National Library Week 2024: Apr 7-13

(Adapted from the American Library Association (ALA) website)

The theme for National Library Week 2024 is Ready, Set, Library! National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and Newbery and Pura Belpré-award winning author Meg Medina is the 2024 Honorary Chair.

Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit your library.

National Library Week is the perfect time to visit your library. Bring the kids or invite your friends. Meet the librarians. Check out books or other great items in your library’s collection or attend a program. Take time to learn all your library has to offer!

2. Tell ALA how YOU library for a chance to win

The American Library Association needs your help spreading some library love by sharing what you appreciate most about the services and resources your library provides.

Do you love getting lost in the stories of the library’s summer reading program, storytime, or book club? When you walk through the library’s doors, are you looking for a quiet nook to study? Do you attend programs to enrich your mind, meet local authors, or find support from your community? What’s your favorite thing to check out—books, movies, outdoor games?

ALA wants to know how YOU library!

Participating is easy:

  • Snap a pic or shoot a video showcasing your favorite thing about your library.
  • Post to Instagram, X, Threads, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page with the hashtag #HowILibrary.
  • And don’t forget to tag your library to let them know how much they are appreciated!

If you don’t have a photo to share, check out the Library Elements graphics at ilovelibraries.org.

What’s in it for you?
In addition to the gratification of supporting libraries, there’s also a chance to win great prizes from ALA. The promotion starts Sunday, April 7, at noon CT and ends Friday, April 12, at noon CT.

Join the #HowILibrary movement, and let’s make this the best National Library Week ever! Official Rules (PDF)

3. Follow your library, ALA, and I Love Libraries on social media.

Be sure to follow your library on social media so you don’t miss out on all they have to offer.

Help spread the word about #NationalLibraryWeek and the #HowILibrary promotion by sharing these graphics on social media:
Twitter/Facebook | Instagram

ALA accounts: Twitter: @ALALibrary | Facebook: @AmericanLibraryAssociation | Instagram: @americanlibraryassociation

I Love Libraries: Twitter: @IloveLibraries | Facebook @ILoveLibraries

The Research Never Has to Stop

Whether we’re ready or not, winter is finally here.

Find yourself in a research bind? Can’t get to the library because of special holiday closures or, do we dare say it, snow?!

Just because the library is closed doesn’t mean you have to take a break from research. Patrons anywhere in the world can access old Daily News newspapers from 1773-1963 online through our Online Resources page. It’s keyword searchable and can be filtered by day, month and/or year. Best part? You don’t even need to have a library card to access this incredible resource!

Get started by clicking here.

Learning a new language is easy and fun!

We may have been closed recently in honor of Indigenous People’s Day, but our online resources are open 24/7!

Curious about learning a new language? Look no further than Mango Languages.

Mango Languages is your go-to resource for learning and practicing a variety of different languages free from the comforts of your home. With your Newburyport Public Library card, you have access to Mango Languages from the moment you set up a free account with your device.

Now is the time to start working on your Italian phrases for your upcoming trip to Italy in the summer! Buon viaggio!

City Preliminary Election Voting Location

The library will be a polling place for residents of Ward 2 on Tuesday, September 19th. Residents can cast their vote from 7am to 8pm in the Program Room. Staff will be here to direct residents to the Program Room during the early morning hours the library is closed.

We are excited to offer residents of Ward 2 a place to vote this year and ask that our regular library patrons excuse the increased foot traffic coming in and out of the building throughout the day.

All about eCards

MVLC is proud to announce that the new MVLC eCard now available to patrons. This card allows the card holder access to online resources provided by MVLC, the state of Massachusetts, and their home library.

Who is eligible?

Any Massachusetts resident who does not already have a library card from an MVLC library is eligible for an MVLC eCard.

How to apply.

Fill out this form.

The system will provide you either a full or provisional library card until it can verify your address. Regardless of the status, you will have access to the online resources.

After a successful submission of the form, patrons will receive an email at the address they provided, giving them their new barcode and PIN and more information about what privileges the card offers them.

Any exclusions?

If you already have a physical library card, you will not be able to get an eCard. You can continue to use your physical library card to access these online resources.

Staying on Trend

Pickleball is incredibly popular now, but do you know what it is?

Pickleball is a sport invented back in 1965 in Washington State by three dads whose kids were bored with the normal summer time activities (many of us can relate!). It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and can be played indoors or outdoors. It’s versatility has made it extremely popular – so much that pickleball courts are springing up in vacant stores in malls!

Are you ready to get started? We can help with our pickleball kit!

Our pickleball kit has everything you need to get started, but beware – once you start, you will be hooked!

The kit can be reserved, as with all our other Library of Things items, for use. To find more information about our Library of Things collection, click here.

Summer Reading Fun for All Ages

It’s that time of year again. Summer Reading is here!

We have programs for all ages. All three programs have been created to keep you reading all summer long!

For children ages 0-12:

Make reading a habit this summer with the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Each day we want you to ask yourself, “Did I read today?” If the answer is yes, tick off that day in Beanstack. You decide how much you want to read each day, and all reading counts: listening, being read to, whatever!
For every 10 days of reading you log (consecutive or non-consecutive), come to the Library and pick out a prize from our prize bucket. As you log, you’ll also receive virtual raffle tickets. Use these raffle tickets to enter for a grand prize bag! We’ll notify grand prize winners at the end of the summer. All prizes must be picked up in person.

For teens ages 12-18:

This summer, dive in to a great book! Log the minutes you read to earn badges and virtual raffle tickets.
What can you read? Anything! Just track the time you spend reading (or listening). Tracking your reading time and completing activities earns you virtual raffle tickets, which you can then use to enter for prizes. And yes, you can use your summer reading book for school to earn tickets.
We will have two drawing this summer, one on July 15 and one on August 12. Some of the prizes will change between the two drawings, but you’ll be able to enter for the grand prizes all summer long. Grand prizes will be drawn on August 12.

For adults:

Come play BINGO with us and track your reading progress for a chance to win a $30 gift card to Jabberwocky! Use the online form to view the BINGO card and submit what you’ve read. Each submission will enter you into the raffle (even if you don’t hit BINGO), but you can only submit one book per category.

You can enter your submissions at any point during the Summer Reading challenge. Three lucky winners will each win a $30 gift certificate to Jabberwocky and all winners will be drawn after the conclusion of the program. Participants can win only once. If you have any questions or would like a physical copy of the BINGO card, please speak with a reference librarian on the second floor.

To find out more information about Summer Reading, including access to the online form for the adult summer reading program, please visit the Summer Reading page here on our website.

Outdoor Fun

Summer time is around the corner. Can you believe we’re only a month away from the official start of summer?

If you have any outdoor parties planned for the warmer weather, why not consider our collection of outdoor yard games?

Our yard games are part of our growing Library of Things collection.

For more information on our Library of Things collection, visit our website here.

The Library will be closed Monday, April 15th for Patriot's Day.
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