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NEW Collections, Programs, and Services!
Neighbors in Dialogue 8: New Ways of Policing Today Wednesday, May 5, 6-8pm
Please join us online as we discuss systemic racism in our community and in the world. Our format of small group discussions led by trained facilitators ensures that everyone has their voice heard. The topic of this Neighbors in Dialogue discussion, New Ways of Policing Today, is a timely one that has been requested by Neighbors in Dialogue participants.
Registration is required and ends one day before the event. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants the morning of the event. Click HERE to register.
PLAYAWAYS are Here!
We are excited to announce that we are adding something new and exciting to our collection:Playaways! A Playaway is a preloaded audiobook-instead of being played on CDs the whole audiobook is played from the device you check out. Playaways can be used with headphones or your car’s speakers, using a standard audio cable. They are perfect for those who love to listen on-the-go! They are an excellent substitute for the traditional book-on-CD as well as a great option for those who don’t have (or don’t want to use) a smartphone to download digital audiobooks.
Call or stop by to reserve one today!
Jazzin' the Blues Virtual Concert
with Paul Speidel Thursday, May 20th @ 7pm - Click HERE to register Saturday, June 5th @ 2pm - Click HERE to register
Two unique concerts—attend one, or both! These entertaining and historical concerts take listeners on a musical journey from the beginnings of Jazz and its Country Blues roots, through each period of Jazz evolution, bringing them right up to the modern day with examples of the Blues influences, including Latin, Soul and Rock'n'Roll!
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Attleboro Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
Please Help Us Help You! As the Library looks toward its future we are updating our long range plan, taking a look at where we are and where we need go. As a community-based library, our goal is to meet the needs of our patrons and our community. In order to meet your needs, we need to hear from you! Taking ten minutes to answer a brief online survey will help the Attleboro Public Library update its long range plan. We use the information collected to see where we are succeeding and where we need to focus our work. This short survey is open to everyone, kids, too! Paper copies will be available at the library. The survey will be open until May 30. To have your voice be heard, visit THIS LINK and let us know your thoughts.
Placing Holds on Library Items
Library renovations affect item requests. If you request a title, and it looks like it's here on our shelf, it is possible that we are unable to put our hands on it. Many of our items are not accessible because of the work happening throughout the building. Don't worry, though! Another library in the SAILS network will fill the request, and send their item here for you to pick up. If you have any questions, or are waiting a long time for a request, give the library a call at 508-222-0157.
BOOK DROP IS OPEN Even though scaffolding surrounds the book drop, it is safe to use. Patrons are always welcome to return items inside during our open hours. Questions? Call the Circulation Desk at
LOCAL HISTORY ROOM IS CLOSED In order to keep these one-of-a-kind items safe from dust, the local history room is closed until further notice. Staff is happy to assist you with research as soon as the materials are out of storage.
CHILDRENS ROOM CLOSED Staff have moved select materials to the second floor in order to let families browse children's books and movies. Looking for something special? Let our staff know and we'll find it for you!
Join the APL's Youth Librarians for Zoom Scattergories! THINK FAST! This is a game where being different wins! Can your family name a fruit that begins with the letter "B"? How about an animal that begins with the letter "K"? The more creative your answers, the more points you get! Participants will need several pieces of paper (or a white board) and something to write with. Click on the event title above to register.
This FREE presentation for children and families stresses the importance of wearing a helmet, staying visible, using hand signals, safe places to ride and walk, and teaches the laws and rules of the road. Presented by AAA Northeast. Click on the event title to register.
Take & Make Kits
Registration for kit materials is required. To reserve any of the FREE kits, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-222-7820.
Facebook Live Storytime Wednesdays 5/5, 5/12, 5/19 & 5/26 @ 3pm Join Mrs. Brown on Wednesdays at 3pm for stories, songs & fun! Visit the APL Facebook page and watch as she reads some great picture books and sings your favorite storytime songs. Type your child's name in the comments during the program, and they may even get a shout-out!
May 3-9 is Children's Book Week
Reading Is a Superpower
For 2021, The Children's Book Council developed the Superpower Challenge! This challenge includes a variety of themed activities in different categories to help kids discover their superpowers by tapping into their interests. Every Child a Reader also offers booklists with the challenge, featuring diverse characters, creators, and topics about superpowers that can give ideas, inspiration, or be simply entertaining.
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature
May is Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize work about Asian/Pacific Americans, based on literary and artistic merit. Below are some of the picture book winners of this award.
TWEENS & TEENS
Have suggestions for books that should be in our tween/teen collections? Email email@example.com! We want to hear from you!
