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MPL Foundation Hires Fundraiser 

The Marlborough Public Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign Committee has taken a significant step forward in their plans to raise funds for a new library for the residents of Marlborough.  At their July 19th meeting the Foundation voted to hire a professional fundraising firm, Financial Development Agency (FDA) to assist in the initial phase of the fundraising campaign.  FDA, located in Amherst MA, has considerable experience working with libraries.  Most recently FDA worked closely with West Springfield to raise $2M for their new library which opened earlier this year.  

FDA will help the Foundation determine a strategy for raising funds and the right financial target.  Money raised by the Foundation, along with a state grant that the library will apply for in January 2017 that typically pays for 45% of the cost, will help keep the city’s contribution as low as possible. 

In other news, the city is finalizing details on the selection of an architect for the project. The architect will work with the Library Building Committee to design options for a new facility.
Did You Know? 
Speed Reads
New releases or more popular titles will sometimes have a  waiting list. Don't feel like waiting? We keep copies of each new or popular title for our "Speed Read" section.  If you are a fast reader and want to get your hands on a high demand book now, check out our "Speed Reads" located in the new materials section. 

The "Speed Reads" are first come, first serve and cannot go on hold. These can be checked out in-person only and circulate for 10 days with no renewals. They are not eligible for fine-free Wednesdays or senior citizen amnesty and have a .50 cent per day late fine but are a great way to get your hands on the most popular books in the network. 
Staff Spotlight
Meet the staff of MPL
Meet Heidi!
Heidi joined the MPL circulation staff in 2015.
What is your favorite part about working at MPL?
My favorite part is hearing first-hand from our patrons how our library enriches their lives!  Everyday I hear their wonderful stories:  that one has a job interview after filling out an online application here on our computers, or that another had an amazing day with her granddaughter after borrowing one of our museum passes, or how happy a patron is to have met with our reference person and can now download e-books on her Kindle!  It’s so awesome being a part of that!
What is your favorite place you have traveled and why?
By far my favorite place is the tiny country of Rwanda in Africa.  I fell in love with the countryside and the people.  Rwanda is called the land of 1000 hills and it’s gorgeous, green and lush with farmland, rain forest and protected jungles and  wildlife preserves.  But it’s the people that are truly amazing.  Quiet and hardworking, they make the most of their opportunities, don’t waste, and have a tremendous sense of community and national pride.  It’s illegal to bring plastic bags into Rwanda and you see no litter on the streets in the cities.  One day each month Rwandans participate in a day of service: everyone pitches in to help on projects to better their community.  It’s an awesome place--a place my family and I will return again and again.
If you could visit a fictional place, where would you go and why?
Definitely the little house by the sea in the children’s picture book Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.  I have always loved the illustrations of this cozy little house, perched on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.  In the story, Miss Rumphius leads an amazing life, but it isn’t until she retires to this little house, that she gets her inspiration on how to make the world a better place.  I love it and would love to visit this very special place.
Friends Booksale Donations
The Friends of the MPL welcome your book donations during the summer months so that they have more time to sort them and get them ready for their next book sale on October 1, 2016.  Donations can be left inside the library entrance in the Friends book bin.
Adult Summer
Reading Reception

Monday, August 22nd at 6:30pm
Come celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program! Meet your fellow readers, share recommendations for your new favorite books, and be there for the grand prize drawing! There will also be door prizes and refreshments.
The Role of the Honeybee in Our Environment & Honey Tasting! 
Thursday, August 11th at 6:00pm
Join Kenneth Warchol, a veteran beekeeper who will share his knowledge, from a narrated visual presentation.  You will travel right inside a beehive to better understand the mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in humanity's survival on Earth.  Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival.  
Ken brings samples of a variety of honey for everyone to taste.

Adult Book Club:
Join us on August 15th from 6:30 to 8pm or August 18th from 10:30am to 12pm for Book Club. This month we will discuss The Heist by Janet Evanovich. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here. For September we will be reading The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw.  Click here for more information on the monthly adult book club. 
Drop-In Coloring for Adults:
Join the Adult Color Club the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm to 8pm in the Bigelow Auditorium here at the Library.
August 1st, 2016 
September 12th,  2016
Minecraft Modding: Game On!
Wednesday, August 10, 6-7:30pm
In this workshop from RICM, teens learn how to "mod" or change the Minecraft world with code! This workshop introduces coding concepts by showing students how to build in the game using the Python programming language on the Raspberry Pi, a low-cost credit card sized computer designed to promote computer education. We encourage youth to “get in the game" of learning about technology. This workshop promotes mental exercise and teamwork through activity challenges. For ages 12 and up.  Space is limited to 16 teens, so registration is required. 

