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Stop & Shop Supports Friends of APL Friends of APL was selected as the May beneficiary of the Community Bag program at the Stop & Shop store located in South Attleboro. The Friends will receive a $1 donation every time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location in May. Please share this news with family and friends! The Community Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout. For more information about the program, please visit stopandshop.bags4mycause.com.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo! May 5th commemorated the Mexican Army's victory over France, in 1862, at the Battle of Puebla, during the French-Mexican War. Today, Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican food, culture and heritage. Locally, we celebrate with Mexican feasts - try some new recipes this year with these cookbooks available to download.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage month, a chance to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. According to AsianPacificHeritage.gov, “Asian Americans and Pacific Islander have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States.” Congress chose the month of May to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843 as well as to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad. For more information on Asian/Pacific American Heritage month and for a rich resource of historical documents visit AsianPacificHeritage.gov.
The Library Online
Library Staff is Here For YOU! We're answering your questions, making reading and watching recommendations, connecting you to community resources and creating new online programs for people of all ages. We can't say hi in person when you come to visit, but we're here!
Downloading Titles Made Easy! If you are new to downloading ebooks, eaudio, and emagazines, we're here to help. Library staff have created videos to help get you started. One tutorial will help you get your device set up, and the second will show you how to increase your choices by adding additional library networks. As always, if you would prefer more personalized help, you can email staff at email@example.com. Someone will get back to you as quickly as possible. When you visit the Libby/Overdrive catalog you'll find great themed lists for every kind of reader.
What's my PIN number? The most frequently asked question right now is about PIN numbers. You need your PIN number to sign into the catalog, Libby, Overdrive, and other online resources. When you got your library card, you were assigned a PIN that is the last 4 digits of the phone number you provided. The PIN does not automatically update when you change phone numbers, so sometimes your PIN is the last 4 digits of an old phone number. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TumbleBooks has added MORE Free Titles
Picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, games & more. Read along, or have books read aloud to you. Library staff have created a video tutorial to get you started!
Whether purchasing a large or small item, the "go to" online resource is Consumer Reports. They give you all the criteria you need to make a decision on the item you’re purchasing. Appliances, vehicles, even mattresses, are expensive, so why not let Consumer Reports help you out? The APL’s Online Resources page makes it FREE!
Activities for your little ones. See all virtual programs on our online calendar.
Wednesdays at 3pm
Join Mrs. Brown on Facebook Live for some stories and songs every week at 3pm. Leave listener names in the comments and she'll do her best to give you a shout out!
Storytime on Demand
Mrs. Brown has recorded additonal storytimes to watch as your schedule allows. Out of respect for copyright, these videos can only be accessed through the links on our website. Activities related to the stories are also available.
Early Literacy Calendar We're happy to share new ideas for engaging your child so you don't have to do the searching. Need something more? Something else? Email email@example.com.
May STEAM Ideas Incorporate learning with family fun! Inspired by books, these activities incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Your Most Frequently Asked Questions APL Librarians talk to A LOT of people, so after a while, they get a good feeling for what the community needs. Mrs. Brown has been gathering useful resources on our Pinterest page to help you sort through the myriad of options available online. Whether you're learning at home, looking for family art projects, or STEAM activities, or something that relates to a favorite story, there are boards to explore.
Looking for something else entirely? Just let us know. Specific requests are always welcome. For questions relating to kids and caregiving for kids, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWEENS & TEENS
Middle and High School Students! Looking for ebook recommendations? Want to add to your AR point total? Check out the Teen tab of the APL website.
Taking Care of Yourself
Missing your friends and teachers and the end of year school celebrations? It's not easy adjusting to big changes so quickly. We want to make sure you're ok, so Mrs. Witherell created this bingo card with lots of great ideas to help you stay at your best. Click on the photo to see it full size. Try them all, or just a few, alone or with a friend or family member. Have some great ideas to add? Email email@example.com. We also have titles on mental health and self care in the online catalog. Take a look here to browse some titles.
Looking for a Craft Project? Rock painting is always one of the Library's most popular programs. You don't have to be a professional artist for fantastic results and the brightly colored rocks, whether they have pictures or inspiring words, make people smile. Try your hand at creating kindness rocks with paints or permanent markers. Please send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Photography Challenge What beauty have you seen in nature? We want to see it! Please join our virtual Photography Club Meeting by sharing your photos with us. Kids in grades 5 through 12 are invited to participate. Email your nature photos to email@example.com with first name, grade and age and we'll share our favorites online!
What Do You Want to eRead? The Young Adult ebook collection (print and audio) is growing and we want your input! What do you like to read? Share your favorite series, author, genre with our Teen Librarian. What are you looking for and can't find online? We want to help! Please email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring your beverage and your thoughts on the story and join us for an informal chat.Suggestions for future story chats are encouraged, please email Chris Johnson at email@example.com. Zoom invitations will be sent after you register.
