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Our Commitment to Technology

Public libraries are evolving into community centers where spaces to read, study, work, and collaborate are increasingly important. Technology is a big part of this equation at the Marlborough Public Library, especially to those without computers, those who need help using computers and those who come to the library to work on a project and bring their own computer. 

By strengthening our wireless access in the past year to the extent possible in our aged facility we have seen use skyrocket. In FY15 we logged 4,000 wireless sessions and in FY 16 that number almost tripled to 11,000.  People are using the library’s wireless network for work, school, and entertainment. Job seekers can’t apply for most jobs these days without access to a computer to create or update their resume and send in their applications. As we work on the design for a new library, technology will play an essential role in all our plans.  

In the meantime, we will be offering new programs this fall on popular tech topics, such as borrowing free e-books from the library. Use of Marlborough Public Library’s e-book/audio/video collections increased by 53% in the past year, from 14,646 titles borrowed to 22,390 in the past year. We have thousands of free titles for you to choose from.

Check out our event calendar for more on our tech classes and while you are at it borrow an e-book.

 
In Memory of Lori Galvin

Many new toys and games were recently purchased with funds donated in memory of Lorraine Galvin, a longtime resident of Marlborough and employee of the Children’s Dept.  Thanks to the generosity of her family and many friends we were able to purchase toys and games that children can either check out and take home or play with them in the library. We all remember Lori fondly and think this is a fitting tribute to her love of children.
Friends of the MPL Events
           
Concert Series "Jane Austen at the Piano" featuring Donna Chaff
Wednesday, September 14th at pm in the Bigelow Auditorium
Donna Chaff presents an evening piano concert and lecture of the Jane Austen Family music books.


"An Evening of Frost" Featuring Stephen Collins
Wednesday, September 28th at 7pm in the Bigelow Auditorium
A unique and interactive evening about the misunderstood and often pigeonholed, Robert Frost. 

Fall Book and Bake Sale
Saturday, October 1st from 9am-4pm in Bigelow Auditorium
The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library will present a major fund raising event their  “Fall One Day Book and Bake Sale” with Teresa ‘s Bake Show and The Friends Café 
Online Museum Pass Reservations



The Marlborough Public Library Museum Pass program has a new look! Now, when you access our website to reserve a pass you will see a new brightly colored page with all the information that you need to plan your trip. Check it out!
 
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Marlborough Public Library and other community supporters, the library is able to offer a variety of museum passes for free or reduced admission to local museums, historical attractions, botanical gardens and zoos. We have one pass per day per museum, so its always a good idea to reserve your pass ahead of time.  Click here to see our reservation page. You can click on the museum name to see details about what our pass offers, directions to the location, and one click access to the museum’s website.

For each date, the museum passes are listed in alphabetical order.
You can browse by date, or search the site using the drop down menus at the top of the list. Click the “Request Pass” button to the left of the museum you wish to visit. You will then be prompted to enter your Library card number and PIN to complete the reservation
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English Conversation Circles
Free. Fun. Informal. 
No registration needed, just come to the session that is right for you and practice speaking English!


Mondays Session 1

3:30 to 4:30 
Intermediate/Advanced
(Starts September 15)


Mondays Session 2

3:30 to 4:30 
Beginner/Intermediate 
(Starts September 15)

 

Thursdays 

6:00 to 7:00 
Intermediate/Advanced
(Starts September 22)


Saturdays : Coming Soon

(Please check the library's website for more information or contact Miriam)

 
Technology Classes
This fall the Library is all about technology education classes for adults! These classes are designed for all types of adult learners and range in topics from resumes to reading books. Classes are free and will change monthly, if there are classes you'd like to see, email: marlboroughreference@cwmars.org 


This September will feature: 

Borrowing Books to Read on Your Kindle
Thursday, September 15th, 6pm
OverDrive: Free eBooks through the Library
Tuesday, September 20th, 10am
Online Job Search and Resume Workshop
Wednesday, September 21st, 6pm
Using Dropbox to Share Photos
Monday, September 26th, 2pm

Other Events
Adult Book Club:
Join us on September 19th from 6:30-8:00pm or September 22nd from 10:30am-12:00pm for Book Club. This month we will discuss The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here. For October we will be reading The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.   Click here for more information on the monthly adult book club. 

 
Drop-In Coloring for Adults:
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 will be the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Bigelow Auditorium here at the Library. 

Monday, September 12th
Monday, October 3rd

 

Tasty Tuesday
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 3:30-4:30pm
Learn to make a tasty afterschool snack! This month, make your own customized yogurt parfait with our supplies! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Please pre-register to save your spot! 

Lazy Crafternoon
Tuesday, September 6, 3-4:30pm
Wednesday, September 14, 3-4:30pm
Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, you can spend a lazy crafternoon at the library! Try the project we've prepared, or just use our materials for your own unique creation. Open to teens in grades 6-12. Registration is not required. 

