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State Funding at the Marlborough Public Library

January begins the season for Library Advocacy throughout Massachusetts.  Libraries and their supporters across the Commonwealth take time out through a series of “Legislative Breakfasts” and a trip to the Statehouse in March, to inform state legislators of the services that public libraries provide to our communities and the ways that state funding impacts those services.
At the Marlborough Public Library, state funding impacts our services in five basic ways:
  • Delivery – This is the transportation system that on a daily basis drops off 8-10 bins filled with materials for waiting Marlborough patrons and returns of Marlborough items borrowed by library patrons across the state.
  • State Aid – Annual grants provided to libraries that meet State certification requirements. We use these funds primarily to supplement our city budget for materials and programs.
  • CW MARS – State money goes to our library network, CW MARS, so that some services can be provided on a regional level and don’t have to be paid for by individual member libraries.
  • Training – State funds provide access to training opportunities for library staff to keep current on trends and share best practices with other libraries.
  • Talking Book Libraries – State funds support the libraries at the Perkins School for the Blind and the Talking Book Library at the Worcester Public Library. These programs provide access to library materials for visually impaired people.
While some of these services run behind the scenes, we hope our patrons feel their benefits. Getting a book from another library near or far away is made possible by the delivery program which provides access to millions more items than we could ever provide on our own.  This program makes a big impact on library services to our community.  
January Holiday Hours
     The Marlborough Public Library will be CLOSED

 Monday, Jan. 1 - New Year's Day                                                                       
Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Your opinion!
Keep your eye on your email inbox this month! The Marlborough Public Library will be sending out a e-survey for your feedback. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the library.

Please participate and help us tailor our services to your needs.
Friends of the MPL Events

Delvena Theatre Company's
Who was Jack the Ripper

Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Bigelow Auditorium-FREE!

History comes alive – one more time – with the infamous Jack the Ripper – the identity of whom was never known!
Learn the details of the ghastly murders of five women from London in 1888. Meet the top suspects in the murders.

The audience will have the opportunity to question each of the suspects and make their own conclusion as to who the “real” Jack the Ripper was. Let’s solve this case once and for all! The cast will open up to the audience at the end of the show for lively discussion.

Join in the fun as judge and jury to finally close the infamous case of Jack the Ripper!

The Delvena Theatre Company was founded in 1992 and has performed at various venues, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts. The company was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards. 

Passes to the rescue for family fun!

If a family trip to a Boston museum is too much for your budget, check out  the  Marlborough Public Library’s
pass program. 

The library offers free or discounted passes to over 20 places, including the Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, and our newest pass for the UMASS Lowell River Hawks hockey and basketball games. Whatever your interests, there is sure to be a pass for you. 

The passes are provided through the generosity of Marlborough organizations, including the Eagles, St. Mary’s Credit Union, Rotary, the Colonial Garden Club and the Friends and Trustees of the Marlborough Public Library.

Reserve your pass ahead of time by calling 508-624-6900 or online at  You need to be 18 or older to make your reservation and have your CW/MARS library card handy when you call or log in.  

Marlborough Public Library Trustees Scholarship

Are you a Marlborough resident graduating from high school this year? Take advantage of this scholarship opportunity from the Marlborough Public Library Trustees. Download the scholarship form from the link below and return it with your completed essay to the College & Career Center at Marlborough High School or the Marlborough Public Library no later than
March 27, 2018.

MPL Trustees Scholarship Form

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. 
January English Conversation Circles

1:30-2:30 p.m. Intermediate/ Advanced
3:30-4:30 p.m. Beginner/Intermediate
10:00 a.m. All Levels
Wednesdays - New! Beginning January 24
1:30-3 p.m.
1-2 p.m. All Levels
10 a.m.- Noon All Levels

No Registration Required
Bullet Journal 101
Tuesday Jan. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Story Hour Room

 If you struggle to stay     organized, write yourself  “reminders” only to   misplace them, or find that planning and keeping track of everything takes more time than you’d like, it’s time to learn about bullet journals. Combining the functions of a to-do-list, a planner, and a diary, a bullet journal is a simple, efficient, and intuitive method for managing everything going on in your life with minimal time and effort.

