Full STEAM Ahead Science—Your Five Senses

Saturday, February 1, at 10:30 AM: What are your five senses? Each person has five sense organs that take in information from your environment and send it to your brain. The five human senses are those of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Join us at the library as Full STEAM Ahead presents: Our Five Senses. This is great family science fun with hands-on activities for ages 4 to 8. We’ll have games and experiments that challenge our sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. This free event is sponsored by The Mashpee Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant. Drop in—no registration is required.

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 begin at the library Saturday, February 1, with the last available appointments on Saturday, April 11. Appointments will be available on alternate Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30 AM, 11 AM, 1 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.

What are you required to bring to your appointment?

• Your Social Security Card and a photo ID

• The completed Questionnaire

• A copy of last year’s [2018] Federal and State tax returns with schedules and supporting documents. This is important and the tax preparers may not be able to properly prepare your return without them.

• All of your 2019 tax-related documents.

• If you wish your refund to be directly deposited into a bank account, a check for the account.

As appointments are limited, it is important that you have all documentation with you at the time of your appointment. There will be limited opportunity to reschedule.

Fiber Arts Fun: Open Sew

Thursday, February 6, at 10:30 AM. Bring in your unfinished projects to work on and we will assist you. Sewing machines are provided. Only 10 spots are available, so call the library at 508-539-1435 or email mpl_mail@clamsnet.org to register. This class is limited to Mashpee residents age 18 and older.

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 Saturday, 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.

Questions About Your Phone or Other Device? Get Techspert Advice!

Saturday, February 8, 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 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.

Come to the TABLE! Join the Mashpee Library Teen Advisory Board and Library Experts

Saturday, February 8, from noon to 1 PM. The Mashpee Library Teen Advisory Board and Library Experts (T.A.B.L.E.) 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, February 8, 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.

MCBA Book Club

Thursday, February 13, 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 February 13 from 4:30 to 5:30. 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 “Betty Before X,” a fictionalized retelling of Betty Shabazz’s middle school years in Detroit, a decade before she met her future husband, Malcolm X. This inspiring story of the activist’s early years is told by her daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz and co-author Renée Watson. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 508-539-1435, extension 3001, or email jburke@clamsnet.org.

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 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 opt out at any time. Library staff does not have access to this information as it is accessible only from your online CLAMS account. Please stop by the reference desk if you would like assistance with managing your CLAMS account.

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