Gaming Unplugged
September 21, 3:00-4:30pm
Take a break from video games and play board games and card games with friends. Try an old favorite, learn a new game, or bring your own!

Read Harder: Young Adult Book Lovers
Saturday, September 3, 11am-12pm
Thursday, September 15, 6-7pm
This is a different kind of book group -- you read ANYTHING you want in our young adult collection (call number is MID or YA) and come talk about what you loved and what you didn't! This is open to teens and adults, ages 13+. You are welcome to attend one or both of the month's meetings. 
Pizza and drinks will be provided to those who register! 
 

Let's Give a Big Cheer for a New School Year!

We have some big news in the children's room: Spike has a new home! The tank has plenty of room for her to swim and play. Stop by and tell Spike how much you love her luxurious space.

It's also a new school year and we've got all kinds of terrific programs in the Children's Room.
This month we will be celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday. He's the author of several famous children's books, such as Matilda, The BFG and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Join us for a craft and some birthday treats to celebrate his special day on September 14th. Along with our much loved programs, such as Ms. Tricia's Toddler Time and Ms.Debby's Art Club, we are also adding some new monthly after school programs, such as Storytime 2.0, which will feature e-books and apps as well as traditional storytime materials. Our Full STEAM Ahead program allows kids to join the maker movement! Explore science, technology, and the arts through children's books and related activities. We will also have a monthly Saturday storytime. This month's theme is pirates in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. We'll read some stories and make a pirate inspired craft that's sure to shiver ye timbers! 
 

New Events Beginning September:

Storytime 2.0 Monday 9/19, 4:00-5:00
A storytime that uses new technologies (such as apps and e-books) as well as traditional materials. (ages 3-7) 
Portuguese Storytime, Tuesday 9/20, 10:00-10:40 
Come enjoy some stories read in Portuguese, & learn about the ways the WIC program might benefit you & your children. (ages 3 and up, with a caregiver)
LOL: Library out Loud!, Wednesday 9/21, 4:30-5:30
Come to the library to snack and draw. We'll be listening to an audiobook as we hang out and create drawings and/or color using a variety of art supplies (ages 8 and up).  
Full STEAM Ahead!, Wednesday 9/28, 4:30-5:30 Join the maker movement! Explore science, technology, and the arts through children's books and related activities (ages 5 and up). *PLEASE PRE-REGISTER

There are MANY more events happening all month long, check out all children's programming  
 
Book Suggestion:


Hamilton: The Revolution
by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
The story of not only Alexander Hamilton, but also a chronicle of the creation of the Broadway musical Hamilton is a entertainingly written, historically accurate, and beautifully produced book. Looking like a reference volume of famous founding fathers, inside is exciting photos, fascinating essays and the script of the musical itself. As the historical story of Alexander Hamilton (the first treasury secretary), his friends, fellow soldiers, wife and relatives, and of course Aaron Burr is told, the story of this ground-breaking musical is told from its inception to its Broadway run. When reading through this book, the reader gets a sense of the scope of Hamilton plus the blood, sweat, and tears that went into its formation. For anyone who has seen the musical, for anyone who would like to see the musical, for anyone who has an interest in Hamilton and his life (or if you don’t, you will after reading this book), or anyone who loves Broadway musicals—read it and enjoy!



Coyote America
by Dan Flores
This book is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the wolf in our backyards, as well as its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse, with a pioneering hero whose career holds up an uncanny mirror to the successes and failures of American expansionism.
Young Adult Suggestions:


Jessica Darling's It List: The (totally not) guaranteed guide to popularity, prettiness, and perfection
by Megan McCafferty
The day before seventh grade begins, twelve-year-old Jessica Darling gets a list from her sister, whose popularity and beauty made her a junior-high standout, but when she tries to follow it, all goes awry, including losing her best friend.

Character, Driven
by David Lubar
In his last year of high school, seventeen-year-old virgin Cliff Sparks has to figure out what to do with his life, including how to meet new girl Jillian and how to deal with old issues with his unemployed father.

Peanut
by Ayun Halliday
Nervous about starting her sophomore year at a new high school, Sadie decides to make herself more interesting by claiming to be allergic to peanuts, but her lie quickly spirals out of control.
Children's 
Suggestions:




Puppy Pool Party
by Seth Casteel

Photographs and simple, rhyming text reveal what goes on beneath the surface at the puppy pool party.



Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?
by Kate DiCamillo
Baby Lincoln has had enough of her older sister, Eugenia, telling her what to do and sets out on her own on a journey of self-discovery.



Maybe A Fox
by Kathi Appelt
An otherworldly fox is born to help eleven-year-old Jules, who is grieving over the death of her sister.





 
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