Walter Stitt will discuss the building's history and lead tours. Visitors will have access to the front entrance, normally closed to the public. Collectible booklets with information on the buildings in the tour, as well as the scavenger hunt, will be for sale at the Library & the Balfour Riverwalk Park.
Monday, June 10 2-3pm
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Alison Standifer, a trained Family Support Volunteer from the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chaper, will be presenting Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters!
This program is free and open to the public. Register online, in person or by calling the library.
Politics as (Un)Usual Monday, June 24 @ 7pm
Massachusetts politics has always been colorful and at times, scandalous. This history has made us what we are. Author Eamon McCarthy Earls, a local town legislator in the MetroWest area, will deliver a lively, entertaining look at our “Colorful Commonwealth,” from colonial times to today.
From gerrymandering and “Know Nothing” governors to the “rascal king,” Massachusetts has seen it all. Along the way, one of the nation’s most Republican states became the most Democratic of the 50 states. Eamon’s books have focused on the town of Franklin, the building of the Wachusett Reservoir, the impact of the Cold War, and the hurricanes of the 50s. Now he turns his knowledge of our history and first hand experiences in government to the pressing questions facing the Commonwealth in the 21st century.
Edible Landscaping Presentation and Cooking Demo Wednesday, June 26 @ 6pm
Edible landscaping answers the question of how to utilize limited garden space so it can be productive, beautiful, and sustainable. Liz Barbour has used edible plants in her cottage garden from the beginning of its design. Join her for a slideshow tour and learn how she has introduced vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, edible shrubs, and herbs throughout. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of 2 seasonal recipes with samples for everyone!
Massachusetts Walking Tour Concert Thursday, June 27, 6-8pm
The MA Walking Tour organizes a string of community concerts each June highlighting local performers and raising awareness of recreational greenspace. Each 2 hour program includes performances by area musicians as well as the Walking Tour troupe, a 5 piece bluegrass/folk ensemble who hike to each concert carrying their instruments and camping gear. No registration necessary. Funded by the Attleboro Cultural Council.
This is a tiny sampling of our programs. Our complete storytime schedule and other activities for kids and their caregivers are available on the Children's Page of our website and on the online calendar. Flyers for programs are available in the library.
When you sign up for the summer reading program, a calendar of events will be included!
Celebrate Summer Storytime
with the Director
Friday, June 21 @ 3pm
Children, ages 3 through 7, along with a caregiver, are invited to welcome summer with seasonal stories, songs, cookies and a simple craft. This program will be led by our Library Director, Chris Johnson. Space is limited, so please register each child
Maker Madness! Wednesday, June 5 @ 6:30pm
Youth in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us for Maker Madness! During this program a variety of craft items will be available for participants to use creatively to make whatever they want! Registration is required!
A Novel Idea: Teen Book Club
Friday, June 21 @ 3pm
Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
by Kiersten White
Book Hungry Sock Monkeys:
Middle School Book Club
Wednesday, June 26 @ 6pm
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Glow Party! Tuesday, June 18, 2-3:30pm
For Families of All Ages
Celebrate our outer space summer reading theme by joining us for for a fun,
glow-in-the-dark party! Enjoy crafts, music, snacks & glow-in-the-dark body paint! Wear white or neon color clothes for an even greater glow-in-the-dark experience.
Registration is required.Sign up online, by phone or with a Library Staff Member.
Join us for a civil discussion of 8 timely topics for 2019. No prior knowledge is required to join the conversation. The only requirement is to read the overview in the Great Decisions Briefing Bookprior to the weekly meeting.
Registration is required. There is a $32 materials fee payable when you pick up your briefing book. A copy is available for in-library use for participants.
Monday, June 17
Looking for something new to read, but aren’t sure where to start? Interested in trying a new-to-you author or genre? Join us for a “book tasting”. Just like a wine or food tasting, you will be presented with a number of samples from appetizing and highly recommended reads. Get a "taste" of some fresh new reads, some staff favorites, and some tried-and-true classics. We would love to send you home with something you are salivating over and excited to sink your teeth into!
6/7, 6/14, 6/21 & 6/28 Practice speaking English with other adult English learners in an informal setting. Speakers of all languages, and all English levels, are welcome to attend our new English Conversation Circle series.
The program is free and no registration is required. We will discuss current events, traditions, & other topics of interest. Discussions will be led by librarian & volunteer English tutor, Eleni Tsoukatos.
Elise, Reader Services Coordinator
Elise was busy planning the adult summer reading programs when we interrupted her to ask a few library related questions to help readers get to know her better.
What do you like most about your job?
So many elements of my job are fun- I get to work on the displays you see around the library, I get to be involved in the Big Read, I get to help facilitate programs, but I absolutely love getting to select the adult fiction for the library. The only thing I love more is hearing that a book I purchased was enjoyed by a patron.
What is your favorite book from your childhood? Why?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. It’s actually still one of my favorites as an adult and I read it almost once a year. When I read the Harry Potter series as a child I experienced for the first time how books can be a portal into a whole other world.
What are you reading now? What titles are on your reading list?
