
Staff Spotlight
Meet the staff of MPL
Meet Kerry! She's been working with us since May 2015. She currently works in the children's room. 

What’s your favorite part of your job?

So far my favorite thing has been planning and running our library’s newest kids’ book club, “Hooked on Books!”  Each month I invite kids ages 7 – 9 to read a selected book, and on the last Tuesday afternoon of the month we meet for discussion (of the story, characters and genre that our book represents), and a fun activity.  To date, we’ve covered mysteries and science fiction.  In March we’ll be learning about historical fiction, reading I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis.  I can’t wait!   

  What author (dead or alive) would you love to go to dinner with and why?
I would love to meet Kate DiCamillo, one my favorite writers of contemporary children’s and middle-grade literature.  I absolutely love all of her quirky characters, from “porcine wonder” Mercy Watson to the heroic Despereaux to the not-so-rugged cowboy Leroy Ninker.  But my favorite title by far is Flora and Ulysses.  It is one of the most charming and laugh-out-loud funny books I’ve ever read.  Kate DiCamillo has the most remarkable sense of humor, and I have a feeling she’d be a lot of fun to spend time with!
Plant Night at MPL!

Our February 4th Plant Night was such a success we are having another on March 17th, now with more open spaces than before! Come and enjoy an old-fashioned garden party in the DIY spirit of your typical crafting evening.  Guided by fun and experienced gardener-types, you will craft your own tabletop gardens for enjoyment in any environment.  Registration is required to attend.
Head to to register!

Morningstar - Online Resource of the Month
With New Year’s resolutions and tax season, money is on many minds. Our online resource Morningstar provides comprehensive and up-to-date financial information on stocks, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Use the “Help & Education” tab to access the User’s Guide and investor education resources.
Adult Book Club:
Join us on March 14th from 6:30-8:00pm or March 17th 10:30am-12:00pm for Book Club. This month we will discuss The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here. For April we will read Longbourn by Jo Baker.  Click here for more information on the monthly adult book club. 

Stained Glass Inspired Tissue Paper Art:
Thursday, March 10th 6:00pm
Join Emily Pechet, MFA, for an evening inspired by Marc Chagall's stained glass windows.   This program is open to both Adults and Children and is free!  No art experience necessary - just bring your excitement! Registration is required, click here to register for this program!

Coloring for Adults:
Monday, March 7th 6:30-8:00pm
& Monday April 4th 6:30-8:00pm

Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! 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 provide. This is a drop in program welcome to adults.

Annual Seed Swap:
Seed swaps are fun ways to collect seeds that are more climate resilient and adapted to local soils than commercial seeds, they’re great community events, they provide an opportunity to exchange gardening tips and meet other gardeners, and you can learn what grows well in your area—particularly if you have weather extremes of lots of microclimates.  Come, learn, enjoy!  Beginners and experienced gardeners all welcome! Registration is required, click here to register for this program. 
Create it at Your Library!
March hosts Teen Tech Week from March 7-11th! Learn the art of food photography; you can bring your smartphones or you can use our DSLR camera and we'll examine the different ways to spice up your images. Enjoy writing or drawing? We'll introduce you to DeviantArt and Wattpad in preparation of an awesome contest that's coming up! Perhaps you're a fan of Doctor Who? We'll make GIFs and teach you how to use the green screen, posing with your favorite Doctor. The week will end with an animation class and an opportunity to create you own game pad (and more) with a Makey, Makey! Please register below.

MPL Scholarship for High School Seniors
Calling all high school seniors! Marlborough Public Library’s Trustees have a scholarship for you! Win up to $1,000 to pay for college! Deadline to apply is Friday, March 18th.All you have to do is fill out our Library Scholarship Essay Application and write an essay that addresses the following: Tell us about a book that changed your life or perception of the world.A committee from the Marlborough Public Library Board of Trustees will read all the essays and choose one winner or multiple winners at their discretion.

Wii Got Game
-  Wed., March 2nd at 3:30pm
Gender and Sexuality Allies
- Fri., March 4th and Fri. March 18th at 3:30pm
Read Harder: Book Group and Community Service Hours
- Sat., March 5 at 11am
Food Photography for Teens
- Mon., March 7th at 4pm
Doctor Who GIFs and Green screen
- Tue., March 8th at 6pm
Wattpad/DeviantArt "Twist of Fate" Challenge
- Wed., March 9th at 6pm
Pixar in a Box: Animation
- Thur., March 10th at 6pm
Makey, Makey
- Fri., March 11th at 3:30pm
Anime/Manga Club
- Tue., March 15th at 6pm
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This March we are Mad About Books!

