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Solar Eclipse Resources at SPL
The solar eclipse is less than one week away!

If you are looking for eclipse glasses, we recommend asking at local stores like Walmart or Lowes--but bear in mind that stores are running out quickly. Luckily, NASA has released instructions on how to make your own eclipse viewer from general household items. Contrary to some misleading reports, the library does not have any glasses to give or lend out to patrons. Please accept our apologies for any confusion.

However, we do have access to several databases that Gale has updated with plenty of eclipse-themed content and links suitable for all ages and levels of education. Check it out at:
Please note: Sharon Public Library cardholders have access to Research in Context and Science in Context through their regular accounts, but because of the high level of interest in this event, Gale is providing open access to all of these databases until September 15th.
 
Enjoy the eclipse, however you're able to view it!

Your Voice, Your Library: MBLC Patron Survey
An image with a blue background with the text: "Take a statewide library survey here--you could win an iPad! Your voice, your library."

Click on the button above to take the survey; or, take the Spanish or Chinese version. Thank you for your input!

Sign up for our new weekly newsletter!
This just in: We're starting a new, weekly newsletter so that patrons can keep track of what's happening at the library each week! Every issue will include information on programs, recommendations for readers, literary inspiration, and more.

Sign up to receive our newsletter and have it delivered straight to your inbox each week!
 
Crime TV as seen on the BBC!
Check out these great crime TV series, available on DVD at the library...
An image of crime scene tape over a blurred shot of police lights and the text: "Crime TV as seen on the BBC"

Did you know the Sharon Public Library has over 55 different crime series, as seen on the BBC, PBS, and other networks?
 
We've had so many requests we put together a PDF that lists all the series, and it's linked to the OCLN catalog, so it's easy to place holds on those titles that interest you! Check one out from the library today!

Crime TV As Seen on the BBC
 
 

Adult Summer Reading: Book Bingo & Where's Stella?

Do you believe that summer reading is just for kids? Think again! Our Adult Summer Reading is back this year with Book Bingo 2017 plus an all-new ongoing program called Where's Stella?

Book Bingo will begin on July 1st. Bingo cards will be available at the Circulation and Reference Desks. Anyone can play! Join anytime before August 31st. This year's prizes include gift certificates to Ward's Berry Farm and Crescent Ridge! The complete rules and ways to enter can be found on the back of the Bingo cards.

 

An image of a stuffed skunk on a yellow and teal background with the text: "Where's Stella?"
Where's Stella? is a fun ongoing program brought you by the library, the Sharon Advocate and SharonTV. Beginning July 1st, SharonTV and the Sharon Public Library Facebook page will kick off the program with a photo of Stella the Skunk that was taken somewhere in the Sharon community.

Participants should study the photograph carefully, then fill out a form online or in-person at the Circulation Desk to guess where Stella is. All correct guesses will be put into a prize drawing to take place at the end of the summer.

Every week of the library's Summer Reading program, SharonTV and the Advocate will publish a new and different photograph. Participants are welcome to submit a new guess for each photograph. One guess per patron per week, please.

In short: Watch for photographs, submit guesses, and win prizes (and eternal bragging rights). Good luck!

Middle School Summer Reading
Attention Sharon Middle and High School Students! Summer reading materials are now available. SMS books can be found on the lower level, and SHS books can be found by the front door.
Click here for more info.
Hoopla is here!

An image of hands manipulating a tablet superimposed over an image of bookshelves and the text: "Hoopla: Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks, and more, 24/7 with your library card"

We are excited to announce the availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid Sharon Public Library card!
 
Sharon Public Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com  to begin enjoying thousands of titles available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.
 
Try it today!
Check it Out: Local Author Spotlight
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Check out the library's ongoing Local Author Spotlight, including biographical information, interview, and book recommendations from a different local author each month.
Check out our newest database: Mango Languages!
An image of the Mango Languages logoFor 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.
Library on Wheels - Are you homebound?

An old black-and-white photograph of two librarians standing in front of a bookmobileIf 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. Find out more about our homebound delivery service.
Sharon History Digitized
An image of marbled book paperWe'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!

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New York Times Bestsellers

Construction Grant approved and wait listed
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners have announced construction grant awards.  For this grant round, thirty-three libraries applied for construction grants through the MBLC’s construction program. With the current funding, 9 were awarded provisional grants, and the rest were added to the waitlist. Funding will be given to the waitlisted libraries as it becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization.   The Town of Sharon is on the waitlist at number 6.  
You can see the libraries who received grants and the dollar amounts here.
 

Library Construction Grant Information

The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Grant has been submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and it was awarded.  The Library is #6 on the wait list, after the 9 provisional library projects have been completed. 
For more information on the grant.
Check out the new design of the library
 

 


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