I am currently reading The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, most well-known for writing Anne of Green Gables. The Blue Castle is about a woman who has lived her whole life trying and failing to please her family. But when she gets some startling news she decides to take full control of her life and live it exactly how she wants to and she finds real joy and for the first time in her life. Up next on my to-read list is The Bride Test, sequel to The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
As much as I love to escape from the real world into fiction I am also fascinated with true crime and probably know more about serial killers and forensic science than is strictly necessary. My most recent favorite true crime read is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.
If you could choose any fictional character to join you on vacation, who would you choose and why? If I could choose any character to join on any kind of trip I would have to choose The Doctor from Doctor Who because with their TARDIS we could not only go anywhere in the world, but anywhere in space-time!
When I'm not at work, you can find me...
Sipping a warm beverage, surrounded by any number of my four pets, reading a book or knitting away on my latest project.
LIBRARY ON THE GO
Where in Attleboro is Mrs. Brown?
This summer, APL staff and volunteers will be around Attleboro visiting parks and playground, giving more people access to books! Adults and children will be able to sign up for library cards and borrow books that can be returned at either the library, or during Mrs. Brown's return trip.
Find the pop-up library on Wednesdays at these locations:
July 3 & July 24 Noon-1pm Nickerson Playground @ 42 Snell Street
July 10 & July 31 Noon-1pm Briggs Playground @ 36 East Street
Local organizations bring their expertise to the APL
Attleboro Cultural Council - Thursday, June 6 @ 6:30pm
City Democratic Committee - Thursday, June 6 @ 7pm
Attleboro Historical Commission - Monday, June 10 @ 6:30pm
The Arc of Bristol County Memory Cafe - Wednesday, June 12 @ 1:30pm
Bristol Community College: College Planning Series - Thurs. 6/13 @ 6:30pm
Old Colony Habitat for Humanity -Saturday, June 15 @ 2pm
MS Support Group for Women -Wednesday, June 19 @ 11:30am
Attleboro Area Standing Up for Racial Justice - Thurs., June 20 @ 6:30pm
Kitchen Table Conversation: Grief Support - Monday, June 24 @ 6:30pm
Attleboro Arts Museum presents:
Art Lovers Book Club Saturday, June 22, 2-4pm
Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro
Guest Speaker: TBA
The Art of Rivalry features four friendships, betrayals and breakthroughs in modern art – Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon.
Free and open to all.
Reservations are requested, but not required: 508-222-2644 x10.
BOOKS & MORE
Summer is a great time to relax with a nice, leisurely read. Reader Services Librarian Elise LaForge has complied a list of "small town summer reads". The list features a handful of gentle reads that center on small town life. Whether you like mystery, romance, or general fiction there is something on this list for you. Click the image to check out Elise's list of small town summer reads, and simply click or tap on any of the book covers to read more about it or reserve a copy!
Elise LaForge is the Reader Services Librarian and adult fiction buyer at the APL. If you’re ever stuck on what to read next Elise can help you out with a custom recommendation. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm weather means it's time to get outside and the museum passes sponsored by the Friends of Attleboro Public Library can help.Take a walking tour of Boston with the Boston by Foot pass. This pass entitles up to 4 people for free admission on all classic tours. Regular tours include: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Boston By Little Feet, Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered, The Hub of Literary America, & the North End. Visit www.bostonbyfoot.com for more info.
Reserve passes yourself online or call the library. One pass per day per library card.
Online Resources at the APL - Consumer Reports The APL’s eLibrary is more than downloadable books and audiobooks, it has databases useful for a variety of needs. This month's featured database is Consumer Reports, an online storehouse of product reviews, recommendations, and comparisons. Consumer Reports magazine is also available in the second floor reading room. The online database makes searching for reviews and ratings easier than ever and offers timely articles on what you're buying now - Memorial Day deals, sun screen, and air conditioners. Weekly and monthly newsletters on appliances, cars, food and health are also available, once you open your FREE account. Ask a staff member for a demonstration!
Book Groups The Library offers several book groups run by staff members and volunteers that are always looking for new participants. Check out our website to see when they meet and what they're reading. Most, but not all, groups ask that you register. Registration links can be found on our online calendar. You can also register with library staff.
Be a Friend to the Library
Please Support the Friends of APL! Founded in 1983, the Friends of the Attleboro Public Library is a community organization dedicated to supporting and fundraising for the Attleboro Public Library. Through a program of volunteer, promotional and fundraising activities, the Friends support and promote the Attleboro Public Library and finance purchases not covered by government funds. You can support the Friends of the Attleboro Public Library by becoming a friend yourself, or by making a donation of money or materials. Visit the Friends website, aplfriends.org, for more info.
New Tote Bags are Here!
The Friends have a new opportunity for library visitors to show their love for the APL. For a $5 donation, you can purchase a reusable tote bag to carry your books, movies and magazines in. Bags will be available at the circulation desk. Show your support for the Attleboro Public Library everywhere you go with this attractive shopping bag! Coming soon - check out a bag at the desk when you leave YOUR library bag at home!
start Saturday, June 29
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