Get Hooked on Books
March 29th 4:30-5:30pm

Are you between the ages of 7 & 9? Do you like to have fun? Are you “hooked on books?” Then our new monthly after-school book club is for you!  Each month we will explore a different genre.  For March, read Lauren Tarshis's I Survived: The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, then join Kerry for a lively discussion, a healthy snack, and fun activity.
Meet Children’s Author Lorraine Gilmore
March 28th 2-3pm

Meet Children's Author Lorraine Gilmore as she reads to us from her new picture book, Matilde, which is a children's story about a sad donkey and a young girl.

Come to Muggle Support Group
March 24th 7pm

If you love to read fantasy, join the Muggle Support Group! Read the book, The Girl who Could not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst, then join us for an informal, interesting discussion. Registration is preferred and space is limited to 12 children. This book club is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Join New Kids on the Book
March 3rd from 4:30-5:30pm

New Kids on the Book is a brand new book club for beginning readers! Children in grades K-2 are invited to join us each month for group read-aloud, mini book discussion and related craft. Each month will feature a new, easy-to-read book.  

Read to a Dog
Saturday March 5th 1-2pm & Saturday April 2nd 1-2pm

Odie is a certified therapy dog who loves to hear stories! He and his handler, Rachel, will be here, and YOU are invited to read to him! Practice your reading, build your confidence, and make a new furry friend. This program is designed for children from K to 2nd grade. Slots will be given on the day - first come, first serve basis.

And so much more! Check out the Children’s Calendar for all the fun events happening this March!
Book Suggestion:

Hold Still by Sally Mann
Sally Mann, a renowned photographer, whose photographs illustrate and enhance the book, has written a captivating autobiography of her life and her family history.  But it is her words, prose that could be poetry, which absolutely entrances the reader.  Even though some of what she describes and shows in her photos is sometimes hard to read and look at, the book can hardly be put down.  One can turn to any page and without knowing what Mrs. Mann is referring to can be enchanted by her expressions.  Read it because you are a fan of her photos, read it because of the descriptions of the old south, read it because you also are a member of the baby boomer generation, but read it…- Diane M. Reference Librarian

This book is incredibly well written and will appeal to fans of both Agatha Christie and chemistry in general. Each chapter talks in depth about one poison,  giving the history of the drug, how it kills, if there is an antidote, and real life cases of poisoning, as well as then analyzing Christie's stories for chemical accuracy (which was almost always spot on). Even if you have not taken a chemistry class in a while, you will still able to enjoy the book and learn a lot since Harkup's writing is lively and succinct.- Karen Mattes, Head of Technical Services/Reference Librarian

Young Adult Suggestions:

High School:

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

Sci-Fi in space! This book is told in an unusual format -- it doesn't have a narrative. Instead, it is a collection of documents like interview transcripts, instant messages, surveillance footage, and fun graphics. Together, it tells the story of two teens whose planet is attacked. They escape onto different spaceships, where they are fighting for their lives from an enemy space ship, a virus that turns people into cannibals, and a ship's artificial intelligence that's gone crazy. The audio book is a full cast with sound effects, a true delight.

Middle School:

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Teenagers versus mad scientists! Nick moves to a new to town and finds strange objects in his attic. He sells them at a garage sale, but later learns that they all have extraordinary powers. Nick and his friends must collect all objects sold before the secret society of physicists gets their hands on these prize possessions for their evil plans. It is nonstop action, humor and surprises

March 21 is National Puppy Day! There are lots of great dogs in literature. We are especially big fans of Mister Bud and Zorro from the books by Carter Goodrich. We first meet them in Say Hello to Zorro!, in which only-dog Mister Bud finds out that there is a new pup in town – a pug named Zorro! At first, he isn’t too sure that they can be friends (Zorro keeps stealing his toys and attention, after all), but he realizes it might be possible to be friends if they agree on their daily schedule. 

Kids in mid-elementary school should take a look at the Bunnicula books by James Howe. They are, after all, written and narrated by Howard, an old, scruffy dog. He doesn’t mind when his owners, the Monroes, adopt a new bunny, and neither does his cat buddy, Chester… but this bunny isn’t normal. This bunny… is a VAMPIRE. Harold isn’t so sure that a vampire bunny (a vegetarian, after all – he sucks the juice out of carrots) is a threat, but Chester is sure that Bunnicula is set on world domination!

Older kids will get a kick out of The Fast and the Furriest by Andy Behrens. Kevin Pugh, a proud couch potato despite being the son of a former professional NFL player, enjoys playing X-Box football more than actually being out in the sun for the real thing. It isn’t until Cromwell (part basset hound, part potato chip) suddenly develops an interest in dog agility competitions (it was on ESPN) that he starts to get moving, because if Cromwell really wants to do this, Kevin will do whatever he can to make man’s best friend happy – even if it involves running. (This book is especially good on audio book – try it on a long car ride, and you’ll laugh so much, you won’t care how long the drive is!)
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