The library will be closed on Friday, November 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Drop-In Crafts with Miss Tracy

Saturday, November 30, from 10 AM-Noon—Get creative! Stop by the library and make a fun craft to take home! For ages 5 and older. No registration is needed.

Fiber Arts Fun: Holiday Tea Light Jars

Thursday, December 5, at 10:30 AM—Create a whimsical light you can use all winter long. All supplies are included. Call the library at 508-539-1435 or email mpl_mail@clamsnet.org to register. Fiber Arts classes are limited to Mashpee residents age 18 and older.

Holiday Singalong with the Dickens Carolers

Saturday, December 7, at 2 PM—The Cape Cod Chorale’s popular Mostly Dickens Carolers, led for many years by Don Graham and then Ursula Leahy, has up to 30 Chorale members who don Victorian attire and carol through the holiday season in shopping malls and many other venues.

In bonnets and capes, top hats and scarves, these singers truly get into the holiday spirit. Bring the family and join in the singalong fun.

MCBA Book Club

Thursday, December 12, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM—The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award (MCBA) Book Club at the Mashpee Public Library is for 4th through 6th graders who enjoy reading new books. We meet once a month and our next meeting is scheduled for December 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. 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.

This month we are reading “The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street” by New York Times best-selling author Karina Yan Glaser. The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. Just five days before Christmas, their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease. The five siblings have 11 days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. It is a delightful and heartwarming story of a large, biracial family living in Harlem. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 508-539-1435, extension 3001, or email jburke@clamsnet.org.

Free Technology Help with the MMHS Techsperts

Saturday, December 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM—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, December 14, 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. If you can’t make it on December 14, the Techsperts will back on Saturday, January 11.

Join the Mashpee Library Teen Advisory Board!

Saturday, December 14, from noon to 1 PM—The Mashpee Library Teen Advisory Board and Library Experts (TABLE) is a group of fun-loving and passionate young adults that meet monthly on Saturday afternoons at the library. Their goal is to help the library plan teen programs and provide input into our materials purchasing. Are you age 11 to 17? Do you have a favorite video game, book, movie or activity? We want to hear about it!

Join us at our next meeting on Saturday, December 14, from noon to 1 PM. Each meeting is an opportunity for school volunteer hours and a chance to make new friends and enjoy free snacks, pizza and fun games!

Open to kids ages 11 to 17. Call us at 508-539-1435 or email mpl_mail@clamsnet.org for more information.

Automatic Renewals Now Available at All CLAMS Libraries

Now you will have more time to finish that novel or enjoy that DVD without worrying about library fines. We are excited to announce that eligible library materials will now be automatically renewed if they are not returned on time. If you haven’t returned your library materials three days before they are due, we will renew them and send you an email with your new due date. You don’t have to do a thing! Eligible items can be automatically renewed up to three times.

These automatic renewals will be available throughout the CLAMS network. Orleans to Oak Bluffs, East Falmouth to Eastham, you can take your time returning materials. It will not apply to items from outside the CLAMS network, however.

Please note, materials cannot be renewed if:

• Someone else has placed a hold on the item.

• The item has reached its renewal limit of three renewals.

• Your account is blocked or expired.

• Express and Rental items, Museum passes, e-materials, Library of Things and other “non-traditional” items will not be auto renewed.

You can see all of your checked-out items and their due dates by logging into your library account. If you have any questions, please call us at 508-539-1435 or email mpl_mail@clamsnet.org.

Read the Newspaper for Free!

Since you are currently reading this, you must enjoy reading newspapers. Do you wish you had access to more papers? You are in luck! You can read The New York Times, Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and many other papers for free. All you need is a current Mashpee Library card!

Visit our website—www.mashpeelibrary.org—to get started. After selecting “Resources” at the top of the page, select “Magazines and Newspapers.” There you should find links to access over 50 local and national newspapers.

Check out The Boston Globe for text versions of its articles from 1980 to today. Like The New York Times? Search full text articles back to 1985. Want to keep it local? Your Mashpee Library card gives you access to full-color, current issues of the The Cape Cod Times. You can read today’s paper and see the pictures for free! You also have access to content only published online.

There are plenty more papers to view online. Check out Newsbank’s “Boston Metropolitan Collection” for more Massachusetts news or Infotrac Newsstand for more than 2,300 major US regional, national, and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world.

If you would like assistance accessing any of these newspapers online, please stop by the Reference Desk or call us at 508-539-1435, extension 3003.

Mashpee Rotary Corridor Study Public Meeting

Thursday, December 5, at 2 PM and 5:30 PM—Cape Cod Commission and Town of Mashpee staff will be holding two public meetings to discuss potential conceptual improvements identified as part of the Mashpee Rotary Corridor Study and to gather feedback. Based on the information learned at the two public Listening Sessions held in April, the Cape Cod Commission and the Town of Mashpee staff developed draft alternative concepts for the corridor, ranging from striping improvements to rotary replacement, which aim to reduce congestion and improve multi-modal accommodations. The upcoming meetings will include a presentation of these potential improvements followed by an interactive group discussion, with a focus on gathering public feedback on the presented ideas.

The Mashpee Rotary is a five-leg, major regional transportation node with the intersections of Route 28, Route 151, Great Neck Road North, and Great Neck Road South. The Mashpee Rotary and its approaches have been identified as a priority for investigation due to congestion and safety issues.

The Cape Cod Commission, under the Unified Planning Work Program, is conducting a transportation planning study for the corridor with the goal of developing context-sensitive improvements that will provide safe and convenient access within the study area for all users of the roadway system including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists.

These are the final planned public meetings for this project. A report will be prepared following a review of the feedback from this public meeting and any other comments received from the public.

For more information, visit: www.capecodcommission.org/MashpeeRotary or contact: Colleen Medeiros, transportation engineer, Cape Cod Commission at 508-362-3828.

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