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Giving Back in the New Year
 
If your New Year’s resolution involves helping others, the library is working on a project that will be of interest to you.  

We are collaborating with the Marlborough Rotary Club on an international project aimed at collecting children’s books in English for grades K-6. These books will be sent to rural areas of the Philippines where books are scarce and will be used to start small libraries for children who don’t have access to reading materials in their homes or schools. See one of these libraries in the picture below.  


Any gently used materials that the children enjoy reading, including issues of National Geographic, are welcome. Other drop off locations in the city are Al Brodeur’s Auto Body on South Street and EKG Networking on Granger Boulevard.

We will be collecting books through the end of February. We will then ship them to the Philippines which should take about eight weeks.

If you drop off donations at the library, please include a note that indicates the items are for this project.

If you have any questions contact the Library Director, Margaret Cardello, at either mcardello@marlborough-ma.gov or 508-624-6901.

Special Notices

In observance of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The library will be CLOSED on Monday, Jan. 16.
 
 
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Save the date!

PUBLIC COMPUTERS  

WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ALL DAY 

 for a software upgrade


 
Friends of the MPL Events
 A Delvena Theatre Company Production Featuring
Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks
A 2016-2017 Special Program Series Event
 
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Wednesday, Jan 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium 
Free Admission!
Have You Made Any New Year's Resolutions?
The library is chock-full of resources that can help you achieve your 2017 goals. Below is a sampling of personal New Year's resolutions made by library staff members and sources they are tapping for help.
 
From - Miriam A., Reference Librarian
I believe "a place for everything and everything in its place" really does make life simpler. So why isn't my house organized that way? My New Year's resolution is to try to figure that out. For help I'll be looking at:
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by Cynthia Townley 
 (Also available in e-book)   



 
From - Christine A., Teen Librarian
I want to explore new genres and formats in 2017, starting with graphic novels and manga! My goal is to read one graphic novel or manga per week in addition to my usual reading. I just finished Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, which is about a homeschooled girl entering public school for the first time-- along with the mysterious ghost that follows her everywhere. It was a great read.
Be sure to drop by the Teen Room to tell me about your favorite graphic novels and manga!
 
From - Annie G., Head of Circulation and Technology 
My new year's resolution is to learn more about  the ways of Max (my dog)!  I am going to watch the DVD of NOVA's, "Dogs Decoded: Understanding the Human-Dog Relationship."
Annie's Dog Max                          

For more information on this source visit 
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-decoded.html
         
          New Year, New Language        

Mango Languages
 
Did you Know
About the Many Uses for Mango Languages?

Your Marlborough Public Library card is your key to learning languages-with Mango! It's very adaptable and offers 63 languages (and counting). You can access mangolanguages.com from any of your home or mobile devices and set up your account using your card.  Mango Languages offers English as a Second or Other Language, Legal and Medical Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Biblical Hebrew and many other languages. Look for it on the library home page or come talk to the Reference staff about getting started.


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. 
 
January English Conversation Circles
Mondays, Jan 23 and 30 from 
1:30-2:30 Intermediate/Advanced 
3:30-4:30 Beginner/Intermediate 
Saturdays, Jan 14, 21 and 28 
10:00-11:00 Beginner/Intermediate 
11:30-12:30 Intermediate/Advanced
No Registration Required

If you are interested in leading a group, please contact Miriam at machenbach@cwmars.org. No prior experience is needed, just an ability to lead a group so that everyone speaks.
Events
Adult Book Club:
 
Join us on Monday, Jan. 9 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. or Thursday, Jan. 12 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Bigelow Auditorium for Book Club.
 
This month we will discuss The Year of Yes  by Shonda Rhimes.
 
 
Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here

 
Technology Classes:
Please join us in January for these Technology Classes! Registration is required.
Questions? Call 508-624-6900

 
     Share Holiday Photos with Dropbox      
 
      
Thursday, Jan. 19 from 6– 8 p.m.   
    Register online 
or call 508-624-6900  
 Bigelow Auditorium

 
Join us to learn how to store photo albums in Dropbox, and to share them. We will review using Dropbox through the website, and using the Dropbox app on phones, tablets and laptops. We can provide students with laptops, and students can feel free to bring their own devices.
Skills required:  Basic computer skills including using tabs.
Instructor: Annie Glater

 
Using Your iPad
 
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Tuesday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon      
Register online or call 508-624-6900
Bigelow Auditorium
 
If you are an iPad owner or want to become one, come and learn about all the things an iPad can do!  We will introduce you to the basic iPad functions – settings, organizing, checking e-mail, exploring apps and much more.
Skills required: Experience with iPads is helpful, but not necessary.
Instructor: Annie Glater

 
If there is a topic you would like to to learn about, please email: marlboroughreference@cwmars.org
 
Events
Lazy Crafternoon
Did you know that Marlborough schools are closed on Tuesday, Jan. 17? Come to a special Lazy Crafternoon at an earlier time, 2-3:30 p.m. on your day off! Get your very own canvas and make a unique abstract masterpiece using masking tape and sponge painting. Registration is required
 

Also, don't miss Lazy Crafternoon at it's normal time on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 3-4:30 p.m. See what you can learn from the library's origami books, including how to make an origami Pikachu!
 
