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LIBRARY PARKING LOT PAVING PROJECT will be the month of October. We will tentatively be closed from Monday October 17 to Monday October 24. Dates may change dependent upon weather. During the month of October, street parking may be the only parking available to the public. Please call the library for current updates at 508-261-7380. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more details click on this link for the official notice from Town Hall.

This month at our library – October Newsletter


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October at the Mansfield Public Library

Please be aware that the town plans to repave and redesign the COA/Library parking lot this month. There may be limited parking with on-street parking only and/or dates when the building will be closed to the public for safety. The library will do our best to continue to offer services during this construction period.  If the library is closed, due dates and hold dates will be amended. Some programs may be relocated to Town Hall. Thank you for your patience!
The library still has a busy month of spooky and spectacular programs planned for all ages.  Children are invited to witness Dinoman! where life-sized dinosaurs take over the library or make some Halloween-themed Horrigami.  The teen crafternoon has a theme of Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls.  For anyone brave enough (recommended for ages 10 and up) we offer a night of Gothic Tales By Candelight.
The library will be open Halloween night, so stop by in costume for Trick or Treat at the Library from 5 – 7.
Catherine Coyne, Library Director


Non-Fiction Book Club

Join us on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. for our new non-fiction book club.
This month’s pick is Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.
“On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic Greyhounds, the fastest liner then in service and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.”
Everyone is welcome! Books are available at the library for check-out.  Register here.

Library Book Club

The library book club will meet on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m.
This month we will be discussing Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
“Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?”
New members are always welcome! Copies for check out are available at the front display area.
Join our email list by registering here.


Gothic Ghost Tales By Candlelight

Join Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions for some haunting stories on Thur., Oct., 27 at 6:30 p.m.
In the 2Oth century, it is often said that the ghost story has disappeared.  Electrical light and modern science began to illuminate the world. Though it is true that the ghost story has become more rare, it is also true that there are many uncanny things that cannot be explained by science.
Highlighted in this presentation will be stories spanning the early 20th century.
Suitable for ages 10 and up.

After School Teen Movie

Vote for your pick with Amy at the Reference Desk and come watch the winning movie on Fri., Oct. 28 at 3:00 p.m.
Both films are rated PG-13

Friends of the Library

Eeek! Creep by the Friends of the Library Book Sale early.  Our Halloween books disappear quickly!

The Friends of the Library are an important part of the Mansfield Public Library.  Funds from the daily book sale and membership dues allow the Friends to provide museum passes to the library and fund many of the library’s wonderful programs and events.

Please consider supporting the Friends by becoming a member today! Membership applications are available in the library.

The Library
“If I have to spend time in purgatory before going to one place or the other, I guess I’ll be okay as long as there’s a lending library.”

–Stephen King, author

We hope you are enjoying our newsletter! Please let us know if you have any questions, requests, or comments.
Email us, call 508-261-7380, or stop by 255 Hope Street in Mansfield.
Thank you for supporting the library.