Special Collections

Foreign Language Collections

We currently have books and ebooks in Russian, Chinese, and Hebrew. These collections continue to expand, and soon we hope to add additional materials in Portuguese and Hindi as well.

The Foreign Language collections are located near our public-use computers, between our Adult Fiction and ESOL collections.
 

Alzheimer's & Dementia Resources
Do you know someone who is suffering the effects of Alzheimer's or dementia? Find information, resources, and support in this Special Collection, located behind the Reference Desk just before the YA section.

You can also access our Alzheimer's & Dementia Resources web portal.
 

Wellness Kits
Do you or someone you know struggle with anxiety, depression, or another mental illness? Consider checking out one of our Wellness Kits, tote bags filled with books and resources on topics related to mental health and illness for people of all ages. Just few examples include Anxiety Survival for Teens, Coping Skills for Kids, Family Mindfulness, Anger Management for Kids, and Exploring Emotions. Kits are located in the Main Lobby, just before the New Materials section.

Consider browsing our All of Us web portal, which includes recordings from our speaker series on depression and anxiety, plus helpful information related to mental health from the NIH and NLM.


This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Cooperative Agreement UG4LM012347-01 with the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.
 

Resources for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs
In the Library, books related to persons with special needs are found under the call numbers:
  • 371.8 through 371.9
  • 616.85 through 616.89
  • 649.15
We also maintain a comprehensive online resource page with links to local, state, and federal organizations, medical information resources, and more for those seeking additional support.
 

Library of Things - (Special Items for you to borrow)
There is a 2 week borrowing period for these items.  Late charges are $5.00 per day - so please don't be late in returning these items for other patrons to borrow!

In addition to books, the Library circulates a number of non-traditional items, including:

Library Telescope
Generously donated by the Aldrich Astronomical Society as part of their Library Telescope program, our telescope is available for SPL cardholders to borrow for up to 2 weeks. The telescope is an Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astro Reflector Telescope, equipped with a zoom telescope eyepiece and a handy instruction manual. Inquire at the Adult Circulation Desk for more information, or to borrow the telescope.

Instruments
The library has 3 mandolins, 3 ukuleles, 2 violins, and a banjo that can be borrowed by library patrons.  These instruments come with a tuner, beginner's instruction book, pics where needed, and a case.  If your student is interested in playing an instrument but is not sure what to try, borrow one from the library. 

Sewing Machines and Sewing Kits

Thanks to a grant called Sewing Threads of Diversity from the Library Services and Technology Act and administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, there are 6 sewing machines for you to borrow. Sewing kits are also available for you to borrow separately. 

Activity Kits
Looking for something to do, or to pick up a new skill? Try one of our Activity Kits, and learn how to knit, crochet, fix a bike, and more. Inquire at the Adult Circulation Desk for more information, or to borrow a kit.

Crochet and Knitting Kits
There are 3 crochet kits and 3 knitting kits complete with all the appropriate equipment you need, including yarn for you to borrow.  Yarn is donated to the library by our patrons for your use. If you have yarn to donate for others to use, we thank you. 

Hotspots
The library has 5 hotspots from T-Mobile for you to borrow.  Hotspots allow you to access the internet through a small device attached to your laptop.  Patrons must be 18 years or older to borrow them.  Fill out an application form at the front desk in the main lobby.

Bicycle Repair Kits
The library has 5 bicycle repair kits for you to borrow. It includes all the tools you would need to fix a flat tire, adjust your seat, and make other adjustments. 
 
Kindle eReaders
Going on a trip? Interested in trying out an eReader before committing to buying one? The Library has several Kindles, including 4 "classic" Kindles and 2 new editions, loaded with dozens of popular fiction and non-fiction titles. We also have 2 Kindles loaded specifically with young adult titles. Inquire at the Adult Circulation Desk for more information, or to borrow a Kindle.

Rokus
Watch in-demand movies and television shows with a Library Roku! All you need is a television set and a Wi-fi connection to watch hundreds of new releases. Rokus circulate for 3 weeks at a time. Inquire at the Adult Circulation Desk for more information, or to borrow a Roku.
 

Digitized Historical Collection
In 2014, the Sharon Public Library began digitizing parts of its historical collection to provide off-site access to these documents. Thanks to funding provided by the Digital Commonwealth, we will be able to continue expanding this resource over the next few years.

Sharon Advocate Online
Archived issues of Sharon Advocate are now available online. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide, Navigating the Sharon Digital Newspaper Archives.
 
Our thanks to Mass Humanities and the Sharon Community Preservation Act Funding and local funding for making this archive possible.