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Be a Library User and a Kindle User

I overheard someone say recently, "I'm not a library user. I'm a Kindle user.” My response was that being a library user and a Kindle user are the same thing.  As part of our membership in the CW MARS network, library users have access to a large database of shared titles for Kindles and other mobile devices. Go to to start searching for ebooks, audio books or videos.

To search for particular formats, such as Kindle titles, click on the advanced search feature and in the format window choose "Kindle." Some titles have waiting lists and others are always available.  

To search for items that are available for you to borrow right away click on the advanced search button and in the availability window select “Available Now."

To borrow even more titles, sign up for a free Boston Public Library
e-card and get access to all of the BPL’s ebooks, audio books and videos. Go to to get your e-card.

You can easily be a library user and a Kindle user. It’s easy, so log on today!  

- Margaret Cardello, Library Director
Special Notices
The Marlborough Public Library
will be CLOSED Monday, Oct. 9
for Columbus Day

Volunteer drivers are needed for the library's home delivery program. Must have car and a valid driver's license. Commitment is 1-3 hours per month. If interested please contact Miriam Achenbach, Outreach Librarian, at
or (508) 624-6992.

Friends of the MPL Events
2017-2018 Concert Series featuring Solar Winds, Woodwind Quintet
Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 7-9 p.m. in the Bigelow Auditorium

Solar Winds offer a versatile ensemble that can meet the demands of a sophisticated concert audience on Saturday evening and delight a roomful of children the following afternoon! Their repertoire includes the most demanding compositions of the modern era as well as the classics, arrangements, and novelty pieces. 

2017-2018 Special Program Series
Featuring Actor Stephen Collins in the One Man Show:
Butterfly: Life of Artist James McNeil Whistler 

Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m. in the Bigelow Auditorium
 In Butterfly, Collins portrays the life and times of a   volatile native New England artist as he struggles     for personal freedom and artistic expression     most in Victorian England.

 James McNeil Whistler was a leading proponent of   the credo “art for art’s sake.” The play depicts   Whistler at two phases of his life – first, as a     bankrupt artist on commission in Venice in his   forties, and then as the established yet lonely   legend in his sixties in London.

Channeling creativity
at the library's September Art Workshop with Emily Pechet, MFA!


    "Emily is such an awesome teacher       who gives such great hints that we       wouldn't have thought of!"
                      - Ruth       

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. 
FREE! No Registration Required.

October English Conversation Circles

1:30-2:30 p.m. Intermediate/ Advanced
3:30-4:30 p.m. Beginner/Intermediate
10-11:00 a.m. All Levels
10 a.m.-noon All Levels 
Sundays (New! beginning October 22)
2-3:00 p.m.All Levels

Borrow a telescope from the library!

Our thanks to Jim Zebrowski and John Root of the Aldrich Astronomical Society for their fascinating talk about telescopes, stars, planets, eclipses, and more.

Now, you have the opportunity to explore the sky yourself. You can borrow a telescope from the Marlborough Public Library!
The telescope was donated to the Marlborough Public Library through funding from MathWorks of Natick and is supported by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc.

Marlborough residents, who are 18 years old or older, with library cards in good standing, can reserve and then borrow the telescope for 2 weeks.

To reserve the telescope, go to, and select Museum Passes from the Services menu. Find “Orion StarBlast Telescope Kit” in the list, click on the “Request Pass” button, and follow the prompts.

On the day of your reservation, please allow yourself approximately 15 minutes for the telescope pick-up. A librarian will give you a quick overview of the parts of the telescope before you leave for your exploration of the stars!

Questions? Call our Reference Department at 508-624-6992 or email us at

One-on-One Tech Help
Wednesday, Oct. 11
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, e-books, online job applications, genealogy, and social media.
Adult Book Club:
Join us in the Bigelow Auditorium Monday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m. or Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m.-noon for Book Club. This month we will discuss Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley. 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.

Meditation for Stress Free Living
Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Bigelow Auditorium
 The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality. Join Dr. Allan Hughes as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.
 Dr. Hughes has been meditating   for over 30 years.  As a   chiropractor, he uses meditation   with his patients for stress relief.  Join him for an engaging and informative presentation!
EVENTS: Festive Halloween Fun

Lazy Crafternoon
Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Decorate two mini pumpkins with markers, stickers,
and puffy paint!
Open to teens in grades 6-12. 
Pre-registration is required by noon on Monday, Oct. 16 so we can be sure to have enough pumpkins. Please pre-register here.

Halloween Cupcake Challenge
Thursday, Oct. 19 from 2-3 p.m.

Celebrate your early release from school with this creepy cupcake challenge. Can you make a spider web out of Twizzlers? How about a ghost made of marshmallow fluff? Get creative with food and decorate three Halloween cupcakes in your own unique style.  All participants will vote for their favorite cupcake in three categories: Spooky, Gross, and Best Overall. The winners get a prize and everyone gets to eat! Open to teens in grades 6-12. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Teen MakerLab: Slime
Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Make some gross Halloween slime with floating eyeballs, spiders, and more. Open to teens in grades 6-12. 

