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Re-opening the Library
Why is the library not yet open to the public? Obtaining a sufficient supply of PPE, in particular, hand sanitizer and wipes, has been a difficult undertaking, but we do now have enough onsite. We are still waiting for one final custom Plexiglas installation for our Reference Desk. This desk presented a challenge as its metal ceilings prevented us from using the hanging sheets that we have installed elsewhere in the building. As soon as those units are received and installed, we will again allow patrons to enter the building for all services.
We anticipate re-opening the library for limited hours by the end of August.
Our planned in-building schedule will be:
Monday9am-12 noon (9-10am hour reserved for patrons over 60) and 1pm-4pm
Tuesday9am-12 noon (9-10am hour reserved for patrons over 60) and 1pm-4pm
Wednesday9am-12 noon (9-10am hour reserved for patrons over 60) and 1pm-4pm
Thursday 1-4pm and 5-8pm
Friday9am-12 noon (9-10am hour reserved for patrons over 60) and 1pm-4pm
Saturdays in August: 9am-12 noon, starting September 12, we will be adding 1-4pm
All patron visits will be limited to 30 minutes
A maximum of 40 patrons at a time may be in the building. All patrons entering the building will be asked to wear a mask or face covering, to wash or sanitize their hands upon entry and to maintain the recommended 6' of social distance between themselves and other library users. All patrons entering the building will be logged in by staff members upon entry to enable us to keep proper tallies. Access to the local history collection will be offered by appointment only.
We thank you for your patience and your anticipated cooperation with these new procedures. Please visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. Please feel free to reach out to our Director, Chris Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
CIRCE - Big Read 2020
Save the Dates!
Our 2020 NEA Big Read: Attleboro is scheduled to launch with an outdoor event at the library and in neighboring Balfour Riverwalk Park on Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 8pm. Pick up a free copy of this year’s bestselling selection, Circe by Madeline Miller. From September 12th to 18th, the Attleboro Arts Museum will be exhibiting “Scylla – The Ugly Truth Revealed” On Thursday, October 8, we will be hosting a live virtual conversation with the author. Calendars of all of this year’s planned events will be available in early September.
Returning Library Items The outdoor bookdrop is open 24/7 for books, magazine, dvds, games, and hotspots -anything that will fit in the slot! Returned items will be quarantined and checked in about 4 days after they have been returned, so you will continue to see them on your account for a few days. No late fees are being charged at this time. Library items may also be returned when you pick up new items curbside. Please leave them in your back seat or trunk in a bag or box.
Curbside Continues Since May 27, the library has provided over 2,500 curbside deliveries of over 8,300 items. Patrons have been picking up museum passes, puzzles and hotspots along with their books, movies, magazines and video games. Getting your items is quick and easy - reserve them online or call, email or message the library. We can find specific titles and authors, or select a stack of items for you to browse. Need a bag full of books for the kids? We can do that! Once you receive notification that your items are ready, give us a call and we'll set up a convenient appointment for you to pick them up. Find out all the details on our Curbside Pickup FAQ page.
Virtual Storytimes Online! Throughout the summer, Mrs. Brown was on the Attleboro Public Library Facebook page performing LIVE storytimes! While live storytimes are on hiatus until September 9, you can find recorded storytimes on our website. Each storytime is about 25 minutes long and has the stories and songs you love from our traditional programs.
We're on YouTube!
Have you seen us on YouTube?! Our channel has lots of information about what's happening at the library. It's also the place where we've been sharing our favorite ideas for your next great read, craft & science experiment ideas to do at home with kids and LOTS more! Make sure you check out our channel and SUBSCRIBE so you know the latest library happenings!
Wednesday, August 19, 6-7pm Practice speaking English with other adult English learners online. Speakers of all languages, and all English levels, are welcome to attend. Register by clicking HERE to receive a link to the Zoom meeting. We will discuss current events, traditions, & other topics of interest. Discussions are led by librarian and volunteer English tutor, Eleni Tsoukatos.
Neighbors in Dialogue 2:
A Community Conversation Wednesday, August 19, 6-8pm
Based on the success of last month’s virtual conversation, we’ve created more opportunities to connect with one another. You do NOT need to have attended the first event to take part in the August conversation. Participants are asked to watched this brief video before the event. Registration is required to get the meeting link. Register by clicking HERE.
Another event in September is being planned.
Eleni, Assistant Reference Librarian
Describe your current job. As the Assistant Reference Librarian, you can usually find me at the Reference Desk! I help patrons at the public computers, provide research assistance, and help patrons to locate library materials. I also lead the Biography Book Group, the Genealogy Club, and the English Conversation Circle.
What do you like most about your job? I like that I get to help so many different people everyday!
What is your favorite book from your childhood? The Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective series, by Donald J. Sobol. I liked the challenge of trying to solve the mysteries, before the big reveal at the end of the books!
What was your very first paid job? I worked as a camp counselor for a local day camp. It was a lot of fun!
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? Elizabeth Bennet, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I think she would be a fun traveling companion, because she is so witty and astute!
What is the best dish you can cook? Lasagna Casserole.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate chip!
Concerts in the Park The City of Attleboro and the Park Commission present: The Samuel M. Stone and Ernest H. Augat Summer Concerts 2020 Summer Concerts in the Park. Concerts are held at the Newell Shelter (pictured) and are free to the public. Please bring lawn chairs for seating. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.
Thursday August 20th - Penny Outlaw
Thursday August 27th - The Bare Bones Big Band
Questions? Call Terry Conti, Park Department at 774-203-1865
BOOKS & MORE
hoopla, Now Available to Attleboro Card Holders!
What's hoopla? It's another way to get books, audio, movies and more straight to your device WITHOUT WAITING. hoopla titles have no wait lists so they are always available.
How does it work? hoopla is available on your desktop, phone, tablet, Alexa devices, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV! Make sure to download the app to take your borrows anywhere.Your account provides you 8 instant borrows each month. These digital borrows will reset every month and you can borrow more than one title at a time. Books are available for 21 days, videos are available for 72 hours and music is available for 7 days after you borrow.
Personalized Reading Recommendations Need help finding your next great read, film or binge-worthy series? Visit the online Reader's Corner to fill out a short questionnaire on your preferences and we'll send back a list of suggested titles. Please allow up to 3 business days for staff to respond.
Not sure what you want? Fill out the form and we'll put a stack of titles on hold for you to choose from. Staff can also be reached by telephone at 508-222-0157 or via email at email@example.com. We know it's not the same as browsing the shelves, but we think it's the next best thing! We look forward to introducing you to your next great read!
Be a Friend to the Library
Stop & Shop Supports Friends of APL Friends of APL was selected as the August beneficiary of the Community Bag program at the Stop & Shop store located in North Attleboro at 206 East Washington Street (Route 1). The Friends will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location in August. Please share this news with family and friends! The Community Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout. When you purchase a bag, use the tag on it to log in and send the donation to the Friends of APL. For more information about the program, please visit stopandshop.bags4mycause.com.
Friends Tote Bags Available Curbside We continue to sell Friends of APL tote bags, but from a distance. If you'd like your holds delivered to you in a Friends tote bag, let us know when you schedule your pickup appointment. You can pay the $5 purchase price to a staff member when you pick up your items!
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, including our museum passes. 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.
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