**A blank journal and writing implement will be provided**

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 12 p.m. 
Sign up here

Hooked on Fiber Arts
Looking for a way to keep away the cold? Knitting, crocheting, and other fiber arts are a great way to keep your hands moving and warm! Join our librarian, Danielle, for a monthly knitting and crocheting circle beginning Thursday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your current project and get a couple rows done while chatting with people who share your love of yarn. Beginners and old hands welcome! Please bring your own materials. The group will meet the third Thursday of the month (except holidays). Ages 8+ with a caregiver.
No registration required.

The Bindery
 We’re all about books here     at the library. Reading is   fun, but did you know you can make your own books?

Join our librarian, Danielle, for “The Bindery”, a series of classes focused on bookbinding techniques. The first class will be held Monday, Jan. 22 from 6:30-7 p.m in the Story Hour Room. Future classes will be on the fourth Monday of the month, excepting holidays. 

In our first class, learn to bind a pamphlet with a five-hole binding, then decorate your book with washi tape. Pamphlet binding is a basic skill that will be built on in later classes in the series.You do not need to attend the entire series, but registration is required for each class you would like to attend. Sign up for the Monday, Jan. 22 class here

Adult Book Club: 
Join us Monday, Jan. 22 from 6:30-8 p.m. or Thursday, Jan. 25 from 10:30 a.m.-noon for Book Club. This month we will discuss Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink. 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.

Healthy Bowls & Sauces Cooking Class
Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Bigelow Auditorium
Registration required

Healthy Food should never feel like a sacrifice! Come and join Colin McCullough and learn how to make eating whole-food, plant-based   meals that are powerful   for your body and taste   delicious! Colin has been   a vegan for over 20     years, and enjoys   teaching people ways to   incorporate whole-foods and plant-based meals into their diet. He believes that eating healthy food is the single most important step people can take to improve their health and happiness.

Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 12 p.m.
Sign up here 

Technology Help for Adults
Bigelow Auditorium

One-on-One Tech Help
Wednesday, Jan. 17
from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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, downloading e-books, online job applications, genealogy, and social media.

Borrowing E-Books and E-Audiobooks  
Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Please sign up here
Come learn how to borrow and enjoy library books and audiobooks on your mobile device! 
Be sure to bring:
  • Your device
  • Your library card number
  • Your password to download apps via Google Play or the App Store or Amazon
Page to Screen Movie Club

Join us Thursday, Jan. 11 from 6-8 p.m. for a screening of Everything, Everything (PG-13) and a chat about how this story moved from page to screen. Enjoy pizza and a craft while you watch! Books will be available at the circulation desk if you're interested in reading the book before the movie! For teens in grades 6-12. 

Creativity Corner

 Flex your artistic muscles at   the library this month! First   come to Lazy Crafternoon 
 Tuesday, January 9 from   3:30-4:30 p.m. and learn to make a little plush emoji with some beginner sewing skills and fabric glue.

If sewing is really not your thing, you can try the no-sew pom-pom version. For teens in grades 6-12. 

Please pre-register here so we can be sure to have enough supplies.

On your day off from school Tuesday, Jan. 16, 
come to the library and make a cute Snowman Lantern at a special early time- 2-3:30 p.m.
Please pre-register here

 Then learn to make stylish   fleece scarves Monday,       Jan. 29 from 4-6 p.m. 
 It's easy and fun-- no sewing   skills required! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Please pre-register here

Volunteer Opportunities

This month, you have a few chances to participate in group volunteer programs and earn volunteer hours for school.

If you want to use your artistic ability to benefit the library, sign up for one of our Window Artists sessions.

You can transform a window in the children's play area with your own cheerful artwork. This program will be held Monday, Jan. 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 25 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is required to reserve a window. Please sign up for the date you'd like from our online calendar here

The Teen Department needs to hear from you at the next meeting of the Teen Advisory Board Tuesday, January 23 from 4-5 p.m.

Help us plan future library activities, and choose books and media for the Young Adult collection. 

Do you have an idea for a long-term project that would benefit the library or the community? Present it at the meeting and it could turn into an ongoing volunteer opportunity for you and other teens. 

More Teen Programs!

Thursday, Jan. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m.

This month, we'll watch a few episodes of Haikyu!! (TV-14), recommend and discuss a few similar manga series, and have some snacks! 

_prompted Writing Group
Monday, Jan. 8 from 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Whether you're working on a piece in progress or trying something new, this is the place for you. Anyone can be a writer. Let's see what you come up with!

Manga and More
Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5-6 p.m.

