At this time, the Mashpee Public Library building remains closed to the public. Staff are working in the building Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, can be reached by email at mpl_mail@clamsnet.org and will respond as quickly as possible. If you have questions about your library card account or materials you have already checked out, you can call us at 508-539-1435, extension 3000. Please visit www.mashpeelibrary.org for updates and to explore the many free online resources available with your CLAMS library card. If you have questions about accessing online resources, please call 508-539-1435, extension 3003.

Curbside pickup is available Monday through Friday from 10 AM to noon and from 1 to 4 PM for items placed on hold. Please wait until you receive a notice that your items are ready for pickup before coming to the library. We are only able to check out holds that have been made in advance and will not be able to fulfill in-person requests. We thank you for your understanding, patience and help as we all work through this together.

Take-and-Make Crafts for Adults

Have you been looking for a new hobby or a fun and easy project? We might have the solution for you. We are excited to have take-and-make craft bags available at our curbside tables. Stop by and pick up instructions and materials for a fun and easy craft. This month we will have the supplies to make a fabric-covered clay pot, perfect for houseplants or a colorful way to corral the flotsam and jetsam on your kitchen counter. Available while supplies last; limit one bag per patron.

StoryWalk Monday from 10 AM to Noon

This fall families are invited to join us on Mondays on the village green across the street from the Mashpee Public Library for a StoryWalk. This is a great opportunity to visit the library while still remaining socially distant. What is a StoryWalk? It is an innovative and delightful way for children—and adults—to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes that are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you are directed to the next page in the story. This Monday families can enjoy the book “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina. A take-home craft for children will be provided at the end of the StoryWalk by the Mashpee Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.

Children’s Fall Reading Challenge

Say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn with Mashpee Public Library’s new Fall Reading Challenge! How would you like to earn a free cupcake from Cupcake Charlie’s just for reading this fall? The library will mail a cupcake token to every student who reaches the minimum goal of 1,000 minutes of reading. Students in preschool through grade 6 are being asked to read for 20 minutes a day, at least five days per week this fall. Twenty minutes for five days times 10 weeks of fall equals the goal of 1,000 minutes. You can select your own reading materials including books, magazines, graphic novels and audiobooks. Any kind of reading counts. Students can log the minutes that they read online and will earn a virtual badge for every 250 minutes. Registration is available now, and logging begins October 1 and runs through December 15. Just like the Summer Reading Challenge, there are four levels of accomplishment: Bronze Medal Reader: more than 500 minutes; Silver Medal Reader: more than 1,000 minutes; Gold Medal Reader: more than 2,000 minutes; and Platinum Medal Reader: more than 3,000 minutes. To participate in the Fall Reading Challenge, patrons will be using the library’s new online reading tracking software called Beanstack. Readers of all ages can register today in seconds as individuals or as a family. If you are already registered on Beanstack, just log in and join the fall challenge. If you have any questions about using Beanstack, please email jburke@clamsnet.org. Register for the challenge at www.mashpeepubliclibrary.beanstack.org/reader365 or download the Beanstack app. 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.

Celebrate Banned Books Week—September 27 to October 3

Banned Books Week is an annual event organized by the American Library Association with the goal of highlighting current and historical attempts at censoring books in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. At Mashpee Public Library we believe in and strive to protect access to all types of materials because, as this year’s theme makes clear, “Censorship is a dead end.” The ALA began celebrating Banned Books Week in the early 1980s. Today’s Banned Books Week coverage reaches more than 2.8 billion readers, librarians, teachers and publishers. However, schools and libraries still face bans and challenges today. (A challenged book is an attempt at removal; a banned book is a successful attempt at removal.) To learn more about Banned Books Week, including the most challenged books of 2019 and ways in which you can participate, come by the library’s curbside tables or visit www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks.

ComCat Service Has Resumed

We are happy to report that the Commonwealth Catalog is back online! The Commonwealth Catalog, or ComCat, is a catalog of all the items that can be shared among libraries in Massachusetts. If the CLAMS network does not have what you are looking for, you can place an order through ComCat to have your item delivered to the Mashpee Public Library. The ComCat catalog provides access to millions of materials, including hard-to-find items available through special collections and private and academic libraries. To learn more about ComCat and place an order, visit www.commonwealthcatalog.org.

Libraries Transform Fall Book Pick

Read along with us this September. The Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program returns with Lauren Francis-Sharma’s epic saga “Book of the Little Axe.” Join the Mashpee Library and book lovers nationwide in reading the same ebook and discussing it online. Ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will be available through Monday, September 28, without any wait lists or holds. You will only need a library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the ebook. Learn more at www.ilovelibraries.org/libraries-transform-book-pick.

LEGO Club Virtual Block Party

Since we miss seeing all of our LEGO Club friends at the library every Tuesday, we’ve started a virtual block party so that you can participate from home. The library will provide a weekly challenge; 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 the library’s website, and you can see the creations of other LEGO Club friends at www.mashpeepubliclibrary.org. All ages are welcome to join.

This Week’s LEGO Club Challenge

Happy Autumn! Autumn officially began on Tuesday, September 22. Get creative with an Autumn LEGO project, and send us a photo.

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