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Five Things to Watch for in July!
1. Our three summer reading programs for children, teens and adults will be heating up in July. Summer Reading runs through Saturday, August 18. We have lots of free activities to keep everyone busy and having fun at the Library. Prizes for all ages will keep you motivated to read all summer long. 

2. July also means a new state budget and a new state budget means grant funding for a renovated and expanded library. We expect to be offered a grant soon in the new fiscal year. Once that happens the City of Marlborough will have six months to officially accept the grant funds and move forward with the project. Next steps will be working on a new design that makes the best use of our site, including the properties that the city has recently purchased for the project.

3. July also means a switch to our summer schedule. We will remain open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturdays and close on Sundays until September 9. 

4. Our series of Portuguese Storytimes with Ms. Larissa will continue throughout July. This series is provided by the Friends of the Marlborough Public Library with grant funds from the Brigham Family Trust.

5.    Lego Lunches will start up in July. This program combines a free, nutritious lunch with LEGO playtime! Lunch is offered to children, ages birth to18, on a first-come, first-served basis. This program is offered in partnership with the Child Nutrition Outreach Program of Massachusetts.

While July is a slower month for some, it’s brimming with activities at the Library. Check our calendar here for all the details and stop by today!

The Marlborough Public Library 
Independence Day Holiday Hours


   Tuesday, July 3: 
  OPEN 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  Wednesday, July 4: 

Also, please note the library will be CLOSED on SUNDAYS 
July 8 until September 9, 2018
Which is your favorite?

     This summer  
     PBS is conducting


After surveying a representative group of readers the network created a list of 100 books that all citizens can vote from to select America’s favorite book.  

At the Marlborough Public Library, we are curious to see how the city’s favorites would compare to the nation’s.  

You can vote as many times as you like—every day is possible.  

Please visit us and vote (we have the ballots)!  If you prefer, you can print your own ballot here, choose your favorite novel and drop the ballot off with a librarian at the Marlborough Public Library.  

We will announce our “winner” at the end of our Summer Reading Program, Saturday, Aug. 18, but we will have to wait until October to see how the nation voted.

For more information, about The Great American Read, please go to:  

 Please vote—and may the best book win!
Instant Winner!

      "It's fun to try to          win a prize every        time you get out        a book!"


Tarina and Denisha enjoy a lucky moment at the library as Tarina scratches the free raffle ticket she earned by checking out an item at the circulation desk and finds out she won an instant prize!

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. 

There is no registration, fee or homework. Just "show up" and talk!
English Conversation Circles Summer Schedule

All Levels

Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Fridays at 1 p.m.

(No Saturday sessions during July and August)
Our "Libraries Rocks" Adult Summer Reading Program is in full swing!

Don't forget you'll get an EXTRA FREE BONUS RAFFLE TICKET for a chance to win a great summer reading prize at every library event you attend in July

Author Talk with Joe Bebo
Tuesday, July 10 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

Join us to hear Joe Bebo discuss his work, In The Back Of The Van: The Story of One Unforgettable Summer.  

From the band’s first job on the Cape where they almost got  arrested, to the famed Boston Tea Party gig, this book puts you on stage with the author as he plays drums behind Van Morrison.  Bebo gives us a glimpse of Boston in the year 1968, and insight into factors that influenced one of the most productive musical outputs of our time. 

Fermented Vegetables 101
Thursday, July 12 from 6:30- 8 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

  Come to the              library for an            introduction to          vegetable                  fermentation with      Mark Phillips of Hosta Hill. He'll provide a hands-on workshop on fermenting vegetables at home. Participants will leave with a functional understanding of how to replicate the process in their own kitchens.  Registration required. Please sign up here.
Adult Book Club
Join us Monday, July 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. or Thursday, July 19 from 10:30 a.m.-noon for Book Club. This month we will discuss Neverhome by Laird Hunt. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here.  

For more information on the monthly adult book club click here.

Learn the Ukulele
Thursday, July 19 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

Please join Julie Stepanek for a musical evening learning the ukulele!  Ages 13 and up are welcome! Registration begins Sunday, July 1 at this link

Crafter Dark - Air Plants
Monday, July 23 from 6-8 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

Join us for Crafter Dark, our adult crafting series. Air plants are a fun add-on to any room. Make your own hanging air plant display using copper wire, and learn how to care for these low-maintenance plants.
Open to participants age 18 and over. Please register here beginning July 1, as space is limited.

