Artist of the Month

For the month of May, we are excited to feature artwork by students from Mashpee High School in our Event Room. The art comes from several different classes, including fashion design class taught by Debra Troyanos. The grades 9 to 12 fashion design students are displaying recent digital designs they created using Photoshop. Students used templates for the bodies (known as croquis) and designed their own original clothing and details, and added fabric and textures to their designs. They chose 10 themes out of 30 fashion styles or eras, such as bohemian, New Year’s Eve, CEO professional, punk rock, weekend casual, superhero and more.

Mrs. Troyanos’s digital photography and art class students will also exhibit their work. These students have learned composition and lighting techniques, as well as camera controls and settings. In addition they have worked with Photoshop in editing and retouching images, and created digital composites, collages and digital paintings. The work on display includes assignments such as Mashpee scenic, nature, surrealism and “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” where students made collage images with tiny people in big environments.

Finally, the exhibit will also feature water colors from the design and visual communications classes taught by Kristen Deschamps. In these classes, 9th to 12th grade artists explore all kinds of artistic techniques.


Something to Read?

This week’s featured staff pick, “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” by Kathleen Rooney, takes place on New Year’s Eve in 1984. Eighty-five-year-old Lillian Boxfish sets out on a walk through the streets of Manhattan. Her destination is dinner at her favorite steakhouse, but she detours along the way and stops at a park, where she meets a new (and much younger) friend who invites her to a party that night; at a bar, where she treats herself to a drink; and at many other locations where she always encounters someone with whom she can chat. As she strolls through the city, she also travels down memory lane and reminisces about her successful career in advertising, fun antics with her best friend, and the challenges and triumphs of life with her son and ex-husband.

Although Ms. Rooney’s book is fictional, the character of Lillian Boxfish is inspired by the real life of Margaret Fishback, who was the highest-paid female advertising copywriter in the world in the 1930s. Ms. Fishback’s personal papers are housed in the archive at Duke University, to which Ms. Rooney traveled to conduct research while writing the book.

This book is a favorite of Jen MacDowell. She enjoyed Lillian’s quick wit, the ease with which she can make friends with strangers, and her take on an ever-changing world. If this sounds interesting to you, please stop by the second floor and check it out, or try one of our other engaging staff picks.

Pass Provides Free Daytime Parking at Most State Parks

The flowers are peeking out from the ground and the sun is peeking out from the clouds—spring has finally come to New England. Celebrate by enjoying one of our beautiful state parks. You can stay local and visit the Shawme-Crowell State Forest in Sandwich, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in East Falmouth or the South Cape Beach State Park right here in Mashpee.

If you are willing to travel, the 1,900-acre Nickerson State Park in Brewster has hiking trails, ponds for fishing, and an eight-mile bike path that connects you to the 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, a paved trail through six Cape Cod towns. You can learn more about the Massachusetts State Parks and their amenities at

Before you go, be sure to stop at the library and borrow a ParksPass. This pass provides visitors free unlimited day-use parking access to state park facilities (within the Department of Conservation and Recreation) that charge a parking fee, with the exception of Nahant and Nantasket Beaches. It is for one vehicle only, and can’t be used to pay for camping fees. To reserve your pass, visit our website at, call 508-539-1435, or e-mail


Book Club Meets Once a Month

MCBA Book Club is for 4th to 6th graders who enjoy reading new books. Salem State University founded the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award in 1975. Every year there are 25 nominated titles of recently published books, and children in grades 4 to 6 must read at least five titles in order to be eligible to vote for their favorite book. We meet once a month on Thursdays.

This month we are reading the MCBA 2003 winner, “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer. When a 12-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology and a particularly nasty troll. This fun adventure will be coming to the “Big Screen” in August 2019 and anyone in grades 4 to 6 is welcome to join us. Just stop by the library and pick up a copy of this month’s book. For further information call 508-539-1435, extension 3001, or e-mail


cal Aid in Dying to be Discussed

Compassion and Choices is the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. Speaker Dr. Roger Kligler is a Falmouth resident and volunteer for this group who has been giving talks around the Cape and throughout the state to share fact-based information and to answer questions about the group’s efforts concerning this important health matter. The presentation will take place on Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 7 PM in the library event room.


ss Product Reviews From Home For Free

Did you know your Mashpee Library CLAMS card gives you free, 24/7 access to Consumer Reports rates more than 5,000 electronics, appliances, home and garden products, baby gear and food products, including more than 80 cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans each year. To get started, go to the library’s website,, and click on the Consumer Reports logo in the middle of the page. When prompted, enter the number on the back of your Mashpee Library CLAMS card (all the zeros, no spaces). You are ready to enjoy Consumer Reports’s unbiased, up-to-date reviews.

If you prefer the print version, the library will continue to have print copies of Consumer Reports magazine available for in-library use. Please contact the reference desk at 508-539-1435, extension 3003, with any questions.


orn and a Movie!

Get ready to enjoy the big screen and sound system at the library on Saturday, May 25, at 2 PM. We will be showing the sequel to 2014’s hit “The Lego Movie.” Like the original, it’s a funny, entertaining adventure that centers on Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) and Lucy (Elizabeth Banks). Families will unquestionably be invested in Emmet and Lucy’s latest round of adventures, and they’ll love the nonstop use of creative Lego vehicles, tools, and other imaginative brickwork. Because of movie licensing regulations, we are not able to publish the exact title, however, you can give us a call at 508-539-1435. extension 3001, and we’ll let you know—if you haven’t already guessed! Bring a comfy pillow and watch the family fun. This movie is rated PG and recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the film. Running time is 106 minutes.


ly Story Time

Help us celebrate 50 years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Meet our new resident caterpillars and learn about how and when they will turn into butterflies. There will be stories, songs and crafts! Fun for all ages!

am Free Videos with Kanopy Kids

The library is excited to bring you Kanopy Kids, featuring hundreds of enriching videos that will spark children’s imaginations—available to stream 24/7. Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings to help you decide what to watch. Visit to sign up and start streaming.

Kanopy Kids content is suitable for ages 2 and up. Parents can ensure their children are viewing age-appropriate content by setting a personalized PIN that, when enabled, keeps kids inside Kanopy Kids. A PIN will be required to exit Kanopy Kids and access the general audience collection.

Don’t forget to check out Kanopy’s general audience collection, which showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema.

Kanopy films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Stop by the library for more information or click “Support” from the bottom of your Kanopy screen.


Ahead for Library Closing

The library will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

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