At this time, the library building remains closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency. Staff are working in the building, can be reached at mpl_mail@clamsnet.org and will respond as quickly as possible. Leave a voicemail message at 508-539-1435, extension 3003, and staff will respond again as quickly as possible. Please visit our website (www.mashpeelibrary.org) for updates and to explore the many free online resources available with your CLAMS library card. We thank you for your understanding, patience and help as we all work through this together.

CLAMS Library Network Has a New App

We are very excited to share our new CLAMS Library Network app with you. Available for iOS and Android devices, this app is a rare mix of robust features and simple functionality.

Here is a list of the top five things you can do in the new CLAMS app:

1. Learn about what books and movies are available and place holds on items that look interesting to you. You can also renew any books you already have out.

2. Check out ebooks and e-audiobooks with the touch of a button and read or listen to them in the Libby or Overdrive app.

3. Did you know that there are nearly 40 libraries in the CLAMS network? Use the app to find the library closest to you and check out their website.

4. We’ve also added our featured lists so that you can browse top requests, coming-soon titles or New York Times Bestsellers and request the ones you want.

5. What if you don’t have a CLAMS library card? Luckily, you can apply for one using the new app so that you are sure to reap all the benefits it offers.

Download the app today. It is available now in the App Store and Google Play.

Weekly Lap Babies Playgroup Meetup on Zoom

Wednesdays, 11 to 11:30 AM — Our fabulous early childhood specialist, Rosemary Modic, has started a weekly Lap Babies Playgroup meetup on Zoom. Looking for a little connection and a lot of fun? Join Miss Rosemary for songs, fingerplays and a short book. If you’d like to join with your lap baby this Wednesday, May 27, email rmodic@mpspk12.org for the meeting code.

Read the Newspaper Free with Your Library Card

Since you are 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 at 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 more than 50 local and national newspapers:

• Check out the Boston Globe for text versions of their 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 Cape Cod Times. You can read today’s paper, pictures included, by choosing the image format. 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 regional, national and local newspapers, as well as leading titles from around the world.

For assistance accessing any of these newspapers online, email to mpl_mail@clamsnet.org or call 508-539-1435, extension 3003.

LEGO Club: Virtual Block Party

Since we miss seeing all of our LEGO Club friends at the library every Tuesday, we’ve decided to start 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 our website along with the creations of other LEGO Club friends. All ages are welcome to join.

This Week’s LEGO Club Challenge: Memorial Day (the unofficial start of summer) is Monday, May 25. Can you make a patriotic build using only red, white and blue bricks?

Participate in the Spring Into Reading Stay-at-Home Reading Challenge

Children, teens and adults are invited to join the Mashpee Public Library for a special, social distancing reading challenge. Readers of all ages are encouraged to log the number of minutes read each day. You can select your own reading materials including books, magazines, graphic novels and audiobooks. You can also read and write book reviews and participate in stay-at-home and outdoor activities. Participants will earn a virtual badge for every 200 minutes read and another badge for every activity completed. See how many badges you can collect. Who in your family can collect the most badges?

To participate in this challenge, patrons will be using our new online reading tracking software called Beanstack. Families or individuals can register at www.mashpeepubliclibrary.beanstack.org or by using the Beanstack Tracker App, which can be downloaded from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store. The app is built specifically for mobile phones.

Readers of all ages can register in seconds as individuals or a family. Sign up using your email address and create a password. One adult family member can register all the children in the family under one email address. And once your family is registered on Beanstack, depending on age, you’ll be able to participate in our other challenges such as “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” and the “Summer Reading Challenge,” which begins June 17. For questions, email jburke@clamsnet.org.

Beanstack is made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Research Your Family History from Home with Our Free Genealogy Resources

If you are finding yourself with a little extra time on your hands, maybe it’s time to finally get started tracing your family tree. Your Mashpee CLAMS card gives you access to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest from home. Visit the Genealogy Resources page on our website for links to these and other free resources: www.mashpeepubliclibrary.org/resources/genealogy-resources.

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