May is Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month! During May, we challenge you to read a book by an AAPI author. Here are some great titles for tweens & teens to get you started!! These and other fantastic titles can be found in the library's catalog which offers access to print copies as well as digital in many cases. Looking for even more? Check out this list of past winners of the Asian/Pacific Islander Award for Literature.
The APL is on YouTube! Have you checked out the APL's YouTube page? We've been busy creating content to keep patrons of all ages busy and informed! From book reviews and read-alikes, to crafting tutorials and "how-to" videos on our most popular online resources...our YouTube page has become a treasure trove of can't miss information! Missed a virtual program that you really wanted to attend? Check our YouTube page for the recording! Make sure you subscribe so you get the latest updates!
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.
Virtual English Conversation Circle
Wed., May 12 and 26
Practice speaking English with other adult English learners using Zoom. Speakers of all languages, and all English levels are welcome.
May is Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month!
It is a wonderful opportunity to lift up and celebrate the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It will come as no surprise to you that one way in which the APL loves to amplify voices is with books! Below you will find the 2020 winners of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, awarded by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, plus one bonus staff favorite courtesy of your favorite Reader Services Librarian.
Ba dies in the night; Ma is already gone. Newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam are suddenly alone in a land that refutes their existence. Fleeing the threats of their western mining town, they set off to bury their father in the only way that will set them free from their past. Along the way, they encounter giant buffalo bones, tiger paw prints, and the specters of a ravaged landscape as well as family secrets, sibling rivalry, and glimpses of a different kind of future.
The US is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia. America for Americans shows that irrational fear and hostility toward immigrants has been a defining feature of our nation from the colonial era to the Trump era. Forcing us to confront this history, it explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America.
In 1935, ten-year-old Alex Maki of Bainbridge Island, Washington, is horrified to discover that his new pen pal, Charlie Lévy of Paris, France, is a girl, but in spite of his initial reluctance, their letters continue over the years and they fight for their friendship even as Charlie endures the Nazi occupation and Alex leaves his family in an internment camp and joins the Army.
This graphic memoir is absolutely heart-wrenching. There
were parts of the authors story I could not relate to at all; living in war-torn Vietnam, escaping to America, life as a refugee. Reading about these experiences I realized how little I know about the the history of Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and the aftermath. There were also parts with which I identified so strongly it was almost painful. "The Best We Could Do" is a memoir, a history lesson, a meditation on both being a parent and a child, and it's really beautiful.
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
Attleboro Recreation Department 2021
Summer Brochure Ready to start making summer plans? The Attleboro Recreation Deparment is here to help. Their 2021 Summer Brochure is available online. A limited supply of print copies can be found at the library's circulation desk and at City Hall.
Attleboro Arts Museum's Art Lovers Book Club
Renoir’s Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon
by Catherine Hewitt
Saturday, May 22nd from 2pm-4pm
Free and open to all! This meeting will be held virtually through Zoom. The guest speaker will be Kathleen Schultze, representing the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Advance registration is required to receive an invite with a link to join the meeting. Register by May 21st, 2021 HERE.
Program supported by ATT-Texins Association, Inc.
Garden Talks at Capron Park
Join Kathi Gariepy for informal presentations on Saturdays, 10am–10:45 next to the Rock Garden. Please bring a chair if you would like to sit, and wear a mask and socially distance.
The Dirt on DirtSat., May 1
Helping the trees, shrubs and flowers grow well in your yard starts with soil. Included will be how to understand the pH of your soil and how, what, when and if you need to fertilize. Also, composting and watering.
Right Tree, Right PlaceSat., May 15Learn what trees grow best here and why. Discover the importance of native trees and shrubs for you, birds, bees and butterflies and your yard. Learn how to plant trees and shrubs for years of enjoyment.
Flowers from February to November
Sat., June 5
Perennials are the work horse of the flower garden and with a few well thought out plants your garden can bloom for most of the year.
FRIENDS OF ATTLEBORO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Thank YOU for Your Support! The Friends of Attleboro Public Library participated in their first-ever Library Giving Day, a fundraiser that culminated on April 7. We set a goal of $5,000.00. I am pleased to announce that we surpassed our goal! Thank you to the many individual donors and companies who contributed. We are grateful to The Torrey Company that generously provided a $1,000.00 match pledge early in the fundraiser. The last few months have shown us just how important the library is to our well-being. The virtual programs conducted by the staff have enriched our lives during this pandemic in a way we never could have imagined. From the children’s programs, to the online adult resources, to the tutorials helping us help ourselves, and finally to curbside pickup, the library staff has gone above and beyond to keep us healthy in mind and body. Your donation to the Friends of Attleboro Public Library reinforces your commitment to this wonderful resource in our community; and enables our organization to provide extra money to the library for books, online databases, programs, museum passes and equipment not supported by the city budget.
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