Milford Town Library summer reading program book donations book clubs

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The Department of Youth Services is delighted to announce that registration for this year’s summer reading program, “Tails and Tales,” is underway in the children’s room.

This year, we are adding a reading and beads component to our program for school-aged children. For every 15 minutes they read, they earn pearls to add to their bragging chain. Teens will have the chance to win one of three prize baskets, and we even have an option for our little readers, the “Reading as Partners Program”.

The summer reading program is free and open to all young people under the age of 18. Registration began June 28 and will continue until the first week of August.

For more information, call 508-473-2145, ext. 216.

Library hours

The library is now closed on Saturdays for the summer. Saturday hours will resume on September 11.

Book donations

Donations of books and other items can only be accepted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Please bring new or slightly used books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles and place them on the cart near the stairs and elevator.

Cookbook Club

The next Cookbook Club meeting is Wednesday, August 11 at 7 p.m., via Zoom. We’ll be discussing recipes that members try from “The Kitchen Garden Cookbook,” by Caroline Brertherton. Copies are available at the loan office.

Center book group

The July book for the Center Book Group is “The Library Book,” by Susan Orlean. It will be discussed at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, at the Milford Senior Center.

Orlean is an accomplished non-fiction writer, having been on “The New Yorker” crew for decades. His previous books include the bestselling “The Orchid Thief”, “On Animals”, “Rin Tin Tin” and “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup”, among others.

In “The Library Book”, Orleans examines the unsolved mystery of a horrific fire that ravaged the Los Angeles Public Library in April 1986. The fire burned for seven hours and destroyed 400,000 books and damaged nearly ‘a million more. Was it an arson or an accident?

Orlean does more than discuss the Los Angeles fire, although she does it thoroughly. She also tells the story of what libraries have meant to longtime readers like her, to their communities and to those who hire them. The praise has been high for “The Library Book”, with applause-filled reviews such as “a constant pleasure to read”, “mesmerizing”, “a delicious love letter to public libraries” and “a fascinating mix of real crime, history, biography and immersion journalism.

To reserve a copy or for more information, call Anne at 508-473-2145, Ext. 219, or send an email to [email protected]

Resource Guides

As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Julia Riordan has created a plasticized resource guide in English, Spanish and Portuguese that library patrons can take and keep home for quick and easy reference to a variety of civic, school, health and other organizations. Free copies are available on our Grab & Go table.

Additionally, Riordan has created several resource kits to help English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families develop their English skills. Besides bilingual books, laminated flash card / word rings, there are games that small groups can play. Slap Jack, Spot It, First Words, and Zingo (Bingo with a Zing) are both fun and educational.

The creation of a sustainable resource was one of the goals of his project and we anticipate that many, many families will benefit from these tools and resources.

Group of contemporary books

The Contemporary Book Group will then meet at 7pm on Thursday, July 29 for a Zoom discussion on “Girls With Bright Futures,” by Tracy Dobmeir and Wendy Katzman.

“Girls With Bright Futures” is a sharp and irresistibly fun fictional look at college admissions. This book is for those who couldn’t stop reading about Lori Loughlin and Operation Varsity Blues.

The novel is a scintillating deep dive into a college admissions scandal and the terrifying efforts parents will make to secure their children’s futures. Devilishly paced and devilishly intelligent, “Girls With Bright Futures” is a serious case of mothers misbehaving, showing the dark side of ambition in the cutthroat world of college admissions.

To reserve a copy or for more information about the group, email Shelley at [email protected]

Back of table puzzle

Our puzzle table has been a big hit with many of our customers. Unfortunately, we had to stop confusing during the pandemic. Now that so many of us are vaccinated, we’re making the puzzles available again.

Look for new puzzles on the tables in the reference area and have fun again. We picked a few tough ones.

Pantry donations

The City of Milford Library accepts donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry every day. During the pandemic, when food insecurity became more severe for many, donations of food for the pantry were especially welcome. Donations can be deposited in the blue bucket under the friends table in the library.

Library News is compiled weekly by Reference Librarian Mary Frances Best.


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