Reserve Museum Pass For Heritage Museums & Gardens

Every July, the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich celebrates one of the Cape’s most beloved flowers—the hydrangea. Heritage is famous for its hydrangeas. It is home to the North American Hydrangea Test Garden and the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society’s Display Garden. Overall, it has eight species and over 170 exceptional cultivars.

Come see them all at the 2019 Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, running from July 12 through the 21st. The festival includes an overview of hydrangea basics, pruning demonstrations, a book-signing with Joan Harrison, author of “Heavenly Hydrangeas”—and much more.

Before you go, reserve a museum pass from the Mashpee Library. Our Heritage pass provides 50 percent off regular general admission for two adults and four youths. (Not valid on special events or programs that incur a fee.) You can reserve your pass at,, over the phone, 508-539-1435, or stop by and see us.

Science is Everywhere Workshop: Slippery Slime

Tomorrow, July 6, at 2 PM—How would you like to make your own slime to take home and experiment with? Join us for a hands-on workshop presented by Mad Science to learn all about polymers. This free workshop is for students age 8 and older. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 508-539-1435, extension 3001, or email

A Universe of Stories — Summer Reading for Grades 7-12

Summer Reading is Sirius-ly far out! Truly, the amount you can learn from books, it’s astronomical! Read what the astronauts read—comet books! We were going to add another space pun here, but we forgot to planet.

We Apollo-gize for all of the space jokes; we just wanted to let you know about the Summer Reading program for grades 7 to 12, so let’s launch into it:

• Read a book! You can choose a book from your summer reading list, a book from your favorite author or a new, exciting read.

• Review the book. Was it out of this world or did it just take up space? For each book 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!

This program runs through August 31 and the winner will be announced on September 3. Call 508-539-1435 or email for more information.

Fitness Fun and Free Lunch

Mondays through August 19 at 11 AM, join us on the Village Green across the street from the library every Monday from July 1 through August 19 for some Fitness Fun and Free Lunch. Each week we will have a different fitness instructor to provide an educational enrichment program to promote learning, exercise and fitness activities for children age 18 and under. Fitness instruction will begin at 11 AM and the free lunch will be served at 11:45 AM. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch as well. The complete schedule can be viewed at

On Monday, July 8, we’ll get the fitness party started as we Zumba Dance Around the World with Donna. Come and dance to some great music! Fitness Fun is made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Movie and Free Lunch

Wednesdays: Through August 21 at 11:45—Join us every Wednesday this summer for a full-length feature film and free lunch in the cool, air-conditioned Event Room. Free lunch for children and teens age 18 and younger will be served at 11:45 AM and the movie begins at noon. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch as well. On Wednesday, July 10, we will be showing an animated comedy film that is great family fun! The third film in the Hotel Transylvania series follows Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and his monster pals, including his half-human daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez) and her family, on a luxury monster cruise vacation. Because of movie licensing regulations, we are not able to publish the exact title; however, call us 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 age 7 and older. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the film. Running time is 97 minutes.

Access ‘The Great Courses’ Free with Kanopy Film Streaming Service

Kanopy has announced that effective July 1, users will have uncapped 30-day access to the entire Great Courses series without using any play credits. From the time you click “play,” you will have 30 days to complete all of the videos in a course. We are excited about this improvement over the previous model, where each video in a course used one of a user’s 10 monthly play credits. The Great Courses contain more than 3,000 videos on a wide variety of subjects.

Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. Visit to sign 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. All you need to access this free service is a Mashpee CLAMS card.

Celebrate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing With Live Webcast Event Monday, July 15, at 4 PM

Many people will always remember where they were when they watched Neil Armstrong say those famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On July 20 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic mission. Despite 50 years and the amazing advances in technology since that time, the story of Apollo 11’s journey is still a shining example of scientific achievement and American ingenuity.

Join us on Monday, July 15, from 4 to 5 PM as we tune into a live webcast event with Dr. Carter Emmart, director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, to discuss the Apollo 11 mission. What was the exact sequence of events that transpired? Where did they land on the moon? What was needed to ensure a safe return to Earth? Dr. Emmart will provide a guided recreation of Apollo 11’s journey to see how this mission was executed by crew members and mission control in Houston. The webcast was organized by the American Museum of Natural History and the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.

Dinoman Space!

Thursday, July 18, at 4 PM—“Through the solar system and beyond!”… is exactly where Dinoman takes his audience in this fast paced exploration of the heavens. The eight classical planets are visited and investigated—as well as Pluto, gravity, and the incredible cold of space. Dinoman Space uses dinosaurs, meteors, comets, liquid air, and a goldfish to give students a truly unique view of the solar system. This program is supported by a grant from the Mashpee Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Featured Staff Pick

This week’s staff pick is a gripping spy novel that’s full of twists and turns until the very end. Recommended by Carolyn Savage, Dan Fesperman’s “Safe Houses” is well-researched with details pulled from US intelligence archives inserted into the story, giving it an often nonfiction feel.

In West Berlin in 1979, Helen Abell, a low-ranking CIA agent has the task of managing the safe houses. During routine inspections, Helen accidentally overhears and tape-records both a violent encounter involving a much higher ranking agent and a coded conversation between two unidentified, and unscheduled visitors to the safe house.

Helen’s inquiries into her new knowledge ruin her career and trigger a life on the run with only the help of a secret sisterhood of CIA women determined to make a difference. The novel flashes back and forth between 1979 and 2014, when Helen’s murder leads her daughter Anna on a search for answers.

If this sounds interesting to you, it can be requested through the CLAMS system, or stop by the second floor and try one of our other engaging Staff Picks!

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