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Celebrating Libraries
National Library Week is April 10th - April 16th but we will be celebrating all month long!
We have a lot to celebrate. Our library logo and monthly e-newsletter have been updated. They are designed to remind you that a library is more than books. It is a place where community meets to attend a program, find information or learn something new. We will be increasing our library activities, to include more monthly events centered around adults, and increased vacation programming during April School Vacation. MPL staff is working to create events that meet the needs of the Marlborough community.

 We are also celebrating the ways in which you are using our e-resources. eBook checkouts have increased over 100% in the last 2 years alone. Our public computers were used for over 20,745 hours in the last year, representing a drastic change in how the MPL serves the City. Each day community members use the MPL to find jobs, connect with loved ones, and pursue their passions, making the library a central place in their lives. Stop by to get your free library card and join the celebration.

MPL is always fine-free on Wednesdays, but enjoy this perk all week during National Library Week! We will be going fine free April 10th-April 16 giving you even more cause for celebration! Fine forgiveness does not apply to museum passes or lost item fees. 
Did You Know? Books and Holds
Did you know that having a Marlborough Public Library card gives you access to all the libraries within the C/W MARS network? Don't see the book you are looking for on the shelf? Place the item on hold with your online account here to reserve your place in line or have us get the book you are looking for from one of the other 140+ libraries in the network. When it comes in, we will contact you and hold it behind the circulation desk for one week. There is no charge to borrow items from other libraries within the C/W MARS network! 

For a complete list of the libraries that belong to the C/W MARS network, click here or head to
Special Interest Events
Immigration 101
Mark your calendars for the Morning of May 7 for an overview of the immigration process from the requirements for a green card all the way to citizenship. Lou Chavez, the Lawrence, MA  United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Field Office director will host the program and answer your questions . More information coming soon.

English Conversation Circles
Mondays 1:30-2:30
Do you need practice speaking English? Then come to the library for a free English Conversation Circle. You will talk to other English language learners about a wide variety of topics in a group lead by a native English speaker. You do not need to register- just join in!
Staff Spotlight
Meet the staff of MPL

Meet Irene! She has worked at MPL for almost 10 years and was a volunteer for over 10 years before joining our staff!

What is your favorite part of your job? 
I enjoy interacting with my co-workers and patrons, I also love perusing all the new books!

What do you do at MPL? 
I work primarily in technical services. The department processes all the new books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and games. I make sure that all new items have the correct labels, stamps, covers or cases-and that they are ready to be put on the shelf and into the hands of our patrons! I am also responsible for repairing damaged materials.

What author (dead or alive) would you love to go to dinner with? 
I would love to have dinner with Thomas Hardy and ask him why Tess of the D'Ubervilles had to die. I cried for hours after the book ended. I have never forgiven Hardy. 
Friends of the MPL Events
Author Visit:  Wednesday 4/13 at 7:00pm in the Bigelow Auditorium
            Join Kate Clifford Larson, author of Rosemary, the Hidden Kennedy Daughter, and host Hank Phillippi Ryan for an author interview. Larson reveals a different perspective on the Kennedys, one that places Rosemary at the center of a dynamic family narrative where she belongs. Rosemary’s story still resonates today because it shows us, on the one hand, how much we as a culture have evolved in regards to the education, treatment, and accommodation of people with disabilities and mental illness, and on the other, the struggles that the disabled and their families still face. Dr. Larson holds two degrees from Simmons College, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.
Click here to put a copy of Rosemary, the Hidden Kennedy Daughter on hold. We will also have some copies available to borrow at the circulation desk. 

Annual Photography Show:
            A Reception and Open House will be held on Monday evening, April 4th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Library’s Bigelow Auditorium with refreshments served.  Award presentations will be at 7 PM in the Gallery.  No admission charge to the Reception and Open House. Awards will be presented for First, Second and Third Prizes plus three Honorable Mentions and Popular Vote Awards (chosen by Visitors to the Gallery) in both color and black & white.  
            Gallery Hours: Monday (4/4) from 3pm-5pm, Tuesday – Thursday (4/5-4/7) from 3pm-8pm, Friday & Saturday (4/8 & 4/9) from noon-5pm, and Sunday (4/10) from 1pm-5pm
Paternoster Opera Concert: Wednesday 4/27 at 7:00pm
           The Friends of the MPL present Opera Primavera with Soprano Maria Ferrante, Tenor Stanley Wilson and Brett Maguire on the piano. Featuring familiar Opera arias and a selection of contemporary favorites with special guest Stella Sarefield! 
Spring One Day Book & Bake Sale: Saturday, 4/30 from 9am-4pm
          The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library are presenting their “Spring One Day Book and Bake Sale” with The Friends Café at the Marlborough Public Library's Bigelow Auditorium and the Lower Level Outer Lobby.
Adult Books: Hard Cover: $1, Paperback: $0.50
Young Adult and Children’s: 
Hard Cover: $0.50 ,Children’s Soft Cover: $0.25.
      Enjoy your lunch at The Friends Cafe and Teresa’s Bake Shop by purchasing sandwiches, coffee, soda and water along with delicious baked goods.
Your Smart Library Card

If bulky keys bother your pockets or you have a difficult time finding your library card in your wallet, try out an app. The Reference Department recommends Key Ring for your smartphone.  Download the app from the App Store. Once installed, select the Add Card option and scan your library card. You can even save an image of the card in the app for future reference. This is a great solution for parents with multiple children and multiple cards, people who hate bulky key rings, or anyone who frequently forgets their library card. 

