At this time, the Mashpee Public Library building remains closed to the public. Staff are working in the building Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. They can be reached by email at mpl_mail@clamsnet.org and will respond as quickly as possible. If you have questions about your library card account or materials you have already checked out, you can call us at 508-539-1435, extension 3000. Please visit www.mashpeelibrary.org for updates and to explore the many free online resources available with your CLAMS library card. If you have questions about accessing online resources, please call 508-539-1435, extension 3003.

Curbside pickup is available Monday through Friday from 10 AM to noon and from 1 to 4 PM for items placed on hold. Please wait until you receive a notice that your items are ready for pickup before coming to the library. We are only able to check out holds that have been made in advance and will not be able to fulfill in-person requests. We thank you for your understanding, patience and help as we all work through this together.

LEGO Club

Since we miss seeing all of our LEGO Club friends at the library every Tuesday, we’ve started a virtual block party so that you can participate from home. The library will provide a weekly challenge, and you provide the creativity. Make your LEGO creation at home, take a picture of your project and email your picture to jburke@clamsnet.org. We will post your picture on the library’s website, and you can see the creations of other LEGO Club friends at www.mashpeepubliclibrary.org. All ages are welcome to join.

This Week’s LEGO Club Challenge

A vehicle is a machine that transports people or cargo. What kind of vehicle can you make? Show us your creativity!

Overdrive’s Newest Big Library Read

Join millions of others around the globe in reading a historical fiction thriller ebook and audiobook during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From August 3 to August 17, you can borrow and read “The Darwin Affair” by Tim Mason with no holds or wait lists. This historical fiction novel takes place in London during June 1860. When an assassination attempt is made on Queen Victoria and a petty thief is gruesomely murdered moments later, Detective Inspector Charles Field quickly surmises that these crimes are connected to an even more sinister plot. Soon, Field’s investigation exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial “On the Origin of Species” sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping and the pursuit of a madman named the Chorister. As he edges closer to the Chorister, Field uncovers dark secrets that were meant to remain forever hidden. Tim Mason has created a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy. Can you solve the mystery before the Detective Inspector? Find out by borrowing the book from https://clamsnet.overdrive.com or downloading the Libby app. It will be available with no holds or wait lists through August 17. Then visit www.biglibraryread.com to discuss the story with other readers. Please contact the library at 508-539-1435 or mpl_mail@clamsnet.org if you would like help getting started with Overdrive or Libby.

Have You Seen Our Virtual Event Calendar?

While the Library is closed, our in-person schedule of programs and events have been put on hold, but we have discovered many fun and educational virtual events that we would like to share with you. Visit our event calendar for links to virtual events for adults, teens and children. Children are invited to participate in our LEGO Club from home. Teens can check out online escape rooms and a virtual Comic Con, and adults and families can enjoy classical music and learn from virtual presentations. Visit www.mashpeelibrary.org to take a look. Watch for new items to be added.

Opt In for Reading History

Have you ever struggled to remember which books in a series you have read? Or gotten home with a book only to realize you had already read it? Libraries value your privacy, so we do not keep a record of the items you have checked out once you return them. However, if you would like to keep track of your own reading history through CLAMS, you can. To enable reading history on your account, simply log into your CLAMS account by visiting www.library.clamsnet.org, clicking “My Account” at the top of the page, and entering your library barcode number and your four-digit PIN. Once you are logged in to your account, select “Reading History” on the left side of the screen. Next, click “opt in” and you’re done. Any books you check out from that point on will be kept in a list for you to review. You will be able to delete any books from the list you’d like or to opt out at any time. Library staff does not have access to this information as it is accessible only from your online CLAMS account

At Home-Courses with Universal Class

Universal Class is the premier service for both continuing education and learning for fun. Choose from more than 500 courses ranging from accounting and dog training to web development. Classes are self-paced and instructor-led, with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance. You can enroll in up to five courses, and you have six months to complete each one. Your Mashpee Public Library CLAMS card gives you 24/7 access to Universal Class for free. To get started, visit our Online Resources quick link (found in the red section in the middle of the page) at www.mashpeelibrary.org. Choose Universal Class, then enter your Mashpee library card number to log in and create a personal account, and you’re ready to start learning. Email us at mpl_mail@clamsnet.org if you would like assistance.

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