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Summer Concert Details Announced!
James Montgomery Blues Band
Saturday, August 16th @ 3pm
Memorial Park (directly across from Fine Arts Theatre)
(Rain Date is Thursday, August 21st @ 6pm)

The library is excited to announce that this year's summer concert will feature local favorite, the James Montgomery Blues Band.
Since 1970, his harmonica playing, singing and energetic stage show led to his band gaining a reputation as one of the hottest bands on the New England music scene. Learn more about the James and his band at

Special funding by the Maynard Cultural Council, Middlesex Savings Bank, Bose, Maynard Rotary Club, the Faucetorium, and the Friends of the Maynard Public Library.

One-on-One Computer Help

Need help formatting a resume, downloading e-books, setting up a Facebook account, or just turning that laptop on to get started?

Learn computer basics with a one-on-one half hour session with a Reference librarian!

Three dates to choose from this month:
Wednesday, August 6th (3-4pm)
Thursday, August 19th (7-8:30pm)
Friday, August 29th (10:30am-12pm)

Please visit the Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103 to make an appointment!

Featured Database of the Month

A reader's advisory resource assisting you find new books to read. Contains best book lists, author read-alikes, book reviews, author profiles, book discussion guides, and much more.

Get Discounted or Free Museum Passes!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out a pass at the library!

We have something for everyone! Click here to see a full list of the museum passes the library has along with their websites and pricing information.

Museum passes are available to anyone who holds a library card for the Minuteman Library Network. Passes should be reserved in advance at the Circulation Desk or by calling 978-897-1010.

Museum passes are provided by a generous $4,000 annual grant from the Friends of the Maynard Public Library.

Read, Watch, or Listen to Something Awesome? Return it in our Awesome Box!
The library has partnered with the Harvard University Library Innovation Lab to launch the Awesome Box. The box allows patrons to share "awesome" suggestions of books, movies, music CDs, etc. with fellow patrons.

Simply deposit the item(s) you think are "awesome" into the box rather than returning them in the normal spot. The item will then be checked in and also scanned to the "Awesome" page, which can be found here:

Visit the page and see what others have found notably enlightening, mind-blowing, or helpful recently. When you click on the media's icon, it takes you to the item's listing on the Minuteman Library Network catalog, so that you can read more about the item and its availability or place it on hold.

You can also browse recent "Awesome" returns that are on display on the library's 2nd and 3rd floors.

New E-Resource Added! Consumer Reports Online
Consumer Reports Online

The library is excited to announce that we've added Consumer Reports Online to our growing list of subscription e-resources. It is available to Maynard residents from home and available to anyone using a library computer. From home you will need your library card number to log in. Please contact the Reference Desk (978-897-1010 x103) if you need help.

Consumer Reports Online features trusted and unbiased ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services
in categories including appliances, cars, electronics, computers, home & garden, food, health, personal finance, travel, and more. 

Intro to Craigslist Workshop
Tuesday, August 26th @ 7pm
Roosevelt Room
Looking for a job, an apartment, or someone to buy your old couch? Craigslist can help! Learn the ins and outs of the Web's most prominent classifieds listing site with this 1 hour workshop!

(While not mandatory, please bring a laptop to follow along if possible.)

Please register at the Reference Desk or call 978-897-1010 x103.

Henry Beston's Cape Cod: Inspiration for a National Seashore

Outermost House Expert, writer and filmmaker Don Wilding presents a lecture program of over 150 slides and rough-cut footage from the Henry Beston Society's documentary film project. Learn how Henry Beston, returning from the horrors of World War I, wrote the classic book, "The Outermost House," while finding the peace of mind he was seeking on Cape Cod's Outer Beach. Years later, "The Outermost House" was cited by the National Park Service as to why the Outer Beach should be preserved. Signed copies of Don's book, "Henry Beston's Cape Cod," are available after the program.

Open Table Month Extended Through August!

During the month of August, the Maynard Public Library is partnering with Open Table, an organization that offers a weekly dinner to local families, to collect food.

A box for receiving food items is placed as you enter the library. The Open Table accepts many kinds of food, but these items are particularly needed:
  • Cereal
  • Chunky soups containing protein
  • Cooking oil
  • Coffee
  • Canned meats/fish/stews
  • Condiments
  • Cleaning products
  • Personal care products including toothpaste, soap, & toilet paper
  • Granola bars/fruit snacks (for kids)
  • Jelly (flavors other than grape)
  • Spaghetti sauce

The library will also be accepting canned goods donated to Open Table in lieu of fines during August.

For each can received at the library's Circulation Desk, we will waive $3.00 in fines. The cans must be clean. Thanks for participating!

Download free music you can keep with Freegal!

Freegal Music is a downloadable music service that offers access to about 3 million songs from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. All you need is your library card number!

You can search by keyword, artist, or album or use the advanced search page. You can also browse artists A to Z, see genre lists in dozens of categories, and listen to sample clips before you download.

Maynard residents are entitled to download three free tracks per week. Downloads are all in the MP3 format and will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. There are also mobile apps available for iOS and Android devices. Check it out!

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Music & Mime
Wednesday, August 13th @ 10:30am
Ages 3 and over

This great music show features legendary children's performer Bill Shontz along with mine Jody Scalise.

The music of Bill Shontz
Is as tuneful as a bird's
And to tell about the mime
There just aren't any words!

Summer Reading Club End of Summer Extravaganza featuring... The Raffle!
Wednesday, August 20th @ 3pm
Green Meadow School Playground
(Parking in Crowe Lot)

That old expression is about to pay off - "Good things come to those who read." And there's no better thing than a gleaming new bicycle that will be raffled off to one lucky winner. So come to the picnic and reap your reading rewards. Readers need to have read 24 hours in the club to be in the raffle, but everyone can come to the picnic.

Instructions: Bake an item (like cupcakes or brownies) and bring enough for yourselves and some other people. Next, join in the scavenger hunt, then get ready to raffle!

Adventures in Slumberland Storytime
Tuesdays, July 8th - August 12th @ 7pm
(Ages 3 and over)

5 Reasons Storytime is Better than a BBQ:

5) You won't gets ants in your shorts at storytime.
4) You won't have to eat your Aunt Sylvia's cucumber, broccoli salad.
3) You won't play Hide-And-Seek and then nobody looks for you.
2) You won't have to sit next to people after they've just eaten beans
1) You never have to char-broil a book!

Please sign up at the Children's Desk or call 978-897-1010 x106.

Download eBooks from Overdrive!

Interested in downloading eBooks to your Kindle, Nook, iPad, smartphone, laptop or other electronic device?

You'll find a large variety of popular fiction, non-fiction, children's, and young adult books available from OverDrive. Visit the Digital Catalog to get started!

Check out our E-Reader/E-Book page for helpful resources. If you are having difficulty downloading your eBooks, please contact the Reference Desk at 978-897-1010 x103.