What's New

Sign up to participate in a free program this summer as part of the "A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading program.  Register by calling the Library at 508-946-2470, stopping by, or emailing Christine Dargelis, Teen Librarian, at cdargeli@sailsinc.org.  If space is available, we will take participants on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the program.


LightsaberJEDI TRAINING PROGRAM (Ages 11-18)
July 18 - 1:00-3:00 PM

Children and teens are invited to channel their inner galactic warrior with the Mastermind Resistance Fighters at the Middleborough Public Library’s Jedi Training Program on Thursday, July 18.  Led by Mastermind Adventures, Jedi Training is one of the many out-of-this-world programs being offered at the Library this summer.

 As part of their training, participants will learn to use a Stun Saber, enjoy Force Dueling, and play Jedi Dodge Ball.  A session for youth aged 8-11 will run from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m., followed by a session for tweens and teens aged 11-18 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The event will take place in the green space at The Middleborough Historical Musuem on 18 Jackson Street near Pierce Playground and the old Police station.  In the event of inclement weather it will take place in the Library's meeting room.

The Jedi Training Program is supported through the generosity of the Hadley Company. 

 

Amazin' Gamin' TruckAMAZIN' GAMIN' TRUCK (Ages 11-18)
Saturday, July 27 - 1:00-2:30 PM

Teens aged 11-18 are invited to experience video gaming in a whole new light on Cape Cod’s luxury gaming truck at the Middleborough Public Library’s Amazin’ Gamin’ Truck event on Saturday, July 27 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  

 Interested gamers can reserve a 45-minute gaming slot to play your favorite video games on one of seven indoor and outdoor hi-definition TVs, complete with enhanced lighting and sound.  Each screen can support four players at once, so bring a friend or more!  Choose from a large selection of E- and T-rated games playable on the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PS4 platforms, including Fortnite.

 The Amazin’ Gamin’ Truck program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Middleboro Public Library with additional support from Rockland Trust.

Black HoleBLUE STAR PLANETARIUM 
Wednesday, July 31 - 3 sessions

Sign up for one of three out-of-this-world shows held in a portable, inflatable dome on the Library's Main Floor: 

2:00 p.m. — Earth, Moon and Sun (grade 2 and up)

4:00 p.m. — Black Holes (Middle School and up)

6:30 p.m. — Back to the Moon For Good (grade 3 and up)

This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

 

 Glowing Constellation Canvas PaintingGLOWING CONSTELLATION CANVAS PAINTING WORKSHOP (Ages 13-18)
Thursday, Aug. 1 - 1:00-3:00 PM

For those teens who are feeling creative, join us in the Library’s meeting room on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 1:00 p.m. for the Glowing Constellation Canvas Painting Workshop and a chance to create a stellar piece of artwork!  Instructors from the Pop Up Art School will teach participants about Aboriginal Constellation art in celebration of the summer library reading theme:  A Universe of Stories.

Participants will paint a galactic masterpiece that has real light-up stars using templates to make their astrological sign or lighting up their own pattern.  All materials will be provided including a battery operated strand of lights (batteries not included).  This program is for teens aged 13-18.

The Glowing Canvas Constellation Program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.

From now until the end of August Scholastic is providing a free trial of BookFlix to all Massachusetts Libraries.

When the weather is hot and you're looking for something to do, drop by the Library's Teen Area where you can enjoy crafting, puzzles, and tabletop games.  In addition to our summer reading activities, we are offering two new monthly summer programs:
 
Teen Game Night

Game OnDrop in for a fun and informal evening of tabletop gaming on Thursday, June 20 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with board game guru Greg Stevens.  Mr. Stevens will provide a selection of popular games, teach those interested how to play a game new to them, and help teens with game strategy.  Pizza will be served while supplies last.  No registration required for this free program.  
 
For teens aged 11-18.     
 
Teen Game Night will also be held on Thurs., July 18 and August 1.
 
Greg Stevens, a resident of Middleboro, is a board game enthusiast with over 100 board games in his collection.  He teaches science at South Shore Technical High School.
 
This program is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.
 
"Turn the Page" Middle School Book Club 

Open Book

 
Calling all seventh and eighth grade students!  Join us for a meeting of  the "Turn the Page" Middle School Book Club on Thursday, June 27, from 6:30-8:00  p.m. in the Library's downstairs meeting room.  The Club will be discussing their first book:  Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
   
The "Turn the Page" Middle School Book Club was created for teens, by teens to give teens an opportunity to share their interests in a welcoming environment.  Escape the summer heat and make new friends while discussing some of the greatest teen novels.    
 
Newcomers are always welcome!  If you'd like to join a discussion and need a copy of the book, visit the Library's Main Circulation Desk where extra copies of discussion books are held for Club participants to borrow.
 
Monthly Meeting Schedule:
 
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien -  July 25
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson - August 22
 
Refreshments provided.  Open to all seventh and eighth grade students.  

