Open House to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Library’s Renovation! Can it really be ten years? The re-dedication of Mattapoisett’s beautiful library building was held in July of 2008. Everyone is invited to celebrate the renovation’s 10th Anniversary at an all day Open House. Please stop in on Saturday, July 14from 11 am to 4 pm to enjoy displays of library history, a scavenger hunt with prizes for children, a free raffle for adults, cupcakes from Flour Girls Bakery (while they last), and lemonade.
Also, on July 14, the local blues/rock band Retro Roots (Joe Gauvin, Janey Rego, and Patrick Igoe) will perform downstairs in the Community Meeting Room from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Don’t miss them – they are well known for their talent and will be performing later in the month at Harbor Days too.
Learn about Shore Birds – Carolyn Longworth, of the Nasketucket Bird Club and Director of the Millicent Library, will present Birding 101 on Tuesday, July 10from 7 to 8 pm. Do you know the difference between birders and birdwatchers? Enjoy this introduction to the common birds of our shoreline including osprey and herons. Learn terms like “semipalmated” and find out what tools you can use to improve your skills.
Presenting the New Bedford Free Public Library’s Art Collection, Janice Hodson, Curator of Art at the New Bedford Free Public Library, will offer a program at the Mattapoisett Library on the library’s art collection on Wednesday, July 11from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Beginning with the beautiful Audubon engravings that helped start the collection, Ms. Hodson will show images and detail the many works that continue to draw visitors year after year. This program is part of The Purrington Lecture Series sponsored by the Mattapoisett Library Trust.
Adults and Teens Love Crafting Too – Every Thursday throughout the summer Coastal Crafts will be offered in the Reading Room. Make decorated frames and switchplates, garden stakes, memory jars, and more. The craft table is open at 11 am. All supplies are provided.
Each Friday come in and paint a rock! “Plant” your rock somewhere in Mattapoisett and upload a photo of it to the library’s Instagram page #MattapoisettRocks. Spread some artsy cheer throughout the community. If you find a painted rock, go on facebook and tell us where you found it!
Take Apart Table – Every Saturday patrons can visit to learn how equipment and appliances are made by taking them apart. A computer, coffee maker, printer, and other home appliances will be investigated each week.
3D Printing Academy is Back – Students age 12 and up are encouraged to sign up for this two-part workshop to be held Friday, July 27and August 3from 2 to 4:30 pm. Learn to create your own designs using 3D software and then print with the library’s 3D printer. Enter to win a 3D printing pen. Sign up at the library or call 508-758-4171.
Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale – Harbor Days are back, and this means it’s also time for the Friends’ Used Book Sale. Mark your calendars for Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday, July 21from 10 am to 1 pm. Hundreds of like-new fiction and non-fiction for adults, teens, and children will be available. There are also many DVDs and music CDs to choose from. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library. Would you like to volunteer to help with the sale? Stop by the library and leave your name and contact information. Donations are welcome during regular library hours every day.
Lecture and Book Signing – On Tuesday, August 7, author Morris Wolff, a distinguished attorney and law professor, will be signing copies and speaking about his book Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg: The True Story of Holocaust Hero Raul Wallenberg and the Author’s Efforts to Rescue Him from Soviet Union Imprisonment. Meet the author and hear the amazing story of his incredible work to rescue the Swedish diplomat.
History Lecture Series – Well-known historian Seth Mendell will begin a six-part lecture series on World War II on Tuesday, August 14at 7 pm. The series will continue on consecutive Tuesdays through September 11th.