New Year, New Ideas!
Does the library need more art programs? More book clubs? More homework help, or movie screenings? We know you have great ideas, so come and share them at our next Event Planners meeting! We will chat about the kind of library programs you'd like to see and how you can help to make them happen! It's a fun way to earn your volunteer hours. This month's meeting is on Thursday, Jan. 19, 4-5:00 p.m. in the Teen Room. 
 
Teen Movie Lounge
On Thursday, Jan. 26, 6-8:00 p.m., enjoy pizza, snacks, and a movie screening just for teens! This month we’re watching Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) in the Bigelow Auditorium. 
 
After accidentally summoning an ancient spirit, a young Japanese boy named Kubo is separated from his mother and embarks on a journey to discover the truth about his missing father. Along the way, he befriends the kindhearted Monkey and the clumsy Beetle as he fends off the vengeful Moon King and two evil twin sisters with his shamisen, a magical stringed instrument. 
 
Check out the online calendar for many more teen events!
Did you know that Spike has a New Year's Resolution?

That's right, she plans on eating more fruits and vegetables. Maybe she'll pick up a cookbook or two to figure out some new recipes. The Children's Department can help you fulfill your resolutions, too. Do you want to learn how to play chess? We have a Chess Club that meets every first Saturday of the month. Are you looking to improve your artistic skills? We have an Art Club that meets every third Tuesday of the month. Or maybe you want to read 100 books? We have several book clubs that can help you reach your goal and tons of new books! 

Here are some more upcoming activities: 

Storytime Surprise: Thursdays from  2-2:45 p.m. We've added an afternoon preschool storytime to our schedule. Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and a craft.

Baby Art Adventures: Tuesday, Jan. 17th from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. We will be making egg shakers and dancing along to some fun music.

 

Full STEAM Ahead Club: Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. We will be reading the Three Billy Goats Gruff and then create our own rafts using a variety of materials to see which raft will make it across the water without sinking.

Swing by the Children's Room for some new adventures in 2017!
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Adult Book Suggestion:
 
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A Truck Full of Money by the acclaimed author Tracy Kidder is actually two stories woven into one very interesting book.  It is the story of Paul English, the computer whiz and entrepreneur, who grew up in Boston and made his fortune here in New England.  But it is also an inside look at technology “start-ups," the ins and outs of funding, creating, and then selling successful businesses (or not so successful) that many fledgling companies go through.  One of the most interesting aspects of this book is all the ideas Mr. English had (and still has) that never came to fruition, but show the extent of his ingenuity.  And to think that this man who has handled gazillions of dollars might be your Uber driver…read the book to discover that tale. 

- Diane M., Reference Librarian

 
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The Hermit   
 by Thomas Rydahl

 
A car is found on a deserted beach on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the body of a small boy buried in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing an ailing tourist resort needs is a murder, and the police are desperate to close the case. The island is rife with rumours about the reclusive Erhard. Two decades of self-imposed exile from his wife and children have left him alienated and alone, whiling away his days in a drunken haze, driving an old taxi to get by. This unlikeliest of detectives determines to solve the crime himself - and he has nothing to lose. But how can one old man, cut off from the modern world, solve a murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island? And what if the killer forces Erhard to confront his own long-buried past?
Young Adult Suggestions:


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The Memory Book 
by Lara Avery


When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.


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Lion Island: Chinese Cuba's Warrior of Words 
by Margarita Engle

A novel in verse that traces the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese and Cuban descent who became a champion of civil rights during Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.


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This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration
 
by Linda Barrett Osborne


Explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups have evolved throughout U.S. history, from 1800 to today.
Children's 
Suggestions:

Picture Book

Winter Barn
by Dorothy Ripley

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Snow covers the farm, but the animals are comfortable in the barn where the Farmer tends them.

Early Chapter Book

January Joker
by Ron Roy

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Seven-year-olds Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy make observations and gather clues that convince them that their older siblings, cousin, and animals have been captured by hungry space aliens.

Chapter Book

 The Long Winter
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
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After an October blizzard, Laura's family moves from the claim shanty into town for the winter, a winter that an Indian has predicted will be seven months of bad weather.
 
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