May 25, 2022

Milford Town Library summer reading program book donations book clubs

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 Beading component to our school-aged program. Every 15 minutes of play, they earn pearls to add to their bragging chain. Teenagers will have the chance to win one of three prize baskets, and we even have an option for our littlest readers, the “Reading as Partners Program”.

The summer reading program is free and open to all young people up to the age of 18. Registration began June 28 and will continue through 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 lightly 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 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, via Zoom. We will discuss recipes that members are trying from “The Kitchen Garden Cookbook”, by Caroline Brertherton. Copies are available at the circulation counter.

Center Book Group

The Center Book Group’s July book 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 staff of “The New Yorker” for decades. Her previous books include the best-selling “The Orchid Thief,” “On Animals,” “Rin Tin Tin,” and “The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup,” among others.

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

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

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

Resource Guides

As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Julia Riordan has created a laminated resource guide in English, Spanish and Portuguese that library patrons can take home and keep at 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 rings with pictures and words, there are games that can be played by small groups. Slap Jack, Spot It, First Words and Zingo (Bingo with a Zing) are both fun and educational.

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

Contemporary Book Group

The Contemporary Book Group will then meet at 7 p.m. 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 deep, scintillating dive into a college admissions scandal and the terrifying lengths parents will go to secure their children’s futures. Wickedly paced and devilishly clever, “Girls With Bright Futures” is a serious case of misbehaving mothers, 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]

Puzzle Table Returns

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

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

Pantry donations

Milford Public Library accepts donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry daily. During the pandemic, when food insecurity worsened for many, food donations for the pantry were especially welcome. Donations can be placed in the blue bucket under the library friends book table.

Library News is compiled weekly by reference librarian Mary Frances Best.