Plan Ahead for Library Closings
The library will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents’ Day. We will reopen regular hours, 10 AM to 7 PM, on Tuesday, February 18.
Family Story Time
Saturday, February 15, at 10:30 AM—February is National Bird-Feeding Month with the intent to spread goodwill and a few seeds to our feathered friends. Children of all ages and their families are invited to join us for a family story time, "Our Feathered Friends.” We'll learn about the species of birds frequently seen on Cape Cod with some fun stories, and then we'll make a bagel bird feeder to take home! You can help our feathered friends to survive during the difficult winter season! Fun for all ages!
Pitter Patter Puppet Show
Wednesday, February 19, at 10 AM—Join us at the library for a Pitter Patter Puppet Show! Mary Wilson’s wildly popular puppetry performance includes hands-on interactive participation to encourage early literacy skills. Silly songs, storytelling, and rhymes are all part of the show! Great family fun for all ages! This free event is sponsored by The Mashpee Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant.
Li Liu: Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics
Thursday, February 20, at 4 PM—Li Liu: Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics will be presented at the library. Witness astounding feats of hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, foot juggling, ribbon dancing, manipulation of Chinese yo-yos and other traditional Chinese acrobatics! Families will get a glimpse of Chinese culture and learn phrases in Li Liu’s native Mandarin. In this interactive performance, several volunteers will be selected to attempt a few of the easier (and safer!) of the Chinese acrobatics on display. Children will learn the historical significance of traditional lion and dragon dances, as Li encourages them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place, and what can be accomplished through disciplined training. This is a fascinating multicultural show that will dazzle the whole family! This FREE program is supported in part by a grant from the Mashpee Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Popcorn and a Movie
Friday, February 21, at 2 PM—Get ready to enjoy the big screen and sound system at the library. We will be showing an animated feature that is the latest take on the popular characters of Gomez and Morticia who've already been the subject of cartoons, a classic TV show, and two early '90s movies! 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 movie is rated PG and 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 105 minutes.
Fiber Arts Fun: Watercolor Class
Thursday, February 20, at 10:30 AM—Join Tracy for a fun beginner watercolor class! Bring brushes if you have them and we will supply the paints and everything you will need. This class will focus on blending colors and the topic is poppies. Please call 508-539-1435 or email email@example.com to sign up. Fiber Arts classes are limited to Mashpee residents.
Looking for a New Way to Celebrate Valentine’s Day? Go on a Blind Date with a Book!
During the month of February, the library is offering adult readers a chance to meet their possible next favorite author or genre by borrowing a book without knowing what it is. Beginning February 1, visit our “Blind Date with a Book” display on the first floor, where you can choose from a selection of wrapped books with just a few descriptive clues about the book on the outside. After your date, tell us how it went! Was this a new genre or author for you? Would you “go out” with this author or genre again? Would you recommend this book to others? Fill out the included bookmark questionnaire and drop it off at our circulation desk to be entered in our drawing for a Mashpee Commons gift card.
Book Reading and Signing with Mashpee Author Mwalim (Morgan James Peters)
Friday, February 28, at 3 PM—Join Mwalim in a reading of his recently-published book, “Land of the Black Squirrels: A Bronx Boheme Novel,” Book One of the Bronx Boheme series. Master storyteller Mwalim weaves a vibrant and epic Hip-Hop Jazz folktale about the spirits that dwell within jazz clubs, art galleries, performance spaces, and warehouse lofts transformed into underground dance clubs. The tale begins in 1969, when Black squirrels began to appear in the Bronx. Obatunde Bey—a jazz musician and painter—leaves his desk job at the New York City Parks Department to open an arts academy in his Northeast Bronx neighborhood, “The Valley.” Little did he know that his art house would quietly become the launch-pad of an underground arts movement. “The Bronx Boheme” made its debut at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in New York City in 2003 as a long-form storytelling piece. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
MPL Concert Series Presents: Guitarist & Singer-Songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto
Saturday, February 29, at 2:00 PM—Born and raised in Japan, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in 2000 and came to the United States. An internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer that fuses folk, jazz, and world music, his eclectic and mesmerizing performances take audiences on an innovative, impressionistic journey around the world. Hiroya headlines concerts throughout the U.S. as well as internationally including Blue Note in NYC and Japanese National Television. In 2018, Hiroya won 2nd place in the International FingerStyle Guitar Championship. Visit https://hiroyatsukamoto.com/ to learn more.
Borrow Digital eBooks and Audiobooks with Libby
Each month the Mashpee Library tries to highlight one of our wonderful electronic resources. This month we would like to share information about Libby, the ebook and audiobook app. Named one of Google Play’s Best Apps of 2017, the award-winning Libby is the "one-tap reading app" for libraries. Through Libby, library users can borrow free ebooks and audiobooks. Available for most tablets and mobile devices, all you need is your library card number and PIN and you can check out books anytime. It’s like having a library in your pocket!
Made by the same company that brought us Overdrive, Libby has a straightforward layout and set-up. Simply download the app, enter your library information, pick a book, and READ! If you need assistance setting-up Libby on your device, we are happy to help. Call the reference desk at 508-539-1435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make a one-on-one appointment with you.
Visit the New England Aquarium
Did you know that Northern Fur Seals float with their flippers out while they are sleeping? Or that Little Blue Penguins are thought to be the smallest penguin species in the world, often only weighing about 2 lbs.? Or that lobsters only turn bright red after they have been cooked, but are usually a blend of brown, green and red? At the New England Aquarium, you might spot a rare blue or white lobster. Visit the Museum to learn all this and more about these amazing creatures!
Ready to visit? First, reserve a museum pass through the Mashpee Library. Our New England Aquarium pass admits up to 4 people at a cost of only $10 per person. It is a coupon pass, so there is no need to return it to the library. Simply visit our website at www.mashpeepubliclibrary.org and click on the museum passes link on our homepage. All you need is your library card number to reserve a pass. Then come by the library to pick it up to SEAL the deal on this great discount!
Make Your Appointment for AARP Tax-Aide Free Tax Preparation
The Mashpee Public Library will be a site for the AARP Tax-Aide Income Tax Preparation Program whose mission is to assist low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages file their Federal and State returns. The Tax-Aide Program will have last available appointments on Saturday, April 11. Appointments will be available on alternate Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM. Call the Library at 508-539-1435 to schedule your appointment, then stop by the Library to pick up an Income Tax Questionnaire.