English Conversation Circle
Wednesdays, May 6 through 27 @ 6pm
Practice speaking English with other adult English learners. Speakers of all languages, and all English levels are welcome to attend.
This discussion will be held virtually, using Zoom. Once registered, you will be emailed a meeting link.
Great Decisions Virtual Discussion Group
Registration is required for these programs. You will be emailed the secure Zoom meeting access upon registration.
US Relations with Northern Triangle - May 7 - REGISTER
China's Road into Latin America - May 14 - REGISTER
Online Women's Journaling Session Saturday, May 9 @ 10am
Attendees will explore the calming nature of journaling, as well as the benefits it has on one’s mental well-being, with prompts and group discussion. Registrants will be emailed a link to join prior to the Zoom meeting. Register HERE.
Genealogy Club Virtual Meeting
Saturday, May 16 @ 11am
Join us for a virtual meeting of the Genealogy Club! Come and share with other genealogy enthusiasts your research success stories, roadblocks, thoughts and questions.
This meeting will be held virtually, using Zoom. Once registered, you will be emailed you a meeting link.
Your Books Aren't Late!
The Book Drop is CLOSED! Due dates for the items you have at home have been extended until June 16th as of May 4th. The later we reopen, the later the due dates will be. The pick up dates for materials on hold when we closed have also been extended so you can get them when we reopen. Temporary cards, or ecards, will be good for 8 weeks. For details and updates on what SAILS libraries are doing for the community during the pandemic visit this webpage.
Award Winners and Nominees to Read in May
In 1980 the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association was founded in order to, “create an organization that would address the needs of Asian Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian Pacific American communities.” Eventually the APALA established the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature to celebrate the honor the literary work of Asian and Pacific Americans. At the APL we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage month than with a book list inspired by the award winners and nominees as well as notable staff favorites.
Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
by Gordon H. Chang For the history buffs, we have Ghosts of Gold Mountain which won the Adult Non-Fiction Award from APALA in 2019. A history of the Chinese laborers who were pivotal to the construction of the American Transcontinental Railroad details the construction perils that cost innumerable lives before survivors were almost instantly lost to public memory.
The Kiss Quotient
by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient is a favorite of many APL staff members and if you’ve seen it on our lists before it’s because we simply can’t stop recommending it! 30-year-old math whiz, Stella Lane, has Asperger's and tries to make her love life as rich as her career by hiring an escort to help her with her lack of knowledge and experience in the dating department
Darius the Great is Not Okay
by Adib Khorran
Darius the Great is Not Okay won the Young Adult Literature Award from APALA in 2018, adult and young adult readers alike will enjoy this title. Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
This title won the APALA Adult Literature Fiction honor in 2019 and is also a staff favorite. A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read reveals the impact of the Vietnam War on their family history and provides a view into parts of the son's life that his mother has never known.
Melissa, Senior Library Assistant
Describe your current job. Most of my time is spent working the circulation desk, answering questions and checking things in and out. I am also responsible for cataloging the library's magazines. If you had to work on only one project at the Library for the next year, what would it be? Inventorying our collection! I do a lot of looking for missing items, so being able to know exactly what is or isn't on our shelves would be amazing! What is your favorite book from your childhood?
Probably the Goosebumps books, I don't exactly know why, considering I don't like scary movies.
What are you reading now or what titles are on your reading list? I actually just finished re-reading the entire Harry Potter series and am working on my to-be-read pile which included: Alison Weir's Six Wives of Henry VIII series, War Storm by Victoria Aveyard, A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon and Serena Valentino's Villains series. What book would you/do you recommend to everyone? Kristen Hannah's Winter Garden or Nightingale. I love historical fiction and these are my top 2 favorites. What would you name the autobiography of your life? "Please Don't Stamp the Counter" What superpower would you choose to have? Why? Time travel, I'd love to go back and experience some things or see things that no longer exist. I wouldn't want to live there but just to go back and see it. What is the best dish you can cook? Everyone loves my chicken parm What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint chocolate chip
What's the best vacation you have ever had? Disney!! I love the whole magical experience, we went during Halloween and it was the most exhausting fun I've ever had!
News from Attleboro's Council on Aging The Attleboro Council on Aging is a multi-faceted Elder Service Department which services the needs of all elders, age 60 and over. We also assist families of elders in matters regarding any elder issue.
The COA just sent out this information sheet with important contact info for a variety of needs.
While the COA building is closed, staff are available should you or a loved one need their assistance. Visit their page on Attleboro's citywide website for more info.
This info sheet will also be available on our website.
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