Maynard Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program!
Summer Reading Bingo is fun and easy! Get your card at the Reference Desk and start to play. Just finish any four activities in a row, get your activities stamped at the Reference Desk and enter into the raffle of your choice. You can fill in as many cards as you like before Labor Day!
You may need some information to complete some tasks on your card. Everything you need to know is right here.
We encourage you to read something different this summer! Here’s where you can find various collections and displays in the library.
Cookbooks-2nd floor, in the 641 section of nonfiction, above the Circulation Desk
Craft books-2nd floor, in the 730-740 section of nonfiction, above the Circulation Desk
Travel-2nd floor, in the 910 section of nonfiction, above the Circulation Desk
Histories-2nd floor, in the 900 section of nonfiction, above the Circulation Desk
Short stories and essays-2nd floor, in the 800-820 section of nonfiction, above the Circulation Desk
Graphic Novels- 3rd floor, left of the Children’s Desk
Young Adult-3rd floor
Local History-2nd floor, near the restrooms
New Fiction-1st floor,
New Nonfiction-2nd floor, to the right of the Reference Desk
DVDs and CDs-1st floor
Magazines and newspapers-2nd floor
Author of the Week display-2nd floor, to the left of the Reference Desk
Community Puzzle-2nd floor, above the library entrance
Maynard High School Yearbooks can be viewed online here
You can find copies of Book Page (donated by the Friends) on the community table near the Circulation Desk
The Awesome Box is where patrons of all ages can recommend something they’ve read, watched or listened to. If you have something great to share, return it to the Awesome Box by the Circulation Desk. You can find materials other Maynard patrons have enjoyed on the red cart by the front stairs.
The Maynard Library has one of the best collections of discount passes to area museums and attractions! Some of the most popular are the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Discovery Museums in Acton. We also have new passes to the Concord Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, the Worcester Art Museum and Einstein’s Workshop in Burlington. You can reserve a pass by visiting or calling the Circulation Desk at 978-897-1010 x101. Read about all the passes and details of discounts on the library website.
The library provides access to specialty databases for our patrons. See them all here.
Consumer Reports online provides unbiased ratings & recommendations on thousands of products and services.
Ancestry.com provides military records, vital records, census data and family history databses. You can only access Ancestry at the library.
Freegal Music is a free music download service. You can download three mp3s and videos a week.
Mango Languages is an online language learning system that offers over 70 languages.
Minuteman and OverDrive catalogs
Click here to access the new Encore Catalog.
To access your account online, click the Login link in the upper left, then enter your library card number and PIN on the next screen. Click on your name and then click the Reading History to activate a list of checked out items. Click the Edit Account button to create a username or to opt in to mobile messaging about due items and holds ready for pickup. You can freeze a hold by first clicking the Holds link for your account, checking the Freeze box on the right of each title and then the Update List button at the top of your Holds list.
You can download e-books and audiobooks online using OverDrive! Learn more about them by visiting http://digital.minlib.net
Library Events and Programs
You can find out about everything happening at the library in a number of ways. Note the outdoor sign as you arrive at the library. Check out posters in the lobby and the reference area. Pick up a calendar of events in the lobby. Check the home page of the web site and scroll down to see the library calendar. You can also follow us and the Friends us on social media (see below), or sign up for our events emails (also below).
Any event or program held at the library counts for your Bingo card square. Keep in mind that there are lots of great kids events this summer!
Social media links
Both the library and the Friends of the Library have social media you can interact with to stay informed about library events and programs. When you retweet, Like, share or comment on posts, you help us expand our reach and advertise our events. Use @MaynardLibrary and #SummerReading in your tweets.
Join our email list to keep up on events and programs by clicking the link above. We will never share your information and you will get 2-3 emails a month. It is easy to unsubscribe if you change your mind!
Support the Friends of the Library by Shopping
In addition to our spring book sale, we’ll have a small sale at the Farmers’ Market in August. You can shop anytime at the sale book shelves on the left side of the first floor stairs. Most books cost between 50 cents and $2, so this is a great bargain. Check back frequently!
You can donate to our book sales by dropping materials in the stairwell by the first floor restrooms.
If you start your Amazon shopping here, a small percentage of your total purchase will go to the Friends. This applies to all Amazon items and doesn’t change your cost.
Open Table is a wonderful organization that provides a weekly food pantry and evening meal to our neighbors in need of a little help. You can drop off donations of non-perishable items in the library lobby.
Many of our reading activities are based on personal tastes (a favorite book from childhood, a really good title, somewhere you want to visit) and you can look for suggestions here. You can find a list of books made into movies here. Our Books and Bagels discussion group and blog has lengthy book lists for Africa and Israel. And finally, here is a list of some of the authors who have visited the library in recent years, in no particular order:
Richard Russo, Andre Dubus III, Anita Diamant, Ann Hood, Lily King, Gregory Maguire, Roland Merullo, Jane Brox, Archer Mayor, Paul Harding, B.A. Shapiro, Margot Livesey, Elinor Lipman, Tom Perrotta, Joseph Finder, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Hallie Ephron, William Martin, Norton Juster, Jeff Kinney, Jeff Smith, Holly Robinson, M.T. Anderson, Paul Doiron, Katherine Hall Page, Elisabeth Elo, Julia Glass and Spencer Quinn.
Stay tuned to learn about the raffle prizes for summer reading bingo!