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

Halloween Tales from Around the World
Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Professional storyteller Elisa Pearmain will share Halloween tales from near and far. These spooky stories will be most appropriate for age 9 and up. Parents are welcome to join!

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Need to earn volunteer hours for school? Try these fun group activities at the library.

Window Artists
Monday, Oct. 2 from 3-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 3-5 p.m.
Paint seasonal designs on the Children's Room windows. Please sign up to reserve a window. Come to one or both sessions. Click the date above to register for a session(s).

Teen Advisory Board
Thursday, Oct. 12 from 5-6 p.m.
The Teen Department needs your help! Join the new Teen Advisory Board and help us plan future library activities, and choose books and media for the Young Adult collection. We know you've got great ideas!

BeTween the Lines
Thursday Oct. 19 from 6-6:45 p.m. 
Teen Room

Come to our book club just for tweens (grades 5-8). We'll chat about this month's book and take a snack break. October's book selection is The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

Halloween Fun at the Library!

Join us for a visit with Elisa PearmainThursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Elisa is a professional storyteller, who will share Halloween tales from around the world. This program is for children ages 9 and up and parents are welcome to join us as well.

On Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., we'll have Halloween Stories &  Fun.  

Dress up in your Halloween costume and join us for spooky stories, games, treats and a craft. This event is for children ages 3 and up.

Can you guess what Spike is dressing up as for Halloween?

Visit the library in your Halloween costume again Tuesday, Oct. 31, and you'll receive a special treat from Spike and see her costume.

Besides Halloween fun, our regular programming is back!

We have a variety of storytime sessions and bookclubs. Be sure to check them out.


Mother Goose on the Loose
Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Songs, stories and rhymes for babies with Ms. Jennie (ages birth-2, with a caregiver).

Preschool Pals
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Enjoy stories, songs and a craft with Ms. Tricia (ages 3-6, with a caregiver).

Toddler Time
Fridays at 10 a.m. 
Read and sing along with Ms. Tricia (ages 2-3, with a caregiver).

PJ Storyime 
Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. 
Put on your PJs and snuggle in as Ms. Susan reads some bedtime stories (ages 3-7, with a caregiver).

Bookworms Bookclub for Beginner Readers is a biweekly club.

Join us this month Tuesday, Oct. 10 and Monday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Story Hour Room. Children will listen to a few stories, play a literacy game and do a related craft.

Hooked on Books will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m. This month's book is Jack Chabert's Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!  Pick up a copy at the Children's Desk.

BeTween the Lines Book Club for Advanced Readers will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19 at
6 p.m.
 This month's pick is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Copies available at the Adult Circulation Desk.

Adult Book Suggestions:
Mad World : An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s

By Lori Majewskiand 
and Jonathan Bernstein

The authors provide an oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with some of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time.

To the New Owners:
A Martha’s Vineyard Memoir

By Madeleine Blais

If you have ever been to Martha’s Vineyard or ever want to go to Martha’s Vineyard, this is the book for you.  One can almost smell the salt air, hear the rumble of the waves, feel the sand between your toes, and see the lovely vistas of beach and breakers.  In her ode to the island, Ms. Blais traces her family’s ties to the island and lets the reader in on all the “insider” places and people.  From Katherine Graham to Phil Caputo to Jackie Onassis, all the legendary Vinelanders are examined and applauded.  After reading this book you will want to make your reservations for next summer! 

-Diane M. 
Reference Librarian


By Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known onlyas the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows--everyone knows--that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.


Young Adult Suggestions:

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting
By Joe Ballarini

When Kelly loses a little boy to monsters who live under his bed during her first babysitting job, she learns about a secret society of babysitters who fight monsters.

Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

 By Gareth Hinds

A volume of graphic novel renderings of some of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works includes "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven."

The Bone Witch

By Rin Chupeco

Tea's gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.

The Singing Bones: Inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales 

By Shaun Tan

Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never before seen.


Picture Book

Monster Park!

By Annie Bach

"Monster play. Monster 'YAY!' Monster Park—come on, this way!"  Monster's having a fun time at the park—swinging and sliding, swirling and twirling, and riding the whirly-whirl. When it's time to go, though, Monster says "NO!" But all's okay because Monster can return another day. A monstrous-ly enjoyable follow-up to Annie Bach's delightful Monster Party!

Early Reader/Chapter Book

Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips

By Debbie Dadey

When spooky things begin to happen at Aunt Matilda's house--including unexplained whistling and snoring--Eddie begins to suspect that his aunt's house is haunted.

Chapter Book


By Sonia Gensler

Disappointed when her brother pursues other interests during their annual summer visit to their grandmother's farm, Avery befriends a famous man's son, who announces his intentions to film a ghost story at a scary nearby mansion. 

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