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Happy Mother’s Day!

The weather may be crummy this weekend, but you can always get in the mood to celebrate with ebooks, movies, and more from hoopla digital! Learn more about using hoopla digital here.




Or entertain the kiddos to give mom some well-deserved R&R:

Funny movies

Audiobooks in the garden



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The Boys in the Bunkhouse

The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry

Nominated for the 2017 Hillman Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.

In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.

Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities.

A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.


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Sastavickas Scholarship for former and current library employees and volunteers

The Sastavickas Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for the $500 scholarship to be awarded in June 2017. Applications for the Viola Sastavickas Scholarship will be accepted through May 15, 2017. The recipient of the scholarship shall be a current or former paid employee or an unpaid volunteer of the Library.

The educational purpose may be for undergraduate or graduate school, a formal course of study, or an enrichment opportunity (continuing education). Interested employees or volunteers should submit a letter of application (found here), a brief essay describing educational goals and how the funds will be used, and one letter of recommendation. Decisions will be based on the quality of the request, financial need, and the individual’s contribution to the library.

A recommendation will be made by a three-person Selection Committee made up of the Chairperson of the Library’s Board of Trustees, the Director of the Library, and the President of the Library’s Staff Association. This recommendation will be brought to the Board of Trustees for their approval.

Note: Deadline for applications to be received at the Director’s Office is May 15, 2017. Decisions will be made and recipient notified by June 30, 2017. Funds will be distributed in August, 2017.


Internet Privacy and You

“President Trump is expected to sign into law a decision by Congress to overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers.” — NPR.


Here is some information that you can use to understand what this will mean for your personal information on the web.

PBS — “Before you lament the end of your internet privacy, read this”, March 31st, 2017

ACLU on Internet Privacy

WBUR — “Internet Privacy and You”, March 29th, 2017

NPR — “As Congress Repeals Internet Privacy Rules, Putting Your Options In Perspective”, March 28th, 2017


How To Protect Your Privacy (from

Jules Polonetsky, privacy expert and CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, offers some suggestions, though he says they won’t deliver absolute privacy.

  • Use a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Look for emails from your Internet service provider allowing you to opt out of ad-targeting programs.
  • Turn on your browser’s do-not-track feature.
  • Clear or reset the ad ID on your smartphone.
  • Turn off location-based ads on your iPhone.



Spring 2017 Musical Sundays Concert Series

Spring-musical-sundays-concert-seriesThe library’s Musical Sundays Concert Series are funded by the Library Endowment Fund and take place in the Spring and Fall of the year. All concerts start at 3:00 pm. Our Spring 2017 series features the following line-up of local and world-renowned talent:

March 19th: Parkway Concert Orchestra – “From Baroque to Modern”

April 9th: Paul Speidel – “Jazzin’ the Blues”

April 23rd: Seele Musicale Chamber Ensemble – primarily Baroque music for voice, strings, and oboe

April 30th: Homegrown String Band – American Bluegrass


Click on any of the concert links above for more information. If you have any questions or to sign up for these concerts, please call the Reference Desk at 781-769-0200 x110 or visit the Reference or Information desks. You may also sign up for filling out the form below.

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