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The American Library Association held its midwinter meeting in Boston last month.  Library conferences are a time to consider trends that are likely to make their way to the local level and impact libraries like ours.

One of the trends that was discussed is the fact that in the U.S. 10,000 people a day turn 65. And that’s going to happen every day for the next 15 years, according to AARP. With this increase in the senior citizen population comes the sober reality that the annual number of new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is projected to double by 2050.
 
The Marlborough Public Library is pleased to be a partner in a new community initiative called Act on Alzheimer’s. This project is being led by the Councils on Aging in Marlborough, Northborough, and Hudson along with BayPath Elder Services.
 
This project will identify specific ways that these three communities can become more “dementia friendly” through outreach to the elderly and support for their caregivers. Learning more about how this illness affects people will benefit us all. The Library will be helping in a number of ways, including holding meetings on related topics and providing resources for residents, business owners and community leaders who want to promote an increased understanding and acceptance of people coping with this illness.  Much more will be coming on this important project in the months to come.
TAX-AIDE returns to the library!
Once again AARP Foundation TAX-AIDE is coming to the library to offer their Free Income Tax Service for low and moderate income* people on Saturdays starting Feb 6th until April 9th from 9am to noon. Stop by the Circulation Desk or call the library at 508-624-6900 to schedule an appointment. 
*Moderate income is less than $80,000
Some business, rent, and most stock transactions are out of scope.  
Photo ID and Social Security Cards are required at appointment. 
Did You Know? 
Museum Pass Program
Did you know MPL has museum discount passes available to borrow thanks to the generosity of our sponsors? These include New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, the Discovery Museums, and Tower Hill Botanic Garden among others for all ages and interest groups. For a list of all museums we offer discounts for and to reserve a pass online click here. For more information on our museum pass program, click here
Staff Spotlight
Meet the staff of MPL

 
Meet Karen! 
Karen has worked at MPL for three years. She is the Head of Technical Services.


What do you do at MPL? 
As the Head of Technical Services I am responsible for overseeing the ordering and processing, as well as general repair and maintenance, of all of the materials on the main floor, except the periodicals. As a reference librarian I run the Adult Book Club, the new Coloring for Adults program, and the Adult Summer Reading program. 
 
What is your favorite part of your job? 
Running the book club; I love getting to spend more time with our patrons and hearing about the books and movies that they love (or don't, as the case may be for some of our selections). I've found it's not enough to read about the experiences of characters that are so different to us, but you have to hear from fellow readers how they responded to the characters or circumstances in order to better appreciate them. Of course, chatting about the latest books and movies with a group of people who have become like friends can also just be a lot of fun! 

What author (dead or alive) would you love to go to dinner with and why?
Frank Delaney, author of Ireland, because he is a spectacular storyteller and I would love to have the opportunity to hear some of his tales first hand. 

What book character would you switch places with and why?
I would love to say Keladry from The Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce, or Amelia Peabody from the series by Elizabeth Peters, but I fear I do not have the courage to be a knight or to go running around the deserts in turn of the twentieth century Egypt, so I must remain content to be myself, a modern librarian. 
Friends of the MPL February Events:

Wednesday, 2/10 at 7pm in the Bigelow Auditorium:
"Biggest Upset in Presidential Elections" featuring Dr. Gary Hylander
With election races heating up, we invite you to attend Dr. Hylander's presentation on the biggest upsets in Presidential Elections. 

Wednesday, 2/24 at 7pm 
in the Bigelow Auditorium:
"Pause: 52 Ways to Shift any Outcome in Less than a Minute" with Kate Harper 
Would you like more peace and perspective in your day?  Pause is a book and card deck for people who want to be masterful, influential, and inspiring –yet often don’t have a moment to breathe.  The 52 simple practices and thought-provoking quotes help you slow down reaction just long enough to find a powerful new attitude and action.  


Adult Book Club: 
Join us on Feb 8 from 6:30-8:00pm or Feb 11 from 10:30am-12:00pm for Book Club. This month we will discuss The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel. Extra copies are on hold at the Circulation Desk. For a complete list of this year's book club titles, click here. For March we will read Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan .  Click here for more information on the monthly adult book club. 
 
