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Take & Make! A new remote craft program for kids

Starting Wednesday, October 14th, Saugus patrons can pick up a free Make & Take craft kit from the library for kids to make at home.  

Craft kits can be picked up during Front Door Pick Up hours:

  • Tuesday & Thursday afternoons 3:30-6:30pm 
  • Wednesday mornings-early afternoon  10:30am-2pm

SHARE WHAT YOU MAKE! Tag us on social media and share a photo of what your child made – or a photo of the fun you had together.  We’ll give away a Barnes & Noble Gift Card to a lucky winner! Craft kits are intended for families.  We will do our best to meet the demand.

 

 

Join the Book Group (Virtually!)

Join the discussion. Our Wednesday Night Book Group is returning . . . virtually, and on Friday nights!

The (virtual) Friday Night Book Group will meet on Friday, November 6 at 6:00 pm. The  selection this month is “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman.

Call the Library at 781-231-4168 ext. 3102 to reserve a copy, which you can pick up during our Front Door Pickup hours (Tues 3:30-6:30 pm, Wed 10:30 am-2 pm, Thur 3:30-6:30 pm). Copies will be available in regular, large print, and audio on CD formats.

There is no charge to participate. To receive a link to the Zoom meeting, please send an email to sau@noblenet.org . . . and be sure to type “Book Group” into the subject line.

No Internet access at home? Borrow the Internet with a WiFi Hotspot!

The SPL has Verizon Wifi hotspots (MiFi 7730L) available for borrowing.  A Wifi hotspot allow users to access the Internet via a WiFi signal anywhere a cellular phone signal is available. You can connect to the Internet at home, in the park, in your car…pretty much anywhere you are when you need free Internet access. The hotspots provide up to 25GB  of internet data for the borrower.

To check out a hotspot, you must be a Saugus resident, have a valid Saugus Public Library card, and have an account in good standing (no unpaid fees or overdue items) Borrowers must also be at least 18‐years-old and sign a Wifi checkout agreement. They can then log onto the hotspot with their phone, laptop or any other Wifi capable device. Each hotspot can connect up to 8 devices to the Internet simultaneously. Hotspots can be checked out for up to three weeks (sorry, no renewals).

Celebrate Hispanic Authors

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from 15 September to 15 October in the United States for recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

How to Grow a Reader, Make it Fun!

#READ20in2020

Reading at least 20 minutes a day is a great goal and couldn’t be more important right now.  Here are some tips to help make reading fun:

  • Create a routine, read at the same time every day for at least 20 minutes – like brushing your teeth, it’s just part of your day!
  • Provide a variety of books – picture books, chapter books, readers, fact books, funny books, poetry, etc. 
  • Pay attention to what your child likes to read or even watch.  Do they like a certain author, series, or genre – funny, scary, animals, super heroes.  Now look for more!
  • Keep reading to your child, even when they’ve already mastered the fundamentals OR grab something and read when they do.  
  • Curl up, get cozy, make it a special part of your day!
  • As much as possible, let them choose what to read
  • Find books that fit your child’s reading level, if they’re struggling, find an easier book, if they’re zooming through, encourage them to try something a bit more challenging.  It’s called the Goldilocks Rule – too easy, too hard, JUST RIGHT!
  • Any questions? email melton@noblenet.org and I’ll help you!
  • Place holds on books for the Front Door Pick Up service – don’t be shy, get a bunch!  
  • Download the hoopla, Overdrive, or Libby apps  Borrow ebooks, audiobooks easily, quickly, any time of day – it’s awesome! Need help? just ask! And check out the How To videos created by these companies
  • More reading tips

Voter Information

The Saugus Town Clerk  and the Secretary of the Commonwealth have important information for voters on everything from how to register, to lists of the federal and state election candidates.

Here are several quick links.

Town of Saugus registration and absentee ballot information

Early Voting  Schedule for Saugus. Early voting will be at the Saugus Public Library at the Taylor Street entrance.

2020 election candidates

Download the 2020 Statewide Ballot Questions.



 

 

A timely community book discussion: The Righteous Mind

Zoom Book Discussion on The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
Led by the Rev. John Beach, St. John’s Church, Saugus
Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 for 6 weeks starting on October 20th
All are welcome.
For more information and to receive a Zoom invitation, email: johntbeach@comcast.com

(NOTE: This title is available to all Saugus Public Library cardholders in audiobook format on Hoopla.)

From Rev. John Beach: “Election season in this country has traditionally been a time in which polarizing rhetoric is used in an attempt to divide the U.S. into warring tribes. This year has arguably been worse than most and I fear that we have been rendered incapable of (and perhaps unwilling to) engage in constructive, reasonable conversation. There are not many predictions which can be made with certainty for this November, but there are a few.

First, a very large portion of the American people will wake up on November 4th dispirited, frightened, and angry. Second, the distrust and cynicism which has been growing over the past decade will render conversation exceedingly difficult.

In anticipation of this outcome, and with the knowledge that we are one nation seeking liberty and justice for all, I would like to start a conversation in this community as the election approaches. I invite all interested persons of good will to join me in a book discussion group of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.”

 

Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten: Now on Zoom!

Help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten.  Join Ms. Steph Saturday mornings at 9:30am for Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten on Zoom.  To register email: stephlowe27@gmail.com.  We can’t wait to see you online!

This program is recommended for children ages 3-5 and is sponsored by the Saugus Coordinated Family Community Engagement grant.