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Remembering Edna Guillette
In late February, Attleboro lost a citizen quietly known to many thousands here in the city. Edna Guillette was an Attleboro woman through and through. Born on the East Side around the start of the Depression, She came to work at the library as a page in the summer of 1943 while still in high school, and never worked anywhere else. Edna graduated from the County Street Attleboro High School in 1946. As Mark Flanagan noted in his 2018 Sun Chronicle article about the importance of the library, he was given his first library card by Edna in our Children’s Room in 1952 or ‘3, and admonished on its’ value. This experience was shared with at least two generations of Attleboro children, hundreds of new readers each year for forty years. Edna survived many changes in the library. When she first arrived, children’s services were in the basement. They eventually expanded there, going through a succession of additions in the fifties and sixties, and finally, part of the biggest renovation in the early nineties. Through it all, Edna was a constant, wearing her trademark cardigan sweater winter and summer, reigning over the Children’s Room, giving many thousands of story hours. It was Edna who called me to tell me that Library Director Rowell Waller had died suddenly, and Edna who called me one Saturday morning to announce “Walter, parts of the building are falling off!” She was referring to one of the big cast decorative pieces over the original main windows. Rest in peace Edna.
-Walter Stitt, former Attleboro Public Library Director
National Library Week is April 4-10, 2021
Celebrate YOUR Library! Library Week will look different this year as much of it will be virtual. Help us celebrate, from a distance, by spending time exploring the APL website to be sure you know about our collections and services. You can also share this newsletter with friends and family who don't yet know about all there is availabe, for FREE, with a library card. Do you use social media? Share your favorite APL memory, service, or title with your followers and tag us. We love to hear what is most meaningful to you! And don't forget to support our Friends of Attleboro Public Library! These hard working volunteers provide many of the extra services patrons love! FInd out more about their activities later in this newsletter.
Building Renovation Update
We're a Work in Progress! Every day brings a new dimension to the work happening inside and outside of the library. New roofs are almost complete, old HVAC equipment is being removed and the new equipment is being brought in, and lighting fixtures and windows are being replaced. Work is ongoing throughout the building. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to work around the construction. Renovations are scheduled to be complete by August. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for regular updates on the project.
Please Call First! We continue to ask visitors to call ahead, or from the parking lot, to find out what library services and collections are available. Staff are in the building Monday through Saturday, generally from 8:30am to 4:30pm. On Thursdays staff are here from 12:30-8:30pm. The library always anticipates being open to the public from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm, and from 1-4pm and 5-8pm on Thursdays.
Library Survey - Coming Soon!
Long Range Planning The Library will be seeking feedback from the community in the coming weeks as we prepare to update our strategic plan. Your comments and suggestions are essential as we set our goals for the next five years.
For youth in grades 2-12. Put your skills where your pickaxe is and earn fame, glory, and respect! Participants will perform two 45 minute build challenges. Judges will then score each project based on creativity, use of materials and attention to detail.
Registration in required to partcipate. Please register for onlyApril 22 OR April 23. Click on the date to sign up.
Participants will be provided an invite link to the official One Up Games Minecraft Realm 24 - 48 hours prior to the event.
Please be sure to consult the email you receive for all instructions when it comes to connecting to the realm. This event will be live streamed at www.twitch.tv/one_up_games.
Library Take & Make Kits
Registration for kit materials is required. To reserve any of the FREE kits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 508-222-7820
or stop by the Children's Room while the library is open.
Registration for each kit opens on the first day of the week that kit is offered.
Kits can be picked up Monday-Saturday, while supplies last.
Facebook Live Storytime Wednesdays 4/7, 4/21 & 4/28@ 3pm Attleboro Library Facebook Page Join Mrs. Brown most Wednesdays at 3pm for stories, songs & fun! Go to 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 & they may even get a shout-out!
April is Financial Literacy Month
Money Smart Week® & Libraries
The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, wants to teach children basic financial skills related to earning, saving and spending money.
The four interactive games — part of a series called Thinking Money for Kids — are designed for children ages 7 to 11 but are appropriate for other ages as well.
Earning It: Follow the paths of characters Grace, Emma, and Kenji to see how their childhood interests translate into successful careers and opportunities to “give back” by volunteering.
Balance My Budget: Make choices about how to meet basic needs and treat yourself with a splurge here and there, while sticking to a monthly budget.
Money Trail: Starting with $500 in your bank account, make decisions about how to earn and spend.
Let’s Deal: Hear from buyers and vendors at a farmers’ market as they swap goods and learn about money
Money and Finance Books in the Children's Collection
Book vs. Movie Book Club!
Thursday April 29, 2021 6pm-7pm
Youth in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us virtually for the Book vs. Movie Book Club! Participants will read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggsand then watch the movie! Both titles are available at the library for checkout...just place a hold or stop by the children's room to pick up a copy while supplies last! The week before the program, registered participants are invited to pick up a bag of movie theater themed snacks to eat during the discussion.
Please note: Movie is rated PG-13 and the book is in the Young Adult collection.
