A Visit with Mrs. Washington

     
      Please join us online in this Free Virtual program sponsored by the Friends of the Sharon Public Library.  Celebrate President's Day with a virtual visit on Thursday, February 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM. 

Mrs. George Washington will be portrayed by Sandy Spector in conversations about her life until her present time in 1784.  Questions will be accepted ahead of time by emailing marthawashington1775@gmail.com or via chat during the Zoom program. 



 

Sharon Public Library: Modified Operations starting Monday, December 28


Due to Governor Baker's newly-released restrictions, the Sharon Public Library will move to a system of modified operations starting on Monday, December 28, 2020. Modifications are as follows:
  • "Grab & Go" browsing limits. Patrons are asked to limit their time in the building to 15 minutes per person, per day.
  • Occupancy limits are in place. No more than 15 patrons will be allowed into the building at a time. To help staff maintain an accurate count, patrons are asked to enter and exit through the lower-level door (except in the case of emergency).
  • Use our Curbside Pickup service as an alternative. The Library will continue to offer our popular Curbside Pickup service as an easy, safe, and efficient way to get library materials from us to you. Simply place items on hold via our Catalog; then, after you get a notification that they are ready, schedule an appointment time through our Library Calendar to come pick them up. They'll be waiting for you, already checked out to your account and bundled together, on a cart outside the Library's lower level.
  • Keep an eye on the Library's website, Facebook, and weekly newsletter for further updates. These channels also include news and announcements about upcoming virtual programs, services, and what's going on at the Library generally.

These modifications to our operations will continue until Governor Baker eases restrictions in the state of Massachusetts. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
 

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!

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.

Change in Hours

The Library will be changing its hours temporarily due to the Covid pandemic and patron use beginning November 9th until February 27th. We will re-assess at that time and/or resume our regular schedule as of March 1st.
  • Monday - 10-6
  • Tuesday - 10-8
  • Wednesday and Thursday - opening at 10:00 am and closing at 6:00 PM
  • Friday - 10-6
  • Saturday - 10-5
Please note that, due to the ongoing pandemic and Gov. Baker's regulations, patrons are asked to limit their time in the building to 1 hour per patron, per day. Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.

OBOT chooses this year's book

One Book One Town has announced its selection for 2021.  

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali.
They will hold virtual events only.  See OBOT website for more information

    The Friends of the Sharon Public Library are accepting Books only which can be dropped off at the Sharon Shaw's Plaza in the book collection bins.  Donation guidelines 
For more information please see friendsofsharonpubliclibrary.org 
                                            

Now introducing... Creativebug!

Sharon Public Library is pleased to offer a new database to our cardholders: Creativebug, which offers thousands of arts and crafts workshops by top artists and designers, plus downloadable recipes, patterns, and more!

Find your next project and get crafting today by visiting our Consumer & Home Arts databases page!

Temporary Remote Access to Ancestry.com!

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely through March 31, 2021, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Click here for temporary remote access through our databases page.

Instructions:
Follow the link (above) and log in using your Sharon Public Library card number and PIN ('ocln' is the standard assigned PIN for SPL cards). You will be redirected to a page connected with our catalog. Click on the Ancestry.com logo under the words "Access Ancestry." Only Sharon residents will be able to access this service. If you have questions or need help, email sharonlibraryma@gmail.com or use our Ask a Librarian function.

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.
  • RBdigital Magazines gives patrons free access to new and back issues of dozens of popular magazines. To use this service, visit RBdigital Magazines and sign in or make a free account. Or, download the RBdigital app (Apple, Android, Kindle Fire).
  • 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.

 

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.