Cupcake Wars: Teen Edition
Tuesday, August 9, 3-4pm 
Decorate cupcakes inspired by your favorite books! Cupcakes and decorating supplies will be provided. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required and limited to 12 teens. 

Geek Party!
Thursday, August 4, 6-7:30pm
Do you like Doctor Who? Do you like Supernatural? How about Sherlock? Whether you only like one of them or you’re a SuperWhoLock, you should come to this party to celebrate the geekiness that you share with other people! There will be games and crafts themed to your interests. So come eat some snacks, make a friend, and geek out!

Looking for Volunteer Hours?
Sign up for one of these group community service programs:
No-Sew Blankets 
August 2, 2-4pm
Come make blankets for foster kids while watching the movie The 5th Wave! You do not need to have any sewing experience to help out— you just need to be able to cut and tie fabric. It's easy, fun, and good for your community!
Event Planners
August 4 and August 11, 3-4pm
Volunteer your time to help us plan fall library programs! Snacks will be provided.
Window Artists
August 8, August 15, and August 16, 3-5pm
Paint fall-themed designs on the windows in the Children's Room!

Summer Reading Programs

MPL's summer reading fun continues in the children's room!
We have all kinds of crafts and storytimes for a variety of age groups. We also have a ton of great events coming up. Animal World Experience will be visiting us on August 2nd. We'll learn all about how animals, such as bunnies and turtles stay fit and healthy and even have the opportunity to pet them. On August 3rd, join us for some popcorn and a movie. We will be watching Disney's Cars in the Bigelow Auditorium. Summer Explorers will be making crowns, torches and Olympic medals on August 4th and hosting Olympic Games on the 11th.

On August 12th, we will be having our End of the Summer Reading Party. This fun filled event will feature a performance by Sparky's Puppets. We'll also have Library Bingo with all kinds of prizes, pizza and awards for our Summer Reading Super-Stars.


Animal World Adventures 
August 2nd, 10am-1pm
Movie Night: Cars
August 3rd, 6pm-8pm
Summer Story Time & Craft
August 3rd & August 10th at 10am
Summer Explorers
August 4th & 11th at 10am
PJ Storytime
August 4th, 6:30pm
Read to a Dog
August 6th, 1pm
Summer Art Club
August 9th, 10am
End of Summer Reading Party! Featuring Sparky's Puppets
August 12th, 2pm-5pm

We have many more events! 
Click for more children's events 
Book Suggestion:

A Different Kind of Daughter: the girl who hid from the Taliban in plain sight
by Maria Toorpakai
A woman from an oppressive Pakistani tribal region, where women playing sports is forbidden, discusses how she passed as a boy in order to play the sports she loved, thus becoming a lightning rod of freedom in her country's fierce battle over women's rights, as well as the subject of a forthcoming 2016 documentary.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope
by Claire North
A young woman recounts a strange decline in people noticing her existence, including her parents who forget to take her to school or set a place at the table, in a novel from the author of Touch.

The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Young Adult Suggestions:

One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Kiely

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

Adventures in Minecraft
by Martin O'Hanlon and David Whale

Offers aspiring Minecraft programmers step-by-step instructions on extending the game experience through programming projects that include building intelligent objects, creating alien invasions, and writing interactive games.

In the Night Kitchen 
by Maurice Sendak
Mickey helps the bakers prepare morning cake during an unusual nocturnal excursion. A Caldecott Honor Book.

Stuey Lewis Against All Odds: Stories from the Third Grade
by  Jane Schoenberg  
Stuey Lewis has conquered second grade, but third grade's no piece of cake, either. Can he figure out how to transport his whole class to outer space, navigate a first airplane trip disaster, celebrate the best Mother's Day ever, and find a cool enough pet for the class's pet show? With a little help from his best friend, Will, and his awesome teacher, Ginger, of course he can!

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
In 1943, during the German occupation of Demark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.

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