Weekly Story Time Schedule

The weekly story time schedule at the library resumes on Monday, September 16. Join us on Mondays at 10 or 11 AM for “Toddle Time with Miss Rosemary.” Toddle Time offers simple stories, songs and a craft just right for toddlers up to age 4. On Wednesdays we offer “Tiny Tots with Miss Nancy” at 10 AM. Tiny Tots includes stories, movement, songs and play especially for children age 15 to 24 months. These activities are chosen to promote literacy and motor development. Also on Wednesdays we offer “Lap Babies with Miss Rosemary” at 11:30 AM. The Lap Babies program includes songs, rhymes and simple stories for you and your “lap” baby up to age 15 months. In addition, this program provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn information on baby’s care and development. All programs are free, drop-in (no registration is required) and sponsored by the Mashpee Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant.

Attending a library storytime ensures that a trip to the library will be fun and something special to look forward to. While you’re at the library, allow your child to check out some books as a special take-home treat!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

It’s Back to School time and as you watch those yellow buses passing by, now is a good time to register your young children, birth to age 5, for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library initiative that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary—mportant tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.

You may be asking yourself, “How could I read 1,000 books to my child?” It’s easy!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books

1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

If you are interested in learning more about this program, stop by the library for a brochure, or email jburke@clamsnet.org.

Young Adult Accessoy-Making Extravaganza

Monday, September 23, from 2 to 3 PM—Join us for an accessory-making extravaganza! We will be making hair scrunchies, duct-tape wallets and bow ties for you to take home. It’s an early release day from Mashpee schools, so this is a great way to make some incredible back-to-school fashion pieces. For ages 11 through 17. Drop-in; no registration required.


Saturday, September 14, from 10:30 AM to noon—What is a StoryWalk? A StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults!—to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story. Join us at the Mashpee Public Library on Saturday, September 14, from 10:30 AM to noon for our StoryWalk, which will feature the book “Look Both Ways: A Cautionary Tale,” by Diane Shore. Discover this delightful story page-by-page as you walk around the outside of the library. Then join us for soccer-themed craft activities and face painting!

Genealogy Course

Mondays beginning September 23 at 1:30 PM—Join members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society for this five-part course on Mondays from 1:30-3:30 PM.

• Part 1: Introduction to Genealogy (September 23)—The basics of genealogical research including how to record your research, and standards for genealogical evidence.

• Part 2: Immigration and Migration (September 30)—Learn valuable resources for determining how your ancestors arrived in America and how they moved west and south.

• Part 3: The Census for Genealogists (October 7)—In-depth use of censuses for genealogy research.

• Part 4: DNA in Genealogy (October 28)—DNA has become a topic of great attention in the past 5 years in genealogy. Participate in this workshop to learn about the different kinds of DNA analysis, the companies which specialize in the different types, and how to use DNA results to trace ancestry together with other data including traditional methods.

• Part 5: Land and Probate Records (November 4)—Finding and tracking land deeds in genealogy can be challenging, especially when the chain of title is complex. This session will explore how to prove land ownership in the past. In addition, topics related to probated wills and inheritance will be explored, including how to use probate records to prove genealogical relationships.

Space is limited & registration is required. Contact the library at 508-539-1435 or mpl_mail@clamsnet.org to sign up.

Complete Published Works of J. D. Salinger—Available Now Through Overdrive And Libby

J.D. Salinger is best known for his novel “The Catcher in the Rye.” Millions of readers have enjoyed the story of Holden Caulfield leaving his Pennsylvania prep school, wandering around New York and questioning the “phony” adult world. This classic has been assigned reading in literature classes, a regular addition to the ALA’s Banned Books list, as well as an entry on many a “Books You Should Read” list.

Whether you are looking to read the novel for the first time, or the 50th, it will now be easier to access. For the first time, “The Catcher in the Rye” will be available in e-book format, along with Salinger’s other works: “Franny and Zooey,” “Nine Stories,” and “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters” and “Seymour—An Introduction.”

If you don’t know how to download e-books, but would like to learn, please call 508-539-1435, extension 3003, or stop by our reference desk. We would be happy to get you started!

House of the Seven Gables Museum Passes Now Available!

The library’s Museum Pass program offers discount passes to CLAMS card holders for museums and activities both on the Cape and around the Boston area. We are excited to add another pass to the program! We now have discount passes to the House of the Seven Gables in Salem.

This designated National Historic Landmark was built in 1668 by merchant and shipowner John Turner. In 1910 philanthropist Caroline Emmerton restored the house and turned it into a museum with the express purpose of raising money to benefit immigrant families. This mission continues today with the museum’s settlement programming, which encourages community conversation about immigration, provides ESL classes and more.

Of course, the House of the Seven Gables is best known as the setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel about the cursed Pyncheon family. You can learn more about the novel and Hawthorne’s connection to the mansion by visiting, www.7gables.org, or on your visit!

Before you go, be sure to check out our House of the Seven Gables Museum Pass for a discount on admission. The pass admits up to four people (two adults and two children) at half-price per person. Visit our website—www.mashpeelibrary.org—for more information or to make a reservation.

The Modern Pop Art Experience With Artist Michael Albert

Saturday, September 14—Join artist Michael Albert for the Modern Pop Art Experience collage workshop! Participants will have the chance to make their own cereal box collage. All materials will be provided. You need only sign up! Michael will be doing two sessions: One from 10 AM to noon for participants age 10 through 17 and one from 2 PM-4 PM for those age 18 and older.

Michael’s work has been featured in galleries all over the Northeast. He has staged his Modern Pop Art Experience workshop in libraries, schools and community organizations all over the United States. Please visit his website at www.michaelalbert.com to learn more about his work and the Modern Pop Art Experience. To register, call the library’s main line at 508-539-1435 or email mpl_mail@clamsnet.org.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mashpee Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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