August Artist Of The Month

The library is featuring the artwork of Ellen Lennon in the Event Room throughout the month of August. She paints in many mediums: oils, watercolor, pastel and acrylic, and mixed media, but enjoys watercolor and oil the most. A resident of Cape Cod, Ellen finds endless subject material and beautiful light all over the Cape. When traveling she enjoys taking pictures of landscapes, seascapes, city scenes, local color and then incorporating them into her paintings. The late Alfred Birdsey of Bermuda influenced her watercolor painting style.

While living in Hingham for 23 years, she was a member of the South Shore Art Association and the North River Arts Society in Marshfield. Since relocating to the Cape, she continues to take lessons, and locally is a member of the Falmouth Art Center and Cataumet Art Center, as well as at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.

“Art is all around me, and when I am not painting, I enjoy writing,” she notes. Ellen has painting clients on both the East and West coasts. Stop by the library to see the work of this accomplished artist!

The New Library Website Is Here!

Last fall we launched a website redesign process, and since then the library staff, with the support of the trustees, Friends of the library, and Mashpee town manager, have collaborated to reach this juncture—the soft launch of the site. We are excited to roll out an initial release of content, a first step in restructuring our web presence to better serve your needs.

We encourage you to take time to review this initial release of the new website, and to visit regularly as we grow and improve our new web presence over the next several months. Please provide your feedback and share your ideas as we continue to develop and expand our online resources and provide greater access to library materials and services any time, from any location.

We offer our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Friends of the Mashpee Library, who provided the funding to make this new site a reality, and heartfelt thanks to former library trustee, the late Chip Bishop, whose dream was to see the library develop a robust and engaging online presence, for always cheering us on and inspiring us to set lofty goals. The new website can be found at

This Week’s Trivia Contest Winner Is Gavin Mulligan

Join us at the Mashpee Public Library this summer as we celebrate the 2018 Summer Reading Program theme, “Libraries Rock!” When you are at the library you can try your luck at our weekly trivia contest. Last week’s questions were all about rocks and minerals. Do you know what we call a scientist who studies rocks? Gavin Mulligan, age 9 of Mashpee, knew that the answer is a geologist. He correctly answered all of the questions and has won a “Libraries Rock!” T-shirt. Congratulations, Gavin! Stop by the Children’s Room for a new trivia contest each week. You might win a T-shirt!

Teen Escape Rooms

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Try our Escape Room on Saturday, August 11, at 1 PM! Escape rooms are free, run for 30 to 45 minutes, and are open to ages 12 through 18. The theme for August 11 is “Totally Radical ’80s Time Travel Adventure.” Welcome to 1986! Here you will find all of the cutting-edge technology from the 1980s, which you will need to use along with your knowledge of all that was rad in the ’80s to get yourself back to present day. You only have 45 minutes before you are stuck in the past forever! Contact the library at 508-539-1435 or e-mail for more information.

Free Lunch Program At The Library

Mashpee Public Library is pleased to be partnering once again with St. Mary’s Church of Barnstable to offer free lunch and activities for all children ages 18 and younger every Monday and Wednesday this summer. The Summer Food Service Program is a safe, fun way for children and teens to enjoy healthy and nutritious meals during the summer months, and it is easy to participate since no registration or identification is required.

Join us every Monday through August 20 for some fun and games outdoors at 11 AM. Free lunch will be served at 11:30 AM. Join us Wednesdays through August 22 for a full-length feature film and free lunch in the cool, air-conditioned Event Room! Lunch is served at 11:30 AM and the movie begins at noon.

On Wednesday, August 15, we will be showing an animated comedy from the producers of the “Despicable Me” films. The story centers around a theater-owning koala (Matthew McConaughey) who decides to run a talent contest to boost ticket sales for his financially failing theater. The A-list voice cast, familiar pop songs, and cute animal characters make this an appealing pick for families. 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! This movie is rated PG and recommended for ages 7 and older. Children younger than the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the film. Running time is 108 minutes.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program that offers healthy and nutritious meals to children and teens age 18 and under during the summer months. When students receive adequate nutrition in the summer months, they return to school in the fall healthy and ready to learn.

