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Women in World Jazz
Saturday, April 13 from 2-3pm
This educational concert celebrates the diversity and power of creativity, presenting vocal and instrumental music from different eras, cultures, and styles. The program is designed for all ages and offers audience participation playing and singing.
No registration is required.
Concert funded by the Mass Cultural Council
Wednesday, April 24 @ 7pm
The Attleboro Sustain-Ability Group presents a discussion on climate change featuring Dr. Nathan Phillips. Dr. Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Boston University. His research focuses on how trees, in forests and cities, respond to environmental change. He also studies natural gas and sustainable energy. Register online.
This is just a 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.
Mom & Me: Baby Birds and their Nests
Friday, April 5, 3-4pm
Children, ages 4-10, with an accompanying adult, are invited to learn about nests with nature educator, Sarah Howdy of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Participants will listen to a story, examine bird nests and artwork, build a nest out of natural materials and create a clay bird and eggs. Space is limited, so register online today.
Program generously funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Saturday, April 6 @ 10:30am
Each month we offer a variety of materials for you to create anything you would like while adults and children work side by side to explore the creative process together. For April, "sticky" foam cubes will be used to create pixel-like sculptures.
This is a one-hour drop-in program held monthly in the Children's Room.
Session #1 Monday 4/8 @ 7pm
Session #2 Thursday 4/11 @ 7pm Students in grades 2-6 can join us in learning about secret codes! In each session we will learn how to decipher multiple secret codes & how to encode our own secret messages. We’ll learn about master code breakers in history and be able to take home a coding device of our own. Come join us for one or both sessions and let your spy skills shine!
Register online for Session 1 here and for Session 2 here.
Program funded by the Mass Cultural Council
Sensory Play & Stories
Thursday, April 25 @ 6:30pm
Be prepared to get a little messy! Come in with your little one to explore, encourage, and engage in Sensory Play! We will have tubs and more filled with wonderful things to touch and experience. End the evening with a story. No need to register—
just drop in during the hour.
This program is most appropriate for kids up to five years old.
Maker Madness Wednesday, April 10 @ 6pm
Youth in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us for Maker Madness! Participants will have the opportunity to use a variety of crafting supplies and tools to create the crafts of their choice! This program is drop in, no need to register!
A Novel Idea Teen Book Club
Friday, April 19 @ 3:30pm
Youth age 13+ are welcome to join us for the teen book club! This month we will be discussing Warcross by Marie Lu. Copies of the book are available at the Childrens Room desk. Register online or by talking to a library staff member.
School Vacation Week
Tuesday, April 16 @ 10am Zip Line Challenge for kids in grades 1-4! With just a handful of materials can you & your team build a 4ft zip-line that will transport a ping-pong ball? Join us for the program & find out!
Youth in grades 5-12 will practice coding, programming, and other tech skills using robots, computer kits, IPads and more. The program does not include formal instruction. Registration is required by calling the Library at 508-222-7820 or speaking with a staff member in the library.
STEAM Tools Playground
Friday, April 19
10-11:30am Zoob, littleBits, K’Nex, Robotics & Laser Maze, Robots & more! Want to come and play with some of the APL’s STEAM “toys”? Stop by to see what it’s all about! No need to register, just come on in!
Come and share with other genealogy enthusiasts your research success stories, roadblocks, thoughts and questions. Register HERE.
Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8pm
Do you love to write? Perhaps it’s something you want to make a more regular habit of? Join the APL Writers and facilitator Bernadine Veiga for a series of monthly writing workshops. Attendees will present their work to the public later in the year. Registration and participation in all three workshops is required.
April is Poetry Month! April is National Poetry month and we are celebrating with an interactive poetry display. Choose a poetry collection to check out, add a poem to our Poet Tree, and bring home a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day. Be sure to visit the poetry collection on the third floor for a wide variety of classic and contemporary poetry.
NEW! - eMagazines We now subscribe to 25 electronic magazines! These titles allow multiple readers - so no holds list! Readers can access magazines in the same platforms where they access e-books and audiobooks. Magazines are available in the Libby app, in the Overdrive app, and through the browser on the Overdrive site. Users can also download magazines for offline use in Libby.
Katie, Circulation Supervisor We asked full-time staff member, Katie, to answer a few questions for us. Katie has been at the APL for just over two years.
Describe your current job:
My job is to oversee the circulation area of the library. In the most basic definition, the circulation department handles incoming and outgoing materials, as well as directing patron needs to the appropriate department.
If you had to work on only one project at the library for the next year, what would it be?
Educating every person who doesn’t use a library, who thinks libraries aren’t relevant, who has no idea about all the services we actually offer in a modern library.
What is your most memorable experience in a Library?
A young girl approached the desk asking for a book that would give her a spell to turn herself into a mermaid. We found lots of books about mermaids, and magic spells.