A History of the 1950’s and 60’s through Popular Song
Thursday, July 26 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium
Accompany New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Marc Black, for a musical tour through these two historically defining decades.  You’ll sing along with wonderful songs as diverse as Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka -Dot Bikini and Blowin’ in the Wind, as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Harrison. View a slide show that’s sure to slide you back in time.  
Crafter Dark - Scratch Art CDs
Monday, July 30 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

Join us for another session of our adult crafting series. In keeping with our Summer Reading theme, Libraries Rock, we'll         
re-purpose old music CDs to make shiny scratch-art. Open to participants age 18 and over. Please register here beginning Sunday, July 1, as space is limited.

There's still plenty of time to get involved with Summer Reading!

All you have to do is check out items from the library (everything counts!) and you can win fun instant prizes, free books, and fantastic grand prizes. Don't forget that you get an extra scratch ticket just for attending one of our fun, free programs!

Teen programs are open to adolescents going into grades 6-12, unless otherwise noted.

Teen Tech Basics
  Join Mahish, a student at      AMSA, for an introduction    to basic CS concepts.          You'll learn about arrays,    loops, and data types,          and how these concepts      apply to all programming languages (we'll start with Java). This will be a small, hands-on learning experience taught by a fellow teen! This program is best for ages 11-16 and pre-registration is required.

The class will meet Monday, July 9-Thursday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

When you sign up, please indicate whether you will bring your own device or you will be using one of ours. If you sign up for the first session, you are signed up for all four sessions. Register here.

Fandom Fun
Local manga, anime, and graphic novel enthusiast Robin Brenner will lead us into the world of Japanese manga and anime and share top picks for fans of all ages. If you're a longtime fan or just curious about this growing pop culture trend, please join us for this Manga and Anime Workshop Thursday, July 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. No registration required. 

What is cosplay?  Join us Friday, July 20 from 2-3 p.m., and Mink the Satyr (in costume, of course) will teach you Cosplay 101, answer all your questions, and end her presentation with a costume-making demonstration.  
Registration not required.

Tattoos Rock! 
On Tuesday, July 17 from 2-4 p.m., join artist Roberta Mandella for Tattoo Art for Teens. Choose a temporary tattoo from tons of amazing designs, including glitter options!
Do a tattoo-inspired craft while you wait.
Pre-registration is required so we can be sure there's time for everyone to get a tattoo. 

Ever wonder how henna paste is made? Learn about henna recipes and create your very own at Henna Alchemy Wednesday, July 25 from 
2-4 p.m
. Mandy from Wicked Good Henna will teach you how to roll and fill your own cone to take home for later use. Space is limited and registration is required. 

Creativity Corner

Don't miss a special visit from Pop Up Art School Wednesday, July 18 from 2-4 p.m.
Art teachers will guide you step by step as you create a dramatic underwater scene on canvas. No matter your level of experience, you'll leave with a unique and beautiful work of art. Space is limited and registration is required. 

There are lots of other chances to get artsy at the library this month! Come to ArtLab Friday, July 13 from 2-3:30 p.m. and paint a trio of tiny canvases. Our Lazy Crafternoon series continues throughout the summer, too. On Thursday, July 5 from 2-3 p.m., make a cute taco earbud caddy. On Wednesday, July 11 from 1:30-3 p.m., make some CD scratch art, and come back Tuesday, July 31 from 2-3:30 p.m., to make an artificial cactus out of painted rocks. Registration is required.

STEAM for Teens continues Monday, July 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dig into geology this month!  We'll check out the layers of the Earth, rock formations, and more with our edible rock buffet! Please pre-register.

Calling All Readers!

Come to Teen Book Brunch Tuesday, July 24 from 11 a.m.-noon and tell us what you've been reading lately. Get recommendations from other teens and get first dibs on some brand new YA titles before they hit the library shelves. Of course, we'll enjoy some brunch treats while we chat. 

The next Page to Screen Movie Club is Thursday, July 26 from 2-4 p.m.
We'll watch the new Jumanji (PG-13) and discuss the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg that inspired it! Do you think the movie stayed true to the book? Check out a copy of the book at the Circulation Desk all month.
Please pre-register. 