Online Resource of the month: Novelist 
Looking to fall in love with a new author or explore some new African American Literature? Check out Novelist, our featured database of the month. Discover in depth information on over 150,000 fiction titles including full text reviews, publication information, and subject headings. If you have read every book by your favorite author, Novelist also provides suggestions for similar titles and authors.  Log into Novelist with your library card here
 
Events
Adult Coloring - 
Plant Night - 
Adult Book Club - 
Adult Writing Group (Inklings) -
The Teen Department is running a special promotion just for teens! From now until 5pm, Friday, Feb. 12th, teens may earn two chances to win $50 to spend at Amazon! All they have to do is: Sign-up for our e-Newsletter (a monthly emailing about our awesome teen events and get to hear about book recommendations from our Teen Services Staff) and/or fill out the Teen Room Survey. It is a new year, so we wanted to take a moment to find out what you'd like to see at the Library and how we can better serve our teens. What's the best use of our awesome new Teen Room? Note: parents may sign-up for the Teen newsletter, too.       

Events: 
Wii Got Game: Wednesday, 2/3 at 3:30pm
Read Harder: Book Group and Community Service Hours: Saturday 2/6 at 11am
Furious 7 Showing: Thursday, 2/11 at 4pm
Gender and Sexuality Allies: Friday, 2/19 at 3:30pm
 
School Vacation Week Events: 
Pitch Perfect 2 and Karaoke: Tuesday, 2/16 at 5:30pm
RC Racing: Wednesday, 2/17 at 2pm
Chocolate Tasting Party: Thursday, 2/18 at 6:30pm
Super Smash Bros CompetitionFri., 2/19 at 1:00pm
Unplugging Your Kids
Parents often comment to the Children's staff how amazing it is that their children can use an iPad, cell phone, computer, or other piece of technology without even thinking about it. It’s fabulous to see how kids pick up new programs and devices so quickly; it requires a quick mind and an ability to see connections and correlations between different programs, where adults have trouble seeing them. It’s a wonderful skill set to have, but depending so much on a digital lifestyle can impede the progress of other skills which can best be developed by unplugging.
Digital games are fun, but kids who play board games and engage in imaginative play have greater problem solving skills than those who don’t. Why not check out some of the great board games we have to offer (over 70 toys, games, and kits are available in the Children’s Department!)? While you’re there, stay and color for a while – we even have crayons shaped like LEGO bricks! We also have actual LEGO bricks to build with, a dollhouse and train table to play with, and (of course) lots of books.
Unplugging also has the benefits of improving relationships with family and friends, helping foster social skills, and reducing stress and anxiety levels. By spending time disconnected, kids have an easier time connecting to the world and the people around them.
This isn’t to say that you should be completely unplugged - social media is a great way to stay connected with family and friends! – but spending some time powered down can be beneficial for everyone.
Featured Events
Read to a Dog – Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1pm
Lego Club – Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2pm
Chess Club – Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3:30pm
Book Suggestions:
 





Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland
As the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a ground-breaking ballerina.





God Help the Child by Toni Morrison.
Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child--the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment--weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.
Young Adult Suggestions:
 
High School:
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin 
Enjoy epic races? Meet Yael, a death camp escapee, who joins an epic motorcycle race in hopes of getting close to and assassinating Hitler during the victor party. It is an alternate history where Hitler wins WWII, where his experiments on prisoners yield, and an action adventure filled with twists and turns! 

Middle School:

Minecraft Hacks: The Unofficial Guide to Tips and Tricks that Other Guides Won't Teach You by Megan Miller
In the spirit of our Super Smash Bros Tournament, we're highlighting our video game guide collection. If you're looking for a specific one we don't have, please let us know! 
 
Children's 
Suggestions:


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there existed a franchise called “Star Wars,” and it was good. For a lot of people, Star Wars is their first venture into science fiction, and that is great… but we hope you won’t stop there, because the universe is vast and chock-full of awesome sci-fi.



Older kids might enjoy the Voyagers series, which tells the story of four kids who have to save the world. Each book in this series is written by a different author, and along with reading the books, you can explore their website and play games, watch videos, and get all the background info on this awesome series.



The younger crowd might be more interested in Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan about Zack, a typical 8 year old boy living in the year 2120. When his Dad gets a new job, the family has to move… to a whole new planet! 



Little guys will enjoy Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino, which tells the story of Doug, a little robot whose parents download information in his head every day so he can learn. But one day, Doug has an idea. He unplugs himself from learning about the city, and goes exploring to learn first-hand!
 
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