What book would you/do you recommend to everyone?
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. World War II, intrigue, a surprise ending. Morton is one of my favorite authors. My mother and grandmother both read her as well.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I speak very loudly. I don’t know that I do it, I don’t mean to do it; I come from a loud family…so I’m a loud librarian.
If you could choose any fictional character to join you on a road trip or other kind of vacation, who would you choose and why?
Michael Scott, Dwight Shrute, Pam Halpert, and Jim Halpert from The Office. Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. You said what 6 fictional characters right? I don’t know that I’d need to go on a trip, but just getting to hang out with them would be so cool!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! They're all my favorite. I live for the Summer months when local ice cream places are open. Ice Cream Machine in Cumberland is my go-to, in this area. Otherwise, I prefer Eskimo King or Ice Cream Barn in Swansea.
Local organizations bring their expertise to the APL
Librarians on the Go Find library staff at the following events happening in Attleboro
Family Fun Fair
Saturday, April 6
Studley Elementary School
299 Rathbun Willard Drive, Attle.
Lots of fun and free activities
for families with young children
birth – 8 years.
Local Preschools & Childcare, Sturdy Hospital, Village Lions Eye Screening, Attleboro Public Library, New Hope, WIC, Child Advocacy Center, ABACUS, Crafts, Face Painting, STEM Activities Prize Drawings & More
presented by Project Connect Family Center and Early Childhood Community of Attleboro
Art Lovers Book Club at the
Attleboro Arts Museum:
Spotlight on Artist Colonies
Saturday, April 27 2-4pm
Readers are encouraged to explore assorted books on the topic.
A Place for the Arts: The MacDowell Colony, 1907-2007 by Carter Wiseman
Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England (1st Edition) by Thomas Andrew Denenberg
The Good and Simple Life: Artist Colonies in Europe and America by Michael Jacobs
Free and open to all. Reservations are requested, but not required: 508-222-2644 x10.
86 Park Street, Attleboro
BOOKS & MORE
April 2 is World Austism Awareness Day and April is National Autism Awareness Month. There a number of wonderful books out there in the world that feature characters on the autism spectrum- books like House Rules by Jodi Picoult, and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. However, a book recently came across my radar and I have been talking it up to everyone: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. 30-year-old math genius Stella wants her love life to be as fulfilling as her career but she needs help navigating the dating world and hires a handsome escort to teach her all she needs to know. The Kiss Quotient is romance novel that not only features a main character on the autism spectrum but is written by an author on the autism spectrum. What I loved most was that while it explains the challenges Stella faces as person on the spectrum it also highlights what she loves about the unique way her brain works. This was such a fun read and I highly recommend it.
Elise LaForge is the Reader Services Librarian and adult fiction buyer at the Attleboro Public Library. 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.
Spring is here! What better time to get out and explore? The Friends of the Library provide discount passes to local attractions that are perfect to visit in the spring. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is currently hosting their first exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work from now until June 16th. Saturdays & Sundays, the MFA has Family Art Carts available with free activities for kids ages 4 and up. The Library pass admits up to 2 people for $10 each. Regular MFA admission is $25.
The deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA is opening their 2019 Biennial on April 5th. The pass allows up to 4 people to be admitted for $5 each. Regular admission is $14 for adults. Children 12 and under are always free. There will be art making programs for families during April vacation. Check museum websites for details.
Reserve passes yourself online or call the library. One pass per day per library card.
Online Resources at the APL - Culturegrams The APL’s eLibrary is more than downloadable books and audiobooks, it has databases useful for a variety of needs. Culturegrams is a database that has everything you want to know about states, provinces and countries around the world. Available in a kids edition (for students in elementary school) and a world edition (for more experienced researchers), Culturegrams is library staff’s favorite resource for state and country research projects. Similar to books in our nonfiction collections, but available to multiple users 24/7, Culturegrams has maps, flags, recipes, timelines, government leaders, statistics and more. Culturegrams is available to use in the library and Attleboro card holders can access it from home.
Ask a library staff member for more information.
The Library’s ukulele has been so popular that the Friends have purchased two additional instruments in order to meet the high demand. The new ukuleles come with a tuner, as well as an instruction book with a DVD. Ukuleles can be checked out at the Circulation Desk, and reserved online.
#FridayFavorites Library staff are always looking for recommendations! We use them when we're buying new titles, we share them with other library patrons and we use them ourselves. What are you reading, watching or listening to that you LOVE? Let us know and we might include it in our weekly #FridayFavorites post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Support Your Library
April 10 is Annual Library Giving Day The Attleboro Public Library is here every day supporting its community by providing resources and services for everyone. Now it's asking for community support. We're asking you for a donation to the Friends of the APLin any amount that goes back into the community we serve.
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