Drop in and discuss your favorite manga series with other fans. You'll also get to recommend new series that the library should add to the manga collection.

BeTween the Lines
Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6-7 p.m.

Join our book club just for tweens (grades 5-8).

We'll chat about Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo and enjoy some snacks!

 The Children's Room was extremely   busy in December, especially during   the holidays.    We played with LEGOs, had a visit from magician Debbie O'Carroll, and made ornaments and gingerbread houses.

In January, we will be starting two new programs: Storytime Stars and Let's Play.  Storytime Stars with Ms. Jennie will be on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. This storytime is for preschoolers and will feature stories, rhymes, songs and a craft.

Let's Play will be on every fourth Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. Join Ms. Lauren for all kinds of board games, such as Candy Land, Monopoly, Connect Four, Chutes & Ladders, and much more! 

Back by popular demand: The Young Scientist STEM Program will held on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. beginning January 8!

The Young Scientists STEM series is for children ages 3-5 with a parent/caregiver. Children learn STEM concepts through hands-on activities, engaging stories, challenges, and simple experiments ideal for little hands. The program is free and is funded by the MA Department of Early Education and Care and administered by the YMCA of Central Massachusetts (YFCP). Registration required.


Adult Book Suggestions:

The Disappearance of Adele Bedeau:
A Historical Thriller

By Graeme MacRae 

Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adele Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air.  From the author of the Man Booker Prize Finalist His Bloody Project comes a haunting literary mystery and engrossing psychological thriller.

It Occurs to Me That I Am America:
New Stories and Art

By various authors

Writer and artist Santlofer (Inherit the Dead, 2013) presents a potent anthology of short stories and visual art that explores what it means to be American and affirms our civil rights in a time of political divisiveness and threats. Thirty-six writers and 14 artists created boldly imagined new works reflecting current concerns, and the result is electrifying, beginning with a rousing introduction by MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Refugees, 2017)

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts : Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World

By Christopher de Hamel

In a full-color exploration of the medieval world through 12 manuscripts, a leading expert travels the globe to visit these hand-made treasures and unlocks their mysteries, telling a story of intellectual culture and art over the course of a millennium.


By Ali Smith

From the Man Booker-shortlisted and Baileys Prize-winning author of How to Be Both: a breathtakingly inventive new novel--about aging, time, love, and stories themselves--that launches an extraordinary quartet of books called Seasonal. Readers love Ali Smith's novels for their peerless innovation and their joyful celebration of language and life. Her newest, Autumn, has all of these qualities in spades, and--good news for fans!--is the first installment in a quartet. Seasonal, comprised of four stand-alone books, separate yet interconnected and cyclical (as are the seasons), explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring markers in the shapes our lives take and in our ways with narrative. Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy, and the color hit of Pop Art, Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. The novel is a stripped-branches take on popular culture and a meditation, in a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive, on what richness and worth are, what harvest means.
Young Adult Suggestions:

Dear Martin

By Nic Stone

Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

A Teen's Guide to Getting Stuff Done : Discover Your Unique Procrastination Type, Stop Putting Things Off, and Reach Your Goals

By Jennifer Shannon

Do you put things off until the last minute? This illustrated guide shares strategies to help you recognize your procrastination habits, discover the strengths of your unique procrastination type, and find the motivation you need to meet important deadlines and reach your highest goals. Start the new year off on the right foot and build some new, positive habits. 

Shadow Weaver

By MarcyKate Connolly

Twelve-year-old Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows, but when her magical powers are threatened, she desperately turns to Dar, her shadow friend. Dar offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again, but this bargain only puts Emmeline's life in further jeopardy.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cobalt Squadron

By Elizabeth Wein

While investigating reports of a First Order blockade in the Atterra system, Cobalt Squadron is approached by two freedom fighters desperate to save their home.

Meet Cute :
Some People Are Destined to Meet

By various authors

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Picture Book

The Snowman
By Raymond Briggs

When his snowman comes to life, a little boy invites him into his home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.

Early Reader/Chapter Book

 Henry and Mudge
and the Snowman, Plan
By Cynthia Rylant

Henry, his dog Mudge, and his father enter a snowman building contest at the local park and win third place.

Chapter Book

The Case of the Christmas Snowman
 By James Preller

Lucy gave her father's rare coin to Bigs Maloney and now it is missing. Jigsaw and Mila are on the hunt for clues.
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