Understanding Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

Mike Gershbein, from Very Smart People, explains the history of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, how they work, and the terminology associated with digital currency.  
Thursday, September 2, 6:30 PM on Zoom. 
 Registration Required.
All who register online for the program will receive the Zoom invite link by email before the program begins.     

Henna Alchemy - Learn to make beautiful designs

Please join Mandy Roberge of Wicked Good Henna on Zoom! 
Tuesday, August 10 at 2:00 PM.   You will learn the history of henna as an art form and how to create your own paste.  On the second day, watch a recorded follow-up Zoom program and learn to check for dye release and how to get your past into cones, along with some simple practice techniques.
Registration is required to receive a Zoom link. Register on the Library Calendar page from our website. Contact Youth Services Librarian Mary Claire O'Donnell at mcodonnell@ocln.org for more information.  

This program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

Sewing Threads of Diversity Grant Project

Arianna Levesque is an experienced model, designer, seamstress, and sewing instructor.  She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Fashion Design and has been sewing for 20+ years. She spent numerous years working as a designer of women's fashions in NYC and ran a sewing club at an elementary school in the Lower East Side. Currently, she is teaching sewing to kids and adults in Long Island. 

Take and Make Kits available for Sewing Tote Bags, Produce Bags, and Reusable Sponge out of sustainable materials. Borrow a sewing machine and sewing equipment kit, register for the training, ask at the reference desk for your tote bag, produce bag or reusable sponge kit and start your sustainable sewing project.
These step-by-step Instructions are videotaped and once you register, you will receive a link to the instruction. 

Your sewing kit will include all the materials you will need to make the specific project you choose.  Register now, only 10 kits are available for each of the projects.     

These programs are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

The Friends of the Sharon Public Library will be holding its annual book sale this Fall. The Book collection begins October 25th and ends on November 9th. The Book Sale will be from Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14th. For more information: friendsofsharonpubliclibrary.org 


Temporary Remote Access to Ancestry.com!

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely through June 30, 2021, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Click here for temporary remote access through our databases page.

Follow the link to our Genealogy Databases page (above). Click on the link for temporary remote access. You will be taken to our Catalog; log in using your Sharon Public Library card number and PIN ('ocln' is the standard assigned PIN for SPL cards). Click on the Ancestry.com logo (Ancestry Library Edition) under the words "Access Ancestry." Only Sharon residents will be able to access this service. If you have questions or need help, call 781-784-1578 x1422 or use our Ask a Librarian function.

Now introducing... LibFix!

Don't want to browse the shelves, but want some new materials? Check out our new "LibFix" service for patrons of all ages! Whether you want 1 title or a whole bundle of 5 titles on a topic of your choice, our collection experts are ready to hand-select items to suit your unique reading and/or watching interests! Get started here: tinyurl.com/spl-libfix

Please note: We will do our best to accommodate your interests with what is currently available at the Library. We hope you will discover some new favorites through this service! After each LibFix, you'll have the opportunity to provide us with feedback, so that we can further hone our understanding of your reading/watching tastes.

Once you've received notification that your items are ready for pickup, please follow our Curbside Pickup instructions (above) and select a time slot to pick up your LibFix.
Please limit your request to 1 LibFix per patron each time. LibFixes are available for books/audiobooks or DVDs.

Online & Remote Access Tools Through SPL

If you are practicing social distancing, self-isolation, or simply exercising due caution, the Library can help you stay connected and safe through our online and remote access tools:
  • Overdrive and its corresponding free app, Libby, allow users to borrow and read or listen to e-books and e-audiobooks on their computers, phones, tablets, or other devices. Get started on your computer by visiting Overdrive and signing in using your library card and PIN (the standard PIN is "ocln"); or by downloading Libby onto the device of your choice for free.
  • The New York Times is available for free online. To access it, visit the Library's catalog and click "New York Times" on the left-hand sidebar. Click "Redeem" next to the digital access code provided, then sign in or create a free account. When your code runs out after 72 hours, simply get a new one by following this process again.
  • Hoopla provides limited streaming access to movies, TV shows, e-books, e-audiobooks, and more. Access it through the hoopla website or by downloading the hoopla app (Apple, Android) and sign in or create an account using your library card number. Please note: SPL has a limit of 2 borrows per month for hoopla users.
Need assistance? Have questions? Check out our Help & Support page.

Still stuck after that? Contact our Reference Team through our Ask a Librarian tool.


Did you know that SPL is offering Curbside Pickup Services?

It's an easy, safe, and efficient way to get your Library materials! Here's how it works:
1) Place your holds online via the OCLN catalog, or by calling 781-784-1578. If you call the library, please be aware it may take time for library staff to respond. Phone lines will be busy, and staff will be managing operations in the building simultaneously. We thank you in advance for your patience.
2) Wait until you receive a notice that your materials are ready; then, select a time slot for curbside delivery at the library's Eventkeeper calendar. You will be required to select a specific time for pickup of library materials. If you need to pick up your library materials within an hour of registering for curbside pickup, please call the library after you register so that library staff can have the materials ready when you arrive.
3) Please arrive on time to your curbside delivery time. The library staff member will leave your library materials on the available cart. You may exit your vehicle and retrieve your materials. They will already be checked out to you. 
 Please observe all social distancing requirements as you collect your materials; and make sure that you are taking the correct bag (with your name on it), as there may be more than one bag of materials on the table at times.
For all other questions, please refer to the SPL Curbside Delivery FAQ. And thank you in advance for helping to make curbside delivery safe for staff and patrons alike!

Introducing Wowbrary!

Would you like to hear about bestsellers, movies, music, and audiobooks almost as soon as they arrive here at the library? We are excited to offer free Wowbrary email alerts that showcase our newest items each week.
Wowbrary alerts are free and do not require a library card. Sign up or learn more.