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Mayor Forms Building Committee

Work is progressing on the plans for a new Marlborough Public Library.  Mayor Vigeant has formed a Library Building Committee that contains community members, library trustees, city employees and City Council representation. The full committee list is available at We also have a Project Manager assigned by the city who is helping the committee evaluate possible sites and developing the documents that we need to go out to bid for architectural services. This next step will allow us to take the document that describes the spaces we need in a new facility and create schematic designs so we can begin to bring a design to life.
An essential component of the project timeline is the January 2017 deadline for grant applications to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ Library construction Grant Program. These grants pay for between 40-50% of the project costs and are only offered every 6-8 years. 

Progress is also being made on the fundraising front. The Marlborough Public Library Foundation has recruited people to either serve as Board members on the Foundation or help out the campaign in other ways.  Recently recruited Foundation Board members include Marilyn Perry and Ginger Ryan.  Dan Verrico has agreed to Chair the Capital Campaign that is tasked with raising funds to offset the cost of the project to the City of Marlborough. 

More information will be coming out through the media and the Library’s website at  In the meantime, feel free to email Margaret Cardello, the Library Director, at with questions or comments.  
Friends of the MPL Events

Author Visit: Megan Marshall with host Hank Phillippi Ryan
Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm in Bigelow Auditorium
Join Megan Marshall, author of "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life", and host Hank Phillippi Ryan for an author interview. Marshall’s biography is a character-driven narrative grounded in fact that tests the boundaries of the form. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2014 and the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction. It tells the story of Margaret Fuller, who became the New York Tribune's front page columnist, unleashing a crusading concern for the urban poor. It also examines her passionate life abroad and her early tragic death.  Marshall is also the author of "The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism". She currently teaches nonfiction writing at Emerson College, and is an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

19th Anick Young People's Concert
Wednesday, May 25th at 7pm in Bigelow Auditorium
Join us as we celebrate our young talent! This year's performers include high schoolers from Marlborough, Westborough, and Westwood!

Did You Know? 

Here at the Marlborough Public Library, we have book clubs that appeal to readers of all ages and interests. However, you may want to have your own book club for your organization or personal interest, and we want to support you in all of your reading efforts. If you have a personal or institutional book group fill out this bulk book request form and drop it off at the circulation desk. We will do our best make sure to get you all the copies you need, in the formats you need, on time.
Staff Spotlight
Meet the staff of MPL
Welcome Jennie!
Jennie, who grew up here in Marlborough, joins us as our new children's librarian!
What do you love most about being a children's librarian?
I love being a children’s librarian because every single day is different and fun. I get to recommend all kinds of books, make crafts, and learn new things while helping kids develop a love of reading.
What was your favorite book as a child?
My favorite book as child was Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.
What are you looking forward to in your role as MPL's new children's librarian? 
I’m looking forward to creating a Makerspace in our Children’s Department as well as providing STEAM programming for our young patrons. At the moment, I’m busy planning our summer reading program, which will feature everything from hula hooping lessons to Jedi Knight training as well as fun movies and crafts.
Help with Tax Returns
In the Income Tax season that just ended, the AARP TAXAIDE Program at the Marlborough Library filed 91 federal income tax returns and answered questions for another 6 people.  The AARP TAXAIDE volunteers help low and moderate income taxpayers file their state and federal income tax returns.
Unfortunately, the program was not able to help all those who wanted to use the service.  More volunteers are needed if everyone is to be helped.  To volunteer you can apply online at
Immigration 101
Luis Chaves, Field Office Director for the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), in Lawrence, MA will present an overview of the immigration process, from the requirements for a green card all the way to citizenship. A question and answer session will follow.
Bigelow Auditorium, Saturday, May 7 from 9:30am-11:30am
Free and Open to the Public

Adult Book Club:
Join us on May 16th from 6:30-8:00pm or May 19th from 10:30am-12:00pm for Book Club. This month we will discuss The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here. For February we will be doing a study of Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, and One Plus One.  Click here for more information on the monthly adult book club. 

