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Good News On Our New Library Construction Project

On Thursday, July 13, we learned that we are fourth on the waiting list to obtain a grant for a new library. Some wondered whether the waiting list is a good place to be. Our response is it that is a very good place to be!

The grants that were offered to nine libraries in round one were funded with money on hand in an existing bond bill. Once new funds are allocated to the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP), our project will receive a grant.  We also know that the grant will be $10,186,626. That’s all good news!

Once funding is in place we will be working on the design. Getting the design right will take some time, maybe as much as a year, since we want to make the very best use of our site, our current location at 35 West Main Street.

As many public libraries grow into the role of community information centers, space becomes increasingly important. Places where community can come together to read, study, learn and interact require the right spaces. 

We are designing the new facility with that in mind. Another important consideration is flexibility so spaces are not locked into one use and one use only. We will have lots of furniture on casters so we can reconfigure the space as needs change over the next decades.  

There’s a lot to look forward to as we plan for a new library.
Marlborough Public Library Labor Day Holiday Hours
Saturday, Sept. 2: OPEN 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sunday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 4: CLOSED
Also, please note the library will resume
SUNDAY OPEN HOURS 1-5 p.m. beginning September 11
Staff Spotlight
Meet the staff of MPL

Welcome Tatyana!
Tatyana is among the great crew of new Pages recently hired at the Marlborough Public Library.

Learn more about Tatyana below!
1. What inspired you to take on the position of Page at the library?   
I enjoy reading and it seemed like an environment that would fit my personality.
2. What do you like about libraries?
I remember doing the Summer Reading logs when I was a kid. It motivated me to read.
3. What kind of library resources do you like using yourself?
I’m pretty busy with school, but I love to read!
4. What was your favorite book/series or author as a child?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I liked the diary-style writing because it was "relatable."
5. What's your favorite genre and why?
Realistic fiction. It gives a real world sense to a fictional story.
6. Tell us a fun fact about you:
I enjoy music. I sing a capella at Marlborough High School.
Mallika was proud of the t-shirt she created at Lazy Crafternoon in July. The shirt is a tribute to some of her favorite shows, including Sherlock and Doctor Who.


  "It's perfect!"
Special Interest Program

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. 

August English Conversation Circles

1:30-2:30 p.m. Intermediate/ Advanced
3:30-4:30 p.m. Beginner/Intermediate
10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. All Levels
10:00 -11:00 a.m. Beginner/Intermediate
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced

No Registration Required
If you are interested in leading a group, please contact Miriam at No prior experience is needed, just an ability to lead a group so that everyone speaks. 
Together, we are building a better world! Our thanks to all who have been participating in this year's Adult Summer Reading Game ... Build a Better World Bingo. 

We are delighted by the range of works being read and listened to by library patrons. In addition, you are enjoying Marlborough's fantastic farmers' market, listening to music from our CD collection, writing insightful book reviews, and recommending books to friends. What a great way to spice up your summer!

If you haven't submitted a bingo card yet, it is not too late! Build a Better World Bingo continues through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. That is the deadline to submit your bingo cards. On Monday, Aug. 14, we will have the prize drawing. The winners of the 10 prizes, as well as the grand prize winner, will be notified by Marlborough Public Library staff. 

Bingo cards are available at the library, or you can download a card from our website here.

For a list of prizes and instructions, click here.

We hope that everyone has a great rest of your summer, and a big thank you to everyone who participated!

One-on-One Tech Help
Tuesday, August 15 from 10 a.m. - noon

Please call the Reference Desk at 508-624-6992
to sign up for an individual help session with a member of the library’s reference staff. 
We can assist with basic computer skills on laptops, tablets and phones including Internet searching, email, Microsoft Office, e-books, online job applications, genealogy, and social media.

Adult Book Club:
Join us Monday, Aug. 21 6:30- 8:00 p.m. or Thursday, Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m.- noon for Book Club.

This month the Adult Book Club is doing an author study on Fredrik Backman.

Choose from any of his books including:

  Copies of the books in various formats can be picked up anytime at the circulation desk prior to the meeting.

For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here.  For more information on the monthly adult book club  Click here

Teen Summer Reading Program
June 24-August 12
Remember that each scratch ticket you submit contributes one point to our running tally. When we hit 1,000 points, the library will make a donation to Heifer International on behalf of our library community.

In just the first two weeks of Summer Reading, Marlborough teens earned over 150 points!
Keep up the great work and we'll reach our goal!
You have until Saturday, Aug. 12 to earn your Summer Reading scratch tickets. All you have to do is check out materials (everything counts—not just books!) at the circulation desk.

Every time you attend a library program, you get an extra ticket as well. You can win an instant prize, like earbuds, candy, or a book, or enter to win one of our grand prizes. Winners will be chosen 
Monday, Aug. 14.  Happy Reading!

Teen Events

Lazy Crafternoon
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2:30-4 p.m.
Story Hour Room

Create your own colorful wind chime with wood and beads! Open to teens going into grades 6-12.
*Please pre-register here*               
MakerCare Movie:  Beauty and the Beast (PG)
Thursday, Aug. 3, 6-8 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium       
Help to build a better world by
making pet toys to be donated to a local animal shelter. Watch the new Beauty and the Beast (PG) while you work, and enjoy a pizza break!
Open to teens going into grades 6-12.
Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 4:30- 6 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium

If you like anime or manga or if you've heard of it and would like to know more, drop by and check out Animanga! This month we'll watch and discuss Naruto.

