The Library has groups!

Are you looking to connect with like-minded people over books or art? Ready to read something new or learn about a prolific artist? Then consider our collection of book and art groups!

The Newburyport Public Library is pleased to offer groups that meet monthly, virtually or in person, that cover a variety of interests.

Next Chapter: meets the first Wednesday of the month in person at the Senior Center.

Fiction book group: meets the second Thursday of the month virtually.

Just the Facts – nonfiction book group: meets the fourth Tuesday of the month virtually.

Circulo de Lectores – Spanish book group: meets every third Tuesday of the month virtually.

Art History Group: meets the second Tuesday of the month in person at the library.

To get more information on when and what time the groups meet, how to access them virtually, or what books/artists are being profiled for the month, check our our event calendar by clicking here.

Teen Book Subscription Bags

Do you have a tween or teen at home who devours books? Are they looking to branch out of their comfort zone and do not know where to start? Consider a Bookup Subscription Bag!

The Bookup Subscription Bag is your hookup for everything young adult books! Each bag will be filled with snacks, goodies, a craft, and books. Tweens and teens need to register and fill out a form. This form allows us to curate a personalized bag tailored to their preferences.

For information about the Bookup Subscription Bag, including February’s theme and important dates for sign up and pick up, click here.

Story Times are Back!

After taking a nice break for the holidays, we are happy to announce that our story times have resumed!

Come enjoy a wonderful half-hour full of stories and songs with our wonderful children’s librarians on Thursdays and Fridays.

Thursdays 9:30 & 11 AM: Ages 0-5.

Fridays 9:30 & 11 AM: Infants under age 1. So that we can keep our littlest patrons safe and comfortable, we ask that you find alternate care for any older siblings who are walking.

See our event calendar for days and times. Please note that registration is required, but it only guarantees your spot if you arrive on time.

Stay Connected

Want to know what programs are happening at the library for an upcoming week? Not sure about anticipated holiday closures? Are you curious about our growing Library of Things collection? Sign up for our e-newsletter!

Our e-newsletter is emailed once every week and offers a quick snapshot of programs for all ages, book groups, and highlights of our incredible variety of resources. It is one of the quickest and easiest ways to stay current with events happening at the library.

To stay up-do-date with everything happening at the library, sign up for our e-newsletter here.

Tip: Signed up for the e-newsletter and cannot locate it in your inbox? Check your spam/junk folder. E-newsletters arrive in inboxes on Sundays.

A Librarian’s Favorite “Holiday”

Did you know that December 10th is National Dewey Decimal System Day?

Librarians near and far are quite familiar with the system designed to keep our wonderful nonfiction collection in order. Every subject, time period and even a regional-themed cookbook has its own special Dewey number. Newburyport’s Dewey number is 974.4512.

If you’re looking for a nonfiction title and need help finding it, stop by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor and a librarian would be happy to help you navigate our nonfiction stacks.

Libby Update

All Libby users will soon need PINs to log into the MVLC OverDrive website and Libby app. Implementing this authentication best practice will improve system security and better protect patron privacy.

Starting on January 4, 2023, patrons will be prompted to enter their library account PIN along with a library card number when signing into https://mvlc.overdrive.com/ or the Libby app. If you have questions, please contact us. We would love to help you!

Fun Underfoot

Access to all areas on the first floor has been restored! Our librarians are ready to cut a rug on this new carpet!

Grab an audio book, magazine, large print book, or come stay to read the paper. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we installed new flooring in some of our most popular areas. More exciting building updates coming soon!