Summer Movies for a Cause

Come to our new Monday Matinee series just for teens, and if you need volunteer hours for school or you just want to help out, you can work on a make-and-donate project while you watch! If you want to do the volunteer activity while you watch, please indicate that when you register. On July 2 from 3:30-6 p.m. watch Black Panther (PG-13), then July 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., watch Hairspray (PG). Next, on July 30 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. come view Enchanted (PG). 
The Children’s Department has kicked off their Summer Reading Program! Children from birth up to grade 5 can participate. If you haven’t signed up yet, stop by the circulation desk and they’ll get you started. Kids can earn all sorts of prizes for reading and attend all of our fun programs and events.

Check out a sampling of upcoming programs below. For more details on any of these events or to sign up for ones that require pre-registration, visit our calendar of events here.

Weekly Programs:
LEGO Lunch
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Lego Lunch runs from Monday, July 2, through Wednesday, Aug. 22 except Wednesday, July 4 as the library is closed for Independence Day.

Join us for LEGO playtime and a nutritious, free lunch for children to enjoy. This program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with support from the Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP). Ages birth to 18 are welcome first-come, first-served. No registration necessary.

Make & Take Mondays: 
Mondays at 3 p.m. 
Drop in for a fun craft project. Ages 3-10, with a caregiver. Please pre-register for each date you'd like to attend. 

Mother Goose on the Loose: Tuesdays at
10 a.m. 
Stories, songs, rhymes & movement with Miss Jennie. Ages birth to 2, with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

Summer Storytime: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
 Ages 3-6, with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

Summer Explorers :Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Explore elements of art, science, music and more with Ms. Debby! Ages 3-6. with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

Dance Me a Story: Fridays at 10 a.m. beginning July 20. This 6-week series introduces literature through movement, music and imagination.  Ages 2-6, with a caregiver.

Portuguese Storytime with Ms. Larissa:
Fridays at 4 p.m. Ms. Larissa hosts a storytime and craft in Portuguese. Ages 3 and up.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Marlborough Public Library with grant funds from the Brigham Family Trust. No registration is necessary.

Other Programs:

Little Gardeners: 3-Week Gardening Series for ages 7-11.Mondays: July 16, July 30 and August 6 at 6:30 p.mPlease pre-register starting Sunday, July 1.

PJ Storytime:Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. (ages 3-6, with a
caregiver; stuffed friends are welcome).

Craft Corner:Wednesday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m. (ages 7-11). Please pre-register starting Sunday, July 1.

Panels & Pages Graphic Novel Book Club:
Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. (designed for advanced readers grades 4-8).
Please pre-register starting Sunday, July 1.

Family Movie Afternoons: Various dates and times throughout the summer. Please see our schedule:  Summer Musicals.

Performers & Special Events:
Kiddie Time Song & Dance
Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m. 
Joe and Stephanie from Monument Square Music School will be here for music, songs, and dancing (ages 3-6, with a caregiver).

Children’s Concert:
featuring Matt Heaton 

Thursday, July 12 at 11 a.m.  
A rockabilly concert, perfect for dancing! Ages birth to 7, with a caregiver.

Ballet and Creative Movement Class
Tuesday, July 17 at 11 a.m.  Join Ms. Kelly from Absolute Dance School in Marlborough, for a Ballet and Creative Movement Class! The class will include an introduction to ballet positions, stretching, plus movement games and skills. Children will also learn a short dance to music. Ages 3 and up, with a caregiver.

Retro Rock ‘n Roll Poster Printmaking Workshop  By Pop Up Art School:
Wednesday, July 18 at 11 a.m. 
Join teachers from Pop Up Art School for a fun and educational art workshop! Participants will learn two printmaking techniques: monoprinting and collagraphy. The printmaking results will be used to create a collage for a personalized statement poster, in the style of retro rock ‘n roll posters. Open to ages 8-12. Space is
limited and registration is required.

Ukulele Lessons with Julie Stepanke
Thursday, July 19 at noon (ages 3-7, with a caregiver) and at 1 p.m. (ages 8-12).
Join us for a musical afternoon, learning how to play the ukulele! Please pre-register starting Sunday,
July 1.

Rubber Duckie Soap-Making Workshop 
By Kulina Soap Art: Tuesday, July 24 at 2 p.m. 
Getting little ones to wash their hands isn’t always an easy task, but that’s sure to change after they create their own rubber duckie soap. Folk artist Garine Arakelian will visit and show us how make our own soapy creations using glycerin-based soap and adding adding colors, glitter, and scents (ages 6-11). Please pre-register.

