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 This month at our library – October Newsletter
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October at the Mansfield Public Library
We want to thank all our patrons for their patience last month when we were closed. We hope you are enjoying all of our new updates.
The RFID system allows for better and more efficient check-in and check-out at the front desk.  The library also has new receipt printers and will no longer be using date due cards.  For those who miss the book mark aspect of the old cards, we have a wonderful selection of seasonal bookmarks available at the desk.
We are also happy to introduce our self-check system.  You are now able to check out your items, check your account and renew items.  This is a new convenience for those who choose to use it.
Finally, we opened our new Teen Space.  This fun and functional area will be teens only after school Monday – Friday between 2 and 5 p.m. The area is a comfortable space for homework, games, circuit building, crafts and more.
We are so happy to bring the Mansfield Public Library into the future with all of these updates.  As always, we have a calendar full of informational and entertaining programs all month long.  Be sure to check out all our activities below!
Catherine Coyne, Library Director
Coloring Club for Relaxation

Adults are rediscovering the stress-relieving benefits of coloring. Do you want to explore this fun new fad? The library hosts a monthly coloring club.
The 1st Thursday of the month from 5 -6 p.m. 
The 3rd Thursday of the month from 6 – 7 p.m.
This month we will meet on October 5th. and 19th
The library provides soothing music, coloring books, colored pencils, markers and crayons.
Pre-K Sing and Swing 
with Deb Hudgins

Join us on Monday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. for a fun music and movement program for ages 3 and up!
Nothing gets kids on their feet and having fun quite like songs, dance and silly stories. Deb’s Sing and Swing Pre-K Music and Movement Programs focus on participative songs, stories and dance, lots of props and rhythm instruments that kids can play, and just an all-around good time for everyone.
Ages 3 and up! Register Here

Vision Board Workshop
with Susan De Lorenzo

Join us on Monday,  October 16 at 6:30 p.m. as we welcome back Susan De Lorenzo, Life Coach, Author and Inspirational Speaker to host another Vision Board Workshop.
We had a terrific turnout for this event in August, and received great feedback from the participants, so we encourage you to sign up for a spot in advance. If you would love to explore and express through graphics the life you’d love living, then this is the place. Everything will be supplied, but feel free to bring along magazines that can be cut from. Hope to see you there!
This program is open to all ages.

Knitting Corner

Join us twice this month on Monday, October 16 and 30 at 6:30 p.m. for our newest monthly program at the Mansfield Public Library!
All knitters of any level are welcome to come knit together, chat together, and help one another out with tips and tricks.

Teen Writing Workshop with YA AUthor Katie Bayerl!

Join us on Wed., October 25 at 3:30 p.m. for our Teen Writing Workshop! This month we welcome Katie Bayerl author of the YA novel, A Psalm for Lost Girls. Check out her website here.
We will be doing Story Sparks.
This workshop is free and open to grades 6 to 12. Register Here

Lego Challenge – Halloween Howls

Join us on Thur., Oct. 19 from 3:30- 4:30 p.m. and use our Legos to make a Lego creation for our spooky display.
Best for ages 5 and up, but all ages are welcome.

Library Book Club with Author Skype

Join us on Thursday, October 19 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of The Summer Before The War and a Skype chat with author Helen Simonson.
Named one of the best books of the year by NPR and The Washington Post.
“East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England’s brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his Aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha’s husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent saber rattling over the Balkans won’t come to anything. And Agatha has more immediate concerns; she has just risked her carefully built reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to replace the Latin master. But  the perfect summer is about to end. For despite Agatha’s reassurances, the unimaginable is coming. Soon the limits of progress, and the old ways, will be tested as this small Sussex town and its inhabitants go to war.”
The Library Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
New members are always welcome!

Murder Mystery Evening

On Friday October 20th at 6 p.m. the Friends of the DIC, Council on Aging & the Friends of the Mansfield Library will be hosting an evening of suspense and excitement as the Murder Mystery Company presents Now You See It, Now You Don’t!
The crowd was hushed as the museum proprietor got ready to unveil the prized display of the evening, the Lickety-Split Diamond, only to find it had been stolen while the crowd mingling in ignorant bliss. Now it is up to you, your guests, and the detective to find the thief and restore the diamond to its rightful place to get the unveiling back on track!
Who is the carat caper, and who will solve the crime to make this night of mystery the night of beauty it was intended to be? Dress in your fanciest evening gowns and suits if you desire. This is a museum unveiling, after all, and only the finest will do. It’s an evening of high fashion and suspenseful mystery, with one thrilling conclusion.
Appetizers and beverages will be served.
Tickets and registration are required. Tickets are available for purchase beginning September 11th at the Mansfield Library, for $10.00 per person.
Space is limited.

