The library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25. We will reopen regular hours, 10 to 7 PM, on Thursday, December 26.

Popcorn and a Movie

Thursday, December 26, at 2 PM—Get ready to enjoy the big screen and sound system at the library. We will be showing the sequel to the 2016 movie that was inspired by one of the best-selling mobile games of all time. Silly pranks, an ace voice cast, and a super-team mission story line between the birds and pigs make this fast-paced sequel more fun than the original. 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 film is rated PG and is recommended for ages 7 and up. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the film. Running time is 96 minutes.

Teen Interactive Movie Event—’Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

Saturday, December 28, at 1:30 PM—Join us for an interactive screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” You may have seen this movie before, but not like this! Teens will be given a bag of supplies and instructions, so they can participate in the story. When Harry chooses a wand from Ollivander’s, you can choose yours. When Ron and Harry fight the troll, you get to play along as well. It’s the perfect event for those who wish they could get a Hogwarts letter and those who have never heard of a Golden Snitch.

This program is for youth ages 11-17 only. Supplies will be provided for the first 20 participants. Call us at 508-539-1435 or email mpl_mail@clamsnet.org for more information.

Drop-In Crafts with Miss Tracy

Saturday, December 21, from 10 AM to noon—Get creative! Stop by the library and make a fun craft to take home. For ages 5 and up. No registration needed.

Family Story Time

Friday, December 27, at 10:30 AM—Let’s ring in the New Year and escape to warmer climes! Grab a flower lei and enjoy the tropical adventure at the library. There will be stories, songs and craft activities. Family fun for all ages.

Libby Now Has Push Notifications

Attention Libby users: You can receive a notification on your device the moment your ebook or audiobook hold is available. When you set up push notifications in Libby, a message pops up on your device when your hold arrives. You can start the book you have been waiting for right away. There are also push notifications to inform you when a loan is about to expire, has expired and much more.

To get started, visit the Libby menu in your Libby app. Under “Manage Notifications” there is a full list of push notifications options. Simply select the ones you would like to receive. Notifications are device-specific, so you can set your notification preferences differently for each device you use Libby on.

For help setting up push notifications or getting started with the Libby app, please call us at 508-539-1435 or send us an email at mpl_mail@clamsnet.org.

Curious George on Stage at the Boston Children’s Museum

The world’s most lovable literary monkey is starring in a new show at the Boston Children’s Museum. H.A. Rey’s inquisitive monkey has been featured in books and movies as well as his own PBS show. Now Curious George will be taking center stage in the musical “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” during the month of December. Created by the Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, the show is designed to engage young audiences with singing, dancing and adventure. For more information about the show, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.

Tickets for “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” are $10 per person and do not include museum admission. However, the Mashpee Library offers museum discount passes for the Boston Children’s Museum. The e-ticket pass provides half-price on admission for up to four people. Visit our webpage at www.mashpeelibrary.org to request a pass and have it emailed to you.

Featured Staff Pick

Looking for something new to read? Check out this week’s Featured Staff Pick, “Dominicana” by Angie Cruz. Chosen as “Good Morning America’s” inaugural Cover to Cover book club choice, “Domincana” is a poignant and captivating coming-of-age story.

Fifteen-year-old Ana Canción is more interested in playing with her friends and going to school than getting married. But in the Dominican Republic of the 1960s, she doesn’t have the luxury of making her own life choices. She is married off to Juan Ruiz, a 32-year-old businessman who promises to bring Ana to America. For Juan, the marriage provides property on Ana’s family farm. For Ana’s family it represents the possibility of immigrating to America. But for Ana it means cooking and cleaning in a cold sixth-floor walkup in New York City. Isolated from the rest of her family and at the mercy of a husband who dominates and restricts her efforts for a better life, Ana decides to leave. She is stopped by Juan’s brother, César. When Juan returns to the Dominican Republic, César helps Ana discover the America that he has learned to enjoy. Ana is able to take English lessons, earn money selling her food, and take trips to the World’s Fair and Coney Island. When Juan returns to America, Ana has to decide how to reconcile her duty to her family with her own freedom and desires. Set against a backdrop of turmoil in both the US and the Dominican Republic, this immigration story is not only a journey to another continent, city and culture but is also a journey of self-discovery.

This recommendation comes from Lindsay Manning, our staff librarian. What she enjoyed most about the book was the author’s unique perspective on the immigrant experience. Cruz based the book on her mother’s story of immigrating to the US. Her mother’s response upon hearing about the book was “Who would be interested in a story about a woman like me? It’s so typical.” However, this insight into a “typical” immigrant helped Cruz craft Ana’s character, making her relatable, complex and vivid and her story a joy to read.

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.

Happy New Year Bingo for Books

Monday, December 30, at 2 PM—What one word makes you very sad when someone else says it, but makes you very happy when you say it? Bingo! Stop by the library and help us ring in the New Year with some old-fashioned Bingo fun for all ages. You could win a book. We have books for preschoolers, school age, tweens and teens. Who doesn’t love a game of old-fashioned Bingo?

Gale’s Career Transitions

Find a new job or discover a new career with Gale’s Career Transitions. This free database provides guidance for job searching—whether you are actively looking or just want to see what’s out there. It contains step-by-step support for writing a resume and cover letter as well interactive interview practice.

Are you thinking of changing careers or are you unsure how your past experience can translate into a new position? Career Transitions can help. The database offers the ability to assess your interests and browse different career paths. It provides overview videos for different occupations, a Schools and Programs search engine and a tool for matching your current experience with a new career.

If you are interested in checking it out, it is available anytime on our website www.mashpeepubliclibrary.org—all you need is a Mashpee Library card.

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