The Stupendous Mr. Magichead  
Friday, July 27 at  2 p.m. 
A wild and wacky magic show combining physical comedy and fast-paced original trickery. Ages 4-9.

Adult Book Suggestions:

Draws on forty years of intimate interviews with band members, family, lovers, and confidants, many speaking publicly for the first time, to offer an oral history depicting the reggae icon's life.

Empty Nesting : Reinventing your Marriage When the Kids Leave Home 

By David H. Arp [et al.].

Offers clear-cut instructions for dealing with one of the most difficult periods in any marriage. . .the transition period when the children leave home. Based on the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) and the results of a national survey of long-term married couples, this warm and helpful guide is brimming with practical suggestions and wisdom for learning to let-go of the kids and preserving the sense of commitment, love, partnership, sensuality and fun within a marriage.

All the Ever Afters : The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

By Danielle Teller

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous
re-imagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella's "evil" stepmother. We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress's apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teen-aged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone's unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises. 

Young Adult Suggestions:

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in
Los Angeles)

By Amy Spalding

Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people's lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby's been happy to focus on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a great internship at her favorite boutique, she's thrilled to take the first step toward her dream career. Then she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Hard. And now she's competing against the girl she's kissing to win the coveted paid job at the end of the internship. 

Most Wanted

By Rae Carson

Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run and will have to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive.

Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space

By Libby Jackson

Filled with beautiful full-color illustrations, a groundbreaking compendium honoring the amazing true stories of fifty inspirational women who helped fuel some of the greatest achievements in space exploration from the nineteenth century to today—including Hidden Figure’s Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson as well as former NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson, the record-holding American biochemistry researcher who has spent the most cumulative time in space.

Just Under the Clouds

By Melissa Sarno

Can you still have a home if you don't have a house? Cora is a middle schooler, a big sister, and homeless. Her mother is trying to hold the family together after her father's death, and Cora must look after her sister, Adare, who's just different, their mother insists. Quick to smile, Adare hates wearing shoes, rarely speaks, and appears untroubled by the question Cora can't help but ask: How will she find a place to call home? Learning about Ailanthus altissima, the "tree of heaven," which can grow in even the worst conditions, sets her on a path to discover a deeper truth about where she really belongs.


Picture Book

And Then Comes Summer
By Tom Brenner

From flip-flops and hide and seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, there is something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the summer season.

Early Reader/
Chapter Book

 Amelia Bedelia
Sets Sail

By Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia and her mother share a summer vacation home at the shore with her Aunt Mary and her cousin Jason, who has a wicked sense of adventure and a nose for trouble.

Chapter Book

Quicksand Pond
By Janet Taylor Lisle

Twelve-year-old Jessie spends the summer with her family on Quicksand Pond, a New England vacation spot, where she develops a star-crossed friendship with independent Terri, and meets a reclusive old lady whose connection to a murder that took place decades ago still informs her present--and affects Terri in ways that Jessie gradually comes to understand the more time they spend together.


What Is Rock and Roll? 
By Jim O'Connor

Put on your dancing shoes and move to the music. Rock and roll sprang from a combination of African-American genres, Western swing, and country music that exploded in post World War II America. Jim O'Connor explains what constitutes rock music, follows its history and sub-genres through famous musicians and groups, and shows how rock became so much more than just a style of music influencing fashion, language, and lifestyle. 

Graphic Novel

Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur
By Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder

A fun, all-ages comic series with an unlikely heroine and her larger-than-life sidekick. Luna Lafayette is an eight-year-old super genius who is frustrated with the adults in her life, her dull school and classmates, and by the knowledge that she carries the "inhuman" gene, which will cause a mutation if she becomes exposed to the alien-origin Terrigen Cloud. In the first volume, she and Devil Dinosaur haphazardly team up to fight Neanderthals after the T. rex and the prehistoric men are teleported to the present day.  Luna makes for a unique and inspiring STEM-focused superheroine, and kids will cheer for and laugh at her partnership with the loving but disaster-prone Devil Dinosaur.
Are you looking for your school's summer reading list?

Look no further!

The Children's Room has  lists for the Immaculate Conception School and the Marlborough Public Schools listed on our website. Check it out here


Hey Kids! When you're coming to the library this summer to check out books or attend fun programs, don't forget to stop by Spike's tank to say say "hi!" 

Spike has lots of cool ideas and even compiled a list of Spike-approved websites for kids! Check out her list here

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