Wood-Painting Workshop
Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 3-4 p.m.
Story Hour Room

A teacher from Let’s Gogh Art
will help you paint a wooden treasure box to take home! 
*Registration is required* 
 Sign up here 
Window Artists
Thursday, Aug. 17 from 2-4 p.m. and
Friday, Aug. 18 from  2-4 p.m.

Help us paint back-to-school and autumn themed designs on the Children's Room windows. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours for school. *Please click the session date above to pre-register/reserve a window.*

Teen Book Clubs

Join us in the Story Hour Room for pizza, snacks, and a book chat! Get your copy of this month’s selection at the circulation desk.

Down the Rabbit Hole (grades 9-12)               Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 6-7 p.m. 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

*At this meeting, we'll raffle off a free copy of the sequel, A Torch Against the Night. Don't miss it!*

Middle School Book Club (grades 5-8)             Thursday, Aug. 24 from 6-7 p.m.               

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
To avoid a bully, Marshall and Tamaya take a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. They are soon lost, and they find trouble. More trouble than anyone could imagine.
Did you know that Marlborough kids, who are participating in our Summer Reading Program have already read 125,973 minutes?! 

Spike and the Children's Department are super            impressed.    
 We're so impressed  that we're going to  throw  a party  Saturday, Aug. 12
 at 2 p.m.
to  celebrate this  achievement.

The hilarious Toe Jam Puppet Band duo will be here to perform their songs followed by an ice cream party! Participants will also receive a free kid’s meal pass from Chipotle or Friendly's.

This month will also feature
The Hampstead Stage Company's
live performance of
Beauty and the Beast
Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.

If your little one loves to dance and sing, join us for Kiddie Time Song & Dance with Joe & Stephanie Thursday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Summertime Storytime, Storytime Surprise, LEGO Lunch and Mother Goose on the Loose will continue until Thursday, Aug. 17, so please swing by one of our weekly programs.

Early Explorers will create tinker tubes
 Thursday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.

Kids STEAM will be Friday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m., and we'll be making bubble art.

       Join us Wednesday, Aug. 23            at 6 p.m. for snacks and a              screening of Disney's                      Finding Nemo. 


  Adult Book Suggestions:

The Other Einstein
By Marie Benedict

Does the name Mileva Maric ring a bell?  Probably not, however most of us are familiar with Albert Einstein—Mileva was his first wife.  The Other Einstein explores Mileva’s hopes, dreams, and her contributions to her husband’s theories that history has overlooked.  Although this book is historical fiction, the author, Marie Benedict did a lot of research to make it as accurate as possible.  Read in conjunction with watching Ron Howard’s "Genius" on the National Geographic channel presents the reader/watcher a view of Dr. Einstein and his brilliant wife that most people do not know—and might be surprised by.

-Diane M., Reference Librarian

The Dark Net
 By Benjamin Percy

The Dark Net is that dusky corner of the Internet where movies are pirated and drugs sold, and demons are planning to use it to enter the real world. They're up against a techno-challenged journalist, a former child evangelist, a hacker with a cause, and a 12-year-old girl with a visual aid who sees shadows around some people.

What We Lose: A Novel
By Zinzi Clemmons

Exacting reflections on race, mourning, and family are at the center of this novel about a college student whose mother dies of cancer. Born to an American father and a South African mother, Thandi is a character defined by conflicting conceptions of identity, belonging, and class, divisions that only deepen in the wake of her mother's death.

Young Adult Suggestions:

Almost Adulting:
All You Need to Know to Get It Together
(Sort of)

By Arden Rose

In this book for budding adults, failing adults, and eaters of microwave mug brownies, Arden tells you how to survive your future adulthood. Topics include: making internet friends who are cool and not murderers, eating enough protein, and assembling a somewhat acceptable adult wardrobe when you have zero dollars.

Hair in all the wrong places

By Andrew Buckley

Puberty is tough for young werewolf Colin, but when there are attacks on the people in his town, Colin has to get himself under control before someone gets hurt.

Duels & Deception

By Cindy Anstey

In 1800s London, a young heiress and her lawyer are caught up in a kidnapping plot to steal her fortune, but as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder what she truly wants.

Kiss & White Lily for My Dearest Girl

By Canno

In middle school, Ayaka Shiramine was the perfect student: hard-working, with excellent grades and a great personality to match. As Ayaka enters high school she expects to still be on top, but one thing she didn't account for is her new classmate, the lazy yet genuine genius Yurine Kurosawa. What's in store for Ayaka and Yurine as they go through high school...together?


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

One Lucky Summer 
By Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Moving from Santa Cruz, California, to Sacramento, Steven, a ten-year-old baseball player, spends the summer trying to make friends with ballet-loving Lucinda.

Chapter Book

The Summer of Moonlight Secrets 
By Danette Haworth
During the summer of 1987, Allie Jo, whose family runs an antebellum Florida hotel, meets Chase, who is staying there with his father, and they become friends when they discover a mysterious teenager hiding on the grounds of the hotel.
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