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Construction, Construction, Construction! Our intrepid team has not been stopped by the construction occurring on every floor of APL. Air conditioning should be in place on Monday, and the elevator renovations should be complete by mid-July. We are ready for summer reading (see below); processing new resources; and planning for exciting events this autumn. Hang in there with us, as the end results will be worth it!
Summer Saturdays: New Hours! Beginning July 10 and extending through August 28, our summer Saturday hours will be 9am-1pm for curbside pickup. You may call us during this time, too, for requests or to place holds!
Museum Passes Available Are you looking to experience some fun and/or culture this summer? Then borrow one of APL's approximately 20 museum passes! Adults and young adults with an Attleboro-issued library card may access/reserve these passes. Museums from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are available (e.g., New England Aquarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Providence Children's Museum). Call the circulation desk to learn more about how to make a reservation: (508) 222-0157.
FEATURED ATTLEBORO EVENTS
Kidz 4th Fun! Saturday, July 3 9-11:30am Fun for the entire family, this holiday celebration will include activities, complimentary food, and family-oriented games! Enjoy the music of DJ Nate Adams and participate in a bike parade, age-appropriate races, and sprinklers (weather permitting). Located at the Poncin-Hewitt Recreation Complex at 420 Oak Hill Avenue.
Summer Concerts in the Park Thursdays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29 6:30-8:30pm These free concerts, featuring a number of musical genres, are sponsored by the Department of Parks and Forestry and made possible by the S.M. Stone Memorial Trust and the Ernest H. Augat Fund. The concerts will continue through September 12.
Kids' Book Sale! Wednesday, July 14 3:30-4:30pm The Friends of APL will host a book sale outside of the library directly after Mrs. Brown's Family Summer Storytime in Balfour Riverwalk Park! The sale will feature picture books and early readers only, and all titles will cost a mere $.50 each. Come by early to enjoy the storytime, and then stay to select some titles to support your child(ren)'s summer reading!
First Annual Hike Attleboro Day Saturday, July 17 9am-3pm The City of Attleboro, Attleboro Land Trust, and Mass Audubon invite you to celebrate the City’s green spaces, public trails and special places at this free community event! The hike encourages residents of all ages and abilities to get outdoors to explore and enjoy Attleboro’s miles of available trails. The Deborah and Roger Richardson Preserve will serve as the event’s home base and offer a variety of activities and displays from Hike Attleboro's community, wellness, and conservation partners.
Summer Fun for the Family
Tails and Tales: 2021 Summer Reading
This year, our annual summer reading program is a mixture of in-person and virtual programming! Visit us online where readers of all ages can log your reading, register for programs, and participate in exciting activities. And all of it is free!
Weekly Summer Storytime Wednesdays, 3:00-3:30pm (through August 18) Join Mrs. Brown on Wednesdays for stories, songs, and fun in the Balfour Riverwalk Park at the "library end." There's no need to register; just come on over and join us! (When the weather doesn't cooperate, visit the APL Facebook pageand watch as she reads some great picture books and sings your favorite storytime songs.)
Magic Show with Scott Jameson Thursday, July 8 3:00-3:45pm Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities! Registration is required; visit our Events page to do so. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Attleboro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Virtual Family Bingo
Thursday, July 15 6:30-7:30pm Families (or older kids on their own) are welcome to join us for Virtual Family BINGO!! Bingo cards can be picked up by registered participants in the week before the event. Players will need a writing utensil to mark off their numbers (or bingo dabber/chips if you have them). Registration is required; visit our Events page to do so.
Weekly Take and Make Kits
For Ages 3-7 Butterfly Puddlers Paper Plate Animals Paper Spinners
For Ages 3-17
Pastel Chalk Drawing Cactus Rock Craft
For Grades 3-12
Yarn Wall Hanging Smiley Face Anything Holders Macrame Hanging Plants
15-Minute Family STEAM Activities
Registration for materials is required for each experiment you would like to try, limited quantities are available. July 6-9: Fizzing Chalk Paint: Art & science come together in this fun, outdoor STEAM project!
July 19-23: The Science of Sunscreen: This simple project will wow your kids and show them just how important proper sun protection is.
July 26-30: Chemistry Rocket: Using some common kitchen items, you can make a rocket fly!
TWEENS & TEENS
Look out for Large Print!
The APL’s Youth Librarians have made a conscious effort to curate inclusive collections for that not only reflect our community but also support learners of all abilities. One way they’ve done so is by purchasing materials in a variety of forms (audiobooks, e-books, etc.) but also now in large print! Studies have shown that large print books for tweens and teens reduce risk of vision issues, and can also help children with and without disabilities read and comprehend at a higher level. In a 2019 blog article the Association for Library Services for Children states that “large print books are the missing component for accelerating literacy comprehension and reading fluency for all students, whether they are struggling, proficient, or in between."
