The Library's ongoing book sale area has been relocated to the landing outside the downstairs Children's room. We do not have a lot of space to store books at present, so we request that if you have books to give away, please call us before dropping them off to let us know what kinds of books you have and how many. We may be unable to take all or any of your donations, in which case you can take them to the "Swap Shop" at the Town of Barnstable Transfer Station, or contact one of the other Barnstable libraries. Please take a look at our Donation Policy.
It's a Mystery to Me! - author talk and book signing
Friday, 6 December, 1-2 pm
Join us as local mystery authors Sheila Connolly, Kate Flora, Gary Braver and Hank Phillippi Ryan discuss their latest books. The Sister in Crime organization has arranged this fascinating program for the library.
The Library has received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; the grant focuses on genre literature, helping staff learn how to advise users what to read, and in particular examining the mystery genre and its sub-genres. We are very fortunate that "Sisters in Crime" is working with us to bring four esteemed authors, representing four very different styles of mystery writing, to Marstons Mills, and we hope that you will join us for this exclusive event.
Light Up the Holidays
Friday, 6 December at 7 pm at Liberty Hall
Join us once again as we welcome back the Cranberry Shores Chorus. This a cappella women's chorus sang last year to a full house, and will entertain us again with holiday songs, quartets, and sing-alongs! Tickets are available at the Library and at the door; adults $10 and children under 12 $5
Journeys: tales of travel from around the world
Cruising the Dalmatian Coast
Wednesday, 18 December, at 4:30 pm
Join us as Charles Sheehan shares pictures and stories from his cruise along the Dalmatian coast, which included side trips to San Marino (the oldest surviving sovereignty in the world), Corfu, Dubrovnik and Montenegro.
Dalmatia is a historical region of Croatia on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Dalmatia is a historical region of Croatia on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Over the centuries the region known as Dalmatia was settled by the Illyrians, Romans, Slavs, Austro-Hungarians and Venetians, who all left their mark and contributed to the architectural and cultural heritage of the region. It was christened by the Romans, who arrived after the Greeks at the beginning of the 4th century BC – Dalmatia comes from the Illyrian delmat, which means proud brave man.
Yugoslavia filled much of Europe's Balkan Peninsula during most of the 20th century. When Yugoslavia broke up into separate countries in the 1990s, Croatia wound up with most of its coastline. The Croatian coast, by some miracle, has escaped the allure of concrete, and its natural beauty is enhanced by wonderful architectural jewels. Don't miss this chance to travel vicariously!
Let Us Appreciate YOU!!
Wednesday, 18 December, all day
Come to the Library any time during the day on December 18, and allow us to shower you with appreciation for being the wonderful library user that you are! The Marstons Mills Public Library wants to recognize its users and friends with Patron Appreciation Day during its open hours (10 am to 6 pm) on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Come to the Library for coffee, hot apple cider and light snacks, as well as a chat and a song or two. Library users who visit the Library that day will have their names entered into a raffle for a bottle of wine, two home-made soups, an autographed best-seller, and various other items.
New library users are encouraged to visit the MMPL to get a library card. New and current users not already on the email list for the Library’s monthly newsletter will have the opportunity to add their names to this list, and keep up with the activities of the Library. Best of all, come by the library to pick up a coupon that entitles you to $1 off overdue fines.
One-on-one computer tutorials
The computer classes we offered last year were so successful that we are now offering individualized instruction, with a list of nearly 50 topics to choose from! Pick your topic and select a convenient date and time; bring your own computer, e-book reader or iPad, or use the Library's. You will learn effectively and easily. Click HERE for more information.
Enjoy the tango
The 1st, 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm, at Liberty Hall
Ray Bartlett will teach you the tango. Join us for some fun, and to acquire or brush up this skill. Anyone interested in dancing or learning how to dance is invited. Pre-registration is not necessary; nor is a partner!
At these classes, 7 to 8 pm will be a practica, and 8-9 pm will be a beginner-friendly milonga. For people who've never danced and want an intro there will be a beginner class from 7:00
to 7:30 pm. So more experienced dancers will practice and dance on their own for the first hour while Ray or an invited teacher runs the beginners' class. At 7:30, the class will end and new people can practice, then stay for the milonga if they wish.
A donation of $5 is requested for attending; lessons are $15 each.
Ray's focus is on Argentine tango; check his web site at www.capecodtango.org.
Classic Book Discussion Group
Second Monday of the month, 10:00 am
The Classics Book Discussion Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 10:00 am. at the Library. Local author Stephen Pastore leads the discussions. New members are always welcome. You can pick up a copy of the month's book at the Circulation desk, or download them from www.gutenberg.org.
- 9 December: La Bête Humaine (The Human Beast), by Émile Zola
- 13 January:
Marstons Mills Book Discussion
Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm
The Book Discussion Group meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Library. New members are always welcome. You can pick up a copy of the month's book at the Circulation desk.
- 17 December: Pigs in Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver
- 21 January:
Drama Read Aloud Group (DRAG)
Second Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pmJoin the Library Staff for a relaxed drama read-aloud (snacks included) on the second Tuesday of every month. Sign up at the library; new members are always welcome.
- 10 December: August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts (acts 2 and 3)
- 14 January:
Short Story Discussion Group
Third Thursday of the month, 10:00-11:00 amLover of short stories will enjoy the new short story discussion group, which gathers to discuss short stories that are important, amusing, relevant, or otherwise of great interest.
- 19 December: The Rocking-Horse Winner, by D.H. Lawrence and The Last Leaf, by O. Henry
- 16 January: The Turkey Season and Royal Beatings, by Alice Munro
Kneedlers knitting group
The 1st and 4th Tuesdays (drop in any time between 6 and 8 pm)
- 7 January
- 28 January
''We're a stitch' - anyone interested in knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching, or learning how, is welcome.
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