Mad about MAGAZINES for Tweens & Teens! Magazines are a fantastic way for tweens & teens to read short stories or articles on topics that interest them. You never know, something read in a magazine could spark their interest in a new subject! The APL has a wonderful selection of magazines geared towards a variety of topics that interest tweens & teens. Print copies can be found at the library where they can be checked out for one week OR digital copies are available on Overdrive!
Here are some of the fantastic titles available to check out from the APL!
Teen Reads to Honor
Holocaust Days of Remembrance
April 4-11, 2021 Have a teen who has recently learned about the Holocaust? Here are some age appropriate fiction titles they can read to continue to learn and understand the Holocaust. To learn more about the Days of Remembrance in the United States please visit USHMM.org.
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Saving Money & the Earth
While Living a Life of Abundance
Thursday, April 22
Join us for a one-hour program that will give you concrete strategies for saving money and having a smaller environmental footprint. At the end of the program you will be shown how to create a digital dream board to help you visualize and clarify your goals in order to empower you to create meaningful changes.
Online Resources for Financial Advice The library knows that every cent counts. We have titles and tools to help you make the most of your money, whether you're looking to save on every day products or want to invest for your family's future.
Find print copies of Consumer Reports in the magazine room, or visit them online with your library card. Additionally, Value Line, a trusted source for investment information including industry and company reports, performance tested rankings, and expert analysis, is also available to Attleboro library card holders.
April is a month of poetry celebration, all around the nation. It’s National Poetry Month! See what I did there?! To celebrate I would like to highlight a few novels in verse for you all to check out. A number of these are APL staff faves! Novels in verse are great for readers who are more reluctant to pick up a book on their own, as they tend to move a little quicker and are often shorter than full-length novels. They also often contain engrossing narratives that drag the reader in. The novels featured all have powerful life lessons to teach and would be great to read and discuss with a middle or high-schooler, depending on the title. Below are some well-known and acclaimed novels in verse as well as some newer, lesser known ones for those of you already familiar with the genre.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers. When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know if she could ever speak her words out loud, but she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
When You Ask Me Where I’m Going tells the story of Kiran as she flees a history of trauma and raises her daughter, Sahaara, while living undocumented in North America. Delving into current cultural conversations including sexual assault, mental health, feminism, and immigration, this narrative of resilience, healing, empowerment, and love will galvanize readers to fight for what is right in their world.
The Black Flamingoby Dean Atta A young man comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen - then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers - to show ourselves to the world in bold color.
For Every Oneby Jason Reynolds For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the young dreamers of the world.
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 email@example.com.
Local organizations working in our community
SlamCANCER Poetry & Essay Sharing Opportunity April 5 through May 3, 2021
The Attleboro Public Library and the Relay For Life of Greater Attleboro are planning a poetry-essay event to raise community awareness about cancer. Organizers invite people to share their poems or essays of up to 500 words on the topic of “Slam Cancer: How I’ve Been Touched by the Disease.” Entries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org from Monday, April 5 to Monday, May 3.
It’s hoped that the subject will inspire people to open up about how cancer has touched them and demonstrate that every cancer diagnosis affects many people, from patients and survivors to caregivers and family members. The poem or essay can be a personal story of surviving cancer, relate the experience of helping to care for a loved one battling cancer, a story about a friend, spouse or relative with the disease, a story about someone you miss who succumbed to cancer — or anything else that describes how the disease has affected your life.
Participants will be given the option of reading their submissions at an outdoor gathering being planned for June that will be held with the proper COVID-19 protocols in effect then, including social distancing and mask-wearing. More information will be forthcoming once that event’s details are firmed up.
Attleboro Be Heard
Wednesday, April 14 at 6pm
Be Heard: Community Coalition for Education continues to discuss student success in relation to communication, building relationships, and diversifying the APS staff. For questions, email: email@example.com
The ACHR has commissioned New England artist, Jeff Bartell to create an original piece of art to be displayed in the Attleboro High School. The forget-me-not flower is a common symbol of the Armenian genocide.
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
with Attleboro Council on Human Rights April 15, 6-7:30 on Zoom
The purpose of the forum is to educate the public and honor those living with shared trauma inflicted by genocide-deniers.
Guest speakers will give their perspectives on the Armenian genocide relative to curriculum development, legislative advocacy, education and personal reflections. The guest speakers for this forum will be:
David Sawyer, Superintendent of Attleboro Public Schools
Representative Katherine Kazarian (RI):
Marc Mamigonian, Director of Academic Affairs at The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research
Peter Balakian, Pulitzer Prize winning poet and NYT bestselling author
Attleboro Commission on Disabilities Coming soon: Join the Attleboro Commission on Disabilities for a public meeting about accessibility in the city. Boston-based IHCD (Institute for Human Centered Design) will be presenting its evaluation of the city’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Information gathered from the public will be combined with city department surveys to help create an accessibility Transition Plan over the next few years. Questions? Email AttleboroACOD@gmail.com
Friends of Attleboro Public Library
April 7 is Library Giving Day The Attleboro Public Library is here every day supporting its community by providing resources and services for everyone. Now the Friends of Attleboro Public Library are 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.
To support the Friends of Attleboro Public Library, instead of shopping Amazon.com, shop Smile.Amazon.com - same products, same prices, and select the Friends of APL the first time you visit the site. AmazonSmile is available on your computer & Android phone.
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