Download | App Store | Google Play 
Adult Book Club:
Join us on April 11 from 6:30-8:00pm or April 14 10:30am-12:00pm for Book Club. This month we will discuss Longbourn by Jo Baker. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here. In May we will read The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto.  Click here for more information about the monthly adult book club. 
Drop-in Coloring for Adults:
Monday, April 4th 6:30-8:00pm
Monday, May 2nd 6:30-8:00pm
Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! 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 is a drop-in program welcome to adults.

April Vacation week is coming up! We are closed on Monday in celebration of Patriot's Day, but we are excited about our vacation program line-up! On Tuesday, come for Game On! (Board Games and Video Games). Everyone who registers will have a chance to win a 5 lb. Gummy Bear! Wednesday, come learn how to make your own ink for Henna Tattoos! We have two movie nights planned: Thursday is Star Wars - The Force Awakens (PG-13) and Saturday is Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (PG-13). The latter is held only in the Teen Room, where you can win $25 to the movies just by registering and attending. Friday, we're ending with cupcake decorating, where 12 lucky teens will learn how to make sport and flower designs.

April Vacation Week:

Game On! (Win a 5 lb. Gummy Bear!) - Tue., April 19th at 3pm
Henna Alchemy - Wed., April 20th at 3pm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Thur., April 21st at 6pm
Cupcake Decorating - Fri., April 22nd at 2:30pm
Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (Win $25 to the movies!) - Sat., April 23rd at 1pm

Featured Events:

Read Harder: Book Group, Pizza, and Community Service Hours - Sat., April 2nd at 11am
Shelf Manager Training (Community Service Hours) - Mon., April 4th at 3:30pm or Tue., April 5th at 6pm
Anime/Manga Club - Tue., April 12th at 5pm

Note: We've had requests to offer special programming during the day for home schoolers. If you are interested, please email

April Vacation: 

Art Club
Tuesday, April 19 at 3pm
The Art Club is for kids 6-11 who love being creative. Sign up this month for decorating kites! 
Drop in Craft
Wednesday, April 20 at 11am
Come to Wednesday's drop in session to make your own space ship craft! 
Music & Stories with Roger Tincknell
Wednesday, April 20th at 2pm
Celebrate having a week of vacation by enjoying songs and stories with Roger Tincknell! Please note that space is limited. Tickets will be issued one hour prior to the show at the Children's Circulation Desk.   
Puppet Making
Thursday, April 21 at 11am
Join Emily Pechet, MFA, and make fun and creative puppets. Open to all ages, no experience necessary. Register online for this event.  
Mad Science
Thursday, April 21 at 3pm
Sign up for Mad Science and come experiment with plants! 
Friday Movie: Wall-E
Friday, April 22nd at 1pm
"In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind ..." Take a space adventure without having to leave the library with a screening of WALL*E! Space cadets of all ages are welcome. Run time: 98 minutes

Featured Events:

Read to a Dog - Saturday, April 2 at 1pm
New Kids on the Book – Thursday, April 7 at 4:30pm

Lego ClubSaturday, April 9 at 2:00pm
Chess Club – Saturday, April 9 at 3:30pm
Hooked on Books – Tuesday, April 26 at 4:30pm
Muggle Support Group – Thursday, April 28 at 7pm

Click for more children's events 

Book Suggestions:
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Anders
Reunited as adults in the hipster mecca San Francisco as the planet falls apart around them, childhood friends Patricia Delfine, who is magically gifted, and Laurence Armstead, an engineering genius, discover that something bigger than either of them has brought them together to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

The Stargazer's Sister by Carrie Brown
After her brother—astronomer and composer William Herschel—rescues her from a life of drudgery in Germany and brings her to England, introducing her to a world of music-making and stargazing, Lina is happy in her new role as his assistant until William announces that he is to be married and her whole world begins to collapse.
Young Adult Suggestions:

High School:

Eye Wide Open : Going behind the Environmental Headlines
by Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them. It's a changed world. This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century. 
Middle School:

Space Junk
by Karen Romano Young

Scientists have identified at least 20,000 pieces of space debris floating in Earth's orbit. Learn about the dangers of space junk collisions and how scientists are developing new technologies to clean up outer space.

Picture Book:

One Thousand Things by Anna Köveces
A beautiful picture book separated into little sections such as "Things That You Can Do", "Things In Nature" and "Things Outside Your House".  Covering numbers and colors as well as basic nouns and verbs, it introduces so much so simply.

Middle Level:

Book: My Autobiography transcribed by John Agard
A non-fiction story of the origins and future of books - as told by the personified Book.  From its beginnings on clay tablets to the invention of the printing press to the its place in our digital future, history is covered and information is conveyed in an interesting, easy-to-understand, poetic way.  

Older Level:

The Girl Who Couldn't Dream by Sarah Beth Durst
Sophie's parents own a bookstore, but their real talent is collecting dreams, distilling them into a flavored, coloured, liquid form and selling them to discerning clientele in a secret shop for various reasons.  But when Sophie comes home one day to find the shop ransacked and her parents missing, its up to her to save them before their talents end up in the wrong hands ...
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