Family Story Time with Buzz Lightyear!

Look who’s coming to town! It’s an Infinity and Beyond Story Time on Saturday, June 8, at 10:30 AM. Bring your camera and join our special guest, Buzz Lightyear! This program is sponsored by MEFA’s (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) Start U. Reading Series, a statewide early college planning initiative designed to introduce young children to the joy of reading and literacy. All participants will have an opportunity to meet Buzz Lightyear, have their photo taken, and receive a fun goody bag to bring home while supplies last. Families will hear about reading at home, the Mashpee Public Library Summer Reading Program and upcoming fun library activities, and parents will leave with information about saving for college. Join the fun—To Infinity and Beyond!

One Book, One Community Read 2019: “The Martian”

Join us during the month of June as we celebrate Mashpee’s One Book, One Community Read Program! This annual program is designed to inspire a sense of community through a shared reading experience. This year, in keeping with our “Universe of Stories” summer reading theme, we have chosen Andy Weir’s “The Martian.” Join the Mashpee community in reading this New York Times bestseller!

What would you do if you were stranded on Mars? Astronaut Mark Watney is about to find out after his crew leaves him behind, thinking he is dead. Watney is alone on a harsh, alien planet and faces mammoth odds for survival. As the world watches, his determination and ingenuity help him to conquer obstacle after obstacle. But will it be enough to get him home? Drawing on his extensive research, author Andy Weir provides an adventure story with the right amount of science, humor and thrills!

The library has scheduled a number of Martian-themed events in June. Here are some of the highlights:

Self-Publishing Workshop With Sharon AndersonThursday, June 13, 4 to 5:30 PM

“The Martian” was self-published. Want to self-publish your book like Andy Weir? Sharon Anderson from the Cape Cod Writers’ Studio will help you learn in a free hour and a half self-publishing seminar.

Stranded On Mars Escape Room—Saturday, June 15, 3:15 to 4 PM

You have been stranded on Mars! To survive until help arrives, you will need more food. But everything you need to grow food is locked up. Can you solve the puzzles and unlock the box? For ages 10 to 17. Limit of 10 participants. Registration recommended. Call 508-539-1435 or email to register.

Movie: “The Martian”Friday, June 21, 2:30 to 5 PM

Join us to view the fantastic movie adaptation! Rated PG-13, it won a Golden Globe for Best Picture in 2015 and stars Matt Damon. Free popcorn and fun!

One Book, One Community Presentation—“From the Moon To Mars” — Saturday, June 29, 1 to 2:30 PM

For more than 40 years, NASA missions have explored Mars, the Red Planet, with orbiters, landers and rovers. It’s the planet most like our own with dust devils, giant dormant volcanoes and a thin atmosphere. Could we go and someday live there? By 2024, NASA plans to be going back to the Moon and using a new gateway there to fly humans to Mars. Join Solar System ambassador Pat Monteith as she discusses the Apollo missions, the 50 years since, and the plans to return to the Moon and go to Mars.

Visit the library for a full list of events and to check out a copy of this Community Read!

Staff Recommended App: NASA

This summer we are excited to be celebrating all things space related with our summer reading theme— “A Universe of Stories.” Thanks to the Friends of the Mashpee Library we have iPads on both floors available for in-library use. In order to stay up-to-date on what is happening in space, we have downloaded the NASA app on all of our iPads.

This free app provides information, including images and videos, about the latest NASA missions and news. You can watch real-life events on NASA TV, check out a live view of the Earth, and keep up to date on the latest NASA tweets. If you are interested in the International Space Station, this app can help you track its location and provides sighting opportunities for your location.

So stop by the library and check out the NASA app on one of our iPads or download it on your own device and stay informed about your universe!

Save Some Doubloons When You Borrow our Whydah Museum Pass

Even if you are a landlubber, you will find the Whydah Museum in West Yarmouth a real treasure! The museum contains the recovered contents of the Whydah pirate ship, commanded in the 1700s by pirate Sam Bellamy. The Whydah was wrecked off Wellfleet in 1717. In 1984 underwater explorer Barry Clifford found the wreck and has since been working on recovering the contents. The museum is the headquarters of this ongoing archaeological expedition. Items that his team have found are now on display including weapons, jewelry and clothing—and, of course, pirate treasure. Learn more about the museum at

Looking to save some loot during your visit? Check out our Whydah Museum pass. This pass provides a discounted admission of $12 per person for up to 4 people. To reserve your pass visit our website —, call 508-539-1435 or email

Free Babysitting Class

Hey Teens and Tweens! What to be able to earn some money this summer? You can become a certified babysitter at the library! We will be offering the 4-H Babysitting Course on Monday and Tuesday, June 24 and 25, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Participants must be 11 years old or older and you must attend both days. To become a responsible babysitter you will learn about: child safety, first aid and emergencies, stages of child development, discipline, entertaining, and the business of babysitting. The class will be instructed by a 4-H Program Associate and certificates and ID cards will be issued upon successful completion of the course. The 4-H Babysitting Course is free; however, space is limited and registration is required. Participants must bring a bag lunch and a drink. To register call 508-539-1435, extension 3001, or email

How to Avoid “Summer Slide Back”

“Summer Slide Back” is a phenomenon that strikes children who don’t read during the summer. Research shows that by September, these students will have a reading level that is six to 12 months behind what it was in June.

To help children avoid Summer Slide Back, the Mashpee Public Library is encouraging students to participate in the 2019 Collaborative Summer Reading Program. This is a nationwide initiative and all 50 states are celebrating this year’s theme, “A Universe of Stories.”

Beginning in June, and throughout the summer, children who will be entering Pre-K to grade 2 can register for the Summer Reading Program at the Mashpee Public Library. Children will receive a reading log, a book bag and incentives. Each time they visit the library they will receive a sticker for their reading efforts, and when they have collected five stickers they will receive the final prize—a coupon for a free ice cream cone from Polar Cave Ice Cream Parlour!

The Mashpee Public Library is again collaborating with the Quashnet Elementary School to help students track the minutes they read this summer. Quashnet students will be able to select their own reading materials and then log their reading time online. Their goal is to read 20 minutes per day X 5 days per week X 10 weeks = 1,000 minutes.

There will be weekly story times and special events at the library this summer for all ages. Stop by the library for a flyer or visit

Pathways to Success Program: LinkedIn for Job Seekers

Whether you are not quite sure how LinkedIn could benefit you, or you already have a profile and would like tips on how to make the most of this social networking tool, you should check out this free class on Wednesday, June 19, 1 to 4 PM! You will learn an overview of social networking, how to set up a LinkedIn profile, and the importance of online reputation management. Learn how to connect with business professionals, get recommendations, tips for enhancing profiles, and how to post and share information.

Registration is required to ensure we have enough computers. Please call the library at 508-539-1435 or email to sign up. An email address is necessary to create your LinkedIn profile.

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