The Library is closed Monday, 1/18/21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Programs

2020 has been the year of learning how to be flexible, hasn’t it? Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Library has needed to re-envision a number of its services, not least among them being Programming. Whether you’re a summer visitor or a year-round resident who comes by every day to the library you know that we offer a diverse roster of programs for all ages. In a normal year, we have tech help, in-person book groups, presentations from local theater buffs, musical performances, author talks, and so much more.

With the pandemic, in-person meetings are suspended, but that doesn’t mean that free library programming has stopped. Across the country many of our peers have found ways to continue offering those same exciting, informative, and free events. We include ourselves with that bunch of innovative libraries! We’ve created this page to introduce you to our solution for staying #togetherapart.

Welcome to our Virtual Programming page. Here you can find:

  • The Virtual Event Calendar
  • A quick glance at on-going (recurring) programs
  • Info about our virtual platform of choice, Google Meet
  • Coming Soon sneak peeks

The Virtual Event Calendar

This calendar is where you can find all of the our scheduled virtual programming. Be sure to read the descriptions for each program so you know whether registration is required, and what steps to take.

For example, programs like our book wreath activity require you to register and also schedule a curbside pickup appointment to collect your craft kit. Other programs, like our Evening Book Group, ask you to email a specific librarian if you’d like to join.

Remember, if you have any trouble registering just give us a call at (508) 430-7562 ext. 1 and we’ll help you get things sorted out.


On-Going Programs

Here’s a look at what we’ve currently got going on for programming.

Program descriptions are available on the Virtual Event Calendar, or, in the case of book groups, on our website. Click on the image to be brought to the description.

Note: This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it should give you a good idea of what kinds of recurring programs we have.

Interactive Story Time
Audience: Children

Game Night: Among Us
Audience: All Ages

Evening Book Group
Audience: 18+

4th Tuesday Book Klatch
Audience: 18 +

Morning Book Group
Audience: 18+

Knit Lit
Audience: 18 +


Google Meet

So what is Meet? Meet is a rebranding of Google’s older service, Hangouts. It lets you video chat with your friends and family for free, with unlimited session lengths, and multiple options for joining. Anyone can join a Meet meeting, you don’t have to have a Google Account to do so.

Meet works on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and more. If you’re using your computer to join one of our Meet meetings, you’re going to want to make sure you have one of the following browsers:

Keep in mind, Meet doesn’t really work on Internet Explorer, so if you need help installing one of these other browsers just let us know!

We chose Meet over Zoom for its security. If you’re curious about Meet’s security, here’s a bit of reading on how Google Meet keeps your video conferences protected.

Something to keep in mind before you get started using Meet on your laptop or computer is that you need to allow access to your microphone and camera for it to work as intended. To do this, here are the steps from Google: 

“Before you start using Meet, you need to allow access to your computer’s camera and microphone.

Allow access the first time you use Meet

  1. In a web browser, go to the Meet homepage.
  2. Click Start a new meeting.
  3. Click Allow.

Change the settings to allow access

If you aren’t asked to allow access or if you blocked access before, you can change your settings.

  1. In a web browser, go to the Meet homepage.
  2. Click Start a new meeting.
  3. At the top right, click Camera blocked Disallowed media.
  4. Click Always allow https://meet.google.com to access your camera and microphone.
  5. Click Done. The video meeting automatically connects. If you don’t see the meeting reload, exit and re-enter the meeting.” Link

Coming Soon

We’ve got a lot of ideas that we’re very excited about. So, just between you and me, here’s a little sneak peek behind the curtain.

Things we’re working on…

  • Interactive Movie Night
  • More Among Us game times!
  • Senbazuru (千羽鶴), 1000 cranes community collab

Things that are definitely happening!