Alpacas At the Library

Join us on Sat., October 21 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a visit with these funny, furry friends.
Happy Snowman Alpacas and 4-H bring these beautiful and soft animals for us to enjoy.  Drop by and check them out!

Parent Coffee: Tips for Supporting Your Teen Academically

Come join us for coffee and conversation on Saturday, October 21 at 10:30am.
As teenagers go through middle and high school and become more independent, figuring out how to support them through school can be confusing. Should I help with homework? How much structure do they need? How can I advocate for them with the school? How do I navigate my child’s ADHD or executive functioning challenges? This workshop will help answer some of these questions.
Eliza Wagner Srestha of ES Tutoring & Consulting, a veteran educator with 17 years of teaching experience and an Ed.M. in Curriculum and Teaching, will talk about low-conflict ways to be involved in your child’s homework, how to understand your child’s learning style, how to create structure without stifling, the connection between self-esteem and academic performance, how technology can help and hinder learning, and how to create opportunities for healthy dialogue with your teen.
Open to parents and students in grades 6 to 12. Register Here

Non-Fiction Book Club

The Non-Fiction Book Club will meet on Mon., Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
“Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.”

Register Here

Discovery Workshop with Gina

Children in Grades Kindergarten through 4 are invited to join Gina from Self-Help, Inc. for a discovery workshop on Tuesday, October 24 at 
4:00 p.m.
Discovery Workshops are monthly parent/ child activities for school aged children. Each workshop will focus on a new topic. Topics range from science-history-art. This program is appropriate for children in grades K-4th grade. This month we will be learning about Ellis Island and Immigration. We will be reading stories about families who have traveled from many places to settle in America.
Grades K – 4. Register Here

Tales From the Scaremaster Book Club

Children ages 8 and up are invited to take part in our scary book club on Thursday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Register Here and pick up your copy of the book, “Swamp Scarefest”, at the Library early in the month.  We’ll talk about it and make some spooky snacks on the 26th.
 Limited to 6 children.

Library Concert: Ragtime Jack

Mansfield Library warmly welcomes Ragtime Jack to perform at the library for a FREE concert on Thursday October 26 at 6:30 p.m.
He’s ‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe, and you don’t want to miss him when he comes to town. Now a resident of Massachusetts, with roots in Virginia and Tennessee, Jack, brings his piano, guitar, fiddle, voice, wit and wisdom with him wherever he goes. Jack has been performing for more than 40 years. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame in 2014. Jack’s performances always include a lot of uplifting wit, historical anecdotes and connections with local lore, wherever he performs.
This program is open to all ages.

Notorious New England

There’s nothing quite like a New England ghost story. From Peter Rugg’s ghostly carriage ride to the haunting of the Sterling Opera House, there is a wealth of spooky tales that are told all over the northeast.
On Mon., October 30 at 6:30 p.m. come hear the cases of some of New England’s most famous hauntings, and decide for yourself if you ought to sleep with the lights on.
Presented by Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe. A library associate with the Springfield city library, she tours around new England lecturing on various aspects of geek culture.
Open to ages 10 and up.

Mobile Hot Spots

The Mansfield Public Library has acquired 2 mobile hot spots that are available to Mansfield residents to check out with your library card.
The hot spots come in a protective case and include a USB cable and power adapter.
  • They can be checked out for 1 week, with no renewals.
  • Only Mansfield card holders may place a hold on the hotspots.
  • Due to high demand we are currently limiting the hotspots to once every 8 weeks per user.
  • Hot spots must be returned to the Mansfield Public Library and may not be put in the book drop.
Funded by The Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library
Oct – eeekkk!  Creep by the Friends of the Library ongoing book sale early. Our Halloween books disappear quickly.  We also have plenty of cookbooks and humorous books this month.

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.
Donations of gently used books in excellent condition are always welcome.  Items may not have been stored in a basement or attic.  No textbooks.
Please consider supporting the Friends by becoming a member today! Membership applications are available in the library.

The Library
“I had an excellent local library growing up. I had the kind of parents who could be persuaded to drop me off in the library on their way to work in summer holidays, and the kind of librarians who did not mind a small, unaccompanied boy heading back into the children’s library every morning and working his way through the card catalogue, looking for books with ghosts or magic or rockets in them, looking for vampires or detectives or witches or wonders. ”

-Neil Gaiman, 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.