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Join the Friends of the Sharon Public Library for our first fundraiser of 2017
Paint Night at the Library
Guided by local artist Sangeeta Mehta
March 9, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm in the Sharon Public Library Community Room
Cost: $35 for Friends members, $40 for non-members

Adults only. No refunds. Refreshments will be served.

Space is limited and registration is required! Registration opens on January 23. To register, present your check in-person at the Adult Circulation Desk by February 23.

In the event of inclement weather, the fundraiser will be held on March 23, 2017.
Book Drop will be open 24/7 in 2017
Got books, and not a lot of time? As of today, January 3, 2017, the Sharon Public Library book drop will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,* in order to make returning books more convenient
for library patrons.

If you choose to deposit your books in the book drop while the library is open, please be aware the book drop is emptied twice a day (once before opening and once in the afternoon). If books are mistakenly deposited into the book drop, they will not be retrieved until the next scheduled pickup time.

*The book drop will be closed in the event of bad weather, to prevent damage to library materials.
To start off the new year...

Check out 18 fiction and non-fiction staff picks that predict the future!
Veteran's Club Presents: Eyewitness the Pacific War - Day of Infamy
Please join the Sharon Public Library Veteran's Club to view and discuss the film: Eyewitness the Pacific War - Day of Infamy.
January 9, 2017 from 10:00-12 noon
Library Community Room

The documentary begins with the bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor and then goes on to show how the war finally came to an end. Making use of interviews with historians and people who lived through these historic events, this film is part of the Eyewitness series of documentaries.
SPL staff picks...

The best book they read in 2016! Check out this and other reading recommendations on our Reader's Advisory page.

 
November is...

Started in 1999, National Novel Writing Month is a unique approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working toward the goal of writing a 50k novel by 11:59pm on November 30. To support our local "WriMos," Sharon Public Library has compiled a list of resources for writers, and is holding several "Come Write In" events throughout the month!

Visit nanowrimo.org for more information or to register as a participant. Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.
SPL staff picks...
15 books featuring feasts or banquets for the month of November! Check out this and other reading recommendations on our Reader's Advisory page.

Property Assessment
Property Assessment information is available in the Library on the lower shelf of the Town of Sharon Materials.  Please ask a staff member if you need help to locate them.
 
New at Sharon Public Library: Local Author Spotlight

Sharon Public Library is pleased to announce our first Local Author Spotlight, a special double-feature including Chuck Hogan and Pete Kahle!

Check out biographical information and book recommendations from each writer, plus an interview with Chuck Hogan, here! And of course, watch for more new Spotlights featuring other local authors each month.
Check out our newest database: Mango Languages!
For anyone looking to learn a new language or improve their speaking and reading comprehension in a secondary language, this database is for you! Mango Languages uses PhD-created and linguist-approved software designed to teach with real conversation in over 70 languages. Try it out today!

Did you know? The library has access to dozens of useful databases on this and many other topics! Browse our Databases to see what else is available.
Thank you to the Friends of Sharon Public Library!
Accepting new members! 
To learn more about the Friends of the Sharon Public Library and the excellent work they do, visit friendsofsharonpubliclibrary.org!


 
Sharon Public Library Strategic Plan
Foster Opportunity - Kindle Innovation - Strengthen Community and Build the Future.
A special thanks to the Community Focus Group, Staff, Board of Library Trustees, Library Building and Selection Committee, and most of all, our patrons and visitors who set the stage for services, materials and direction for the next 5 years for the Sharon Public Library.  Strategic Plan FY17-22
Tech Connect
Every other Tuesday, 11-11:45 am
Join librarian Miki Wolfe for hands-on tech instruction.

        
December 6th- New Device Roundtable
Interested in a new device purchase? Ask any questions at this informal roundtable.
Library on Wheels - Are you homebound?

If you are a Sharon resident and are temporarily or permanently unable to visit the library in person due to injury, disability or other health problems, you may be able to receive home delivery of library materials through our new Library on Wheels program.
More information & registration form
Sharon History Digitized
We've begun digitizing parts of our historical collection to provide off-site access to the documents.  Thanks to funding provided by the Digital Commonwealth, we will be able to digitize more items every year.  Included in the first batch are Marsengold High School Yearbooks, William R. Mann diaries, Deborah Sampson items and lots more. Take a Look!
Who Needs Libraries? We All Do!

Watch video on YouTube.



