Mattapoisett Free Public Library News

Sunday Afternoon Library Hours: Beginning in March, the Mattapoisett Library will be open on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Patrons are welcome to come in for library service, programs, or simply a leisurely read of the Sunday papers and a cup of tea or coffee. Sunday hours will extend until the Memorial Day weekend.

Author Michael Ponsor to Read: Judge Michael Ponsor, who has just published his first novel, will read from The Hanging Judge on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Michael Ponsor graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him as a life-tenured U.S. district judge. From 2000-2001, he presided over a five-month death penalty trial, the first in Massachusetts in over 50 years. Judge Ponsor continues to serve as a senior U.S. district judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Western Division. Everyone is welcome to attend this free program. Refreshments will be served.

New Knitting Group: Wish you knew how to knit? Would you enjoying knitting and sharing patterns with fellow knitters? A new group is forming and will meet for the first time on Thursday, March 6 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the library Reading Room. Some yarn and needles will be available for those who are brand new to this enjoyable craft. All ages welcome. Call 508-758-4171to sign up.

Dr. Who Night! Join with other aficionados for a fun time watching episodes of Dr. Who on Friday, March 14 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Lots of discussion and fun snacks. Bring your friends! Everyone is welcome.

Saturdays with Sadie: Come meet Sadie, the listening ears dog, and her handlers on Saturday, March 15 from 11:00 – 11:45 am. She loves to listen to children read. This month, Sadie will listen to And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano. Children who are 5 years old or older may register. The group is limited to 10 children. Please call to sign up 508-758-4171.

Blind Date with a Book: There are still great “dates” to enjoy! Stop by the Reading Room and check out your blind date. Books in various genres are waiting to be asked out. Rate your date by March 17 and be eligible for an iTunes gift card, movie passes, or a gift certificate to Nick’s Pizza. Titles are suitable for adults and teens.

Art Exhibit: During the month of March, the work of Greta Anderson and Jo Barrett will be displayed in the Reading Room. Both artists are art teachers in the Old Rochester Regional school system.

Friends’ Used Book Sale: The next Used Book Sale will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the library. At the same time, the Junior Friends group is holding a baked goods sale. From 10:00 to 11:00 am, redeemable bottles and cans will be collected to benefit the work of the Junior Friends.

Spring Story Time Series: Registration for toddler and preschool story times will begin the week of Tuesday, March 18. Please call the library to register your child and learn more about the story time schedule.

Chess: Chess lessons are offered on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 pm. This class is for beginners. Additional chess coaches are always welcome. The Chess Club meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Open to all children who have learned the basics and would like to practice and learn strategy.

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