Drop-In Coloring for Adults:
Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils will be provided. This program will be the first Monday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Bigelow Auditorium here at the Library. 

Monday May 2nd
Monday, June 6th


A Fond Farewell to Jess Bacon!
Jess has been our Young Adult Librarian for the past five years but has decided to leave MPL to spend more time with her family. Her last day was April 15th. She wants everyone to know that she really enjoyed getting to know the teens of Marlborough, developing their book and DVD collection, running fun events and creating professional volunteer programs.

Our Teen Services Assistant, Anna Morticelli, will continue running programs while we hire a replacement. If you have any questions or concerns (especially regarding completed volunteer hours), you can reach Anna at 508-624-6903 or email We hope to have a new Young Adult Librarian soon!   A fond farewell to Jess Bacon!

Read Harder: Book Group, Pizza, and Community Service Hours - Sat., May 7th at 11am
Chess Club - Sat., May 14th at 3:30pm
GSA Advocates - Fridays, May 13th and 27th at 3:30pm


Baby Story Time is back!

 Mondays at 10am.
Join our new Children's Librarian, Jennie, in an interactive lap-sit for babies and young toddlers, birth through age 2.  Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and toys. From 10:25 to 11 am we invite you to stay and socialize with other parents, caregivers and children.


New Kids on the Book
May 5th from 4:30-5:30pm

New Kids on the Book is a brand new book club for beginning readers! Children in grades K-2 are invited to join us each month for group read-aloud, mini book discussion and related craft. Each month will feature a new, easy-to-read book.  
Read to a Dog
Saturday May 7th, 1-2pm & June 4th, 1-2pm 

Odie is a certified therapy dog who loves to hear stories! He and his handler, Rachel, will be here, and YOU are invited to read to him! Practice your reading, build your confidence, and make a new furry friend. This program is designed for children from K to 2nd grade. Slots will be given on the day - first come, first serve basis.
PJ Story Time 
Thursday May 12 from 6:30-7:15pm
Children are welcome to wear their pajamas, bring a favorite stuffed buddy and snuggle in!  
Each story time will feature a new theme with books read by Virginia followed by coloring, drawing and social time.
Hooked On Books
Thursday May 31 from 4:30-5:30pm
Are you between the ages of 7 & 9? Do you like to have fun? Are you “hooked on books?” Then our new monthly after-school book club is for you!  Each month we will explore a different genre.  This month, read Jordan Quinn's The Kingdom of Wrenly 1: The Lost Stone, then join Kerry for a lively discussion, a healthy snack and fun activity.  
We have many more events! 
Click for more children's events 
Book Suggestion:

No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love & Wandering by Clara Bensen
Have you ever wanted to just go away with no plans, no reservations, no destination other than where the road takes you?  That is exactly what Ms. Bensen did—with a boyfriend she met online. They also flew to Istanbul with a return ticket in three weeks from London, the clothes on their backs, and what they could put in their pockets.  Where they went, what they did, how they got along and are they still together are questions that will only be answered by reading the book.  Maybe not something I would do, but fun to live vicariously through No Baggage!

The Mad Feast by Matthew Gavin Frank
Essayist Matthew Gavin Frank takes on America’s food, interweaving the culinary with personal and cultural associations of each region. From key lime pie (Florida) to elk stew (Montana), The Mad Feast commemorates the unexpected origins of the familiar.
Young Adult Suggestions:

High School:
 I am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, 16-year-old Libby is shocked to see stickers, patches and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing all over town. Is her best friend still alive or is there an impostor? Libby is determined to find out.
Middle School:

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seem to defy the laws of time and space.

Llama Llama, Sand & Sun
by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama is at the beach! It's a day of swimming, sand castles, seashells, and sunshine. Pack your beach towel and come along!

Interstellar Cinderella
by Deborah Underwood

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

Experience Harry Potter's adventure in a new way with this illustrated edition of Sorcerer's Stone. A fun read for fans of the series and a great way to read Harry Potter for the first time!

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