New York Times Bestsellers

Community Panel Discussion

Community Panel Discussion/ Public Forum
January 11, 2017
7:00-8:00 PM
Library Community Room

The Sharon Public Library Building and Selection Committee will hold a panel discussion to seek your input on the 1 School Street schematic design which includes floor plans and exterior renderings of the historic 1892 Centre School and modern main entrance.  

Filmed and Televised by Sharon Cable television.   Sharon residents are encouraged to attend, ask your questions and share your thoughts with the Library Architects, Lerner Ladds and Bartels and the Library Building and Selection Comittee.   

A presentation will be given by the architectural firm Lerner Ladds and Bartels of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the designers of the new Sharon Public Library.  Lerner Ladds and Bartels has completed 15 public library projects in the state of Massachusetts including; Bolton, Franklin, Foxborough, Medway, Milford, Nantucket, Walpole and Watertown. 

Several of LLB's library projects were in beloved historically-significant buildings and neighborhoods.  LLB built their design practice on New England style and sensibility, acknowledging and embracing the design diversity of the historic past and complementing it with architectural design that is respectful and unique to each Town's particular context.


R. Drayton Fair, AIA, ALA, LEED AP joined the firm as a principal in 2003, bringing with him over 20 years of public and institutional experience with an expertise in library design and Massachusetts public work. Committed to project advocacy, his work in achieving consensus with local communities has led to award-winning projects.


Deborah Sampson Sculptor Lu Stubbs' Speech



Text of speech about Deborah Sampson Sculpture.
More about Lu Stubbs, A tribute from her grandson Robin.




 

Alzheimer's Memory Kits
Do you know someone struggling with the effects of Alzheimer's or dementia? The Sharon Public Library has three Alzheimer's Memory Kits that you can borrow with your library card.

National Library of Medicine Resources:  Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Memory Loss
Chinese Language Resources - Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia
Wellness in the Person with Dementia part 3 of 3
Jennifer Binckerhoff, MD - Be the CEO of Your Healthcare

Wellness in the Person with Dementia part 2 of 3
This program was cancelled due to illness of the speaker.  We will re-schedule this event. TBA
Dr. Jennifer Brinckerhoff from Orchard Cove will present Healthy Aging: A Geriatrician's Perspective.

Creating Meaningful Activities
Linda Einis presents part 3 of 3. Notes for Creating A Dementia-Friendly Home: Creating Meaningful Activities.

Clinical Trials - March 4
Attorney Heather Sawitsky notes on Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials Information from the National Library of Medicine
February 23 - Home Care Series
Notes: OC Linda Einis - Activities of Daily Living

February 16 Wellness in the Person with Dementia - part 1 of 3
Notes: Susan Flashner Fineman, MEd Vitalize Coach and Mindy Grodofsky-Gilmore, LICSW - Orchard Cove. Program will be presented at the Sharon Council on Aging, 219 Massapoag Avenue

Complete Program Schedule: AD, Dementia and Memory Loss
Program Brochure for the full series on Alzheimer's, Dementia and Memory Loss

January 28 Caring for the Caregiver
Fashion Show Information
www.alittleeasierrecovery.org
www.independentliving.com
www.shoppersservice.com
www.cravaat.com (the red scarf)
www.alzstore.com
www.buckandbuck.com (much of the clothing)
www.hemowear.com (the clothing with zippers)
www.maxiaids.com
www.charmmedical.com (the pretty bag for walkers and wheelchairs)
www.visionsofindependence.com
And the canton resale shop—www.seconddebutconsignment.com
 

January 12 - Adapting the Home Environment
Linda Einis - Workshop Notes
Resource Notes

January 7 - Caring for the Caregiver
 "Strategies for Successful, Supportive Family Meetings."

Habilitation Therapy
How to Create a Failure-Free Home Environment - Tara Flannigan December 8, 2015

Behavior as Communication: Using the Habilitation Model
Power Point Presentation - Caren Silverlieb, MMHS Director of Strategic Planning
                                             and Partnerships JCHE
Suggested Article on Elder Abuse - Caren Silverlieb

Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and Memory Loss
Dr. Ruth Kandel's Notes from, "General Overview of Memory Loss, Various Forms of Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease".
Power Point Presentation
Memory Disorders Clinic

Resources for Families Living with Dementia
Handouts for program no.2 in the Alzheimer's/Dementia series by Your Elder Care Experts - Joanne Peskowitz on Families Living with Dementia
Handout 1 ~ Handout 2 ~ Handout 3