Feel Good Documentary Films

Uplift your spirit and escape the heat with one of these acclaimed films! Join us on the following Fridays from 2 to 4 PM. Popcorn will be served and registration is not required.

August 10: “Capturing Grace”—This film follows the story of what happens when New York’s legendary Mark Morris Dance Group joins forces with people with Parkinson’s disease to stage a unique performance. Running time is 61 minutes. This film has not been rated.

August 31: “Maidentrip”—Laura Dekker, 14, sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. This film is in the Dutch language with English subtitles and runs for 81 minutes. Common Sense Media suggests this film is suitable for ages 13 and older.

Films will be streamed via our new film streaming service, Kanopy. In case you have missed the news, the library is now offering the popular on-demand film streaming service, Kanopy, to Mashpee library card holders. Patrons can access Kanopy to start streaming films instantly by visiting and signing up for a personal account. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device, or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku. Users can watch up to 10 films per month.

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 films of unique social and cultural value, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers.

Author Event With Gerard Doherty

Join us on Friday, August 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM for a book talk and signing with Gerard Doherty, author of “They Were My Friends−Jack, Bob & Ted: My Life In and Out of Politics.” “They Were My Friends” is a rare, firsthand account of the behind-the-scenes work that led to some of the most influential moments of the Kennedy brothers’ political lives and how the son of a Boston firefighter got to be in the middle of it all. Mr. Doherty, the only man who had a seat at the table with all three Kennedy brothers, takes the reader through the history of Massachusetts politics and the golden age of the Kennedy political dynasty. He will also discuss his involvement with Presidents Carter and Johnson. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Don’t miss it!

Science Is Everywhere Workshop: Wacky Weather

Calling all students ages 8 and older! How would you like to learn all about wacky weather? Join us on Saturday, August 18, at 2 PM for a hands-on workshop presented by Mad Science to learn how weather systems are formed and measured. Make your own UV detector to take home! Space is limited for this workshop for students ages 8 and older, and registration is required by calling the library or e-mailing This free workshop is made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Teen Summer Reading

Hey teens, would you like to win a $100 gift card this summer just for reading? All it takes are three R’s:

Register for the online summer reading program for grades 7 to 12. Sign up at

Read a book of your choice from your summer reading list; a book from your favorite author; or a new, exciting read.

Review the book and for each review you post online, you will be entered into a random drawing to win a $100 gift card. The more books you read, the more reviews you post, the greater your chances of winning! Remember: Register, Read, Review—and maybe win!

Adult Summer Reading Program

Children are not the only ones who should get rewarded for summer reading. Adults, you too can have fun by participating in Mashpee Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!” through August 31.

To sign up for the online program, visit and scroll to the Mashpee Public Library Adult Summer Reading 2018 link. Here, you can submit reviews of the books you have read or listened to between June 25 and August 31. Each review logged by Friday, August 31, will be an automatic entry into a drawing to win a $50 VISA gift card.

And there’s another way to win. Stop by the library and pick up a Libraries Rock! Tic-Tac-Toe Game Card, return your completed card by August 31, and you will be entered in a separate drawing for a $50 Mashpee Commons gift card. Both drawings will be on Tuesday, September 4. Good luck, and be sure to pick up a brochure detailing all the adult events happening at the library this summer!

Historical Fiction Book Group

Do you love discussing history and books? Join Mashpee Public Library’s Historical Fiction Book Club. We meet on the last Thursday of every month at 4:30 PM for a lively book discussion. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, August 30, and we will be discussing “Days Without End” by Sebastian Barry. Set in the American West of the 1850s, the book is narrated by a teen-age Thomas McNaulty. In a voice both blunt and poetic, Thomas describes the violent life of a soldier during attacks on Native Americans and during the Civil War. No stranger to adversity, he finds comfort and joy in his chosen family—a fellow soldier and the Sioux girl they adopt. Equal parts heartbreaking, funny and profound, this award-winner is sure to please.

Limited quantities of the book will be available to check out at the library’s reference desk. Please contact the library at 508-539-1435, extension 3003, or e-mail for more information.

Steeple Street Closure On Friday, August 17

The section of Steeple Street in front of the library will be closed on Friday, August 17, at noon to accommodate the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual La Tavola, Italian Feast Under the Stars. The library will be open regular hours.

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