Find large print titles mixed in with their age-appropriate collections. In the last two years, when available, large-print copies have been added to our Juvenile Fiction, Middlereader, and Young Adult collections and are labeled with a sticker that makes them easily noticeable. We want to increase our collection in this format, so if you have a title suggestion you’d like us to consider purchasing in large print, then please email us: email@example.com!
The Art of Writing a Picture Book Thursday, July 8 6:30-8:00pm Join author and illustrator Abby Rovaldi for an in-depth presentation on the inspiration, artwork, creation and self-publishing of her first children’s book Tales of Mythical Beasts. This book was a labor of love and showcases fifteen unique beasts that were created using a painted paper collage technique. We’ll close out this presentation with a fun drawing demonstration and opportunity for participants to create their own fantasy figments. Registration is required.
What's Your Four? Reading Campaign When young people read at least four books during the summer break, they come back to school and do better on reading comprehension tests than their peers who read one or no books over summer! APL is excited to support MBLC'sWhat's Your Four? campaign! Throughout the summer on our Facebook page, you will see the stacks of four books ready to be read by various APL staff and other library friends. We welcome you to share your four as well!
Your Next Great Read: BINGO!
What do a thriller with trees on the cover, a New York Times Best Seller, and a story about a gay uncle have in common? They are all titles that will help you earn a BINGO on the Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo card! This summer, adults have their own Book Bingo. I have chosen a series of 24 reading “prompts” (i.e., squares) that I hope will help bring you out of your reading comfort zone (a little). That said, there are more than enough prompts for you to earn a Bingo without straying too far from it! Below are three titles Iwill be reading in an attempt to complete my own Bingo this summer. We’ll be featuring titles that will fill Bingo squares on Facebook all summer long, so if you don’t follow us there yet, please consider doing so! Elise LaForge is the Reader Services Librarian at APL, and she is here to help you live your best reading life. If you’d like a custom reading recommendation, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just look at that cover! Something eerie is going down, and I’m here for it.
When Delilah, who disappeared 11 years earlier when she was only 6 years old, shockingly returns, the residents of a quiet suburban neighborhood want to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find.
This title came highly recommended to me by many people.
When Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP) for short, takes on the role of primary guardian for his young niece and nephew, he sets “Guncle Rules.” He soon learns, however, that parenting isn’t solved with treats or jokes as his eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility.
Legacy by Nora Roberts Bingo square: A book on the Best Seller list
I can always count on Nora Roberts to deliver an engaging read!
After launching her own line of yoga and workout videos, Adrian Rizzo begins receiving death threats, which lead her back home to Maryland, where, with the help of her childhood crush, she must find the truth when the threats escalate to murder.
Grab & Go Summer Lunches! June 21-August 27 (Mondays-Fridays only) 11:30am-12:30pm
The Attleboro Recreation Department and the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborativeare partnering to bring young people ages 18 and under free, delicious, and nutritionally balanced bagged lunches. Attleboro sites include Briggs Playground, Nickerson Field, and Attleboro High School, and one site in Norton (Norton Glen). No registration or ID is necessary in order to receive a lunch!
BSU Senior College Information Sessions
Tuesday, July 13, 10-11am (virtual) Monday, July 19, 4-5pm (in person) Designed for learners ages 50 and over, BSU's Senior College offers four- and eight-week courses that foster creatvitiy, self-discovery, and peer education. At the information sessions, students will learn about how to register, organizational strategies, Zoom tips, and more.
WIC News Through September 2021, all WIC participants over the age of 1 will see a temporary increase in their Fruit and Vegetable Cash Value Benefit (CVB) on their WIC card! WIC can answer questions and provide resources for using all of your delicious fruits and veggies. APL can also provide resources via our extensive cookbook section! Give us a call to place some books on hold: (508) 222-0157.
Be a Friend to the Library
Friends surprise the APL staff! The Friends made a surprise visit on June 24 to the library bearing cookies, Del's lemonade, and other assorted treats for APL staff. As they wrote in their sweet note to us, they wanted to thank "the talented, generous, and gracious staff for the daily gifts [we] provide to the community." Your thoughtfulness was so appreciated!
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 information.
The Library will be CLOSED
Monday, July 5th, in observance of Independence Day.
are in effect for Saturdays!
In July and August,
the Library will be open on Saturdays for curbside service only from 9am-1pm.
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