Mattapoisett Free Public Library News

The Mattapoisett Free Public Library is joining hundreds of other libraries across the United States and beyond in celebrating the third annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday, February 1st.  A full day of activities are planned, and families are encouraged to visit the children’s department and enjoy the fun.

Sadie, the Reading Paws Dog, will make a visit at 11 a.m. Children are welcome to read to this adorable pooch, who loves to spend time with young readers. Her handler will talk about how to approach a dog, and many dog books will be available to check out.  Guess the number of dog bones in a jar and win a book!

The Junior Friends of the Library will be showing the movie “UP” at 1 pm and offering popcorn and water. Free to all.

Thanks to the support of our business sponsor, First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union, and donations from the Friends of the Library and the Junior Friends, the library will be unveiling two new AWE children’s literacy computers filled with educational games and activities. Members of the Junior Friends will be there to acquaint younger children with the computers. One is suitable for children ages 2 – 8 years old and one is geared for children ages 6 – 12.

All day activities include StoryWalks, both inside and outside the library, crafts,  chess games and Lego building.  A Scavenger Hunt will be held in the library too! Raffle prizes will be offered–participate in the free drawing just by attending and having fun.

Come in and celebrate libraries and all the enrichment they bring with your child or grandchild on Saturday, February 1st. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street. Visit our the website and follow the library on facebook to learn about activities and events. Call 508-758-4171 if you need more information.

IPad Users Group – The next meeting of the iPad/iPhone Users Group will be held Saturday, February 15th from 3 to 3:45 pm. Topics for the afternoon will be determined by those in attendance. Understand general settings and troubleshooting are covered. Drop in and learn how to use your device more effectively.

Tech Assistance – Librarian Elizabeth Sherry is available to help those with smart phones, ereaders, iPads and other devices. Tech workshops are held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm and Fridays at 3 pm.  Appointments can also be made by calling 508-758-4171. Learn how to manage your email, download library books, and other tasks.

Snowshoes for Children – If your child would like to try his or her skill at snowshoes, why not check out a pair from the children’s room?  Adult sizes are coming soon.

Learn About the Library–Friday, January 31– There is a lot more to the library than checking out books. Would you like a personal tour of the building and the website, so you can hear about all the various services and resources available to you?  Meet in the Reading Room at 3 pm, and Library Director Susan Pizzolato will show you parts of the collection you may not know about and demonstrate resources on the web site that will enhance your searching and help you locate extensive information on many topics. Bring your questions and ask what you always wanted to know about your library. Call 508-758-4171 to sign up.

Photography Exhibit and Talk – Join photographer Georgia Sparling in the Reading Room of the library on Thursday, February 6th at 3 pm when she will talk about her exhibit “Town and Country” featuring images from China, American’s West Coast, and those taken locally.  Ellen Flynn will be preparing floral arrangements to complement the images. Refreshments will be served.  The exhibit will remain through the end of February.

Georgia, a Mississippi native, attended Brown University. Following graduation, she spent six years in China as a freelance writer and communications manager in the nonprofit world. While living in Shanghai she renewed her interest in photography, using digital cameras and two Chinese film cameras. The photos in the exhibit reflect her interests in both formats of photography and encompass landscapes, portraits and architecture, all with a desire to capture the atmosphere and culture of the locations.

Lego Club – Those who love Legos are welcome to come and build with the library’s Legos any Saturday from 1:30 to 3 pm. Practice before visiting Legoland in Somerville, MA, the Lego mecca for the Northeast.

Chess Club – Are you an adult or a high school student with a command of the elements of chess who would like to share what you know with other chess players? Chess Club meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. All ages can play and learn with the help of one another and a chess coach.

Chess Instruction – Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm chess instructor Jim Kegle works with beginning chess players who would like to learn and join in the fun of playing chess. All children are welcome.

Memoir Writing – Writing your life story for yourself or your loved ones? A memoir writing group has formed to share writing ideas and exercises to help you tell your story. The group meets on the third Friday of each month from 10:30 to noon. Please call and leave your name and contact information to receive meeting reminders. 508-758-4171.

Writers’ Group – The library writers’ group continues to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 pm. All genres are shared in constructive and supportive group discussion.

Young Adult Lounge – Relax in the new teen space, enjoy hot cocoa, and the cereal bar! Lounge furniture, new series books, video and board games, graphic novels, homework help. Come in, read, socialize, and enjoy.

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