Sync BannerFree Downloadable Books All Summer!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+.  Starting April 275 SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week — pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.  

Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days.  Titles, once downloaded, are yours to keep.

Sign-up to get notifications when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message (text syncYA to 25827), email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com.  Titles change every Thursday at 7am ET when the program is running.


Informational flyers:

SYNC brochure with all free audio book titles 

Free audio book titles from May 23-June 19

Free audio book titles from June 20-July 17

Free audio book titles from July 18-July 31

Teen AreaTeens now have a much larger space, with added natural light, a privacy screen, and two seating areas where teens can relax, play tabletop games, and participate in self-guided crafts and activities.

The new teen space is just for teens aged 11-18 during weekends and on the weekdays from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m.2nbsp; All are welcome to browse and borrow from the teen book and audio book collections at any time.

Board GamesA collection of classic and popular tabletop games, as well as puzzles, are available for teens to use in the Teen Area.  Teens are invited to help themselves to games from the new game cart during their library visit.  Some games require teens to borrow them with a library at the Main Desk.  If you have a teen game in good condition that you'd like to donate to the Library's collection, please email Teen Librarian Christine Dargelis at cdargeli@sailsinc.org.

In addition to games and puzzles, the Library will provide materials and instructions for teens to participate in a fun and simple craft or activity each month.  For May, teens can make tissue paper flowers and/or origami.

Themed book and interactive displays will provide further inspiration and challenges.  Throughout the year, teens will be encouraged to hang their own creations on the mobile wall to share with others.

We want the new Teen Area to be a place where teens can create and recharge, as well as study and do homework.  We hope you stop by and try out your new space!

Funding for the games and materials was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library and an anonymous donor. 

Middleborough High School students are invited to check out the public library's Pop-Up Library appearing in the school cafeteria during lunch period on the first Tuesday of the month. Teen Librarian Chris Dargelis will be there to lend you materials--new and popular books, DVDs, and video games--and let you know about upcoming programs and services.  It's all free with a library card.  

Don't have a library card, yet?  Students 16+ can register and borrow items immediately at the Pop-Up Library, while students 15 and under should take home a registration form for their parent or guardian to sign.  Materials can be returned either to the MHS or public library for your convenience.  

Starting in March, students can enter the Dunkin' Donuts Raffle each month just by answering a library trivia question for a chance to win a $5 Dunkin' Donuts gift card.  

Stop by the table to see what we have, chat about books, and find out more about all that you can do with your library card.  See you there!  

Thank you to Dunkin' Donuts for their generous donation to our Pop-Up Library raffle.

The Pride Guide

Books on tough topics

We've added some new and classic self-help and health-related titles on sensitive issues that are often difficult to talk about.  You can find these books in the nonfiction section of our Teen Area (the aisle next to the teen bulletin board). 

If you're not sure where to find a book on a certain subject and are not comfortable asking us about it, use the Tough Topics browsing guide posted on the teen nonfiction shelves.  The guide will give you the call number for books on a particular topic.  

For more privacy, feel free to borrow books using our self-checkout station next to the large TV monitor near the Main Circulation Desk.  To place a hold on a book, click on the title.  The link will send you to the library catalog where you can reserve the item with your library card.


 Newly-added self-help and health-related titles:


Abuse and Violence Information for Teens 


Coping with Body Shaming by Natalie Chomet

Coping with Homelessness by Marcia Lusted

Dating Violence by Laura La Bella











SAILS Mobile makes it quick and easy to access the SAILS Library Network and your library account on the go!

Search the SAILS' catalog, download items, manage your account, and find suggested reading instantly with your Android phone or tablet.


With the app you can:

  • Search the SAILS’ catalog:  search for items by title, author, subject, or general keyword and place holds on interesting items.
  • Manage your account:  keep track of your account – view your checked-out items, holds, fines, and account information
  • Search by barcode: use your device’s camera to scan the barcode on a book, CD, DVD, or other item at a friend’s house or bookstore and search for available copies in the SAILS’ Network.
  • You can link accounts to manage your family’s checkouts and holds, all in the same place.

The SAILS Mobile app is available at the Google Play and Apple stores.

Keep an eye out for these new video games on the shelf!

Crash Bandicoot
 
Nintendo Switch:
Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy (E10+)
LEGO Ninjago Movie (E10+)
Sonic Mania Plus (E)

PlayStation 4:
Madden NFL 18 (E)
NBA2K18 (E10+)
Far Cry 5 (M)
Shadow of the Colossus (T)
 
Borrow one game at a time for 2 weeks with your library card, with the option to 
renew.

Far Cry 5


Switch games are located on the end of the red New YA shelf in the Teen Area, next to the Wii, Xbox, and PlayStation video game racks.  Mature-rated games are in the Audio Book Room, the room opposite the Media (DVD) Room.

 
  
 

Come to the Library for free access to ABC Mouse!
ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more.

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