Monthly STEM Challenge: Perler Beads

What are Perler Beads? Perler Beads (also known as Hama beads or Nabbi beads) are plastic fusible beads. These colorful beads can be arranged on plastic pegboards to form patterns, designs or pixel art. The beads are then fused together with a clothes iron. Students age 8 and up are invited to join us on April 27 at 2 PM to learn about the art of Perler Beads and then create their own unique design. Both boys and girls will love using Perler Beads in our maker space. Drop in. No registration is required.

Questions About Your Phone Or Other Device? Get Techspert Advice

Do you have a phone, tablet or other device that you don’t know how to use or you would like to learn more about? Or do you have questions about social media or other apps? Drop by the library on Saturday, May 4 between 10:30 and 11:30 AM and a Mashpee Middle-High School Techspert volunteer will be ready to answer your questions. The MMHS Techsperts will be available for walk-in assistance in the Young Adult room. Appointments are not necessary, just bring your device and your questions.

Borrow Digital eBooks and Audio books with Libby

Each month the Mashpee Library tries to highlight one of our wonderful electronic resources. This month we would like share information about Libby, the ebook and audio book app. Named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017, the award-winning Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. Through Libby, library users can borrow free ebooks and audio books. Available for most tablets and mobile devices, all you need is your library card number and PIN and you can check out books anytime. It’s like having a library in your pocket!

Made by the same company that brought us Overdrive, Libby has a straight forward layout and set-up. Simply download the app, enter your library information, choose a book, and READ! If you need help setting-up Libby on your device, we are happy to help. Call the reference desk at 508-539-1435 or e-mail mpl_mail@clamsnet.org and we can make a one-on-one appointment with you.

May the 4th Be With You! Breakout Box Challenge

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

While BB-8 was on a secret mission for the Resistance, the First Order found him and captured him. The clever droid hid important information about the Resistance in a box with several locks. Can you solve the puzzles to unlock the box?

Sign up to join the Resistance to save poor BB-8 or go to the Dark Side and join the First Order. If you unlock the box faster than the Resistance you will know their plans and be able to destroy them once and for all.

Ready to pick your side and sign up for our Saturday, May 4 Breakout Box Challenge? Call 508-539-1435 or e-mail mpl_mail@clamsnet.org to sign up for Team Resistance or Team First Order. Each team is limited to five participants. For ages 11-17 only.

Pathways to Success: Upcoming Grant Funded Job Seeker Programs

• Saturday, April 27, 10 to 11 AM—LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS

Learn how free library resources including Universal Class and Career Transitions can assist with your job search.

• Tuesday, May 14, 10 AM to noon—USING AGE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Mature Workers: There are advantages to being older that can translate into benefits to the employer, making you a valuable job candidate. Join professional career counselors from MassHire Cape & Islands Career Center to learn how to sell your track record, skills, and experience, while overcoming obstacles that may be holding you back!

• Thursday, May 16, 5:30 to 6:30 PM—THE POWER OF YOU!

Are you ready to take your next step and want to have a competitive edge? Learn how uncovering your passion and who you are at the core can have a direct impact on getting more of what you want. Come to be energized and inspired to take control of your success!

• Saturday, May 18, 10 to 11 AM—LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS

Learn how free library resources including Universal Class and Career Transitions can assist with your job search.

Registration is required for Pathways to Success programs. Call the library at 508-539-1435 or e-mail mpl_mail@clamsnet.org to sign up.

Pathways to Success programs are made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Featured Museum of the Month: Museum of Fine Arts Boston

In partnership with the Boston Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston introduced a new exhibition entitled Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris. This collection of approximately 200 posters, prints and paintings showcases the nightlife and celebrities of 19th century Paris. It features work by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as well as Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent and many more. The exhibition runs between April 7 and August 4 and includes more than 80 pieces from the Boston Public Library’s collection—representing one the largest loans the library has ever made. During the month of June, Boston Public Library patrons with valid library cards can receive free admission to the MFA.

If you aren’t a BPL cardholder or you don’t want to wait until June, pick up a MFA museum pass from the Mashpee Library. Our pass admits two people at just $10 per person. Ready to reserve your pass? Visit our website at www.mashpeepubliclibrary.org and click on the museum passes link on our homepage. All you need is your library card number.

Drop in For LEGO Club

Did you know that the library offers a LEGO Club every Tuesday? Families are invited to join us on Tuesdays, year round, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. All school-age children are welcome, and an adult must accompany children under the age of 10. The library supplies the LEGOs and your children supply the creativity. LEGOs at the library? What’s the connection between LEGOs and books, you ask? Promoting play contributes to literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, and language and vocabulary skills. Playing with LEGOs fosters logical mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving—skills children will need throughout their school years. So, join the LEGO fun at the library. No registration is required. Just bring your children and their imagination!

An Individual’s Story of World War II: A Prisoner of War and the Recent Experience of Visiting a Nazi Concentration Camp

The library is excited to join the Mashpee Historical Commission in hosting an engaging group of speakers this year. Speaker series programs will be held on the first Saturday during the months of February, March, April, May and June.

On Saturday, May 4 at 2 PM, Mashpee resident Steven Kramer will speak about his father’s experience as a navigator in a B-17 during WWII. His father was shot down over Berlin in 1944 and spent a year in Stalag III, a POW camp. This 45-minute presentation will discuss his dad’s experience as well as Mr. Kramer’s own recent visits to Stalag III and to Auschwitz. The program is free and refreshments will be served. All are invited.

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